GTA Board Welcomes New Member

The Gorge Tech Alliance in September welcomed Mark Bauman, Vice President of Global Growth for Insitu, to the Board of Directors. Mark was appointed to the seat recently vacated by Kari Fagerness, who had been serving in her role as Executive Director for Skamania County Economic Development Council. Mark has been in the Gorge and in several roles with Insitu for about five years.  Currently, Mark is responsible for Enterprise Strategy, Product Marketing, Communications and Marketing Services in support of Insitu’s Defense and Commercial business units. 

Mark’s prior experience is as a Director with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP within their Advisory Line of Service and in the US Air Force, where he oversaw a number of domestic and international programs as an acquisition officer and achieved the rank of Major.

Partner Event: Electronics Design + Manufacturing Expo

At the Tektronix Campus in Beaverton on October 2, the NW Electronics Design & Manufacturing Expo (NEDME) is the premier trade show and networking event for members of the high-tech industry in the Pacific Northwest. NEDME connects local businesses with engineers, entrepreneurs, buyers, and reps in a fun atmosphere that promotes innovation and learning. View the schedule or register now here.

ITAR & EAR Conference in Portland, Sept 12

GTA Members! Use discount code GTA19 to save $35 off registration costs of either event and contact Jessica to join the Gorge carpool.

Register now for a full-day program in Portland on Sept 12 that covers what you need to know to comply with the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and other related export controls. Topics include:

  • Maintaining an export compliance program,
  • HR and customer vetting considerations,
  • Regulatory updates and forecasts,
  • and MORE! 

Want more in-depth EAR knowledge? This two-day pre-event is for you: Complying with U.S. Export Controls (details and registration here).

Volunteer Opportunities

The Gorge Tech Alliance and Columbia Gorge STEM Hub are seeking volunteers for the 2019-20 school year. There are several roles of various commitment levels available. Sign up here and we’ll follow up to confirm.

Leadership Coach for Chief Science Officers

Serve as a mentor for middle or high school students working on a STEM/Science leadership project in their school. Commitment: ~1hr/mo. through May. Need mentors in The Dalles and Hood River.

Robotics Coaches

Lead or help coach a robotics team for First LEGO League (ages 9-14). Commitment: ~3hrs/week through December.*

Robotics Judges

Judge at a regional competition in December. ~8hr one-day commitment.

Maker Club Mentors

Support an elementary school Maker Club in Hood River, The Dalles, or Dufur. Support lead teacher working with 4th-5th graders doing maker projects, from design thinking to boat building and more. Commitment: 1.5 hrs./week through May*

On-call guest speakers or volunteers

Events come up throughout the year (such as Lunch with a STEM Pro event) and teachers periodically request guest speakers from the community. Willing to be contacted just when these needs arise? Sign up here.

*Could also do less frequently

Contact Jessica with questions, or sign up here:


Raffle Fundraiser for GTA College Scholarship Fund

The GTA is raffling off five great prizes at our Summer Party as a fundraiser for our important college scholarship fund for Gorge youth pursuing STEM degrees. Anyone can buy tickets and need not be present to win. Prizes include an hour in TacAreo’s full motion flight simulator or one of four wine packages. Tickets will be sold at the event for $5 each or 5 for $20. Online ticket sales have been suspended, but you can still buy tickets via cash or check – just let us know

Software Quality Conference in Portland

The Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference organizers are passionate about A Culture of Quality – measuring it, improving it, and even applying it to everyday lives. For the upcoming conference October 14-16, in Portland, OR, the Keynotes, Invited Speakers, and paper presenters will all offer insights, tips, and hands-on experience that you can take back to the office. Tracks Include:

  • People, Management and Leadership
  • Technologies and Tools (including Machine Learning and AI)
  • Performance and Security
  • Automation
  • Processes, Practices, and Methods
  • Quality Engineering

Learn more or register here.

ISO and Lean Training Opportunities in Portland

Aug 20-21: Combined ISO 9001:2015/AS9100D Training 
This workshop teaches auditing to both the ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100D standards (the AS9100D standard includes ISO 9001:2015 in its entirety) and places a strong emphasis on promoting employee participation in the improvement process. Click here for more information.
Starting Oct 2: Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Training
Participants in this 10-day Lean Six Sigma Green Belt program you will learn to apply the Lean Six Sigma DMAIC (Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control) improvement strategy. This comprehensive program will be presented in five, two-day duration training sessions over a ten week time frame. Click here for more details. 

Call for Business Partners: UW Industry Capstone Program

The University of Washington College of Engineering Industry Capstone Program partners teams of senior undergraduate engineering students and industry to embark on a full scale design process, resulting in a prototype or similar end-product.  Benefits to sponsoring companies include getting a high-touch engagement opportunity to assess student talent and recruit for jobs and a low cost opportunity for a fresh look at a problem.  Past sponsors have found capstone sponsorship a great way to solve their back-burner engineering challenges that they haven’t had time to assign to a full-time engineer. Watch this video overview of the program or contact program director Jill Dalinkus.

Klein & Associates, Inc.

Klein & Associates, Inc. (KA) is located in the Columbia Gorge with offices in Hood River and Camas. They have provided professional land surveying, mapping, and drafting services for over thirty five years in Oregon and Washington. Klein & Associates, Inc. has an established team experienced in precise, high order geodetic control using GPS networks and has built a reputation for using current technology to provide cost-effective, accurate, and efficient surveying services. 

KA’s team includes Professional Land Surveyors, Professional Civil Engineers, an Architect, a Geologist-in-training, and Technicians (surveying, drafting, material testing). They have recently added a material testing lab, which is the only ODOT-accredited, full-service lab in the Gorge.  As a family-owned business, KA is small enough to be very responsive to clients but large enough to facilitate larger projects from beginning to end.  Recent Hood River projects have included Golden Eagle Park near Hood River Valley High School and several School District projects.

KA uses a full suite of technology to deploy their services: Trimble GPS equipment, AutoCAD Civil 3D and ESRI Arc Map GIS software, and DJI drones. KA was one of the first in Oregon and Washington to utilize drones with LiDAR and currently offers photogrammetry services via drone.  With this tool, KA has been able to provide services such as monitoring river bank erosion in the Seattle area with drones and the use of 3D modeling to engineer solutions. 

As a long-standing member of the Gorge community with continually expanding technological solutions, KA joined the Gorge Tech Alliance to expand their community ties. The KA team volunteers in the community and supports STEM education in the Gorge. KA’s two female civil engineers enjoy participating in the GTA-supported Gorge Women in STEM initiative. Learn more at

Meet the Leaders Behind Klein & Associates: Jim Klein and Leo Sandoval

Co-owners Jim Klein and Leo Sandoval grew up and were classmates in the Hood River Valley.  They separated ways after high school, but both ended up back in the Gorge, specializing in Land Surveying.  After college, Leo went to work in Montana as a Land Surveyor.  In 1996 Jim returned to Hood River to work in his father’s surveying office,  In 2005, Leo returned to Hood River, at which time he and Jim together bought the business from Jim’s father, Anthony Klein. The two have been growing the professional range of services and staff ever since.