Graduate Blog

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March 6, 2017

Friday, March 10 is the last day for graduate students to drop a semester course online through Student Self-Service.

March 3, 2017

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute is hosting an Earthquake Engineering Research Round Table during the first week of April where students partaking in earthquake related research get the opportunity to meet fellow colleagues and give brief ten minute presentations about their work.

We highly encourage everyone engaged in this field to sign-up by filling out the form below. This is a great chance to practice your presentation skills, get and share feedback on your work, and meet people in the earthquake community! If you have any questions don't hesitate to email Alex Tong at


March 2, 2017

The US Army Corps of Engineers Engineering Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, MS has an opportunity in which some of your students may be interested.  I am ERDC's focus area lead for Structural Health Monitoring and am looking to grow my research team. We are looking to hire up to six, top performing, PhD or MS level structural or mechanical engineers and up to two mathematical or statistical modelers.  My team has been funded very well for a few years and we anticipate, based on recent congressional legislation, for this trend to continue for the foreseeable future.  Our efforts center on providing tools and techniques to understand how inspection and sensor data can be used to assess the future performance of large civil infrastructure, particularly water resources infrastructure (locks, dams, levees, etc.).  We are focused on bridging the gap between academic research and enterprise solutions that are applied for use in operational and budgetary decisions.  Below is a little information on what skillsets we are seeking.

Structural or Mechanical Engineer (perhaps Aerospace): 

- Structural analysis, load path, dynamics, design

- Structural mechanics, stress analysis, elastoplasticity, fatigue, fracture

- Finite element analysis

- Structural experimentation, instrumentation, planning, data processing

- Structural health monitoring, pattern recognition, sensor technology


Mathematical or Statistical Modeling:

- Machine learning, pattern recognition

- Stochastic processes

- Signal processing

Other skillsets we are interested in include system engineering and decision analysis.

Our laboratory supports the Army Corps’ missions in both Civil Works and Military.  We have scientists and engineers performing research in the fields of civil, structural, geotechnical, electrical, computational, environmental, hydraulic, construction, and  materials engineering as well as many other areas of research physics.  Our facilities are able to support full-scale structural tests, scale tests on a centrifuge, shake table testing, scale fluid-structure interaction models, explosive tests, and many others.  There is tremendous opportunity for researchers to find an area of expertise and to take their ideas from concept to application.   We have opportunities for students to obtain their PhDs while working on their normal research as well.  We also have opportunities for students to intern over the summers.  More information about our laboratory  can be found here: 

For more info contact:

Matthew D. Smith, PhD, PE

Research Civil Engineer

US Army Corps of Engineers

Vicksburg, MS 39180


March 2, 2017

Engineering at Illinois offers the Mavis Future Faculty Fellows (MF3) Program to senior PhD students who are interested in pursing a faculty position.  This program is designed to facilitate the training of the next generation of great engineering professors.  To learn more about the MF3 Program, please visit  

This year, Mavis Fellows will register for a one credit hour seminar course, ENG 591, both the fall and spring terms.  The seminar will be on Fridays (both semesters) from Noon to 1 pm.    The Mavis Fellows for the 2017-2018 academic will receive a $2,000 fellowship, which is paid in two installments if all MF3 milestones are met.  To be eligible for the MF3 Program, student must:   

be a PhD student within the College of Engineering,  have passed their qualifying exam,  be enrolled as a full-time student for the 2017-2018 academic year, and be interested in pursuing a faculty position.

To learn about the application process and to apply, please visit   If interested, it is important to consult with your home Department’s Academic Office as applicants need a letter of support from their department.  

The application deadline is 5 pm on March 31, 2017.   MF3 Fellows are admitted on a competitive-basis.  Decisions will be announced by April 15, 2017.  All application materials must be submitted electronically in a SINGLE PDF document and uploaded the applicant's home Department’s Academic Office at or emailed directly to Kathy Reeves at  

February 28, 2017

This course is a unique experiment at the intersection of state-of-the-art technology and business. Drawing on the world-class research in the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB), and taught by faculty from both IGB and the College of Business, the course will be based on a foundation of breakthrough developments in genomic biology.  Using this basis, the course will cover the opportunities for business in addressing some of the most pressing grand challenges facing society today. 

The course will be interactive and hands-on, with students working in groups taking on the role of an entrepreneurial startup.  They will use cutting-edge research and technology to develop a product (good or service) as well as a business plan. Additionally, students will complete a number of individual assignments about genomic technology and business and participate in a Code-a-Thon involving rapid idea generation and business plan development.

Genomics forTM Business Applications will drive a number of important outcomes for students:

Develop a practical, working understanding of genomic science, Understand the diverse commercial implications of genomics, and Translate the technical understanding of genomic science to applications in business.

The course meets on Tuesdays from 12:30-3:20pm during the 2nd 8-weeks of this semester in 3039 BIF. This is taught by Professor Madhu Viswanathan and Dr. Gene Robinson, Director of the Institute for Genomic Biology.

For more info, contact:

Nadine L. Gleason

Associate Director, Illinois MBA Student & Academic Services

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2019 Business Instructional Facility, 515 East Gregory Drive, Champaign, IL 61820

217-333-4241 fax: 217-333-1156