2017 ASCE Oregon Government Engineer of the Year is Tova Peltz

Tova Peltz, PE, GE, CEG is the Geo-Environmental Unit Manager in the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Region 1. Tova works at the interface of engineering, environmental resource management, project delivery, and transportation infrastructure maintenance. Tova holds a Masters in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and a Bachelors in Earth Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.), Geotechnical Engineer (G.E.) and Certified Engineering Geologist (C.E.G.) in Oregon. 


Tova started her career in geotechnical engineering consulting in 1999 at GRI. She joined ODOT in 2007 as a geotechnical engineer, stepped into a construction management position in 2012 and moved into her current position in 2016.  At ODOT, Tova’s team is comprised of hydraulic engineers, geotechnical engineers, geologists, biologists, environmental project managers, a wetland scientist, a landscape architect, and a historian. This multidisciplinary team does project design for ODOT’s capital projects, provides technical support to construction and supports maintenance of existing highway infrastructure. Currently her team is working in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area with ODOT Maintenance and the US Forest Service to assess forest fire damage and mitigate rockfall and slope failures triggered by the Eagle Creek Fire. This team also recently completed the design and permitting for the I-205 Regional Water Quality Treatment Facility which will provide stormwater treatment for ODOT and City stormwater collected within the I-205 system north of SE Powell to the Columbia Slough. This team is taking a lead role in establishing ODOT’s approach to watershed based stormwater management and treatment. Tova is passionate about working at ODOT, and is particularly enthusiastic about the team of people she works with in Region 1 and the wide variety of work she does – from traditional project delivery to statewide strategy for stormwater treatment to professional mentoring to emergency response and planning.


Tova is an advocate for engineers and scientists engaging in local STEM education and has been on the leadership team for the Annual Engineers Week High School Program since 2006. She also helped develop the BEC’s Stem Connect Program and continues to lead Region 1’s STEM Connect participation. Tova is an ASCE Oregon Section Past-President and former Program Chair, Oregon YMF Past President, and Oregon ASCE Geotech Group Past President. Tova is also a former member of both ASCE’s Council on Disaster Risk Management (CDRM) and the Geo-Institute Legislative Sub-Committee.

Tova was awarded Oregon Government Engineer of the Year at the 2017 Annual ASCE Oregon Section Gala on September 28th 2017.  Congratulations Tova and a big thanks for all you do from all of us at ASCE Oregon Section!