is a geodesist for the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He is the technical lead within the Observation and Analysis Division of NGS. He is a licensed land surveyor in Oregon and Utah.
Prior to his current position, Dr. Gillins worked as an assistant professor in the civil engineering program at Oregon State University where he conducted research in GNSS height modernization surveys, structural inspections with Unmanned Aircraft Systems, and earthquake hazard mapping. He also taught courses on surveying theory, least squares adjustments, and GNSS.
Previous to Oregon State University, Dr. Gillins worked for over 10 years as a land surveyor for the Bureau of Land Management and US Forest Service. Dr. Gillins has published over 2 dozen papers and technical reports on surveying and geomatics engineering. He also serves as chair of the Surveying Committee within the Surveying Division of the Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute of ASCE, is on the editorial board of the ASCE Journal of Surveying Engineering, and is a director for the American Association for Geodetic Surveying (AAGS).
Dr. Gillins has a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Utah.