News and Announcements

Tipping Point: Is your home ready for an earthquake? (KMTR16), featuring Erica Fischer, assistant professor of structural engineering. 

Oceans May Host Next Wave of Renewable Energy (NPR), featuring Belinda Batten, executive associate dean of the College of Engineering and Pedro Lomónaco, director of the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Lab. 

Cross-laminated timber could lead a mid-rise revolution (The Architects Newspaper), featuring Andre Barbosa, assistant professor of structural engineering. 

Congratulations! Matt Evans, associate professor of geotechnical engineering, was named the 2016-17 Associate Editor of the Year by the ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering. The award was established to acknowledge outstanding service to the journal. Evans will receive the award at a ceremony in March 2018. 

REMINDER: Registration closes today for the 2018 Graduate Research Showcase. 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, the creator of Piled Higher and Deeper (PHD Comics). 

Events and Speaker Meetings

Speaker Meetings  

  • Monday, Nov. 20, 6 p.m., Kearney 312, AGC Student Chapter Speaker Meeting: LCG Pence. Free dinner served. 
  • Tuesday, Nov. 21, 6 p.m., Kearney 312, AGC Student Chapter Speaker Meeting: BNBuilders. Free dinner served. 


To interview for any of the sessions listed below, bring your resume to Lauren Farmen in Kearney 101B. 

Thursday, Dec. 21, 2 to 5 p.m., McGuire and Hester Student Open House. If you’re going to the San Francisco Bay Area over winter break, consider the open house event. To attned, RSVP for the Student Open House.

Graduate Defenses 

  • 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. 


  • Tuesday, Nov. 28, 5:30 p.m., Austin Hall, Stirek Auditorium, Graduate School general information session. The session aims to provide information to students who are in the early stages of considering whether graduate school is right for them. For those unable to attend in person, the Graduate School will live-stream the event. To participate online, visit Fall Grad Info Night. If you have any questions, contact
  • Graduate School Professional Development Workshop (RSVP required): 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. 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. 
  • Thursday, Nov. 30, 4:30 p.m., 112 Kearney Hall, Geotechnical Lecture Series, “The USGS Debris-Flow Flume: Past, Present, and Future,” by Dr. Richard Iverson of the USGS. 
  • 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 


Drop-in advising begins the week after Thanksgiving and will be available weekdays, from November 27 – January 22, 9 – 11:30 a.m. and 1 – 3:30 p.m.

Phase I Priority Registration began 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

New course offerings: 

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.

Combinatorial Optimization: FE 640 | CRN 32906 | 3 Credits | Winter 2018. This course surveys metaheuristic methods to solve combinatorial optimization problems, which are related to operations research, algorithm theory, and computational complexity theory. Applications have been seen in many fields, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, and software engineering.What are metaheuristics? What is Simulated Annealing? What is TABU Search? What about others such as Genetic Algorithms, Particle Swarm, Ant Colony and Harmony Search? Where do these names come from and what are the connections with algorithms? How are they implemented through programming to solve mathematical optimization problems? This course will provide an understanding and application of the most widely used metaheuristics. This course may of special interest to graduate students in structural or transportation engineering. For more information, contact Ji She or Dr. John Sessions

Opportunities, Scholarships, and Conferences

New! Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2 to 4 p.m. EST, NSF Engineering for Civil Infrastructure Webinar. This informational webinar will provide an overview presentation and answers to questions on the new NSF program entitled “Engineering for Civil Infrastructure (ECI),” (NSF 17-073Y). Learn more and register

New! Take advantage of multiple scholarship opportunities, both at the university level and within the College of Engineering. The application is open now. 

New! Alternative Break applications now available. Imagine a better world – and make it happen this spring break (March 24-31). Learn more and apply. Priority application deadline: Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. 

New! Share your skills with the youth of Corvallis by becoming a Parks & Recreation volunteer youth basketball coach. Coaches are needed for boys and girls in grades 2 - 8 from mid January through mid March. Training and Practices begin the week of January 8, 2018. One or two afternoons each week with games on Saturdays through mid March. Email Robert or call 541-754-1706 for more information.

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 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. 

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, 2017. 

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. 

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. 

New! Tech Soft 3D, Super Model CAD Design Competition. Contestants are required to submit an original 3D mechanical part or assembly that will be judged according to overall quality and model complexity. Winning contestants will receive recognition and cash, with a first place prize of $1,500. Learn more. Submission deadline: March 15, 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


  • Cascade Pacific Pulp seeks to hire a reliability engineer. Learn more and apply. Selected applicants will be invited to test and interview; offers contingent on successful drug/alcohol screen, and background check.
  • Cedar Landscape Construction, Inc. seeks to hire a 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, send your resume to Lauren Farmen or bring a hard copy by Kearney 101B. If you have questions about the position, email  
  • Fought & Company, Inc. seeks to hire a construction project engineer. To apply, send your resume to David Mulvihill, of Fought & Company, Inc.
  • Olson & Morris seeks to hire a civil engineer/EIT. To apply, send an updated resume and cover letter to  
  • Peer mentors (TAs) are needed for CCE 201, Winter 2018, sections 001 and 002. Applicants should be at junior or senior standing and have successfully passed CCE 201 with B or better. Mentors are required to attend class, help grade, and assist students outside of class as needed. To apply, visit OSU jobs and reference position P03008SE. 


  • Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation, Student Trainee (Civil Engineering) Pathways intern. Learn more and apply. The vacancy is limited to the first 100 applications received and will close at midnight on the closing date or at midnight on the day the 100th application is received, whichever comes first. Closing date: November 29, 2017. 
  • HP Civil, Inc. seeks to hire up to two summer interns. To apply, send your updated resume and cover letter to Lauren Farmen or bring a hard copy by Kearney 101b. 
  • Next Step Ministries seeks to hire interns for summer 2018. Positions are available for construction manager and construction team member. Next Step will fill 15 construction teams for the summer. Learn more and apply
  • Oregon State seeks 6 to 7 applicants with strong GIS skills and an interest in a 6-month CECOP internship for a new pilot CECOP GIS program. Students must be junior or senior class standing. Pay is approximately $18/hour and 40 hours/week. Potential internship opportunities are with ODOT, City of Portland, Natural Power, etc. For consideration, email your resume and cover letter expressing interest to Tracy Arras.
  • TCM seeks to hire a construction safety intern. To apply, send your updated resume and cover letter to Lauren Farmen or bring a hard copy by Kearney 101b. 

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