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SEAW Scholarship Deadline Coming Soon

The Structural Engineers Association of Washington (SEAW) is offering $5,000
scholarships to current college or university students studying Structural
Engineering and planning to make their professional career in the practice of
Structural Engineering.

Applications are due by Feb 28, 2020. You can apply and learn more here.

Requirements of Students applying for the SEAW Scholarship:

• Official resident of the State of Washington. Residents of this state attending
schools in other states are eligible. Students attending in-state schools on a
nonresident basis are not eligible.
• At the time of application, be currently enrolled in a program of study majoring in
Structural Engineering as a senior undergraduate or as a graduate student.
• Having a commitment to making a professional career in the practice of
Structural Engineering.

How to Apply:
• Obtain application materials here.
• Have all documents submitted to the SEAW office by February 28th to be
considered for the current year’s scholarship award.

How the Scholarship Award Recipient is selected:
From qualified students submitting applications, the SEAW selection committee will
determine those to be interviewed. Those applicants to be interviewed will be notified by
April 8th, and interviews will be scheduled. Only those interviewed will be given further
consideration. Final decisions relating to all matters of eligibility and award of the
Scholarship rests solely with the SEAW selection committee.

Scholarship recipients will be announced in April.

Open position: Doctoral Student in the Behavior of Water Infrastructure in Wildfires

Dr. Erica Fischer is seeking a Ph.D. level graduate assistant to join her collaborative research team at Oregon State University (College of Engineering, School of Civil and Construction Engineering) to research wildfire impact to water infrastructure systems. Average Ph.D.-level position lasts 3 years.

Scope of work: The anticipated scope of work incorporates multi-scale fire experiments on varying components of the water infrastructure network. The graduate student researcher will also play an important role in stakeholder engagement workshops with different water utility agencies around the country and interaction with a team of researchers and graduate students working on developing sensors and tools for communities to recover after a wildfire. Candidates should have a BS in Civil Engineering, preferred candidates have an MS in Civil Engineering. The candidate must have the ability to work independently to achieve project objectives, meet project deadlines and reporting requirements, and help mentor other team members. The candidate also must fill an important role in facilitating collaborations with the multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional project team.

Appointment: The appointment is expected to be filled as soon as possible with an anticipated latest start date of June 15, 2020. This assistantship includes a monthly stipend and covered tuition, health insurance, and student fees. The graduate assistant will be working on research projects supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

To Apply: Please contact Dr. Erica Fischer by email at erica.fischer@oregonstate.edu with the subject heading “WUI Resilience Graduate Application” and provide a CV and transcripts. Oregon State University graduate admissions application is already open.

Information on the School of Civil and Construction Engineering can be found at here.

Structural Engineer Job Opportunity with Cornerstone Home Designs

Cornerstone Home Designs looking to hire a Structural Engineer with excellent mathematical, IT and analytical skills. Structural Engineers are expected to be detail oriented, creative and possess amazing problem-solving skills.

To ensure success, Structural Engineers should display an investigative nature and must be accurate, commercially aware and have great communication skills with a keen interest in ensuring the safety and physical integrity of buildings and other large structures. Top candidates will have fantastic project and budget management skills with great knowledge of construction processes, materials and legal regulations.

  • Job Type: Full-time
  • Salary: $70,000.00 to $75,000.00 /year

Structural Engineer Responsibilities:

  • Prepare reports, designs and drawings.
  • Make calculations about pressures, loads and stresses.
  • Consider the strength of construction materials and select appropriately.
  • Provide technical advice on safe designs and construction.
  • Obtain planning and/or building regulations approval.
  • Analyze configurations of the basic components of a structure.
  • Liaise with professional staff such as architects and engineers.
  • Monitor and inspect all work undertaken by contractors to ensure structural soundness.
  • Administer contracts and manage projects.
  • Inspect properties to evaluate the conditions and foundations.
  • Use computer aided design technology for simulation purposes.

Structural Engineer Requirements:

  • Degree in Civil or Structural Engineering (essential).
  • 6 years of work experience as a Structural Engineer (essential).
  • Professionally registered with the Institute of Structural Engineers.
  • Expert experience in project management.
  • Advanced knowledge of construction methods, materials and legal regulations.
  • Sound understanding of physics and mathematics.
  • Ability to liaise with professionals from other disciplines.
  • Three-dimensional conceptual skills.
  • Analytical thinker with strong problem-solving skills.
  • Meticulous attention to detail with the superb organizational skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent communication and IT skills.

Learn more about Cornerstone here.

Contact Jared Baehmer at 253-777-2362 if you are interested in the job.

Self Nominate to be a Part of New CEE Student Advisory Board

CEE is creating two student advisory boards that will meet on a regular basis to review and provide feedback on department operations, educational programs, policies and other matters of importance to the student body.  A representative of each board will sit on the department’s respective undergraduate and graduate educational committees, as well as the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee.

The boards will be comprised of a diverse representation of CEE students.

  • SAB applications will be solicited once annually.
  • Application materials include a resume and cover letter/ statement of interest
  • Board members are selected through an interview process by the CEE Advising Team and Faculty
  • Students are selected in April
  • Students shadow in May and June, and then serve terms for one academic year (sum-spr)
  • Students may serve up to two consecutive terms

SAB Job Description:

  • Attend monthly SAB meetings
  • Serve as members of departmental committees, including but not limited to Undergraduate Education, Graduate Education and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Provide regular review and feedback on all aspects of the student experience in CEE
  • Advocate for department students
  • Set priorities for improvements related to the student experience in CEE
  • Work in ad-hoc groups on projects related to the student experience in CEE
  • Other projects defined by the committee and/ or department

Please send your self nominations to Bryan Crockett at: bryantc@uw.edu

Three Minute Thesis and Scholars’ Studio

Are you a UW graduate student in the final stages of your capstone, thesis or dissertation project? Apply to compete in Three Minute Thesis, where you’ll have the opportunity to present your research in just three minutes for cash prizes totaling $5,000!

The 2020 UW Three Minute Thesis (UW 3MT®) Competition is open to all eligible graduate students from Bothell, Tacoma, and Seattle campuses.

Read the eligibility requirements.

The deadline to submit a proposal is March 20, 2020 by 11:59 p.m.

The theme for this year’s competition is Equity. We define equity as a process that includes practices, frameworks, policies, models, and innovations that ensure that everyone has access to resources and opportunities in order to thrive and be included in society. Have you unearthed a critical aspect of history related to equity that needs to be told? Developed a new strategy or technology to address a community’s lack of access to resources? Are you engaged in health disparities or survivorship research? As long as your project relates to the theme of equity, we want to see your proposal!

Participating in 3MT is a great opportunity to:

  • Learn to talk about your research without using jargon
  • Prepare for job interviews. One UW 3MT winner shared that her three minute talk was useful for answering job interview questions!
  • Practice your public speaking skills
  • Build your network and your resume
  • Receive practice session feedback from Core Programs and UW Libraries staff in a friendly and affirming environment
  • Compete for cash prizes!

3MT is intended for graduate students who are ready to present their capstone, thesis or dissertation work, rather than for works-in-progress. If you are at an earlier stage with your research, we encourage you to consider Scholars’ Studio to present your work.

Call for Proposals for Scholars’ Studio: Emergence Theme
Deadline for proposals Feb. 5 by 11:59 p.m.
Event on Wednesday, Feb. 26, Seattle campus
Send questions to mundtm@uw.edu

Are you doing a capstone, research project, or teaching on the topic of Emergence? Submit a proposal for a five-minute TED-style talk and join us for our winter quarter Scholars’ Studio. Need ideas? Think: Systems, creativity, social movements, resilience, properties, mass actions, structures, birth, patterns, phenomena, behaviors, networks, space, gameplay, algorithms, evolution.

Study Abroad Opportunity in Hong Kong or Macau

Louisiana State University is partnering with Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and the American Society of Thermal and Fluids Engineers (ASTFE) for research and professional training activities for a diversified group of graduate students. They are now seeking 4 to 5 US graduate students to participate in the 2020 program, where you can study at  Hong Kong Polytechnic or the University of Macau. The trip duration would be from late June to mid July.

Any research topics in the following areas are acceptable: building energy and simulation, building thermal environment and urban climate, environmental and energy economics, indoor air quality, sustainable construction, sustainable transportation systems, sustainable urban design and land use, and Urban housing policies.

Depending on the availability of funding, they will also recruit a few participating faculty members to offer a summer program (one week) for students in Hong Kong or Macau, June 22 – 26, 2020.

Learn more about the program and how to apply here. The application deadline is Feb 15, 2020.

Email any questions to us.hk.ldbes@gmail.com.

Learn about “Engineering/Environment Jordan: Water in an Arid Land” Study Abroad Opportunity

Come learn about “Engineering/Environment Jordan: Water in an Arid Land” – a Summer 2020 Study Abroad program. For full consideration – apply by Feb 15. All majors – All levels

Drop-In Information Sessions: 

  • Thursday, Jan. 23, 2:30 – 3:20pm, Bloedel Hall room 292
  • Monday, Jan. 27, 12:30 – 1:20pm, Bloedel Hall room 292

Come learn about a Summer 2020 (August/September) Study Abroad to Jordan about Water Resources and Treatment. Learn first-hand about the connections between environment, water resources and water engineering in one of the most water-scare nations in the world, and be ready to be amazed.

Interact with Jordanian students, scientists, and engineers. Tour desalination plants on the Dead Sea. Hike through water ravines. Tour wastewater treatment plants designed to reuse water. Visit a dying oasis. View first-hand archeological sites with ancient water infrastructure, including the World Heritage UNESCO site of Petra.

This course is co-sponsored by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. It is led by UW faculty and counts as 5 credits toward your UW degree. Both graduate and undergraduate options available.

During the information session, you will have opportunity to meet the primary UW faculty instructor, see pictures from past years, and browse books and pamphlets about the places visited in Jordan.

Additional information: self-enroll here.

Mulitple course numbers for multiple student needs.

  • CEE students earn credits (CEE 497 or CEWA 598) towards their major.
  • ESRM 490 will focus on management perspectives across multiple stakeholders in water engineering.
  • CEE 497 includes diversity credits (DIV)

Mount Rainier National Park Recruiting for Civil Engineer

Mount Rainier National Park, in Washington State, is recruiting for a Civil Engineer to be a part of a new project management program to implement a multi year program of capital improvement.

Projects will range from renovation and restoration of nationally significant historic buildings to rehabilitation of utility systems to improvements to visitor facilities including campgrounds, visitor contact stations to road projects and much more.

This position is part of a new project management team that will include historic architect, engineer, historic landscape architect, administrative support and work in close coordination with highly skilled tradespeople, natural and cultural resource professionals and the park’s leadership team.

Find more information and apply to the job here.