Graduate Blog

To submit an item for the graduate blog, email Joan Christian.

April 19, 2017

ENG 440 HWP (formerly an ENG 398 special topics course) will be offered in 2017-2018 to teach students who are interested in international development about how to provide sustainable infrastructure solutions by focusing on community needs, culture, and political structure. This course has been immensely popular during its first four years, and many students continue to engage with the course partnership even after graduating.

This year-long course is open to undergraduate and graduate students (via LAST 550) in all disciplines. Working with a community in rural Honduras, the students develop an understanding of community needs for a safe drinking water supply, investigate conditions that affect the operation and sustainability of the system, visit the community over Winter Break 2018 to perform field investigations, and develop a holistic design to improve the community’s health through drinking-water improvements and education. Water systems already have been constructed in past partner communities of Las Queseras and Fatima, Honduras, last year’s course design is entering construction in the village of Cerro Verde, and students in this year’s course are finishing design for El Tablon, which will be constructed in 2018.

In addition to engineering students, we welcome all disciplines and particularly encourage students in Community Health, Political Science, Spanish language, Global Studies, Dietetics, and Education to participate. Feel free to use and share the attached flyer.



April 18, 2017

PhD Final Defense - Pouyan Assem

Axial behavior of drilled shafts in soft rock

Advisor: Professor Emeritus James H. Long

Co-Advisor: Professor Paolo Gardoni

Date: Wednesday, May 24, 10:00 am

Location: Newmark-Quade Conference Room



April 18, 2017

The St. Louis Chapter of the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) is pleased to again offer the SEI – St. Louis Structural Engineering Scholarship.  This structural specific scholarship has been offered since 2013 by the local chapter of SEI to a student pursuing a Master’s degree with a structural emphasis enrolled during the Fall semester at a Midwest University.

We are requesting your assistance to share this with your students and encourage applicants.  Attached you will find the scholarship intent, application with eligibility requirements and procedures.  The deadline for this scholarship is June 1, 2017 (earlier than previous years).  Any questions or concerns should be addressed to:

Stephanie Spann, PE

Structural Project Manager


800 South Vandeventer Avenue

St. Louis, MO 63110

O: 314.534.1030

D: 314.678.3168

Stephanie Spann


April 17, 2017

The Illinois State Water Survey is hiring summer field research assistants to help with a water quality monitoring project with the Illinois EPA.  Please pass along the attached job announcement to any professors that have students interested in gaining field experience with a state agency.  We are hiring  current students, graduating students, as well as non-students.  Thank you for your time.

Amy Krzton-Presson

Assistant Hydrologic Specialist

Illinois State Water Survey

2204 Griffith Drive

Champaign, IL 61820

Phone: 217-300-5794



April 17, 2017

EGSAC Quality of Life and Wellbeing Survey. Available online from April 10th through April 24th.

This 10-15 minute survey is part of a student-led research initiative to understand the engineering graduate student experience at Illinois. It will enable us, the Engineering Graduate Student Advisory Committee (EGSAC), to advocate to the College of Engineering on your behalf. Simply click on the link sent to you via email (subject: Engineering Graduate Student Survey) to begin responding! All survey responses are anonymous, and results will not be shared about groups small enough such that the individuals within the group could be considered identifiable.

Questions? contact Jeff Wallace