Graduate Blog

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

July 10, 2017

PhD Final Defense – Landon Marston

Human mediated physical and virtual water transfers of the United States: Who uses the water?

Advisor: Professor Megan Konar

Co-advisor: Professor Ximing Cai

Date: Wednesday, July 19th, 9:00 am

Location: Grainger Library Room 329


July 7, 2017

PhD Final Defense – Alexander H. Lovett

Railroad Decision Support Tools for Track Maintenance

Advisor: Professor Christopher P. L. Barkan

Date: Friday July 21st, 1:30 pm

Location: 3350 Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory


July 5, 2017

Senator Scott Bennett Discusses Science-Related Legislation

Thursday, July 13, 4pm

Beckman Institute Auditorium

405 N. Mathews, Urbana


June 28, 2017

Volunteers are needed for ConvoPartners, to meet with international students in CEE for conversation and cultural exchange.  Students and staff are encouraged to participate. Apply now!

English Conversation Partners- CEE Program

Who can apply?

Both Illinois students and non-students are welcome to participate. We especially encourage engineering students. 

Do volunteers need to be native speakers of English?

Not necessarily, but volunteers must 1) sound like native speakers and 2) have a strong knowledge of American culture.

What is the time commitment?

Convopartners must meet for 1 hour each week. You and your partner(s) will choose a day/time that is convenient for each of you. If you can dedicate just one hour a week to helping an international student on campus, please apply!

Dates of the program

This ConvoPartner opportunity begins in the first week of August and continues until the beginning of September. If you are available during this time period, please apply!


June 28, 2017

PhD Final Defense – Wenzhao Xu

Sensor Data Analytics and Web Applications to Improve Monitoring and Understanding of Lake Processes

Advisor: Professor Barbara Minsker

Date: Wednesday, July 12th, 2:00 PM

Location: Hydrosystems Laboratory 1518