News and Announcements

Classes begin tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 20.

Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2 p.m. Kearney 311, PhD Dissertation Defense, Rajendra Soti, "Seismic Assessment of Unreinforced and Retrofitted Masonry Buildings Using Applied Element Method (AEM)," advisor: Dr. Andre R. Barbosa. 

Friday, Sept. 22, 1 p.m., Kearney 311, PhD Dissertation Defense, Mahmoud Shakouri, "Development of a Reliability-Based Framework and Empirical Models for Justifying Allowable Chloride Limits and Quantifying Critical Input Variables for Predicting the Service Life of Reinforced Concrete Structures," advisor: Dr. David Trejo. 

Events and Speaker Meetings

Friday, Sept. 22, 8 a.m to noon, “Psychology of Negotiations,” Guest Speaker: Richard Birke, Holiday Inn Portland South, 25425 SW 95th Ave., Wilsonville. Negotiation is a critical part of the construction industry. From making deals to running teams to collective bargaining to problem solving, we negotiate all day long every day. AGC offers this free seminar. Breakfast is included. Registration is required for this free event. Contact Yvonne Gleaves at AGC or call 503-685-8306. When registering, include attendee names, company, email address, and phone number. 

Wednesday, Sept. 27, 4 to 5 p.m., LINC 268, 165 SW Sackett Place, The Oregon State University Alumni Association presents, From Corvallis to Hollywood, Q&A with Ivan Williams '80 and Erika Williams '78. The road from your undergraduate studies to your career may not be straight and narrow. Follow the story of two alumni, from the colleges of Engineering and Forestry, who went from buying movie tickets to making feature length films, television shows and musicals. Free event, pizza provided. Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by September 22 to Yuliya Dennis. For more information, visit

Thursday, Sept. 28, 5 p.m., Kearney 112, Oregon State Institute of Transportation Engineers (OSU ITE) first general meeting of the term. Featuring free pizza. Learn about exciting events this term and how to get involved. No experience with transportation necessary. 


Walk-in advising is available 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday now through October 6. 

PIN advising for winter term – by appointment only – will begin October 9 (week 3) and continue through November 17 (week 8).

  • Last names A-L: Whitney Korthauer
  • Last names M-Z: Janice Nave-Abele
  • 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

CEM now requires an upper division (300-499) or graduate-level (500-599) College of Engineering elective. Please note: students admitted/enrolled in pro school prior to winter 2017 do not need to fulfill the technical elective requirement. CE 553 will be offered this fall and would be a great option for any CEM student interested in completing that requirement. Email CCE Advising ( if you would like to be added to the course (check that you have the prerequisites). 

CE 405 BUILDLING DESIGN FORCES (1): Guest Lecturer: Alex Firth from CH2M. This is an excellent course for students interested in structural engineering. Occurs every other Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. in Bat 144 beginning September 27. 

CE 553 RAILROAD ENGINEERING (3): The principal subject of this course is the railway infra-structure and operational issues related to high speed passenger rail and freight rail (class 1 and regional rail). The course will cover the techniques used to design, construct, monitor and maintain railway track. Class will include field trips. PREREQS: CE 365 or permission of instructor. COREQS: CE 392

CE 590 ADVANCED TRANSPORTATION SUPPLY DEMAND MODELING (graduate elective): The objective of this course is to provide students with a general background in the application of various statistical and econometric analysis techniques. The course will present a number of model-estimation methods that are used in transportation data analysis, economic analysis, and other subject areas that deal with data analysis. It is important to note that the methods presented can be used in a wide variety of data-analysis applications and go well beyond the techniques typically covered in statistics courses. The course will emphasize model estimation and application, but underlying theory and limitations will be discussed to ensure that the methods are properly applied and understood.

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

The George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University is seeking STEM faculty to participate in a free two-day workshop, January 12 – 13, 2018, “Capacity Building for Competitive S-STEM Proposals” with the broad goal of improving the competitiveness of submissions to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) program from predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUIs)1. Emphasis will be placed on, but not necessarily limited to, PUIs located in Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) jurisdictions. Faculty members from two-year colleges are especially encouraged to apply. Learn more and apply

New! Fuels Institute, 2018 University Case Competition. $0 cost to enter, first place winner - $5k (to be divided among team members), second place winner - $2,500 (to be divided among team members), third place winner, $1k (to be divided among team members), fourth through sixth place winners - $500 each team, top three teams will each receive approximately $1,750 each only to be used by their student-run energy/transportation clubs. Top six teams will have their final submissions published by the Fuels Institute. All students who submit abstracts will have their resumes presented to Sponsors seeking interns in 2018. To apply, download the Official 2018 Rule Book and submit your abstract by the prior stated deadline. Download at Deadlines: Round One: Abstract submission deadline: Friday, October 13, 2017, by 11:59 pm EST. Round Two: Full case submission deadline: Friday, December, 2017, by 11:59 pm EST. Round Three: Slide submission deadline: Tuesday, May 2, 2018.

New! The journal Buildings, announces a travel award sponsored by Buildings for postdoctoral and Ph.D. researchers to attend buildings related conferences in 2018. The award will be 800 CHF (Swiss Francs) for the winner. Nominations and applications for the award are open now. Learn more here.

Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 PacTrans Region 10 Transportation Conference. The Annual PacTrans Region 10 Transportation Conference brings together the Pacific Northwest’s transportation community to network and share current research results for technology transfer and ideas for research, education, workforce development, and future collaboration. Learn more and register

Applications are open now for the ACI Foundation scholarships. ACI offers 19 graduate and undergraduate fellowships and scholarships. Last season, ACI awarded more than $100,000. Learn more and apply. Deadline: November 3, 2017, 11:59 p.m.

Render 3D Quickly announces the launch of the Render 3D Quickly Scholarship Program. One college hopeful will be chosen to receive a $1,000 scholarship to be used toward their higher education. Learn more and apply. Application deadline: December 30, 2017. 

2018 ASCE International Conference on Transportation and Development, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, July 15-18, 2018. Join peers and other experts from around the world in Pittsburgh to share ideas and advance the knowledge on the impact of technologies on transportation and development. Learn more


Student Jobs

CCE Learning Assistant (LA)-ENGR 111 (5-7 hours a week). Learn more and apply. For more information, contact Senior Instructor Kenny Martin


Anderson’s Erosion Control Inc. seeks a full-time estimator for their Junction City, Oregon based office.  AEC is a small, local, family-owned company, which has been in business for 47 years. Their work includes Hydroseed, straw blowing, revegetation, soil placement, and irrigation for large scale government and commercial contracts. Their region of work is in Oregon and Southwest Washington. They have been a subcontractor for nearly every heavy civil company that does work in Oregon and many of the building general contractors as well. AEC has been a subcontractor for K&E and Scarscella out at the Eddyville Hwy 20 Project for over the last five years and has been instrumental in stabilizing miles of slopes in less than ideal conditions. To apply, email an updated PDF of your resume to Kevin Madsen (CEM ’12). 

Lightworks Electric Company seeks to hire an intern and/or full-time construction manager/estimator for their Tualatin, Oregon 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. The hours are flexible until your graduation date. To apply, send an updated copy of your resume to Lauren Farmen  or bring a copy by Kearney 101.   

The Oregon Department of Transportation is recruiting for an associate in engineering to join the Region 2 team. This position supports the project manager, assistant project manager, construction coordinator, quality control compliance specialist, construction designer, lead inspectors, and surveyors in their job duties. The associate in engineering performs inspections, surveys, and office work. This person works as part of a 15-20 member project manager's crew administering construction contracts and supporting project development. ODOT invites members of all diverse communities to join our workforce as they endeavor to best serve Oregonians from every background. ODOT values diversity and inclusion because they are good for Oregon. ODOT believes that by welcoming differences, encouraging new ideas and views, listening to and learning from each other, and providing opportunities for professional enrichment we are better able to serve those around us. Limited Duration: This is a limited duration appointment that is expected to end on or before 06/30/2019. Limited duration appointments are benefits eligible and have a designated maximum length of service. Learn more and apply here or visit and search for job posting ODOT17-1603oc. This opportunity closes at 11:59 p.m. on October 2, 2017. For questions about this job announcement, call Erin at 503-986-7146. ODOT is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

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