Introducing Stacey Fenn from Michigan, USA:
Where did you study? LoneStar College in Montgomery, Texas
What are the requirements to be a surveyor in your area? A Bachelor of Science in Surveying Engineering or Bachelor of Science in a related field. Plus 4 years of field/office experience under the supervision of a Professional Surveyor.
How did you get into surveying? One day I was scrolling through a college catalogue trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. As I was scrolling, I knew two things, I wanted to have a career where I could participate in land management, and that I didn’t want to be tied to a desk. Then I saw it, the image that change my life! I still remember like it was yesterday, it was a guy standing in rugged terrain looking through a theodolite. After reading, what Land Surveying was about I had thought to myself, I have always been fond of maps and geography. So, I took a leap into Land Surveying. After completing my degree, it has given me many countless opportunities and has allowed me to be versatile with my skills. I am very happy I took the leap and am passionate about what I do.
How long have you been in the industry? I have been in the industry since 2018.
Are you part of any associations or organisations you would like us to mention? Yes, I am apart of the Michigan Society of Professional Surveyors, Southeast Chapter. The Young Surveyor Network of the Michigan Society of Professional Surveyors and the National Society of Professional Surveyors.
Why do you want to be a GKiS Brand Ambassador? I would like to be a GKiS Brand Ambassador because I believe Land Surveying is great career. It offers plenty opportunities in the public and private sectors. In addition, the industry doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. Its an old profession that has been given the opportunity to expand with technological advancement.
Why is it important for kids to know about surveying and the wider geospatial industry? It is important because the aspects of the industry are all around us and is often overlooked. Many children interested in similar industries are aware of civil engineering, the planning of cities and roads. But few are aware of the mapping and extensive work surveyors do that goes into development.
What are you going to do as an ambassador for GKiS? My goal is to promote the profession at local school districts by using my experiences and the resources provided by GKiS .
What are your hobbies? I enjoy reading and horseback riding.
If you/your company had a GKiS character, what would it be? Lieutenant Plum Bob – He is reliable and strives on precision.
What resource would you like to see next from GKiS? I’d like to see GKiS create a scholarship for Land Surveying programs. Or fund a surveying course for college credit at our local high schools.