NMSU Surveying Engineering Associate Professor Kurt Wurm, P.L.S., has been awarded the 2105 National Society of Professional Surveyors Earle J. Fennell Award.
The award was created by the American Congress of Surveying and Mapping, now NSPS, in honor of Earle J. Fennell who was president from 1966-1967 and executive director from 1968-1971. ACSM created this award to be presented for distinguished educational contributions to the surveying and mapping profession to people who have worked in any aspect of surveying and mapping education. Nominees need not be professional educators, but should have a sustained record of superior performance in surveying and mapping education for more than ten years at the local, state or national level.
The last recipient of this award from New Mexico was Dr. James P. Reilly, in 1997.
This year the selection committee comprised seven members from the Trustees of the National Society of Professional Surveyors Foundation, Inc. and the NSPS Education Committee.
Wurm has a bachelor of science degree in surveying from Ferris State University, and master’s and doctoral degrees in spatial information science and engineering from the University of Maine. Wurm has extensive experience with the U.S. Public Lands Survey System and development of the national cadastre. He is a licensed professional surveyor in New Mexico and Montana. Wurm is a strong advocate of integrating modern technology and practice with fundamental theoretical concepts as well as embracing the multi-disciplinary nature of modern cadastral systems.