About the Presenters

Here's a sample of the people teaching workshops and giving presentations at NEURISA events:

Dr. Qassim Abduallah, CP, PSM, Chief Scientist, Fugro-Earthdata

Dr. Qassim Abdaullah serves as Fugro EarthData's Chief Scientist. He is an accomplished scientist with more than 32 years of combined industrial, R&D, and academic experience in the mapping and surveying profession. An ASPRS-certified photogrammetrist and professional surveyor, Dr. Abdullah's expertise includes digital photogrammetry, LiDAR mapping, remote sensing, and civil and surveying engineering. Dr. Abdullah has a proven record in developing, conducting, and managing basic and applied research and is responsible for a number of innovations that have since become industry standards in surveying and mapping, including the development of the first commercial LiDAR system, and the use of airborne GPS and IMU for orthophoto development. Dr. Abdullah has been an active member of ASPRS for more than 12 years and he contributes every month to ASPRS' monthly scientific publications, PE&RS, as the author of the "Mapping Matters" column.

Jason Amadori, GISP, Chief Marketing Officer, Data Transfer Solutions, LLC

Jason Amadori, GISP, is co-owner of Data Transfer Solutions with over 10 years experience as a subject-matter expert in the field of asset management. He is a URISA-certified instructor, having led training workshops on asset management throughout the US and Canada, and maintains positions on various asset management client advisory boards. He has extensive knowledge and project experience with Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technologies.

Prior to starting DTS, Jason managed projects for Space Imaging, Camber Corp., The Walt Disney World Resort, The Nature Conservancy and The Reedy Creek Improvement District, where he was involved in asset management, biological field sampling, analysis, and data modeling. He holds an M.B.A. from Webster University, Orlando, FL, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Geneseo State University, New York.

Michael Clifford, PLS, Digital Geographic Technologies

Mr. Clifford is a founder of Digital Geographic Technologies, and is Principal-in-Charge of its division, the DGT Survey Engineering Group. He has been active as a survey professional in the Greater Boston area since the 1980's, with a primary background in urban development and infrastructure projects. Mr. Clifford is active in the local surveying and engineering professions, serving as a director to the boards of the Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers (MALSCE), Eastern Mass. Chapter, and of The Engineering Center Educational Trust (TECET). Mr. Clifford has a B. Sc. degree in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University, and is registered as a Professional Land Surveyor in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Curtis Crow, Geodetic Advisor to Massachusetts and New Hampshire, National Geodetic Survey & NOAA

Curt graduated from the Ohio State University in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science in Geodetic Sciences. In September 1975, he was hired by the National Geodetic Survey in Rockville, MD to work on the readjustment of the North American Datum (NAD83). After one year at NGS headquarters, in the fall of 1976 Curt transferred to NGS's Operation Branch where he spent five years working on both horizontal and vertical control mobile field units on projects throughout the United States.

Since 1981, Curt has been the Geodetic Advisor to the State of New Hampshire, where he coordinates Federal and State geodetic control surveys, serves as a liaison to the private surveying community, facilitates the distribution of geodetic control data and provides technology transfer services. In 1996, he also assumed the duties of Geodetic Advisor to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and he currently works with both states.

Curt is a member of ACSM/AAGS and serves on the Board of Directors of the New England Section, ACSM. He is an Honorary Member of the New Hampshire Land Surveyor's Association and in 2007 was awarded the NHLSA Surveying Excellence Award.

John Doody, PLS/PE, MsCE

John is a land surveyor, recently retired from the Connecticut Department of Transportation. His responsibilities at the DOT included boundary, design, and construction surveys for southwestern Connecticut. John developed a GIS of all federal and CDOT tidal determinations for Connecticut, and prepared a report on the relation between mean high water and natural phenomena in Connecticut. He also chairs the professional development committee for the Connecticut Association of Land Surveyors. John is also an adjunct faculty member in the Civil Engineering Department at Central Connecticut State University, teaching Advanced Surveying and GPS.

Brian DuPont, GIS Manager, Town of Wellesley, MA

Brian DuPont is a graduate of the Clark University School of Geography with over 10 years experience in GIS applications. He was first hired by Barnstable County's Cape Cod Commission as a GIS Analyst in support of regional wastewater management initiatives. Brian has been employed by the Town of Wellesley since 2004 -- first as a GIS Analyst in the Public Works Engineering Division and later as a GIS Administrator in the Network and Information Systems Department. Brian is currently Town of Wellesley's GIS Manager and is responsible for planning, promoting, and implementing Wellesley's GIS technologies and integrating them with other enterprise applications.

Saul Farber, Director of Technology, PeopleGIS

Saul Farber's career has covered government GIS from top to bottom. During 4 years at MassGIS he designed and helped to implement the GeoServer-based Massachusetts Statewide Shared Mapping Service, including the development and support of the OLIVER viewer. Most recently, Saul joined PeopleGIS where he is bringing best-of-breed web-based GIS and information-management systems to municipalities across the country.

Brett Flodine, GIS Project Manager, City of Hartford, CT

GIS Project Manager City of Hartford 3 1/2 years; managing Hartford's enterprise GIS, GIS Coordinator, City of Groton 3 Years, Senior GIS Manager Fuss & O'Neill 10 years implementing GIS in MA, CT, NH cities and towns.

Paul Foster, Director of CitiStat, City of Springfield, MA

Paul N. Foster is the Director of CitiStat Springfield, responsible for the creation and ongoing development of the CitiStat program and oversight of the 3-1-1 Citizen Service Center. Prior to joining the City of Springfield, Paul was a Policy Analyst with the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center and served for five years as the Manager of the Regional Information Center at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission. Paul earned his Master's degree in Social Policy from Brandeis University's Heller School and received his Bachelor's in History and African-American Studies from Harvard College.

Jon Giles, PLS, GIS Manager and Assistant Survey Manager, Sebago Technics Inc.

Jon has more than 15 years' experience in the field of surveying and mapping. During that time Jon has worked as a licensed land surveyor in Maine, a municipal GIS Coordinator, and as vice president of an aerial mapping and GIS firm. His experience includes boundary surveying, engineering surveys, GIS, GPS (both survey and mapping-grades), control surveys, and aerial mapping data development. Sebago Technics is a Maine based Land Surveying, Engineering, and Landscape Architecture firm, with offices in Westbrook and Lewiston, Maine.

Darren J. Hardy, PLS, Survey Manager, WSP Sells

A multiple state licensed Land Surveyor, Darren Hardy is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick and the College of Geographic Sciences in Canada, and was subsequently employed by the New Brunswick Department of Transportation. While there, he authored a technical report on post processing of GPS data that is still currently used as the GPS guide for the Department. Since working in the U.S., he has been responsible for the execution and quality of numerous GIS data sets for a variety of projects throughout the Northeast and has taught GPS courses to several consultants in New England. Mr. Hardy has been employed by WSP SELLS for the past 10 years, during which time he has served as a project manager and a survey manager overseeing the New England survey offices. WSP Sells is part of the WSP Group which specializes in the property, environmental, transportation and infrastructure sectors, providing a full range of services from planning through to design, implementation, and maintenance. WSP Sells has offices in states from South Carolina to New Hampshire.

Claire Lane, GIS Manager, City of Boston, MA

Claire has worked at the City of Boston for the last 19 years, in her current role as GIS Manager for the last year and a half. Prior to that she was the Director of Research with the Assessing Department responsible for the valuation and modeling of commercial and residential property for taxation purposes in the City. She started work with the City in its Neighborhood Planning agency as a GIS Analyst. Claire has a Masters Degree in Geography from the University of Limerick, Ireland.

Joseph McNichols, PLS, Norfolk County, MA Department of Engineering

Joseph McNichols is licensed as a Professional Land Surveyor in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He attended Northeastern University in Boston as a Surveying and Highway Engineering major.

He is adjunct faculty at Wentworth Institute of Technology teaching surveying related courses including Construction Surveying, Surveying Measurement 1 & 2, and Massachusetts Regulations affecting the Surveying Profession.

He is a member of the Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers (MALSCE) and the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS).

He serves on the Industrial Advisory Committee for the Surveying Engineering Technology program at the University of Maine.

In 2005 the Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers awarded him a Presidential Citation for his work in surveying education and in 2007 he was named Surveyor of the Year.

He is currently employed as the County Surveyor by the County of Norfolk.

Eric Rizzo, GIS Manager, City of Waltham, MA

Eric Rizzo is the GIS Manager for the City of Waltham. He previously worked as the GIS Manager for Metcalf and Eddy Engineers. He has a Masters in Geography from the University of Maryland, and B.S. from Salem State College.

Joshua Rosenthal, GIS Supervisor, Massachusetts Historical Commission

Josh Rosenthal runs the GIS office at the Masaschusetts Historical Commission (MHC), overseeing the development and ongoing maintenance of the GIS of the Historical and Archaeological Assets of the Commonwealth. Since starting at the MHC in 2007, he has developed a number of web based applications to streamline data entry, data submission, and data access. He is also heavily involved with data management and user interface design for the continuing project to scan and make available online the Inventory of Historical Assets. Prior to his work at the MHC, Josh worked on a number of sites in Israel with the Foundation Stone Geophysics team. Josh received his MA in Archaeology from Cornell University in 2005, where he focused on the public presentation of archaeology over the internet.

William P. Witts Jr., GIS Specialist, MIT Department of Facilities

Bill Witts is the GIS Specialist for the MIT Department of Facilities. He has over 10 years experience in the GIS field working in both the public and private sector. Prior to joining MIT Bill worked as the GIS Coordinator for the Town of Bedford, Massachusetts and as a Senior GIS Analyst with Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, (VHB.) Currently at MIT Bill is working on several GIS mapping projects, support of GIS/CAD based applications, and administration of enterprise wide databases and servers for the department.

Mark Scott, Sales Engineer, ESRI Boston

Mark has over 7 years of practical surveying and engineering experience, and over 14 years industry experience in the technical sales and marketing of Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CAD) systems, engineering software, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Since joining Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI), in 1997, Mark has provided technical sales and marketing support of ESRI software. Mark has a B.S. (Surveying Engineering) University of Maine, Orono, ME 1984

Fiseha Woldegebriel, Digital Geographic Technologies

Mr. Woldegebriel is a Survey Project Manager at DGT, servers as CAD Manager at DGT, and is also a key technical leader in its 3D Laser Scanning program. He has a hands-on involvement in our 3D Laser Scanning projects, performing both field and office tasks requiring 3D laser scanning or processing of the point cloud data to a usable CAD format. Mr. Woldegebriel has a B. Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from UMass-Lowell.



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