Graduate Blog

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May 31, 2017

We are looking for a recent grad with a degree in civil engineering or construction management.   Schroeder Asphalt is a heavy-highway civil contractor specializing in new asphalt pavement construction, asphalt patching, mill and overlays of pavements as well as some excavation and grading.   We are looking to do more in the excavation side of the business.  This person would work closely with ownership and myself doing take-offs, estimating and project management.  Strong computer skills a plus as well as some possible field experience with trades related to our industry.   We are located in Huntley, IL which is Northwest of the Chicago area.  

In 2016 we completed $20 million dollars in construction projects and are looking to grow our business.  If you have any recent grads that may be interested in such an opportunity please have them forward me there resume for review.  

Darick L. Franzen- Business Development/Estimator

Schroeder Asphalt Services

815-923-4380 ext. 18

Cell 847-417-8169

May 30, 2017

The IDOT Central Bureau of Materials:

1.     Is on the cutting edges of development, implementation, and evaluation of new materials and building concepts for Illinois.

2.     Works closely with numerous universities in our region through the Illinois Center for Transportation as well as universities across the US on state-of-the-art and state-of-the-practice research projects.

3.     Collaborates with all states across the US to implement and improve testing and construction materials standards through the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM).

4.     Provides expert advice and engineering judgement on numerous construction projects every year.

5.     Is responsible for and have written many of the specifications used by IDOT to build transportation infrastructure projects.

Those interested can view additional information about the job opening at:


May 30, 2017

To ensure that you receive Summer 2017 health coverage and benefits, please make sure you read the health coverage information online and take action as appropriate. 

The Enrollment / Change period for Summer 2017 is May 12, 2017 through June 2, 2017. During this time, students can go to the Student Health Insurance website and waive the Student Health Insurance fee. Students can also go to their MyAccount where they can add dependents online. Students who wish to reinstate back into the plan, must visit the Student Health Insurance Office located in McKinley Health Center, lower level Room 29 and fill out the appropriate paperwork, in person. For more information, contact (217) 333-0165 or

May 30, 2017

It is important to remember that there are many different summer deadlines (cancellation, withdrawal, credit/no credit, add/drop classes, etc.) because students may attend different sessions of the summer term. If you are considering making changes to your summer registration, please check the registration deadlines for the parts of term in which you are registered.

For academic and registration deadlines for Summer 2017, visit the following websites:

Summer 2017 Refund Schedule
Summer 2017 Withdrawal Schedule 
Summer 2017 Academic Calendar

May 24, 2017

The ECE Department is now accepting applications for the Siebel Scholars Program Class of 2018. Applications are due by 5 pm on Monday, June 12, 2017.

To be eligible candidates must have completed at least one (1) year at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is reasonably expected to have only one (1) year remaining in the PhD program.

The Siebel Scholar receives a merit-based award of $35,000 in the final year of his or her graduate studies. The prize is disbursed without consideration for any additional funding—such as financial aid, assistantships, fellowships, loans, or other awards—that you have already received, or are eligible to receive.

In addition to the monetary prize, winners join the Siebel Scholars community (, which includes access to a variety of opportunities and events.


1) Time-to-degree-completion, as discussed in the paragraph above.

2) Outstanding academic performance.

3) A track record of distinguished research focused on energy science.

4) Demonstrates excellence, in terms of leadership qualities, in the school community and in experience prior to the graduate program.

To apply, please submit the following materials electronically to Pascal Youakim at

1) CV or resume: Please make sure that this includes expected graduation date, citizenship status, employment, and lists of any research publications, leadership positions, and/or entrepreneurial activities.

2) Research statement: (2 page limit, 12 point font). Please discuss past, current, and planned research. In addition, describe your motivation to do research. Where appropriate, please discuss the intellectual merit and the broader impacts of your research (that is, discuss the actual/likely/possible scientific and broader societal contributions of your research).

3) Excellence/Leadership Statement: (2 page limit, 12 point font). This should discuss any notable achievements and/or activities that demonstrate your excellence, but especially those that show your qualities and contributions as a leader. For example, volunteer/community service contributions, student leadership contributions, artistic contributions, and/or involvement in business-related or entrepreneurial activities. (This discussion should include all such activities, not just activities at Illinois.)

4) Your biography: This should be a short statement, 100-150 words in length, written in the third person, and at minimum, describing your research and employment history. (It may be best to think of the biography like a short abstract or executive summary of your case – it will duplicate information from the CV, research statement, and excellence/leadership statement.)

5) Your photograph: A digital, high resolution, color photograph suitable for print publication; preferably a head-shot that is at least 1 megapixel.

6) Complete and return the “Contact Info” spreadsheet (attached).

7) A letter of recommendation from your adviser or a faculty member who knows you well. The letter should be submitted directly from the letter-writer to Pascal Youakim via email. This letter should attempt to address as many of the following as possible: (a) your research accomplishments, (b) your leadership, (c) your academic performance, and (d) your communications/presentation skills. We recommend that you request this letter as soon as possible since many faculty are, or will be, traveling.

Please provide your materials (1-6) each as a separate document/file, and include your NetID in the filenames (e.g., YourNetID_cv.pdf). The deadline for submission of all materials is Monday, June 12, 2017 at 5 pm.

Be aware that finalists’ materials will be submitted to the Siebel Foundation for a review, and winners’ submitted materials (especially pictures and biographies) may be used as a part of news stories and other publicity related to the award, through both the University of Illinois and the Siebel Foundation.

The target date for the winners to be notified is the beginning of August 2017.

To apply, please submit the following materials electronically to Pascal Youakim at