News and Announcements

In the news

Technology to improve rockfall analysis on cliffs could save money, lives. Researchers in the Pacific Northwest have developed a new, automated technology to analyze the potential for rockfalls from cliffs onto roads and areas below, which should speed and improve this type of risk evaluation, help protect public safety and ultimately save money and lives. Featuring CCE faculty member Michael Olsen

Five students including Jonathan Balcom, Zach Hunt, Alex Park, Jacob Remboldt, and Brett Sonflieth are participating in the 2017 Green Energy Challenge hosted by NECA. As part of the competition, the team designed an energy upgrade for College Hill Alternative High School in Corvallis. To prepare, they volunteered as tutors and gained a better understanding of the energy needs by interacting with students and staff. The team also performed an energy efficiency analysis and ultimately proposed a lighting retrofit, photovoltaic system, and distribution panel. The team will compete against other teams from all throughout the country. If selected as a finalist, they will present at the 2017 NECA convention in October.

Kudos and congratulations

OSU ASCE placed first overall in Pacific Northwest Student Conference! From OSU, 34 students travelled to Boise State University and competed against 19 universities from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and British Columbia. The OSU ASCE Student Chapter was the Overall Winner for the conference, considering performance in all of the various events.

Highlights included:

  • 2nd Place Overall for the Concrete Canoe Team led by captain, Wyatt Morris
  • 3rd Place Overall for the Steel Bridge Team led by Co-Captains, Garrett Childress and Oscar Gayet
  • 2nd Place for Technical Paper (Cody Beairsto)
  • 1st Place Environmental, 1st Place in Surveying (Distance Estimation), 3rd Place Engineering Jeopardy 


  • Beyond Earth Day celebration, April 22 - May 5. OSU’s long-standing Earth Day celebration goes beyond the typical in Beyond Earth Day! Spanning two weeks and hosted at a variety of locations, the program features activities focused on sustainability and the interconnections between people and the environment. Whether you’re interested in checking out the over 40 booths at the annual Community Fair, enjoying live music at the annual Organic Growers Club Hoo Haa, giving back through service, or marching in solidarity for science, this year’s Beyond Earth Day offers all that and much more. See the full calendar and details at
  • Friday, May 5, OSU Invitational Shark Tank Competition, 3:30 p.m., 183 Austin Hall. Join members of the OSU Entrepreneurship Club as they take on other Oregon universities in their annual student startup pitch competition featuring CoE MIME alumni Tim Leatherman (founder of Leatherman Tool Group) and Ben Rivera (president and CEO of Leatherman Tool Group). To attend, RSVP at:
  • Saturday, May 6, Wave Lab Family Weekend Open House, 1 to 4 p.m., the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory (West of 35th Street on Jefferson). The largest tsunami research facility in the U.S. will be open for a 20-minute guided tour and demonstration. Tours start every 5 minutes on a first-come, first-served basis and will cover tsunami research, Oregon coastal hazards, and coastal engineering. If you have questions, contact
  • Wednesday, May 10, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program info session, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Learning Innovation Center, room 307. Hosted by the Graduate School. The National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is the country’s oldest fellowship program that directly supports graduate students in various STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields. Learn more and register
  • Thursday, May 11, 4 p.m., LINC 302, Edwards Lecture, “Innovation in Delivery of Transportation Infrastructure,” Dr. C. Michael Walton, professor of Civil Engineering and Ernest H. Cockrell Centennial Chair in Engineering at The University of Texas Austin. 
  • Monday, May 15, PLSO Willamette Chapter Student Appreciation Dinner, 5:30 to 9 p.m., La Sells Stewart Center, Ag Production room. The PLSO membership invites and encourages CCE students with an interest in surveying to attend and meet the surveying community. Speaker: Patrick Gaylord, PLS, Harper Houf Peterson Righellis. To attend, register online (professionals $35 and students are free). Registration deadline: Thursday, May 11. 
  • Friday, May 19, Engineering Undergraduate Expo:
  • May 26-27, 2017 ASCE/AISC National Student Steel Bridge Competition. Volunteer!
  • Friday, June 16, 7 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center, Austin Auditorium, CCE graduation celebration. Details to follow.


Please remember to make your Fall term PIN advising appointment since Fall term PINs will not be issued via email. Walk-in appointments (PINS are not provided at walk-ins) are available during the first two weeks and the last two weeks of the term as well as daily throughout the term from 4 to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (except school holidays). 

To schedule an advising appointment visit the CCE advising web page and choose your advisor based on the first letter of your last name. 

  • Last names A-G: Whitney Korthauer
  • Last names H-N: Janice Nave-Abele
  • Last names O-Z: Hans Schnabel

First year students: Michelle White,

When emailing advisors, please do not send the same message to multiple advisors. Multiple messages create unnecessary delays in receiving your response. Send general questions to

Topics/questions best suited to scheduled appointments:  

  • Getting a registration PIN
  • Withdrawing from a class/term questions
  • Academic standing or petition questions
  • Updating academic plan/making significant changes  

Topics/questions best suited to walk-in appointments:  

  • General questions
  • Add, drop, or waitlist questions
  • Course override questions
  • Registration error messages
  • Yes/no or short questions (10 minutes or less) 

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. Contact Shannon Reed if you have questions. 
  • Schedule your event with the Graduate School at least 2 weeks before the event date with the exam schedule form

Opportunities and Scholarships

Every quarter, the Graduate School administers the Graduate Student Travel Award; graduate student travel to conferences is essential for the professional development of our students. The travel funds from this program are designed to provide graduate students with financial support to cover part of the cost of attending and presenting their scholarly achievements at prestigious conferences and venues. Approximately 10 awards will be made per quarter. The maximum award will be $500 for domestic travel and $1,000 for international travel. For eligibility criteria, award guidelines, and nomination procedures, visit: Application deadlines: May 1 for travel between June 1 and October 31, August 1 for travel between September 1 and January 31, and November 1 for travel between December 1 and April 30 of the following year.

Opensees Days Europe, First European Conference on Opensees, June 19-20, 2017, Porto, Portugal. Confirmed keynote speakers include Anastasios G. Sextos, André R. Barbosa, Asif Usmani, Dimitrios Lignos, Dimitrios Vamvatsikos, Frank McKenna, Khalid Mosalam, Lu Xinzheng, Pedro Arduino, and Theodore Karavasilis. Deadline for extended abstract submission: May 15, 2017. Deadline for Early Bird registration: May 15, 2017. Learn more:

The DFI Educational Trust, the charitable arm of the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI), is pleased to request applications for the Michael Condon Civil Engineering Scholarship for academic year 2017-2018. Eligibility is limited to students attending the following institutions only: California Polytechnic State University- San Luis Obispo; California Polytechnic State University-Pomona; San Diego State University; Santa Clara University; University of California-Davis; Oregon State University; Washington State University; Montana Tech; University of Colorado-Boulder; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). Applicants must be full-time students pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree in civil engineering; have a minimum GPA of 3.0; demonstrate an interest in the deep foundations industry; and demonstrate financial need.  One scholarship award of $5,000 is available. The award can be used for tuition, fees, books and/or educational living expenses. For further instructions, and to apply, go to Condon Scholarship Application. Application, essay, and resume, are accepted online only. Transcript and letters of recommendation must be sent by regular mail or courier. The deadline for submission is May 15, 2017. All materials must be received by the deadline.

Attend the Student Days conference developed by the Construction Institute (CI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). CI developed Student Days as a program for civil engineering and construction management students designed to introduce students to the construction engineering aspects of the industry, using a unique approach that brings classroom lessons to life. Students will work in teams with practitioners for three and a half days to develop winning solutions to a civil engineering problem. Corporate recruiters and CI Board Members will be on site to evaluate the students and judge the winning team, based on their proposal and presentation. This year, CI Student Days event will be held in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., July 28 - August 1, 2017. Travel and accommodation assistance will be available in the form of a stipend. For more information, view the application. Application deadline: May 15, 2017.

New! 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. Application deadline: May 16, 2017

The International Association of Foundation Drilling, through its industry advancement fund, invites graduate students from the United States and Canada to apply for scholarships up to $3,000 for graduate study in geotechnical and/or structural engineering. Along with the $3,000 scholarship, winners for the 2017-2018 year will be provided travel, lodging and complimentary registration to attend IFCEE 2018 in Orlando, Florida. Please pass along this application to any students you think would be interested in applying, and any professors you know who would share this with their students. Learn more and apply: 2017-2018 scholarship application. Application deadline: May 19, 2017.

New! Oregon Concrete & Aggregate Producers Association (OCAPA) educational fund is sponsoring scholarships for deserving students pursuing a career related to the construction 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. The OCAPA College Scholarship award is for $2000. Additional scholarships of $1000 each may be awarded as well. Learn more and apply. Application deadline: May 23, 2017

New! Through the generosity of members and sponsors, the Structural Engineers Association of Oregon (SEAO) are currently able to fund four financial scholarship awards to outstanding structural engineering students. The Don Kramer Memorial Scholarship is awarded to one of highest scoring applicants to continue the memory of Don’s excellent engineering skills, relation-building efforts with the construction industry, and service to SEAO. The Susan M. Frey Memorial Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding applicant who exemplifies Sue's dedication to structural engineering with particular emphasis on teaching and mentoring. Applications must be returned by May 31, 2017.



The City of Albany is seeking to fill one Engineering Technician II position. The first review of applications will be on or near May 12, 2017. The recruitment will remain open until there are a sufficient number of qualified applicants or until the position is filled. Apply

Clackamas County’s Engineering Division is seeking an organized self-starter with excellent problem solving skills and an interest in engineering to work in the transportation engineering group on a full-time temporary basis. The term of this position will not exceed six months. The Transportation Engineering Division is within the Department of Transportation and Development and is responsible for the planning, development and implementation of countywide transportation and infrastructure improvements. Apply.

Over the next six weeks, the Engineering & Construction Services Division of Lane County Public Works will fill the positions of traffic engineer, supervising senior engineering associate,, senior engineering associate, engineering associate/engineer-in-training, technical specialist 2, technical specialist 1. The Engineering Associate and Tech 1 positions are currently posted. The remaining positions will soon follow. Apply

Nagamine Okawa Engineers Inc., a structural engineering firm based in Honolulu, Hawaii seeks to hire an engineer. They require a BS with concentration in structural engineering, and an MS degree in structural engineering is preferred. This would be a great opportunity to work on a range of projects involving public agencies and private organizations throughout Hawaii and the Pacific Rim. To apply, please send your resume, references, and transcripts to The position is cross-posted on Craigslist and Hawaii Jobs on Demand, where you can apply directly from the site. 

OSU Student Technical Assistant (Mass Timber Outreach Assistant). This recruitment will be used to fill two part-time (a maximum of 20 hours per week) student technical assistant positions for the College of Forestry at OSU. Apply.

Portland Road and Driveway Co Inc. is seeking qualified and highly motivated project managers to join our construction estimating and management team. Learn more and apply


Black & Veatch has a civil/environmental engineer 1 internship opportunity for their Portland office. Assignments are in conjunction with engineering, procurement, planning, designing, and construction of: bridges, dams, military bases, tunnels, water and wastewater facilities, hazardous waste facilities, power plants, hydro-electric power, and commercial and industrial facilities. Learn more and apply

H.A. McCoy Engineering & Surveying seeks to hire an entry-level civil engineer and fill a summer internship position in Redmond, Ore. Experience in CAD, public works design, and surveying is helpful. If interested, please submit a resume and cover letter to

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