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​This year’s National Engineers and Surveyors weeks celebrated our state’s professionals and the difference they make in our communities. Though these national recognition weeks take place in different months, they provide individuals from both professions the chance to give back and inspire the next generation of engineers and surveyors. Professionals from across the state volunteered and participated in numerous activities aimed at increasing awareness among students and celebrating the work from this past year.

Engineers week took place this year during February 18-24. Activities included career fairs, classroom visits and various team challenges across the state. The 54th annual Engineers Week High School Program took place in Portland, OR and welcomed over 400 students from local schools. The program offered students the opportunity to visit local businesses, participate in mini-workshops with professionals, teachers, parents, and an evening dinner with engineering professionals.

The Willamette Valley Section of the Society of Women Engineers hosted the 19th annual Willamette Valley Engineers Week Awards Banquet on February 26 at Oregon State University. The event encourages young individuals to consider careers in engineering. These activities and more across the state helped engage students and celebrate our state’s engineers!

Board members and OSBEELS staff participated at the Engineers Week High School Program and attended the 11th annual Future Engineers Day in Keizer, OR where they had the opportunity to join in discussions to help inform students about careers in engineering and professional licensure.

National Surveyors week took place this year from March 18-24. An initiative promoted by the National Society of Professional Surveyors, Surveyors week was highlighted by Global Surveyors Day on Wednesday, March 21. The day included career fairs and student activities hosted by the United Way, South Western Oregon Community College, Oregon Gear Up, and more!​

​U.S. News recently published its annual college rankings of our nation’s private and public universities. To determine their rankings, U.S. News collected data from colleges and universities for various measures of academic excellence; from first-year student retention rates to faculty resources, admissions selectivity and graduation rates. Universities are then ranked in various categories that include best colleges for veterans, best value schools, most innovative, and best universities for specific academic programs, such as engineering or geomatics.

All five Oregon universities which offer ABET-accredited programs earned rankings in various categories. Below is a snap shot of how these universities ranked in their respective categories.

Oregon State University
#145 (out of 311) National University Ranking
#73 (out of 132) Top Public Schools
#70 (out of 205) Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs – highest engineering degree offered is doctorate​

Portland State University
#231 (out of 311) National University Ranking
#10 (out of 31) Most Innovative Schools
#137 (out of 205) Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs – highest engineering degree offered is doctorate

Oregon Tech
#6 (out of 65) Regional Colleges – West
#12 (out of 51) Best Value Schools
#3 (out of 7) Top Public Schools
#38 (out of 200) Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs – no doctorate program

George Fox University
#23 (out of 141) Regional Universities - West
#17 (out of 51) Best Value School
#74 (out of 200) Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs – no doctorate program

University of Portland
#6 (out of 141) Regional Universities – West
#18 (out of 51) Best Value Schools
#29 (out of 200) Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs – no doctorate program

​When involved in a Law Enforcement case with the Board, an individual may face a number of potential outcomes following the investigation. These outcomes include having the case dismissed, license suspension or revocation, required peer review of professional work, and/or civil penalty.

Should the Board determine a violation is substantial enough, per Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 672.325; the Board has the ability to impose a civil penalty following an investigation. 

These proposed penalties may not exceed $1,000 per offense. All individuals in receipt of civil penalties must submit payment within 10 days after the order becomes final by operation of law. Failure to pay civil penalties can result in liens, forced collections or additional penalties. In the case of non-registrants, ORS 183.745 allows the Board to file a lien with the county clerk’s office upon the title to or interest in any property of the person against whom the order was issued. As per ORS 205.126, collection on judgments from orders filed in the County Clerk Lien Record may be enforced by:

  • ​Writ of execution proceedings (ORS 18.252 to 18.993)
  • Proceedings in support of execution (ORS 18.265, 18.268 and 18.270)
  • Garnishment proceedings (ORS 18.600 to 18.850)

These proceedings allow for the examination of the debtors holdings, seizure of property that can be applied against the delinquent judgment, or garnishment of stocks, wages or property in safety deposit boxes. The Board can also utilize the services of the Oregon Department of Revenue to collect debts.

For registrants, the situation is more complicated. Registrants are subject to all of the above actions if they fail to pay their civil penalties within the 10-day period, but they’re also subject to additional civil penalties resulting from the violation of Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 820-020-0045(3). Each registrant is obligated to not engage in unprofessional behavior under this rule and subsection 3, specifically addresses payments to the Board:

(3) An applicant or registrant must make timely and full payment to the Board of all Board assessed fees, fines and penalties.

Additionally, ORS 672.200 grants the Board the authority to suspend registration. The statute reads:

The State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying may suspend, revoke or refuse to issue, restore or renew a certificate or permit, or may reprimand an individual enrolled as an intern or holding a certificate or permit:

  1. ​For violating any provision of ORS 672.045;
  2. For gross negligence, negligence or incompetence in the practice of engineering, land surveying or photogrammetric mapping;
  3. Subject to ORS 670.280, for conviction of a felony;
  4. For conviction of a misdemeanor involving the practice of engineering, land surveying or photogrammetric mapping;
  5. For failing to pay a civil penalty or fee in the manner prescribed by a final order of the board, or for failing to meet any other term of a final order of the board; or
  6. For violating a rule of professional conduct prescribed by the board

Payment plans may be available for individuals who demonstrate a need for repayment flexibility; however, such plans must be approved by the Board. For questions regarding civil penalties or payments, please contact the Board office at 503-362-2666 or by email at

​George Fox Group Travels to Peru to Tackle Water Issues

A group from George Fox’s Senior Design Team spent their winter break traveling to Nauta, Peru to collaborate with local missions and create innovative solutions to the major water system problems the city faces. While in Peru, the team assisted with completing a site survey, doing the conceptual design, and the basic site planning for a water systems improvement project. This spring the group will be working on completing the calculations, design options, and drawings for the project.

Oregon Tech Student Earns National Award

Oregon Tech civil engineering graduate student, Jordan Preston, was selected as the 2017 ‘Student of the Year’ by the National Institute for Transportation and Communities. Preston institute’s annual meeting in Washington D.C. Dr. Roger Lindgren, professor and graduate program director in Oregon Tech’s civil engineering department, stated, “Jordan is a remarkable student and has made a lasting impact on the civil engineering department and the larger Oregon Tech community. It has been an honor to work with her.” Criteria for the award included technical merit and research accomplishments, academic performance, professionalism and leadership.

PSU’s Society of Women Engineers Host Next Generation of Students

The ambassadors from Portland State University’s Society of Women Engineers student chapter hosted a group of Portland Public School students at the Maseeh College of Engineering in February as part of their Engineers Week activities. The visit included talking with students, engineering-related hands-on activities, and a tour of the College of Engineering’s Labs. The student ambassadors also participated in the Oregon Engineers Week High School Program by hosting tours and meeting with younger students.

OSU Graduate Students Showcase Research Work

Oregon State University’s College of Engineering held its fifth annual Graduate Research Showcase in early February. This year’s program included over 150 engineering graduate students who hosted exhibits and discussion related to their research efforts with attendees. In addition to the showcase, Jorge Cham, roboticist and cartoonist, presented to attendees on the disconnect between researchers and the public in regards to perception and communication. Participating students enjoyed the opportunity to showcase and discuss their research with members of the public. Electrical and computer engineering student Vishvas Chalishazar explained why he was excited about this event stating, “It definitely helps to boost my confidence a lot. The showcase helps us understand that just doing research is not enough.”

UP Student STEM Program Impacts Local Students

Earlier this year, the University of Portland’s UPMars STEM program hosted a daylong camp for grade school students that focused on STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering, and math. The free event focused on engaging students who come from low-income families and aimed to provide them the opportunity to learn more about these fields. UPMars, which stands for Multi-Device Autonomous Robotic System, club and other University of Portland student clubs raise money throughout the year to be able to host events and camps like this for area students and their families. The event offered participating students the opportunity to partake in a variety of STEM workshops and activities with University of Portland students.

​Project of the Year: Crooked River Wetlands

Firm: Anderson Perry & Associates Inc.

Consultants/Key Participants: Aquatic Contracting, George Chadwick Consulting, Rotschy Inc.

Summary: Due to a growing population in the Prineville area, the city found its wastewater treatment facility facing operating capacity issues. Prineville officials turned to Anderson Perry & Associates to help with the problem. Rather than suggesting a new mechanical wastewater treatment facility, Anderson Perry’s team designed a 120-acre wetlands system project to take on the treatment and disposal of wastewater. The firm found that the wetlands approach would save the city $57 million compared to the cost of building a new mechanical wastewater treatment facility. Anderson Perry & Associates also assisted with securing additional funding to help keep the city’s costs for the project as low as possible.

Best in Category – Transportation: US 20 Barclay Roundabout

Firms: Kittelson & Associates and Parametrix

Key Participants: City of Sisters and Knife River

Summary: Kittelson and Parametrix used their respective specialties to help the city of Sisters develop a solution to reduce the number of crashes at the intersection of Barclay Drive and US 20 and help decrease traffic congestion in the area. Due to the high amount of traffic from the freight industry on the highway, the design also acted as an ODOT pilot project for roundabouts that are designed with the freight industry in mind.

Best in Category – Water, Wastewater & Stormwater Systems: Portland Japanese Garden Expansion

Firms: KPPF and Geotechnical Resources Inc.

Other consultants/Key Participants: Anderson Krygier, Architectural Cost Consultants, Green Building Services, Hacker Architects (architect of record), Hoffman Construction, Kengo Kuma & Associates, Luma Lighting and Design, PAE, Sadafumi Uchiyama, and Walker Macy

Summary: The project team of KPFF and Geotechical Resources Inc. (GRI) helped the Portland Japanese Garden expand their beautiful campus while maintaining the Garden’s architectural features. One of the biggest hurdles the project faced was that the Garden is located on the crest of a large, slow-moving landslide, which required the project engineers to design a system that would keep water runoff from soaking into the vulnerable soils. The two firms worked together to design and install a combination of trench drains, manholes covered with removable pacers, and biomass panels that helped mitigate stormwater runoff while still sustaining the clean architecture of the Garden’s buildings.

To learn more about these projects and other Engineering Excellence awards visit ACEC’s website at

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.

​In its September Board Meeting the OSBEELS approved proposed increases to the application for registration and biennial renewal fees for professional engineers, professional land surveyors and registered professional photogrammetrists, effective December 2017. The increases will raise the application for registration fee from $360 to $400 and the biennial renewal fees from $150 to $190. The amount of the increase was determined through analysis of current fund balances, recent trends in industry and expected expense increases

The Board proposed the increases at the March 2017 Board meeting to avoid a deficit in the Board’s operational budget for the upcoming biennium. The Board held a Rulemaking Hearing on September 12 and provided members of the public the opportunity to provide input on the recommended fee increases. 

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. 

biernnial renewal schedule chart  lat name A-f renews on odd years, December 31. G-K renews odd years on June 30, L-R renews eve

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.​​

ron singh
The Board would like to thank Ron Singh for his four years of service as a Board and Committee member. 

During his time with the Board, Singh served as the chair of the Digital Signature Task Force and as a member of the Photogrammetric and Remote Sensing Task Force and the Law and Enforcement Committee. Singh used his extensive background and knowledge to assist the Board with a variety of projects involving the development of rules for use of digital signatures by engineers and land surveyors. 

Professionally, Singh spent much of his career with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) being hired as an Engineering Aide in 1975. Most recently Singh was the Geometronics Manager and Chief of Surveys for ODOT before his retirement in December of 2016. He obtained his registration to practice land surveying from OSBEELS in 1988.
Singh is currently a member of the Transportation Research Board – Geospatial Data Acquisition Technologies in Design and Construction, the American Society of Civil Engineers Geomatics Division – Spatial Data Applications Committee, the American Congress of Surveying and Mapping, the National Society of Professional Surveyors, and Professional Land Surveyors of Oregon.

“Ron has been an integral member of the Board since joining in 2013,” OSBEELS President Jason Kent said. “He has assisted with the improvement of numerous Board processes, most notably the digital signature initiative.”
In his spare time, Singh enjoys aviation, building and flying experimental aircrafts, sailing, photography, electronics, and woodworking.

The Board and OSBEELS staff would like to thank Ron for his dedication to improving the engineering and land surveying professions and wish him the best in his future endeavors.

osu campus building
The upcoming OSBEELS Board meeting on Tuesday, May 9, will be held at Oregon State University in Memorial Union Hall’s Jack Porter Board room. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. and will be held in conjunction with OSU’s College of Engineering.
Memorial Union Hall is located on the Corvallis campus at 112 Memorial Union Corvallis, OR 97331. The building is located northeast of the 26th St. and Jefferson Way intersection. Registrants and the public are encouraged to attend this special Board meeting.​

social security card
To ensure compliance and personal identity, OSBEELS would like to remind professionals seeking license renewal that it is required to provide your Social Security number as part of your application. 

The record of your Social Security number will be used for child support, administration and identification purposes only, unless you authorize other uses of the number. 

Failing to provide your Social Security number on your license renewal application will result in a delay of your renewal and you will be informed to submit your Social Security number. If during the renewal process your professional license become expired, you will be categorized as “delinquent” and will be assessed an additional $80 fee. 

If you have not been issued a Social Security number, OSBEELS will accept a written certification to fulfil this requirement.​

CPD Form
All registrants are required to complete 30 professional development hours (PDH) each biennial renewal cycle. Often, it’s difficult to distinguish if non-technical courses count or how much teaching, authoring, mentoring, or self-education can be used per biennial period. 

According to Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 820-010-0635, PDHs must be obtained in qualifying activities related to the individual’s registration. However, these qualifying activities don’t necessarily need to be specific to the technical aspects of engineering, land surveying, photogrammetry or water right examination. The activities must have a clear purpose or objective which improves, or expands the skills and knowledge relevant to the registrant’s field of practice or practices. If a registrant spends a majority of their time in the field, knowledge of first aid and CPR would be a valuable skill and that course would count towards fulfilling their PDH requirements. Similarly, if an engineer had a foreign client with whom they needed to communicate directly, classes in that language would be beneficial to their practice of engineering and would also count as PDHs. Accounting and management courses have been approved as appropriate PDH courses in past years. For nontechnical courses, further explanation of the courses’ relevance may be requested by Board staff. 

Every registrant shall report PDH units on the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Organizational form provided by the Board and submit it to the Board office with the renewal form and fee. The CPD Organizational form must be completed in its entirety.

While some individual courses may be up for discussion, OAR 820-010-0635 clearly states the amount of PDHs earned for activities such as teaching, authoring, performing self-study, and mentoring. The PDH limits for specific activities are as follows: 
  • Teaching or instructing a course or seminar can only be claimed the first time the course or seminar is taught and not if the registrant is a full-time faculty member 
  • Authoring or co-authoring published papers, articles or books: maximum of 10 PDHs 
  • Active participation in a professional or technical society, committee or board: maximum of 8 PDHs 
  • Self-study: maximum of 6 PDHs
  • Mentoring of engineering, land surveying, or photogrammetry topics to a nonregistered individual not under your supervision. Each 10 hours spent mentoring equals 1 PDH: maximum of 4 PDHs 
  • Non-technical educational activities related to the registrant’s employment
  • Developing, writing, or scoring an engineering, land surveying, or photogrammetric mapping examination for licensure or certification maximum 15 PDHs 
The following activities DO NOT count toward fulfilling the biennial PDH requirements:
  • Regular employment 
  • Real estate licensing courses 
  • Personal, estate, or financial planning 
  • Personal self-improvement 
  • Service club meetings or activities 
  • Equipment demonstrations or trade show displays 
  • Topics not relevant to engineering, land surveying, or photogrammetry professions 
  • Enrollment without attendance at courses, seminars, etc. 
  • Repetitive attendance at an identical course 
  • Repetitive teaching of an identical course 
  • Attending committee meetings or general business meetings of any organization. This can be confused with active participation with profession or technical societies. Attending a meeting is not the same as actively participating with an organization.
  • Taking professional or required examinations 
When determining how many PDH credits are earned through college and continuing education courses, remember that 1 college semester hour equals 45 PDH, 1 college quarter hour equals 30 PDH, and one continuing education unit equals 10 PDH. 
If you have questions concerning your PDHs at any time during your biennial period, please contact OSBEELS Accounts Specialists Tina Sorensen at 503-934-2112 or at, Amelia Volker at 503-934-2111 or at, or Veronica Gloria at 503-934-2008 or​

oregon state capital
The Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying is seeking to fill a vacant Board member position. The Board seeks a professional land surveyor (PLS). The position will be available to interested applicants beginning July, 2017.

As per Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 672.240, the PLS Board member must be a resident of Oregon for at least three years immediately preceding appointment and have been practicing as a registered professional for at least five years since the date of the individual’s initial registration. The Board operates as a semi-independent state agency subject to ORS 182.456 - 182.472 and is authorized to examine, register, and regulate professionals and investigate claims against unlicensed persons who engage in the practice of engineering, land surveying, photogrammetric mapping, and water right examination. The primary responsibility of every Board member is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the general public.

Board meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each odd-numbered month and Committee meetings are held the second Thursday and Friday of each even-numbered month. Board members are eligible for per diem and reimbursements for actual expenses involved in carrying out Board business.


For more information on the application process or the role of State Board members, visit​ and follow the instructions provided. Contact the Board office with any questions.​

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