For the week of June 11 – June 15, 2018


Kai Parker, a doctoral student in Civil Engineering has been selected for the 2018-19 Fulbright U.S. Student Program by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. He will collaborate with one of Chile's foremost tsunami experts at the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María to perform a probabilistic tsunami hazard assessment to help fill the knowledge gap around coastal vulnerability. Kai will also engage with his local community through rock climbing and other outdoor activities. Upon return to the U.S., Kai plans to seek a university teaching position while continuing to research coastal hazards and provide a scientific resource for building community resilience.

The project, Mitigation of Lane Departure Crashes in the Pacific Northwest through Coordinated Outreach, led by David Hurwitz associate professor of transportation engineering, received a Vice Provost Award for Excellence. The awards are given to 10 exceptional, award-winning outreach and engagement projects. The Vice Provost Awards for Excellence were created to encourage and reward efforts to create and nurture healthy communities, a healthy planet, and a healthy community. Students involved in the project include Kayla Fleskes (OSU), Zachary Barlow (OSU), Huizhong (Edith) Guo (University of Washington), and Xingwei Wu (University of Washington). 

Researchers use simulations to help towns plan for tsunami (Oregon Sea Grant), featuring Dan Cox, professor of coastal and ocean engineering and Haizhong Wang, assistant professor of transportation engineering. 

On Saturday, June 2, David Hurwitz, associate professor of transportation engineering, received the Sponsored Student Organization Advisor of the Year award at the Dam Jam Festival. The award recognizes faculty and staff who take extra time to ensure their respective club/organization has success and develops a team atmosphere. 

Tsunamis in a Centrifuge (DesignSafe Radio), featuring Ben Mason, associate professor of geotechnical engineering. 


Speaker Meetings and Student Chapter Events

Lectures, Workshops, Final Oral Exams

  • Monday, June 11, 2 p.m., Kearney 311, MS Final Oral Exam, Ezra Stockton, “Stability of Heterogeneous and Anisotropic Slopes Determined by the Compound Logarithmic Spiral Limit Equilibrium Method.” Co-Major Advisor: Ben Leshchinsky, assistant professor of geotechnical engineering, College of Forestry. Co-Major Advisor: Michael Olsen, associate professor of geomatics. 
  • Tuesday, June 12, 2 to 3 p.m., Kearney 124, MS Final Oral Exam, Samuel Harry, “Boulder Transport by High Energy Surge.” Major Advisor: Harry Yeh, professor of coastal and ocean 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, 10 to 11 a.m., Kearney 311, MS Final Oral Exam, Brian DeMeza, “Design and Testing of Shake-Table Specimen of Cross-Laminated Timber and Cross-Laminated Timber-Concrete Composite Diaphragms.” Major Advisor: Andre Barbosa, assistant professor of structural engineering. Committee Members: Christopher Higgins, professor of structural engineering and Joseph Louis, assistant professor of construction engineering. 
  • Friday, June 15, 7 p.m. (graduates arrive at 6 p.m.), CCE Graduation Celebration, The LaSells Stewart Center, Austin Auditorium.
  • Volunteers needed! Friday, June 15, 5:45 to 7 p.m., The LaSells Stewart Center. Undergraduate (first, second, third-year) students are invited to volunteer at the CCE Graduation Celebration. Volunteers will administer a survey of graduates. Volunteers will receive a COE t-shirt and pizza. To participate, email Karina,


Walk-in advising is available Monday – Friday, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

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

Deadline Extended! The Home Builders Association of Metro Portland offers a scholarship to CEM students. Learn more and apply. Application deadline: Thursday, June 14. 

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. 

First South Asia Conference on Earthquake Engineering (SACEE), February 21-22, 2019, Karachi, Pakistan. SACEE has been constituted under the auspices of SHAKE. This is the first SACEE which is being held in Pakistan. The event will be held after every two years and the venue will be rotated among the member states of SHAKE. Learn more

#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. 


  • ALLSTRUCTURE Engineering, LLC, a Portland-area structural engineering firm seeks to hire a structural designer with zero to four years’ experience working with structural designs and systems, including timber, steel, masonry, concrete, and more. The ideal candidate is creative and able to work closely with a team. AutoCAD drafting and Revit skills are preferred but not required. A bachelor’s or master’s degree in civil or structural engineering is preferred. Graduating students are encouraged to apply. To apply, send your updated resume to Attn: Hiring Manager, or fax to 503-620-4304. No calls, please. 
  • Apollo Mechanical seeks to hire a project engineer or project engineer intern to supplement their Central Oregon team, based out of Bend. This position would most likely be involved in mission critical work at the data centers in Prineville. Apollo seeks candidates who are thorough and detail-oriented. The position is open effective immediately. To apply, email a copy of your resume to Collin Bourdon
  • Coffman Excavation seeks to hire a project engineer for their Oregon City-based office. Construction experience helps, but is not required. To apply, send an updated copy of your resume to Joey LaFemina.
  • DR Johnson Lumber seeks to fill new positions for for their Riddle, Oregon location. They are working on innovative cross-laminated timber projects. If you are interested in CAD/3D modeling or serving as a project engineer/design tech, email an updated copy of your resume to Jodi Westbrooks and indicate your preferred position(s).
  • Fore Construction seeks to hire a project engineer for a new Portland-area project that begins in July. To apply, email a copy of your resume to Erik McClure
  • Froelich Engineers seeks to hire new employees for their civil department. Learn more and apply

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