Graduate Blog

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

April 17, 2017

The Illinois State Water Survey is hiring summer field research assistants to help with a water quality monitoring project with the Illinois EPA.  Please pass along the attached job announcement to any professors that have students interested in gaining field experience with a state agency.  We are hiring  current students, graduating students, as well as non-students.  Thank you for your time.

Amy Krzton-Presson

Assistant Hydrologic Specialist

Illinois State Water Survey

2204 Griffith Drive

Champaign, IL 61820

Phone: 217-300-5794



April 17, 2017

EGSAC Quality of Life and Wellbeing Survey. Available online from April 10th through April 24th.

This 10-15 minute survey is part of a student-led research initiative to understand the engineering graduate student experience at Illinois. It will enable us, the Engineering Graduate Student Advisory Committee (EGSAC), to advocate to the College of Engineering on your behalf. Simply click on the link sent to you via email (subject: Engineering Graduate Student Survey) to begin responding! All survey responses are anonymous, and results will not be shared about groups small enough such that the individuals within the group could be considered identifiable.

Questions? contact Jeff Wallace


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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