Payse Smith



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BS Ecological Engineering

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Current Occupation:

My current occupation is as a an EIT, doing design and planning for small cities in the Willamette Valley. This is for Westech Engineering in Salem, a small consulting engineering firm with a long history serving small cities in the valley. I primarily produce design contract documents (construction drawings & specs) for water supply, wastewater collection/ treatment and irrigation projects. This is usually for public works at municipalities or for rural water supply and wastewater cooperatives/districts. I have worked a bit on recycled water reuse and infrastructure and hope to do more in the future.

How did OSU prepare you for your job?

OSU provided me much of the applied science that I use regularly: soil science, chemistry, biology, and physics.  Eco E provided a good breadth of hard engineering skills, such as problem solving, dimensional analysis, GIS, fluids/hydraulics, and irrigation systems.

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