Graduate Blog

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January 24, 2017

Are you interested in STEM outreach and looking for a focused opportunity to engage with and give back to the community? Or, are you looking for opportunities to add outreach activities to your resume? 

ENgineers Volunteering In STEM EducatION (ENVISION) is a graduate student organized STEM outreach group with four main goals: 

Increase the opportunity of STEM outreach for grad students at UIUC Provide an avenue for outreach in our community Improve science communication, teaching skills, and leadership Assist professors/research groups with outreach development

We will have several outreach opportunities throughout the semester, please feel free to participate in just one or all of our events! If desired, all members are free to develop and plan their own STEM outreach modules.

Past events, partnerships, and additional club information can be found on our website.

Interested? Attend our first meeting of the spring on Monday January 30th at 4pm in the Grad Student Lounge in Mechanical Engineering Building (basement floor, room 29). We will be planning the first event of the semester, and we would love to hear your ideas!  

If you have any questions, or are interested in signing up for our listserv, please feel free to contact Ashley Armstrong ( or Matt Milner (


January 19, 2017

Professors Hadi Meidani and Frank Lombardo are looking for a highly motivated graduate student to fill an RA position for Spring 2017 semester on an exciting crowdsourcing project for participatory hazard and damage assessment following a windstorm. The RA will work under the advice of Prof. Meidani and Prof. Lombardo. The student should have a strong programming background, excellent mathematical foundation in linear algebra, and probability theory. An interest in wind and/or hazards research is also a plus. Interested students should send a CV including their completed coursework to or  for consideration. 

January 19, 2017

Dear Engineering Graduate Students,

I am Shreya Rao, the president of the Promoting Undergraduate Research in Engineering (PURE) Committee for the Spring 2017 semester. I would like to invite you to take part as graduate mentors in the PURE program. PURE is a student-run organization that aims to provide research experience to underclassmen in engineering. As graduate students, you will have the opportunity to mentor up to 3-4 undergraduate students for a semester-long project.

There are numerous benefits to becoming a mentor in the PURE program. As PURE mentors, you would be able to gain mentoring/teaching experience, share your experiences in graduate school with undergraduates, obtain help with your own research/projects and claim independent study credit(s). Moreover, extra research funding is available upon request for purchasing software and equipment for PURE research projects.

The most commonly mentioned aspect of PURE that met or exceeded past mentor expectations was that the undergraduate students were motivated, intelligent, and excited about research. The vast majority of past PURE mentors say that they want to be PURE mentors again because being a PURE mentor provided valuable teaching experience, helped them get part of a research question answered and provided them inspiration while benefiting mentees from the research experience. Most of them also considered mentoring in the PURE program as a fun experience. For more information on the program please visit:

To apply for PURE, please send the following information to us:

1) A picture of yourself

2) A brief summary for your research

3) Possible Projects for mentees

4) Prerequisites/ Extra Information for mentees

5) Up to three Additional question(s) for mentee

Please put information 2) - 5) in ONE Word Document, and attach it along with 1) in an email with the subject of {NAME HERE}-pure-2017 to me at

Your information will be used to create a “Mentor Profile” similar to previous semester. If you have doubts about information to be included in your application, please refer to the following link:

The [new] deadline for applying is 11:59 pm on Wednesday, January 25th. Please understand that mentees are typically freshmen and sophomores with little experience. Please try to tailor appropriate project(s) for them.

For more information, contact Shreya Rao


January 17, 2017

Green Metro Planning, LLC is an engineering consulting firm located in the western suburbs of Chicago, Illinois which specializes in modeling, planning, and design of municipal water, wastewater and stormwater systems. Green Metro offers the opportunity to work on municipal wastewater collection system projects through our internship program. Candidates will receive valuable on-the-job experience in the civil/environmental engineering industry with the possibility to be hired as full-time employees for outstanding performance.

Qualifications and Experience:

- Open to graduate and undergraduate students (of junior level and above)

- Previous coursework and/or experience in hydraulics, hydrology, ArcGIS, and water resources engineering are preferred but not required

- Applicants should be motivated, responsible, and detail-oriented

Interested applicants should contact Claire He at the following address: