CMSC Celebrates Its 40th Year With “Titans of Industry” Speaker Lineup

A distinguished figure in the field of metrology with a career at Boeing, John Palmateer exemplifies a lifelong commitment to excellence and innovation. He has a diverse educational background, with a master’s degree in electrical engineering as well a law degree. Now, as the founder of JDP Metrology Consulting LLC, Palmateer continues to lend his expertise to high-profile projects such as at the Vera C. Rubin Observatory in Chile, where his contributions are pivotal in ensuring precise dimensional control.

A luminary in the realm of industrial photogrammetry, John D. Brown has dedicated his career to advancing the science of dimensional measurement. With a bachelor’s degree in engineering and applied science from Yale University, and an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School, Brown’s journey began under the tutelage of his father, Duane C. Brown, a pioneer in industrial photogrammetry. Together, they developed the groundbreaking STARS film photogrammetry system, laying the foundation for the widespread adoption of photogrammetry within the industry. As president of Geodetic Systems (GSI), Brown continues to spearhead innovation, leading the development of the V-STARS line of digital industrial photogrammetric systems.

Kam Lau

Renowned for his groundbreaking inventions in dimensional metrology, Kam Lau has left an indelible mark on the industry landscape. With a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Lau began his illustrious career at the U.S. National Bureau of Standards (known today as the National Institute of Standards and Technology), where he pioneered the development of the laser tracker. As the founder, CEO, and CTO of Automated Precision Inc. (API), Lau has continued to drive innovation, introducing myriad cutting-edge products and technologies that have become industry standards worldwide.

John Palmateer

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(CMSC: Weatherford, TX) — To celebrate the Coordinate Metrology Society’s 40th Anniversary at this year’s conference (July 22–25, 2024, in Charlotte, North Carolina), the CMSC is expanding its featured speakers to include three keynotes that have been recognized as “titans” of the coordinate metrology industry: John Brown, Kam Lau, and John Palmateer.

These individuals have a spent a lifetime involved in coordinate metrology and have greatly advanced the science that metrologists use daily. Each morning of the conference will include one keynote to discuss their area of expertise, how coordinate metrology has changed since 1984, and where the industry is going.

John D. Brown