Snohomish County surveyor Amanda Askren has been named Surveyor of the Year by the Land Surveyor’s Association of Washington (LSAW).
She is the first woman in the state to receive the honor. Askren, a supervisor in the county’s Public Works Department, was selected for her work during the past five years.
“I am pleased that one of Snohomish County’s employees has been chosen for such a prestigious honor,” said Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon. “Our employees make a difference every day to improve the community’s quality of life.”
At 25, Askren was supervising 18 surveyors, many older than she was. As a member of LSAW, she has chaired the state conference for the last two years. This year’s event in March was the largest to date. For the past seven years, she has also been co-chair of the Annual Survey Camp planning committee.
In addition to her professional work, Askren gives presentations at schools and other venues to encourage young people, especially girls and young women, to consider entering the survey profession. Ninety-eight percent of Washington’s surveyors are men; the average age is 55 years. Only 12 women are registered surveyors. She also mentors high school students competing in the national Trig Star Competition.
Askren graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Land Surveying Engineering. She currently supervises a team of five technicians in the Design and Engineering Division of Public Works.