TSPS: How/why did you get into surveying?
Jennifer: Luck is a fickle creature, I was just lucky to get into surveying. I have a degree in civil engineering and started out in that field. The company I was working for at the time had both an engineering and surveying department, turned out surveying was what I enjoyed and my amazing bosses at the time created a position to foster my growth in surveying. The rest is history!
TSPS: Why did you join TSPS?
Jennifer: One of those amazing bosses, Craig Alderman was a huge supporter of the TSPS. He was the reason that I joined and I have enjoyed networking with my Chapter. I hope to be an influence on future young surveyors in the industry as he and the other fantastic surveyors I have worked with have been to me.
TSPS: What is your most memorable surveying moment?
Jennifer: I have several, but my most memorable occurred my first week on the job when I was sent to the field with Craig to search for corners. If you knew him you know he was tough on trucks and that day was no exception...we drove as close as we could to corners (we didn't have ATVs then), but when the mirror snapped up against the glass of my window after hitting a tree at a pretty good clip, my thought was "What have I done, this man is crazy!?!", I look over and he's just smiling at my distress! I was amazed at how he actually could find a stone mound with witness tress on the side of mountain covered with stones and trees! I've been fascinated with the surveying field ever since. Fast forward a few years later and I am driving that same truck up the side of a mountain to my base point with my dad acting as my rodman. I look over at him and he says "Jenn you should be able to see the ground out of more than just the rear window." I was rolling, laughing, I guess it's the Circle of Surveying!
Color: Red and Black (can you guess where I went to college)
Food: Barbacoa Tacos from La Fogata in Andrews, TX (everyone should try them)
Animal: Horses or Dogs, it's a toss up
Singer: Reckless Kelly or Turnpike Troubadours
Hobbies: Horseback Riding
Jennifer is currently the TSPS Chapter 10 - Permian Basin President and works for Gateway Services Group in Midland, TX.