Graduate Blog

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

April 18, 2017

PhD Final Defense - Pouyan Assem

Axial behavior of drilled shafts in soft rock

Advisor: Professor Emeritus James H. Long

Co-Advisor: Professor Paolo Gardoni

Date: Wednesday, May 24, 10:00 am

Location: Newmark-Quade Conference Room



April 18, 2017

The St. Louis Chapter of the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) is pleased to again offer the SEI – St. Louis Structural Engineering Scholarship.  This structural specific scholarship has been offered since 2013 by the local chapter of SEI to a student pursuing a Master’s degree with a structural emphasis enrolled during the Fall semester at a Midwest University.

We are requesting your assistance to share this with your students and encourage applicants.  Attached you will find the scholarship intent, application with eligibility requirements and procedures.  The deadline for this scholarship is June 1, 2017 (earlier than previous years).  Any questions or concerns should be addressed to:

Stephanie Spann, PE

Structural Project Manager


800 South Vandeventer Avenue

St. Louis, MO 63110

O: 314.534.1030

D: 314.678.3168

Stephanie Spann


April 17, 2017

The Illinois State Water Survey is hiring summer field research assistants to help with a water quality monitoring project with the Illinois EPA.  Please pass along the attached job announcement to any professors that have students interested in gaining field experience with a state agency.  We are hiring  current students, graduating students, as well as non-students.  Thank you for your time.

Amy Krzton-Presson

Assistant Hydrologic Specialist

Illinois State Water Survey

2204 Griffith Drive

Champaign, IL 61820

Phone: 217-300-5794



April 17, 2017

EGSAC Quality of Life and Wellbeing Survey. Available online from April 10th through April 24th.

This 10-15 minute survey is part of a student-led research initiative to understand the engineering graduate student experience at Illinois. It will enable us, the Engineering Graduate Student Advisory Committee (EGSAC), to advocate to the College of Engineering on your behalf. Simply click on the link sent to you via email (subject: Engineering Graduate Student Survey) to begin responding! All survey responses are anonymous, and results will not be shared about groups small enough such that the individuals within the group could be considered identifiable.

Questions? contact Jeff Wallace


April 17, 2017


 2017 Jahns Lecturer - Association of Environmental & Engineering Geoscientists (AEG)

Room 101, Natural Resources Building

615 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign, IL

April 17, at 2 pm

Solid as a Rock: How engineering geology relates to transportation asset management

Dr. Scott Anderson (BGC Engineering, Incorporated)