Graduate Blog

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April 14, 2017

PhD Final Defense-Victor Lefevre

Dlelectric Elastomer Composites: Anatical and Numerical Non-Convex Homogenization Methods and Applications

Advisor: Professor Oscar Lopez-Pamies

Date: Monday, May 1, 8:30 a.m.

Location: Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science Room 3403


April 13, 2017

McCooe and Associates have partnered with PRI Asphalt Technologies to fulfill a search for the Project/Logistics/Technical Manager, reporting to the President, with oversight and direction for all laboratory facilities/operations in the Greater Chicago area.  This Manager will be responsible for overall sample management including receipt, testing, storage, and data.  She/he will oversee large contract jobs with tight timeframes and ensure work and results are being submitted to the customer in an accurate and timely manner.

Responsibilities include strategically planning/managing the logistics of the various projects; directing and optimizing workflow, while ensuring the quality and accuracy of the data; handling sample storage and disposal; and customer communications regarding sample labeling, questions on mix up, shortages, data, etc.  This individual also needs to comply with all ISO requirements.    

This role requires a Bachelor’s degree, BS (science discipline) preferred. Successful 3+ years management experience to oversee a staff of 7, with two shifts. A technical background with logistics and testing lab experience desired.  This individual must be extremely organized, self-motivated, and capable of working independently.    Proficiency in Microsoft programs (Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint) and “Share Point” or equivalent is a must.

Compensation includes market rate salary, $70,000 - $90,000, commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits including profit sharing, employer funded (PRI has contributed for 26 consecutive years); performance bonuses with annual reviews; Health, Dental & Life Insurance (family) 65% company funded; and Retirement Plan is a 401K pre-tax, employer 1 for 1 to 4% and 401k post-tax.


Sean McCooe


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April 12, 2017

Cost-Effective Physical Modeling of Geotechnical Systems using Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV)


Masoud Hajialilue-Bonab

Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Tabriz-Iran

Visiting Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering,

University of California Davis

April 20, 2017

1:00-2:00 p.m.

Newmark Civil Engineering Lab 1233

April 12, 2017

PhD Final Defense-Liang Liu

Technology-Based Past and Future Emission Inventories for the Transportation Sector

Advisor: Professor Tami C. Bond

Date: Friday, April 21, 10:00 a.m.

Location: Newmark Quade Conference Room


April 11, 2017

Owens Corning Science and Technology, LLC, located in Granville, Ohio is seeking a UIUC Civil and Environmental Engineering Student for a Summer, 2017 Internship.Interns will work on research project teams for geomembrane product and systems development, work on research project teams for applications research involving:geomembrane installation practices, performance evaluation/environmental impact, and applications fit and expansion, as well as publish research results at conclusion of the internship.Students will earn $32.69/hour during the 8-10 week internship.Candidates must maintain a 3.2 GPA or higher, and be eligible to work in the U.S. on a full-time basis.A $1500 stipend will be included in first paycheck to assist with travel and lodging.If interested, please contact Steve Thaxton by phone (740) 321-8011, or email

Layfield Group, located in San Diego, California, is seeking a UIUC Civil and Environmental Engineering Student for a Summer, 2017 Internship.  Interns will learn all aspects of geomembrane fabrication, installation, testing, welding, patching and more.  Layfield is seeking motivated individuals who are able to communicate with team members, travel and work outside.  Physically active candidates, with the ability to perform manual labor in the elements are recommended.  Students will earn $12-16/hour during the 8-10 week internship.  If interested, please contact Rob Rempel by phone (619) 273-5006, or email: