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November 16, 2016

Spring 2017 GLOBE BLUE Application

GLOBE connects Blue members (experienced domestic and international students) with Orange members (new international students) and teams them up in small groups to participate in various activities and events.

Apply ( for the Blue members (of Global Leaders Orange and Blue Engagement (GLOBE)!

GLOBE offers you an opportunity to make connections with Orange members (new international students) and build these friendships throughout the semester.

GLOBE coordinators team up the members into cohorts of 4-7 students Members meet as a cohort for at least one hour each week Members attend monthly GLOBE sponsored events Examples of GLOBE sponsored events include: ice skating, international potluck, campus “Amazing Race,” service and sightseeing Members are invited to other events on and off camp us

For more details, please visit:

November 15, 2016

Job Title: Assistant / Associate / Full Professor (Geomatics Engineering)

Posting Number: P00869UF

Department: Sch of Civil/Constr Engr (ECC)

Posting Quicklink:

The School of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 9-month, Tenure Track Assistant Professor position in Geomatics Engineering to begin in Fall 2017. Outstanding candidates may also be considered at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. Hire with tenure requires candidate’s dossier to be successfully reviewed by the Promotion and Tenure Committee and Office of Academic Affairs.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to teach and conduct research in the broad area of Geomatics Engineering. We are particularly interested in candidates with demonstrated expertise in advanced visualization science (e.g., visualization, geospatial analytics, geodetic positioning, boundary law, photogrammetry, Structure from Motion, InSAR, lidar, remote sensing, GNSS, and GIS) within Civil Engineering and Land Surveying Applications (e.g., property surveying, connected vehicles, smart cities, natural hazards engineering, infrastructure resilience, and asset management).

The OSU College of Engineering has committed to being recognized as a national model of inclusivity and collaboration. We strive to develop a community of faculty, students, and staff that is inclusive, collaborative, diverse, and centered on student success. As such, we seek applicants who will broaden our capacity to advance student success across individual identities, racial/ethnic categories and socioeconomic backgrounds.

The School of Civil and Construction Engineering has formed a strategic partnership with industry partners Leica Geosystems and David Evans and Associates to provide state-of-the-art equipment and software. The geomatics group maintains a wide array of technologies including unmanned aircraft systems, terrestrial and mobile laser scanners, virtual reality facilities, and current digital surveying instruments. The School offers B.S., M.S., M. Eng., and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering, as well as a B.S. degree in Construction Engineering Management. The School has approximately 1000 undergraduate and 185 graduate students. The faculty includes 39 members, with areas of specialization that include construction engineering management, engineering education, geomatics engineering, geotechnical engineering, infrastructure materials engineering, ocean and coastal engineering, structural engineering, surveying, transportation engineering, and water resources engineering.

Required Qualifications: The successful candidate must have earned a Ph.D. in Engineering or related field by date of employment; demonstrate the potential to develop and/or maintain an externally funded independent research program, to publish peer-reviewed scholarly papers in the academic discipline, and to collaborate with researchers across disciplines that are represented in the School of Civil and Construction Engineering, the College of Engineering, and/or the University; be able to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in geomatics engineering; demonstrate commitment to promoting and enhancing inclusiveness, collaboration and diversity. To be considered at the Associate Professor or Professor level, the candidate must have teaching experience, research experience and publications commensurate with these levels to be granted the same rank at Oregon State University. The School is committed to maintaining and enhancing a diverse environment and the candidate must demonstrate a strong commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

Preferred Qualifications: Passed or demonstrated interest in completing the fundamentals of survey or fundamentals of engineering exam. Obtained or is interested in pursuing P.E. or P.L.S. licensure. For hire at the Associate Professor and Professor levels, it is preferred that this academic rank has already been granted at a major university.

Applications received on or before December 31, 2016 will receive full consideration, applications will be accepted after this date until the position is filled. To apply, upload CV, cover letter, references, teaching statement, research statement, and diversity statement. For detailed information, please visit the OSU website to view posting and apply, and search the School of Civil and Construction Engineering, Posting #P00869UF

OSU seeks diversity as a source of enrichment for our university community. OSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

Information about the School of Civil and Construction Engineering may be found at


Michael Olsen
Associate Professor of Geomatics
School of Civil and Construction Engineering
Oregon State University

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Surveying Engineering, ASCE

Phone:  (541)-737-9327

November 14, 2016

Join GradSWE at Illini Union on Saturday, January 28, 2017 for our flagship initiative, the Women Empowered in STEM (weSTEM) conference. During this annual event, leaders in academia and industry will share experience and insight from their diverse career paths following a graduate degree in STEM. Conference includes panel discussions and breakout sessions to facilitate one-on-one interactions with these accomplished speakers. We are excited to announce that the Director of Sandia National Labs, Jill Hruby, will be giving the closing keynote. Learn more about the 2017 conference schedule and speakers at Registration is open to ALL graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Fewer than 30 spots are still available, so register now at!


November 14, 2016

The College of Engineering will offer the inaugural Engineering Leadership Initiative for Teaching Excellence (ELITE) course, ENG 598 TL, in the upcoming Spring 2017 semester.  This course will help graduate teaching assistants develop their abilities as teachers while also providing training in critical leadership skills.  The course will count toward the CITL Graduate Teaching Certificate and the Foundations of Teaching Certificate.

November 11, 2016

The National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program (NDSEG) supports US citizens & nationals who are pursuing doctorates in select STEM fields and conducting research on topics relevant to national defense. Fellowships offer three years of support, including a $34,000 annual stipend along with full coverage of tuition and mandatory fees. 

To qualify, students must have completed less than two full-time years of graduate studies in the discipline in which they are applying.  Eligible disciplines include Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering, Biosciences, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Cognitive/Neural/Behavioral Sciences, Computer/Computational Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Geosciences, Materials Science & Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering, Oceanography, and Physics. 

Students apply directly to NDSEG, and applications are due December 9.  Attached please find a brochure for the program.  For additional details on the fellowship as well as links to helpful resources, see the NDSEG listing in our Fellowship Finder database.

More information: Contact Ken Vickery, Director, External Fellowships, Graduate College