June 2017 Luncheon Speaker
Rear Admiral John Bossler
John D. Bossler is a consultant who retired from The Ohio State University (OSU) where he was a Professor and Director of the Center for Mapping. Prior to that Dr. Bossler was the Director of the Coast and Geodetic Survey (C & GS) and the National Geodetic Survey (NGS). As Director of C & GS, he held the rank of Admiral in the NOAA Commissioned Corps. He served on three NOAA ships, reaching the level of Executive Officer and Interim Captain. He served on numerous geodetic and astronomic field parties as Commanding Officer. He retired from NOAA in 1986 and joined OSU as a full Professor.
On a professional basis, he is a Past President of ACSM, ASCE (Surveying section), AGU (Geodesy Section) and GITA, and a member of ASPRS, PLSO and URISA. He was awarded the Department of Commerce Gold medal, The Distinguished Civil Engineer for 2015 from the University of Pittsburgh, the ASCE Surveying and Mapping award, several ACSM presidential and Ohio State University awards. He has edited or authored two books: Surveying, by Moffitt and Bossler and the Manual of Geospatial Science and Technology. He has written over 100 papers on Surveying, geodesy and related subjects .He is licensed as an engineer in Maryland and as a surveyor in Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and the state of Washington. He was Project Manager and principal architect of the North American Geodetic Datum of 1983. He fostered the initial use of the Global Positioning System for geodetic surveying. He was the architect of the GPS Van technology and the integration of GPS, IMS and digital cameras. He lives in Dublin, Ohio with Sandy, his wife of 54 years.