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We asked geotechnical engineers if Elon Musk’s crazy underground tunnel dream is realistic (Vice). Featuring CCE faculty members Matt Evans, Ben Mason, and Armin Stuedlein


  • Wednesday, May 10NSF 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, 6 p.m., Kearney 312, AGC/ASCE Student Chapter Joint Speaker Meeting, featuring Mentors 360 (a panel of civil and construction engineering professionals from Fortis, Hoffman, Gerding Builders, Todd Hess Building Co., and Andersen and others. Free pizza served. 
  • Thursday, May 11, Memorial Union, Horizon Room, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Award-winning science writer and journalist Ed Yong will present the inaugural public lecture of the Oregon State University Microbiome Initiative (OMBI), based on his bestselling book on microbiome in the human body, I Contain Multitudes. He is one of the most prominent and influential science journalists on the contemporary scene having written for virtually every prestigious English-language media outlet. He is a writer for The Atlantic, where he enjoys the distinction of being the 159-year old magazine’s first staff science writer. The public is welcome at this free event. A reception will precede the lecture at 5:30 pm. Please RSVP.
  • 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. Reception to follow. 
  • Monday, May 15PLSO Willamette Chapter Student Appreciation Dinner, 5:30 to 9 p.m., La Sells Stewart Center, Ag Science 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. 
  • Monday, May 15, 10 to 11 a.m., Owen 110, MS Final Examination – Kory Kellum. Advisor: Christopher Parrish. Committee members: Meghna Babbar-Sebens and Michael Olsen. Title: Seamless Topobathymetric River Mapping Through Multi-Sensor Data Integration: Lidar, Sonar, RTK GNSS and Structure from Motion
  • Wednesday, May 17, 4:30 p.m., Kearney 212 Geotechnical Lecture Series, “Geotechnical Aspects of the Burnside Bridge Retrofit Study,” presented by James Walters, P.E. and Stephen McLandrich, P.E., of Shannon & Wilson, Inc., Portland, Ore.
  • Friday, May 19, Engineering Undergraduate Expo:
  • May 26-272017 ASCE/AISC National Student Steel Bridge CompetitionVolunteer!
  • 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

New! DBIA Northwest is pleased to announce the availability of two $2,500 student scholarships for the 2017/18 school year. They are looking for students in good academic standing who have displayed a commitment to learning and applying Design Build best practices in their education. Learn more and apply. Deadline: May 10, 2017. 

New! Portland General Electric is sponsoring a number of $2,500 scholarships for undergraduate students. In most cases the $2,500 is awarded for a second year and includes the opportunity for a connection to a PGE mentor. This scholarship requires that prospective awardees prepare an essay (350 to 500 words) that addresses the following question: What do you see as the challenges of the electric utility industry and how can your engineering discipline contribute to improvements or solutions to the challenges? You are free to respond creatively. If you need additional information, consider reviewing their site or the following subject areas: workforce recruitment, diversity and inclusion; electric utility reliance on STEM majors; integration of renewables, hydro, natural gas combustion; preparedness for natural disasters, such as a major earthquake; and reduced reliance on coal, impact of regulation on long term power planning. Submit your essay electronically to Renie Ashbaugh at no later than May 12, 2017.

New! The 2017 Surveying and Geomatics Educators Society Conference will be held at Oregon State University July 30-August 3, 2017. Details of the conference, including accommodations, are available at To submit an abstract, visit Abstract deadline: May 15, 2017. 

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. 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.



Clackamas County’s Engineering Division seeks 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 as an engineering aide. 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. Learn more and apply

Coffman Excavation, a heavy civil/site work contractor, has two immediate openings for entry level project engineering positions. Job duties are to support the project manager by performing entry level construction management tasks such as quantity/material takeoffs, cost tracking, submittals, material procurement, etc. Candidate must be highly motivated, possess strong communication skills, familiarity with construction documents and general computer skills. The successful candidate must also pass a criminal background check, drug test and have a valid driver's license. To apply, submit your resume online

Otak seeks a dynamic individual for their construction management group. Learn more about the position. If you have questions, contact Javier Moncada, 503-752-2305. 

Suulutaaq, Inc. seeks full-time position in San Jose, Calif. and an intern for a dam modification project in Medford, Ore. Students can be civil engineering or construction management majors. Learn more and apply

Uncommon Cabinetry, Inc., a custom cabinetry and millwork company of Corvallis, seeks a project engineer/drafter. The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications/qualities: experience with drafting software of some kind, high attention to detail, knowledge of inches and fractions, ability to read and interpret building plans and designs, communication skills especially listening. Knowledge of woodworking and/or cabinet shop environment is a plus but not necessary. To apply, send an updated copy of your resume to Cody Smart.

Wildish Building Company seeks a full-time project engineer. This position is based out of their Eugene office. Education level: 4-year degree or equivalent. Requirements: 2-4 years of similar construction related experience (non-mandatory). Responsibilities include reviewing, analyzing and resolving field construction problems and discrepancies with contract drawing and specifications. Administrative tasks will include managing submittals, procurement of materials, processing RFI’s, document control, assist in cost control and change orders.  Applicant must be able to assist in maintaining schedules with input from PM and Superintendent. Must be able to work independently as well as provide support to the project manager. Work may include performing quantity take-offs and some pricing exercises. Skills in Excel, Word, Microsoft Project Scheduling and Viewpoint are beneficial to applicant. To apply, send an updated copy of your resume to Jesse Blume


Armstrong Builders, LLC seeks a full-time, entry level CCE graduate for their Hawaii based office. Armstrong has been doing business in Hawaii for 40 years and is recognized as a leader in Hawaii’s residential and commercial construction markets. To apply for an internship, please send an updated PDF of your resume to Marc Putman.

Benton County Public Works seeks an intern. The intern will provide water quality monitoring support and inspection reporting for the Benton County Public Works Department and shared with the City of Philomath. Preference will be given to applicants with strong writing skills combined with AutoCad or ARCMAP experience. Learn more and apply

Pacific Excavation seeks a summer intern that is a self-motivated, detail oriented individual looking for an opportunity to gain civil construction experience in both office and field settings. Duties to include general office administration, quantity takeoffs and calculations, estimating and bid support, and general field labor as needed. The position is located out of their Tualatin, Ore. office. Self transportation is required. To apply, please email an updated copy of your resume to Spencer Chamberlain

RUTE Foundation Systems seeks an OSU student with parametric 3D drafting skills for an internship opportunity. The main responsibility will be the 3D parametric drafting of our new foundation design. This will involve detailing of post-tensioned concrete girders and other structural steel and concrete members. The successful candidate must have proficiency using Fusion 360 (or another parametric 3D drafting software & be a quick learner); be a junior or senior engineering student at OSU, provide your own computer (software license will be provided). Ideal candidates will also have basic Revit knowledge, concrete reinforcing detailing experience or other engineering work experience. Hourly pay of $18 / hour. Initial engagement will be for approximately 120 hours of work, with a possibility to extend that later. Flexible schedule, and location (with occasional web conferences to check in with progress). To apply, send your resume, unofficial transcript, a short description of why you think you are the perfect person for this internship and any 3D drafting work samples (IGES or STEP format) to Adrian Corella before the end-of-day May 16, 2017.

Student Jobs

Orange Media Network is hiring for over two dozen student positions, and all majors are welcome to apply. There are a a variety of positions open for different fields: journalism, web development, creative media, sales, marketing and more. OMN is a great place for students to gain experience in an industry-level facility with transferable skills, and students are not required to be an expert in any area as we have a wide range of training opportunities. For more information, job descriptions, and to apply, please visit:

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