Autumn Course Announcement: Natural Hazards and Resilient Communities

See below for more information on this exciting course, open to both undergrads and grad students:

C ENV 490/PBAF 595A: Surviving Disaster: Natural Hazards and Resilient Communities


  • SLN: 22522
  • Seminar Coordinators: David Schmidt (Earth & Space Sciences) and Ann Bostrom (Evans School)
  • Add Codes Required: Contact David Schmidt, for C ENV 490 codes; contact Ann Bostrom, for PBAF 595 codes
  • Credits: 1 Credit (CR/NC)
  • Course Schedule: Tuesdays, 2:30-3:50 – The seminar will meet for 6 consecutive Tuesdays, with an afternoon Q&A session and an evening (7pm) public lecture each meeting day except the first. Students are expected to attend both the afternoon and evening sessions.
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  • The Oso landslide in 2014 and the recent Nepal earthquake reveal the threats posed by natural hazards in the Pacific Northwest and globally.  Natural hazards can cost lives and destroy infrastructure on a monumental scale.  The resulting disasters put entire communities at risk, imposing their most severe costs on the most vulnerable. There is a growing realization that society must anticipate and plan for hazardous events to reduce disaster risk and to enable resilient communities.
  • This seminar series engages five national leaders who bring deep expertise and diverse perspectives to that task.  Our guest speakers will share their knowledge and experiences, providing insights on the hazard sciences and practices of disaster risk reduction.
  • The course format includes an afternoon discussion period where students interact directly with guest speakers, followed by public lectures later that evening.

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Fall Graduate Seminar– ENGR 598

Looking for a class for Autumn 2015?

Graduate Seminar for Fall 2015 — ENGR 598: Preparing for Academic Careers in Engineering


  • SLN: 14262
  • Instructor: Eve Riskin, EE
  • Credits: 1 credit (C/NC).
  • Schedule: Will meet once/week Tuesdays 1:30-2:30 PM
  • Location: EEB 003.
  • Registration limited to 35 graduate students (only engineering and
    bioengineering majors).

This seminar will explore academic careers in engineering including what
graduate students should know as they contemplate their next career steps.
Invited speakers will share their own personal experiences.  The entire
seminar is discussion-based.

Topics covered may include:

  • Hiring criteria for faculty positions
  • Building a successful application package
  • Types of academic institutions: community colleges, R1, or 4-year colleges.
  • How to negotiate two body problems.
  • How to gain teaching experience.
  • What to expect from the tenure process.

SEAOC Rocks! YMF After Party

Looking for something fun to do next Wednesday, as well as a great networking opportunity? 

Please join us at the Lucky Strike VIP Luxe Lounge in Bellevue for the SEAOC ROCKS! Convention YMF After Party! This is a great opportunity to network with not only the young members of SEAQ but SEAOC as well! There will be bowling and other fun games for prizes. This is a 21+ event, so be prepared to have a great time!

When: Wednesday, September 9, 8:30PM-10:30PM (Pacific Time)

Where: Lucky Strike Bellevue, Lincoln Square 2nd Floor: 700 Bellevue Way NE Suite 250, Bellevue, WA 98004 (Directions)


Seminar on Hypersonic Vehicle Structures

Come to the Seminar on Experiments and Simulation of Hypersonic Vehicle Structures!

Presenter: Dr. Stephen “Michael” Spottswood, Senior Aerospace Engineer, Structural Sciences Center, Aerospace Systems Directorate, U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, WPAFB, OH.

When: 1:30 – 2:30pm, Friday Sept. 4, 2015

Where: Guggenheim Hall 204

Synopsis: The Structural Sciences Center (SSC) is a small research group within the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, focusing on the analysis, experimentation and development of hypersonic hot-structures.  Hypersonics is flight greater than Mach 5, where aerodynamic heating dominates.  There have been very few successful air-vehicles to fly at hypersonic speeds, and only one, the X-15, that has done so with a “hot-structures” design.  Hot-structures, unlike thermal protection system based vehicles e.g. the NASA Space Shuttle orbiter, carry flight/maneuver loads at extreme temperatures.  The analysis and design challenges are immense, proving to be a fertile, multi-discipline research area.

Steve and Sylvia Burges Lecture – February 27

Some Reflections on the Evolution of Hydrology over the Last 40 Years

featuring Dennis Lettenmaier, Distinguished Professor of Geography
at the University of California, Los Angeles

Friday, February 27, 2015, 4:30 p.m.
Room 210, Kane Hall, University of Washington

Dennis P. Lettenmaier is a Distinguished Professor of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles with interests in hydrologic modeling and prediction, hydrology-climate interactions, and hydrologic change. He is an author or co-author of over 300 journal articles. He was the first Chief Editor of the American Meteorological Society Journal of Hydrometeorology, and is a past President of the Hydrology Section of the American Geophysical Union. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. More about Professor Lettenmaier »


When I started my career in hydrology with Steve Burges, now over 40 years ago, I found myself working on two kinds of problems. The first was water quality network design, the topic of my dissertation. That work was motivated by a seminal 1971 Science paper by Reds Wolman, titled “The nation’s rivers”.  I also found myself drawn to an area of work broadly defined as streamflow synthesis, which was linked to problems of hydrologic risk analysis, in part for reservoir system design. At the time, I certainly didn’t realize that the era of construction of large dams, which motivated most of that work, had already ended.  While research on other aspects of risk analysis (e.g. floods) continued, there was a period early in my career when the community seemed to be searching for its identify.  In my view, that period ended with publication by NRC of the so-called Eagleson Report in 1990, which was more or less coincident, although not linked, to early planning for NASA’s Earth Observing System (the first of the two EOS satellites was launched in 2000). Both events lead to fundamental changes in the nature of the work the community was and is doing, not to speak of the capabilities of faculty members whose careers started less than about 25 years ago. I include a number of “before” and “after” examples of work done in the two eras, and some thoughts on challenges going forward.

The Burges Lectureship brings to the University distinguished practitioners in the field of Civil and Environmental Engineering to broaden the horizons of engineering students and professionals beyond the purely technical challenges of our times.

“UW CEE Grad Students” Facebook Group

This is a reminder that there is a Facebook group for current graduate students in CEE to be able to connect with each other.  Membership is strictly voluntary and is not required.

If you would like to join the group go to the following link and click “Join Group”:

This group is restricted to CEE graduate students only, membership will not be granted to anyone who is not a UW CEE graduate student.

NOTE: Posts are governed by the same rules of conduct as in class. Respect for others is imperative. This forum is not to be used for political purposes. If you make inappropriate postings, your access to the list will be removed. (We are sure this will not be a problem, but want to be sure everyone is aware of the rules.)

If/when you decide it’s time to leave the group, there are two options:

  1. From the group page, you can click on the icon on the right side next to the “+ Create Group” button. Then from the drop down menu select “Leave Group”.


  1. You can email to have the administrator remove you from the group.

Lorna & Jen

Student Photo Days for Incoming Grads

Reminder and Room change:

If you are a new graduate student in the CEE department this fall, please stop by to get your student photo taken on one of the following days.

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2:00 – 5:00 PM
Please note the room change to 
More 110

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 12:30 – 3:30
Please note the room change to More 110

We would like to display student photos in the hallway display, which helps students to get to know each other, and also helps faculty and staff get to know you too. You will sign a release when you have your photo taken, and if you do not wish to have your photo included in the display, you will have that choice, however, we do request you still have your photo taken for our records.


Lorna & Jennifer

Lab Assistant Needed for CEE 317 – Autumn 2014

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is currently accepting
applications for the position of Lab Assistants for the Autumn Quarter
course, CEE 317 “GeoSurveying.” This position does not require office

To be eligible for a position as Lab Assistant for CEE 317, you should have
taken the course at the UW.
A working knowledge of AutoCAD is a plus.

CEE 317 labs take place Monday through Thursday from 1:30 to 4:30pm, so lab
assistants work a minimum of 4 hours per lab per week (at the pay rate
stated below). You may request to work with as many labs sections as your
time allows. Lab assistants will not hold office hours, and all
instructions will be given by Prof. Ahmed, except for a pre-written AutoCAD
handout that assistants may have to discuss with students.

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Maintaining Student Status – Going On-Leave

Graduate students are required to maintain graduate status during their program of study. Failure to maintain this status requires reinstatement to the University of Washington. Students who desire to take a quarter, or quarters, off without going through the reinstatement process must apply for on-leave status for each quarter they do not register.

Summer quarter On-Leave enrollment is automatic for all graduate students who were either registered or officially On-Leave during the prior Spring Quarter.

Students who fail to register or go On-Leave for Autumn, Winter or Spring quarters will need to pay a $250 Reinstatement fee.

For more information, refer to the Graduate School Memo #9:

Questions? Contact your academic advisor:
Lorna Latal


Jen Ross


More Hall Security

Hi all,
A friendly reminder about safety and security in More Hall.

More Hall hours are from 6 AM to 7 PM on weekdays. During this time, the
external doors are unlocked and provide access to all, including those with
ill-intent. Theft and trespassing are recurring problems on campus.

Please be mindful to safeguard our space, research, and belongings:
• After hours, never allow a stranger to enter the building behind you
• Lock your doors, even when More Hall is closed
• Never leave entry/exit doors propped open
• Secure your personal belongings (laptops, etc.)

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