News and Announcements

Thursday, Oct. 12, Kearney 311, PhD Dissertation Defense, Matt O’Banion, “Rigorous 3D Point Cloud Quality Assessment.” Advisor: Michael J. Olsen. 

Central Mexico Earthquake Reconnaissance – Day 9 (Reid Middleton guest blog), by Erica Fischer, assistant professor of structural engineering. 

Kudos and Congratulations

Michael Olsen, associate professor of geomatics, won the first annual PacTrans Researcher of the Year award on Friday, Oct. 6 at the annual PacTrans Region 10 Transportation Conference in Seattle, Washington. Graduate students Masoud Abadi and Dylan Horne also took home honors. Abadi earned first place and Horne third place in the poster competition at the PacTrans Region 10 student conference held Saturday, Oct. 7. 

Oregon State earned second place nationally and first place in the report category at the PCI Big Beam Contest. “The students worked hard through the design, fabrication, testing, and report phases to produce a superior product,” said Keith Kaufman, team advisor. “Thank you to Dr. Higgins for his continued support.” Team members include Makenzie Ellett, Thomas Fruin, Kolton Mahr, Spenser Maunu, Madhav Parikh, and Andy Truong. 

Events and Speaker Meetings

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 4 to 5 p.m., Kearney 112, Edwards Distinguished Lecture, “Damage and Collapse Assessment in Steel and Composite Structure,” Jerome F. Hajjar, Ph.D., P.E., CDM Smith Professor and Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University. 

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 5 to 7 p.m., Asian & Pacific Cultural Center, 2695 SW Jefferson Way, “Breaking Barriers: Women in Engineering.” Guest Speakers: Tala Navab-Daneshmand, assistant professor of chemical, biological and environmental engineering, Yelda Turkan, assistant professor of construction engineering, and Jihye Park, assistant professor of geomatics. Diversity & Cultural Engagement is dedicated to principles of equity and social justice, and as such, all of their events and programs are inclusive to all who are committed to transformative learning. For accommodations related to disability, contact Reagan Le or 541-737-9033. 

New! Thursday, Oct. 12, 6 p.m., Owen 102, ASCE Student Chapter Professional Development Workshop on resume editing. Bring a hardy copy of your resume to receive expert advice and edits from the Career Development Center. If you do not have resume, feel free to bring a template (there are many available through Microsoft Word or online) and be prepared to make your own.

Career Development Center Fall 2017 Professional Series. Workshops for COE students:

Accommodations for disabilities may be made by contacting 541-737-3607 or

Saturday, Oct. 14, two hours prior to kick-off, BMWC Constructors will host a tailgate event. Students are invited to attend. BMWC will provide traditional food and beverage, company gear, games, as well as internship and full-time opportunities. To attend, RSVP to Jake Remboldt by October 11.  

New! Wednesday, Oct. 18, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Reser Stadium Club Level, Fall Career Expo. The Reser Stadium location is reserved for companies who are exclusively seeking civil and construction interns and full-time hires. View the employers attending the fall fair and full list of career events. If you have availability on the day of the fair, please consider being a volunteer for the Reser postions

New! Saturday, Nov. 11, Kearney Hall, ASCE Student Chapter Meet a Civil Engineer Day. The event includes professional engineers from multiple disciplines of civil engineering, networking opportunities, free food, dodgeball, and more. Check-in time: 10 a.m. donuts and coffee provided. To attend, complete the event survey no later than October 18. 

Speaker Meetings 

Monday, Oct. 9, 6 p.m., Kearney 312, AGC Student Chapter Speaker Meeting, Turner Construction. Free dinner provided. Turner intern and full-time interviews will be held October 24 and 26 in Kearney Hall. To sign up, bring an updated copy of your resume to their career fair booth on October 18. 

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 5 to 6 p.m., Kearney 112, ASCE Speaker Meeting, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). ODOT will present information on their Graduate Engineering Program, which is for entry-level engineers. This program includes three to four six-month rotations through diverse engineering disciplines at the department, mentorship from professional engineers, and full-time employment with salary and benefits. Food will be provided in the atrium.  

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 6 p.m., Kearney 312, AGC Student Chapter Speaker Meeting, Fortis Construction. Free dinner provided. Fortis intern and full-time interviews will be held Wednesday, Oct. 11 in Kearney 201C and Owen 201. To sign up, bring an updated copy of your resume to Lauren Farmen in Kearney 101B. 

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 6 p.m. in Kearney 312, AGC Student Chapter Speaker Meeting, Knife River. Free dinner provided. Knife River intern and full-time interviews will be held Thursday, Oct. 12 in Kearney 111C. To sign up, bring an updated copy of your resume to Lauren Farmen in Kearney 101B.

Thursday, Oct. 12, noon, Kearney 312, Lunch and Learn, Build Group. Free lunch provided. Build Group intern and full-time interviews will be held Friday, Oct. 13 in Kearney 101C. To sign up, bring an updated copy of your resume to the Lunch and Learn event. 

Thursday, Oct. 12, 6 p.m., Kearney 312, AGC Student Chapter Speaker Meeting, Howard S. Wright Construction. Free dinner provided. HSW intern and full-time interviews will be held October 19 in Owen 201 and 224. To sign up, bring an updated copy of your resume to their career fair booth on October 18.

Lauren Farmen is accepting resumes in Kearney 101B for Oregon Mainline Paving (intern and full-time), Exxel Pacific General Contractors of Seattle (interns only), and Lightworks Electric Company (last year intern, transition to full-time), Kerr Contractors (intern and full-time), Mortenson Construction (intern and full-time), Bremik Construction (intern and full-time), and Yorke and Curtis (intern). 


Winter PIN advising begins Monday, Oct. 9. 

To schedule an advising appointment, visit the advising page and select an advisor based on the first letter of your last name. 

  • Last names A-L: Whitney Korthauer
  • Last names M-Z: Janice Nave-Abele
  • First year students: Michelle White

To cancel an existing appointment, use the link in your appointment confirmation email to cancel or reschedule your advising appointment. Please cancel within 24 hours of your appointment. 

Walk-in advising is available during the last two weeks and the first two weeks of the term as well as daily throughout the term between Monday through Friday between 4 and 4:30 p.m. (except school holidays). 

Topics best suited for appointments:

  • Registration PINs
  • Withdraw from a class/term questions
  • Academic standing or petition questions
  • Updating academic plan/making significant changes
  • Long questions (10 minutes or more)

Topics best suited for walk-in advising:

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

Phase I Priority Registration: November 12

Phase II Priority Registration (waitlists begin): November 30, 8 p.m.

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
  • Schedule your event with the Graduate School at least 2 weeks before the event date with the exam schedule form

Opportunities, Scholarships, and Conferences

New! A $1,000 scholarship opportunity is available for any OSU student who has completed an internship with a mechanical contractor during the past summer. The scholarships are sponsored by TCM Corp Mechanical Contractors. To apply, email Joe Fradella with the following information: Your name, company you worked for, dates of internship, supervisor name and contact information. Application deadline: Friday, Oct. 20.

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

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, Oct. 13, 2017, by 11:59 pm EST. 

New! The Graduate School administers an endowment fund created to honor Irma Delson, who dedicated her many years at OSU to serving students from all over the world. The Delson Bridge to the Future Fund is designed to assist students in the final phase of their graduate education to pay research expenses, publication costs, and other incidentals that stand in the way of completing their studies. It is anticipated that up to two awards will be given. Nomination deadline: October 23, 2017, 5 p.m. For eligibility criteria, award guidelines, and nomination procedures, visit:

Imaging Fellowship Opportunity at Harvard University. Harvard University seeks life and physical scientists with an interest in imaging to develop innovative imaging technologies, lead biological investigations using these technologies, or both, for an exciting position as a John Harvard Distinguished Science Fellow (JHDSF). Fellows will work as independent researchers; receive funding to run a small research group; and will be appointed for a three-year term (two-year extension after review). Candidates should have recently completed a PhD in Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Engineering or related areas, or should complete a PhD by the time their appointment begins. Learn more and apply. Application Deadline: October 29, 2017. 

AGC Education and Research Foundation Scholarship. Each year, the AGC Education and Research Foundation offers undergraduate and graduate level scholarships to students enrolled in ABET or ACCE accredited construction management or construction related engineering programs. Over $10 million in scholarships have been awarded to more than 4,000 students attending colleges and universities across the country. Through endowments made by AGC members and supporters, as well as AGC Chapters, the Education and Research Foundation awards over 100 scholarships each year to students dedicated to pursuing a career in the construction industry. The application opened July 1, 2017 and closes November 1, 2017. 

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.

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute Graduate Internship Program. The program offers recent college graduates an opportunity to extend their education and begin building a professional network through relevant real world experience in a professional setting. Interns make a six-month commitment to EERI and gain valuable experience on earthquake mitigation and exposure to earthquake-focused professional organizations. EERI is committed to providing a learning experience through meaningful work assignments related to our mission of seismic risk reduction. Now accepting application for Spring 2018 internships (January - July 2018). Learn more and apply. Application deadline: November 1, 2017. 

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.

The Science Ambassador Scholarship: A full–tuition scholarship for a woman in science, technology, engineering, or math. Learn more and apply. Application deadline: December 11, 2017, midnight, central time. 

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

The annual ITE QUAD Conference represents transportation professionals from British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and beyond. The 2018 conference will be hosted in Portland. Learn more


ACCO Engineered Systems, a mechanical subcontractor, seeks to hire current students who are interested in pursuing a design engineer position in Portland or a project engineer position in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information and to apply, visit their booth at the career fair on October 18. 

The Bureau of Reclamation seeks to hire a  GS-7/9/11 Civil Engineer (Geotechnical). The positon has includes technically interesting work in dam safety, and is located in Colorado. Learn more and apply

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for multiple full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty positions; all ranks will be considered. The Department seeks to expand its expertise in emerging interdisciplinary areas that are critical in addressing global challenges through innovative education and research. Desired areas of expertise for the positions are: Optimization and Life-Cycle Performance for Large-Scale Structural Systems, Geoengineering for Sustainable Urban and Off-Shore Development, Synthetic Biology for Environmental Solutions, Emerging Construction Materials for Buildings and Pavements, Sustainable and Smart Infrastructure and Multimodal Transportation. Learn more and apply

ODOT's Graduate Engineering Program is designed for recent engineering graduates to transition from student to full-time engineer. For up to 24 months, GEP participants are provided rotational assignments throughout ODOT engineering disciplines. Participants are recognized as full-time employees, receiving a salary, a full benefits package, and mentorship from a registered professional engineer (PE). This can provide up to two years qualifying time toward obtaining PE licensure. Ideal GEP candidates will have recently passed (or be prepared to take and pass) the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam. Program training is provided through rotational assignments in various civil engineering disciplines such as construction, design, or maintenance for a minimum of 18 months and a maximum of two years. The program is open to all qualified applicants including current, qualified ODOT employees. ODOT is recruiting for several GEP positions throughout the state. Learn more and apply

Paradigm Construction seeks to hire project engineers for their Waipahu, Hawaii office. To apply, submit an updated copy of your resume to Alex.  

The Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) at North Carolina State University (NCSU) expects to fill three positions over the next two years. The first position will be in the area of large scale structural engineering experimentation, while the other positions are expected to be in the broader civil engineering areas of structures, geotechnical, materials, and resilient infrastructure systems. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2017, and applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Interested applicants should apply online (position #00000552). 

Nagamine Okawa Engineers, Inc. seeks to hire structural engineers for their Honolulu, Hawaii office. To apply, email your updated resume in PDF format to George Gutierrez, Jr.  

The Department of Civil and Chemical Engineering at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the general area of transportation engineering with an emphasis on Intelligent Transportation Systems beginning August 1, 2018. Applications must be submitted electronically through the UTC Faculty Career Site

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