Please see below the internship announcement for opportunities at the Navy sub base in Bangor.  It specifically targets BS/MS civil engineering students and is limited to students in the Puget Sound region. The application window is very short – opens today and closes 21 Jan.  It is limited to US citizens.  See link below for more information.

Subject: Engineering Intern Positions – Open on USAJOBS
Date: Fri, 8 Jan 2016 18:39:03 +0000
From: Johnson, Naomi M <>

Classification: UNCLASSIFIEDCaveat: None Department of Navy, Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific (SWFPAC), Bangor, WAhas 2 Intern positions (GS-0899):  1 Industrial Engineer and 1 CivilEngineer.  These positions are part of the Pathways program which enables the student to work during the summer and a student that meets all the requirements outlined in the USAJOBS announcement may be converted to competitive service position after graduation.  Both positions will be filled from the same USAJOBS Announcement open, 1/8/2016- 1/21/2016(midnight ET). USAJOBS announcement: NW60899-05-1590726LP282725P or

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Reader/Grader Position for Winter 2016

I am looking for a Reader/Grader to help with CEE 541- biological treatment
processes, winter quarter. The class is 2x per week, with 1 assignment per
lecture. There are currently 29 students enrolled in the class.

Pay rate: $19 per hour

The time commitment would be 5 hours per week.

The person must be:
-very organized and reliable (This is most important. So this must apply to
-feel comfortable with solving simple math problems

It would be good if:
-the person has knowledge in waste water treatment and most ideally took CEE
541 already but this is not a prerequisite.

The person would get access to canvas. All submissions of the students are
online. All grading is done online. The grader would hold office hours, so
international students need to be cleared to teach.

Please contact Mari Wikler mwinkler at if you are interested and meet
the criteria above.

Winter 2016: URBDP 480 – Planning as a Profession

Planning as  Profession was previously listed as URBDP 498.

This class now has a permanent course number and is now listed as URBDP 480 Winter 2016, SLN 22224.

There is no add code required for the course.

We look forward to seeing you in the first class on Friday, January 8th at noon in Gould 435!

The Winter speakers include:

Andy Dannenberg from the UW Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
Jeremy Eknoian from Internal Operations at the UW
Todd Hall from the City of Lynnwood
Sara Maxana from Puget Sound Regional Council
Elizabeth Umbanhowar from Parametrix
Jenny Kempson from Framework
Michelle Morlan from National Development Council
Former Mayor Mike McGinn!
Best regards,
David Blum


Matthew Gibson – PhD Final Examination

Matthew Gibson – PhD Final Examination
Friday, December 4, 2015
11:00 AM
More Hall, Room 110

Supervisory Committee Chair: Joe Wartman

Title: Seismic Rock Slope Failure Modes and Time-Dependent Displacements Using Single Block Methods


Seismically induced rock slope failures have resulted in billions of dollars of economic damage and enormous loss of life throughout the world.  Accurate prediction of the triggering and run out of these failures is elusive for a variety of reasons, including knowledge of the physical modes of failure.  Simplified tools that are prevalent in soil slope engineering are relatively non-existent in rock slope engineering.  Current state of art in rock slope engineering requires complex and computationally expensive numerical models to evaluate the seismic performance or rock slopes, which inhibits extensive evaluations to be conducted.

This research explores the potential failure modes of an idealized rigid rock block and expands the modes typically considered to include not only sliding but also toppling (pure forward rotation), confined toppling (constrained forward toppling) and slumping (combined backward rotation and translation).  The yield acceleration (or minimum inertial acceleration to cause block movement) for slumping, similar to toppling, is found to be lower than for pure translational sliding.

For co-seismic displacement predictions, simplified models predicting ultimate displacement of a mass under seismic conditions are limited to purely translating, sliding blocks (i.e. Newmark’s sliding block method). This dissertation introduces additional non-linear, time-dependent models to predict ultimate displacement in toppling and slumping modes as well.
The parameters of these non-linear models are combined such that mapping of more complex systems to these simple models can be performed.  Important findings from these new methods are that the magnitude of seismically-induced displacement is dependent on the size and shape of the block (or failure mass) and the displacement dependent yield accelerations.  Design charts are developed to allow seismic toppling and slumping failures to be integrated into PBEE evaluations or real-time regional assessments.


Job Opportunity – Green Earth Operations, Inc.

Green Earth Operations, Inc. offers water resource engineering, science, and planning services to  support water system analysis, water pollution treatment, habitat restoration, green stormwater design, and sustainability planning. Our Seattle and China offices are currently working on water resource and stormwater analysis and design projects in China. We are looking to expand our core technical group in Seattle that will allow us to produce profitable growth and an enduring, successful practice.

Green Earth Operations, Inc. is seeking a Civil Engineer to support its water resources engineering practice and to further develop its civil engineering practice, specifically in China. The ideal candidate will have 3 to 5+ years of experience, can communicate and write in English/Mandarin, and has expertise in one or more of the following:

  • Site development
  • Hydrologic modeling
  • Hydraulic modeling (1D and 2D)
  • Hydraulic structures
  • Stormwater conveyance and other site utilities design
  • Stormwater detention facility sizing
  • Green Stormwater Infrastructure (LID)
  • Engineering plans and specifications (including use of AutoCAD software)

PE registration in Washington State is preferred but not required. 2+ years of project management experience and strong written and verbal communication skills are essential for the position.

International travel to client meetings and presentations is required.

Please send your resume and cover letter to:

Visit our webpage at:


$30,000 Hydropower Research Awards Announced

Announcing the 2016 Research Awards Program

The Hydro Research Foundation is leading the Research Awards Program designed to stimulate new student research and academic interest in conventional or pumped storage hydropower. The awards are made possible by a grant from the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

In 2016, the Foundation anticipates making one-year awards to between 4-10 students. Students are selected based on research vision, innovation, academic performance, potential for leadership and overall strength of their research proposal. Each award typically includes the following:

  • A living stipend of up to $18,000.
  • A tuition, fees and university-provided health insurance allowance of up to $10,000.
  • Travel costs to attend the Annual Hydro Research Roundtable each year the student is in the program.
  • The student’s academic advisor for the research will be awarded $2,000 annually into a University discretionary account, for aiding in, and supervising the research. The advisor may also have the opportunity to attend HydroVision International.
  • Each student may have the opportunity to participate in an internship with an industry partner. These internships may result in employment for the researcher.
  • Each student will have an industry mentor and a Foundation mentor.
  • The foundation will assist the student in finding employment in the hydropower community.

For information, eligibility, topics of interest and application materials, the Foundation invites you to visit the website.

Click here for information on the 2016 Research Awards Program.

Important notes on the 2016 awards: Applications are due March 14, 2016, for appointments beginning June 2016 for one-year funding.

Questions regarding the funding announcement can be directed to

Winter 2016 – TA Needed

TA needed for CEE 291 – AutoCAD

TA duties would include holding regularly scheduled office hours, grading homework assignments, and answering occasional student emails.

Instructor: Tom Le

To apply for the TA position for CEE 291, please email with the following:

  • Name
  • Experience with AutoCAD (work/internship experience, completion of CEE 291 or any other AutoCAD courses)
  • Any additional related background information

2015 Edward Wenk, Jr. Lecture

You are invited to attend the
2015 Edward Wenk, Jr. Endowed Lectureship in Technology and Public Policy 

“A Path to the Fourth Urban Water Revolution”
Dr. David Sedlak, UC Berkeley

Thursday, November 12, 2015
4:30 – 5:30 pm
Alder Hall Auditorium

Light refreshments to follow lecture in Alder Commons. No RSVP required.

Inquiries, contact Jill Dalinkus at 206.616.0403 or 

Dr. David Sedlak is the Malozemoff Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley, Co-Director of the Berkeley Water Center and Deputy Director of the NSF engineering research center for Reinventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt).
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Upcoming CEE 500 Departmental Seminar

Just a reminder for upcoming CEE 500 Department Seminar:

Thursday, October 15, 2015
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Sieg Hall, Room 134

*Please join us for the CEE 500 Department Seminar kick-off immediately following the lecture! The kick-off will be located outside of More Hall, Room 201, lobby / foyer area. Refreshments and light snacks will be served.

Seminar Info: The 2014 Oso, Washington Landslide
Dr. Joseph Wartman, H. R. Berg Associate Professor

The Oso Landslide occurred on the morning of Saturday, 22 March 2014, and claimed the lives of 43 people, making it the deadliest landslide disaster in the history of the continental United States. The landslide initiated within an approximately 200-m-high hillslope comprised of unconsolidated glacial and colluvial deposits; it rapidly transitioned to a debris flow/debris avalanche that rapidly inundated a neighborhood of approximately 35 single-family residences.  Continue reading