Sean St.Clair, Ph.D., Professor of Civil Engineering at Oregon Tech, recently received distinguished service awards from two different national organizations.
The Civil Engineering Division of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) presented St.Clair with the George K. Wadlin Distinguished Service Award, the most prestigious of the division’s awards. The award is given for outstanding service in support of civil engineering education and the Civil Engineering Division of ASEE.
St.Clair was recognized for his leadership as Civil Engineering Division Chair and Civil Engineering Division Program Chair and for his record of service to ASEE.
St.Clair became active in ASEE while in graduate school, winning an Apprentice Faculty Grant in 2003. After moving to Oregon, he became heavily involved in the Pacific Northwest Section serving as Chair from 2009 to 2011 and Section Campus Representative since 2012. He was elected Zone IV Chair and served from 2016 to 2018, during which time he also served on ASEE’s national board of directors. St.Clair won the Pacific Northwest Section Best Paper Award in 2016, the Zone IV Best Paper award in 2017, and the National Best Zone Paper Award in 2018. He was then invited to present this paper at the main plenary session of the 2018 Annual Conference. St.Clair also won the Pacific Northwest Section Outstanding Teacher Award in 2015.
In addition to the ASEE award, the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) awarded St.Clair with a Distinguished Service Award as an acknowledgment of loyal and valuable service to the Western Zone, the NCEES, and to the engineering and surveying professions.
St.Clair’s service to NCEES includes 12 years on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam Development Committee. The FE Exam is the first of two exams that engineers must take to become licensed Professional Engineers.
In his role, St.Clair has written hundreds of questions that are attempted by tens of thousands of examinees every year. St.Clair also served on committees to determine the content and passing score for the FE Exam and on the Education, Examination Policy and Procedures, and Examinations for Procedures Committees of NCEES.
St.Clair's recognition from both ASEE and NCEES serves as a testament to his commitment to advancing the engineering profession and education.