Introducing Thomas Herbert from Wisconsin, USA! Let’s get to know him in this quick fire Q&A:
If you are not a surveyor, what do you do? I am a paleontologist and run a nonprofit science foundation. Earth Sciences Foundation Inc
How long have you been in the industry? I have been digging dinosaurs for 10 plus year now.
Are you part of any associations or organisations you would like us to mention? The Earth Sciences Foundation Inc
Why do you want to be a GKiS Brand Ambassador? We integrate geospatial mapping and data curation into our programs for kids and veterans. We need more young people engaging in these fields.
Why is it important for kids to know about surveying and the wider geospatial industry? There are so many new applications and technologies coming out that we will need to engage the youth to keep advancing as well as keep them engaged into a career path. All building and infrastructure begins and ends with surveyors.
What are you going to do as an ambassador for GKiS? We will be including materials in our programs with kids to introduce them to surveying as well as when we do speaking engagements to create more brand awareness as well increase engagement.
What are your hobbies? I enjoy fishing and being outdoors. But I am fortunate that my favorite hobby is my job, digging dinosaurs.
If you/your company had a GKiS character, what would it be? A pachycephalosaurs.
What poster or resource would you like to see next from GKiS? Not sure, maybe an interactive online activity to engage kids in surveying. Almost video game like.
Anything else you want to add that you think our audience (surveyors, teachers, parents) would be interested in? As a foundation our focus is outreach and awareness. We strive to get more people, especially kids, involved in geospatial and geoscience careers.