Graduate Blog

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December 5, 2016

Students planning to deposit a thesis for December 2016 graduation are reminded that the submission deadline is December 9. Because all corrections and all required deposit materials must be received by the Graduate College no later than 5 p.m. on the day of the deposit deadline, the Thesis Office strongly encourages students to submit the thesis for review several days before the deadline. For further information about the deposit process and requirements, visit the Thesis Office web page.

December 2, 2016

Please note this announcement of the offering of ABE 474 Indoor Environmental Control.  This course replaced ABE 374 and now grants credit to both upper level undergraduates and graduate students as well. The course operates with a flipped classroom, with lectures by video and activities to support concepts during class.

If you would like to know more about the course, the previous year syllabus may be found here:  

And, previous course lectures may be viewed here:


November 28, 2016

Dear students and post-docs,

The CSL Student Conference is looking for exceptional students and postdocs to present their work at the 12th Annual Coordinated Science Laboratory (CSL) Student Conference, scheduled for February 15-17, 2017.  Please apply by submitting an abstract (3800 characters) here. The deadline is December 2, 2016. 

The conference will include an opening plenary talk from IBM Research's Senior VP and Director Dr. Arvind Krishna, keynote talks from top researchers in industry and academia, invited student talks from other top universities. The conference will also include approximately 15 UIUC student talks that will be handpicked based on submitted abstracts. The conference includes a poster session, which also requires a submitted abstract.  The conference will host the 1st Robotics Demonstration Session (submissions for this session will be collected later). Best Student Talk Awards and Best Poster Award(s) will be conferred.   

You can find more details in the attached flyer and at If you have any questions, please contact Ravi Kiran Raman ( or Philip E. Paré ( 

Best Regards, 

Philip E. Paré & Ravi Kiran Raman 

General Chairs, CSL Student Conference 2017

November 28, 2016

PhD Final Defense – Stephen T. Wilk

Mitigation of Differential Movements at Railroad Bridge Transition Zones

Advisor: Professor Timothy D. Stark

Date: December 13th, 2016, 3:00 PM

Location: Newmark 2312


November 28, 2016

PhD Final Defense – Xu Chen

Setting and Nanostructural Evolution of Metakaolin Geopolymer

Advisor: Professor Leslie J. Struble

Date: Tuesday December 13th, 12:30 pm

Location: Quade Conference Room (1220H), Newmark Laboratory