Oscar Duran

This entry is part 10 of 27 in the series December 2023/January 2024

24 Young Geospatial Professionals to Watch in 2024

Company: Towill, Inc.
Current position: Senior geomatics analyst
Age: 34
Education: PhD in progress at Purdue University; MS California State University, Fresno; BS University of Calgary

As a senior geomatics analyst, Duran performs many geomatics processes involving photogrammetric and lidar data. Having more than 10 years of experience in our profession, Duran has worked for multiple federal, state, and local municipal agencies in Canada and the U.S. before joining Towill, Inc., in 2019.

Concurrently, Duran serves as a reserve in the U.S. Air Force. With a bachelor’s degree in geomatics engineering from Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary, and a master’s degree in geomatics engineering from California State University, Fresno, Duran is currently pursuing a PhD in geomatics engineering at Purdue University. During his time as a graduate student, Duran has been awarded several scholarships, including the ASPRS Francis H. Moffitt Memorial Scholarship and the ASPRS Robert E. Altenhofen Memorial Scholarship for his research in the field of photogrammetry.

Additionally, he is a Canadian professional engineer, a certified photogrammetrist, a project management professional, and a California licensed surveyor-in-training. Culturally, Duran has visited and lived in many countries and speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

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