Undergraduate Blog

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April 25, 2018

The Town of Normal has just posted a recruitment effort for the Town Engineer position. Anyone interested in the position should see the attached job posting for more details.

April 25, 2018

Dear students,


Are you interested in pursuing graduate study at Stanford University? 

If yes, consider applying for a Knight-Hennessy scholarship!  John L. Hennessy will be on campus next week, and he’ll lead an information session to provide more information about this opportunity.


Are you interested in pursuing graduate study in the United Kingdom or Ireland?

If yes, consider applying for a Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell or Gates scholarship!  We’ll be hosting an information session this week that will provide insight about these opportunities from current recipients.



Knight-Hennessy Scholarship Event

Wednesday, May 2nd

3:00 – 4:00 pm

1000 Lincoln Hall


More information about this event:

The Knight-Hennessy Scholarship is for 2 to 5 years of study leading to a graduate degree at Stanford University. Seniors, graduate or professional students, and graduates are eligible to apply within four years of earning a bachelor's degree (after January, 2014). U.S. and non-U.S. citizens are eligible. All applicants must apply directly to a Stanford degree program and also to the Knight-Hennessy to be considered for the award. The scholarship is awarded to students who are accepted to a graduate degree program at Stanford (hence the dual application) and also portray 1) an Independence of Thought, 2) Purposeful Leadership, and 3) a Civic Mindset. They seek highly motivated candidates who out-think, out-work, and out-care others.


John L. Hennessy will be leading this event. Hennessy was the 10th president of Stanford University and the academic architect and visionary behind the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program. Building upon the major academic initiatives advanced during his presidency, Hennessy sought to create an enduring and unmatched education program that would have significant impact on global challenges in the 21st century and beyond. Upon stepping down from the presidency, he began serving as the inaugural Shriram Family Director of Knight-Hennessy Scholars. He also currently serves as non-executive chairman of Alphabet.


UK and Ireland Scholarship Information Session for Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell and Gates

Thursday, May 3rd

3:00-4:00 pm

514 Illinois University Bookstore


More information about this event:

Join us to learn about a group of scholarships that fully fund graduate study in the United Kingdom and Ireland! This informational session and application workshop is targeted to juniors, seniors, and graduate or professional students, and will provide an overview of the Gates Cambridge, Marshall, Mitchell, and Rhodes scholarships.  We will discuss eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and the application processes for these awards.  The latter portion of the event is designed to introduce some of the common application components for the scholarships and help participants start to develop content for them. Scholarship alumni will also be available to answer your questions about these awards. This is a great opportunity to strategize and get feedback on your ideas for your personal statement and other written portions of the applications.  The priority deadline for the Marshall scholarship is June 1, 2018, and the required campus deadline for many of the UK/Ireland scholarships is August 21, 2018, so now is the time to learn about the programs and get answers to your questions!

April 25, 2018

The College of Engineering is collaborating with the Gies College of Business to provide engineering students access to the iMBA program, the Illinois MBA program offered entirely online. This program will begin with MS students in CEE, who can apply for a limited number of available seats in the iMBA Certificate program for CEE students for the 2018-19 academic year. Accepted students will be eligible to complete one of the core specializations in the iMBA program, Value Chain Management.

Upon completion of the specialization, students will earn a certificate and 12 hours of credit that can be transferred to the iMBA degree program, which students can apply for and continue after their MS degree in CEE. 

The Value Chain Management specialization focuses on managerial accounting, process management, and marketing. Selected students should expect to spend about 10-15 hours per week on three 8-week classes, two in the fall semester and one in the spring semester, and the specialization also includes completion of a two-week capstone project in the spring semester. Courses are offered online, and students view course content via the Coursera platform and participate in live sessions with business school faculty. 

Program Details

Full-time MS students in CEE for the 2018-19 academic year are eligible (30 seats are available) Specialization can be completed with no additional tuition or fees, although students will have to purchase course packets Applications due April 30 Information session Monday, April 9, 5pm, 2311 Newmark

Note that this program is limited to students who will be full-time students for the fall and spring semesters. For students graduating, the iMBA program is still a great opportunity, and you can begin with any of the core specializations once your CEE degree is completed. If you would like to learn more about the program, please feel free to contact me.

April 23, 2018

Please see the following message from RS&H regarding employment opportunities:

RS&H is currently looking for Entry-Level Roadway and Structural Engineers to join our Transportation-Infrastructure practice in St. Charles, IL.

From managed toll lanes and long-range corridor plans to complex interchanges, major roadway, and segmental bridge designs, our teams provide the highest quality planning, environmental and engineering design solutions to our clients. Each day, we partner with transportation agencies and local governments across the country to keep our communities moving and improving the overall quality of life. By joining our team, you too can lead the evolution of transportation.

Please visit our website to learn more about us http://www.rsandh.com/ and apply online through Handshake or through our Careers page.

April 19, 2018

Undergraduate Advisory Board is hosting Bagels & Coffee Break – Wednesday, May 2, 9-11am, Yeh Center First Floor Atrium.