Graduate Blog

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

July 5, 2018

Ph.D. Final Defense – Ahmad Al-Naseem
A Variational Framework for Multi-scale Defect Modeling in Strained Electronics and Processing of Composite Materials
Advisor: Professor Arif Masud
Date: Monday: July 11th, 2:00 pm
Location: Grainger Library Room 329


July 3, 2018

Seminar: New Education and Research in the ZJU-UIUC Institute in China and Tenure Track Faculty Recruitment

July 6, 3:00pm – 4:30 pm

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

1000 Micro and Nanotechnology Lab (MNTL)

208 North Wright Street, Urbana



July 2, 2018

The PCI Research and Development Council, in collaboration with the PCI Transportation Activities Council, is pleased to announce that proposals will now be accepted for the 2018 Dennis R. Mertz Bridge Research Fellowship. This $35,000 research fellowship was established in memory of Dr. Mertz and his significant contributions to the transportation sector of the precast concrete industry.

Applications are due August 20, 2018 and should focus on precast/prestressed concrete bridges and transportation products. An award will be announced by the end of October and funds will be distributed after December 1, 2018.

To view the solicitation see the Research and Development page at or click on the following link:

Please direct questions to Roger Becker at

June 26, 2018

PhD Final Defense – Alexander Pagnotta
Probabilistic Impact-Echo Method for Nondestructive Detection of Defects around Steel Reinforcing Bars in Reinforced Concrete
Advisor: Professor Paolo Gardoni
Date: Monday July 9th, 2:00 PM
Location: Newmark – Quade Conference Room


June 26, 2018

Are you depositing your thesis this semester? Get a head start by completing a few small tasks!

Send your title page to the Thesis Office for a pre-check. Just email a pdf or Word file to and make sure to include your name and UIN in the message. You can view a title page example and download a template on the Thesis Office website. Note: the deadline to submit your title page for August graduation is Friday, June 29.

Doctoral Students: Take your required exit surveys! You can learn more about these surveys on the Graduate College website. Remember – you cannot deposit your dissertation until the Thesis Office has received notification that you completed these surveys.