The student professional organization known as NSPS NMPS New Mexico State University Surveying Chapter is a charted organization of the National Society of Professional Surveyors, the New Mexico Professional Surveyors and NMSU. In March, 2016 several members of the team and their adviser Surveying Engineering Professor Kurt Wurm will travel to Arlington, Virginia to participate in the 2016 National Student Competition. This event is well underway as the students have been working on a survey and site plan of a 10-acre parcel to be used as their competition entry.
Planning and fundraising for the event has been ongoing since September and will culminate at the national event. Teams from across the country will be competing in two divisions, one for baccalaureate degree programs and a separate division for associate degree programs. NMSU students have been working closely with Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque, assisting them with fundraising and formation of a formal student organization. This close association has resulted in several students’ interest in continuing their education at NMSU.
In addition to the competition and professional fellowship, the trip also includes an exhibit hall of national stature, a mock trial and educational sessions related to the new technical requirements for surveying under the American Land Title Association/National Society of Professional Surveyors that take effect in 2016. Students will also be engaged with members of our state society in a visit to the U.S. capitol and will be meeting with legislators and their staff members.