Dissertation Writing Retreat

The retreat will bring together a group of
graduate students during the interim
between Spring and Summer Quarters to
work on their dissertations with a
supportive group of tutors!

The retreat is a program that runs for a week between Spring and Summer quarters and that’s dedicated just to writing, workshops, and support for dissertators who are looking to refocus and get to the finish line. Each dissertator will be have their own graduate writing tutor to work with throughout the week to help them meet their goals. The program is free for participants and lunches are included but folks do need to apply using an online application form and space is limited!

When: June 17 – 21, 2019
9:30 AM to 4:30 PM daily

Where: The OWRC
Odegaard library room 121

Applications are due:
Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 by 5:00 PM

Spring quarter’s first alumni/employer-led workshop is coming up on this Friday!

This spring quarter’s first alumni/employer-led workshop is coming up on this Friday. I’d greatly appreciate it if you could share the below workshop information with your students.

Learn from a recruiter what the companies look for in application materials and interviews. You will be able to gain tips and advice on how to best stand out as a candidate, and also on what to do and what NOT to do when applying for a job and internship position.


Presenter: Bri Kastning, Talent Acquisition Specialist, McKinstry

Date: Friday, April 12, 10:30-11:30am


We’ll be livestreaming this workshop!

To join the workshop IN-PERSON (MGH 134), register here – https://uw.joinhandshake.com/events/296632

To join VIRTUALLY, register here – https://washington.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_iU-9QPPHTPyJFCH-uzMgBw

TODAY – Earthquake Engineering Research Institute University of Washington Student Chapter Meeting

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
University of Washington Student Chapter Meeting
Date: Monday, March 4th, 2019
Time: 5:30pm
Location: Alder Hall Auditorium, University of Washington
Join the EERI at UW student chapter for our February monthly meeting. The meeting will feature the Friedman Family Visiting Professionals Program Lecturer, Jay Wilson, the Clackamas County Resilience Coordinator with the Department of Disaster Management. He will be speaking about how emergency managers provide context for community risk management decisions. All are encouraged to attend – you do not need to be a member of EERI. We are excited to have Jay Wilson visiting and we look forward to seeing you at this event!
For more information, email:
Earthquake Engineering Research Institute at UW

WSDOT Research Results Webinars

Please join us for the latest in WSDOT’s Research & Library Services bimonthly Research Results Webinars.


About Webinar Wednesdays

WSDOT’s Research & Library Services Office hosts Webinar Wednesdays, a series of bimonthly, one-hour webinars. Each webinar showcases a research project with results that could eventually be implemented around the state.


Webinar topics include: highway lighting, innovative bridge design and construction, underwater noise mitigation, pollinator habitats, connected and autonomous vehicle technology, LiDAR, and others. For links to recordings of past webinars, please contact one of the organizers listed above.


These webinars align with our workforce development goals and support many of our Results WSDOT strategic goals. We hope that they might inspire new innovative and creative ideas in you.


What:   Linear Scheduling – WHAT IS IT? – Presented by: Amy Kim, Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering at University of Washington, Shuoqi (Stanley) Wang, Postdoc Research Associate at University of Washington, and Mark Gabel, WSDOT Cost Risk Estimating Manager.

When:   10:30—11:30 a.m. Pacific Time, March 13, 2019.

Who:    Participation is open to any WSDOT employee, with supervisor’s approval. If you know someone outside of WSDOT who might be interested in this topic, feel free to share this announcement. All who are interested in this topic are welcome.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Those who are interested but cannot make the live webinar are still encouraged to register. All who register will receive a link to a recording of the webinar.


Please direct questions to the organizers:

·         Mustafa Mohamedali, PE, PMP, mohamem@wsdot.wa.gov 360-704-6307

·         Mike Wendt, MLIS, wendtm@wsdot.wa.gov 360-705-7710


About this webinar



Have you ever asked, why didn’t they think of this during design?  Working on a design, have you ever wondered how the project might be constructed so the design can be optimized for construct-ability?  Many in our industry, for decades, have pursued ways to improve the nexus between design and construction.  This webinar explores a powerful approach to make design and construction considerations an integral part of project development.


WSDOT has launched an initiative to evaluate, develop and implement best practices for linear schedule of transportation projects. Linear scheduling may be an effective tool for construct-ability reviews earlier in design and to identify coordination opportunities. It can enhance processes related to project cost risk assessment, value engineering, and stakeholder engagement. This multi phase study includes surveys and interviews of key WSDOT project personnel; and pilot use of the linear scheduling with off the shelf software in a selected project. This webinar is a platform for researchers to present some preliminary findings at an early stage, gather input and attract potential interviewees and participants for future stages.


About the presenters




  • Amy Kim, PhD | Assistant Professor, University of Washington Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Kim received her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University. She is a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Standing Committee on Construction Management. Previously, she has been involved with two National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) projects; first for developing long-range strategies affecting preservation, maintenance, and renewal of highway infrastructure, and second for effective project scoping practices to improve on-time and on-budget delivery of highway projects. 



  • Shuoqi (Stanley) Wang, PhD | Assistant Professor, University of Washington Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Wang is a postdoctoral research associate in Civil Engineering at the University of Washington. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from University of Washington. He is a member of the National Institute of Standards and Technology-funded Center for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning. His research focuses on assessment of damage, loss, and recovery of electric power and telecommunication networks, as well as interdependency modeling of community resilience. He is experienced in geospatial and statistical data analysis.




  • Mark Gabel, MSCE, PE, CVS | WSDOT Cost Risk Estimating Manager

With over 25 years of experience in our industry, Mark has earned a reputation as the “go to” guy for our most challenging and unique projects. Mark is a featured speaker on project risk management at national and state conferences and leads a national community of practice for Cost Risk Estimating Management.  Benefits realized under Mark’s leadership include: reduced change orders, enhanced innovation and communication, risk reduction, improved quality, cost and schedule reliability. Mark has a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington.


Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship – Info Session 5/22

Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship

  • UW Information Session: Tuesday, May 22, 4:30pm, Allen Library Auditorium
  • Please RSVP (though drop-ins are welcome)

Who should attend?  Undergraduates planning ahead for graduate school AND incoming first-year PhD students (US citizenship or permanent residency is required)

What fields are included?  Applied physical and biological sciences, math, and engineering (“applied” is broadly construed; get additional details about applicable fields at http://hertzfoundation.org/fellowships/fields).

What will be covered at the info session?  Dr. Vincent Holmberg, Hertz Scholar alum and faculty member in the Department of Chemical Engineering, and Dr. Floris van Breugel, Hertz Scholar alum and Post-Doctoral Scholar in the Department of Biology and the e-Science Institute, will share their insights, advice, tips and answer questions for current and future applicants. Join us to learn more and dispel myths about this opportunity for seniors wishing to pursue PhDs, and first-year grad students, in any of the applied physical and biological sciences, mathematics, and engineering.

What does the Hertz Fellowship provide?  A cost-of-education allowance and a personal-support stipend up to $32,000/year for up to 5 years, the research freedom to pursue their PhD, and mentorship and counsel through the lifelong community of peers.

Concord Engineering (a transportation engr firm) – (Info Session, 5/3, 12:30pm, WIL 264)

Concord Engineering, a transportation engineering and planning firm, will be on campus Thursday, May 3, to host an informational presentation on exploring a career in transportation.

The event will take place on Thursday, May 3 from 12:30PM to 1:30PM at Wilcox Hall room 264. Food and beverages will be provided!!

Please see additional information here.


Apply Now! Grand Challenges Impact Lab: India – WIN19 Study Abroad

Do you want to work on developing solutions that can make a difference, with the real world as your classroom? 

Applications are now being accepted for Grand Challenge Impact Lab (GCIL): India Study Abroad

In Winter Quarter 2019, UW Study Abroad will be offering Grand Challenge Impact Lab (GCIL): Indiaas a 15-credit course.

  • Study global GRAND CHALLENGES
  • Work hands-on to learn IMPACT INNOVATION
  • Design impact VENTURE SOLUTIONS
  • Pitch your idea for SEED FUNDING

Grand Challenges are the big problems facing humanity – things like food security, clean water, and climate change. The Grand Challenge Impact Lab (GCIL): India is a new UW study abroad experience that empowers students to learn about Grand Challenges and propose and test solutions to them. The program offers an active, hands-on learning laboratory and is open to graduate and undergraduate junior and senior students from any department.

Attend an information session to learn more: 

  • Thursday, April 26 at 3:30-4:30pm, in More Hall 110
  • Tuesday, May 1 at 3:30-4:30pm, in Raitt Hall 229
  • Friday, May 4 at 12:30-1:30pm, in More Hall 110
  • Monday, May 7 at 12-1pm, in Anderson Hall 22

Apply now!  Application Deadline is May 15.

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For more information about GCIL India, visit www.courses.washington.edu/gcil/.

Green Dot Active Bystander Training

Prevent sexual assault & relationship violence at UW. Attend the next Green Dot active bystander training on Saturday, April 28th. 

Green Dot is a national research-based program that confronts behaviors associated with power-based personal violence like stalking, harassment, and sexual assault. It relies on the community to take responsibility for increasing care and vigilance by getting us to look out for each other in the world and take action to prevent violence.

Green Dot Active Bystander Training

CEN Business Competition Information Session & Team Formation Night

CEN Business Competition Information Session & Team Formation Night

Wednesday, April 11 from 4 to 6 pm at Denny Hall 213

Have you ever wanted to pitch your business idea in front of investors? Or perhaps present your business ideas in China? Now is your chance! Join CENUW for an information session to learn more about this business competition. Interested in participating but don’t have a team yet? No worries, Team Formation Night event will follow immediately after the info session. Find your team and turn your business idea into reality today. Register here.

For more information about the event, click here.