For April 23-26, 2019


How the Northwest can learn from Indonesia's deadly 2018 quake (NW News Network) and Indonesia earthquake study could make Pacific Northwest more safe, featuring Ben Mason, assistant dean of the Honors College and associate professor of geotechnical engineering. 

Community Snow Observations + YOU (SBC Skier), featuring David Hill, professor of coastal and ocean engineering. 

Could wave power be the next boom in renewable energy? (FastCompany), featuring Bryson Robertson, an engineering professor at Oregon State University and director of the Pacific Marine Energy Center. 

Identifying road crashes before they occur (Research News Live), featuring Salvador Hernandez, assistant professor of transportation engineering. 

Momentum – Founded 130 years ago, the College of Engineering has graduated more than 35,000 engineers. Despite currently offering 43 unique degree programs, we are continuously providing students with even more ways to become Oregon State Engineers through the development of new degree programs, degree specializations, and certificate programs. In the most recent issue of Momentum, we highlight a few of these new programs and tell the stories of students looking to use their training to create a better future.

Civil and Construction Engineering News – View the latest issue of the school newsletter, Spring 2019. 

Kudos and Congratulations 

At the ASCE PNW Conference, the Oregon State concrete canoe team took fourth overall and second in the races. Additionally, Kelsey Stewart earned first place for the Daniel W. Mead Prize Paper contest. The technical paper topic was on ASCE’s new Canon 8, which addresses diversity and its importance in the civil engineering profession.

The OSU AGC Student Chapter received the AGC Community Service Award from the Associated General Contractors of America in honor of the student chapter project benefiting a school that was gravely damaged following Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. The student chapter partnered with their local AGC and traveled to Puerto Rico for the project where they replaced the roof, removed debris, and made the building more accessible after the tremendous impact of the hurricane.

The Institute of Transportation Engineers named David Hurwitz, associate professor of transportation engineering, an ITE Fellow. ITE Fellows have been a Member of ITE for at least five years; and have 10 years of professional experiences; and have attained significant professional stature that may be demonstrated by having a license or certification based on education, examination and experience, or by comparable evidence of professional status as determined by the Board; and have had responsible charge of important transportation engineering or transportation related work, including scientific, educational and managerial activities, for at least five years; and have demonstrated an active commitment and contribution to the work of ITE and the profession. 


Student Chapter and Speaker Meetings

  • Tuesday, April 23, 6 p.m., Owen 101, AGC Student Chapter Speaker Meeting featuring Anvil Builders. Free dinner served.
  • Thursday, April 25, 5 to 6 p.m., Kearney 305, EERI Speaker Meeting featuring Michael Olsen, associate professor of geomatics. Join us for a fascinating presentation on the future of reconnaissance-based natural hazards research. 
  • Thursday, May 2, noon to 1:30pm, Kearney 205, EERI Speaker Meeting featuring John Hooper, Friedman Family Fellow of Magnusson Klemencic Associates. Hooper is nationally recognized for his work in the advancement of seismic design and his role in building code development. Do not miss out on this rare opportunity to hear a giant of the engineering world!
  • Monday, May 13, 5 to 6 p.m., Kearney 212, EERI Student Chapter Speaker Meeting featuring Cale Ash of Degenkolb. Join EERI for an exciting conversation about seismic retrofits of URM buildings. Ash has extensive experience assisting cities write their seismic ordinance programs and evaluate structures for seismic vulnerabilities. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from a master! Food provided. 

Thesis Defenses

  • Mon, June 3, 2 p.m., Kearney 311, Phd Thesis Defense, Mostafa Estaji, “Field and Numerical Investigation of Pavement Vehicle Interaction Related Excess Fuel Consumption and Delamination,” Major Advisor: Erdem Coleri, assistant professor of infrastructure materials. Committee members: Christopher Bell, professor emeritus of transportation engineering; Ben Leshchinsky, associate professor of geotechnical engineering, College of Forestry; and Raffaele de Amicis, associate professor of computer science. Graduate Council Representative: Roberto Albertani, associate professor of mechanical engineering. Open to the public. 
  • Monday, June 3, 9 a.m., Richardson 289, MS Thesis Defense, Kolton Mahr, “Investigation into Elevated Temperature Effects on Cyclic Response of Cross-laminated Timber Wall-to-Floor Connection.” Major Advisor: Andre Barbosa, associate professor of structural engineering. Committee members: Arijit Sinha, associate professor of renewable materials; Thomas Miller, associate professor of structural engineering;  Michael Scott, professor of structural engineering; and Kyle Niemeyer, assistant professor of mechanical engineering (GCR). 

General Events, Lectures

  • Wednesday, April 24, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., CH2MHill Alumni Center, Spring Career Expo
  • Thursday, April 25, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Kearney 112, Edwards Lecture Series presentation, “Strategic Approach to Innovation in Engineering Education,” by Kathy Banks, Dean of the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. Reception to follow.
  • Monday(s), Wednesday(s), Friday(s): 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday(s): 9 to 10 a.m.; Thursday(s): 9-to 10 a.m., 1 to 4 p.m., 124 Johnson Hall, Career Drop-In Hours
  • Thursday,  April 25, 6 p.m., Johnson Hall 221, Launch-U Speaker Series: “A Chick in Tech” with Janice Levenhagen-Seeley. In this special session, Janice Levenhagen-Seeley, founder and CEO of ChickTech, will share her journey as an entrepreneur, as a woman in STEM, and lessons about leadership she has learned along the way. Janice graduated from Oregon State as a computer engineering major in 2006, and went on to found ChickTech in 2012, a national nonprofit that supports women and girls in technology with community, education, and inspiration, with nearly 30 chapters nationwide. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with Janice in an informal setting and learn more about the kinds of activities that ChickTech provides for its communities. To attend, RSVP. If you have questions, contact Cosponsored by InnovationX, the College of Engineering, and the Entrepreneurship Club.
  • Friday, May 3, 8 a.m. breakfast, 9 a.m. shotgun start, Trysting Tree Golf Club, 34028 Electric Road, Corvallis, AGC Student Chapter Golf Tournament. Students can register here
  • Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Radiation Center, ANS Student Chapter TRIGA Reactor tour during Spring Family Weekend. Tours will be on a first-come first-served basis. Everyone is welcome to attend. Tours fill up fast and are on a first-come, first-served basis. Photo ID Required. If you have questions, contact ANS Outreach Chair Alexander Dueñas
  • Thursday, May 16, 9:10 a.m., CH2M Hill Alumni Center, Professional Engineers of Oregon (PEO), State Annual Conference, one-hour special session featuring a small panel of practicing professional engineers. Students may register for the full conference program for free (with an option to pay for meals) using promo code PEOSTUDENTS. 
  • Friday, May 17, Engineering Undergraduate Expo. See more than 250 student projects that use science and technology to take on some of the world’s biggest problems. These projects demonstrate the depth and breadth of engineering talent and ingenuity among our senior class. Free and open to the public. 
  • Friday, June 14, 7 p.m. at The LaSells Stewart Center, CCE Graduation Celebration. Graduating students will need to register for the event and tickets will be required for all guests to gain entry to the celebration. This is a fun event that honors the CCE graduating classes in a small, personal setting. Graduates will not receive their diplomas and the event is not intended to replace the Oregon State University Commencement which occurs Saturday, June 15. 


Walk-in advising sessions are available Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Upon arrival, check-in on the iPad at the front desk. PINs are not given during walk-in sessions. Please make a PIN appointment with your advisor.

When emailing advisors, please send messages to one advisor at a time. Multiple messages create unnecessary delays.

• Whitney Korthauer (Last Name A-K)

• Patrice Dragon (Last Name L-Z)

First-year students, contact your first-year advisor (alpha split). 

Graduate students: 

The Graduate School recently launched a digital program of study tool for you to use to create your program of study. CCE is an early adopter of the tool (not all graduate students can access it yet). Students can log in to the digital program of study tool via the Graduate School’s website. Students who have already have an approved program of study on file with the graduate school do not need to create a new program of study with this tool. The tool accesses student transcripts as well as the schedule of classes and academic catalog, allowing students to drag and drop courses into designated areas of the document. CCE has program of study requirements that are different from Grad School requirements. When creating your program of study, please refer to the Degree Checklist document for your degree level found in the Completing Your Degree  section of the CCE website.  

Please be advised of the deadlines for completing your final degree requirements. For those with an upcoming event (PhD Program Meeting, PhD Qualifying Exam, PhD Oral Preliminary Exam, MEng/MS/PhD Final Exam) please remember to:

  • Reserve your room with the event schedule form
  • Schedule your event with the Graduate School at least 2 weeks before the event date with the exam schedule form

Opportunities, Scholarships, and Conferences

New! Nominations are accepted now for the Eric & Janice Hoffman Scholarship to support undergraduate COE students who are in financial need as they near degree completion. Students may self-nominate, or be nominated by faculty, advisors, or staff. The scholarship is awarded each term, so the nomination cycle will open at the beginning of each term. The deadline for nominations is the end of the fourth week of every term, which for the current term is Friday, April 26. Learn more and apply. If you have any questions about the Hoffman Scholarship, contact or

New! The AISC Education Foundation and various steel industry organizations have selected $138,500 to be awarded to full-time juniors, seniors and masters students enrolled in civil engineering, architectural engineering, construction engineering, construction management and, new this year, architecture programs at U.S. universities. Learn more and apply. Application deadline: May 1. 

American Council for Construction Education Scholarship: The American Council for Construction Education provides two scholarship opportunities for students with industry experience, working on an advanced degree to become a faculty member of an ACCE-accredited program. Learn more and apply. Application deadline: May 8.

Each year the American Public Works Association (APWA) Oregon Chapter Scholastic Foundation awards scholarships to civil engineering students at the Oregon Institute of Technology, Oregon State University and Portland State University. The scholarships were established to recognize and financially assist civil engineering students who are interested in pursuing a career in the broad field of public works. Learn more and apply. Department recommendations and supporting biographical data and transcripts must be submitted to the APWA Scholarship Committee by May 8. 

The DFI Educational Trust, the charitable arm of the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI), announces the availability of scholarships in 2019 under its At-Large Scholarship Program. Learn more and apply. For more information on the DFI Educational Trust, visit Application deadline: May 15. 

OCAPA scholarship: The program offers scholarships to university students who intend to pursue a career in the construction materials industry. Scholarships will be awarded to junior, senior, or graduate students enrolled at an Oregon university or college encompassing disciplines related to the constructions materials industry. Areas of study may include, but are not limited to, construction materials, engineering, geology, architecture, land use planning, biology, environmental law and fish & wildlife studies. $1,000 and $2,000 scholarships are available. Scholarship winners are announced in June. Download the application at in the education tab. Application deadline: May 24. 

The Asian American Architects and Engineers (AAa/e) Foundation seeks students, recent graduates, and higher education programs to apply for scholarship and grant opportunities. Last year, they awarded $32,500 in scholarships. All winners must attend the awards banquet on October 3. Learn more and apply at If you have questions, contact Application deadline: May 24. 


Oregon State is moving toward Handshake as the central job and internship database. We are in the process of migrating any new postings there as well. Visit Handshake to access these opportunities.


  • The California State University at Northridge (CSUN) Department of Civil Engineering and Construction Management solicits seeks to hire a tenure track assistant professor for the 2019-2020 academic year. Learn more and apply


  • Allstructure Engineering, Portland-area structural engineering firm, seeks to hire a structural designer with zero to four years’ experience working with structural designs and systems, including timber, steel, masonry, concrete and more. Bachelor’s or master’s degree in civil or structural engineering is preferred. Graduating students are encouraged to apply. To apply, send your resume, to attn: Hiring Manager at, or fax to 503-620-4304. No calls please.
  • Clark Pacific seeks to hire engineers for their Woodland, California-based office. To apply, send an updated PDF of your resume to Robby Maxey
  • David Evans and Associates seeks to hire both mid-level and entry/junior-level staff for their Portland-based office. Interested candidates can direct questions and their resume to Shelly Alexander
  • Equilibrium Engineers seeks to hire an entry-level structural designer/EIT for their Lake Oswego, Oregon-based office. MS or MEng preferred, but not required. To apply, send your resume to Ed Quesenberry. If you have questions, call 503.636.8388.
  • HR Answers, a recruitment firm, seeks an associate engineer for a client. This is a direct hire, full-time role with a competitive salary and a great benefits package. To apply, submit a required resume and cover letter to If you have questions, contact
  • Parsons seeks to hire an associate civil engineer - transportation infrastructure for their Seattle office. Learn more and email resumes and transcripts to


  • Shannon and Wilson seeks to fill summer internship positions in their Lake Oswego, Oregon office. Learn more and apply
  • Turney Excavating Inc. seeks to hire a project manager/project estimator summer intern for their Keizer, Oregon-based office. To apply email an updated resume in PDF format to Emily Canady
  • U.S. Army Corp of Engineers seeks to hire three part-time student interns, GS-04, to assist with admin and PAO work. Learn more and apply.  

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