Dr. Cole is a professional land surveyor and engineer. His background includes service with the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey with a final rank of Lt. Commander, as the Chief of the Florida Dept. of Natural Resources Bureau of Surveying and Mapping, as an engineer with the Florida Department of Transportation, many years of private surveying and engineering practice, and as an adjunct professor at the University of Puerto Rico and Florida State University. He earned a B.S. degree from Tulane University and M.S. and PhD degrees from Florida State University.