Graduate Blog

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June 28, 2017

Volunteers are needed for ConvoPartners, to meet with international students in CEE for conversation and cultural exchange.  Students and staff are encouraged to participate. Apply now!

English Conversation Partners- CEE Program

Who can apply?

Both Illinois students and non-students are welcome to participate. We especially encourage engineering students. 

Do volunteers need to be native speakers of English?

Not necessarily, but volunteers must 1) sound like native speakers and 2) have a strong knowledge of American culture.

What is the time commitment?

Convopartners must meet for 1 hour each week. You and your partner(s) will choose a day/time that is convenient for each of you. If you can dedicate just one hour a week to helping an international student on campus, please apply!

Dates of the program

This ConvoPartner opportunity begins in the first week of August and continues until the beginning of September. If you are available during this time period, please apply!


June 28, 2017

PhD Final Defense – Wenzhao Xu

Sensor Data Analytics and Web Applications to Improve Monitoring and Understanding of Lake Processes

Advisor: Professor Barbara Minsker

Date: Wednesday, July 12th, 2:00 PM

Location: Hydrosystems Laboratory 1518


June 27, 2017

Zhejiang-University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Institute (ZJUI) Faculty Candidate Seminar


The Effects of Current Blockage on Offshore Structures


Dr. Harrif Santo

Research Fellow
National University of Singapore (NUS)


Thursday, June 29, 2017

11:00 AM

1311 Newmark Civil Engineering Lab



This seminar will present an overview of wave-current-structure interaction problems for space-frame offshore structures. When a steady (current) flow encounters such a structure, the structure behaves as an obstacle array which provides resistance to the flow. Hence, there is a reduction in the effective flow velocity (compared to the free-stream flow velocity) and the associated hydrodynamic force on that structure, and this is termed current blockage. The seminar will present the analytical and numerical modelling of the additional blockage effects due to the presence of ocean waves, as well as structural dynamics, covering a wide range of applications of fluid loading on statically- and dynamically-responding offshore structures.





Dr. H. Santo returned to National University of Singapore (NUS) as a research fellow in May 2016. He is now working on modelling plunging breaking waves using Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH), and co-supervising on wave-current-structure blockage and wave-in-deck project awarded by Singapore Maritime Institute to NUS, which is a continuation of his PhD topic. He obtained his PhD on wave-current blockage in offshore engineering from NUS in 2014. Subsequently, he continued to work as a postdoctoral research assistant in University of Oxford on wave climate variability and other research topics related to marine renewable energy funded by UK Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). His research interest is in fluid-structure interaction, wave statistics, and air-sea interaction.





June 27, 2017

The thesis deposit period is quickly approaching. Make sure you are ready! The Thesis Office website has a number of tools designed to help you put the final touches on your document and stay on track for deposit.

Download our Deposit Checklist, which lists the requirements and supporting documents you need to complete your thesis deposit. Make sure to check out the Graduate College formatting requirements page to see sample thesis pages.

Download a title page template and submit your title page to the Thesis Office for review. Email your title page to and be sure to include your UIN in the message. The deadline to submit your title page for Thesis Office review is June 30.

Doctoral students – Don’t forget to take your surveys, which are required for your deposit. You can learn more about them here.

Review your release options, which determine the visibility of your document in the University’s repository, IDEALS.

June 27, 2017

It is important to remember that there are many different summer deadlines (cancellation, withdrawal, credit/no credit, add/drop classes, etc.) because students may attend different sessions of the summer term. If you are considering making changes to your summer registration, please check the registration deadlines for the parts of term in which you are registered.

For academic and registration deadlines for Summer 2017, visit the following websites:

Summer 2017 Refund Schedule
Summer 2017 Withdrawal Schedule 
Summer 2017 Academic Calendar