Graduate Blog

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March 24, 2016

In the spirit of Graduate Student Appreciation Week, the CEE department will host a reception on Friday, April 8 from 8:00-9:00 am in the first floor Yeh Student Center. Stop by for donuts and juice (while they last) before going to class!

Please see this link for more campuswide activities surrounding Grad Student Appreciation Week


March 24, 2016

NPRE 402 is a popular course across Engineering and related College majors.  Please encourage interested students to consider taking it this summer.  This course is offered every fall/spring and fills to capacity every semester.  We do not keep a wait list and every fall/spring have to turn students away.  This is an opportunity for students here in the summer to get in the course who otherwise might not.

NPRE 402 Nuclear Power Engineering

Credit:  3 UG or 4 GRAD hours

Taught by Professor Magdi Ragheb

Meets June 13 – Aug 4; MWF 10:00 – 11:50; 103 Talbot Lab

Principles of utilization of fission energy in nuclear power engineering; includes such topics as fission processes and controlled chain reactions; nuclear reactor types, design principles, and operational characteristics;  power reactor design criteria; radiation hazards and radioactive waste treatment; economics; other applications such as propulsion and research reactors.

March 24, 2016

The Jo Daviess County Highway Department is looking for a Staff Engineer to aid the County Engineer in planning, organizing, supervising, and coordinating the project design and implementation functions of the county highway dept. under the direction of the county engineer. Contact Jamie Evans for more information 

Download Job Description Staff Engineer 1

Thank You,

Jamie Evans

Office Manager

Jo Daviess County Highway Dept.

1 Commercial Drive, Suite 3

Hanover, IL 61041

Ph: 815-591-2337

Fax: 815-591-2728


March 23, 2016

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is interested in partnering with Illinois faculty through the DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program. SCGSR enables graduate students to perform research at LLNL and other national laboratories. If faculty are interested in engaging with LLNL through SCGSR, please contact Dr. Don Takehara ( ) in the Office of Research or contact LLNL directly (Dr. Anantha Krishnan - ). Graduate students need to apply by May 11, 2016. Detailed information about SCGSR and access to the online application system, can be found at:  The priority research areas are listed at:

March 23, 2016

Candidates can apply at in the Careers section at the top of the page. This position is located in Elwood, Illinois. Tina Tullberg ( is the recruiter for this position. Michael Schmidt ( is the Environmental Manager for the group. Thank you.

Job Description  

Environmental Engineer - Water - 00599   Description   Stepan Company is a publicly traded, major international manufacturer of specialty and intermediate chemical products.  Our expertise in chemical manufacturing and global reach are driving factors in our long-term relationships with customers.  As we continue to grow, we remain committed to developing practices and products that reflect our core values of responsibility, integrity and innovation in the chemical industry. Stepan owns and operates a wastewater treatment plant that contains primary and secondary wastewater treatment for its chemical manufacturing processes.  The primary responsibility of the Environmental Engineer is to maintain compliance with the site’s National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Permit.  Responsibilities include monitoring, reporting, recordkeeping, and providing technical support to the wastewater treatment plant operator, engineering, and operations.   

Responsibilities Include:   ·         Provide technical support for the entire Stepan Facility pertaining to wastewater, drinking water quality, sludge management, storm water pollution prevention, and spill control.   ·         Collect wastewater, sludge, and drinking water samples and submit data to regulatory agencies.   ·         Develop, update, and implement Storm Water Pollution Prevention and Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Plans.   ·         Develop and implement environmental management systems.   ·         Work with wastewater treatment plant operator to monitor and maintain the wastewater treatment process and equipment.   ·         Submit compliance reports accurately and in a timely manner.   ·         Maintain accurate compliance records.   ·         Lead and participate in meetings, environmental audits, and trainings for the purpose of conveying and/or gathering information.   ·         Respond as needed to emergency situations during or after hours.   ·         Recommend capital expenditures to maintain compliance in the waste water treatment plant.

Qualifications   The qualified candidate will have the following education, experience, skills and abilities:  ·         BS degree in Engineering, Sciences, or Environmental Field. ·         Minimum of 3 years experience in an environmental compliance role. ·         Ability to maintain databases (Excel). ·         Demonstrated integrity. ·         Strong people skills and an ability to influence others. ·         Working knowledge of US and IL Environmental Regulations preferred.   Education Level :Bachelor's Degree (±16 years)   Job : Environmental Health and Safety   Primary Location : United States-Illinois-Elwood   Schedule : Full-time