Board Members


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.

The Washington Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors (Board) accomplishes this mission by exercising its statutory authority and obligation to review and approve applications for licensure, as well as managing, updating and enforcing the rules that govern the practice of engineering, land surveying and on-site wastewater system designs within the State of Washington.

The Board further accomplishes this mission by serving the public through maintaining relationships with its licensees’ professional associations and societies, by promoting the benefits of professional licensure to post-secondary educational institutions, by interfacing with other regulatory authorities and by increasing the public's understanding of laws and rules regulating Washington’s licensed engineering, land surveying and on-site professionals.

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.


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
Doug Hendrickson, PE – Chemical Chair July 2027
David Peden, PE, SE – Civil/Structural Vice Chair July 2025
Ivan VanDewege, PE – Electrical Member July 2024
Nirmala Gnanapragasam, Ph.D, PE – Civil Member July 2023
Aaron Blaisdell, PLS Member July 2025
James Wengler, PLS Member July 2024
Marjorie Lund, PE, SE – Civil/Structural Member July 2026
Chun Lau, PE, SE – Civil/Structural Pro-Tem Member