Graduate Blog

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August 10, 2016

CEE 595 PhD "Introduction to Doctoral Study in CEE" will be offered on Weds, 12-12:50 pm in 3310 NCEL.  The class is required for beginning doctoral students who did not complete their MS in our department. Any questions, please direct to Professor Al Valocchi (

August 8, 2016

PhD Final Defense - Lu Zhang

Axiology-Based Modeling and Valuation for Human-Centered and Value-Sensitive Building Design

Advisor: Professor Nora El-Gohary

Date: Friday, August 19, 1:00 pm

Location: Newmark-Quade Conference Room


August 3, 2016

You are invited to take ENG398/598: Honduras Water Project

Tuesday/Thursday 3:30-4:50pm



August 2, 2016

Support for two graduate students and one undergraduate student is being offered through the Program in Arms Control & Domestic and International Security (ACDIS) in conjunction with Illinois International Programs and a grant from the National Science Foundation. The graduate student support is at 50% time for four fall/spring semesters and two intervening summer months. The undergraduate support is for eight hours per week for 14 weeks in four fall/spring semesters and for 30–40 hours per week for eight weeks in the intervening summer. The focus areas offered are:

A. Climate change economics and politics

B. Nuclear materials (spent nuclear fuel management or nuclear materials security)

C. Social dimensions of information security (motivations for misuse and/or public policy)

Selected students will conduct research, help organize relevant campus events and website materials and a summer short course, and develop course materials and/or be teaching assistants for courses pertinent to a proposed new Graduate Certificate and Masters Degree Concentration in Technology and Security.

Applicants for selection should submit to Kathy Anderson-Conner <>, with a copy to, an unofficial transcript, and a research plan or statement of areas of potential interest for research. Applicants who have at least 12 semester hours of credit from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 for their UIUC courses. For help with preparing an application, contact ACDIS Director Clifford Singer at Early application is advised, as applications will be reviewed in the order submitted and awards no longer made if and when suitable applicants for all of the positions have been chosen.

For graduate students, a recommendation from a faculty member in their home department should be included with the application. That faculty member must indicate a willingness either to serve as a reader on a Masters thesis in one of the above research areas or have the some of the results of research carried out through May of 2018 be incorporated in to a PhD thesis that the faculty member supervises. The faculty recommendation should note what, if any, additional means of support might be available to the applicant from 16 August 2016 through 15 May 2018.

An undergraduate application must either present a course plan that leads to graduation in May of 2018, or completion of at least 120 credit hours by then with a plan to graduate not later than December of 2018. The name of a faculty member who would be willing to provide a recommendation on request can be included in an undergraduate’s application. However, undergraduate applicants should not delay submitting an application if they do not get a prompt reply from a faculty member willing to be listed as a reference, since this can be requested later during the selection process if needed.

A. Climate Action Gaming Experiment: Methods and Example Results, Challenges 6, 202–228


B. ‘Plan D’ for Spent Nuclear Fuel (2009)

C. National Science Foundation’s Workshop on Trustworthy Computing (2010)