Welcome Aboard, Alaa Shams!


We are excited to introduce the newest member of the Navigation Electronics, Inc. team, Alaa Shams!

Alaa received a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in 1998 from Damascus University – Syria, a Master’s degree in Computer Science in 2004 from Southern University – Baton Rouge, LA; currently pursuing another masters in Civil Engineering at Louisiana State University. He joined NEI in 2014 as the Surveying/Geomatics & Construction: Technical Support and Sales representative.

Prior to that he was the GIS Training Coordinator since 2008 at Louisiana State University (LSU) and a Desktop Associate, authorized, and certified instructor from Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) at Louisiana Geographic Information Center (LAGIC) Special Programs with the School of the Coast and Environment. Alaa is also an adjunct instructor at Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) since 2010, teaching GIS, Surveying, and Intro to Computers , and also teaches AutoCAD and Surveying at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA. He served as a GIS Analyst at Southern University and A & M College (SUBR) for more than five years at the Center for Coastal Zone Assessment and Remote Sensing (CCZARS).

He was part of SUBR Bering Glacier, Alaska Team in 2007 and 2008 as a GIS/GPS/Remote Sensing specialist. Before that, he held several positions as a Research Associate at the National Wetlands Research Center (NWRC) with the United States and Geological Survey (USGS) in Lafayette, LA, and as a GIS Analyst in New Orleans City Hall after Hurricane Katrina. He participated in several regional and national conferences, and has published and presented papers in international conferences as well. We are so happy to have him join the nei team!

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