For the week of May 29 – June, 1, 2018


Speaker Meetings and Student Chapter Events

Lectures, Workshops, Final Oral Exams

  • 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. 
  • Tuesday, May 29, noon to 1:20 p.m., Kearney 205, “Future Development of Performance-Based Design for Seismic, Wind, Fire Protection, and Other Loadings,”  Ronald Hamburger, P.E., S.E. of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger. 
  • Tuesday, May 29, 4 p.m., Kearney 311, CCE Resilience Seminar, "Evolving Future of Resilient and Sustainable Intelligent Infrastructure Systems for Human-Centered Communities," Dr. Sunil Sinha, Professor and Director Sustainable Water Infrastructure Management (SWIM) Center, Virginia Tech. 
  • 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. 
  • Dr. Cole Fitzpatrick (CE ’11), research assistant professor at UMass Amherst, will deliver the lecture “Examining the Human Driver's Role in Speed Selection and its Associated Impacts,” on Wednesday, May 30 from 11 to 11:50 a.m. in Kearney 312. All are welcome to attend. Dr. Fitzpatrick's research focuses upon Human Factors and the role that drivers play in the speed selection process. This talk will focus upon four studies that have sought to increase safety by addressing the topic of speed. After earning his B.S. from Oregon State University, Dr. Fitzpatrick received his Ph.D. from UMass Amherst in 2016. 
  • 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. 
  • Monday, June 4, 3 to 4 p.m., MU Horizon Room Puerto Rico Service Learning Trip Presentation: Reflection and Information Session. Students will give a 30-minute presentation about their collaborative projects, then attendees will have 30 to hear about individual experiences during the open poster presentation. 
  • 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. 


Walk-in advising begins Tuesday, May 29 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Monday – Friday).  

First-year students, contact Michelle White

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

Questions? Contact the CCE Advising Team

Course offerings:

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

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 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. 

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

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. 


Student Jobs

The College of Engineering seeks to hire a student facilities and safety assistant. Learn more and apply (Posting Number: P03842SE). 


EPA office in Corvallis, in conjunction with the Department of Energy and ORISE, seeks candidates for their Sustainable Solutions and Practices for Facility Operations position. This is a one-year, full-time position, but the hours are flexible as necessary when school is in session if someone cannot work full-time while taking classes. Learn more and apply

Freres Lumber seeks to hire a structural engineer for their Lyons, Oregon office. The structural engineer reports to the sales manager and will be responsible for designing load-bearing structures or structural elements, such as buildings, beams, bridges, or roadways. Performs analysis of building materials for use in construction and technical advice on projects. Learn more and apply

GBC Construction seeks to hire a project engineer for their Corvallis-based office. To apply, send an updated copy of your resume to Greg Goracke

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