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October 27, 2020

NPRE is hosting an info session for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on their High Energy Density Physics Summer Internship Program.  Alumni from NPRE and Physics will be presenting.  It’s a great program, open to both undergrads and grads. 

Wednesday, Nov. 4th, 5:00 – 5:50 p.m., NPRE is hosting an info session on Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and their High Energy Density Physics (HEDP) Summer Internship program.  The presentation is being given by alumni from the NPRE and Physics departments at UIUC.


Topic: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory HEDP Summer Student Program Info Session

Time: Nov 4, 2020 05:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)


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Meeting ID: 810 7052 8425

Password: LLNL

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE).  LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.  The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $2.3 billion, employing approximately 7,500 employees.

The High Energy Density Physics (HEDP) Summer Internship prepares graduate and undergraduate students for experimental, theoretical, and computational research in many disciplines.  The three month summer internship gives students the opportunity to interact with staff scientists, give oral presentations, and learn about other interesting research at LLNL.   Interns use state-of-the-art research facilities including lasers, pulse power machines, and massively parallel supercomputers.

Presenter bios:

Perry Chodash is a design physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He received a B.S. in Engineering Physics from the University of Illinois.  He then received an M.S. and Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He completed his doctoral research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he set a limit on the nuclear excitation by electronic transition rate in U-235. His current research is in the areas of radiation transport and modeling the thermostructural response of materials due to intense radiation pulses.

Allen Toreja is a computational/design physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.  Allen received his B.S., M.S., and PhD. In Nuclear Engineering  from the University of Illinois.  At LLNL, he has worked on the development of high energy density physics simulation codes.  Most recently, Allen has been using these simulation codes to model and design high energy density physics experiments.


October 27, 2020

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October 26, 2020

Here are the slides from the Virtual Lunch and Q&A with the DGS from today 10/26/2020.

There was a question about the job fair for spring and how many companies they will have. The spring fair is always smaller than the fall fair. We had 90 companies this fall and we have spots for 75 in the spring (which is typically for an in-person fair as well)


October 26, 2020

Lendlease is hosting a virtual jobsite tour of one of our high-rise tower construction projects in downtown Chicago.  We would like to invite University of Illinois students to join us online for an hour on Friday, October 30th, at 2:00pm (Central Time).  Hosted live by the Sr Superintendent on the project, attendees will receive a real inside perspective and questions will be greatly encouraged.  We hope you  can attend!   Please rsvp at


Lendlease is seeking students with strong leadership potential, who will graduate in 2022 for Internships this summer. Our Summer Internships offer real world experience, competitive compensation, and are an excellent path to a career with Lendlease, which starts with an accelerated development program for new grads called Cornerstone.  Please go to to learn more and apply.  (Applications close November 6th.)

Matt Smart
Sr Talent Mgr & National College Recruiting Coordinator

949 464 7075 |



October 23, 2020

The ACI Student Chapter at UIUC is holding its second general meeting on October 29, 2020, at 6:00 pm virtually over zoom. Brant Jones, P.E., S.E., will be holding a session on "Innovations in the Concrete Rehabilitation of Navigation Locks."

The meeting is set to happen over Zoom on October 29, 2020, at 6 pm. The link to the Zoom meeting is listed in the flyer, as well as below:

Also, this is a friendly reminder about the ACI Concrete Convention from October 25-29, which will be held online and is free for all ACI student members.

If you are interested in attending but have not registered yet, please do so here: