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National Society of Professional Surveyors Announces Results of 10th Annual Student Competition

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National Society of Professional Surveyors Announces Results of

10th Annual Student Competition 

University of Maine at Orono won second place at the NSPS 10th Annual Student Competition held in Las Vegas on March 7, 2011.   From left:   NSPS President and MALSCE Leader A. Wayne Harrison, Clark Chattin (Senior), Anthony Mazzarella (Senior), Andrew Piccirillo (Sophmore), Andrew Strout (white sweater -Senior), Brian Moore (Freshman), Samuel Suorsa (Senior), Daniel Menard (Freshman), and Bill Coleman, NSPS President-Elect

[Photo credit:  Steve Shambeck, PLS Photography]

For Immediate Release:  March 16, 2011


Gaithersburg, MD---The National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) held its 10th Annual Student Competition in conjunction with the California Land Surveyors Association (CLSA)/Nevada Association of Land Surveyors (NALS) joint conference in Las Vegas, NV on March 7, 2011.  Seven schools with baccalaureate degree programs in surveying, surveying engineering technology and/or surveying engineering participated. 

Each competing team had four months to develop a project in the area of “Hydrographic Surveying”; write a 30pp. paper; prepare a wall poster; and give a 20 minute presentation at the conference.  Judges for the competition were A. Wayne Harrison, NSPS President; William Coleman, NSPS President-Elect; Robert Dahn, NSPS Vice President, Carl R. CdeBaca; NSPS Area Nine Director; and Robert J. Reese, a Past President of CLSA. 

First Place: Troy University, Troy Alabama
Second Place: University of Maine, Orono, Maine
Third Place: Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Fall, Oregon

Honorable Mentions (In alphabetical order):
California State University, Fresno; Fresno, CA
Michigan Technological Institute; Houghton, Michigan
New Jersey Institute of Technology; Newark, New Jersey
University of Puerto Rico- Mayaguez; Mayaguez, Puerto Rico


At the conclusion of the competition each team received a crystal bowl and each individual on the team received a participation ribbon and medallion in recognition of their efforts.

This year’s competition was coordinated by A. Richard Vannozzi, Assistant Professor of Civil Technology/Surveying and Mapping, Thompson School of Applied Science at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH and further questions can be addressed at:  a.r.vannozzi@unh.edu . Schools wishing to receive information regarding the 2012 competition should contact Mr. Vannozzi at the above email.


NSPS is the national organization representing the Land Surveying profession in the United States and has among its aims and objectives: Advancing the sciences and disciplines with in the profession; supporting new practical methods of surveying; promoting public faith and confidence in the profession; encouraging high standards of ethical and professional behavior; and seeking improvements in higher education curricula for surveyors.

For more information about NSPS please contact Executive Director Curt Sumner, 6 Montgomery Village Avenue, Suite 403, Gaithersburg, MD 20879, (240) 632-9716, ext. 106, or via email: curtis.sumner@acsm.net


Note:  The photograph above may be used with a photo credit to “Steve Shambeck, PLS Photography.”  Higher resolution images are available via email, upon request.



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