Undergraduate Blog

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April 5, 2018

Faculty Candidate for the Zhejiang-University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Institute (ZJUI)


Quantifying and Managing Infrastructure Resilience: A Structural Health Monitoring Solution

Binbin Li, University of Liverpool,


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

12:00 p.m.

2312 Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory

205 N. Mathews, Urbana


Civil infrastructures, e.g., water, energy, waste and transportation systems, are essential to modern life and central to the security and stability of the nation. Modern societies demand civil infrastructures to be ‘resilient’ to disasters – natural and man-made hazards, e.g., earthquakes, floods, storms, terrorist attacks. Resilience measures the vulnerability and adaptability of infrastructures to extreme events. There are methodologies to quantify the vulnerability and adaptability of civil infrastructures. However, they are mainly based on empirical procedures due to lack of sufficient data. With integrated sensor networks in structures and infrastructures, structural health monitoring has shown its applicability in operation maintenance and emergency management, taking advantage of both the engineering knowledge and field data. This talk summarizes recent research and proposes approaches to resolve challenges of quantification and management of infrastructural resilience from the perspective of structural health monitoring to envision a promising future with resilient and intelligent civil infrastructures.



Dr. Binbin Li is currently a research associate in the Institute of Risk and Uncertainty at the University of Liverpool, UK, working on quantifying and managing uncertainties in ambient vibration test. He obtained his Ph.D. (2016) in Civil Engineering from the University of California-Berkeley and his B.S. (2009) in Civil Engineering and M.S. (2012) in Structural Engineering both from Dalian University of Technology, China. His research focuses on developing innovative statistical methods to address safety, resilience and sustainability issues of the built civil infrastructures. His specific interests include operational modal analysis, Bayesian system identification, infrastructural network modeling and field test, for structure and infrastructure health management and resilience assessment.


April 5, 2018

The Economics Minor is approved!   http://catalog.illinois.edu/undergraduate/las/academic-units/economics/#...


Please share the information I have provided below my signature with students and encourage them to complete the ‘interest form’ so they receive details on the minor as soon as it is available (only students should complete this form). We will share all updated information through AdvisL and have more on our website when ready (hopefully by the end of the semester or early summer).


We are always happy to answer your questions (just not about the Minor, yet). CS+ECON has also been approved, and our B.S. in Econometrics and Quantitative Economics is in the final stages of approval (hopefully in the summer)-- we will have more information on those as soon as possible. We are also renumbering ECON courses (ECON 490s are finally moving into new courses!), so stay tuned for updates on those as well.


Course Information (ECON Restrictions, Overrides, 400-level Course Updates, Syllabi, etc.), may be found on our ECON Course Website: http://go.economics.illinois.edu/CoursesUndergrad and other information found on our Economics Website: http://www.economics.illinois.edu/undergrad/info/. We meet with any student interested in the ECON B.A. Major, so please have them make an advising appointment: http://go.illinois.edu/EconAppointment (unless they are interested in the Minor, CS+, or BS~ then please refer to the info above).


I will be in contact with more information soon, happy registration advising in the meantime!


Melissa Newell

Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | Department of Economics, LAS

Email: menewell@illinois.edu | Office: 217.333.2682 | Web: http://www.economics.illinois.edu/programs/undergrad/


Information for Students (images attached for social media or email distribution):


Students interested in the *NEW* Economics Minor:

We have created an ‘Economics Minor Interest Form’ students may complete if they would like to receive emails with details about the minor (application process, course registration, etc.) as soon as it is available: http://go.economics.illinois.edu/MinorInterest

We hope to have more information in the early summer, if not before. We are not currently meeting with students to discuss the minor, so please complete the form so you may receive all of the updated information when available. Overrides into courses are not currently provided, and we are not accepting applications yet. In the meantime, general information may be found here.


April 3, 2018

Are you interested in an unpaid internship but are concerned about the financial hardship it may cause? The Fred S. Bailey Internship Scholarship Program for Cause-Driven Leaders offers undergraduate students at the University of Illinois who receives an unpaid internship with a public service agency or not-for profit organization is eligible to apply. Awards are $1,000 for a part-time internship or $2,500 for a full-time internship and are given directly to the student.


Summer 2018 or Fall 2018 (For internships that occur between May 16, 2018 - December 31, 2018)
Application Deadline: April 12

​Got questions? We have answers.  Stop by Office Hours at the University Y: 

Monday, April 9 from 2-4 pm Wednesday, April 11 from 4-6 pm



Kasey Umland
Associate Director

University YMCA
1001 S. Wright Street
Champaign, IL 61820

(217) 337-1514 


Apply or nominate a student for a 2018-19 Bailey Scholarship!






Tori Spring
Assistant Director, Experiential Learning
The Career Center
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
715 S. Wright Street
Champaign, IL 61820


April 3, 2018

The DFI Educational Trust, the charitable arm of the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI), announces the availability of scholarships in 2018 under its At-Large Scholarship Program.


Applicants must be enrolled full time in an accredited U.S. college or university; be pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree in civil, geotechnical engineering or other related deep foundations curriculum; or an undergraduate degree in construction management; and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.   In addition, they must demonstrate interest in the deep foundation industry and financial need.  There are several scholarships available ranging from  $2,000 to $5,000 each.   Applicants need to submit only one application and they will be considered for all available scholarships.   The awards can be used for tuition, fees, books and/or educational living expenses. 


The application period is open now.    The deadline for submission is May 15, 2018


To apply, go to At Large Application      Application, essay, and resume, are accepted online only.     Transcript and letters of recommendation must be sent by mail.   All materials must be received by the above deadline.


For more information on the DFI Educational Trust, visit www.dfitrust.org.

April 2, 2018

The Mark Alvarado Scholarship was created to help the future generations get the education they need to survive once they enter adulthood. It’s no secret that the cost of education is always increasing and Mark Alvarado has made it his mission to take at least a small part of the burden off of one student’s shoulder each year.

Applicants will have to submit a 500-word essay in order to apply for this scholarship. Full details can be found below.

You are eligible for the Mark Alvarado Scholarship if you meet one of the below criteria:

You’re a current college or university student that has not reached your final year in your degree program.
You’re a current high school senior that has already been accepted into a college or university.


Mark Alvarado wants to hear your answer to the following question:

How can schools better prepare students for the workforce? For example, students in San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) are often going into a high tech workforce in the Silicon Valley, are they well prepared for this type of work?

Submission Deadline:
January 31, 2019

Winner Selection:
Once the application period closes a committee will review all applications. A winner will be selected and contacted in February 2019. The winner will have two weeks to respond and the money will be awarded to their school’s financial aid department.

Please share the link below with the correct departments and any interested students.


Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you!

Jackie Sawyer
Program Administrator
3055 Vesuvius Ln.
San Jose, CA