Undergraduate Blog

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September 12, 2016

Dear students,

We are delighted to inform you that the leading Chinese construction company—Jiangsu Transportation Institute (JSTI http://www.jsti.com/) is coming to UIUC campus for recruitment, and will hold a Career Talk at Lincoln Hall 1002, 11:00am-12:30pm, Oct. 21st, 2016.

With focus and rapid development on exploration, scientific research, new materials, new technologies, etc., JSTI is a premier, dynamic and energetic firm aiming at providing innovative solutions for clients and with strong ability to realize its value. The business spheres include: roads, municipal projects, water systems, city rails, railways, aviation and construction, environment etc.

In order to expand the strategic development out of China, they are now seeking for talents who have education background with concentration on Civil Engineering, Traffic Engineering, Transportation Planning, Information Technology, Water Resources Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology,Environmental Science,Materials Science,Electromechanical Engineering or related fields.

LinkedIn will be the only approach of registration for this career talk.  If you are interested in it, please click the link below to go to the registration website:

http://linkedin-event.com/b2b/jsti.html

September 12, 2016

Hello Travelers!   

This coming Wintermester the Recreation, Sport, and Tourism Department is offering a 3 credit travel study opportunity to beautiful Fiji.  This is a two week trip over winter break (December 31- January 15) that is open to all majors and has no pre-requisites.  The links below will take you to the tentative itinerary and the course application.  Additionally, the study abroad website (www.studyabroad.illinois.edu) has more information about the trip and possible financing options.

Itinerary:  Fiji Itinerary.2016-2017.Draft.pdf
Application: https://app.studyabroad.illinois.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewP...

Finances: The trip does not have to be paid in full until the day the trip leaves (December 31). Many scholarships are available (link: http://www.studyabroad.illinois.edu/scholarships).

If you are interested in an adventure over winter break please apply ASAP as the application deadline is September 15th!

If you have any questions, please contact the trip co-leaders, Bin Lizzo (lizzo@illinois.edu) or Daniil Tendera (dtender2@illinois.edu). If you would like questions answered from a student’s perspective, please feel free to email Alexxis Franklin (afrnkln2@illinois.edu); she was a student on the Fiji trip last year.

September 9, 2016

Have you thought about becoming a LEED professional, but you’re deterred by the cost? If so, today is your day, because the Bank of America Charitable Foundation is now accepting applications for their Green Scholars Program. The program is open to all low- to moderate-income individuals who do no currently hold a LEED professional credential.

If accepted into the program, scholars will be able to take the LEED Green Associate exam at no cost, and scholars will also receive the LEED Core Concepts Guide and a yearlong subscription to Education @USGBC.

There’s never been a better time to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to differentiate your knowledge in the market and become a successful green building professional.

Learn more and apply today

Community Green Scholars Program applications are due Nov. 1, 2016. Questions? Email Ryan Snow, Director of Global Community Development at rsnow@usgbc.org.

September 9, 2016

Alumnus Paul Walker (Physics ’98) will be returning to campus September 16th and is scheduled to hold a career seminar from 10:30-11:30am in 204 Loomis.

Paul is a retired Goldman Sachs partner. He holds a BA in physics from Cornell University and a physics PhD from UIUC.  Paul’s PhD in numerical general relativity helped us to begin understanding the gravitational wave signal from in-spiraling binary black holes. The code he worked on, The Cactus Code, is still used in relativity research around the world.

After finishing his PhD in 1998, Paul relocated to New York and began a career in finance. After a short time at another bank, he went to Goldman Sachs.  He held several roles at Goldman, including building the firm’s core risk systems, managing securities businesses, and finally co-heading the firm’s technology division. Paul retired from Goldman in early 2016, and is now an advisory director to the firm.

Paul is active in science and education philanthropy and is on the board of several charities, including the New York Academy of Sciences. He and his wife spend time thinking about ways to democratize science education, and work on helping socio-economically diverse students overcome the obstacles they face due to a lack of social capital.

Paul will talk about his life in technology and finance, how his physics degree prepared him for it (and how it didn’t), and will host an active Q&A session.

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