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May 6, 2016


Title:  Case Histories in Infrastructure Engineering

When:           Summer Session 2016



Instructor:      W. Charles Greer, Jr., P.E.*

Description:    This course will cover multiple case histories in infrastructure engineering. The two types of case histories to be covered will be CEE problems that are unique and challenging and require interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to propose solutions and CEE failure investigations that uncover the mechanisms behind projects that didn’t work as they were originally designed. For each case history, students will be presented with introductory information, engineering data, and background reading material, and they will be expected to discuss the case histories during class. All case history projects involve design and construction issues as well remediation of the problems.  All will involve in-depth investigation of the problems, recommendations of data to collect, evaluations of the data provided, and development of solutions to the CEE challenge or failure. Students will also form teams for a semester project and present their evaluation, data, and viable solutions at the end of the course.  Students will be graded on quizzes, participation in discussions, and the oral and written presentation of the team case history project.

Case history examples included in the course are movement of the 5,000-ton Cape Hatteras lighthouse, movement of two 1,050-ton nuclear reactor pressure vessels across 46 miles of roadway, construction quality control issue such as acceptable in-place concrete strength and other construction materials, and roadway/airfield facilities that experienced premature failures.

The course is intended for seniors and graduate students in CEE and CEE online students.

*W. Charles Greer, Jr., P.E. is a graduate of the University of Illinois with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering.  He is a registered professional in Georgia and Florida.  During his over 41 years of experience, he worked on a broad range of civil engineering projects around the world.  As Senior Vice President, Director of Engineering, and Director of Quality Assurance for Law Engineering, MACTEC, and AMEC E&I, he was responsible for the development and implementation of engineering and quality procedures as well as project management processes.  His awards include the C. C. Wiley Award at the U of I, Engineer of the Year in Georgia by GSPE, and Honorary Member of the International Society for Concrete Pavements.  When Georgia Tech initiated a Masters Degree Program in Facilities Management, he developed and taught the inaugural course entitled Maintenance Management of Built Assets.  Prior to his recent retirement from AMEC E&I, he was involved with the quality processes for construction of the new nuclear power units at Georgia Power's Plant Vogtle and  the V. C. Summer Plant for South Carolina Electric & Gas.  Since 1974, he also has been involved with all phases of construction at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the busiest airport in the world.  Projects at the airport include an 18-foot diameter tunnel under an active runway and taxiway, construction of the underground people mover system, the airfield pavement management program, and many others.

May 5, 2016

Summer 2016 Mindful Wilderness Experience:

Leading Change from Within


Discover your authentic self.  Become a leader from within to effectively inspire change & address society’s greatest challenges. Experience the power of presence. Explore the fundamentals of sustainability and resilience. Learn how to achieve systemic change through mindfulness and ecological principles of biomimicry.

During pre-trip online sessions, learn leadership skills & mindfulness skills adapted from Koru Basic, the research-proven mindfulness program for college students. Then join a seven-day small-group wilderness experience at a base camp near Aspen, CO. On the first day, visit the world-renowned Rocky Mountain Institute & the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies to learn about sustainability & resilience. Then immerse in teachings on leadership & ecological principles, hiking & nature sensing, and Koru mindfulness retreats—preparation for an optional 1-3 night solo experience with deeper reflection.

Required online pre-trip sessions: 2 – 4:20 PM CST, Monday May 16th, Friday May 20th, Friday May 27th, & Thursday June 2nd. Trip runs June 4-11th and costs $630 without travel to Aspen. Course credit & financial aid are available at University of Illinois. For more information & registration, please visit http://publish.illinois.edu/mindful-wilderness-experience/. Camping equipment available if needed.

May 5, 2016

Please see attachment for information about a transportation research opportunity involving autonomous vehicles.

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May 4, 2016

The Annual Dump and Run keeps six semi-trailers worth of unwanted goods out of Champaign-Urbana’s dumpsters and landfills each year. This project reduces litter and consumer waste, saves space in landfills, and provides inexpensive items for folks to purchase in the fall. The University YMCA is looking for volunteers to help with collections and sorting of items from May 9th to May 25th. Please sign up for a shift at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e45aeac2fa46-dump1.

When you volunteer, you get first dibs on the things collected (after only 6 hours of volunteering) - and we get an unbelievable amount of great things donated! So come out and volunteer for this great cause! Volunteers help bring back the items to the Y, sort the items, put things in bags or boxes, and have the fun of getting to sort through tons of cool things. Clothing will be down in the air-conditioned K rooms again this year for those of you who toughed it out in Murphy Lounge last year!

For questions, please email Emily Cross, Director of Development at the University YMCA, at emily@universityymca.org.

May 4, 2016

Please see attachment about a Co-op at Gessner Engineering.

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