Graduate Blog

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

April 3, 2018

The DFI Educational Trust, the charitable arm of the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI), announces the availability of scholarships in 2018 under its At-Large Scholarship Program.

Applicants must be enrolled full time in an accredited U.S. college or university; be pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree in civil, geotechnical engineering or other related deep foundations curriculum; or an undergraduate degree in construction management; and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.   In addition, they must demonstrate interest in the deep foundation industry and financial need.  There are several scholarships available ranging from  $2,000 to $5,000 each.   Applicants need to submit only one application and they will be considered for all available scholarships.   The awards can be used for tuition, fees, books and/or educational living expenses.

The application period is open now.    The deadline for submission is May 15, 2018

To apply, go to At Large Application      Application, essay, and resume, are accepted online only.     Transcript and letters of recommendation must be sent by mail.   All materials must be received by the above deadline.

For more information on the DFI Educational Trust, visit

April 2, 2018

The College of Engineering is collaborating with the College of Business to provide engineering students access to the iMBA program, the Illinois MBA program offered entirely online. This program will begin with MS students in CEE, who can apply for a limited number of available seats in the iMBA Certificate program for the 2018-19 academic year. Accepted students will be eligible to complete one of the core specializations in the iMBA program, Value Chain Management, at no cost.

Upon completion of the specialization, students will earn a certificate and 12 hours of credit that can be applied to an iMBA degree, which students can apply for and continue after their MS degree in CEE. 

The Value Chain Management specialization focuses on managerial accounting, process management, and marketing. Selected students should expect to spend about 10 hours per week on three 8-week classes, two in the fall semester and one in the spring semester, and the specialization also includes completion of a two-week capstone project in the spring semester. Courses are offered online, and students view course content via the Coursera platform and participate in live sessions with business school faculty. 

Program Details

Full-time MS students in CEE for the 2018-19 academic year are eligible (30 seats are available) Specialization can be completed with no additional tuition or fees Applications due April 30 Information session Monday, April 9, 5pm, 2311 Newmark

For more information contact:

Meg C. Griffin
Coordinator of Online and Blended Programs
Phone: (217) 333-3921

April 2, 2018

The Engineering Communication Office to help us develop an email campaign for the fall 2019 recruitment season for all engineering graduate programs.  In this campaign, we want to include some short videos and testimonials from our current students from our PhD, master’s with thesis, and professionally orientated master’s programs.

Please let Joan Christian know if you are interested by emailing her at by Friday, April 6.

April 2, 2018

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning, and I will be teaching a course this fall (UP494: Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning) that I believe will be of interest to CEE students in transportation engineering, sustainable and resilient infrastructure systems, and related specializations.


April 2, 2018

PhD Final Defense – Ayman Altuwaim

Optimal Scheduling and Resource Utilization for Repetitive Construction Projects

Advisor: Professor Khaled El-Rayes

Date: Tuesday April 10th, 11:00 am

Location: Newmark-Quade Conference Room