ESS 520: Applications in Geographic Information Systems for the Earth Sciences

ESS 520: Applications in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for the Earth Sciences
Winter 2018
MWF 1:30-3:20, 4 credits

This course provides a survey of intermediate applied uses of GIS in the earth sciences. It builds upon skills and topics covered in introductory GIS courses for the earth sciences. We will examine and experiment with more detailed, complex analytic techniques using examples from the peer-reviewed literature. This will provide greater insight into how GIS analysis is put into practice in earth science research. Topics include the following: digitizing from DEM’s, imagery and/or scanned maps and creating geodatabases; geologic/geomorphic mapping using production-level standards; interpreting terrain characteristics using hypsometric, curvature and morphometric analysis; using hydrologic flow patterns for river bank modeling; floodplain mapping and analysis; measuring and understanding implications of rainfall patterns; landslide forecasting and analysis; and analyzing other geomorphologic phenomena.
Geospatial statistics, including interpolation methods and detection of scale dependence in geospatial phenomena, will also be covered.

Intro-level GIS (e.g., ESS 420) required. For more information, contact Steven Walters,
Senior Lecturer in ESS,

2018 HDR Engineering Scholarship Program

HDR will grant one $10,000 scholarship to an exceptional graduate-level student, preferably enrolled in a civil, environmental or other related engineering discipline associated with the water engineering industry. Preference will be given to students with a proven interest in water, wastewater or water resource engineering. Along with the scholarship, the student must be willing to accept a paid internship. The location of the internship will be determined by matching the interest of the student with an HDR office that offers a strong mentoring opportunity for a future water engineering professional. Housing and transportation are not provided for the internship.

Eligibility requirements Continue reading

Summer 2018: Sustainable Development in the UK

Sustainable Development Urban & Regional Perspectives in the United Kingdom

  • Summer 2018 Study Abroad
  • 8 Weeks
  • 15 Credits
  • Includes 2 week practicum

There are two info sessions coming up to learn more about this study abroad opportunity- Monday, Dec. 4th, 2017 at 5:30PM in Gould 142 and Tuesday, Jan. 16th, 2018 at 5:30PM in Gould 142. Light dinner will be served. This course is open to all UW undergraduates and graduate students. There are no prerequisites.

For more information visit, the UW Study Abroad website, or contact David Blum, Affiliate Instructor at

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering (BSENVE)

Hello CEE Community —

As most of you already know, the Bachelor of Science in Environmental
Engineering (BSENVE) program successfully launched this autumn quarter!

Please share the attached flyer with undergraduate students who may be
interested in learning more about the BSENVE program.  Additional
information is available on our website.

The BSENVE is a minimum admission requirement major at this time.  (That
means anyone who has satisfied the prerequisite courses and admission
requirements may simply declare the major.)  We expect that it will become
a competitive admission major by Autumn 2019.

Interested students can write to us at  (Student’s full
name and UW ID number is appreciated.)

Mariko  &  Brian

SEFW Fall Forum- Origami: Inspiration in Science, Design, and Structures

The Structural Engineers Foundation of Washington 2017 Fall Forum

  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017
  • Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle, WA
  • 4:30pm- Networking Reception*
  • 6:00-7:15pm- Lecture (free)
  • Registration encouraged as capacity is limited. 
  • *Individual admission by $25 donation or become a “Friend of the Foundation” for $100. Corporate sponsorships also available. 

With the aid of modern mathematics and computers, origami has evolved from an ancient art into a scientific and engineering application for fields such as robotics, space exploration, medicine, and even architecture. Inspired by the PBS Nova Special, Origami Revolution, SEFW is pleased to bring three internationally recognized experts together to discuss origami in the building industry. This event will fascinate engineers,
architects, students, scientists, “techies,” and the public.

The pre-function networking reception will feature origami creations, a full-size folding cardboard emergency shelter, demonstrations by the Puget Area Paperfolding Enthusiasts Roundtable (“PAPER”), and hands-on folding opportunities.

Paid Summer Internship Opportunity with TENW

Transportation Engineering NorthWest (TENW) is a transportation planning and engineering firm seeking highly motivated engineering students for our summer internship program.  Our firm works throughout Washington, Oregon, and Alaska on a diverse portfolio of private and public projects including, but not limited to: Residential, Commercial, Education, Healthcare, Industrial, Corporate Campuses, Multi-Modal projects, and Transportation Roadway Projects including traffic signal and illumination design.

Our Firm

We are a growing, energetic, and innovative transportation engineering firm located in Bellevue, Washington. We offer competitive compensation packages.

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements

Applicants must be enrolled in an Engineering program at the University Of Washington and have interest in Transportation Engineering. Internships are full-time, paid summer positions, with flexible start and end dates. Continue reading

Winter 2018 TA Opening GEOG 462/562 Coastal GIS

The Department of Geography is looking for a TA for Winter 2018 for their Coastal GIS course. Geography 462/562 is an intermediate course that examines the theory and application of geographic information systems (GIS). Full course description available at course website. 

Course Schedule
• TA will work on average 19.5 hours per week; 220 hours across quarter.
• Lectures Monday, Wednesday, and Friday : 9:30AM – 10:20AM, Thompson Hall 325
• Lab section AA TTH 10:30AM – 11:20AM, Sherman Lab in Smith Hall 401
• Lab Section AB TTH 11:30AM, Sherman Lab in Smith Hall 401

Preparation in ArcGIS Desktop with at least two courses at the senior undergraduate level or beginning graduate level is required, e.g. Introduction to GIS and Intermediate GIS, or equivalent. A third course in advanced GIS is desired. Interest in coastal topics (e.g., land, water, and populations) is desired. UW Seattle graduate student must be enrolled full-time.

Full position description and how to apply: Geog 462-562 Winter 2018

UW Study Abroad News- November 2017

Workshop: Racial Identity Abroad

Thursday, November 16 from 5-7pm at the ECC. Returning and future study abroad students are welcome to join our workshop exploring the complexities of race and identity through the lens of studying abroad. RSVP

Upcoming Deadlines

The deadline for Spring 2018 UW programs is November 15.

For 2018-2019 Japanese Exchange Programs, the deadline has been moved to November 30. Apply Now

Summer Programs

Several applications for summer 2018 programs are already open! Others will be coming soon, so check the UW study abroad website for updates. Learn More

Workshop: Financing Your Study Abroad

Learn what study abroad costs, the basics of financial aid and scholarships, and get budgeting ideas. The next workshop is Wednesday, November 15 from 3-4:30pm in the ECC-Asian Room. Check the calendar for more workshops and info sessions! Calendar

Global Campus Photo Contest

UW students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to share photos from study abroad, work, travel or daily life overseas. Enter by December 15. Top photos will be displayed at the UW Study Abroad Fair! Share Photos

Job Opportunity with Insight Structural Engineers

Insight Structural Engineers, Inc. currently has opportunities for a structural designer/design engineer and a project engineer.

Structural Designer/Design Engineer
0 to 3 years of experience
Responsibilities include:

  • Communicating directly with clients, visiting job sites,
    performing structural calculations and developing structural
    drawings for new and existing buildings

Required Qualifications:  Continue reading

Boeing Career Development Night

Boeing will be hosting a “Career Development Night” on Tuesday, November 14 from 6-8PM in Guggenheim Hall. Approximately 20 Boeing employees will meet with students in small groups to provide career advice and “lessons learned” about their own professional development. Attendance is limited to 120 students of all disciplines & levels, so students should RSVP at: