Joseph Foster, PS, PLS

Joseph Foster, PS, PLS


  • Professor of Practice, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
  • BS, Surveying, Michigan Technological University, 1990
  • BS, Forestry, Michigan Technological University, 1987


Joe Foster is a Professor of Practice in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering at Michigan Tech, focusing on teaching courses in the elements of land surveying.  His extensive background in the profession includes serving as Principal for successful land surveying companies in both Minnesota and Michigan, where he has directed and overseen a wide range of projects, including Boundary, County Remonumentation, & Cadastral (USDA-FS) retracement surveys; topographic, site planning, & flood plain surveys; mine surveys (surface & underground); Plats & Subdivisions; conventional & GPS control surveys.

He has coordinated and managed contracts with the USDA-Forest Service, Mining Companies in Northern Minnesota, the State of Michigan County Remonumentation Program, and has worked with the States of Minnesota and Michigan in the Plat and Subdivision development process.

Joe serves as the County Representative for the Houghton and Keweenaw County Survey and Remonumentation Program and is a member of the Michigan Society of Professional Surveyors.  He is also active with the Douglass Houghton Student Chapter of the NSPS at Michigan Tech, and serves on MTU's Surveying Engineering Industrial Advisory Board.

Teaching Interests

  • Introduction to land surveying
  • Route and construction surveying
  • Survey field practice
  • Professional practice review