Graduate Blog

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August 3, 2017

PhD Final Defense – Michelle Marincel Payne

Development of Hybrid, Biomimetic Protein-Synthetic Membranes: Determining Protein Insertion Efficiency, Membrane Material Suitability and Relevance of Aquaporin Z

Advisor: Dr. Julie Zilles

Date: Monday, August 14th, 3:00 pm

Location: Newmark, Room 1311


August 2, 2017

Do you desire to obtain a faculty position upon completing your PhD or postdoc? Are you planning to go on the job market in the next 1-2 years? Then consider getting a head start on drafting your faculty application materials (cover letter, research and teaching statements) by participating in the Illinois Female Engineers in Academia Training (iFEAT) program. The program is open to female STEM graduate students and postdocs. Interested in learning more? Then check out our website or attend the info session at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, 29 August 2017 in Transportation Building 114. Participant applications are due by 11:59 pm on Tuesday, 05 September 2017. If you have questions, please contact

August 2, 2017

Are you…

•Interested in getting more involved in STEM outreach? •Seeking a focused opportunity to engage with and give back to the community? •Looking to add outreach activities to your resume or in grant writing?   Envision's Mission: Increase the opportunity of STEM outreach for graduate students at UIUC Provide an avenue for outreach in our community Improve science communication, teaching skills and leadership in our members Assist professors/research groups with outreach development


Attend our 1st meeting! Wed, Sept 6th, 5pm. Graduate Student Lounge in MEB (lower level, room 29)

Visit our website:

Contact: Ashley Armstrong (


August 2, 2017

I'm writing to you on behalf of the MTA Genius Transit Challenge, a New York City innovation competition that seeks ideas to modernize the city's subway system.

We think your department and its students might be interested in submitting ideas to the Challenge. Winners will get the chance to modernize the New York City subway system and will receive a reward of up to $1 million. The application deadline is August 11.

Please visit to learn more. We'd be very grateful if you would consider sharing the Challenge with others in your department and with the student body.

Meghna Sachdev
PwC | Digital Solutions Team
1730 Penn. Ave. NW, Wash., DC 20006


July 27, 2017

Transportation Mini-Workshop

Sunday, July 30

2312 Newmark

9 am- 12 pm


The objective of the mini-workshop is to discuss emerging revolutions in transportation systems, induced/transformed research needs, and plausible pathways forward. The mini-workshop will include 15-min short presentations on the following topics, and then leave ample of time for discussion.


* Autonomous and connected vehicles

* Shared mobility (car/bike-, ride-sharing, etc.)

* Ubiquitous sensing and big data analytics

* E-commerce 


Prominent Transportation Researchers Presenting


Prof. Hai Yang, HK Univ. of Science & Tech, Editor-in-Chief of Trans Res Part B

Prof. Yafeng Yin, Univ. of Michigan, Editor-in-Chief of Trans Res Part C

Prof. Hani Mahmassani, Northwestern Univ., Former Editor-in-Chief of Trans Science

Prof. Yu Nie, Northwestern Univ., Associate Editor of Trans Science

Prof. Jeff Ban, Univ. of Washington

Prof. Hai Wang, Singapore Management Univ.