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Chevron is looking for mostly intern candidates but also a few graduating seniors or masters level as permanent hires into our facilities engineering and petroleum engineering areas. Candidates should have a strong GPA (generally 3.5 or above) and the ability to demonstrate leadership experience. Intern candidates should be at least a sophomore this year.
In addition to the above, I am also recruiting for Chevron’s Health Environment and Safety department. I am specifically looking for intern candidates (again with a strong GPA and leadership experience) who are at least juniors and preferably seniors intending to complete a master’s program in environmental engineering or in the areas of safety and risk. We also have opportunities in these areas for graduating seniors and master’s but have a more limited number of positions open.
Interested students should stop by the career fair on Wednesday. If they are interested in environment or safety, they can ask to speak to me.
Jean M. Bruney
Corporate Process Safety and Risk Manager
Chevron Corporation 6001 Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon, CA 94583-2324
Manhard Consulting is seeking Civil/Staff Engineers graduating in December 2014 to join their site development engineering teams in Vernon Hills, Illinois; Lombard, Illinois, and Colorado offices. Attached is a detailed job description for your review.
We are pleased to invite you to the Princeton-UChicago 2014 Quantitative Trading Conference. The conference will feature speakers and panelists from leading trading firms, banks, and hedge funds from around the country. Our industry speakers will provide real trading and quant insights from the trenches. Network with leading professionals and fellow top students and gain an insider's view of this fast-paced and exciting sector of finance.
Over each of the past four years, we have brought over 40 high-level industry professionals and 300 students together in Princeton and Chicago to discuss the leading trends in quantitative trading. This year’s fall conference will take place on Friday, Nov. 7, at IIT’s Stuart School of Business.
Tickets are selling quickly so register online soon! Students and young alumni who buy tickets by Friday, September 19, can receive an additional 25% discount off the registration price by including the promotional code PCQT75032. To qualify, students must use their .edu email for registration.
Western Kentucky University is pleased to announce a new position opening in the Construction Management program. In addition to this opening we are expected to announce an opening for an instructor in Construction Management and a Visiting Professor in construction Management. The application deadline for the attached position is October 15th.
The Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation System Development (DTSD) is recruiting to fill entry-level Civil Engineer Transportation and Structural Engineer Transportation positions.
Positions are responsible for performing professional engineering entry level duties and applying engineering expertise for multi-modal transportation programs. Positions will work in one of the department's engineering program areas that may include: Design, Construction, Structures (structure design as well as hydrologic and hydraulic design), Soils, Planning, Traffic and Maintenance of transportation facilities in addition to other areas of focus.
This recruitment will be used to fill current and future related vacancies over the next 6-12 months.
December 2014 graduates strongly encouraged to apply!
Special Notes: Upon hire, candidate must have graduated, or will be graduating in December 2014, from a recognized college or university with a 4-year degree (or Master's or Ph.D.) in civil engineering or a related engineering field, OR, possess a PE (Registration as a Professional Engineer), OR, possess an EIT (Engineer-In-Training) license.
WisDOT is recruiting to fill entry-level Civil Engineer Transportation and Structural Engineer Transportation positions. Starting salary is$47,725 and $56,305, pending relative qualifications, plus excellent benefits. The deadline to apply is October 9, 2014. Link to apply: https://bit.ly/1qPZlyn
GradSWE's flagship initiative, the Women Empowered in STEM (weSTEM) conference, provides graduate students with access to current and future STEM leaders, lending insight into diverse career paths stemming from a graduate degree. This annual conference is scheduled for Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the I Hotel. Applications to attend weSTEM are now open.Space is limited, so register early to secure your spot!
I wanted to make you aware of a unique opportunity for our best and brightest students. My name is Danyelle Michelini and I work with the University of Illinois, the City of Chicago as well as several other Chicago partners to plan the annual ThinkChicago: Chicago Ideas Week trip.
Our next trip, held on October 16-18 is a great way for students to get to know and experience the tech scene in Chicago (in hopes of keeping them in Illinois after graduation) as well as attend selected Chicago Ideas Week events.
Please read below for more information.
About the Program
Chicago is a hub of tech innovation, a booming center for cutting edge companies like Groupon, GrubHub, Threadless and Google to thrive – where young entrepreneurs grow big ideas, transform industries and shape technology and business as we know it.
From October 16-18,Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Ideas Week, World Business Chicago, 1871, and University of Illinois invite university students from across the Midwest to take a behind-the-scenes tour of Chicago’s fast growing tech scene and attend Chicago Ideas Week events.
Up to 150 students (75 from University of Illinois) will be selected based on their interest in digital technology, engineering, computer science, innovation, and/or entrepreneurship. Prospective students should demonstrate a commitment to excellence as evidenced by academic honors, leadership ability, extracurricular activities, and/or professional achievement.
How to Apply
Interested students may apply at http://apply.thinkchicago.net/ Applications are due by 11:59 PM CST on Sunday, September 14, 2014. Trip Dates: October 16-18, 2014
CEE 595phd this week will be a presentation by Dr. William Mischo, head of Grainger Engineering Library. He will discuss using on-line tools for library research, including a discussion about how to do a literature survey. The presentation is Wed., 1-2:50 in 1518 hydro. This presentation is open to all graduate students.
Update your LinkedIn profile for the upcoming career fairs with a professional headshot. Be prepared when a conference or event asks for a photograph. GradSWE is hosting a professional photographer to take headshots Tuesday September 9 from 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM in 3005 Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory (MNTL). You will receive a selection of 6 high-resolution digital images for only $15. Everyone is welcome. Spaces still available!
Students who plan on having all degree requirements completed for graduation in December 2014 should add themselves to the December degree conferral list via Student Self-Service. Please contact your department with any questions or if you have problems adding yourself to the list.
What? Structural Engineering Graduate Student Organization (SEGSO) will be hosting a Professional Weekend in Chicago for the second consecutive year. This unique two-day tour will introduce the city from a structural engineering perspective, giving students the opportunity to learn about major structural engineering firms, network with practitioners, and take in Chicago’s myriad unique architectural features.
When? Friday, September 26 – Saturday, September 27
Where? Chicago, Illinois, USA
Registration is open to all Structures graduate students, and spots will be filled on a first come, first served basis! Registration will close on Tuesday, September 9th, at 5:30pm, so don't delay. Please check out more details and a find link to the electronic registration form on our website, which will be updated frequently with the latest information regarding the trip: Chicago Professional Weekend 2014
Chi Epsilon, the National Civil Engineering Honor Society, would like to invite you to become a member this semester. This invitation has been extended to all graduate students and to undergraduates with junior standing or above with an academic record in the top third of their class.
At 6 pm on the evening of Thursday, September 11th, Chi Epsilon will be hosting its semi-annual initiate Smoker at Firehaus located on 6th Street just south of Green Street. It will give you a chance to find out more about the society, the benefits of joining, and the initiation requirements. Attending the Smoker is not absolutely necessary, but is strongly encouraged if you’d like to join. If you cannot attend and would like to find out more about initiating into our society, please contact Will Bader at firstname.lastname@example.org . We look forward to seeing you at the Smoker!
Note: If you are already a member of the Alpha Chapter of Chi Epsilon here at Illinois, we look forward to seeing you at our first general meeting. If you are a member from a different Chi Epsilon chapter and would like to be added to our mailing list, please contact Will as well.
If you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact Engineering Career Services (ECS) directly. Students are able to setup a meeting and speak with ECS representatives directly if they have any questions about the job search process.
The USGS office in Urbana is looking to recruit a permanent (term) full or part-time hydrologist. They would like someone who does not want to leave the community after graduating from the UI. Federal government rules require that this has to be a U.S. Citizen.
The Department of Aerospace Engineering’s Graduate Student Advisory Committee will host a talk by University of Illinois alum Dr. Jorge Garzon on Wednesday, September 3. Dr. Garzon is a Research Engineer at ExxonMobil URC. The title of his talk is Multiscale Geomechanics Modeling for Low Cycle Fatigue Failure of Casings. A flyer and abstract are attached. Pizza and refreshments will be served.
The Graduate College offers Travel Grants to students conducting master’s or PhD research.
Master’s grants provide up to $500 for an off-campus, short-term project required of a master’s degree program. Typical projects include thesis research, travel for performance or exhibition, or final projects. Projects not eligible for support include internships, practicums, independent study, conference travel, and traveling for a performance or exhibition that is not required for degree completion.
Dissertation grants provide up to $5,000 for travel costs necessary for doctoral dissertation research, whether for exploring a potential dissertation topic (i.e., before extensive research has been done) or for conducting dissertation research.
Students must be nominated by their departments, and departments may submit only three nominations per award. Nominations are due in the Graduate College by September 9, 2014. Interested students should talk with their department’s Director of Graduate Studies as soon as possible. For complete details, see the master’s listing or the dissertation listing in the Fellowship Opportunities database.
Friday, September 12, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m., 141 Loomis Hall (1110 W. Green St.)
Are you interested in learning about the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship – one of the premiere fellowships for students in science, technology, engineering, math, and most social science fields? If so, you should attend the Graduate College’s workshop on September 12. It will provide an extensive overview of the fellowship program and offer tips on preparing an effective application.
The NSF-GRF provides three years of support, a $32,000 stipend, coverage of tuition, and access to international research opportunities. Applicants must be US citizens in their 1st or 2nd year of graduate school pursuing a master’s or PhD in an eligible STEM field.
The workshop will feature Dr. William Hahn, former Director of the NSF-GRF program; Dr. Ken Vickery, Director of the Graduate College’s Office of External Fellowships; and Ritu Raman and Cybelle Smith, current Illinois NSF Fellows.
Graduate students holding waiver-generating appointments are provided dental and vision insurance by the University at no additional cost. This insurance is separate from student health insurance. These students will be automatically enrolled in the plan upon the completion of their appointment papers. The coverage period is September 1, 2014 - August 31, 2015.
During the Fall Enrollment Period of September 1 - 30, these students may enroll their dependents in the dental and/or vision plans by paying the annual premium.
Graduate students not holding waiver-generating appointments can purchase dental and vision insurance for themselves and their dependents during the Fall Enrollment Period of September 1 - 30 by paying the annual premium.
Additional information, including overviews of the plans, enrollment forms, costs, and coverage periods, is on the Graduate College website.
Dental/vision insurance information will be sent to the Residence Hall address or Mailing Address listed in Student Self-Service. Please be sure to update these addresses, including zip codes.
WTS is an international organization dedicated to the professional advancement of women in transportation. They are offering four scholarships this year, at increased values from the previous school year, to women pursuing careers in the area of transportation. Two of the scholarships are for graduate students and more info on them is below.
Please help the CEE Communications team analyze the pros and cons of our current website, to help guide us as we begin work on a redesign. We have created a short survey to gather feedback and would appreciate your input. If you have already filled out the survey, please accept our thanks!
Boeing will be on campus on Sep 9-12. Part of their activities will include student interviews as part of an accelerated hiring program. They are looking for candidates for both intern and full time employment positions. The formation about the requirements and the application to the requisitions can be found in the attached flyer.
CEE Fall Networking Night will take place Wednesday, September 17, from 6:30-8:30pm in the Yeh Student Center. For more information and to register please go to: http://cscuiuc.wordpress.com/social/ Registration deadline is Friday, September 12.
The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM, one of the principal prof societies in CS) sponsors a yearly international programming competition, called ICPC. CS will again host the competition for UIUC. Our CS students are again forming a team to compete, and seek interested members from across campus. You do NOT need to be a CS student to participate, they welcome all interested parties with useful skills.
The first meeting is this Thursday, Aug 28, from 6-8pm, in Siebel 0218 (basement floor). There will be weekly meetings after that. In the past 10 years, our school has advanced to world finals 8 times. This level of success has nice consequences: we send the team all over the world to compete, eg, to St Petersburg in Russia a few years ago. With your student’s help, we hope to do even better than in previous years.
The National Security Agency will be in the department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering on Friday, September 26, 9-10 am in room 103 Transportation Bldg. They will be recruiting graduate students who are US Citizens to their Summer Program for Operations Research Technology (SPORT). This is a wonderful opportunity for the graduate students to apply for a paid internship.
The Enrollment/Change Period for University of Illinois student health insurance is August 19 to September 11. Visit the Student Health Insurance website to add dependents or waive out of the health insurance. You must visit the Student Health Insurance Office if you would like to reinstate back into the plan. For more information, contact (217) 333-0165 or email@example.com.
Mediation Services in the Office for Student Conflict Resolution is currently accepting Fall 2014 applications for the Conflict Resolution Training Program, and this year we are offering an additional two-day advanced training opportunity for students in the class!
Please share this opportunity with your undergraduate and graduate students. The program introduces the participants to mediation and other alternative conflict resolution concepts and is focused on developing conflict resolution skills to help them address conflict they may encounter in the future. It can be particularly helpful to students in leadership positions! Practice scenarios include a variety of situations, including roommate, personal, organizational, and work conflict. Students who complete this program will receive a certificate of completion and gain a skill to share on their resume.
Friday, September 12, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m., 141 Loomis Hall
The Graduate College’s Office of External Fellowships will hold a workshop on the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. The workshop will provide an extensive overview of the fellowship program and offer tips on how to prepare effective applications. Registration is required. For details on the fellowship, see the NSF-GRF listing in the Fellowship Opportunities database.
Students may be released from their obligation to pay all tuition and fees by canceling their Fall registrations by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 22, the last business day before instruction begins.
Please remember that doctoral students must be registered the entire term during which they take their Preliminary Exam and the entire term during which they take the Final Examination/Defense. They do not need to be registered during the term in which they deposit.
Doctoral students who have completed sufficient credit hours for the degree and who are defending in Fall 2014 may wish to register for zero credit hours. Students who will be more than 50 miles from campus may wish to consider registering In Absentia. Please consult with your department about these options.
Please register correctly at the beginning of the semester to avoid problems with registration and unwanted tuition charges later. The Graduate College Handbook states: Students are responsible for their own registration and for ensuring the accuracy of their schedules.
The CEE Office of Advancement is looking for a student to moderate the upcoming Backpack to Briefcase Professional Development Series this fall. This is apaid position and a full position description is below.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS, DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
BACKPACK TO BRIEFCASE MODERATOR JOB DESCRIPTION
The goal of the Backpack to Briefcase (B2B) series is to prepare students for their transition to a professional workplace. This annual event features topics ranging from résumé preparation to salary negotiations and is an excellent opportunity for students to begin working towards a successful career. Each B2B session is followed by a networking hour with free pizza.
The B2B moderator will be required to:
Attend all B2B sessions from August through October, arriving at least 15 minutes early (a list of dates and times for the B2B Fall 2014 series is listed below).
Introduce speakers to the audience, including writing appropriate introductions ahead of time that include the person’s name, title and company, and serve as the moderator for panel discussions and question-and-answer periods.
Help with setup and cleanup of the networking hour after each B2B session.
Welcome session speakers and panelists and serve as their point of contact for any questions throughout the evening.
Manage attendance sign-in sheets for classes offering attendance credit.
Perform other duties as assigned.
The B2B moderator will be paid $10 per hour, with an average of 5 hours per week during the B2B series but more hours may be available.
Email your application by August 18, 2014.
Please provide the following items:
A résumé that includes
your name, contact information, CEE area of study (all applicants for the B2B moderator position must be currently enrolled in a CEE program)
previous work experiences
previous public speaking experiences
current campus involvement, including organizations, clubs, and research
list of courses, including course times, you will be taking during the fall 2014 term (if known)
A brief, 300-word or less paragraph explaining why you are interested in the position
Submit your application to:
Jamie Byrum Coordinator of Alumni & Corporate Relations Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1117 Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory, MC-250 205 N. Mathews Ave. Urbana, IL 61801 (217) 244-6804 firstname.lastname@example.org
BACKPACK TO BRIEFCASE FALL 2014 SERIES SCHEDULE
Thursday, 9/4 Putting Together a Knockout Résumé
Tuesday, 9/9 Recruiters: What They Want to Hear
Tuesday, 9/16 CEE’s Résumé Review Night
Wednesday, 9/17 CEE Pre-Job Fair Networking Night (B2B moderator attendance optional)
Thursday, 10/2 Powering Through the Interview
Tuesday, 10/14 Negotiating Salary and Job Benefits
Tuesday, 10/21 What to Expect in the Workplace
***All B2B sessions are hosted in 1310 Yeh Center and begin at 5:00pm excluding the CEE Pre-Job Fair Networking Night which is optional for the B2B moderator to attend.
The CEE Office of Advancement invites you to join the Civil and Environmental Engineering Alumni Association and your fellow students for the CEE Chicago River Boat Tour and Social Hour on August 29.
Register here by August 21: http://cee.illinois.edu/boat-tour.
The boat tour will focus on how Chicago uses the river as a resource and highlight the history of the amazing architecture along its banks. The tour will be co-hosted by Dick Lanyon, CEE alum and retired Executive Director of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago and the Chicago Architecture Foundation.
Come learn how CEE at Illinois has contributed to the development of Chicago while networking with CEE alumni, business associates, as well as fellow Illinois students, faculty and staff.
When: August 29, 2014 1:00 p.m. Load bus at National Center for Supercomputing Application (NCSA) 1:15 p.m. Bus departs from NCSA 4:30 p.m. Arrive at Chicago's First Lady 5:30 p.m. Boarding for boat begins 5:45 p.m. Boat departure 8:00 p.m. Estimated boat return time 8:30 p.m. Bus departs back to NCSA
Where: Chicago’s First Lady 112 E Upper Wacker Dr. Chicago, IL 60601 (847) 358-1330
Pricing: The registration fee of $20 includes bus transportation to and from Chicago as well as hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the evening. A cash bar will be available.
Students interested in attending the event but who would like to stay in Chicago for the Labor Day holiday and not return to the Urbana campus are able to do so.
"The Digital Media group at CITES is collaborating with the University of Illinois Police Department to produce a campus safety video called “Run. Hide. Fight.” The video will help to prepare students, staff, and faculty for campus emergency situations. We are looking for students to act in the video and will be taping scenes on Tuesday, August 12 from 2-4pm in the Digital Computer Lab and the Newmark building. If you are able to participate, please call or email Susan Muirhead at email@example.com or 217.300.0246.”
FYI – no pay, but this video will be shown in many classes during the first week of school. Students will be listed in the credits and will receive a copy of the video if they would like one…