Members: Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors

Interested in serving on the Washington State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors?

The Engineer & Land Surveyor Board is currently accepting applications for an upcoming vacancy. To be considered for this vacancy, the applicant must:

  • Hold a valid Washington license as a professional engineer.
  • Have been actively engaged in practice for at least 10 years after becoming a registered engineer.
  • Have been actively engaged in practice for the 5 years immediately before being appointed to the board.
  • Be a citizen of the United States.
  • Have been a resident of the state of Washington for the 5 years immediately before being appointed to the board.

Preference may be given to those individuals licensed as structural engineers.

If you’re interested in applying for a position on the board, please visit the Governor’s website at http://www.governor.wa.gov/boards-commissions. If you have questions about this recruitment, contact Jenni Lingle at jlingle@dol.wa.gov or call 360.664.1564.

The Mission of the Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors is to safeguard life, health, and property, and to promote the public welfare in regards to engineering, land surveying and on–site wastewater system designs by assuring that:

  • Only qualified applicants are permitted to take the examinations for licensure.
  • Only competent individuals are granted licensure to practice.
  • Only licensed individuals are permitted to offer and/or provide services.
  • Only registered businesses are authorized to provide services to the public.
  • All applicants, registrants and licensees maintain a high standard of practice and compliance with applicable statutes, rules and regulations.

We accomplish these goals through balanced and fair treatment of our stakeholders, colleagues and the citizens of Washington, while continuing to assure effective and efficient use of the financial resources entrusted to us.

What does the board do?

The board provides consumer protection to the public through the licensing of engineers, land surveyors, and onsite wastewater designers, as well as recommends rules and regulations for administering licensing and regulatory laws.

Who is on the board?

The Washington Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors is made up of 7 members appointed by the Governor:

  • 5 members are professional engineers.
  • 2 members are professional land surveyors.

What are the responsibilities of board members?

  • Attend all board meetings. The board usually meets 6 times per year. Meeting dates, times, and locations are decided by the board and administrative staff.
  • Spend time each month on board business – reviewing disciplinary cases, participating on committees, etc.

Are board members paid?

  • Yes, board members receive up to $50 per day for attending meetings, as well as conducting board business outside of meetings. Also, board members are reimbursed for certain expenses related to their service on the board.

Appointments

Members of the Washington Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors are appointed to a 5-year term, and may be reappointed to a second 5-year term. Board appointments are effective on July 9 of each year.

For more information, see RCW 18.43.030 — Board of registration — Members — Terms — Qualifications — Compensation and travel expenses.

Board members

Member Role Term expires
Chun C. Lau, PE-Civil/Structural Member July 2016
Aaron Blaisdell, PLS Member July 2020
Stephen Shrope, PE-Civil/Structural Vice Chair July 2020
Neil A. Norman, PE-Mechanical Member July 2017
Nirmala Gnanapragasam, Ph.D, PE-Civil Chair July 2018
Ivan VanDewege, PE-Electrical Member July 2019
James Wengler, PLS Member July 2019

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