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OSU-boardmeeting.jpgThis past spring OSBEELS coordinated with the Oregon State University’s College of Engineering to hold the May Board meeting on the OSU campus in Memorial Union Hall. In addition to the normal business agenda, OSBEELS staff presented to students about the path to professional licensure and held a Q&A session with College of Engineering faculty and students.

Following completion of these activities, the Board received tours of OSU’s Graf Hall and the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory. Board members were first greeted by staff and graduate research assistants in Graf Hall’s Robotic Decision Making Laboratory where they learned about various robotic projects. Dr. Geoff Hollinger, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, discussed several projects his staff and students were currently researching, including underwater mapping robots and human interaction robots, among others.

Afterward Board members were shuttled to the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory. On their tour, Board members were able to experience the Driving Simulator Lab, which conducts studies on traffic and collision situations, full-scale structural engineering testing mechanisms and the various wave research models within the laboratory.

OSBEELS would like to thank the OSU College of Engineering for hosting the May Board meeting and providing our members with a behind-the-scenes look at their facilities.

​This past winter OSBEELS staff and Board members participated in E-week activities throughout the state of Oregon. Staff visited Southwestern Oregon Community College to participate and present to local students at their annual E-Week career day. At the event, OSBEELS staff was able to share information about the agency, ABET-accredited college programs, NCEES exams, and the path to earning professional licensure in Oregon.

In early March, OSBEELS staff visited Woodburn, OR to participate at the 2017 STEM Festival. Nearly 500 kids from local elementary schools attended the event and learned about STEM professions and jobs available to them in the future. OSBEELS staff came equipped with various interactive activities to help the young attendees understand the types of projects that engineers, land surveyors and photogrammetrists commonly work on.

On May 15, OSBEELS staff attended the Salem-Keizer Career and Technical Education Center’s Student Fair. Nearly 400 students participated at the fair where staff provided materials to help interested students learn more about engineering as a profession and the preferred combination of education and experience to receive professional licensure.  

​Earlier this year, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) honored former Board member Ron Singh, PLS, with the 2017 Surveying and Mapping Award. Mr. Singh was recognized for his work with the Oregon Department of Transportation, where he helped implement new engineering automation technologies for operations, maintenance, and construction.

Now retired, Mr. Singh spent over 40 years with the Oregon Department of Transportation, most recently surveying as the Geometronics Manager and Chief of Surveys. He was nominated for the national award for his efforts over the past decade to develop the Oregon Coordinate Reference System and the Oregon Real-time GNSS Network. These advancements have helped surveying, mapping, and engineering professionals across the state work more efficiently and accurately.

ASCE first established the award in 1969, which is presented annually to an individual who has made definite contributions to the advancement of surveying and mapping. ​

​OSBEELS has proposed increasing the application for registration and biennial renewal fees for professional engineers, professional land surveyors and registered professional photogrammetrists, effective December 2017. The proposed increases would raise the application for registration fee from $360 to $400 and the biennial renewal fees from $150 to $190.

The Board proposes the increases to avoid a deficit in the Board’s operational budget for the upcoming biennium. As a semi-independent agency, OSBEELS maintains its budget separate from the State General Fund. All revenues collected are expended to provide services to regulate the practice of engineering, land surveying, and photogrammetry in the state of Oregon as they relate to the welfare and safety of the public. The Board last approved the adjustment of renewal fees in June 2012, decreasing them from $180 to $150. 

During the February Finance Committee meeting, committee members determined that a fee increase was necessary to help balance net losses that are currently being accrued by the agency month-to-month.  The amount of the increase was determined through analysis of current fund balances, recent trends in industry and expected expense increases. The Board approved the proposed changes during their March meeting.  The biennial renewal rate for certified water rights examiners will remain at $40.

Rulemaking Hearing

The Board will hold a Rulemaking Hearing on September 12 at 1:00 p.m. in the Conference room of the Board office to get public input on the recommended fee increase. Members of the public will be able to submit input on the proposed fee increase until this meeting. 

Daren Cone, PE, PLS and Dr. Sean St.Clair PE 
​Daren Cone, PE, PLS and Dr. Sean St.Clair PE​
Dr. Sean St.Clair PE, and Daren Cone, PE, PLS, were appointed by Governor Kate Brown to the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and land Surveying (OSBEELS) as of April 2017.

Dr. St.Clair completed his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering at Utah State University. He earned his graduate and doctoral work in Civil Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He obtained his registration to practice civil engineering in Oregon in 2007. 

Prior to moving to Oregon in 2004, Dr. St.Clair was an Instructor at the Georgia Institute of Technology and worked as a Structural Designer for Starzer Brady Fagan Associates, Inc. In Oregon, he has been a professor and, currently, the Civil Engineering Department Chair at the Oregon Institute of Technology. Dr. St.Clair also continues to provide independent structural design consulting. While at OIT, Dr. St.Clair helped Oregon Tech’s Civil Engineering Department earn the Walter LeFevre Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Dr. St.Clair believes his commitment to upholding professional and ethical standards in the engineering profession will help him work towards fulfilling the core functions of the OSBEELS Mission – safeguarding the life, health, and property of the people of Oregon. “I take great pride in my profession and have a strong desire to ensure the integrity of the license in Oregon is preserved,” he explained.

Dr. St.Clair has also spent time as a member of the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam Development Committee, FE Content Review Study Committee, and has authored sections of the FE Reference Handbook for the National Council for the Examination of Engineers and Surveyors (NCEES). “I made it my personal goal to prepare students to be the best professional engineers possible,” he said, “I believe these avenues demonstrate my dedication to the FE Exam and the licensure process.”

St.Clair is also a member of the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Institute of Steel Construction and Order of the Engineer.

Mr. Cone will be joining the Board with over 15 years of professional engineering experience and 7 years of professional land surveying experience.

He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Forest Engineering at Oregon State University and earned his Master’s in Business Administration from Southern Oregon University. Mr. Cone obtained his registration to practice forest engineering in 2001 and professional land surveying in 2009.

With a background in forest engineering, Mr. Cone holds experience working with small-to-medium sized businesses and a fortune 500 company. He previously worked with the Boise Cascade Corporation and is curre​ntly with the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Aside from his professional career, Mr. Cone enjoys participating in National Engineering Month activities and presenting at career fairs and National Society of Professional Surveyors Trig-Star exams for high school students. He is also an active member of the Council on Forest Engineering and the Professional Land Surveyors of Oregon (PLSO). As a member of PLSO, Mr. Cone has served as vice president of the Rogue River Chapter and vice president and president of the Willamette Chapter.

In his personal time, Mr. Cone enjoys bicycling, wood working, hunting and shooting sports.​

ken hoffineThe Board would like to thank Ken Hoffine, P.E., PLS, C.W.R.E, for his service as an Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying (OSBEELS) Board and Committee member. After fulling his eight years of service as a Board member in May of 2016, Ken agreed to remain a Board member till his replacement was found this past April.

During his time with the Board, Hoffine served as the chair of the Rules and Regulation Committee and as a member of the Finance Committee, Standards of Land Surveying Practice Committee, Customer Service and Communications Standards Task Force, and the Oregon Specific Examination Task Force. Previously, he served as President for the Professional Land Surveyor Organization (PLSO) Umpqua chapter and was a member of the Oregon State University Forest Engineering Curriculum committee.

Hoffine first obtained his professional engineer registration from the Board in 1984. Shortly following, he was issued registration as a professional land surveyor in 1987 and gained certification as a water right examiner in 1989. His wide range of experience in the engineering, land surveying and water rights professions helped him be a tremendous asset to the Board and provide many contributions during his time on various committees.

Originally from Medford, OR, Hoffine graduated from Oregon State University in 1979 with his Bachelor’s degree in Forest Engineering. Professionally, he has worked at Lone Rock Timber Co. since 1983 where he serves as an engineer and surveyor. He has previously worked at Coos Head Timber Co. in Coos Bay as a forest engineer.

“Ken has been a major asset to OSBEELS,” Jason Kent, OSBEELS Board President said.  “He has contributed to the Board on many subjects; we will miss him and wish him the best going forward.”

Outside of his profession, Hoffine has been involved with Boy Scouts of America serving as a troop and pack leader.

The Board and OSBEELS staff would like to thank Ken for his commitment and wish him the best in his future endeavors.​​

Spring 2017 Oregon Examiner Newsletter


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