Graduate Blog

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

September 4, 2020

Hey Grads! The CEE Graduate Student Advisory Committee (CEE GSAC) welcomes you to Champaign-Urbana (Chambana)! Interact with your peers on zoom to know about the twin city and what it offers apart from the world class education. We are meeting this Thursday, September 10, 2020 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm (Central Time). Please see flyer attached and RSVP! 


September 3, 2020

Please see attached for info on a paid research opportunity for UIUC PhD students.


September 1, 2020

TDC-MIT Transportation & Infrastructure Virtual Summit on Monday, October 12, 2020. I am emailing you because students in your academic programs may be interested in attending this conference, featuring keynote presentations from Anthony Foxx (current Chief Policy Officer at Lyft and former US Secretary of Transportation) and Craig Cipriano (Acting President of MTA Bus Company), as well as panel discussions addressing this year’s theme of “Navigating Transportation Challenges and Opportunities in a New Era.” Students can register for FREE at

At the conference, hear experts from regional agencies and companies representing all modes of transportation speak on:

1.    Navigating Political and Funding Structures

2.    Mitigating Transportation Workforce Challenges

We would appreciate you distributing the information included in the attached save-the-date flyer to interested students in transportation and related disciplines at your university.

Thank you and please feel free to contact Rubén Morgan at or John Moody at with any questions or comments. We hope to see many of you there!


August 31, 2020

PhD Final Defense – Amirali Najafi
Multi-Axial Real-Time Hybrid Simulation Framework with Multiple Boundary Points for Nonlinear Dynamic Testing of Structural Systems
Advisor: Professor Billie F. Spencer Jr.
Date: Tuesday September 22nd, 8:00 am
Location: Zoom/Online


August 31, 2020

LEED Green Associate (GA) Training Webinar and Online self-paced options:

I will be offering live webinars that can be streamed on any of the following dates:


September 12 2020 – 2:00PM – 6:00PM EDT

September 30 2020 – 5:00PM – 9:00PM EDT

October 17 2020 – 1:00PM – 5:00PM EDT  

October 25 2020 – 2:00PM – 6:00PM EDT -   OR   -

November 7 2020 – 3:00PM – 7:00PM EDT

November 19 2020 – 5:00PM – 9:00PM EDT

The above options are all identical.

You can register here for a webinar -

Online – Start today - Self-paced recorded workshop

Or take the on-demand recorded course completed at your own pace here -


This course is instructed by a USGBC Faculty member and is the most effective way to pass. The USGBC charges a $100 (reduced for students) fee for the actual exam which can now be taken online from home. Save money by reserving your spot today and make a positive difference in your career!


Cost: $200 - Students can use the coupon code ‘green’ for $50 off (Discounted course price $150)

Save Your Seat by registering here -

Or online on-demand here -

Please contact the instructor Lorne directly with any questions at


Lorne Mlotek BASc., LEED AP BD+C, O+M

Head LEED Trainer at LeadingGreen


B740 Sandford Fleming Building

10 King's College Road, Toronto, M5S 3G4