Undergraduate Blog

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June 14, 2017

WBK Engineering will be offering a summer job shadow session for recent high school graduates and current college students who are interested in a career in engineering, planning or resource management. The job shadow will be held in the St. Charles office at 116 West Main Street, Suite 201, St. Charles, Illinois, 60174 from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Students will meet with professionals in the areas of transportation (civil) and structural engineering, planning, and resource management and will have an opportunity for a field visit to a current project site.

Please apply via email to hr@wbkengineering.com, stating field of interest, year in school, and name/location of school no later than July 7. Accepted candidates will be notified via email no later than July 11. Space is limited. 

June 14, 2017

Please see the attached flyer for information on SE 412 - Fundamentals of Nondestructive Evaluation.


May 31, 2017

IDOT has an entry level position open at the Central Bureau of Materials. Please see the following details from IDOT regarding the opening:

Civil Engineer Trainee Job Opening in Materials at the Illinois Department of Transportation

The IDOT Central Bureau of Materials:

1.     Is on the cutting edges of development, implementation, and evaluation of new materials and building concepts for Illinois.
2.     Works closely with numerous universities in our region through the Illinois Center for Transportation as well as universities across the US on state-of-the-art and state-of-the-practice research projects.
3.     Collaborates with all states across the US to implement and improve testing and construction materials standards through the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM).
4.     Provides expert advice and engineering judgement on numerous construction projects every year.
5.     Is responsible for and have written many of the specifications used by IDOT to build transportation infrastructure projects.

Those interested can view additional information about the job opening at:

May 26, 2017

CH2M's Chicago office is hiring an entry level roadway engineer. I have attached a description of the position to this post. Any interested students, contact Tariq Shihadah (Tariq.Shihadah@ch2m.com), who can assist you with the application process, answer any questions you might have, and share personal experience as a junior-level employee with CH2M.


May 25, 2017

The ENGL/ESE courses offered in Fall 2017 may be good for students who want to learn how to think and write more effectively about the environment. Questions about these courses can be directed to Prof. Gillen Wood at gdwood@illinois.edu.
Advanced Environmental Writing
Prof. Gillen Wood

Sustainability communication is a vital and growing career field, and in 477, students learn how to write with impact about environmental issues. We study the work of the most prominent environmental journalists today—including David Quammen, Elizabeth Kolbert, and Michael Pollan—and develop skills in all formats, from news brief, to op-ed, to magazine feature article. With an emphasis on connecting our personal lives and campus life to global environmental problems, 477 helps students build the research and communication skills they will need as career advocates for sustainability.

This is a new class, with places available for Fall 2017. Enroll now!


The Anthropocene
Prof. Gillen Wood
TR 2:00-3:15

The term “Anthropocene” translates as “The Age of Humans” and has been widely adopted in academia and the media to describe the increasing dominance of human civilizations over Earth’s natural systems since the Industrial Revolution, and most dramatically since 1950. This most recent period, when the corrosive human impact on our planet’s water, land, and climate systems, and its animal species, has multiplied exponentially, is only the latest, most dramatic chapter in a history of human planetary engineering that reaches back at least to the invention of agriculture 8000 years ago. This course introduces students to the essential political, cultural and technological history of ever-expanding human footprint of the Anthropocene, and to its urgent ramifications for us today. We, as citizens of the Anthropocene Age, face decisions on issues ranging from energy to agriculture to urban design that will directly impact the quality—even viability—of life for future human generations.