Graduate Blog

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May 9, 2016

Dear CEE Students:

Will you be on campus this summer? Volunteers are needed for ConvoPartners, to meet with international students for conversation and cultural exchange. 

Details and application below.  Question number 2 specifically asks for interest in the summer CEE program. 


From: Rachel Newell [] Sent: Thursday, May 05, 2016 2:02 PM Subject: Conversation Partners for International Students Needed for Summer 2016

Greetings Wonderful Intensive English Institute ConvoPartners Volunteers Past, Present, and Future!!!

Although the spring semester has just ended, here at the Intensive English Institute we are already looking ahead to summer and are excited about all the new and returning international students we'll have the opportunity to match with ConvoPartners volunteers for weekly casual conversation practice and mutual cultural exchange. 

To make that happen, we need YOU! So, additional information and the volunteer application for Summer 2016 are now ready and available to you here. 

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions and comments and please share this opportunity (via social media - you can share the recent post on our Facebook page - , email, conversations...)  with anyone you know (individuals, social groups, churches, neighborhood listserves, other volunteer groups, etc.) who may be interested.  

Very Warm Regards,  

Rachel Newell Outreach Lecturer + ConvoPartners Program Coordinator Intensive English Institute University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 616 E. Green Street, Suite 210 Champaign, IL 61820 USA

May 9, 2016

Doctoral students who will be participating in the campuswide Commencement ceremony at Memorial Stadium on May 14 should watch this video for instructions and a demonstration of the hooding process.

May 9, 2016

PhD Final Defense – Ahmed Abdelmohsen

Optimizing the Construction Planning of Highway Work Zones

Advisor: Professor Khaled El-Rayes

Date: Tuesday May 10th, 3:00 pm

Location: Newmark, Room (3350)

Download Ahmed Abdelmohsen abstract

May 6, 2016

Title:  Case Histories in Infrastructure Engineering

When:           Summer Session 2016



Instructor:      W. Charles Greer, Jr., P.E.*

Description:    This course will cover multiple case histories in infrastructure engineering. The two types of case histories to be covered will be CEE problems that are unique and challenging and require interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to propose solutions and CEE failure investigations that uncover the mechanisms behind projects that didn’t work as they were originally designed. For each case history, students will be presented with introductory information, engineering data, and background reading material, and they will be expected to discuss the case histories during class. All case history projects involve design and construction issues as well remediation of the problems. All will involve in-depth investigation of the problems, recommendations of data to collect, evaluations of the data provided, and development of solutions to the CEE challenge or failure. Students will also form teams for a semester project and present their evaluation, data, and viable solutions at the end of the course. Students will be graded on quizzes, participation in discussions, and the oral and written presentation of the team case history project.

Case history examples included in the course are movement of the 5,000-ton Cape Hatteras lighthouse, movement of two 1,050-ton nuclear reactor pressure vessels across 46 miles of roadway, construction quality control issue such as acceptable in-place concrete strength and other construction materials, and roadway/airfield facilities that experienced premature failures.

The course is intended for seniors and graduate students in CEE and CEE online students.


*W. Charles Greer, Jr., P.E. is a graduate of the University of Illinois with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering. He is a registered professional in Georgia and Florida.  During his over 41 years of experience, he worked on a broad range of civil engineering projects around the world.  As Senior Vice President, Director of Engineering, and Director of Quality Assurance for Law Engineering, MACTEC, and AMEC E&I, he was responsible for the development and implementation of engineering and quality procedures as well as project management processes.  His awards include the C. C. Wiley Award at the U of I, Engineer of the Year in Georgia by GSPE, and Honorary Member of the International Society for Concrete Pavements.  When Georgia Tech initiated a Masters Degree Program in Facilities Management, he developed and taught the inaugural course entitled Maintenance Management of Built Assets.  Prior to his recent retirement from AMEC E&I, he was involved with the quality processes for construction of the new nuclear power units at Georgia Power's Plant Vogtle and  the V. C. Summer Plant for South Carolina Electric & Gas.  Since 1974, he also has been involved with all phases of construction at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the busiest airport in the world.  Projects at the airport include an 18-foot diameter tunnel under an active runway and taxiway, construction of the underground people mover system, the airfield pavement management program, and many others.


May 5, 2016

The Lake Michigan States Section Past Chair, William Graham has offered to cover the cost for two (2) students currently enrolled in a degree granting program to attend the 2016 Waste Conference – Changing Landscape of Waste Management being held on May 17, 2016 in Lisle.  The conference is loaded with many informative presentations.  Attached is the current conference brochure.  A&WMA provides many benefits, knowledge and networking opportunities for members. 

The first two (2) students to email Robin Pelsis ( with their request to attend will have their registration fee covered by Mr. Graham.   

In addition, they are hosting a YP Networking Event on May 13th at DePaul University.  Also attached is the flyer on this event and students are welcome to join us, all we ask is that they please pre-register so we have an accurate count of attendees.

Download 2016 Waste Conf Brochure 042816

Download 2016 Networking Flyer