Day: November 14, 2017

Funding for Students to Attend NCSU Women in Engineering Program, March 1-2, 2018

I’m writing to let you know about an opportunity for engineering undergraduate and Master’s students to attend a Women in Engineering Event at North Carolina State University.  The “We are W.E. (Women in Engineering) Program” is a networking and recruiting event within Civil Engineering Department at North Carolina State University to encourage the presence of women in civil engineering research and academics. As part of this program, we are happy to support travel for undergraduate and Master’s students who are interested in civil engineering research to visit NCSU on March 1-2, 2018.  The We are W.E. Program will include a research workshop, career-focused seminar and panel, poster symposium, and meetings with professors. Please distribute this email and attached application as much as possible to students and direct any questions to Emily Berglund at and Joel Ducoste at Additional information is at
Thanks for your support and help with getting the word out!
The We are WE Committee
Emily Berglund
Ashly Cabas Mijares
Joel Ducoste

Short Term 16 day Study Abroad Opportunity – UWP 3030 Cycling Infrastructure in The Netherlands

Hello Civil & Environmental Engineering Students –

Are you interested in studying abroad, but also want to get a summer internship? How about 16 days of bicycling around the world famous cycling infrastructure in The Netherlands (Netherlands where 27% of ALL their daily trips are made by bicycle and it’s easy riding – it is flat terrain!) where we will study bicycle infrastructure, work with students at a Dutch university, meet professionals who plan and design, and so much more? The course runs Sunday, May 20 – Monday, June 4 – plenty of time for you to get back for an internship. The course is offered out of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering Department (by a professor who is a MTU Civil Engineering aluma), yet is available to students at other campuses, such as Michigan Tech, as well.

View the promotional video of the course to catch a glimpse of what you’ll get to experience.

Join us on a 16 day course cycling throughout The Netherlands while studying the world famous cycling infrastructure. Click here to start the application pro…
We will spend 16 days bicycling in large cities (Amsterdam, Zwolle, Utrecht, Houten, Rotterdam, Eindhoven) and small towns in The Netherlands. We will work with students and faculty at Windesheim University and professional designers and planners of the amazing Dutch cycling network. We travel within cities by bicycle and between cities using their sophisticated passenger rail system. This course will give you hands on experience using and understanding how a country creates safe cycling infrastructure. 27% of ALL trips in the Netherlands are made by bicycle! Take this course to experience that!
Explore The Netherlands in Europe while earning course credit! On the UW-Platteville campus This course counts for 3 credits of technical elective in civil and environmental engineering AND for 3 credits of international education general education credits. I am happy to help work with your department to see how this course can transfer back to Michigan Tech.
*bonus – you can even extend your time in Europe by staying longer…come to the meeting to learn how! Grab your friends and backpack around Europe after the course is over – your airfare may even be cheaper!
Also attached is a flier that shows the course details. Note that the cost is listed at $4200 per person- this is the ‘high’ cost – as soon as there are at least 8 people signed up (the cap is 12 students), we can purchase our airline tickets and solidify the airfare, which will likely be lower than my budgeted amount.  This cost includes the 3 credit course, round trip airfare from Chicago, 5 day Eurail pass, bicycle rentals, all hotels and hostels, all breakfasts, and bus transfers. Funds not spent will be refunded to you.
You can start the application process and sign up for the course here.
For more information, please feel free to contact me,

Kristina Fields
Associate Professor
Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
(608) 342-1533

University of Michigan Civil Engineering two-semester programs!

Good Afternoon,

I am writing to ask for your help in introducing our new 8-month Master of Engineering programs to your students. I have attached a flyer outlining the options. Information about all of our Master’s programs can be found on our website: Information about applying can be found here:
Please help us advertise these M.Eng. programs by posting the attached flyer in your student services area, and forwarding it to any students you think may be interested.
Jessica Randolph
Graduate Programs Coordinator
University of Michigan
Civil & Environmental Engineering
2166 GG Brown
2350 Hayward
Ann Arbor, MI  48109-2125


Job Posting: Railroad Structural EIT Opportunity at Olsson Associates

Olsson Associates is looking for a highly motivated new graduate with interest in Railroad Structural design who can help us fill our immediate needs.  We have many opportunities with Union Pacific and Burlington Northern and serve many different disciplines within the Railroad Industry that we need help with right away! Below are a few qualifications we are looking for in a structures candidate:


  • Highly recommended by faculty and staff
  • Highly motivated, team player who wants a collaborative, energetic and flexible work environment
  • Willing to travel (mostly West of Chicago for UPRR and BNSF projects)
  • Based in Omaha, NE (home of UPRR Headquarters)
  • Heavy interest in Rail Structures with related coursework, design knowledge and capabilities
  • Passed (or ready to sit for) the Fundamentals of Engineering test to be an EIT
  • MicroStation CAD work will be required.  If the candidate doesn’t have these skills, we can train them.


Olsson Associates has a very competitive starting salary great benefits and we have immediate availability for someone to start after graduation, or work part time until graduation finishes. If you can think of any interested candidates that you could send our way or would like to discuss the opportunities more, feel free to give me a call.  Thank you so much for your time and consideration.


Shane N. Potts, PE | Olsson Associates

2111 South 67th Street, Suite 200 | Omaha, NE 68106 |

TEL 402.341.1116 | CELL 402.880.6408 | FAX 402.341.5895

Student research development opportunity

The Pavlis Honors College is hosting a series of research-related workshops designed to educate students on best practices to enhance their research efforts.  The next workshop in the series will be held on Tuesday evening, November 14 from 6-7pm in Library 243.  The focus of this workshop is “How Not to Plagiarize!” and will be facilitated by the Library’s Jenn Sams.  The workshop is open to anyone on campus interested in learning more about this topic so that they can apply it to their research endeavors.  A list of upcoming workshops can be found here.

Registration will reopen TONIGHT: Additional course sections have been added

Spring registration had closed for a few days but will reopen on Tuesday, November 14 at 10pm.

Schedule additions:

  1. Additional section of CEE3810 (Soil Mechanics) lab, Thursdays, 8-11 am.
  2. Humanities has added another section of HU 2830, Public Speaking and Multimedia and HU 2810 Research and Writing in Communication.  Both of these courses count for the Communication/Composition requirement.
  3. Humanities also added another section of HU 2503 Introduction to Literature, which is on the Critical And Creative Thinking list.
  4. Humanities has added an online section of HU 3120, Technical and Professional Communication.  There are 9 spaces available in that course.
  5. First year students who have scores of 3 or higher on the AP Spanish exam but weren’t able to take Spanish in the fall can take HU 3293 and get the same 9 placement credits after finishing with a B or higher. We are not able to offer HU 3294, 3295, or 3296 this spring (these are the classes designated for students with AP credit).  HU 3293 counts as an alternative to UN 1025 Global Issues.