Samuel Smith: A homegrown Taos success

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Samuel Joseph Smith III at his graduation from New Mexico State University in May 2020.

Samuel Joseph Smith III graduated recently from New Mexico State University with a 3.915 GPA and a bachelor's in geomatics.

Smith is the son of Valentina Romero and Samuel Joseph Smith Jr. He grew up in Taos Pueblo and Acoma Pueblo. Smith lived with his parents, three siblings and, sometimes, grandparents while growing up. He earned his general equivalency diploma after working as a land surveyor in Taos.

Smith graduated from Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute with two associate degrees, achieving dean's list each semester for two years and graduating with a 3.96 GPA.

He transferred to New Mexico State University immediately after graduating from SIPI. He received the Crimson Scholar designation, which placed him in the top 10 percent of the university, made the dean's list each semester, and university honors, for which he had to complete a certain number of honors courses on top of maintaining a high GPA.

He served as the secretary on the National Society of Professional Surveyors, New Mexico Professional Surveyors and NMSU Student Surveying chapter for two years.

He is transferring to a master's program at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi in geospatial systems engineering. He plans to complete this program, become licensed as professional surveyor and one day teach students geospatial information science and surveying.

- Staff report

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