Graduate Blog

To submit an item for the graduate blog, email Joan Christian.

January 5, 2018

Reservations should be made through the portal,
1. Log in to using your NetID and AD password.
2. The CEE calendars will appear on the left-hand column.
3. Simply click on the room you would like to use and the date of when you would like the room. This will bring up the calendar along with the names of all of rooms.
4. You can navigate to different weeks using the “Go to …” button or the left and right arrows in the top left corner.
5. If the room you are wanting is not available, click on another room as needed.
6. Click and drag on the block of time that you would like the room. This will pull up the reservation form.
7. Complete the Subject, and the reason.
8. If this is a reoccurring appointment you can include the dates in the Message portion and/or the Reason box. Please include the start and end date. For example, “this will be weekly throughout the spring semester.” Or every-other week, etc.
9. If there are one or two dates within your reoccurring date range where the room is not available, please note that in your request and we can look for an alternate room on those dates or you can simply send in additional requests.
10.Click on Submit.
11.Once the reservation has been confirmed you will receive an e-mail from one of the room reservation staff.

December 19, 2017

Assistant Project Manager for Grand Challenge Learning Initiative

The Grand Challenge Learning (GCL) Initiative seeks to hire a Graduate Teaching Assistant for a 67% appointment to serve as Assistant Project Manager to support the transition of GCL from a pilot to a long-term, sustainable program with broad campus support. Reporting to the Project Manager, the Assistant Project Manager will assist with daily program administration and program assessment. Due to the short hiring window, a suitable candidate may begin the appointment at 25 or 33% with the option to increase to 67% in the summer and fall of 2018.

To apply, please send cover letter and CV to Alaina Pincus at


Program Administration (15-20 hrs/wk):

Develop strong ties with GCL teaching faculty Course scheduling Syllabus archiving Book order processing ICES preparation and results tabulation Develop publicity materials (flyers, etc.) Website maintenance Coordinate GCL Student Leadership Board activities Misc. admin tasks as arise

Program Assessment (5-10 hrs/wk):

Background research Syllabus Assessment Contribute to development of assessment model Contribute to program assessment

Required Qualifications:

Experience with or interest in program administration Experience with or interest in program assessment Familiarity with course design Ability to lead and mentor undergraduates Excellent listening, written and oral communication skills Strong research skills Ability to analyze data and succinctly communicate findings Ability to self-motivate, self-pace, and work autonomously as well as in teams Ability to cultivate strong working relationships across campus High degree of accuracy and attention to detail Technical skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop, WordPress, and Compass.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s Degree or equivalent graduate coursework Graduate Coursework in Higher Education Administration, Assessment, Curriculum and Instruction or related disciplines Experience with both qualitative and quantitative research methods Experience with databases and data visualization software

About Grand Challenge Learning:

Operating under the aegis of the Office of the Provost, GCL serves as the University’s Quality Initiative for Undergraduate Education. GCL courses are designed to introduce students to the interdisciplinary work of faculty experts on some of society’s greatest challenges: Health & Wellness, Inequality & Cultural Understanding, and Sustainability, Energy, & the Environment. All GCL courses qualify for General Education credit and include an experiential learning component. For more information visit



December 19, 2017

Attached is a geotech engineering summer internship opportunity.


December 15, 2017

We are inviting exceptional graduate students and postdocs to speak at the 13th Annual Coordinated Science Laboratory (CSL) Student Conference, scheduled for February 21-23, 2018 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The conference includes an opening plenary talk, technical sessions with keynote speakers from both academia and industry, invited speakers from other top universities, as well as student presentations from UIUC. There is also a poster session for those not wishing to present a talk, and a robotics session for researchers who wish to provide a live demonstration. Awards will be given to best presenters.

The confirmed keynote speakers this year include: Eric Horvitz (Director of Microsoft Research), Allen Tannenbaum (SUNY Stony Brook), Avrim Blum (TTIC), Vivienne Sze (MIT) and Esteban Real (Google Brain). The sessions for the conference this year include:

Artificial Intelligence in Action: This session aims to bring together student researchers and practitioners to present their latest achievements and innovations in different areas of artificial intelligence, computational intelligence in bioinformatics and genomics, and applied machine learning. Machine Learning Theory: This session invites student researchers to present their work on topics including (but not limited to) statistical inference, algorithms, graphical models, signal processing, causality. Decision and Control: This session invites student researchers to consider and present their work on modern techniques, mathematical and applied, in control theoretic problems, including (but not limited to) distributed and nonlinear systems, communications, optimization, geometric control and robotics/automation.  Information Processing in Silicon: This session invites researchers working on addressing various aspects of efficient implementations of information processing systems for the future, including (but not limited to) advances in state-of-the-art digital and analog CMOS-based designs, advances in state-of-the-art computer architectures, novel memories and compilers.

If you would like to give a 15 minute talk at our conference, please apply by submitting a one-page abstract by December 31, 2017 (here).

Don’t miss out this excellent opportunity for you to showcase your research and meet top researchers and students!

Registration for the conference will also soon be up.  Please feel welcome to contact Tarek Sakakini ( or James Schmidt ( with comments or questions about the conference.

December 15, 2017

Dr.  Spencer has organized a field trip for his class, CEE472, to visit the SOM exhibit that is part of the Chicago Biennial, as well as to tour SOM headquarters (see schedule below).  Some additional seats are available on the bus that will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis. 

If you are interested in participating in this field trip, please send an e-mail to Dr. Spencer as soon as possible:

For your reference, the following video is a good introduction:    More information is at: Next summer the exhibition will be in Venice at the Architectural Biennale and Los Angeles at the Schlindler House.

Schedule for Sunday’s Field Trip to Chicago:

8:45 am-Arrive in the Lobby of the Yeh Student Center

9:00 am-Depart from in front of Yeh Student Center-bring a sack lunch/snack to eat on bus

12:00 pm-Arrive at SOM Offices

1:00 pm- Travel to the Mana Contemporary Pop-up SOM Exhibition

1:30-3:00 pm- Guided tour of the Exhibition

~3:15 pm-Late lunch/early dinner at Dick's Last Resort at 315 N. Dearborn, Chicago

4:00 pm-Depart for Champaign

~6:30-Arrive in front of Yeh Student Center

Let Dr. Spencer know if you have any questions.