Graduate Blog

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March 27, 2017

PhD Final Defense-Dong Kook Woo

Dynamics of Inorganic Soil Nitrogen Age in Intensively Managed Landscape

Advisor: Professor Praveen Kumar

Date: Monday, April 3, 9:00 a.m.

Location: Grainger Library Room 329


March 26, 2017

Phd Final Defense-Steven Schuldt

Optimizing the Planning of Remote Construction Sites to Minimize the Consequesces of Explosive Attacks

Advisor: Professor Khaled El-Rayes

Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2016, 12 Noon

Location: Quade Conference Room, Newmark CE Lab


March 26, 2017

Join Illinois Water Day as we take part in an international celebration of our world's most precious resource, water! The theme for Illinois Water Day 2017 is “Water and the Built Environment”. Join us as we learn more about water infrastructure through the award-winning documentary DamNation, followed by a facilitated discussion concerning water and infrastructure.  Plus, there will be a poster session featuring research from graduate and undergraduate students alike.  And finally, we will have lots of tasty (free) food!  Register now at

Interested in presenting your research at Water Day? Research in any discipline related to the field of water is welcome. To present a poster, register at by March 31st. Registration is free and guarantees a spot in the poster session. Printing is available if requested before the March 31st deadline. If you would like to take advantage of our printing funds, please contact us directly at Sign up today!

Contact: Email us at or visit our website



March 26, 2017

Position Description:

PENTA is interested in interviewing entry-level professionals for a staff engineer position to join our Structural Engineering and Building Envelope Consulting Department.  The individual will train under the supervision of experienced engineers to manage engineering consulting and design/build projects primarily for existing facilities.  We are a small company with a broad range of services, and the selected candidate will gain valuable experience in design/build, load testing, technical reporting, structural assessment, building assessment, and environmental consulting.  

We have specific needs in the areas of structural engineering, building envelope consulting, and facility condition assessments. The individual’s responsibilities will include building envelope condition assessments, structural condition assessments, component structural analysis, and remedial structural and building envelope design.

Desired Skills and Experience:

Ideal candidates will have a degree in engineering (architectural, structural, or civil course emphasis), from an ABET accredited university.  Prior engineering design or construction experience is a plus but not a requirement.  Hands-on experience in construction, fabrication, design, facility assessments or similar fields is also a plus but not a requirement.  A valid driver’s license and reliable means of transportation is required.  An EIT designation is required.  The selected candidate will be subject to a background check and drug screening.  Compensation is commensurate on experience.  Benefits are available.

Company Description:

PENTA Engineering Group, Inc. (PENTA) is a full-service facilities engineering consulting firm composed of multi-disciplined, licensed professional engineers, industry professionals, and technicians.  The firm was founded in 1997 and provides services to real estate property managers, owners, developers, and investment firms throughout the United States.  PENTA’s multi-disciplinary staff of engineers and industry professionals has in-depth experience in providing engineering consulting services and are uniquely qualified to provide a full range of facilities consulting services.  Our team approach allows us to draw from the experience and expertise of the team members within the appropriate discipline to address system specific issues and provide high quality services in a financially competitive manner.

Please send Resume and any relevant info you would like to include to the email address below

Contact Information:                                                         Point of Contact:

PENTA Engineering Group, Inc.                                        Brian Rivers

4000 Miller Court West                                           

Norcross, Georgia 30071

Telephone: (678) 282-1999


March 26, 2017

From the College of Engineering:

Please join us for the inaugural

Importance of Diversity Symposium

Thursday, April 13, 2017 | 1 to 5:30 PM | CSL B02 Auditorium | RSVP

Engineering at Illinois is an inclusive learning and work environment that celebrates the impact of diversity and its potential to transform our world. The diversity of our faculty and students accelerates the rate of innovation of our academic and research programs, enabling meaningful and unique contributions that address major societal challenges and whose benefits are accessible to all. Together we do the impossible every day!

Inspiring recognition, framing the opportunity, inviting engagement.

Keynote Speaker - 1 to 2 pm

Dr. Monique Head, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies at Morgan State University.

The Inclusive Workplace: Panel Discussion - 2 to 3 pm

Including representatives from AbbVie, Ameren, Sandia National Laboratories, and the University of Illinois.

Diversity in Motion: Interactive Knowledge Exchange - 3 to 4 pm

Facilitated by Joe Minarik from the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations at the University of Illinois.

Personal Reflection on Diversity - 4 to 5 pm

Local voices share stories from their personal journeys.

Networking:  Creating your Own Connections - 5 to 5:30 pm

Lobby of B02 Auditorium / Refreshments

Visit to see detailed agenda.

Please RSVP by April 6, 2017.