WHEN PEOPLE THINK OF SURVEYING, they mainly think of property boundaries and the signifi- cant responsibilities in determining them: the financial and legal implications surveying practitioners bear on behalf of their clients. But this also holds true for other elements of surveying—consider the 3D world of utility engineering. A bright young leader in this field is Adam Schleicher, the driving force behind several initiatives promoting the surveying profession.
Adam has a BS in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has also taken surveying courses at the Madison Area Technical College and Northeastern Wisconsin Techni- cal College. He has been active with the Boy Scouts as a surveying merit badge counselor and was selected to participate in the 5th International Training Course in Topography for Young Surveyors [YS] held in Lisbon, Portugal, in 2013. After the week-long program, the participants attended the 1st FIG YS European Meeting. Adam then helped lead the 1st FIG YS North American meeting in San Diego. He established the NSPS YS Facebook page and the first YS chapter of a state association in the U.S. (Wisconsin).
A quote from Adam summarizes the reason why multiple people nominated him: “Surveying is a unique and challenging field, and I could not imagine doing anything else. Every day is a new challenge, and there is always more evidence to research and data to collect. No two surveys or days have ever been the same. I feel the future of surveying is very bright. I am amazed by the technological advices that have occurred even during the short time I have been surveying and can’t wait to see what the future will hold.”