Emergency Prep Resources

Hello CEE,

Some resources which may be of help to you:

  • UW Alert – receive text message or email notifications of emergency or crisis situations that may affect UW operations (e.g. snow delays)
  • UW Safety – one stop portal for information and resources
  • UW Emergency Management – organization-wide training, disaster resiliency, newsletter updates
  • UW Police – contact, crime prevention, safety services
  • Seattle Alert – receive emergency alerts and notifications from the city
  • Ready.gov – personal and family emergency planning, winter safety, emergency prep

Emergency/disaster kits are located in Yiming, Veronica, Janice, Sean, and Nick’s offices, as well as the Wilcox copy room, and Dayna’s office in Wilson. These contain basic first aid and other supplies to be used in an emergency. In addition to these kits, I encourage each of you to maintain some supplies in your office, at home, and on your person (purse/backpack).

And as always, in an emergency, please do not hesitate to call 911.

Have a safe and happy new year!


UW GLACIER System Clarification

Hello everyone,

UW uses two systems that are called GLACIER that during this time may cause a lot of confusion. Attached is a document explaining their difference as well as links to guides on how to use them: Payroll – UW GLACIER System Clarification

Also as a reminder:

The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. Recognize the telltale signs of a scam. See also: How to know it’s really the IRS calling or knocking on your door If you receive any phone calls  or e-mails claiming to be the IRS/Police with threats of coercion please hang up immediately. Please let your family members know to ignore these calls.


Call for student posters for CEE Career Fair

Hello CEE students:

Do you have a poster you’ve created for your research, internship, or engineering-related extracurricular activities that you would like to showcase to employers at the 12th Annual CEE Career Fair in January?

If so, please let us know!   We are now accepting posters to present at the fair and particularly at the post-fair employer reception on January 18, 2018.

The CEE Fair will be in the HUB Ballroom, and we will have the poster presentation in the north pre-function room from about 4pm to 6:30pm.

This poster presentation for employers will be a particularly good way for you to standout to employers and also to share your interests and talents to industry representatives.

Posters from undergraduates and graduate students are invited.  We are launching the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering this year, so posters pertaining to environmental engineering are welcomed. Space is limited, so if you are interested, please reply promptly to this email with your full name, topic of your poster, contact information, and if applicable, the faculty sponsor for your research.

Faculty members:  This is a wonderful opportunity for students to get their work in front of employers.  Please encourage students to participate.


CEE Advising team

Fire Safety and Evacuation Plan (FSEP) 2017

Hello CEE,

UW Environmental Health & Safety has created a new manual, called the FSEP (FSEP_More Hall_2017). The information in this plan is specific to fire safety and evacuations, and is intended to replace the much longer Emergency Evacuation and Operations Plan (EEOP).

Some highlights from the FSEP:

  • Course instructors (including TAs) are responsible for providing their class with general information regarding emergency procedures. Please see the attached “classroom emergency procedures” one-pager for general guidance (Classroom Emergency Procedures_EEOP).
  • In the event that a person is unable to exit the building, the area of refuge for a person with mobility disabilities is the main stairwell (where the elevator is located). Persons with disabilities are encouraged to create an individualized evacuation plan – please contact me for more information.
  • The More Hall Evacuation Assembly Point is Rainier Vista. In the event of an alarm, please make your way to this area in order to give emergency services a wide berth to operate in and around the building.

Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

Thank you,

J. Sean Yeung

Tool Training

There’ll be a shop tool training (Tool Training 1, Class B) on Saturday May 27th at 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. This tool training is required for the students and persons who will be or think that they might need to use power hand tools for their research projects.  The tools training covers the use of circular saw, table saw, drill motor etc. in and around structures lab.  Be sure to sign up before May, 15th.  Renewing is required every eight months. The signup sheet will be posted on the door room 33 (machine shop), across from the material lab, More Hall basement.

Research students should check with your faculties or PIs, whether or not you should take this training.  Persons who will be using the tools in the lab also required this training  Other undergrads and grads can take this training as well. There is no fee involve for this event. No student/personal is allowed to use the power tool in/around the CEE Structures Lab without this training.

The training allows the trainee a nine months period to operate the hand tool on the structures lab floor.  No tool allows outside the structures lab.

The training will be at least 5 to 6 hrs. Please come in w/ note pad and pen/pencil.  There’ll be test, pertained to the subjects in the training.  Quiz will be given at the end.  Please Note that no more than two mistakes allowed on the quiz.  You may like to bring in your food, snack, drinks for this extend session.

Vince Chaijaroen

Structures Lab Manager

Seeking your endorsement of a Computer Lab upgrade

Hello CEE graduate and undergraduate students,

We are seeking your input on our 2017 Student Tech Fee proposal, which is focused on upgrading the computers in instructional area of our computer lab. We have a far better chance of getting our proposal funded if we can show it has student support (it’s money that comes from you, after all). Our proposal this year requests funding to replace the older machines in the CEE Computing Lab. This is part of a regular 4-year rolling update cycle we have been using since 2003 to keep the lab running smoothly, and STF funds have been used for the hardware throughout (we realize the room itself is referred to as a dungeon, but building new space is beyond the scope of STF funding). If you’d like to see the lab machines continue to be updated, this is your chance to help. Here’s how to make your voice heard — use the following link to the full proposal then scroll down to “Endorsements” to register your endorsement and add any comments concerning the usefulness/importance of the computer lab as you see fit: https://uwstf.org/proposals/2017/72

Thank you for your input, comments, and support.

Tim Larson

Interim Chair

5th Annual Engineering Internship Survey


Happy finals week? (is it happy?)

It is time for the 5th annual CEE internship survey. We would like to know something about the internships that you folks are doing (or want to do) as part of your college career. We do know that many folks have internships both during the summer and throughout the school year. We would like to know some more specifics so we can put together a good picture of the internships you all have (or would like to have) and what their value is.

To accomplish this I have put together a short catalyst survey on internships. Can you complete this survey when you have a moment? It would be most helpful. It should take you about 5 minutes. Even if you have not had an engineering internship, please do fill out the survey. The survey is for anyone in the Civil & Environmental Engineering major (no matter the year), both undergraduate and graduate students.

As added incentive to complete the survey, IF there are at least 200 respondents by April 15th I will draw one name at random from those that have successfully completed the survey and are active UW students. This person will receive a Surface Pro 4 from Microsoft Store (in the form of a $800 gift card – of course you can spend it on anything else in the store too). There will also be some Starbucks gift cards for other winners.

Take the survey here: https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/stmuench/327434

Thank you,

Steve Muench

Tool Training

Will you be needing to use power hand tools for your research project? It is required to first participate in a training course on how to use them. Read on to learn about this upcoming tool-training workshop:

There will be a shop tool training (Tool Training 1, Class B) workshop on Saturday, January 30th at 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM for students and persons who will be or think that they might need to use power hand tools for their research project. This tool training is required before using power tools on your research project. The tool training covers the use of circular saw, table saw, drill motor, etc. in and around structures lab.

Be sure to sign up before January 28th. Renewing is required every 8 months. The sign up sheet will be posted on the door room 33 (machine shop), across from the material lab, More Hall  basement. Please bring a note pad and pen/pencil.

There will be a test, pertaining to the subjects in the training, given at the end of the class–no more than two mistakes allowed. You may like to bring food/snacks/drinks for this extended session (5-6 hours at least).  Continue reading

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 jmd4@uw.edu 

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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