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The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites you to join us in celebrating Earth Week this April 21st through the 26th. Earth Week is a time to enact change and real movement towards consciousness about how our decisions affect our campus environment and good ol' Mother Earth. Whether you're already a passionate environmentalist or just looking to have some April fun, we hope to see you all out and about showing the Earth some serious love this week!
Friday, April 18 is the last day for graduate students to add themselves to the May 2014 degree list via Student Self Service. This degree application deadline is firm. If you are unable to add yourself to the graduation list via Student Self Service, contact your department for assistance prior to April 18th. Please note that if you were on the degree list for a previous term, but did not complete your degree, you will need to add your name to the degree list. Names are not automatically carried over from one term to the next.
Women in Science (WiS) Panel: "The Gap Years: What Should I Do between Undergrad and Graduate/Professional School?"
Tuesday, April 15th from 4-5pm in Lincoln Hall 1090
Women in Science (WiS) is an organization open to undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and staff, as well as anyone who supports and promotes women in the sciences. WiS' next event is a panel of diverse participants who will discuss the various paths students can take to prepare for graduate/professional school in the gap years between undergrad and graduate/professional school: Jennifer Crum (Coordinator for the Medical Scholars Program, College of Medicine), Dr. William Brown (National and International Scholarships Program), Amanda Owings (PhD program, Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology), and Dr. Jessica Hekman (PhD program, Animal Sciences). Light refreshments will be served! If you have questions or would like more information about WiS, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On April 14th, 2014, the EERI @ UIUC will be hosting Mr. David A. Friedman, former Vice President of the EERI, a Senior Principal, Chair of the Board of Directors and immediate past president and CEO of more than 34 years at Forell/Elsesser.
There will be two opportunities to meet Mr. Friedman on April 14th:
- Free Potbelly lunch is provided in coordination with SEGSO
- There will be prepared questions from the EERI/SEGSO board
- Question and answer with the audience
4-5 pm, 1310 Yeh Center: Friedman Lecture: "Earthquakes, Professional Practice & Unique Case Study: Retrofit of UC Berkeley's California Memorial Stadium. Protecting and Strengthening a Landmark on a Earthquake Active Fault"
- Overview of EERI
- Learn about Mr. Friedman's field reconnaissance experience for two earthquake events (Kobe, 1995 & Wenchuan, 2008)
- Learn about the retrofitting of the Memorial Stadium located in an active earthquake zone
Mr. Friedman has 40-years of industry experience as a consulting structural engineer paralleling the advances and developments in the science and practice of earthquake engineering. The two events will be an opportunity to learn from a professional in the field and ask any questions. Everyone is invited to join our events.
Graduate Student Appreciation Week 2014 is right around the corner, April 7-12, and we are very excited about the events and activities that will take place throughout the week. We’ll kick off the week with Mentoring Monday, which includes a workshop offered by Greg Lambeth of the Counseling Center. Please share this information with graduate students in your program.
Taking Charge: Building a Productive Relationship with your Advisor
2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Levis Faculty Center, 3rd floor
Registration is required. (Registrants will be entered into a drawing for prizes. Must be present to win.)
This workshop will explore strategies for developing a strong working relationship with your advisor as well as steps that are often helpful in resolving conflicts. We will discuss the qualities associated with good mentoring and consider graduate student roles and responsibilities. The workshop will examine the importance of establishing clear expectations in mentoring relationships and working collaboratively on shared goals. There will be opportunities for small group discussions that allow for an exchange of ideas.
Southeast Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority (SMCMUA)
The SMCMUA is seeking applicants for a Senior Civil Engineering position. The selected professional will be assigned to report to the principle offices of the SMCMUA located in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey. Interested professionals are requested to submit a letter of interest, salary requirements, a detailed resume and a copy of college transcripts to the attention of Laura Cummings, P.E., Executive Director/Chief Engineer at 19 Saddle Road, Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927.
This position will report directly to the Executive Director/Chief Engineer and will require supervision of two (2) supervisors and about six (6) staff. Basic requirements include a B.S. from an ABET accredited Civil Engineering institution, an engineer-in-training certificate and possession of a valid New Jersey driver’s license. Additional preferred, but not mandatory, credentials include a M.S. degree in any engineering discipline from an ABET accredited institution and a NJ Professional Engineer’s license. The professional shall have from five (5) to ten (10) years of engineering and related experience. The position will require the application of civil engineering and management principles to areas such as operation, design and construction of treatment and distribution systems and facilities; hydraulic modelling; implementation of various technologies such as AMR and GIS; permitting; dam safety; construction administration; etc
Your CEE GSAC is hosting a speaker from the Graduate College Career Services about tenture-track faculty positions! Come learn how to spruce up your CV, cover letter, research and teaching statements to land the interview! See flyer for additional information: Download GSAC-Career Services Workshop
The EES students invite you to the 20th Annual Environmental Engineering and Science Symposium. Opening remarks by Professor Emeritus Vernon L. Snoeyink, student presentations, and a keynote speech by UIUC alumnus Dr. Kimberly Jones.
The ACI (American Concrete Institute) Student Chapter is having a joint meeting with the ACI Illinois chapter and a speaker meeting on April 2. This is an excellent opportunity for networking with local professionals.
TEC is pleased to announce that we are now accepting Nominations for our $20,000 Illinois Innovation Prize! This prize is awarded to the most innovative student on campus who shows a passion for innovation, an entrepreneurial mindset and the traits of a role model.
We would truly appreciate your help in getting the word out to your students. They must be nominated by a faculty/staff member, mentor, advisor, or the like (they cannot nominate themselves or other students).
We also welcome you to nominate stand-out students in your classes or programs. Nominations are due on Wednesday, April 2nd. http://tec.illinois.edu/iip
In the spirit of Graduate Student Appreciation Week, the CEE department will host a reception on Tuesday, April 8 from 7:45am-9am in the first floor Yeh Student Center. Stop by for donuts and juice (while they last) before going to class!
The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering would like to invite you to attend a seminar by Dr. George W. Scherer tomorrow (Wednesday, March 19th) 4 to 5 pm in 1310 Yeh Center/Newmark Civil Engineering Lab. Reception to follow.
Doctoral Final Exam Deadline for May 2014 Graduation
Planning a doctoral defense for May 2014 graduation? Friday, April 11, is the last day for students to take the doctoral final examination for May 2014 graduation.
Final examination committees must be appointed by the dean of the Graduate College prior to the examination. Doctoral students who will defend during the spring term should contact their departmental or program office as early as possible to initiate the process of requesting appointment of their examination committee. The Graduate College recommends that such requests be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to the examination.
Minimum committee requirements and additional information regarding doctoral examinations may be found in Chapter VII of the Graduate College Handbook.
May 2014 Graduation Deadline
Students who plan on completing all degree requirements and graduating in May 2014 should add themselves to the May degree conferral list by April 18 via UI Integrate Self-Service. Please contact your department with any questions or if you have problems adding yourself to the list via Self-Service. Commencement weekend will be Sat-Sun, May 17-18, 2014.
Deadline for deposit for May PhD dissertations is Friday, April 25
Deadline for deposit for May master’s theses is Friday, May 2
An opportunity to learn about Azure and apply for cloud resources
Cloud computing is playing an increasing role in scientific discovery by enabling collaboration and scale-out. We are making cloud computing accessible to the scientific community in two ways: (a) Hands on cloud computing and Azure training and (b) Providing Azure resources through an open Request for Proposals.
Hands on cloud computing and Azure training
On April 8-9, 2014 Microsoft in partnership with NCSA will deliver a two day training for up to 50 people. The training has two goals. One is to provide hands on experience on programming in the cloud. The other is to prepare participants to decide whether to submit a proposal for Azure resources for research and to write a better proposal.
Windows Azure is a general, open, and flexible global cloud platform supporting any language, tool, or framework - including Linux, Java, Python. The program will cover a variety of "hands-on labs" with programming examples predominantly in Python and Java. No prior experience of cloud computing or Windows Azure is expected. The only prerequisite is some programming experience. This two-day course is presented by specialized trainers and is geared towards post-doctoral researchers, research faculty, and of course, graduate research students.
Attendees will be able to access Windows Azure on their own laptop during the training and for evaluation purposes for up to six months after the event. The attendee's laptop does not need to have the Windows operating system installed – Windows Azure is accessed via an Internet browser. After attending the course, researchers will feel confident in applying cloud computing in their current and future research.
In order to explore the opportunities inherent in the nature of the cloud, Microsoft, through an open RFP, is making Azure cycles available to researchers who have challenging computing challenges that would benefit. See http://www.windowsazurepass.com/researchfor more information.
Please reach out to Vani Mandava, email@example.com, directly for more information on Microsoft’s Azure Awards program. She is very interested in learning more about how your team might be using, or considering cloud computing.
Consider this significant opportunity to acquire training and experience in project management and classroom facilitation while leading a real project of importance to a nonprofit community partner! There are many positions available to co-manage a LINC-Learning in Community course (ENG 315) with interdisciplinary projects related to social and environmental issues, engineering and technical problems, education, community health, international development, and more!
Project Managers earn 4 credit hours for ENG 598: Applied Project Management and facilitate the regularly scheduled ENG 315 sessions for one of the projects. They manage the project, participate in a weekly professional development course, coordinate communications with the partner, and assess student work. Project Managers will receive preparation for their roles during a pre-semester training on August 20-22. [Note: ENG 598 counts as an elective for the Leadership Studies Minor.]
Project Managers will gain/learn
Knowledge, skills, and experience in applied project management.
Knowledge, skills, and experience in teaching techniques.
Enhanced skills in communication, professional writing, leading multi-disciplinary teams, problem-solving, conflict resolution, evaluation, organizing and prioritizing tasks, and time management.
Experience working with diverse students and project stakeholders in authentic, community-based contexts.
Satisfaction in guiding students to be socially responsible citizens.
A sense of accomplishment in making a meaningful impact in the community and in the lives of students.
Interested in real-life projects, service-learning, and teamwork and leadership experience?
Register for Fall’14 ENG 315-Learning in Community (LINC) courses (3 credit hours) - open to all majors and all levels. LINC students engage in a variety of research, service and fieldwork activities and collaborate on interdisciplinary projects of significance to local and international community partners. Students have built bridges, produced marketing campaigns, improved water systems, developed youth programs, designed rain gardens, and lots more!
Students can gain knowledge and skills in conducting research, understanding social and environmental issues, analyzing community and organizational needs and assets, defining problems, generating and analyzing solutions, project scoping, planning, and execution, communication, problem-solving, critical thinking, and professional writing.
Don’t miss your opportunity to gain professional experience and make a lasting impact in the community! ENG 315 counts as an elective for the Leadership Studies Minor. To learn more about LINC projects, see http://linc.illinois.edu and watch the video, "What is LINC?" at http://youtu.be/f7s3aniu_40. For questions, contact Shikhank Sharma (firstname.lastname@example.org).
CERL is looking for a student to help with a research project on condition monitoring of navigation locks. They are employing techniques similar to statistical process control as part of our evaluation. They are looking for a student to assist them with this work as either an undergraduate or graduate research assistant at CERL. The students would work as U of I RA’s on contract to ERDC CERL. As an Army organization, it is necessary that they are U.S. citizens.
PE, Structural Engineer
Contracting Officer's Representative
Materials and Structures Branch
U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center
The Second General Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 13th at 6:00 pm. The meeting will be in 2311 Yeh Center. Hanson will be guest speaking and their presentation will be on the “Water Supply Solutions to Meet Flue Gas Desulphurization (FGD) Water Demands at Coffeen Power Station”. As always, Papa Del's pizza will be served. Please RSVP below.
The Graduate College offers Clean Energy Education Fellowships to promote clean energy literacy. The fellowship emphasizes not the science and technology of clean energy per se, but instead supports efforts to educate the public about the importance of clean energy. We therefore encourage applications not only from students in the sciences and engineering, but also those in education, social sciences, humanities, and other realms that can contribute to a more energy-literate citizenry. Fellowships offer up to two years of support and provide a $20,000 stipend along with coverage of tuition and mandatory fees. Applicants must be nominated by their department and each department may submit two nominations.
The Graduate College seeks applications from graduate students to serve on SAGE (Students Advising on Graduate Education). SAGE is a student advisory board and leadership opportunity for graduate students on the Urbana campus that fosters active engagement with Graduate College programs and initiatives. SAGE board members enrich graduate student community, build leadership and administrative skills, and strengthen Graduate College services and programs. This board contributes to the graduate student community at Illinois by
providing varied perspectives that enhance the academic, professional, and social experience of graduate students at the university
collaborating with Graduate College staff on a project related to a program, initiative, or the broader goals of the college
Applicants should be graduate students in good academic standing during the 2014-2015 academic year. Participants will be required to attend monthly meetings, as well as meetings with their project team. Applications are available online and must be received by 5:00 pm, Monday, March 31, 2014. Interested students are encouraged to contact Katherine Eriksen (email@example.com) with any questions.
Nominations are now being taken for the Mavis Future Faculty Fellows Program. This program is made possible by a generous bequest of Frederic T. and Edith F. Mavis. Dr. Mavis received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from the University of Illinois. He was a professor of civil engineering at several universities and was dean of engineering at the University of Maryland from 1957 until 1967. He died in 1983.
The fund document directs that income from the fund shall be used for "scholarships for students working for their doctorates in the College of Engineering". It is the donors' desire that "those students planning to become engineering teachers be given preference". The MF3 program has been developed to provide the opportunity for those doctoral students interested in engineering teaching as a profession to gain experience in the focus areas of research, teaching and mentoring. The program description is attached.
Up to 12 first-year and 3 second-year awards for the 2014-2015 academic year will be given. Each award will be $5,000 with an additional $1,000 available to support travel to an educational conference. Students are eligible to receive this award a maximum of two times during their doctoral studies. First-year MF3 awardees agree to participate in a set of required activities designed to improve their knowledge of faculty responsibilities. Second-year awardees provide leadership and mentoring to first-year MF3 students. To be eligible for a first-year award, students must have passed the qualifying examination. For a second-year award, students must have completed the requirements of a first-year MF3 student. For either a first or second-year award, students must be enrolled for the full academic year.
Do you work in Water? Are you interested in water and its connections to energy, climate, society or technology? Share your work with water at Illinois Water Day at 2:00 pm on April 11 in the Yeh Student Center. Illinois Water Day will begin with a series of speakers on the Water and Energy Nexus, and end with a poster session where you can present your work on water and connect with other water groups and companies that work on campus and abroad. Illinois Water Day is free to attend and present a poster! Check out our website to sign up, register your poster, and find out more about how you can get involved: http://waterday.illinois.edu/?q=getInvolved
Join our Facebook page and participate in the Illinois Water Day Photo Contest: Why Water Matters. We chose this theme because water matters to everyone. It impacts our lives in many different ways, big and small. Submit an interesting and creative photo depicting how water matters to you. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box! Please send your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight April 4th (only one picture per person please). Your photo will be uploaded onto the Illinois Water Day Facebook page and the top photos will receive a prize and special recognition at the event. Best of luck!
USGBC students is hosting a sustainability conference open to all majors on the UIUC campus!
The Student Sustainability Initiatives Symposium, hosted by USGBC Students, will be a day-long series of workshops led by professors, industry professionals and RSOs spanning a wide variety of issues in sustainability. These topics will include aspects of climate change, water and energy, life cycle analysis, green building construction, public policy, environmental economics and more! The following is a small sampler of what the day will entail:
Keynote panel led by Professor John Abelson of the Materials Science and Engineering department on the definition of sustainability and how it relates to various disciplines.
Workshop on divestment from Students for Environmental Concern's Beyond Coal group
Presentation by representatives from Lend Lease
This event will also include a lunch for attendees to network with industry representatives, environmental RSOs, and professors, with the goal of bringing parties doing their part to further a sustainable future.
Please join us Saturday, April 5th from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Yeh Student Center for this first annual event! You can register for the eventhere.
Note that a fee of $10 will be collected at registration.
Location: Business Instructional Facility – Commons Area
515 E. Gregory Dr.
Description: The Illinois MBA admissions office will host a “Joint Degree InfoSession and Reception” for those who would like to learn more about earning an MBA degree joint with another degree program on campus. Through the joint degree program, you can earn an MBA in less time and at less cost than pursuing your MBA independently. Current joint degree students will be in attendance to share their experiences through this program. Come join us for food and drinks and discover if a joint degree is something you would like to pursue.
We are hosting two logo design competitions in parallel, each with a $200 prize for the winner(s). The competitions are to create a new logo for: (1) the Guest Research Group in CEE, and (2) the Safe Global Water Institute (SGWI). Submittals are due WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19. Competition details and more information about the Guest Group and SGWI can be found in the attached fliers. Only currently enrolled UIUC students are eligible to participate. Questions can be directed to Professor Guest in CEE (email@example.com).
Are you graduating this spring? Planning to participate in commencement? Recipients of doctoral degrees must have deposited their dissertations by April 25 in order to participate in the campuswide Commencement ceremony. More information is posted online. If you are unsure of your plans at this time, but are considering participating in either the campuswide Commencement ceremony or a unit convocation, please order academic attire for you and your hooder. You will not be charged the rental fee if academic attire is not picked up during the distribution period.
Exponent will be attending the Architectural Engineering Career Expo this Thursday, March 6th. We are looking to hire graduate-level engineers (Masters, Ph.D.s, and Postdocs) into our Buildings & Structures and Civil Engineering practice areas.
I would like to send a personal invitation to your grad students to stop by our booth to learn more about Exponent and employment opportunities. Cliff Davis and Ellen McInerney will be at our booth all day and happy to chat with your grad students.
Exponentis a leading engineering and scientific consulting firm. Our multidisciplinary team of scientists, engineers, physicians, and regulatory consultants brings together more than 90 different disciplines to solve complicated problems facing corporations, insurers, government entities, associations and individuals. Our more than 850 staff members work in over 20 offices across the United States and abroad. Exponent has approximately 650 consultants, including more than 350 that have earned a doctorate in their chosen field of specialization.
The Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering cordially invites you to attend the
ALWIN SCHALLER DISTINGUISHED LECTURE
Mechanics of Soft Composites: The Interplay between Geometrical Structuring and Large Deformation to Achieve Novel Behavior by Mary C. Boyce Dean of The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science Morris A. and Alma Schapiro Professor Columbia University
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 4:00 pm National Center for Supercomputing Applications Auditorium 1205 West Clark Street, Urbana IL
Reception to meet Dean Boyce will follow the lecture.
The Chi Epsilon First General Meeting will be Thursday, Feb. 27th at 6pm in 2311 Yeh Center. HR Green will be presenting. HR Green is a civil firm offering services relating to transportation, water, governmental services, senior living, energy and more. Here is a link for more information: