For June 3-7, 2019

News

OSU making waves with hurricane resilience test (KEZI) Oregon State University researchers conducted mock wave experiments on Thursday, testing the level of destruction waves can cause to infrastructure. Featuring Dan Cox, professor of coastal and ocean engineering and CH2M Hill Professor in Civil Engineering (see also Gazette-Times). 

Kudos and Congratulations

Cindy Bressler Olson was inducted into the 25 Year Club on Tuesday, May 28. The 25 Year Club was founded in 1967 by Oregon State University President James J. Jensen to honor those who have provided 25 years of employment service to Oregon State.

The Women in CCE program received a 2019-20 Women’s Giving Circle grant for a Women in Civil and Construction Engineering Seminar Series. 


Events

General Events, Lectures

  • 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. 
  • Save the date: Aug. 5-6, Clean and Sustainable Water Technology Initiative Workshop featuring keynote address, “Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment,” by  Pedro J.J. Alvarez, he George R. Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University. Details to follow. Free and open to the public. 

Thesis Defenses

All defenses are open to the public.

  • Monday June 3, 9 a.m., Burt 193, PhD Thesis Defense, Dylan Anderson, “The Art of Reducing Coastal Hazard Complexity: Coupling Physics and Probability to Understand Extremes, Variability, and Climate-Dependence.” Major advisor: Peter Ruggiero, professor of geology and geophysics. Committee members: Dan Cox, professor of coastal and ocean engineering, CH2M Hill Professor in Civil Engineering; David Hill, professor of coastal and ocean engineering; Greg Wilson, assistant professor of geology and geophysics; Fernando Mendez; and Guillaume Mignot, assistant professor of nuclear science and engineering (GCR). 
  • Monday, June 3, 2 p.m., Owen 103, 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. 
  • 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.” Co-Major advisors: Andre Barbosa, associate professor of structural engineering; Arijit Sinha, associate professor of wood science and engineering. Committee members: Thomas Miller, associate professor of structural engineering;  Michael Scott, professor of structural engineering; and Kyle Niemeyer, assistant professor of mechanical engineering (GCR). 
  • Monday, June 3, 2:30 p.m., Batcheller 144, PhD Thesis Defense, Nisha Puri, “Progress Monitoring and Quality Assessment/Quality Control of Construction Projects using Lidar and BIM.” Major advisor: Yelda Turkan, assistant professor of construction engineering, geomatics, Robert C. Wilson Faculty Scholar. Committee members: John A. Gambatese, professor of construction engineering, OEG Faculty Fellow; Michael J. Olsen, associate professor of geomatics; Sinisa Todorovic, associate professor of computer science; Prasad Tadepalli, professor of computer science (GCR). 
  • Tuesday, June 4, 11 a.m., Kearney 311, PhD Thesis Defense, Sharoo Shrestha, “Seismic Retrofit of Square Reinforced Concrete Bridge Columns using Titanium Alloy Bars.” Co-major advisors: Christopher Higgins, professor of structural engineering and Cecil and Sally Drinkward Professor; Andre Barbosa, associate professor of structural engineering. Committee members: Judy Liu, professor of structural engineering; Barbara Simpson, assistant professor of structural engineering; Tala Navab-Daneshmand, assistant professor of environmental engineering (GCR).
  • Wednesday, June 5, 2 p.m., Weniger Hall 275, MS Thesis Defense, Tucker Jones, “The US Highway 20 Pioneer Mountain Eddyville Realignment: Insight into the Efficacy of Horizontal Drains for Landslide Mitigation.” Major advisor: Ben Leshchinsky, associate professor/College of Forestry. Committee Members: Jonathan Istok, professor of water resources engineering; and Matt Evans, associate professor of geotechnical engineering. 
  • Wednesday, June 5, 12 p.m. Batcheller 150, MS Thesis Defense, Matthew Haynes, "Innovative Strategies to Protect Concrete Bridge Decks and Cross-Laminated Timber Structures through the Use of Impermeable Overlays." Major Advisor: Erdem Coleri, assistant professor of infrastructure materials. Committee members: David Hurwitz, associate professor of transportation engineering, Katharine Hunter-Zaworski, associate professor of transportation engineering, Roberto Albertani, associate professor of mechanical engineering (GCR). 
  • Thursday, June 6, 7 a.m., PhD Thesis Defense, Jeffrey Knowles, “On Undular Bores and Solitary Waves in Variable Depth.” Major advisor: Harry Yeh, professor of coastal and ocean engineering. Committee members: Juan Restrepo, professor of mathematics; Jack Istok, professor of water resources engineering; Solomon Yim, professor of coastal and ocean engineering;  Ralph Showalter professor of mathematics; and Wade Marcum, professor of nuclear science and engineering (GCR). 
  • Monday, June 10, 10 a.m., Richardson Hall 107, PhD Thesis Defense, Dillon Fitzgerald, “Cross-Laminated Timber Shear Walls with Toe-Screwed and Slip-Friction Connections” Major advisors: Arijit Sinha, associate professor of wood science and engineering; and Thomas H. Miller, associate professor of civil and construction engineering. Committee members:  John A. Nairn, professor of Wood Science and Engineering; Andre Barbosa, associate professor of civil and construction engineering; and Carlos Gonzalez, assistant professor of forest regeneration (GCR). 
  • Thursday, June 13, 2 p.m., Kearney 311, Phd Thesis Defense, Hameed Mohammed, “Evaluating Driver Response to the Onset of Circular Yellow Indication in the Presence of a Following Vehicle at Isolated High-Speed Signalized Intersections.” Major advisor: David Hurwitz, associate professor of transportation engineering. Committee members: Christopher Bell, professor emeritus of transportation engineering; Katharine Hunter-Zaworski, associate professor of transportation engineering; Haizhong Wang, assistant professor of transportation engineering; Brian Fronk, assistant professor of mechanical engineering (GCR).
  • Thursday, June 13, 3 p.m., Richardson Hall, MS Thesis Defense, Christopher Anderson, “Reassessment of Grading Criteria with Respect to the Flexural Properties of Douglas-fir Crossarms.” Co-major Advisors, Jeff Morrell, professor emeritus of wood science and engineering; Andre Barbosa, associate professor of structural engineering. Committee members: Kenny Martin, senior instructor of civil and construction engineering; Arijit Sinha, associate professor of renewable materials; and Francisca Belart, assistant professor of forest engineering, resources and management.  

Advising

Walk-in advising sessions are available Monday through Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Upon arrival, check-in on the iPad at the front desk.

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

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

Graduating students: Don’t forget, you still have access to these career resources:

  • Job Boards: Use Handshake for nationwide job searching and applications. Account type should automatically be updated to alumni after graduation; contact the Career Center if you have issues logging in. 
  • Events: Events, including career expos that happen in Corvallis every term and draw hundreds of employers from across the Northwest and the nation, are open to alumni. You can find these events, as well as online panels and webinars on Handshake under Events. 
  • Webinars: Check out frequent webinars and videos about professional development offered by the Oregon State Alumni Association. 
  • Appointments: Recent graduates can make in-person and phone appointments with their college-specific career advisor through Handshake, for up to one year.
  • Please contact the Career Development Center (career@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-4085) with any additional questions

Graduate students: 

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

NextProf Nexus is a three-day program that is part of a nationwide effort to strengthen and diversify the next generation of academic leaders in engineering. This preeminent event is designed to give participants the opportunity to explore and prepare for a faculty position in academia. Deadline to apply is June 10, 2019.

David Evans and Associates, Inc. (DEA) is pleased to offer a scholarship for a woman and/or minority college student majoring in civil engineering (transportation, structural, land development, or environmental) or surveying/geomatics who demonstrates exceptional promise in either of those fields. The goal of the DEA scholarship is to assist the recipient in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or geomatics. One scholarship of $3,000 will be awarded to a student attending college in one of the states in which DEA has local offices. To apply, email Lisa Mattingly for the application. All applicants will be notified of the committee’s final decision by August 15. Application deadline: Thursday, June 27.  

New! Call for poster abstracts: Clean and Sustainable Water Technology Initiative Workshop, Aug. 5-6. The workshop will cover many topics related to clean water, from watershed management to the reuse of treated wastewater. Submit a poster abstract for the workshop.  Poster abstracts are not required to attend the workshop, which will be free and open to the public. Workshop details to follow. If you have questions, contact Lewis.Semprini@oregonstate.edu. Submission deadline: July 10.


Jobs  

Oregon State utilizes Handshake as the central job and internship database. Visit Handshake and create an account to access these opportunities.

June 3-7

Tetra Tech invites students to apply for a rewarding opportunity within their Missoula, Montana office as a geotechnical intern for Summer 2019. If you have questions and/or wish to apply, call Marco Fellin at 406-241-4410, or email marco.fellin@tetratech.com

May 28-31

Full-time

  • Cole Surveying, LLC., a Corvallis based land surveying firm, seeks candidates for a Summer 2019 survey technician position, and a full-time opportunity. They perform surveying throughout the Willamette Valley and the Coast Range. Duties will consist mainly of field work with potential office work depending on Civil 3D drafting abilities. This is an entry-level position and will be performed under the direction and guidance of a survey crew chief. Previous experience in the surveying field and an understanding of basic surveying theory, methods, and applications is desirable. To apply, email Brian Sailor
  • Froelich Engineers seeks to hire a civil project engineer/manager for their Portland office. Learn more and apply.  
  • Murraysmith seeks to hire a junior transportation EIT for their Eugene office. Learn more and apply
  • Murraysmith seeks to hire a transportation engineer EIT for their Eugene office. Learn more and apply.

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