EVENT: Year-End BBQ on Friday, June 13th

Put your finals behind you and celebrate the end of the academic year with your fellow civil engineering students!



WHAT: End-of-Year BBQ!

WHEN: Friday, 6/13 @ 5:30pm

WHERE: Laurelhurst Park, Picnic Area A (SE Oak St & SE 33rd Ave)

NOTE: All welcome!

EVENTS: 5/21 Lunch-&-Learn: “St. Johns Bridge Inspectors” & Other Events



Learn about the recently completed comprehensive inspection of the 83 year old St. John’s bridge and enjoy some pizza too!

WHAT: St. John’s Bridge Inspectors Lunch & Learn

WHEN: Wednesday, 5/21 @ 12pm


NOTE: Pizza will be provided!



garden-gnomes-decor4Kickoff your Memorial Day weekend with an evening of food and games at the Civil Engineering Department’s Hoophouse! We are bringing students, faculty and civil engineering professionals together to enjoy our department’s newest lab space, celebrate the accomplishments of the ASCE chapter, and socialize. Garden party attire requested. The hoophouse is located west of the Millar Library,and south of SRTC.


WHAT: Greenhouse Warming Party

WHEN: Friday, 5/23 @ 5:30pm

WHERE: PSU Hoop House/ Greenhouse located west of the Hillar Library & South of SRTC

NOTE: Snacks and games will be provided. Garden attire is requested but not required.


End of Year BBQ in 2013

WHAT: End-of-Year BBQ!

WHEN: Friday, 6/13 @ 4pm

WHERE: Laurelhurst Park

NOTE: Put your finals behind you and celebrate the end of the academic year with your fellow civil engineering students!



NEWS: ASCE 2014-2015 Officer Elections

Elections for the 2014-2015 Officers are here! The offices up for vote are:

  • Vice President
  • Concrete Canoe Captain
  • Steel Bridge Captain
  • Activities Coordinator*
  • Communications Coordinator
  • Fundraising Coordinator
  • Outreach Coordinator*

Voting will take place from now until 5pm Thursday, May 22nd. Ballots and a ballot box are at the front desk of the CEE office (2nd floor). Candidate statements are included, so you can learn more about your future officers. We have some great people running this year, so don’t forget to vote!


EVENTS: Upcoming Events

ASCE Oregon and Geotechnical Group Joint Meeting

Wednesday, May 14th; 6pm Social Hour, 7pm Dinner

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Lake Oswego

Program: Shaking out a Plan for Disaster: ODOT’s strategic planning for a seismically resilient highway system

Speakers: Curran Mohney, CEG and Albert Nako, PE, Oregon Department of Transportation

RSVP: Please RSVP before noon on Monday May 12th, by emailing Karen Peinl at kap@foundationengr.com.  If you prefer any special dietary meal (vegetarian, Gluten free, dairy free, etc.) please let us know when you RSVP.  The event coordinator will NOT take your order at the event.

Cost: $35.00, cash or check, Students are sponsored by Geotech Group, RSVP required.

Details:  See flyer



Southwest Washington Branch

Wind Power

Wednesday, May 14th 12:00pm

Hometown Buffet

7809 NE Vancouver Plaza Dr.

Vancouver, WA 98662

Alex Lockard, P.E., Assistant Construction Project Manager and Civil Engineer with Vestas-American Wind Technology, Inc., will share some of the engineering components of wind power.

Cost for attending is $15 and includes buffet style lunch and 0.5 hours of PDH credit. Contact Ryan Jeynes at ryan.jeynes@cityofbg.org with questions about the meeting.


Capital Branch

Woodburn Interchange
Thursday, May 15th 12:00-1:00pm
626 High St. NE, Salem, OR 97301

Presenters: John Lucas & Alan Fox
Cost: $15

Younger Member Forum “Welcome to the Profession” Event

Wednesday, May 21st 4:30-7:00 PM

Kleinfelder Beaverton – 9200A SW Nimbus Ave, Beaverton, OR

With graduation just around the corner, YMF would like to celebrate with this fun student-professional mixer

RSVP: please RSVP to oregonymf@gmail.com so we have enough food for everyone.

Cost: Free. Pizza, drinks, and games included.



Society of American Military Engineers

Implementation of the Willamette Project Biological Opinions – Workshop

May 22nd, 2014


Portland State University – Center for Executive and Professional Education

1500 SW 1st Ave #100B, Portland OR 97201

SPEAKERS: Ian Chane, Program Manager with responsibility for implementation of biological opinions, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Jeff Ament,   U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


For reservations: Email or call Kari Nichols, SAME VP of Youth and Education at kari.nichols@meadhunt.com / 503-548-1494
For more information: http://posts.same.org/portland/
Finally, check out the newest CE student group, Women in Transportation! From the WTS chapter:

“We are excited to announce that a new Women in Transportation Seminar (WTS) Student Chapter is forming at Portland State University! Please help us welcome this new chapter at their first ever event.
Come to learn about the benefits of a WTS Student Membership. Several transportation professionals from a variety of local organizations will also attend this event to show support for the new chapter. We are asking professionals that attend to share, and recruit for, the latest internships and job opportunities at their organizations. This will be an excellent networking opportunity! There will also be opportunity to share your ideas for future membership benefits and chapter events. We encourage all students, faculty and professionals with an interest in transportation to attend this event – it is open to all genders (we encourage men to attend!) and all majors.
LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED! Please RSVP early as space is limited.
OR… RSVP via the event facebook page
WTS is an international organization dedicated to building the future of transportation through the global advancement of women.
WTS Programs and Benefits for Students Include:
- Networking with high-level industry experts
- Professional Development Programs
- Leadership Training
- Scholarship Opportunities
- Travel Grants
- Discounted registration at events
Join us, Thursday, May 8, 12:15-1pm at PSU Engineering Building, Room 315 (ITS Lab)
1930 SW Fourth Avenue
Contact bell2@pdx.edu with questions”

NEWS: ASCE Student Chapter Officer Elections!

ASCE’s spring officer elections are upon us! Serving as an officer in the ASCE student chapter is an excellent way to hone organizational skills, meet and network with civil engineering professionals, begin building your career as a civil engineer, and so much more. ASCE _PSU_Student Chapter Logo

The positions up for election are: 
Vice President
Steel Bridge Captain *
Concrete Canoe Captain *
Fundraising Coordinator *
Activities Coordinator *
Outreach Coordinator *
Communications Coordinator *
(position descriptions below)
No experience is required to become an ASCE officer, and we welcome candidates of all class standings within the CEE program. If you are interested in running for one of these positions, please email asce.psu@gmail.com with your candidate statement by 5 pm on Friday, May 29. (Your candidate statement is a short message that will appear on the ballot that introduces yourself and explains your interest/goals in that position). Elections will be held the week of May 12-16. Voting will be performed by filling out a paper ballot at the CEE front desk.
*The positions indicated with a ‘*’ are positions for which it is permissible to run on a two-person ticket. This means if you have a classmate that you know you work well with, and with whom you would like to share the responsibilities of that position, you may submit a 2-person nomination and you both will appear on the ballot as a single voting option. 
The general responsibilities of an officer entail attending the weekly officer meeting, and ensuring the smooth operation of our chapter’s activities. We are all engineering students, and understand that our education comes first, so all of the officers try and help one another out with tasks when things get busy for a particular individual (and good communication is key). Specific responsibilities for each elected position are listed below: 
Vice President
The Vice President assists with or fills roles of the various officer positions as needed. If the President cannot be present to lead meetings or host ASCE-sponsored events, the Vice President will take the President’s place as the voice of the organization. The Vice President is the most flexible role, with duties fluctuating greatly depending on the time of the year and the relative workloads of other officers. The ideal candidate is organized and dependable, and has good teamwork and time management skills.
Fundraising Coordinator
The Fundraising Coordinator works with the Student Activities and Leadership Programs (SALP) and the Civil Engineering Department to solicit corporate donations, and also develops projects for raising funds through on-campus events. Prior fundraising experience would be useful but is not a requirement. The Fundraising Coordinator should be present, when possible, at YMF and ASCE Oregon events and meetings.
Activities Coordinator
The Activities Coordinator plans and organizes student chapter activities and events. The activities should include, but are not limited to, professional presentations (Lunch & Learns), field trips, and social events.
Outreach and Public Relations Coordinator 
Outreach/PR Coordinator works to recruit PSU ASCE membership and student involvement through classroom visits, presentations, tabling events, and outreach. They are also in charge of our community service activities, which could include Habitat for Humanity workdays, involvement with Engineers Week in February, and involvement with MESA and MESA Day.
Communications Coordinator 
The Communications Coordinator is in charge of updating and maintaining the ASCE website, as well as our Facebook and Orgsync accounts. The Communications Manager will also create and post flyers for PSU ASCE events.
Steel Bridge Captain 
The Steel Bridge Captain will manage the steel bridge project for the regional and national ASCE student design competition. The steel bridge captain shall assign additional leadership positions within the team including but not limited to: project manager, finance specialist, and construction manager. The steel bridge captain shall recruit members for the competitive team and promote the project to interested parties. The current steel bridge captain must endorse a captain for next year’s team prior to officer elections. The endorsement will be indicated on the election ballot.
Concrete Canoe Captain 
The Concrete Canoe Captain will manage the concrete canoe project for the regional and national ASCE student design competition. The concrete canoe captain shall assign additional leadership positions within the team including but not limited to: project manager, finance specialist, and construction manager. The concrete canoe captain shall recruit members for the competitive team and promote the project to interested parties. The concrete canoe captain must endorse a captain for next year’s team prior to officer elections. The endorsement will be indicated on the election ballot.
Please email us with any questions you may have about the positions, running, or the elections process. The winners of the spring election will join Joanna Westrich (President-Elect), Joel Bettencourt (Treasurer-Elect), and Rachel Fast (Secretary-Elect) as the 2014-2015 PSU ASCE Officer Corps. We can’t wait for you to join us!

EVENT: Lunch-&-Learn May 1st at 4PM in EB 310

Please join us and enjoy a slice of pizza and learn about the history of one of this country’s most iconic civil engineering projects. All are welcome, so bring your friends!
We are proud to welcome Paul Giroux, recipient of the ASCE 2013 Civil Engineering History and Heritage Award, and a senior engineer with Kiewit. Paul was the ASCE Chairman for the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary in 2012, and in 2008 he was the ASCE Chairman and featured speaker for the Brooklyn Bridge 125th Celebration in New York.
WHAT: Learn-and-Learn
WHEN: Thursday, May 1st @ 4PM

EVENT: ASCE PNW Student Conference

Conference T- shirts!

The ASCE PNW Student Conference starts tomorrow, 4/24 and goes to 4/26! Check out the conference website and facebook page for more information:

Website: http://www.asce.pdx.edu/pnwsc2014/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/2014ascepnwconference

Schedule: http://www.asce.pdx.edu/pnwsc2014/schedule/









EVENT: Conference KickOff Celebration 4/16

Want to know more about Portland State’s hosting of the 2014 ASCE Student Conference? Want to join Portland State’s concrete bowling team? Or compete in the Engineering Knowledge Bowl or one of the many fun competitions? Come join the Conference Kickoff Celebration!

WHAT: PNW ASCE Student Conference Kickoff Celebration

WHEN: Wednesday, April 16 @ 12:15


NOTES: Visit the conference website for more information: www.asce.pdx.edu/pnwsc2014/


EVENT: EWRG Meeting March 26th


Come hear PSU CEE alum, Wenwei Xu, speak at at the next EWRG Meeting at Lucky Lab. The topic is “Development of a 2-D River Hydrodynamic and Temperature Model Based on CE-QUAL-W2.” See the attached flyer for details!


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There will be a MESA meeting this upcoming Friday (March 7th), from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. It will be located at the MESA office room 104. For this meeting, we will test build some of the challenges, and if time permits, (hopefully) we can try to think of the list of materials/ rules for the competitions. We are in need of volunteers and all are welcome to join! There will be donuts so bring your friends!
Date: March 7th, Friday
Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 am
Location: MESA office (Engineering Building 104)

MESA is an after school program for underrepresented and minority students to engage in the science, math, and engineering activities. Middle school and high school students will have the opportunity to develop teamwork and problem-solving skills during the annual MESA Day, held at Portland State University. MESA Day will have four On-the-Spot Challenges, and competitions for students to participate in. This is an exciting and fun event for volunteers and students to get involved! If you would like to find out more about MESA and MESA Day, please visit the Oregon MESA website (http://oregonmesa.org/).

If you would like to know about MESA Day or the challenges please contact the individual below:


Anne Ng

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