For the week of May 21-25, 2018


Engineering Out Loud: How does culture influence engineering design? Two seniors in civil engineering share how they incorporated their research on the culture of Ethiopia into the design of a housing structure, an irrigation system, and a restroom. Listen now

Photos: 2018 Undergraduate Engineering Expo

Congratulations! Teams from Oregon State University, University of Idaho, University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Washington, and Washington State University completed a transportation engineering and safety outreach project for elementary through grade 9 students. The focus was to teach students about transportation safety and what transportation engineers can do to help improve safety and reduce crashes. Teams conducted over 18 presentations at local schools. Nearly 490 students created responses to the presentations that were combined into a word cloud or photo mosaic. In May, the project won the Outreach and Engagement Vice Provost Awards for Excellence at OSU, honoring the top outreach and engagement projects across the University. 

A Blueprint for Success: At Oregon State University, boosting the number of women in engineering starts at the front of the classroom, (DJC Oregon) featuring Erica Fischer, assistant professor of structural engineering and Yelda Turkan, assistant professor of construction engineering. 

Musk's pitch: Public support for 150-mph shuttle under LA(CNBC), featuring Ben Mason, associate professor of geotechnical engineering. 

Probing for data: How a new backcountry citizen science effort is growing the snow-depth database (Backcountry Magazine), featuring David Hill, professor of coastal and ocean engineering. 

CCE alumnus Sarmad (Sam) Albert Rihani, PE, F.SEI, F.ASCE, member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI), received the ASCE-SEI W. Gene Corley Award. This recognition is awarded annually to an individual for their efforts in support of advancing and distinguishing structural engineering as a profession, including licensure for structural engineers.


Speaker Meetings and Student Chapter Events

  • Thursday, May 24, 6 p.m., Owen 102, ASC Student Competition (Reno) Interest Meeting. Learn about the competition from former participants, alumni, and industry coaches. All are welcome. Students enrolled in CEM 431 are strongly encouraged to attend. Free dinner served.

Lectures, Workshops, Final Oral Exams

  • Monday, May 21, 6 to 9 p.m., La Sells Stewart Center Ag Science Room, PLSO Willamette Chapter Surveying Student Appreciation Night
  • Tuesday, May 22, 2 to 3:30 pm, Covell Hall 117, graduate students are invited to attend a graduate student success seminar, “Discrimination and Bias in the Graduate Environment.”  RSVP required. Due to room size, space is limited to the first 60 registrants. For questions or accommodations for disabilities, contact Brad Canfield at or 541-737-4857.
  • Tuesday, May 22, 7 to 8 p.m., The LaSells Stewart Center, Construction & Engineering Auditorium, Rebecca Moore, lead of Google Earth and Google Earth Engine, will give the CEOAS Distinguished Visiting Lecture on how Big Data helps solve global challenges.
  • Wednesday, May 23, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., The LaSells Stewart Center Google Earth Engine Workshop led by Google Earth Engine developers. The content has broad relevance for earth science, computer science, and engineering undergraduate and graduate disciplines, and would be most appropriate for those who have already been exposed to computational programming, GIS, remote sensing imagery, etc. Learn more and sign-up.
  • Career Development Center Workshops: Wednesday, May 23 – Negotiate Like a Pro and Thursday, May 24 – Level Up Your Interview Skills
  • Thursday, May 24, 2 to 4 p.m., Kearney 311, PhD Final Oral Exam, Chukwuma Nnaji, “Enhancing Technology Integration in the Construction Industry: A Focus on Safety Technologies.” Major Advisor: John Gambatese, professor of construction engineering. 
  • Thursday, May 24, 4:30 p.m., Kearney 112, Lecture: “Eyes in the Heavens: Multi-roles of Satellite Technologies in Remote Site Geotechnical Monitoring,” by Dr. Zhangwei Ning, Sixense Group, USA. 
  • Thursday, May 24, 9 a.m. to noon, MU Ballroom, Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence, an annual showcase for undergraduates to present research or other scholarly work. Current undergraduates in all years of study, all academic disciplines, and all stages of research are eligible to present. Free, open to the public. 
  • Thursday, May 24, 9 to 11:30 a.m., 124 Cascade Hall, Workshop: Detours and Distancing within Affinity Groups, What White People Do. This experiential learning workshop invites participants to do small group work that identifies common detours and distancing that White people do to explain good intentions. The goal of our work today will be to recognize these patterns and move toward corrective justice practices in the future. Offered in collaboration with the Social Justice Education Initiative. Pre-requisite: Must have completed Social Justice Education Initiative – Session 1 & 2 before attending this workshop. Learn more and register
  • Tuesday, May 29, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Kearney 202, MS Final Oral Exam, Kayla Fleskes, “Influence of Bicyclist Presence on Driver Performance during Autonomous Vehicle Take-Over Requests.”  Major Advisor: David Hurwitz, associate professor of transportation engineering. 
  • Wednesday, May 30, 2 to 4 p.m., Johnson 221, PhD Final Oral Exam, Masoud Ghodrat Abadi, “Transportation Infrastructure to Support Bicycling: Design and Operational Considerations.” Major Adviser: David Hurwitz, associate professor of transportation engineering. 
  • Monday, June 4, 3 to 5 p.m., Kearney 311, MS Final Oral Exam, Yiye Xu, “Bridge Structural Inspection Using Bridge Information Modeling (BrIM) and Unmanned Aerial System (UAS).” Major Advisor: Yelda Turkan, assistant professor of construction engineering. 
  • Tuesday, June 5, 10 a.m. to noon, Kearney 312, MS Final Oral Exam, Qi Sun, “A BIM-based Simulation System to Fire Evacuation Plans in Buildings.” Major Advisor: Yelda Turkan, assistant professor of construction engineering. 
  • Wednesday, June 13, noon to 3 p.m., Kearney 311, PhD Final Oral Exam, Harrison Ko, “Three Topics on Coastal Hazards: Propagation, Transformation and Impact.” Major Advisor: Harry Yeh, professor of coastal and ocean engineering. 
  • Friday, June 15, 7 p.m. (graduates arrive at 6 p.m.), CCE Graduation Celebration, The LaSells Stewart Center, Austin Auditorium. Graduating students, RSVP by June 8, 2018. 


Fall term PIN advising began Monday, April 16. 

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

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

First-year students, contact Michelle White

Students are required to cancel appointments they cannot attend. To cancel an appointment, use the link provided in the confirmation email to cancel or reschedule. Cancellation is required within 24 hours of the appointment. Contact your advisor if you are not able to cancel your appointment within the scheduling system.

  • Phase I Priority Registration: May 20 – June 6, 2018
  • Phase II Priority Registration (waitlists begin): June 7, 2018

Questions? Contact the CCE Advising Team

New! Summer section of H385 Safety and Health Standards and Law (one of the non-engineering required courses for the undergraduate CEM degree).

New! 4-week summer class taught by Jason Fick, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Music Technology, MUS 102: History of Electronic Music, offered Session 2 (June 25-July 20) and Session 4 (July 23-Aug 17). 

Graduating students: 

If you plan to graduate in the spring, summer, or fall, now is the time to submit your graduation application. Graduation is not automatic. Students must submit a graduation application to notify the Registrar’s Office of the intended term of degree completion. Learn more

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 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites women engineering students (junior and senior) to apply for the Women Exploring Graduate Opportunities in Civil and Environmental Engineering (We Go CEE) Workshop, a networking and professional development workshop focused on exploring graduate education and research opportunities in civil and environmental engineering. Learn more and apply. Deadline: Friday, May 25, 2018.

New! The OCAPA scholarship program offers scholarships to university students who intend to pursue a career in the construction materials industry. Scholarships will be awarded to junior, senior, or graduate students enrolled at an Oregon university or college encompassing disciplines related to the constructions materials industry. Areas of study may include, but are not limited to, construction materials, engineering, geology, architecture, land use planning, biology, environmental law, and fish and wildlife studies. The program represents a tangible demonstration of OCAPA’s commitment to higher education which we regard as an investment in the future of our state and the construction materials industry. Learn more and apply. Application deadline: June 1, 2018. 

NEW! The Home Builders Association of Metro Portland offers a scholarship to CEM students. Learn more and apply. Application deadline: Friday, June 8. 

The International Association of Foundation Drilling, through its Industry Advancement Fund, invites graduate students to apply for scholarships up to $3,000 for graduate study in geotechnical and/or structural engineering. Learn more and apply. Application deadline: June 15, 2018. 

UAS in Transportation Expo, July 30-31, 2018, Kearney Hall. Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium (PacTrans). The expo will explore UAS applications in transportation, how to initiate and manage a UAS program within transportation agencies and organizations, demo flights, computer lab time, and relevant discussions and networking. Learn more and register

New! Friday, Sept. 21 – Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018: McKinsey Global Connect. Join McKinsey in Washington, DC to learn how they work and solve problems in fast-growing economies. During this one-of-a-kind weekend you will learn how McKinsey works with the private, public, and social sectors in Asia, Africa, Central Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. To be eligible, you must be studying for a JD, Master’s, MBA, or PhD degree in North America; filling a postdoctoral post in North America; pursuing a medical degree, internship, or residency in North America; or working as a professional in North America with at least two years of work experience. In addition, you should either be a native of a fast-growing economy or have a passion for or prior knowledge about one of these economies. Learn more and apply. Application deadline: June 15, 2018. 

#WeBuildOregon Instagram Contest. The AGC Workforce Professional Develop Committee launched a youth outreach media campaign utilizing the most used social media platform of GenZ+ (ages 14–24) on Instagram. The contest seesk authentic photos of construction professionals on worksites. To participate, follow build_oregon on Instagram, and post a photo of a builder on a job site to Instagram with the hashtag #webuildoregon. Vote for your photo at A winner will be chosen weekly based on the number of votes and will receive a $50 Carhartt gift certificate. 

The Board of the Structural Engineers Association of Oregon (SEAO) Scholarship Foundation requests applications from qualified students for their annual scholarship awards. SEAOSF has approved two or more scholarships of at least $3,000 (one $3,500 Don Kramer Memorial Scholarship and one $3,500 Susan M. Frey Memorial Scholarship). To apply, submit the completed  application  to Thomas Miller, professor of structural engineering by May 25, 2018. 



  • Aspen Heights seeks to hire a project engineer. Aspen Heights strives to provide the best construction experience in student living. The project engineer is responsible for the planning, scheduling, conducting, and management of infrastructure activities on assigned projects. Infrastructure refers to the basic physical and organization structures needed for the operation such as roads, water supply, sewers, electrical grids, and telecommunications. The project engineer is the liaison between the civil engineer and site work contractors and will monitor all civil plans for compliance to applicable codes. Learn more and apply
  • David Evans and Associates seeks to hire an entry-level bridge engineer for their Portland or Salem offices. Learn more and apply


  • The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) has an internship position available for recent graduates who are interested in gaining valuable professional experience while supporting the Institute’s mission to reduce earthquake risk. Fall/Winter internships begin in July 2018 with an end date in January 2019. Application deadline: May 25, 2018.
  • ONAMI Graduate Internships: Open to graduate students who are working with ONAMI Member Researchers, or who have completed their MS or PhD within the last year. ONAMI will fund internships for qualified grad students or recent graduates at ONAMI portfolio companies for six to nine months. This is a great opportunity for a student to determine if the startup environment is an attractive career option. Experience to date has proven the internships beneficial to both company and student. Interested students should send their resume and cover letter to: Diatomix, Inc. to Nicholas Day, CTO, and copy Cindy Dahl on submissions.

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