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Graduating students, advance registration is required to attend the CCE Graduation Celebration on Friday, June 16, 2017. Register now for the event by completing the survey that corresponds with your degree: 

  • Civil Engineering undergraduate students (BS, BA): If you did not complete the survey in your CE Capstone class, visit Kearney 101. 
  • Construction Engineering Management undergraduate students (BS, BA): Visit Kearney 101 to complete the survey. Upon completion, you will receive your graduation hard hat.
  • Graduate Students (MS, MEng, PhD): Complete the graduate form to register for the celebration.

Graduates in winter, spring, summer or fall ‘17 are invited to participate in the event. Black cap and gown, with engineering (orange) tassel, are required (available at OSU Bookstore, 541-737-0029 or 800-595-0357); CEM’s will receive hard hats after completing the graduation survey. ROTC graduates may attend in military uniform. Graduates may invite as many friends and family members to the event as they wish. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open to guests at 6:30 p.m. If you have questions, contact Lauren Farmen, 541-737-4096.

Well done! Oregon State University hosted the 2017 National Student Steel Bridge Competition on Friday and Saturday. The student directors Chelsea Farnsworth and Oscar Gayet, ASCE student chapter, student volunteers, and faculty advisor Judy Liu organized a successful event with 43 teams and approximately 450 students from throughout the world.

Congratulations! Associate Head of Undergraduate Affairs and Associate Professor Shane Brown, has been named an ASCE Fellow. ASCE Fellow is a significant honor held by 3 percent of ASCE members.


  • Wednesday, May 31, 6 p.m., Kearney 305, “Financial Planning for your Future,” presented by CCE faculty member Joe Fradella.  
  • Wednesday, May 31, 2 p.m., Kearney 202, MS Final Examination: Chen Chen. Title: Crowdsourcing Data-driven Development of Bicycle Safety Performance Functions (SPFs): Microscopic and Macroscopic Scales.  Advisor: Haizhong Wang. Committee members: Katharine Hunter-Zaworski, David Hurwitz. GCR: Yue Zhang. 
  • Thursday, June 1, 1 p.m., Kearney 311, MS Final Examination: Rachel Adams. Title: Near-Surface Response of Beach Sand: An Experimental Investigation. Advisor: Ben Mason. Committee members: Ben Leshchinsky, Harry Yeh. GCR: Andrew Meigs. 
  • Saturday, June 3, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., SLP Field #3, AGC & ASCE Kickball Event. This annual spring social event with AGC and ASCE will consist of a kickball game at 10 a.m. and a free lunch from 11 a.m. to noon. If you have questions, email (AGC Social Chair) or (ASCE Social Chair). 
  • Friday, June 16, 7 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center, Austin Auditorium, CCE Graduation Celebration
  • Thursday, June 15, 2 to 3:30 p.m. ET, TRB Webinar: Assessing, Coding, and Marking of Highway Structures in Emergency Situations, moderated and presented by CCE faculty member Michael Olsen. Presenter: Andre Barbosa. TRB will conduct a webinar that features research from the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP)’s Report 833: Assessing, Coding, and Marking of Highway Structures in Emergency Situations. Participants must register in advance of the webinar, and there is a fee for non-TRB Sponsor or non-TRB Sustaining Affiliate employees. A certificate for 1.5 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) will be provided to attendees who register and attend the webinar as an individual. 


Walk-in advising is available 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday now throughout the summer, except on holidays.

  • 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

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

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 the 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.

New! Sophomore Women’s Research Fellowship. The College of Engineering offers a $1,000 research fellowship for students who will be in their second year in fall 2017 (current first-year students).  All majors are encouraged to apply. More information and the application can be found at: If you have questions, contact Director of Undergraduate Research, Alicia Lyman-Holt. Application deadline: June 12, 2017. 

New! National Association of Women in Construction Salem, Ore. Chapter 198 announces two $1,000 scholarships for 2017. Requirements: Enrolled in a construction field such as Architecture, Construction Management, Civil, Structural, Mechanical, or Electrical Engineering. Applicant must be enrolled as a full-time student. Applicant must provide an official transcript of grades to the committee. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors are encouraged to participate. If you have questions, contact Applications are available at 2225 Judson St, Salem Ore., 97309 or Application deadline: June 15, 2017. 

New! EERI/FEMA 2017/2018 Graduate Fellowships in Earthquake Hazard Reduction. EERI is pleased to announce the availability of two graduate fellowships for the 2017-2018 academic year to support two full-time students in a discipline contributing to the science and practice of earthquake hazard mitigation. The one-year fellowships, underwritten with funds provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, are designed to foster the participation of capable individuals in working toward goals and activities of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program. For more information and to apply, visit The deadline for submission of all application materials is July 9, 2017. Announcement of the award will be made September 1, 2017.



E-Drafting Corp., a residential building design company that specializes in home plans, renderings, site plans, and plotting, has a three-month internship position in Camas, Wash. available immediately. They are looking for candidates with basic Revit and CAD knowledge that can help them with designing and managing 2D and 3D home plans. Interested undergrads, soon-to-be graduates, and grad students should email their resumes to 

EERI has an internship opportunity available for recent graduates who are interested in gaining valuable professional experience while supporting the Institute's mission to reduce earthquake risk. The position can begin as early as June 2017, and is located in EERI's Oakland, CA headquarters. For more information and to apply, visit Application deadline: May 31, 2017.

EERI has a unique paid opportunity for three to five students, academics, or professional researchers familiar with both the Hazus and ArcGIS online platforms. We are testing an earthquake scenario publication tool and how-to guide that converts Hazus results into ArcGIS compatible data for publication on FEMA's Geoplatform (an ArcGIS enterprise). This opportunity is short term. The due date for posting scenarios on the experimental Pacific Northwest Scenario Archive Project is June 16, 2017. Ideal candidates will be comfortable delivering on a rapid turnaround schedule, have the ability to start immediately, and will be willing to continuously communicate with our office throughout the project period. Experience with both Hazus and ArcGIS is required. The applicant will be given clear instruction and a FEMA Geoplatform account for the purposes of the study. This opportunity pays $1,000. To apply, send a brief statement of interest that includes your qualifications along with your current resume/cv to with the subject: PNW Scenario Researcher. 

The Portland Bureau of Transportation seeks a surveying aide trainee to work on their field crews for the summer. The trainee is primarily a field position working on City of Portland Transportation Survey Field Crews. The Surveying Aide Trainee assists the Crew Leader and Surveying Aide II on a Survey Field Crew and learns to use all surveying equipment and tools to help complete assigned projects. Crews work on topographic, construction and Right-of-Way (boundary) surveys for multiple City Bureaus. Surveying Aide Trainee is expected to follow the directions of the Crew Leader, learn to use survey Total Stations, Digital Levels, Data Collectors and associated software. Important attributes for this position are the ability to: follow directions, learn to run survey equipment/software and communicate clearly with supervisors, co-workers and the general public. Start date: mid to late June. Duration: through the end of August or early September. Compensation: $19 to $20 per hour. Closing date: June 9, 2017. Requirements: Must be a current civil engineering or surveying college student. Must have completed at least one Survey class. Contact info: Mark Hawkins, PBOT engineering survey manager. Desk Phone: (503) 823-7150, Cell Phone: (503) 823-5932, Email:

Westlake Consultants, Inc. seeks a civil engineering Intern, construction and land survey intern, civil AutoCAD designer, and survey instrument person. Westlake was established in 1983, and has grown from a small consulting firm to an established and trusted source for civil engineering, surveying, and land use planning. Learn more and apply through Handshake at or by sending a cover letter and resume to Ashley Popham, marketing assistant.  


Lightworks Electric Company seeks to hire a full-time construction manager/estimator for their Tualatin, Ore. based office. The majority of projects that Lightworks concentrates on have a heavy civil focus, but they also offer opportunities to learn some electrical construction skills. They work on many projects with NW Earthmovers. They are interested in hiring a construction student that can assist with updating their current systems – there is a lot of room for growth with this company. To apply, send an updated copy of your resume to Lauren Farmen or bring a copy by Kearney 101.  

Robinson Construction Co. seeks to hire a new project engineer. The project engineer supports the superintendent and project manager on an assigned project. Performs routine daily activities and assists in gathering and distributing information to team members. Possesses strong written and verbal communications skills and manages time effectively. Responsibilities and duties: Analyze and resolve field construction issues, prepare, review and distribute RFIs, maintain RFI log, maintain job rental authorization log, maintain job files and as-builts, maintain thorough understanding of contract documents and subcontracts, prepare meeting minutes for all job meetings, complete required tasks daily: timecards, purchase orders, work orders, RCC daily paperwork packet and collecting subcontractor daily job reports. Weekly project photos. Inspect/verify material deliveries. Manage project closeout and obtain all warranties required for final acceptance. Track punch list with superintendent. Other duties assigned. Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management, engineering, or equivalent. Positive attitude. Time management and organizational skills. Strong written and verbal communication skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs. To apply, send your resume to Stacey Rodgers. Interviews for selected candidates will be held at headquarters in Hillsboro, Ore.

A Portland company is currently hiring for a civil engineer-in-training to be part of their water and environmental business unit. This position will operate under the direction of engineers and project managers as part of a team of professionals working on city, county, state, federal, and private projects. Candidates should be experienced in AutoCAD, Civil 3D or Microstation and have a good understanding of pipe conveyance and engineering design, associated grading, and/or other pertinent areas of civil engineering concepts. Learn more and apply

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