For the week of Nov. 19 – Nov. 23, 2018


Congratulations! On Nov. 15, members of the OSU ITE Student Chapter earned first place at the 27th Annual Oregon ITE Bill Kloos Traffic Bowl. 

Can turning seawater into drinking water be a cost-effective way to  provide clean, fresh water for the growing numbers of people facing water scarcity? Bahman Abbasi, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is taking up that challenge with a mobile, modular, solar-powered, desalination system. Listen now on Engineering Out Loud, Season 7, Episode 6: Turning Seawater into Sweet Water


PIN appointments are available 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.

Upon arrival, check-in on the iPad at the front desk.

When emailing advisors, please send messages to one advisor at a time. Multiple messages create unnecessary delays. Send general questions to

  • 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). 

New Winter Course Offerings: 

  • John Sessions, University Distinguished Professor and Strachan Chair of Forest Operations Management is offering FE640 Combinatorial Optimization. Learn more and view syllabus from last winter. 
  • Improve your Technical Design Skills, CS 195 Web Design, Winter 2019, T/H, noon. This course teaches how to use basic coding languages to create an interactive resume and another website of choice. 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



  • 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. 
  • Thursday, Dec. 6, 4:30 p.m., Kearney 312, Geotechnical Lecture Series, “The Effect of Long-Duration Ground Motions of Soil Liquefaction,” by Mike Greenfield, Ph.D., PE, Greenfield Geotechnical LLC.  

Speaker Meetings

  • Monday, Nov. 19, 6 p.m., Kearney 312, AGC Student Chapter Speaker Meeting featuring Webcor Builders. Free dinner served.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 20, 6 p.m., Kearney 312, AGC Student Chapter Speaker Meeting featuring Kerr Contractors. Free dinner served.


To sign-up for an interview, bring a copy of your resume to Lauren Farmen in Kearney 101B. 

Thesis Defense

  • 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.
  • Mon, Nov. 19, 2 p.m., Kearney 202, M.S. Thesis Defense, Kshitiz Gyawali, “Characterization of Stormwater Runoff from a County Maintenance Facility and Evaluation of Temporal Performance of Bioswale in its Treatment.” Co-Major Advisors: Meghna Babbar-Sebens, associate professor of water resources engineering; Tyler Radniecki, assistant professor of environmental engineering. Committee Member: Jack Istok, professor of water resources engineering. GCR: Kelli Vache, assistant professor of biological and environmental engineering. Open to the public.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2 p.m., Kearney 311, M.S. Thesis Defense, Blaine Wruck, “Improving Interlayer Bond Quality with Engineered Tack Coats under Adverse Construction Conditions.” Major Advisor: Erdem Coleri, assistant professor of infrastructure materials. Committee Members: Katherine Hunter-Zaworski, associate professor of transportation engineering; Michael Olsen, associate professor of geomatics. GCR: Jay Noller, department head, crop and soil science. Open to the public.

Opportunities, Scholarships, and Conferences

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. 

New! ASEE’s 125th Anniversary Celebration video contest. Create a video that shows where engineering education will be in 25 years. Learn more. Entries must be successfully submitted no later than Feb. 1, 2019, 11:59, p.m. Eastern Time. 

New! Current OSU engineering students are encouraged to complete the online College of Engineering scholarship application, which is available annually, from Nov. 15 until Feb. 15 at 11:59 p.m. Applications must be completed during this time frame. Applications are not accepted at any other time. Your application will be reviewed by both the College and your specific program to see if you are eligible for scholarship funds within the College for the following academic year. Apply. Application deadline: Feb. 15, 2019, 11:59 p.m.

New! Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is excited to announce that INL Graduate Fellowship postings are now open. This year there are two INL Graduate Fellowship postings. The first is specific to National and Homeland Security research, the second is associated with other INL mission areas. The INL Graduate Fellowship program is designed to identify exceptional talent in research areas aligned with INL's strategic agenda to enable the current and future mission of the INL. The program, a collaboration between INL and universities, provides mentoring and financial support for outstanding students who plan to enroll in graduate degree programs. Applicants are invited to apply online through job posting numbers 12535 and 12584. Selections will be announced in May. Letters of recommendation can be emailed directly to Application deadline: Feb. 15, 2019.



  • Marine Physical Laboratory (MPL) Summer Internship Program. The MPL at world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography seeks inquisitive motivated undergraduates with exceptional aptitude for quantitative science, majoring in engineering, physics, chemistry, biology or geology. Undergraduate college students contemplating a career in scientific research and development are encouraged to apply for a summer research internship in marine science and technology. This ten-week summer internship program offers qualified students the opportunity to work with some of the most notable scientists in the world while earning a modest salary. In addition to their research, students will attend weekly seminars given by members of our faculty and scientific staff. Learn more and apply.  


Faculty Positions

  • The Glenn Department of Civil Engineering at Clemson University invites applications for one full-time, open rank faculty position in construction engineering and management with emphasis on sustainable infrastructure development; and one full-time, renewable non tenure-track lecturer faculty position also in construction engineering and management. Learn more and apply
  • The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Department of Civil Engineering invites applications for a tenured or tenure track position in transportation engineering. Learn more and apply at, requisition F_180188.

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