News and Announcements

In the latest episode of Engineering Out Loud, hear Michael Olsen, associate professor of geomatics and Ben Leshchinsky, assistant professor of geotechnical engineering in the College of Forestry and the College of Engineering, discuss a new tool to help prepare for the Big One.

Recent grad and co-author on Earthquake Spectra article shares lessons learned from Nepal.  

Wood Construction Gains Ground in U.S. Commercial Buildings (National Real Estate Investor), There is a burgeoning trend among developers across the U.S. to bring the use of wood to new heights in commercial real estate. Featuring Andre Barbosa, assistant professor of structural engineering. 

Today, Monday, Nov. 6, CE and CEM 2018 composite make up photos, 2 to 4 p.m., Alpha Gamma Delta house, 360 26th Street. If you did not have your photo taken last week, attend the make up session today and notify the Vantine representative that your photo is to appear on Oregon State Civil Engineering or Construction Engineering Management composite. If you have questions, contact Lauren Farmen.

Events and Speaker Meetings

Speaker Meetings  

  • Monday, Nov. 6, 6 p.m., Kearney 312, AGC Student Chapter Speaker Meeting: Skanska. Free dinner provided. 
  • Tuesday, Nov. 7, 6 p.m., Kearney 305, ASCE Speaker Meeting: David Evans and Associates, a recognized leader in the design and management of complex transportation, land development, water resources, and energy projects nationwide. DEA will give a general overview of the company and their bridge and structures team. The presentation will also include a discussion on the Tilikum Crossing Bridge Inspection project. To attend, RSVP. Free dinner from Pita Pit provided after the meeting. 
  • Tuesday, Nov. 7, 6 p.m., Kearney 312, AGC Student Chapter Speaker Meeting: Garney Construction. Free dinner provided.
  • Wednesday Nov. 8, 6 p.m., Kearney 112, ASCE General Meeting. This is the second general meeting of the term and is a great opportunity to learn about upcoming events and opportunities. All ASCE officers are required to attend. To attend, RSVP. Free dinner from Local Boyz provided after the meeting. 
  • Wednesday, Nov. 8, 6 p.m., Kearney 212, AGC Student Chapter Speaker Meeting: Hoffman Construction. Free dinner provided.


  • Tuesday, Nov. 7, 1 to 5 p.m., Kearney 201C and Wednesday, Nov. 8, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Kearney 101C, Garney. To sign up, bring an updated copy of your resume to Lauren Farmen in Kearney 101B.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 7, Kearney 101C, Skanska interviews will be held on. To sign up, bring an updated copy of your resume to Lauren Farmen in Kearney 101B.
  • Thursday, Nov. 9, Kearney 111C, Hoffman. Interview sign up information is forthcoming.
  • Upcoming: Swinerton, Garney, OEG, Granite Construction, Perlo. To sign up, bring an updated copy of your resume to Lauren Farmen in Kearney 101B.


Graduate School Professional Development Workshops (RSVP required): 

  • Wednesday, Nov. 8: Research Integrity Best Practices. Keep your work from suffering high cost, lost years, loss of funding, or even legal consequences. Part 1: Research Integrity, Research Compliance, Data Handling. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Autzen Classroom, 2082 Valley Library, and online. Part 2 in spring term.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 15: International Communications. International graduate students are immersed in a world of new conversations in the classroom, the lab, and beyond. Learn conversational skills within the U.S. academic setting. 4 to 5:30 p.m., MU 208. In-person only, no live stream. Part 2 in winter and part 3 in spring term.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 29: Lunch with the Dean. Join Dean and Vice Provost Dr. Jennifer Brown for a free lunch and a discussion about the graduate student experience. Noon-1 p.m., MU 206 and online.

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 5:30 p.m. OMSI, Turbine Hall, Portland’s Women in Science networking mixer. Admission is $10 ($5 for students) and appetizers will be provided. To attend, register in advance. 

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 4 to 5:15 p.m., Kearney 111C, MEng Final Oral Exam, Suraj Sidhu

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m.  to noon, Horizon Room, Memorial Union Building, College of Engineering Seminar: How to succeed in Graduate School. This is the first in a three-part series of seminars in support of graduate student success. Don’t miss this important opportunity to learn about tools, resources, opportunities and policies to be successful as a graduate student in the College of Engineering. The content is mainly aimed at new graduate students, but everyone is welcome to attend. The seminar will be led by Dorthe Wildenschild, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, College of Engineering. Refreshments served. RSVP required. Space is limited, sign up early. For questions, accommodations for disabilities, etc. please contact Brad Canfield or 541-737-4857.

Thursday, Nov. 9, 5:30 to 8 p.m., McMenamin’s on Monroe, Graduate Student Association of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering Speed Networking Event. The aim of the event is to foster community across departments on campus. Open to all graduate engineering students and friends. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. The event will begin with introductions, then move to a round of speed networking where participants will be paired for brief, 5-minute discussions. You could meet a new friend or research collaborator! RSVP required.

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, Kearney Hall ASCE Student Chapter at OSU Meet a Civil Engineer Day. The purpose of the event is to connect professional engineers from multiple disciplines of civil engineering with CE students from OSU, PSU, OIT and U of P. There will be an excellent speaker, panel discussions, informal networking opportunities, free food, dodgeball, and much more. Check-in: 10 a.m. For more information, contact Thomas Miller, associate professor of structural engineering. 

Monday, Nov. 13, 2 p.m., Kearney 311, Master of Science Final Oral Exam, Marisol Tsui Chang, “The Evaluation of Cementitious Pore Solution Composition and Electrical Resistivity Using X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF).” Major Advisor: W. Jason Weiss Member. Committee Members: Burkan Isgor, David Trejo, Dorthe Wildenschild, Prannoy Suraneni. 

Thursday, Nov. 16, 5:15 p.m., Willamette West room, Valley Library, Information Session, HEST 242/542: “Household Energy in Guatemala” 3-credit field course. Students from any major are invited to travel to Guatemala for 10 days in September 2018 to learn about the household energy poverty facing 40 percent of the world’s families and the technologies and policies needed to help address it. More details on the info session are here and details about the past course here. Please contact the course leader, Nordica MacCarty, assistant professor of mechanical engineering with any questions.

Thursday, Nov. 30, 2 p.m., Kearney 111C, M.S. Final Oral Exam, “Application of Titanium Alloys Bars for Restoration of Historical Structures Considering Alternative Grout Materials,” Aiyad Alshimaysawee. Major Advisor: Christopher Higgins, professor of structural engineering. Committee members: Andre Barbosa, assistant professor of structural engineering and Judy Liu, professor of structural engineering. GCR: Tyler Radniecki, assistant professor environmental engineering. 

Wed, Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to noon, Kearney 311, MS Final Oral Exam, Allyson Ironside, “An Adoption Study of the Course Social and Cognitive Engagement.” Major Advisor: Shane Brown. Committee Members: Jack Istok, Catherine Berdanier, Kathleen Quardokus Fisher. GCR: Mike Bailey. 


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! The Yale Ciencia Academy for Career Development is an NIH-funded initiative to connect doctoral students in biological, biomedical or behavioral research, with a network of diverse mentors, professional contacts, and role models who can help expand their opportunities for mentoring, peer support, networking, outreach, and professional growth and advancement. 

New! Traffic Signal Display Sequencing Study, developed at UMass. The objective of this study is to evaluate the understanding in sequencing of traffic signals during left turns at signalized intersections. While this survey is anonymous, you will be asked to provide some non-identifiable demographic information. The responses collected from this survey will be reviewed and analyzed only by members of the research team. 

New! Beginning January 1, 2018, NCEES will reduce the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) and Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam registration fees by $50 to $175. The reduced fee will apply to registrations completed on or after this date; the new price will not be honored for registrations completed before January 1, 2018. NCEES member boards voted to lower the price of these exams at the organization’s 95th annual meeting in Aug ust 2016. The FE exam is the first of two exams required for professional engineering licensure; it is designed to test students’ knowledge of concepts learned while earning an accredited bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline. The FS exam is a similar exam designed for surveying licensure candidates. These exams are currently taken by nearly 47,000 examinees throughout the United States and 15 foreign locations annually. They are computer-based exams administered throughout the year at Pearson VUE test centers. For more information on the FE and FS exams, visit

The Rogers Foundation currently funds one $2,500 scholarship each year. The scholarship is awarded at the Annual Meeting of the Oregon-Columbia Chapter of the Associated General Contractors held in January. Scholarship selection is based upon the following criteria: academic record, personal attributes and heavy/civil construction-related career goals. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and senior-level students majoring in Construction Engineering Management (CEM) at Oregon State University. Preference will be given to students who plan to enroll in graduate school the following fall and major or minor CEM. Current OSU undergraduate and graduate students majoring in CEM are encouraged to apply. To apply, email Lauren Farmen for an application. 

The Data Incubator is an intensive eight-week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. Anyone who has already obtained a masters or PhD degree or who is within one year of graduating with a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome. Learn more and apply

Every year the Asphalt Pavement Association of Oregon Education Foundation (APAOEF) awards four to six scholarships in amounts ranging from $2,000 to $3,500. Students who are awarded a scholarship receive a check for the award amount and may use the money to help offset student expenses however they see fit. The only requirement is that students are expected to attend the Asphalt Pavement Association of Oregon’s annual meeting in December, which is where the scholarships will be presented. Of course, the added benefits of attending the annual meeting include a free meal and an opportunity to network with industry professionals. Learn more and apply

Virginia Tech seeks students to participate in a series of 60-90 minute interviews for a nationwide study exploring the professional identity formation of undergraduate civil engineering students who experience disabilities. In particular, they want to further understand how  experiences, skills, activities, values, and inter-personal relationships contribute to your career goals and how they shift over time. The results of this study will be used to enhance the educational policies and experiences of students with disabilities in civil engineering and in other engineering disciplines, more broadly. Learn more

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

Registration is now open for the 2018 Graduate Research Showcase on February 8. The Graduate Research Showcase is a daylong opportunity for graduate students to advance their professional knowledge and skills, network with industry partners, and share research with industry, faculty, peers, and the community. Registration deadline: November 20, 2017. In addition to presenting your research and networking with industry, as a registered participant you also have the opportunity to attend a luncheon with Jorge Cham. Jorge Cham is the creator of Piled Higher and Deeper (PHD Comics), the online comic strip about life (or the lack thereof) in academia. Often called “the Dilbert of academia,” PHD has appeared in school newspapers at Stanford, MIT, Caltech, and Carnegie Mellon, among others. It is read online by over 7 million visitors a year from over 1,000 universities and colleges worldwide. Jorge is also the co-founder of PHD TV, a video science and discovery outreach collaborative, and a founding board member of Endeavor College Prep, a nonprofit school for kids from disadvantaged communities in East Los Angeles.

The TRIAD Service Scholarship is open to applications. The scholarship was established to further the goal of service as a value worthy of encouragement, acknowledgement, and reward within the OSU student community. Primary consideration will be given to undergraduates who are juniors or seniors during the 2017-2018 academic year. Evaluation will be based on undergraduate academic record (cumulative GPA, progress toward degree) and on service activities. Service includes any activities assisting organizations that provide services of value to the community. These activities may be with OSU organizations (academic, social, or student) or organizations in the local community and beyond. Although there is not a specific GPA requirement, the GPA will be taken into account in evaluating the application. In the past, successful candidates have generally had cumulative GPA's greater than 3.3. Learn more and apply. Application deadline: Friday, Dec. 1, 2017.

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

Registration is open now for the annual ITE QUAD Conference, which represents transportation professionals from British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and beyond. The 2018 conference will be hosted in Portland. Learn more


  • AM Technical Solutions seeks to hire construction coordinators. The position is the focal point of all trade activities for the respective area; responsible for driving planning, and for coordination of install activities. Learn more and apply (log into Handshake using your ONID username and password, submit your resume, and sign-up for an on-campus interview). Interviews will take place Thursday, Nov. 9 in Kerr Administration Building B008). 
  • The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University (ASU) and the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment (SSEBE) seeks applicants for a tenured or tenure-track faculty position in the Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering program in the emerging field of biogeotechnical engineering. Learn more and apply.
  • The City of Bend is hiring two engineering associates. Learn more and apply
  • The Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at USC is searching for faculty candidates in the areas of structural engineering and construction materials. Learn more and apply
  • Cedar Landscape Construction, Inc. seeks a new PE and estimator for their Tualatin, Oregon based office. Cedar Landscape provides landscaping services throughout the Northwest, from elaborate hardscaping projects, wetland enhancements, irrigation projects rooftop gardens to large and small plant installations. To apply, drop off or email your updated resume to Lauren Farmen. If you have questions about the position, email Ken.  
  • Knife River seeks to hire a prestress production manager for their Harrisburg, Oregon location. To be considered for this position, candidates must complete and submit an employment application at If unable to complete an application online you may print and send completed application to any Knife River NW address or visit one of their locations to complete an application. 
  • The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park seeks applicants for a tenure-track faculty position in the area of environmental engineering, likely at the assistant professor level. Learn more and apply
  • Northbank Civil & Marine is looking for a June grad/PE who is interested in working for a small, heavy civil-focused company. To apply, drop off or email your updated resume to Lauren Farmen
  • The College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at Oklahoma State University seeks nominations and applications for the position of Head of the Division of Engineering Technology. Learn more and apply
  • The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Villanova University seeks to fill an open continuing non-tenure track faculty position to begin in the Fall 2018 semester. Learn more and apply
  • WSU seeks candidates for a tenure-track assistant professor in environmental engineering specializing in biological processes. Learn more and apply
  • The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is searching for a faculty member with expertise in geoenvironmental or geological engineering. Learn more and apply
  • The University of Wisconsin-Madison is searching for a faculty member with expertise in construction engineering and management. Learn more and apply
  • The University of Wisconsin-Madison is searching for a faculty member with expertise in structural engineering. Learn more and apply
  • The Civil Engineering Program at York College of Pennsylvania invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor position in environmental engineering beginning in the fall semester of 2018 (starting in August 2018), with ongoing teaching assignments two terms each year. Learn more and apply

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