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Tom Sylvester is a professional engineer and professional land surveyor, licensed in Colorado. He earned a professional Engineer of Mines degree from the Colorado School of Mines 5-year program in 1969. Since then, he worked in Alaska for five months and served in the United States Navy. He was enlisted for over a year and then commissioned in the Civil Engineer Corps for assignments with the Seabees (Construction Battalions). He served two Austral Summer tours with Operation Deep Freeze in Antarctica and one tour serving the 6th Fleet in Italy.

After discharge in 1974, he spent 24 years in the mining industry as an engineer, supervisor and manager, mostly in the western United States. He started his own engineering and surveying company with a business partner in 1998 in Grand Junction with most of its efforts focused on the surveying aspects of the profession. Since that time, he has taught several mentoring courses in surveying. He served on the ad hoc committee with the Professional Land Surveyors of Colorado, Inc. that helped to establish the Land Surveying and Geomatics program here at CMU Tech in 2017 and has led the programs to date.

Sylvester is married to his beautiful wife, Sheila. They have two grown children and one grandchild all living in Littleton.

When he's not working, he enjoys hunting, camping and horses.