The Lyles College of Engineering’s Geomatics Engineering Club held its 56th annual Geomatics Engineering Conference Friday and Saturday, Jan. 27-28 in downtown Fresno.
The student-run conference brought together more than 200 students, alumni, industry researcher professionals. Students not only discovered the world of Geomatics Engineering through the eyes of the professional, but were able to take time and network with industry professionals.
This year’s conference featured a roast in honor of Dr. James K. Crossfield for his integral contributions to the Geomatics Engineering program at Fresno State and the Land Surveying profession as a whole. Dr. Crossfield has been here since 1984
The event also included a live and silent auction, guest speakers, scholarship awards, food and beverages and live music performed by Fresno band, Acoustic Soul.
California Land Surveyors Association Student Chapter President, Ryan Jackson helped arrange the conference, along with his Geomatics peers.
“As students, we learned to work as a team to manage this event and we all spent time networking with professionals in the industry and many received internships and job offers as well as tremendously helpful scholarships,” Jackson said.
Based off student’s feedback, one of the most impactful presentations delivered at the event was given by Norman Kizirian.
“His [Kizirian] life experience and remarkable character were demonstrated as he sewed into everyone in the room and gave insight in how to improve one’s life through an inside-out approach,” Jackson explained.
Not only were there inspiring speakers like Kizirian, but there were more than 30 exhibitors in attendance, showing off the latest technologies in geographical information systems, and land surveying.
Jackson’s parting words as he passes on the 57th annual Geomatics Conference and graduates in the spring:
“I would encourage anyone to never give up on a dream because of how long it will take to achieve it – the time will pass anyway,” he said.
For more information about Fresno State’s Geomatics Engineering Club, visit fresnostategeomatics.com.
This story was written by Lyles College of Engineering Communications Intern, Adriana Zaldivar.