Graduate Blog

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September 6, 2016

PhD Final Defense - Hajin Choi

Evaluation of Internal Damage in Reinforced Concrete Elements Using Ultrasonic Tomography

Advisor: Professor John S. Popovics

Date: Friday, September 16, 8:00 am

Location: Newmark Room 2218


September 2, 2016

PhD Final Defense - Na Kyung Kim

Biological degradation of soluable microbial products in a combined system of anaerobic packed-bed reactors and a down-flow hanging sponge reactor

Advisor: Professor Wen-Tso Liu

Date: Monday, September 19, 9:00 am

Location: Newmark Room 1225


September 1, 2016

Intern-Strategic Resources

State Farm’s Fall 2016 Research and Development Center (RDC) Internship Program provides an opportunity for 10-15 hours of paid research work per week, through Friday, December 9, 2016.  This research project seeks geology, geophysics, and/or civil and environmental engineering majors to study topics related to induced seismicity, regulation of the oil and gas industry, methodologies in categorizing the root cause (natural or human-induced) of earthquakes, and/or oil and gas industry operations including hydraulic fracturing (fracking), directional drilling, and wastewater disposal.

This position requires good communication and people skills, basic knowledge of oil and gas industry operations, and knowledge of geology terminology.  Good writing and organizational skills are also desired.

To learn more about the State Farm Research and Development Center, please visit

Interested applicants will apply at to Job Opening ID #61366. 


August 31, 2016

WTS Chicago is offering two scholarships this year to women pursuing careers in the area of transportation.   The scholarships and amounts we are offering from our local chapter are:

-        Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship for Graduate Students - $4,000 ($10,000 national)

-        Leadership Legacy Scholarship for Graduate Students - $2,500 ($5,000 national)

All local winners will be forwarded onto the national level to compete for the national scholarship awards.  Applications are attached for each of these scholarships which are due October 28th.