David Acosta is a Professional Surveyor Licensed in the State of New Mexico and has over 18 years of experience with many aspects of surveying including Boundary & Subdivision Surveys, ALTA/NSPS Surveys and Topographic Surveys. David is currently a member and Past President of the New Mexico Professional Surveyors and is also a member of the National Society of Professional Surveyors. David also serves as a Professional Advisor with the New Mexico State University Geomatics Department. In his spare time David enjoys photography, music and spending time with this family.
Edgar Amaro is a Licensed Professional Surveyor in the state of New Mexico. He currently works as a Professional Surveyor Manager I with the New Mexico Department of Transportation.
Edgar received his Surveying Engineering degree from New Mexico State University in May of 2012. He started his career at Wilson & Company as a summer intern in 2011 and was hired on full time right after graduation.
In August 2014, he accepted a position as a Survey Intern at Doña Ana County in the Engineering Department. There he worked with the County Surveyor and was also a Project Manager for some road construction projects.
In November 2016, Edgar got licensed as a Professional Surveyor in the state of New Mexico.
In July 2017, he began working at the New Mexico Department of Transportation as a Surveyor Supervisor.
Earl Burkholder retired from 12 years of teaching in the Surveying Engineering Program at New Mexico State University in 2010. Prior experience includes teaching at Oregon’s Institute of Technology for 13 years, 5 years of corporate experience on large projects – both domestic and international, and 5 years of self-employment. Since he retired, he has been able to devote more time to his hobby of geometry as related to use of 3-D digital spatial data in surveying – that includes computers, GPS, algorithms, and abstractions of spatial and geospatial data.
He wrote “The 3-D Global Spatial Data Model: Foundation of the Spatial Data Infrastructure” published by CRC Press in 2008. Since retirement he completed a 2nd Edition of the 3-D book that was copyrighted in 2018. Throughout his career, he has been interested in the models and procedures used in surveying, mapping, and management of spatial data. With recent publication of the second “Report Card on the U.S. National Spatial Data Infrastructure” by the Coalition of Geospatial Organizations, he anticipates that the integrated 3-D global spatial data model (GSDM) will be utilized at some time in future to improve the existing spatial data infrastructure. It is unknown if or when, but it will be interesting to witness how and to what extent an integrated 3-D model will supplant the existing 2-D map projection models being planned for the 2022 state plane coordinate systems. But it is quite certain that surveyors (along with other spatial data professionals) will have an important voice in those discussions.
Michael Casman as child of a STEM focused household, Mike has always been involved with trending technology and finding ways to make that technology work in modern settings. His Grandfather, Stoughton Bell, proposed the idea of a Computer Science department to the University of New Mexico in 1968. As a result Mike was exposed to early stage computers, precursor internet, and rudimentary software of the late 70’s, early 80’s, and 90’s. Mike’s interest in science blossomed from these roots.
Mike attended the University of New Mexico where he studied Physics with a focus on Astronomy. In 2004 he transferred to New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology to continue his studies. In 2007 he moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue opportunity in software startups. When those software startups folded he moved north to San Francisco to stay in the epicenter of the technology and innovation. Ever the eager and eternal student, Mike was accepted to Stanford University and upon finishing his year there with a 4.0 he decided to move back to Albuquerque to be closer to family.
Mike joined Vectors Inc. in 2017 and has evolved his role with the company through incredible patience, diligence, and study from a support and inventory manager to the Drone enthusiast and Part 107 Pilot for the Albuquerque Office. Mike is the driving force behind Vectors drone solutions and continues to stay at the forefront of where technology and modern setting exist to this day. When he isn’t in the office he prefers to be flying the drone!
Chris A. Chavez was born and raised in Santa Fe New Mexico, is a land grant heir and has family roots in both Rio Arriba and Rio Abajo. Chris is the Regional Land Surveyor for Region 3 of the Southwest Region. He is responsible for the development and oversight of the Region’s Land Surveying, Boundary and Land Title Management program activities and has over 25 years of experience with the Forest Service. He received his four year degree in Surveying from New Mexico State University and is currently licensed in New Mexico. He has experience with partnership surveying projects that include New Mexico Land Grants and Pueblo Lands. He has extensive knowledge in working with title claims on National Forest Lands, including Aboriginal, Pueblo and Spanish/ Mexican Land Grant claims. He has knowledge of Spanish laws usage and customs. His position requires extensive historical research with regards to land claims which includes knowledge of case law, policies and title claim authorities.
Dr. Richard (Dick) L. Elgin is a rare surveyor: A practitioner, having owned and operated a surveying and mapping firm for 24 years, sealing about 15,000 surveys. An author, most recently writing “The U.S. Public Land Survey System for Missouri.” An educator, being Adjunct Professor of Surveying at Missouri University of Science & Technology. A researcher, being the codeveloper of the “ASTRO” celestial observation software. A collector, owning one of the largest private collections of early American surveying equipment in the United States.
Bob Green is a third generation surveyor, Bob began his career in 1973 working weekends and summers with his dad in Central New England. In 1978 while attending Quinsigamond College he was employed by the BSC Group in Boston, Massachusetts where Bob gained his first insight into the world of GPS.
In 1986 Bob moved to Colorado in search of new opportunities. He spent the next ten years in Southern Colorado working for Mangini and Associates and part time for the Pueblo County Surveyors Office helping to bring the first GPS Geodetic Control Network to this part of the State. In 1992 Bob became registered as a Colorado Professional Surveyor.
In 1996, with an integrated survey background that combined expertise in geodetic positioning and terrestrial surveying Bob went into private practice specializing in GPS Control and was a consultant to many in the profession during the early years of RTK.
Between 1998 and 2002 Bob was appointed to two consecutive terms to the Colorado State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors Monitor Panel.
In the latter part of 2002 Bob was the recipient of both a Presidential Citation from the Professional Land Surveyors of Colorado for dedication to the profession and an American Council of Engineering Companies Award for his GPS cadastral consulting on a Right of Way Survey along I-25 through Trinidad, CO Entitled “The Cornerstones of Trinidad”
In April of 2003 Bob retired from surveying and accepted new challenges relocating his family to Central New Mexico where he currently holds the position of Geodetic Consultant at Vectors Inc, The Trimble Navigation dealer in New Mexico and Colorado.
Bob continues to be a measurement consultant to the United States Government including; Homeland Security, Border Patrol Intelligence, The Department of Defense, NASA, the Army Corps of Engineers and the United States Air Force Space Command Wing.
Additionally, Bob is a member of multiple academic panels, including the NMSU Survey Engineering Industrial Advisory Committee that was fundamental in revamping the Survey Engineering program to a Geomatics curriculum. Bob also stays active with the survey programs at both CNM in Albuquerque and San Juan College in Farmington, NM. He continues to work on multiple endeavors including completing his history book entitled “The Evolution of the Ellipsoid of Revolution”.
Kery Greiner has been surveying for 41 years and has been licensed in New Mexico for 33 years. He is also licensed in Texas and Arizona. He attended Albuquerque Technical-Vocational Institute in 1978 and 1979 and obtained a diploma in the Land Surveying Program. He has been in private practice in Las Cruces since 1986. He is currently the Treasurer of New Mexico Professional Surveyors and was the 1999 President. He is a part time Adjunct Professor at New Mexico State University and besides teaching is very active in the outreach and recruitment of new students.
Ken Martinez started his career after College working in various aspects of Surveying and Civil Engineering. In 1983, he began his job as a draftsman, hand drafting Topos and Plats with ink and mylar. Ken has been utilizing the benefits of Autodesk software since the first versions came out to solve his drafting and design needs, especially making changes and simplifying repetitive tasks. In the early nineties, Ken moved into Surveying. In working with an environmental firm generating Topography Maps and Boundary Surveys, he was able to do both field and office work. This gave him experience and a better understanding of both field and office procedures. In the mid-nineties, Ken moved into Civil Engineering where he gained the majority of his experience in Autodesk Softdesk, then Autodesk® Land Development Desktop, and then worked his way into Civil 3D®. Ken has a wealth of experience and knowledge in Surveying and Civil Engineering. He brings his vast knowledge of over 22 years with Autodesk Civil Engineering Products to Comm-Tech,www.ctcivil.com. We look forward to sharing his experience with you.
Matt Nawrocki is this year’s keynote speaker. Matt received his Bachelor of Science in Surveying Engineering in 1995 from the Ferris’ College of Engineering Technology. While at Ferris State University he was awarded numerous Academic Scholarships including the nationally awarded ACSM National Society of Professional Surveyors Scholarship. Matt was a Dean’s List student and graduated with honors. He was an active member of the Burt and Mullet Surveying Society while attending Ferris State and was employed by the University as a tutor in Higher Mathematics and Physics.
Matt founded Vectors, Inc., a Geospatial Distributor, in 1999 after moving to Denver, Colorado to pursue his love of the outdoors and climbing mountains. He became the youngest CEO in the World to be awarded a Trimble Distributorship to distribute their complete Geospatial Product line. Matt has not only climbed numerous 14,000’+ peaks, but also created one of the fastest growing companies in America. Matt is not only the founder but is currently still serving as the current CEO and President of Vectors, Inc.
Vectors, Inc. was recognized as one of the 5,000 fastest growing companies in America in 2015 by Inc.com and named a Colorado Company to watch in 2016. Vectors, Inc. has expanded their line of products and continues adding additional resources to the team since the awards. Vectors, Inc. now has operations in Aurora, Colorado and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Vectors, Inc. now has two retail facilities for product sales, as well as an inventory warehouse in addition to adding a GPS (Global Positioning System) repair facility and a State of the Art Mechanical and Robotic Total Station repair facility.
In addition to acting in the capacity as CEO and President of Vectors, Inc. since 1999, Matt was also an Adjunct Professor/Senior Lecturer at the University of Wyoming Outreach School from 2007 to 2013. He taught two courses in the Civil Engineering Department, “GPS for Today’s Land Surveyor” and “Basic Geodesy for Today’s Land Surveyor”.
He has also served as a member of the CEO Vistage Advisory Board from 2014-2016 in Denver.
A noted philanthropist, Mr. Nawrocki has spearheaded numerous charitable projects and has contributed to organizations that support underserved members of the world community. In partnership with Food for the Poor Jamaica, Mr. Nawrocki funded and help build the Clapham Basic School in the community of St. Ann. His current project entails funding and building the first Hospital to be built in Guanaja, Bay Islands, Honduras, expected to open in May 2019. Matt traveled with his wife and four children on Spring Break 2017 to Honduras to help paint the homes he financed and to celebrate the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Hospital’s launch. Spring Break of 2016 his family spent time painting the school in Jamaica and performing the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new school. He is also a major donor to both the Semper Fi Fund and the Focus Marine Foundation, which provides grants to support injured marines and their families, and has helped finance the construction of an early learning center and purchase of new computers for Denver-area schools.
Mr. Nawrocki also has given generously of his time and resources to support Ferris State University. He served as a Surveying Engineering Advisory Council Member at Ferris State from 2013-2016 and coordinated its task forces. He is currently serving a three year term on the Ferris State Foundation Board of Directors. In 2013, Matt and his wife, Sara (Ferris State Bachelor of Science, College of Pharmacy graduate, 1995), created the Nawrocki Gratitude Endowment Fund for Ferris State Surveying Engineering students. In 2017, they created another endowment for the Pharmacy Program students. Matt also helped found the Dean of Technology Advisory Council in 2017 and is an active member of the Denver “Mile High Bulldogs”, the second largest Alumni group not located in Michigan.
In 2016, Ferris State University recognized Mr. Nawrocki with the Distinguished Alumni Award.
Jacobo Pacheco is the LiDAR Production Manager working out of Maser’s Albuquerque office. He is a native New Mexican, born in Las Vegas, and raised in Mora, NM. Jacobo has been licensed as a professional surveyor (PS # 17822) in the state of New Mexico since 2006. He obtained his Bachelors of Science degree in Surveying Engineering from New Mexico State University in 2003. He is also a Certified Federal Surveyor (CFedS) registered with the Bureau of Land Management. Jacobo has 14 years of experience performing boundary, easement, and right of way surveys, subdivision platting, topographic surveys, control surveys, and construction surveying. In addition, he is experienced in the collection, processing, and extraction of LiDAR scan data for both engineering design/analysis and GIS applications. His experience and expertise ensure that all surveying and mapping projects are performed in accordance with the applicable laws, regulations, and project specific accuracy standards.
Bill Stone is the NOAA/National Geodetic Survey’s (NGS) Southwest Region Geodetic Advisor. He assists the geospatial community throughout Arizona, New Mexico and Utah—including public- and private-sector surveyors, GIS professionals, engineers, and earth scientists—with proper application of the National Spatial Reference System. Stone has been with NGS since 1989, and he previously worked for the Department of the Navy and the Defense Mapping Agency. He has a BA in Physics from Bowdoin College and an MS in Physical Oceanography from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He lives in Santa Fe, NM.
Glen Thurow has been licensed since 1991 and is currently the owner of Land Links Consulting Service, a surveying and geospatial development firm in Albuquerque, NM. Prior to his current position he was vice-president for Geographic Coordinate Data Base development at Premier Geospatial, Inc. and oversaw projects in the development of the Cadastral National Spatial Data Infrastructure. Glen has also taught surveying and Geographic Information Systems courses at the Central New Mexico Community College and is a former chair of the Surveying Engineering Industrial Advisory Committee to the surveying program at New Mexico State University. He is a past-president of the New Mexico Professional Surveyors and was honored as the NM Surveyor of the Year in 2003. He served as the state lobbyist for NMPS from 2000 to 2006. Mr. Thurow was also the NSPS governor for New Mexico from 2009 to 2014. He was one of the founding directors of the New Mexico Professional Surveyors Educational Foundation and was appointed to the New Mexico Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Professional Surveyors in 2013. Glen currently serves on the NCEES Education Committee and is a past member of the NCEES Law Enforcement Committee. He is also developing online training materials for the NSPS Certified Survey Technician program.
Clay Wygant began working his way through the survey profession starting with local sole proprietors then the NMDOT to opening and running a successful Survey Consulting business and now as Manager of the Mobile LiDAR group for Maser Consulting. As a “hands on” manager he has applied his knowledge of the practical application of survey practice to the dynamic technology of close range remote sensing, “Mobile LiDAR”. Starting with Mobile LiDAR in 2008 Clay operated, marketed and ran the first commercial Mobile LiDAR system in the Americas has taught Graduate Seminars at Philadelphia University and international conferences, managed Mobile LiDAR projects across the nation ranging from interstate highway systems, cross country pipelines, waterways and rail systems.