News and Announcements

Run-Ups of Unusual Size (Eos), featuring Tuba Ozkan-Haller, professor of coastal and ocean engineering. 

Ben Mason, associate professor of geotechnical engineering joins Honors College as assistant dean. 

Composite Photos: If you missed the photo sessions, contact Lauren Farmen for guidelines on submitting your own photo.  

Reminder: Registration is open now 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. 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. Registration deadline: November 20, 2017. 

Events and Speaker Meetings

Speaker Meetings  

  • Monday, Nov. 13, 6 p.m., Kearney 312, AGC Student Chapter Speaker Meeting: Performance Contracting, Inc. (PCI/PCG). Free dinner served. 
  • Tuesday, Nov. 14,  6 p.m., Kearney 312, AGC Student Chapter Speaker Meeting: Perlo Construction. Free dinner served.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 15, 6 p.m., Kearney 212, AGC Student Chapter Speaker Meeting: Swinerton Builders. Free dinner served.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 15, 6 p.m., Kearney 112, ASCE Student Chapter Speaker Meeting: Currie & Brown. To attend, RSVP
  • Wednesday, Nov. 15, 5 p.m., Owen 110, PLSO Student Chapter Meeting, featuring Dave Schlosser PLS of Northstar Surveying, Corvallis. 
  • Thursday, Nov. 16, 6 p.m., Kearney 312, AGC Student Chapter Speaker Meeting: Deacon. Free dinner served. 


  • To interview for any of the sessions listed below, bring your resume to Lauren Farmen in Kearney 101B. 
    • Wednesday, Nov. 15, Owen 224, Perlo Construction
    • Thursday, Nov. 16, Kearney 101C and Kearney 101H, Swinerton Builders
    • Friday, Nov. 17, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Kearney 101 C, Deacon. 

Graduate Defenses 

  • Wednesday, Nov. 15, 4 p.m., Kearney 311, Ph.D. Dissertation Defense, Farid Javadnejad, “Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Engineering Inspections and Geospatial Mapping.” Committee members: Daniel Gillins, Michael Olsen, Christopher Parrish, Jihye Park, and Michael Wing. 
  • Friday, Nov. 17, 1 to 4 p.m., Owen 103, M.S. Final Examination, Marissa Rauthause, "Frictional Response of Sand-Timber Pile Interfaces.” Major Advisor: Armin Stuedlein, associate professor of geotechnical engineering.
  • Monday, Nov. 20, 3 to 5 p.m., Kearney 202, Ph.D. Dissertation Defense, Kasim Alomari, “Degrees of Connectivity: A Systematic Accident Causation Model.” Major professor: John Gambatese. Committee members: Katherine R. McLaughlin, Hyun (Chris) Lee, and Drew Gerkey. GCR: Goran Jovanovic. 
  • Tuesday, Nov. 21, 1:45 to 4:30 p.m., Kearney 311, Ph.D. Dissertation Defense, Qiang Li, “Investigation of Drilled Shafts under Axial, Lateral, and Torsional Loading.” Major Advisor: Armin Stuedlein, associate professor of geotechnical engineering.
  • Thursday, Nov. 30, 2 p.m., Kearney 111C, M.S. Final Examination, “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, M.S. Final Examination, 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. 


  • Monday, Nov. 13 – Tuesday, Nov. 14, The LaSells Center, “Human Factors in Roadway Design and Operations,” a workshop for ODOT personnel, with instructors David Hurwitz, Kate Hunter-Zaworski, and Robert Layton. 
  • Tuesday, Nov. 14, from 9 to 11 a.m. PST, Mexico Earthquake Reconnaissance Briefing Webinar, hosted by EERI, featuring Erica Fischer, assistant professor of structural engineering. Professional Development Hours will be available from EERI after the webinar for $30. Learn more
  • Graduate School Professional Development Workshops (RSVP required): 
    • 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.
  • Thursday, Nov. 16, 6 to 8 p.m., Johnson Hall 221, Leadership Academy Informational Panel for all students in the College of Engineering who would like to gain professional skills to help in their career. The Leadership Academy is a program designed to provide key skills to students that increase their competitiveness and success in the job market. With the involvement and support of key industry partners, The Academy provides professional development, social connections, and experiences that will enhance your professional skills and prepare you for your career. Everyone is welcome. For any questions or accommodations contact
  • Thursday, Nov 16, noon to 1 p.m., COVL 218, Financial Planning Workshop hosted by the graduate student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers. Bronwyn Evans, financial advisor at Edward Jones, will give a brief presentation followed by plenty of time for questions. To attend, RSVP.  
  • 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.
  • Friday, Nov. 17, 9 to 10 a.m., OSU Memorial Union, MU 213: Pan-Afrikan Sankofa Room, Symposium, Oregon Applied Sustainability Experience (OASE) Internship Program. Listen to case studies and experiences from the first round OASE interns. Learn about paid internship and professor advisory opportunities in 2018. Learn more
  • Friday, Nov. 17, 6 p.m., Monroe McMenamins, OSU Sigma Xi Society Social. The Sigma Xi Society is a national honor society which recognizes individuals for research achievement or promise. Membership in Sigma Xi is by nomination. Any active (dues-paying) full member may nominate an individual for membership. Individuals who meet the qualifications for membership may also request nomination to membership. Each year the Society initiates more than 5,000 new members. Over the course of the Society's distinguished history, nearly 200 members have won the Nobel Prize and many more have earned election to the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering.
  • Saturday, Nov. 18, 10 a.m., Reser Stadium, AGC Oregon-Columbia Chapter/AGC Student Chapter at Oregon State Tailgate. All AGC Student Chapter Members and their families are invited to attend. RSVP not required. For more information, visit AGC Oregon-Columbia Chapter
  • Wednesday, Nov. 29, 3 p.m., 221 Johnson Hall, Workshop: Technical Interview Presentations. This workshop will cover how to create an effective PowerPoint presentation for use during technical interviews. The workshop is designed for engineering graduate students who are interested in pursuing industry jobs, but all students are welcome to attend.
  • Social Justice Retreats: As a partnership between Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS), Diversity & Cultural Engagement (DCE), Student Leadership & Involvement (SLI), University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS), these weekend long retreats promote a campus dialogue about race and racism. Each of the retreats engage in the active exploration of the concept of race and how race influences our lived experiences and interactions. Learn more and apply. Application deadline: Friday, Dec. 1. 
    • Racial Aikido: January 19 –21, 2018 
    • Multiracial Aikido Retreat: January 26 – 28, 2018 
    • Examining White Identity in a Multicultural World Retreat: January 19 – 21, 2018
    • International Student Social Justice Retreat: February 2 – 4, 2018 


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

Course Announcement: CHE 581, Introduction to MATLAB AND Numerical Methods. This will be a gentle introduction to programming in MATLAB and survey of numerical methods that are frequently needed in science and engineering. Previous experience with MATLAB will be helpful, but is not required. The course will be graded on the basis of assignments, quizzes, and a multiple-choice final.

Opportunities, Scholarships, and Conferences

New! URSA Engage: URSA Engage provides first and second year students, and transfer students in their first year at OSU, opportunities to pursue research or a creative activity under the guidance of an OSU mentor. Selected students will receive an award of $750 and their faculty mentors will receive $250 in development funds. The program is available to undergraduates across all academic disciplines. Projects will take place from the middle of winter term 2018 through the end of spring term 2018 (15 weeks at 5 hrs/week). Learn more

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. Application deadline: November 17. 

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. 

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 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. 

New! The Kiewit Faculty Scholars Program’s purpose is to provide faculty with opportunities to gain industry experiences through working at Kiewit. These unique opportunities provide hands-on, real-world work experience and lead to the enriched classroom experiences of construction and engineering students. Each educator will spend their scholar period (typically 10-12 summer weeks) on a construction site or within a Kiewit office working in design or operations support function. Work assignments are based on the alignment of the Faculty Scholar’s expectations and district office needs. The faculty member must identify the specific skills and knowledge to be gained during the scholar period, recognize needed professional work experience, and obtain support from the faculty member’s institution. Learn more and apply. Application deadline: December 15. 

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. 

New! The Columbia Willamette Chapter (CWC) of the American Society for Safety Engineers (ASSE) is now calling for scholarship applications. Each year, CWC ASSE awards the ASSE Columbia-Willamette Chapter Leadership Award ($750.00) and the Walter G. Thorsell Memorial Scholarship ($1,000). These are made possible by the generosity of our local CWC-ASSE members, individuals, corporations, and local sections. Learn more and apply. Application deadline: January 1, 2018. 

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


  • The Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering (CSEE) at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, invites applications from outstanding candidates for tenure-track faculty positions in transportation systems engineering starting in August 2018. Priority is for candidates at the assistant professor level, although highly qualified individuals will be considered at the associate or full professor level. We are particularly looking for candidates who can operate effectively in a diverse community of students and faculty and share our vision of helping all constituents reach their full potential. Applications must be submitted through the UB Jobs system at, referencing posting number F1700170, and should include a cover letter, brief statements of research and teaching interests, diversity statement, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for at least three references.
  • The Civil Engineering department at Chico State seeks candidates for two faculty positions in structural and in geotechnical/pavement areas. Learn more and apply
  • 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.
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology seeks to fill positions in multiple areas across campus, with multiple hires anticipated. In the area of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering they seek individuals with outstanding research capabilities related to connected communities including: critical infrastructure systems, cyber-physical systems, smart grid, sensor networks, smart buildings and their fit within the realm of interdependent infrastructure and environmental systems vital for the well-being and growth of vibrant communities.  Multi areas are sought:
    • Smart grid and transportation systems. Intelligent peer-to-peer systems manage renewable energy resources, like wind and solar, backed by energy storage, including fuel cells and batteries, to provide energy to buildings. (Missouri S&T’s Solar Village is a “micro” example of a smart grid in operation.) Transportation and energy systems interlink with improved urban planning to provide individualized, cost-efficient transportation.  
    • Decision-making and governance. Smart living requires more than data and analytics. Understanding how people process, react to, and interact with information and technology will lead to a sustainable shared governance of resources.
    • Privacy and security. Intelligent systems must be resilient to security attacks while maintaining personal privacy and supporting the users’ trust in the system. In Smart Living, people must adapt to the technology and the technology must adapt to the people. The result is enhanced trust and security.
    • Building materials. New smart materials turn buildings into “living laboratories” that, through advanced analytics, provide feedback to inform users as well as to adapt to human behavior. This leads to improved infrastructure, chemical or biological environments, and decision making. Embedded sensors can monitor how efficiently a building uses energy, water or even bandwidth, thereby empowering people to make informed decisions on how to use resources wisely. Learn more and apply
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology seeks to hire an assistant professor - environmental engineering. Applicants should demonstrate potential for high-quality research in any area of Environmental Engineering; areas complementing existing strengths and therefore of particular interest are: aerosols formation, fate and transport, air pollution, and water reuse. The capacity to teach at the graduate level in one of these areas is particularly welcome. Those wishing further information about the environmental position and search process may email the faculty search committee chair, Dr. Mark Fitch at Learn more and apply
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology seeks to hire an assistant/associate professor – advanced materials for sustainable infrastructure. Positions can be in multiple areas across campus, with multiple hires anticipated. In the area of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering we seek individuals with outstanding research capabilities related to :
    • Advanced Polymer Materials for Construction of Civil Infrastructure — Areas of interest include synthesis, development and characterization of polymers, particularly those used for regulating the rheology and optimizing mechanical properties and durability of traditional and novel construction material systems.
    • Modeling and Design of Construction Materials for Infrastructure Applications — Areas of interest include development and use of advanced computational tools (e.g. atomic- or molecular-scale and higher length scale computational models) to elucidate fundamental relationships between composition, structure, and macroscopic properties of construction materials and reinforcement.
    • Construction Automation and Robotics – Areas of interest include all aspects of robotics as applied to civil construction automation from pre-fabrication of components to on-site assembly to repair and maintenance, real-time monitoring of construction processes, and automated inspection of constructed facilities. Learn more and apply
  • The Geological Engineering program at the Missouri University of Science and Technology invites applications for a tenure track position at the assistant professor level to begin in August 2018. Learn more and apply.  
  • Indian Institute of Technology Madras invites applications from individuals with an established record of independent, high quality research and commitment to teaching and research for faculty positions in civil engineering/ocean engineering. Learn more and apply
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology is developing a new materials engineering program and is looking for an associate or full professor to lead and develop the program. They may also be able to hire at the assistant professor level. Learn more and apply.  
  • Northbank Civil & Marine seeks a June grad/PE who is interested in working for a small, heavy civil-focused company. To apply, email your updated resume to Lauren Farmen or bring a hard copy to Kearney 101B. 
  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks to hire an electrical engineer for their Bonneville, Oregon location. Learn more and apply
  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks to hire a civil engineer (construction management) for their Bonneville, Oregon location. Learn more and apply
  • Virginia Tech is recruiting a robust and diverse cluster of faculty interested in contributing to transdisciplinary research, teaching, and/or outreach initiatives that align with our Intelligent Infrastructure for Human-Centered Communities (IIHCC) Destination Area. With commitments in this area from the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, College of Engineering, and College of Science, the university is specifically seeking faculty interested in engaging with research and curricular initiatives that support creativity and problem solving in areas such as smart design & construction, energy, robotics & autonomous vehicle systems, ubiquitous mobility, and materials for a resilient & sustainable infrastructure. Faculty with expertise in disciplinary areas such as Architecture and Smart Technologies, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Regulatory Economics, Infrastructure Sensing and Health Monitoring, Energy Generation and Storage, Autonomous Systems, Robotics, Data-Driven Modeling, Human-Centered Interactive Simulation, or with interdisciplinary backgrounds will be uniquely positioned to help the university advance these efforts. Learn more and apply.

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