MapTech's roots are in applied and basic research, its founders having more than 50 years of combined experience working with the United States Department of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Service and the Biological Systems Engineering Department at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).  Company founder Vernon Shanholtz and owner/president Phillip McClellan conducted an internationally recognized research effort in the then-burgeoning field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and a nationally recognized program in watershed assessment.  In both programs, the ultimate goal was to support local and state government agencies in addressing their nonpoint source pollution issues.

Over the last decade, MapTech has grown in depth and breadth, with over half of the workforce holding advanced degrees in engineering and environmental sciences.  Located near Virginia Tech, MapTech has been able to capitalize on the available intellectual resources through collaborative efforts with faculty members in various disciplines.  In participating in these collaborations, MapTech personnel have been able to amplify their research abilities through the use of university field and laboratory resources.  Research continues to be a prime focus at MapTech, where our experience includes desktop, laboratory-scale, field/plot-scale, and watershed-scale research projects.