For the third year in-a-row, Oregon Tech’s College of Engineering, Technology and Management was awarded the NCEES Surveying Education Award.
In addition to the award, NCEES also donated $15,000 to Oregon Tech to assist with the program’s continued efforts to promote the value of licensure in the land surveying profession. The award committee selected the University of Akron’s Surveying and Mapping program to receive this year’s grand prize award.
“Oregon Tech’s Geomatics Department focuses on preparing graduates for licensure, and a successful career in their industries.” Oregon Tech Department of Geomatics Professor and Chair, Mr. Jack Walker, PLS, explained. “Our department designs it curriculum around this and also through providing support to students, encouraging participation at events, and working with industry professionals.”
The NCEES’s annual award recognizes surveying programs that best reflect the organization’s mission to advance licensure for surveyors in order to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the public. One of seven higher educational institutions to receive the NCEES’s Surveying Education Award, Oregon Tech was recognized for their Geomatics program.
Located in Klamath Falls, Oregon Tech’s Geomatics program offers students four-year degrees in Surveying and Geographic Information Systems. While completing their coursework, students in the Geomatics program are able to gain valuable land surveying experience through hands on fieldwork that prepares them for employment and licensure as professional land surveyors.
“Our program has benefitted significantly from receiving the NCEES awards. We’ve used prize funds to help students attend events like the NSPS Geomatics Student Competition and update our program’s equipment.” Mr. Walker said.