The 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, www.facebook.com/osbeels, and on the OSBEELS website, www.oregon.gov/osbeels.
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