For May 6-10, 2019


DeFazio talks transportation with UO students and researchers (AroundtheO), featuring David Hurwitz, associate professor of transportation engineering. 

The Best Job Ever with Barb Simpson (DesignSafe Radio), featuring Barbara Simpson, assistant professor of structural engineering. 

Faculty Spotlight (COE Center for Diversity and Inclusion), featuring Kenny Martin, senior instructor. 

Kudos and Congratulations 

Erica Fischer, assistant professor of structural engineering, is the 2019 recipient of the ASCE Collingwood Prize.  

A team of 10 undergraduate and graduate students from CCE and CBEE won second place in the Low Impact Development Approaches challenge hosted by Clean Water Services on April 29. The team designed innovative stormwater management plans for two properties owned by Habitat for Humanity as part of the competition, as well as present their design to a team of professionals. The team consisted of Amin Mahdipour Varnousfaderani, Emily Bailey, Eric Neill, Bradley Jones (CBEE), Nathalene Then, Trevor Burnell, Benjamin Dean, Nicholas Hossley, Eduardo Rojas Roman, and Kyler Roberts. 


Student Chapter and Speaker Meetings

  • Monday, May 6, 6 p.m., Johnson Hall 220, the oSTEM (Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Student Chapter general meeting. The group of Oregon State students have joined efforts to revive oSTEM – a national society dedicated to educating and fostering leadership for LGBTQ+ communities in the STEM fields. 
  • Tuesday, May 7, 6 p.m., McMenamins on Monroe, AGC Construction Leadership Council Networking Night. Free snacks and drinks provided. All are welcome. To attend, sign-up in Kearney 101. 
  • Tuesday, May 7, 5 to 6 p.m., Kearney Library, OSU ITE Student Chapter planning meeting. 
  • Wednesday, May 8, 6 p.m., Owen 102, AGC Student Chapter Speaker Meeting featuring SeaBee Construction. Free dinner served.
  • Wednesday, May 8, 6 to 7 p.m., Kearney 112, ASCE Student Chapter Speaker Meeting featuring Wyatt Morris of KPFF presenting on site design. 
  • 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

  • May 6-10, Safety Week. Monday, May 6, Kearney Hall Library, display of safety equipment and safety research posters; Monday May 6, 10 a.m., safety stand-down to stop and think about and prepare for safety.
  • Wednesday, May 8, 6 to 8 p.m., CH2M HILL Alumni Center - Willamette Room, College of Engineering “5 Under 5” Alumni Panel: Find out what you can expect after graduation at “5 Under 5.” The candid discussion will feature five recent graduates from the College of Engineering, all 5 years or less out of OSU. Hear how they are using their degrees and get a glimpse of what your future may hold. Co-sponsored by the College of Engineering and the OSU Alumni Association. Panelists include: Kylee Mockler Martens, chemical engineering ’18; Chris Kennard, computer science ’17; Jeff Nakashima, construction engineering management ’15; Samantha Wallace, bioengineering ’17; and Parth Khimsaria, industrial engineering ’16. To attend, register for the event.
  • Thursday, May 9, 6 p.m., Johnson Hall 221, Launch-U Speaker Series featuring Inpria, a start-up founded out of the Oregon State Department of Chemistry and the NSF-funded Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry. Inpria, founded in 2007 and based in Corvallis is a pioneer in extending semiconductor lithography with inorganic photoresists for nanoscale patterning. Inpria has secured $23.5 million in Series B funding in 2017, and has investors such as Samsung, Intel Capital and Applied Ventures. Speakers: Andrew Grenville, CEO, Inpria Corporation, and Doug Kessler, co-founder and chief scientist, Inpria Corporation; associate dean for research and graduate studies, College of Science. To attend, RSVP. If you have questions, email Cosponsored by InnovationX, the College of Engineering, and the Entrepreneurship Club.
  • Thursday, May 15, 4:30 p.m., 311 Kearney, Geotechnical Lecture Series, “Lessons from the Oso Landslide,” presented by Marvin R. Pyles, Ph.D., P.E., F. ASCE, professor emeritus of forest engineering, Oregon State. 
  • 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.

Reminder: Fall term registration begins Sunday, May 19. PINs are required to register.

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: 

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

Volunteers needed for Engineering Undergraduate Expo. This year, the Engineering Expo will be held Friday, May 17. The College of Engineering needs student and staff volunteers to help on May 16 and 17 with set up, event activities, and tear down. Volunteer for two or more hours and receive a free Expo t-shirt! Sign up at:

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.

New! 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.

New! 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.  


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.


  • Bineham Construction Inc. seeks to hire a construction project engineer for their Eugene, Oregon-based office. The ideal candidate is strong in Microsoft Office and SharePoint (or capable of learning SharePoint quickly) and they work in the Office 365 environment. To learn more and apply, send an updated resume in PDF format to Brian Bineham
  • DC Builders, a nationwide design and build firm, seeks to hire staff for their Portland-based office. To learn more and apply, send and updated resume in PDF format to
  • NorthStar seeks to hire an assistant civil engineer and an associate civil engineer
  • OBEC Consulting Engineers seeks to hire entry-level roadway engineers. Learn more and apply
  • OEG is seeks to hire a project engineer for their Hillsboro, Oregon office. Learn more and apply
  • W&W|AFCO Steel seeks to hire an upcoming CE or CEM June graduate to begin work on a project in Hillsboro, Oregon. To learn more and receive directions on how to apply, email your esume to Marcus Hopkins
  • Western Wood Structures seeks to hire an upcoming CEM graduate for their erection team, which installs dynamic mass timber projects all over the country. To apply, send an updated copy resume to Mike Dyer (’83 B.S., Construction Engineering Management).


  • Fehr & Peers’ Portland office seeks to hire a summer intern with a transportation engineering or planning background. Learn more and apply
  • Jacobs Engineering Group seeks quality graduate student candidates for a job opening with the Corvallis Bridge Engineering team. The bridge group interns have the opportunity to work with senior engineers on exciting and engaging transportation work including highway/roadway structures analysis, design, and construction plan production. Learn more and apply
  • OBEC Consulting Engineers seeks to fill a bridge engineering internship position. Learn more and apply
  • PBS Engineering and Environmental Inc., a regionally distinguished and growing engineering and environmental consulting firm in Oregon and Washington, seeks to hire a geotechnical engineering intern. Learn more and apply

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