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duquette and aldridge​During the Board’s May 9, 2017 meeting, Shelly Duquette, PE, SE, was elected to serve as the Board President, effective July 1, 2017. Chris Aldridge, RPP was elected to serve as the Board’s Vice President. The nominations were held because the previous Board President and Vice President’s biennial term ended in June.

Presently in her second term, Duquette joined the Board during the summer of 2013. She has served on the Examinations and Qualifications Committee, Professional Practices Committee, the Joint Compliance Committee with the Oregon Board of Geologist Examiners, and the Digital Signatures Task Force.

She is currently a structural plan reviewer with the City of Portland and has been responsible for reviewing structures and structural components permitted within the City of Portland and Multnomah County to ensure conformance with governing building codes for over 13 years.  Prior to joining the City of Portland, Duquette was a structural engineer in the private sector for 8 years, worked for state agencies and provided construction support.

Duquette earned her undergraduate engineering degree from the University of Washington and Masters of Science degree from Portland State University with a structural emphasis. Duquette is a member of the Structural Engineers Association of Oregon and has volunteered as a grader for the Washington III structural examination. She also serves as a member of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Exam Committee.

Aldridge joined the Board in July of 2016. He previously served as the Committee Chair for the Professional Practices Committee and the Photogrammetric and Remote Sensing Task Force. Aldridge also participated on the Examinations and Qualifications Committee, External Relations Committee, Rules and Regulations Committee, and the Customer Service and Communications Standards Task Force.

He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, and holds a Certificate of Proficiency in cartography. Aldridge is an Oregon Registered Professional Photogrammetrist, a Surveyor Photogrammetrist in Virginia, and a Certified Photogrammetrist through the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.

In his 30 plus years as a professional photogrammetrist he has developed expertise in aerial and terrestrial photogrammetry, light detection and ranging, flight and control planning, image processing, aerial triangulation, stereo compilation, orthophoto generation, and more. Aldridge’s current position as the President and founder of AirView Mapping, LLC has provided him with the opportunity to apply his skills in the application of photogrammetry and sUAS applications for mapping.

​​poweringchange-logo-Examiner.jpgThe Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying hosted it’s seventh annual Symposium on September 22, 2017 at the Salem Conference Center. Titled ‘Powering Change’, the daylong conference featured industry innovators and the projects that are shaping the future of clean energy and sustainability in Oregon. This year’s Symposium welcomed over 150 attendees from across the Northwest. Full-day attendees earned eight (8) CPD hours, which is nearly one-third of the hours needed for each biennial renewal cycle.

New this year at the Symposium was the College Student Showcase, which featured engineering, surveying, and geomatics students from Oregon State University, Oregon Tech, University of Portland, Portland State University and George Fox University. Participating students had the opportunity to showcase their work to attendees and learn more about opportunities available to them once finished with school.

In her opening remarks, Shelly Duquette, PE, SE, OSBEELS President, welcomed attendees and stated, “Electricity has captivated and transformed civilizations throughout history. Today we’re excited to learn what’s on the horizon from some of the brightest minds across the Pacific Northwest.”

President Duquette went on to discuss how the state of Oregon has placed an importance on developing sustainable practices and how the engineering, land surveying, and water right professions play a vital role in this initiative.

Experts from across the state presented on innovative projects that are advancing how our state generates and utilizes energy resources. Speakers were from a variety of public and private organizations including the Oregon Department of Energy, Energy Trust of Oregon, Bonneville Power Association, Oregon State University’s O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory, Portland General Electric, the City of Portland, OSBEELS Board members, and the United States Geological Survey’s Oregon Water Science Center.

This year’s event kicked off with a keynote presentation from Dr. Pedro Lomonaco, Director of the Oregon State University O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory. Dr. Lomonaco discussed the development and implementation of wave energy converters at OSU’s research laboratory and the Oregon coast. During the presentation he also showcased the development of their research facilities and how these tools will help them continue to research the capabilities of wave energy conversions.

The afternoon keynote presentation featured Katharine Lozano, a Senior Assistant Attorney General with the Oregon Department of Justice. She discussed OSBEELS rule updates with attendees to help registrants in attendance be aware of any changes that may affect their professions.

OSBEELS would like to thank all who participated, spoke and volunteered at this year’s Symposium.

The OSBEELS Symposium is an annual event held in September. Information for the Symposium is announced in early summer and registration is available through the day of the event. Registration fees cover Symposium materials, lunch, registration materials and eight PDHs.  Anyone interested in attending future symposium events should keep an eye out for announcements in the Oregon Examiner newsletter, on the OSBEELS Facebook page,, and on the OSBEELS website,

If you have any comments or questions, please contact the OSBEELS staff at or 503-362-2666.​​

oregon tech campus buildingFor the second time in as many years, Oregon Tech’s College of Engineering, Technology and Management was awarded the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying’s (NCEES) Surveying Education Award.

This annual award recognizes surveying programs that best reflect the organization’s mission to advance licensure for surveyors in order to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the public. One of seven higher education institutions to receive the NCEES’s Surveying Education Award, Oregon Tech was recognized for their Geomatics program.

In addition to the award, NCEES also donated $15,000 to Oregon Tech to assist with the program’s continued efforts to promote the value of licensure in the land surveying profession. The award committee selected the University of Maine’s Surveying and Engineering Technology program to receive this year’s grand prize award.

Located in Klamath Falls, Oregon Tech’s Geomatics program offers students four-year degrees in Surveying and Geographic Information Systems. While completing their coursework, students in the Geomatics program are able to gain valuable land surveying experience through hands on fieldwork that prepares them for employment and licensure as professional land surveyors.

“We’re very proud of this program,” Jack Walker, PLS, Professor and Chair of the Oregon Tech Geomatics Program. “The NCEES Surveying Education Award is extremely valuable to our university and it is very much appreciated.”

Mr. Walker noted the program used funds received from last year’s award to continue Oregon Tech’s efforts to prepare and encourage graduating students to pursue professional licensure.

finger touching survey on iphoneMembers of the Customer Service and Communications Standards Task Force are currently developing a customer service survey.  This survey  will be used to collect feedback and identify areas of opportunity within the Board’s various areas of service. Once complete, the survey will, initially, be distributed to 20% of each discipline; registered engineers, land surveyors and photogrammetrists, in order to receive an accurate response across all the professions. Over the next couple of years, the Task Force’s goal is to reach every active registrant.

Areas of service that the survey will cover include general customer service, licensure registration and renewals, communication to registrants and the law enforcement process.

The Task Force aims to begin distributing the survey at the beginning of 2018 via email with the goal of helping OSBEELS identify areas of opportunity and success within our agency’s customer service processes.

​Several Board members have been appointed by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) President to participate on various NCEES Committees in the upcoming year. 

  • Board member Amin Wahab was asked, and accepted, to join the NCEES’s Uniform Procedure Licensure Guidelines Committee (UPLG). 
  • Board member Jason Kent was asked, and accepted, to join the NCEES’s Western Zone Leadership committee. 
  • Board President Duquette and Board member Sean St.Clair were asked, and accepted, to participate on the NCEES Exam Committees.
  • Sean St.Clair was asked, and accepted, to join the NCEES’s Committee on Education.

NCEES Committees meet throughout the year to address NCEES business and licensure issues.

​As a registered professional with OSBEELS, you are likely well aware of your ability to practice your profession in the state of Oregon, but what about your ability to legally practice in another state or jurisdiction? Professional licenses are valid only in the state granting the license, and though it may be recognized by other states or jurisdictions, this alone does not grant individuals the privilege to practice their profession in any state. 

From state to state, each licensing Board has minimum requirements that individuals must meet in order to receive registration by Comity in that jurisdiction. Comity or Cross-state licensure is not an uncommon practice amongst professionals. Nearly all states provide a process for receiving licensure by Comity if an individual is already licensed in another state or jurisdiction. 

If you are a registrant interested in gaining a better understanding of the cross-state licensing requirements for our neighboring western region states, OSBEELS has collected information about the states of Washington, California, and Idaho’s most common requirements for receiving cross-state registration and additional contact information. 

When applying for cross-state licensure, OSBEELS recommends creating and maintaining a NCEES Record. A NCEES Record is an electronic compilation of an individual’s professional career, references, examinations, and school transcripts that can be included in most state application packets. Maintaining and transmitting your profile can likely help expedite the application submission process. 


Registrants interested in applying for licensure in the state of Washington by Comity may apply if they meet the following requirements:

  • Are currently licensed in a U.S. state or other Washington Board-approved jurisdiction and provide proof of verification
  • Possess at least 8 years of Board-approved professional experience (a degree from an ABET-accredited program may count for up to four (4) years of this experience) 
  • Have taken and passed the NCEES Fundamental and Professional exams that pertain to your area of practice.
  • Note: The Washington Board no longer offers a waiver of the Fundamental exams to applicants. 
  • Pass the Washington Law Review.

Interested individuals may learn more about applying for licensure by Comity in the state of Washington by visiting the Board’s website at


Registrants interested in applying for licensure in the state of Idaho by Comity are asked to complete one of two available Comity application forms. Whichever form an individual is required to complete is dependent upon whether the individual has a NCEES Record. Interested individuals must meet the following requirements to be considered for licensure by Comity:

  • Are currently licensed in a U.S. state or other Idaho Board-approved jurisdiction and provide verification of licensure
  • Passed the NCEES Fundamental and Professional exams and any additional state-specific exams that pertain to your area of practice
  • Graduated from an ABET-accredited program and possess an additional four (4) years or more of progressive experience in your area of practice (completion of approved coursework in addition to your four-year degree may be accepted by the Board and credited as additional experience)
  • Provide at least five (5) professional references, three (3) of which must be licensed professionals
  • Completion of the Idaho state Board’s questionnaire regarding Idaho state laws and professional conduct
  • Interested individuals may learn more about applying for licensure by Comity in the state of Idaho by visiting the Board’s website at


Registrants interested in applying for licensure in the state of California by Comity must meet the same requirements as first-time applicants and are required to submit the application packet in its entirety. Interested individuals must submit the following within the packet:

  • Provide verification of licensure if registered in another state or Board-approved jurisdiction
  • Take and pass the required NCEES Fundamental and Professional exams and any additional state-specific examinations or use the NCEES verification system to provide proof of completion
  • Provide at least four (4) Engagement Record and Reference Forms
  • Provide proof of gaining six (6) years of qualifying experience in your area of practice (earning a four-year degree from an ABET-accredited program may count towards four (4) years of experience)
  • Complete and pass the Take-Home Examination on California engineering laws and the Board’s rules

Requirements may vary for specific branches of engineering within the state of California. Interested individuals are advised to contact the California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologist with questions regarding their specific area of practice or for special accommodations. Visit to learn more.

*Note: Oregon no longer offers a Comity or Reciprocity application from individuals registered in other states. Any forms found that are labeled as such are out of date and will not be accepted.

Winter 2018 Oregon Examiner Newsletter


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