CWUNews FeedNews Feed IEEE Student Branch attends Rising Stars Conference, 08 Jan 2018 14:28:01<p>The CWU student branch of IEEE (Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineering) sent six members to the IEEE Rising Stars Conference,&nbsp; the premier student event within IEEE Region 6. The IEEE Rising Stars conference brings together the most promising students and young professionals from within the region to network and be inspired by each other and the top tech companies from around the world.&nbsp; The conference was held on Jan 6th-8th in Las Vegas, Nevada.</p><p>For the students who attended, it proved to be a wonderful learning experience, with opportunities to attend educational sessions and network with other engineering students and professionals.</p><p><img alt="" src="/engineering/sites/" style="width: 800px; height: 371px;"></p>Safety degree from Central Washington University becomes GSP qualifying academic program, 07 Nov 2017 14:43:34<p>ELLENSBURG, Wash. Oct. 1, 2017– Central Washington University’s Bachelor of Science in Safety &amp; Health Management program has been reviewed by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) and approved as a Graduate Safety Practitioner® (GSP®) Qualifying Academic Program (QAP), providing the program’s graduates the option to apply with BCSP for the GSP designation after graduation.</p><p>The GSP meets the credential requirement for the Certified Safety Professional® (CSP®), the “gold standard” in safety certification, allowing those who hold the designation to waive the Associate Safety Practitioner® (ASP®) certification examination. It demonstrates accomplishment and commitment to professional development.&nbsp;</p><p>“We welcome Central Washington University’s exceptional safety program and those who graduate from it,” says the CEO of BCSP, Dr. Treasa Turnbeaugh, CSP, ASP, CET, CAE. “Those who graduate from GSP Qualifying Academic Programs have a strong foundation of knowledge that deserves recognition, and BCSP looks forward to supporting them in the development of their careers.”</p><p>A Qualified Academic Program (QAP) is a degree program in safety, health and environmental practices that has been reviewed by BCSP for substantial match to the ASP Exam Blueprint. Central Washington University’s B.S. in Safety &amp; Health Management program review covered the course’s content beginning August 1, 2013; any person having graduated after that time may apply for the GSP.</p><p>More information on Central Washington University’s B.S. in Safety &amp; Health Management program can be found at <a href=""></a> and details on the GSP are available at <a href=""></a>.</p><p><br># # #</p><p>BCSP is recognized as a leader in high-quality credentialing for safety, health, and environmental practitioners (SH&amp;E). BCSP establishes standards for and verifies competency in professional safety practice and evaluates certificants for compliance with recertification requirements. All certifications are accredited or in the process of becoming accredited. BCSP maintains the highest accreditations for its certifications, proving their value through independent, third-party evaluations. Since 1969, over 59,000 individuals have achieved the CSP, SMS, ASP, OHST, CHST, STS, STSC or CET credential. BCSP is a not-for-profit corporation with headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.</p></br>CWU’s BS in Safety and Health Management Degree Program Gains International Accreditation, 04 Oct 2017 09:42:00<p><span style="font-size: 16px;">ELLENSBURG, Washington — Central Washington University’s BS degree program in safety and health management has been accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET), a global accreditor of college and university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering and engineering technology.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 16px;">ABET accreditation assures that programs meet standards to produce graduates ready to enter critical technical fields that are leading the way in innovation and emerging technologies, and anticipating the welfare and safety needs of the public.</span></p><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden" style="flex-basis: 60%; max-width: inherit; font-size: 16px;"><div class="field-items" style="flex-basis: 60%; max-width: inherit;"><div class="field-item even" style="flex-basis: 60%; max-width: inherit;" property="content:encoded"><p style="flex-basis: 60%; max-width: inherit;">“Obtaining accreditation from ABET is a tremendous accomplishment that confirms the high quality of our program, faculty, staff, and students,” noted Paul Ballard, dean of the college of education and professional studies, which includes the health and safety management program.</p><p style="flex-basis: 60%; max-width: inherit;">Sathyanarayanan “Sathy” Rajendran, CWU’s safety and health management program coordinator, added, “This is a great honor for not only our program but for the university.”<img style="border: 3px solid; flex-basis: 60%; max-width: inherit; width: 300px; height: 200px; margin: 3px; float: right;" alt="" src=""></p><p style="flex-basis: 60%; max-width: inherit;">Sought worldwide, ABET’s voluntary peer-review process is highly respected because it adds critical value to academic programs in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines, where quality, precision and safety are of the utmost importance.</p><p style="flex-basis: 60%; max-width: inherit;">Developed by technical professionals from ABET’s member societies, ABET criteria focus on what students experience and learn. ABET accreditation reviews look at program curricula, faculty, facilities and institutional support and are conducted by teams of highly skilled professionals from industry, academia and government, with expertise in the ABET disciplines.</p><p style="flex-basis: 60%; max-width: inherit;">ABET is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). It currently accredits 3709 programs at over 750 colleges and universities in 30 countries.</p><p style="flex-basis: 60%; max-width: inherit;">CWU’s Safety and Health Management program prepares students for careers as occupational safety and health (OS&amp;H) professionals. Through hazard analysis and risk reduction, OS&amp;H professionals create healthy work settings for companies in industries such as agriculture, petrochemical, government, construction, insurance, manufacturing, mining, services, and transportation.</p><p style="flex-basis: 60%; max-width: inherit;">For more information about Central Washington University’s BS degree program in Safety and Health Management, visit&nbsp;<a style="flex-basis: 60%; max-width: inherit;" href=""></a>.</p><p style="flex-basis: 60%; max-width: inherit;"><br style="flex-basis: 60%; max-width: inherit;">Media contact: Chelsie Hadden, Central Washington University Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1457,&nbsp;<a style="flex-basis: 60%; max-width: inherit;" href=""></a>.</p></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-date field-type-datetime field-label-hidden" style="flex-basis: 60%; max-width: inherit; font-size: 16px;"><div class="field-items" style="flex-basis: 60%; max-width: inherit;"><div class="field-item even" style="flex-basis: 60%; max-width: inherit;"><span class="date-display-single" style="flex-basis: 60%; max-width: inherit;" content="2017-09-08T00:00:00-07:00" property="dc:date" datatype="xsd:dateTime">Friday, September 8, 2017</span></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></span style="font-size: 16px;"></span style="font-size: 16px;"></div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden" style="flex-basis: 60%; max-width: inherit; font-size: 16px;"></div class="field-items" style="flex-basis: 60%; max-width: inherit;"></div class="field-item even" style="flex-basis: 60%; max-width: inherit;" property="content:encoded"></p style="flex-basis: 60%; max-width: inherit;"></p style="flex-basis: 60%; max-width: inherit;"></p style="flex-basis: 60%; max-width: inherit;"></p style="flex-basis: 60%; max-width: inherit;"></p style="flex-basis: 60%; max-width: inherit;"></p style="flex-basis: 60%; max-width: inherit;"></p style="flex-basis: 60%; max-width: inherit;"></p style="flex-basis: 60%; max-width: inherit;"></br style="flex-basis: 60%; max-width: inherit;"></a style="flex-basis: 60%; max-width: inherit;" href=""></div class="field field-name-field-date field-type-datetime field-label-hidden" style="flex-basis: 60%; max-width: inherit; font-size: 16px;"></div class="field-items" style="flex-basis: 60%; max-width: inherit;"></div class="field-item even" style="flex-basis: 60%; max-width: inherit;"></span class="date-display-single" style="flex-basis: 60%; max-width: inherit;" content="2017-09-08T00:00:00-07:00" property="dc:date" datatype="xsd:dateTime">ETSC301 STUDENTS TUTORS NEEDED, 24 Jan 2017 15:48:08<p>I am looking for former students from ETSC301, Engineering Project Cost Analysis, who are interested in working as tutors. If interested, please see Professor Olson or send an email at</p><p>Thanks,</p><p>Darren Olson</p>CWU Leads Project to Improve Safety for Mechanical Contracting Industry, 08 Sep 2016 07:49:57<p>CWU is part of a project that will lower risk and improve safety in one of America’s most dangerous industries. With $199,944 from the Washington Department of Labor and Industries Safety and Health Investment Projects (SHIP) grant program, the project team will produce a best practices handbook for mechanical crafts. It will be published in English and Spanish.</p><p>Oftentimes best practices originate and end on a single project — there is no common medium to share worker innovations with other mechanical contractors and the industry as a whole. CWU is collaborating with Comfort Systems USA Northwest, McKinstry, and Oregon State University to identify and publish these safe and innovative work practices.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="/engineering/sites/" style="line-height: 16.8px; width: 100px; height: 150px; float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">“This project will make a major impact in the world of construction safety,” said </span>Sathy<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> </span>Rajendran<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> (pictured), grant project manager and director of </span>CWU’s<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> safety and health management program. “This kind of collaboration, thought leadership, and </span>proactivity<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> is exactly what we need to truly enhance safety and health performance for construction workers across the state and throughout the industry.”</span></p><p>CWU’s premier safety and health management program prepares excellent safety professionals for the construction trade and various other industries. Its construction safety minor is the only one of its kind in the country.</p><p>“The mechanical contracting industry is one of America’s most dangerous—but it doesn’t have to be that way,” said Ali Vahed, a grant team member and safety risk analyst at McKinstry, a national designer, builder, and operator of high-performance buildings. “Mechanical contractors have developed innovative best practices to prevent injuries over the years, but there’s never been a common medium for compiling and sharing those innovations until now. We’ll be setting the bar for best-in-class safety.”</p><p>The $199,944 L&amp;I Safety and Health Investment Projects (SHIP) grant is funded over 18 months when the grant team will collect, develop, refine and produce a collection of “Safe and Innovative Best Work Practices for Mechanical Crafts” in both English and Spanish.</p><p>Administered by Washington’s Department of Labor &amp; Industries, SHIP’s purpose is to fund and support projects that prevent workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities. This partnership is the first SHIP grant addressing occupational safety and health as it relates to the mechanical construction industry.</p><p>Media contact: Barb Arnott, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-2841,</p><p>September 8, 2016</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">Safety and Health Management Program Advisor Honored with Excellence Award, 01 Jul 2016 14:25:49<p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Jerry&nbsp;</span>Shupe<span style="line-height: 1.4;">,&nbsp;</span>who<span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;serves on the Industry Advisory Board for CWU’s <a href="" target="_blank">Safety and Health Management Program</a>, has been honored with the 2016 Construction Health and Safety Technician&nbsp;Award of Excellence. The Board of Certified Safety Professionals&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><a href="" target="_blank">announced</a> the 2016 Award of Excellence recipients on June 29, 2016.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Shupe,&nbsp;</span>CSP<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, ASP, CHST, is the corporate director of safety and health for </span>Hensel<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Phelps, a national, full-service facilities solutions provider, with corporate headquarters in Colorado. </span>Shupe<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> received his undergraduate degree in occupational safety and health from Montana Tech. </span></p><p>Read the <a href="" target="_blank">rest of the BCSP announcement</a> on its website.&nbsp;</p><p>June 30, 2016</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">Construction Majors Build Benches for Local School, 08 Jun 2016 11:36:26<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/engineering/sites/" style="line-height: 16.8px; width: 480px; height: 492px;"></p><p>No friends? No problem. Buddy benches have arrived at Mount Stuart Elementary’s playground.</p><p>The concept of a buddy bench is simple: if students don’t have a friend to play with during recess, they sit on the bench and wait for someone to make friends with them.</p><p>The benches are meant to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground, and they were community member Linnet Botkin’s brainchild.</p><p>“I hear about bullying and it breaks my heart,” Botkin said. “I like the thought that there’s somewhere a child might go and just sit and other people would be aware and come over and say ‘want to come over and play?’”</p><p>Botkin connected with the construction management department at Central Washington University. Dr. Warren Plugge, a construction management professor, gathered about eight students to build three wooden benches in the Hogue building on campus.</p><p>Read the <a href="" target="_blank">rest of this story</a> by By JULIA MARTINEZ in the Daily Record.</p><p>CWU construction management students who built the benches are: Matt Offe, Casey Hattrup, Daniel Inman, Jessica Harris, Charles ‘Reno’ Wiebe, Dan Adams, Russell Davis, Caleb Phillips, and Kelly O’Donnell.</p><p>June 6, 2016</p></p style="text-align: center;">New Wind Turbine Installed on Hogue, 26 May 2016 11:30:40<p>ETSC Graduate Teaching Assistant Michael Waytuck led the way for a new wind turbine to be installed on the Hogue Technology Building!&nbsp;</p><p>Further details here: <a href=""></a></p><p><iframe class="youtube-player" scrolling="no" src="//" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" frameborder="0" height="270" width="480"></iframe></p>Mixed-use team wins construction competition, 09 Mar 2016 08:23:38<p>In a 16-hour cram session, six&nbsp;CWU&nbsp;students estimated material and labor costs, built a work schedule, and addressed on-the-job challenges for a multimillion-dollar construction project.</p><p>Then they presented their plan to a panel of judges—which happened to include the contracting firm that actually built the California project.</p><p>The firm,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Morley Builders</a>, was so impressed with their work, it named&nbsp;CWU&nbsp;the winner of the mixed-use division at the Associated Schools of Construction&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">student competition</a>&nbsp;last month in Nevada. Although&nbsp;CWU&nbsp;has placed first in other divisions, this is the first time a&nbsp;CWU&nbsp;mixed-use team has won in more than 20 years of competing.</p><p>Morley also offered jobs to all six team members and donated $1,500 to&nbsp;CWU’s&nbsp;construction management program.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/engineering/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 283px; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px;"></p><p>Students (pictured from left) Matt&nbsp;Offe,&nbsp;Kasey&nbsp;Hattrup,&nbsp;Shane Small,&nbsp;Rachael Evans, Salvador&nbsp;Arellanes, and&nbsp;Tanner Wallace,&nbsp;competed against eight other teams from universities in California, Oregon, and Washington.</p><p>“When our team was announced the winner it brought a lot of us to tears,” Matt&nbsp;Offe&nbsp;said. “We wanted to win.”</p><p>They were coached by Professor Dave&nbsp;Carns&nbsp;(pictured far right), coordinator of&nbsp;CWU’s&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">construction management program</a>, and&nbsp;CWU&nbsp;alumni Rich Wells and Bret Porter of Puyallup-based&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Absher&nbsp;Construction</a>.</p><p>“It was almost like we were set up to win. There was no possible way to fail with the resources that Central provided us,” said&nbsp;Offe, who has a job with&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Walsh Construction</a>&nbsp;after he graduates in June.</p><p>On the morning of the contest, the teams are given a binder and external flash drive with specs to a real construction project. There are subcontractor dilemmas and other challenges, such as materials shortages, built into the exercise.</p><p>The goal is to provide the judges an estimate of what the project will cost—from concrete and rebar, to labor and overhead; put together a schedule; and address the challenges.</p><p>“It’s odd, because you’re talking to the team that actually built the project,”&nbsp;Offe&nbsp;said.</p><p>Rachael Evans, who will work for&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Mortenson&nbsp;Construction</a>&nbsp;after graduation, said the competition is a bit overwhelming.</p><p>“The hotel we stayed at was crawling with students from prestigious&nbsp;universities&nbsp;and recruiters&nbsp;from large construction companies,” Evans said. “We were one of the smallest schools invited to compete. This was something we practiced for all year.”</p><p>Evans said the win was a great way to wrap up her college career. “I&nbsp;truly&nbsp;love everyone in this program and appreciate the opportunities that have been&nbsp;available to me,” she said.</p><p>Professor Carns, who’s accompanied CWU teams to every ASC student competition, said it’s an important experience to have on a resume.</p><p>“When construction students interview for jobs it seems they’re always asked if they participated on a Reno team because employers know how valuable it is,” Carns said.</p><p>The Construction Management Program at CWU is accredited by the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">American Council for Construction Education</a>. Graduates of the program have a nearly 100 percent hiring rate with starting salaries of about $60,000. The program is student-focused with&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">state-of-the-art facilities</a>, small class sizes, and an emphasis on hands-on labs.</p><p><em>Media contact: Barb Arnott, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-2841,&nbsp;<a href=""></a></em></p><p>March 7, 2016</p></p style="text-align: center;"></a href="">CWU’s Occupational Safety Degree Program One of Top Five in Nation, 23 Nov 2015 13:46:44<p><img alt="" src="/engineering/sites/" style="width: 232px; height: 217px; margin-left: 6px; margin-right: 6px; float: left;">The Safety and Health Management (SHM) program at Central Washington University has been named as the fifth best value occupational safety degree program in the United States. The ranking, performed by College Values Online considered tuition, financial aid, return on investment, and the number of minors, concentrations, or areas of emphases offered.</p><p>“I am proud, but not really surprised, to see our program so highly ranked,” said Sathyanarayanan “Sathy” Rajendran, SHM director. “We have developed a rigorous program that seeks to advance industry standards. We want our students to lead developments in health and safety protocols.”</p><p>The SHM program is one of two bachelor’s-level safety programs in the western United States. It now enrolls more than 75 students annually and, each year, graduates 25 industry-ready professionals. In addition, there are two program minors available in construction safety, and safety and health management. Due to the demand, and the excellence of the program, SHM graduates enjoy a near 100 percent employment rate, with an average starting salary of $60,000.</p><p>In the past 40 years, the program has graduated more than 500 safety and health management professionals. More than 80 percent of them are now employed in Washington, Oregon, and California, where the majority work in construction, insurance, and manufacturing.</p><p>College Value Online’s mission is to provide assistance in selecting&nbsp; the best college for each individual situation by offering rankings of&nbsp; schools and various degree programs, in addition to information on&nbsp; numerous career options from a value perspective. For more information, go to</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p></br>