Graduate Blog

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April 17, 2017


 2017 Jahns Lecturer - Association of Environmental & Engineering Geoscientists (AEG)

Room 101, Natural Resources Building

615 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign, IL

April 17, at 2 pm

Solid as a Rock: How engineering geology relates to transportation asset management

Dr. Scott Anderson (BGC Engineering, Incorporated)


April 14, 2017

PhD Final Defense-Victor Lefevre

Dlelectric Elastomer Composites: Anatical and Numerical Non-Convex Homogenization Methods and Applications

Advisor: Professor Oscar Lopez-Pamies

Date: Monday, May 1, 8:30 a.m.

Location: Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science Room 3403


April 13, 2017

McCooe and Associates have partnered with PRI Asphalt Technologies to fulfill a search for the Project/Logistics/Technical Manager, reporting to the President, with oversight and direction for all laboratory facilities/operations in the Greater Chicago area.  This Manager will be responsible for overall sample management including receipt, testing, storage, and data.  She/he will oversee large contract jobs with tight timeframes and ensure work and results are being submitted to the customer in an accurate and timely manner.

Responsibilities include strategically planning/managing the logistics of the various projects; directing and optimizing workflow, while ensuring the quality and accuracy of the data; handling sample storage and disposal; and customer communications regarding sample labeling, questions on mix up, shortages, data, etc.  This individual also needs to comply with all ISO requirements.    

This role requires a Bachelor’s degree, BS (science discipline) preferred. Successful 3+ years management experience to oversee a staff of 7, with two shifts. A technical background with logistics and testing lab experience desired.  This individual must be extremely organized, self-motivated, and capable of working independently.    Proficiency in Microsoft programs (Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint) and “Share Point” or equivalent is a must.

Compensation includes market rate salary, $70,000 - $90,000, commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits including profit sharing, employer funded (PRI has contributed for 26 consecutive years); performance bonuses with annual reviews; Health, Dental & Life Insurance (family) 65% company funded; and Retirement Plan is a 401K pre-tax, employer 1 for 1 to 4% and 401k post-tax.


Sean McCooe


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April 12, 2017

Cost-Effective Physical Modeling of Geotechnical Systems using Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV)


Masoud Hajialilue-Bonab

Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Tabriz-Iran

Visiting Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering,

University of California Davis

April 20, 2017

1:00-2:00 p.m.

Newmark Civil Engineering Lab 1233

April 12, 2017

PhD Final Defense-Liang Liu

Technology-Based Past and Future Emission Inventories for the Transportation Sector

Advisor: Professor Tami C. Bond

Date: Friday, April 21, 10:00 a.m.

Location: Newmark Quade Conference Room