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Scott Bennett


Scott Bennett, P.E., Little Rock, Arkansas

Scott graduated from the University of Arkansas - Fayetteville with B.S. and M.S. Civil Engineering degrees in 1989 and 1994 respectively.  He has been a Professional Engineer since 1994.

Scott began his career with the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) as a summer employee from 1985 to 1988.  Upon graduation, he was hired as a Civil Engineer I – Planning Division.  He’s held the positions of Planning Engineer, Transportation Engineer, Section Head of Technical Services, Assistant Division Head of Planning and Research, Assistant Division Head of Programs and Contracts, Division Head of Planning and Research, and Assistant Chief Engineer – Planning.  In 2011 he became the current Director of the Department.

Scott has also been appointed by Governor Hutchinson to serve on the Governor’s Working Group on Highway Funding.

He is married to Heather Bennett and they have two children, one daughter and one son, and they currently reside in the Bryant area. He has spent many years coaching youth football, basketball, and baseball in central Arkansas.  One of his biggest passions is still sports – following his daughter’s volleyball team and cheer squad and his son’s football team.  He and his family also enjoy everything outdoors, especially the many parks and trails in Arkansas.

Scott is an Engineer member of the Board, appointed in 2015.  During his tenure he has served as Vice-President (2015-2016).  His term on the Board will expire in 2019. 

Rod Williams


Rod Williams, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Rod graduated from the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville with B.S., M.S. and PhD Civil Engineering degrees in 1989, 1991, and 1997 respectively.  He has been a Professional Engineer since 1998 and a Professional Surveyor since 2007.

Rod started his career at the University of Arkansas as a Teaching Assistant (1989-1991). His subsequent positions included Visiting Instructor (1992), Research Assistant/Instructor (1993-1995), Instructor (1995-1998), and Visiting Assistant Professor (1998-Present). His related educational experience includes acting as the Civil Engineering Department’s Undergraduate Studies Coordinator, Instructor in a variety of short courses, certification programs and Licensing Exam reviews for AHTD, ADEQ and consulting firms across the state and nation. Consulting: DBA Williams Consulting, Stream surveys, Assimilative capacity studies, WWTP compliance and treatment issues, watershed protection and inventories, nutrient monitoring, stream monitoring and other related research.

Rod has served on many committees including Drinking Water Advisory and Operator Licensing Committee (2004 – 2010), University Health and Occupational Safety Committee (Chair), College of Engineering Safety Committee (Chair), and Wastewater Advisory and Operators Committee (March 2014 through 2017). He has received the University of Arkansas, College of Engineering Outstanding Service to Students Award (1999-2000, 2002-2003, 2004-2005, 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2011-2012, 2012-2013), Baum Teaching Grant (2006), he has been Recognized by the Student Alumni Board and the Associated Student Government for outstanding service to the students of the University of Arkansas (2007), and has been initiated into the Arkansas Academy of Civil Engineers (2010). He is a Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Water Resources Association, American Water Works Association, Chi Epsilon Civil Engineer Honor Society, and Order of the Engineer.

When not teaching, advising or consulting he enjoys riding motorcycles, playing guitar and fiddle and traveling to exotic and not so exotic places.

Rod is the Dual Member of the Board, appointed in early 2016. He was reappointed in July 2016 and his current term will expire in 2020. 

J Kyle Salyar  J Kyle Salyar, P.E., P.S., Van Buren, Arkansas

 Kyle graduated from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville with a B.S. Civil  Engineering degree in 2000.  He has been a Professional Engineer in  Arkansas and Oklahoma since 2004 and a Professional Surveyor in  Arkansas since 2009.

Kyle began his engineering career as a Summer Engineer Intern with the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) from 1998 to 1999.  He joined Hawkins-Weir Engineers as a Staff Engineer following his graduation in 2000.  In 2009, Kyle became a partner of Hawkins-Weir and is currently a Director and Vice-President with the Firm.

Kyle has previously served as the President and Chairman of the Van Buren Municipal Auditorium Commission and a Director for the American Public Works Association (Arkansas). He has also served on various committees, including the Arkansas Society of Professional Surveyors, Arkansas Society of Professional Engineers, Leadership Crawford County, and American Council of Engineering Companies.

He and his wife Kellie have a daughter, Brylee Kate and a son, Landon.  He and his family enjoy spending time on their recreational property hunting, fishing and enjoying the outdoors as well as snow skiing in Colorado with family and friends.  Kyle and Kellie are both passionate Razorback fans and longtime Razorback Foundation Members.

Kyle is an Engineer Member of the Board, appointed in 2017.  His term on the Board will expire in 2021.   

Ivan HoffmanIvan L. Hoffman, Jr., P.S., Van Buren, Arkansas 

Ivan became a Professional Surveyor in Arkansas in 1973, and also holds registration in Oklahoma and Missouri.  He has been president and owner of Hoffman & Associates, Inc. since 1978 and his firm provides engineering and surveying services.

Ivan is a Fellow of the National Society of Professional Surveyors and a member of the Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri Surveying Society.  He is active in the Arkansas Society of Professional Surveyors (ASPS), where he has been past President and Legislative Chairman and a frequent course instructor for the organization's continuing education efforts.  He is a Member and President, of the Land Advisory Board to the State Surveyors Office.

He is also active in the National Council of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors (NCEES).  Serving on various committees including Examinations for Professional Surveyors (EPS) (Chairman, 2013-2014), Survey Exam (Subject Matter Expert) and Examination Policy and Procedures (EPP).  He has also served on several Task Force Committees as well as being an NCEES Annual Meeting work shop instructor.

Ivan is the Surveyor Member of the Board, appointed in 2002.  During his tenure he has served as Vice-President (2004-2005, 2013-2014) and President (2005-2006, 2014-2015). He was reappointed in 2006, 2010 and 2014 and his current term will expire in 2018. 

Dan YoungDan Young, Little Rock, Arkansas

Dan graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.S. Business Administration degree in 1994 .  He continued his education at the University of Arkansas -Fayetteville earning his Juris Doctor in 1997 and at the University of Florida where in 1998 he earned his Masters of Law in Taxation.  He has been a licensed attorney since 1997.

Dan practices at the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock in the areas of taxation, business planning, estate and gift taxation, probate administration and wills and trusts.  He is a member of the Pulaski County, Arkansas and American Bar Associations.  He served as a member of the House of Delegates of the Arkansas Bar Association from 2010-2013 and the Board of Directors of the Pulaski County Bar Association from 2010-2012.

Dan is involved in a number of professional and community organizations and activities.  He is a member of the Little Rock Rotary Club, on the Board of Directors for the University of Arkansas School of Law Alumni Association, and was recognized as one of Arkansas Business “40 under 40” in 2010.

Dan is a Consumer Member of the Board, appointed in 2010.  During his tenure he has served as Vice-President (2014-2015) and President (2015-2016).  He was reappointed in 2014 and his current term will expire in 2018. 

Thomas Scott

Thomas Scott, Little Rock, AR

Tom graduated from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, with a B.S. degree in Public Administration in 1974.  He is a licensed State Certified General Appraiser and was a member of the Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board from 1999 to 2005, serving as Chairman for two terms.  He is a past president and board member of the Arkansas Chapter of the International Association of Assessing Officers.  Tom was awarded the Marvin Russell Award in 2000 and in 2014 by the Chapter for his outstanding professional contributions to the Arkansas assessment profession.  He has a Senior Appraiser designation from the Arkansas Assessment Coordination Department and a Certified Louisiana Associate Assessor certification from the Louisiana Assessors Association.  He is an associate member and past board member of the Arkansas Chapter of the Appraisal Institute.  Tom currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Asbury United Methodist Church in Little Rock.  During January 2014 he helped found the Mulberry River Society and has served as that organization’s vice-president since its inception.  Tom is also an Eagle Scout.  

Tom began his career in real estate appraising in 1980.  He, along with two others, founded Arkansas CAMA Technology, Inc. (ACT) and DataScout, LLC.  He serves as President of ACT and has done so since the company was incorporated in 1992.  ACT provides real estate appraisal services and assessment related software to over 45 county and parish assessors. DataScout, LLC was formed in July 2000, and offers on line access to county and parish real estate records and other services through its actdatascout and DataScoutPro websites. DataScout’s GIS division provides geospatial related services and technologies to a wide range of clients.

Tom and his wife, Gale Grice Scott of Parkdale, AR, have been married for 39 years.  They both enjoy all kinds of sports and are avid Razorback fans and tailgaters.  They are also timberland owners and thoroughly enjoy being out in the woods and on the lakes and rivers of Arkansas, traveling, gardening and entertaining their many family members and friends.  Tom and Gale are very proud of their two sons Cory and Zeb and new grandson, Camden Thomas Scott.

Tom is a Consumer Member of the Board, appointed in 2015, and his term will expire in 2019. 

Brian MooreBrian Moore, P.E., Springdale, Arkansas

Brian joined Engineering Services, Inc. (ESI) in 1992 while completing his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. He joined ESI full time following his graduation in 1994 and received his Arkansas P.E. license in 2000. He is currently Vice President and part owner of ESI and has active P.E. licenses in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas.

Brian was one of Northwest Arkansas Business Journal’s “Forty Under Forty” in 2003, and was named the 2005 Young Engineer of the Year by the Northwest Chapter of the Arkansas Society of Professional Engineers (ASPE).

Brian has previously served as president of the Northwest Chapter of ASPE and the Arkansas Chapter of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE). He has served on the board of directors for several organizations, including the Springdale Chamber of Commerce, Springdale Rotary Club, and the United Way of Washington County. He has also served on numerous committees, including the Springdale Enhancement Project, the Springdale Growth Task Force, the Utilities Committee of the Springdale City Future Program, the Governance Council of Springdale Tomorrow, and the Springdale Sports Authority.

He and his wife Melonie have a daughter, Cadence, and son, Chandler. Brian enjoys golfing, vacationing with his family, and supporting his children’s interests and activities.

Brian is an Engineer member of the Board, appointed in 2015, and his term will expire in 2019.


H. James Engstrom, IIIH. James Engstrom, III, P.E., Little Rock, Arkansas

Jim graduated from Columbia University - New York with BA. and B.S. Civil Engineering degrees, and an M.S. Structural Engineering degree in 1965, 1966, and 1967 respectively.  He also completed post-graduate studies at the University of California-Berkley.   He serves on the Arkansas State Building Code Committee and the Governor's Earthquake Council.   He became a Professional Engineer in Arkansas in 1970, and holds registration in eleven other states.

Jim has been the president and owner of H. James Engstrom & Associates, Inc. since 1971.  This firm delivers specialized experience in structural engineering design, seismic and dynamic analysis and design, project management, contract administration, construction inspection and other construction services.

His outside interests include community service, hunting, fishing and golf.

Jim is an Engineer Member of the Board, appointed in 1993.  During his tenure he has served as Vice President (1994-1995, 2012-2013) and President (1995-1996, 2003-2004, 2013-2014).  He is the longest serving member, having been reappointed in 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013, and 2017 and his current term will expire in 2021. 

David BeasleyDavid Beasley, PhD, P.E., Jonesboro, Arkansas

David graduated from Mississippi State University with B.S. and M.S. Agricultural Engineering degrees in 1971 and 1973 respectively. He continued his education at Purdue University, earning a Ph.D (1977) in Agricultural Engineering (specializing in nonpoint source pollution monitoring and modeling).  He has been a Professional Engineer since 1978.  He is listed in Who’s Who in Science and Engineering and Who’s Who in the South and Southwest.

David is a former Professor and Dean of Engineering at Arkansas State University (2009-14).  Prior to joining Arkansas State, he was a Professor in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department at North Carolina State University from 1991 to 2009, and served as Department Head from 1991 to 1999.  From 1988 to 1991, he was Professor and Head of the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department at the University of Georgia’s Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton.  Before that, he was a member of the faculty at Purdue University (1978 to 1988) and the University of Arkansas (1977 to 1978).  

David has been an ABET evaluator for more than 22 years and served as ASABE’s liaison with NCEES’ EPE Committee for two years.  He was a member of the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET for 12 years and served on the Executive Committee of the Commission, where he was chair of the Criteria Committee and Chair of the Engineering Accreditation Commission (2012-13).  He is a Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers and a member of the Arkansas Academy of Biological and Agricultural Engineers.  He was named a Distinguished Engineering Fellow of the College of Engineering at Mississippi State, and received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department at Purdue.

He is married to Jan and is the father of two children (Jessica and Camille).  His outside interests include the Jonesboro Rotary Club, travel, and engineering education consulting.

David is an Engineer member of the Board, appointed in 2014.  During his tenure he has served as Vice-President (2015-2016) and President (2016-2017).  He was reappointed in 2016 and his current term will expire in 2020.

Staff Members

Heather N. Richardson
Executive Director

Grant Grigg             
Regulatory Board Chief Investigator

Linda S. Stone             
Assistant Executive Director

Virginia S. Davis
Licensing Coordinator

Marilyn F. Smith             
Licensing Coordinator

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Professional Engineers and
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Phone: 501 682-2824
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