For the week of Nov. 13 – Nov. 16, 2018


How can we remove toxic contaminants like TNT from groundwater? Jack Istok, professor of water resources engineering, and Mandy Michalsen are using pioneering bioremediation and bioaugmentation methods developed here at Oregon State to restore the groundwater at the Umatilla Chemical Depot. Listen now: Engineering Out Loud, S7, E5: Cleaning Contaminated Groundwater at the Umatilla Chemical Depot

In the Engineering Education Research Briefs podcast, Dr. Ruth Streveler of Purdue University interviews Shane Brown, associate professor of engineering education and transportation engineering, on conceptual understanding of important engineering concepts by undergraduate engineering students and practicing engineers. 


PIN appointments are available now through week 8. To schedule an appointment, use the academic advisor appointment calendars. If you cannot make your scheduled appointment, please email your advisor in advance as a professional courtesy.

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  • Winter Term Phase I Priority Registration: Nov. 11 - 28
  • Winter Term Phase II Priority Registration (waitlists begin): Nov. 29

First-year students, contact your first-year advisor (alpha split). 

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



  • Thursday, Nov. 15, 5 p.m., Owen 101, CCE 101 Engaging Women Panel Discussion. All students are welcome to attend. Civil and construction engineering industry professionals will discuss what to expect from a future job or internship from a women’s perspective. Free dinner served. RSVP to Lauren Farmen.  
  • Tuesday, Nov. 27, 4 to 5 p.m., Kearney 305, CCE Resilience Seminar, “Science, Engineering and Public Policy: The Oregon Resilience Plan,” by Jay Raskin, FAIA. Raskin is an architect and the current chair of the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission. He is a nationally recognized expert on resilience and helped create the Oregon Resilience Plan.  

Speaker Meetings

  • Tuesday, Nov. 13, 6 p.m., Kearney 312, AGC Student Chapter Speaker Meeting featuring TCM Corp. Free dinner served.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 13, 6 p.m., Kearney 112, ASCE Student Chapter Speaker Meeting featuring Kiewit Engineering Group Inc. Free dinner served. 
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14, 6 p.m., Kearney 112, AGC Student Chapter Speaker Meeting featuring Q&D Construction. Free dinner served.
  • Thursday, Nov. 15, 5 p.m., Owen 119, PLSO Student Chapter Meeting, featuring Joe Mardis, PLS Benton County Surveyor. Pizza and refreshments served. 
  • Thursday, Nov. 15, 6 p.m., Kearney 124, AGC Student Chapter Speaker Meeting featuring Walsh Construction. Free dinner served.


  • Wednesday, Nov. 14, Kearney 201C, TCM Corp, full-time and intern. To sign-up, bring a copy of your resume to Lauren Farmen in Kearney 101B.
  • Thursday, Nov. 15 and Friday, Nov. 16, Owen 310, Kiewit Engineering Group Inc. full-time and intern interviews. To sign-up, send an updated copy of your resume to Thanh Phan and Allie Easley
  • Thursday, Nov. 15, Kearney 201C, Q&D Construction, full-time and intern. To sign-up, bring a copy of your resume to Lauren Farmen in Kearney 101B.
  • Friday, Nov. 16, Kearney 201C, Walsh Construction, full-time and intern. To sign-up, bring a copy of your resume to Lauren Farmen in 
  • Internship and full-time interviews are also available for Kerr Contractors and Webcor Builders. Sign up in Kearney 101B.

Thesis Defense

  • Wednesday, Nov. 14, 9 a.m., Kearney 311, MS Thesis Defense, Chase Simpson, “A Multivariate Comparison of Drone-Based Structure from Motion and Drone-Based Lidar for Dense Topographic Mapping Applications.” Major advisor: Christopher Parrish, associate professor of geomatics. Committee members: Michael Olsen, associate professor of geomatics; Daniel Gillins, National Geodetic Survey; Michael Wing, associate professor of geomatics, Forestry Engineering (GCR). Open to the public. 
  • Monday, Nov. 19, noon, Kearney 311, M.S. Thesis Defense Cameron Wilson, “Improving the Performance of High Early Strength Concrete by Controlling Self-Desiccation and Mitigating Shrinkage. Co-Major Advisors Jason Weiss, School Head and professor of infrastructure materials; Jason Ideker, associate professor of infrastructure materials. Committee Members: Burkan Isgor, professor of infrastructure materials and Jack Higginbotham (GCR). Open to the public.

Opportunities, Scholarships, and Conferences

Kittelson & Associates, Inc. will host two webinars for students interested in learning more about the field of transportation engineering and planning. Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to hear about careers in transportation – a field that employs people from a variety of backgrounds – and learn about what to look for in both internship and full-time employment opportunities. Mark Vandehey, CEO and senior principal engineer, and Brandon Nevers, COO and senior principal engineer, will give their thoughts in “Exploring a Career in Transportation,” followed by an overview of Kittelson’s internship program and spotlight projects with Kylie Caviness and Jennifer Musselman. Q&A to follow. If you have any questions regarding the event, contact Kylie Caviness. Registration is required. Students who RSVP will be sent a link to the webinar. Webinar option 1: Monday, Nov. 5, 3 p.m. Webinar option 2: Tuesday, Nov. 13, 6 p.m.

The James L. Allhands Student Essay Competition is open to any senior-level student in a four or five-year ABET or ACCE accredited university construction management or construction-related engineering program. The first place essay author receives $1,000. The student’s faculty sponsor receives $500. Both the recipient and sponsor are invited as guests of the foundation to attend the 2019 AGC Annual Convention. This year's topic is “Attracting and Retaining Future Top Performing Employees: A Student Perspective.” The James L. Allhands Essay was established by the late James L. Allhands, one of the founding members of AGC and a prolific writer of construction related works. The award recognizes a student essay on a specific topic that is deemed to be beneficial to the advancement of technological, educational, or vocational expertise in the construction industry. For more information contact Melinda Patrician, 703.837.534. Learn more and apply. Application deadline: apply Nov. 15, 2018.

Undergraduate and graduate students (sophomores and higher) in STEM majors are invited to to apply for the Office of Fossil Energy’s Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship. Selected applicants will join FE next summer at HQ, NETL, or the SPR-PMO for 10 weeks to work on a research project related to the FE mission. Participants receive a stipend and, if eligible, a housing allowance and travel expenses. Questions may be directed to the MLEF Program Manager, Sandra Penaherrera. Learn more and apply. Application deadline: Dec. 17, 2018.

The Ocean Exploration Trust (OET) is accepting applications for students and educators to participate in the 2019 E/V Nautilus Expedition exploring the Eastern Pacific Ocean along the coast of North America from Canada to Mexico. Founded by Dr. Robert Ballard, OET is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to bringing ocean exploration to the world via live telepresence and providing experiential opportunities for students, young professionals, and educators. For program specifics and detailed application packets, visit: Questions? Contact the OET Education Team via education@oet.orgScience Communication Fellowship application deadline: Dec. 14, 2018. Science & Engineering Internship Program application deadline:  Jan. 4, 2019. 

Established in 1991, the Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship provides outstanding benefits and opportunities to students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields that use high-performance computing to solve complex science and engineering problems. Learn more and apply. Application deadline: Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019.

Applications are open now for URSA Engage winter-spring 2019. URSA Engage is designed to establish mentoring relationships for undergraduates early in their academic programs at Oregon State. The goal is to provide 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 a $750 award and their faculty mentors will receive $250 for project-related costs. The program is available to undergraduates and mentors at all OSU campuses and across all academic disciplines. Projects that integrate interdisciplinary work are encouraged. Learn more and apply. Application deadline: Jan. 11, 2018. 

Are you looking for ways to increase your leadership skills, knowledge and confidence?  Register for the Emerging Leaders course (UEXP 499, 37174, 2 credits, Wednesdays 4 to 5:50 p.m.) for winter term. If you have questions about the course, contact, (541) 737-6385.



  • Knife River seeks to hire 2019 interns for their Tangent, Portland, Harrisburg and Bend, Oregon offices. Learn more and apply at by Dec. 3.  


  • Central Geotech, a local, service disabled veteran-owned engineering firm located in downtown Portland, Oregon, handles large projects involving government entities, multi-year construction, and residential projects, assisting with due diligence, assessments, or full geotechnical investigations. Central Geotech seeks to hire a self-motivated, driven, and fast-learning geologist, geotechnical, or civil engineer. To apply, send an updated resume in PDF format to Kylie Vanderpool
  • The Port of Chelan County at Wenatchee, Washington, has an opening for a full-time facilities and property development manager. Employment applications are due by close-of-business on Nov. 23, 2018. Job application and position description are available at:
  • Hoffman Mechanical, a subsidiary of Hoffman Corporation, has positions available starting in January 2019 and June 2019 for high tech mechanical cost estimators and project engineers in Oregon and Washington. Notable recent and ongoing work includes Intel in Hillsboro, Oregon and a Boeing 777X Wing Factory at Paine Field in Everett, Washinton. If you have questions about the position, contact Jerry Rosette (OSU Grad 1977), president, Hoffman Mechanical Corp., PE (WA) at 503-703-0783 or To apply, email your resume to Jerry Rosette.

Faculty Positions

  • The Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at Drexel University invites applications for a tenure track assistant professor position in geotechnical or structural engineering. The successful candidate should have strong background in both theoretical and/or experimental aspects of geotechnical/structural engineering, and interest in applying their skills to innovative, multi-disciplinary research problems. Applications should be submitted through the Drexel University Department of Human Resources. Job Requisition #9310.
  • The Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology invites applications for a full-time tenure track faculty position to support education and research activities in structural engineering, to be filled at the rank of Assistant Professor. Learn more and apply
  • Michigan Technological University, a nationally recognized leader in science, computing, and engineering education and research, invites applications for a tenured/tenure-track or Professor of Practice faculty position in the ABET accredited surveying engineering program within the School of Technology starting Summer 2019. Learn more and apply
  • The Department of Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering at the University of New Mexico invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in the area of innovative construction materials and technologies starting Fall 2019. For best consideration, complete applications must be received by November 15, 2018. The position will remain open until filled. A complete application consists of (1) letter of interest, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) description of the candidate’s research interests and vision (two-page maximum), (4) description of the candidate’s teaching philosophy and interests, including a statement demonstrating the candidate’s commitment to diversity (two-page maximum), and (5) the names and contact information (address, phone number and email address) of three professional references. For inquiries, contact the search committee chair, Professor Susan Bogus Halter, PhD, PE, at or (505) 277-1395. Apply and reference requisition #6558.

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