Undergraduate Blog

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March 28, 2018

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


Optimal Learning and Strategic Information Provision

for Smart and Sustainable Transportation Systems

Zhen Tan, Cornell University

Friday, March 30, 2018

12:00 noon

1311 Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory



We studied problems in modern transportation systems based on proper utilization of different types of information in various ways. Specifically, we proposed novel methodologies and generated new insights using concrete applications for the following dimensions: 1) Value of information and sampling-based approach in solving network optimization problems with uncertainty. 2) Utilization of system data and forecast for real-time control of complex human-centered infrastructure systems. 3) Remedy of inaccurate travel time estimate on dynamic routing using additional information. 4) Strategic information scheme design for flow improvement on traffic networks. Our study provides useful references, practical solutions and new thinking for existent nontrivial problems and emerging challenges in transportation operations and planning under the information age and unprecedented demand for smart and sustainable mobility.



Zhen Tan is currently a fifth year PhD student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University with minors in Applied Mathematics, Operations Research and Information Engineering. He received the B.S. degree in Transportation Engineering from Tongji University and the M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Zhejiang University. His current research interests include optimal learning and convex optimization for traffic network- management problems, modeling and control of coupled transport-environment systems, and novel solutions for smart and sustainable urban systems.


March 27, 2018

May Doctoral Hooding Ceremony: Have You Designated a Faculty Hooder?

If you plan to designate a faculty hooder for the May Doctoral Hooding ceremony, please do so by April 4. Students typically choose their adviser, another faculty member, or perhaps a family member to hood them in the ceremony. This person must have an earned doctorate. Students who have not designated a hooder will be hooded by a member of the platform party. For more information about the Doctoral Hooding and to designate a hooder, please register.

May Graduates: Are You Ready for Graduation?

Congratulations to our graduates! As May approaches, there are a number of important dates and deadlines to keep in mind. Here’s a checklist of important dates and deadlines to help you prepare for graduation

March 27, 2018

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March 27, 2018

Water is essential to our lives, environment, and economy. Illinois Water Day is an opportunity to be exposed to many of the water-related issues in our world and how scientists and artists are responding. Stop in for part of all of Illinois Water Day on Thursday, April 12th at the University YMCA (1001 S Wright St.)!

4:00-5:30: Experiential Learning Activities – carry your water, eat invasive Asian carp, and taste water from various central Illinois sources.

5:30-7:00: Art and Science Open House – browse an array of water-related artwork and research posters.

7:00-8:00: Grad Student Lightning Talks – listen to four Illinois graduate students tell their research stories. Topics include aquatic invasive species, eco-hydraulics, virus disinfection, and flood-resilient landscapes.

March 27, 2018


Engineering International and Domestic Student “Meet and Greet”

-Date & Time: Tuesday, April 3, 2018 (12:30-1:30pm)

-Location: 212 Engineering Hall

-Sponsored by Engineering International Student Programs and IPENG Study Abroad

-FOOD RSVP Deadline, March 30th : https://surveys.illinois.edu/sec/438956


Join us as we celebrate our campus-wide International Week, April 1-7, 2018!  Meet Engineering international and domestic students, advisors, deans, faculty and staff! Learn about Engineering resources and opportunities. Stop by for snacks or refreshments between classes. Share your ideas, and get involved! -RSVP DEADLINE: March 30th-


U of I Black Chorus Annual Mom’s Day Concert

-Date & Time: Saturday, April 14, 2018 (7:30pm)

-Location: Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

-Sponsored by Engineering International Student Programs and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

-Request Engineering Group Tickets ($8) here


Join us for the annual University of Illinois Black Chorus Mom’s Day Concert!  This award-winning group, conducted by Dr. Ollie Watts Davis, features spirituals, gospel anthems, jazz works, and R&B songs. Get tickets early for this University of Illinois tradition!


Gathering: A Sesquicentennial Musical Celebration

-Date & Time: Saturday, April 21, 2018 (7:30pm)

-Location: Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

-Sponsored by Engineering International Student Programs and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

-Request Engineering Group Tickets ($8) here


Join us for “Gathering: A Sesquicentennial Musical Celebration” by Richard Powers and Dominick DiOrio, featuring Illinois alumni and work from: Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mark Van Doren (BA, 1914), Nobel laureate in Physiology/Medicine Rosalyn Yalow (PhD, 1945), and pioneering architect and engineer Fazlur Khan (PhD, 1955)!

To request an Engineering group ticket:
1. Complete an Engineering Group Ticket Request for each event.  Engineering group tickets are $8 (USD) each and will be reserved on a “first-come” basis.

2. A confirmation email will be sent with your reservation status and seating.  Limited seats are available.
2. After confirmation, checks or money order ONLY (no cash), payable to “UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS” must be received at 206 Engineering Hall.
3. Pick up ticket(s) at 206 Engineering Hall or the Krannert Center Will Call counter.
4. Engineering Group Seating: Main floor, while supplies last.



Thank you, and stay encouraged!





Lori West

Academic Advisor & Coordinator of

International Student Programs

College of Engineering/University of Illinois

206 Engineering Hall, MC-272

1308 W. Green Street
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 333-2280

Fax: (217) 244-4974