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March 2, 2017

Engineering at Illinois offers the Mavis Future Faculty Fellows (MF3) Program to senior PhD students who are interested in pursing a faculty position.  This program is designed to facilitate the training of the next generation of great engineering professors.  To learn more about the MF3 Program, please visit  

This year, Mavis Fellows will register for a one credit hour seminar course, ENG 591, both the fall and spring terms.  The seminar will be on Fridays (both semesters) from Noon to 1 pm.    The Mavis Fellows for the 2017-2018 academic will receive a $2,000 fellowship, which is paid in two installments if all MF3 milestones are met.  To be eligible for the MF3 Program, student must:   

be a PhD student within the College of Engineering,  have passed their qualifying exam,  be enrolled as a full-time student for the 2017-2018 academic year, and be interested in pursuing a faculty position.

To learn about the application process and to apply, please visit   If interested, it is important to consult with your home Department’s Academic Office as applicants need a letter of support from their department.  

The application deadline is 5 pm on March 31, 2017.   MF3 Fellows are admitted on a competitive-basis.  Decisions will be announced by April 15, 2017.  All application materials must be submitted electronically in a SINGLE PDF document and uploaded the applicant's home Department’s Academic Office at or emailed directly to Kathy Reeves at  

February 28, 2017

This course is a unique experiment at the intersection of state-of-the-art technology and business. Drawing on the world-class research in the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB), and taught by faculty from both IGB and the College of Business, the course will be based on a foundation of breakthrough developments in genomic biology.  Using this basis, the course will cover the opportunities for business in addressing some of the most pressing grand challenges facing society today. 

The course will be interactive and hands-on, with students working in groups taking on the role of an entrepreneurial startup.  They will use cutting-edge research and technology to develop a product (good or service) as well as a business plan. Additionally, students will complete a number of individual assignments about genomic technology and business and participate in a Code-a-Thon involving rapid idea generation and business plan development.

Genomics forTM Business Applications will drive a number of important outcomes for students:

Develop a practical, working understanding of genomic science, Understand the diverse commercial implications of genomics, and Translate the technical understanding of genomic science to applications in business.

The course meets on Tuesdays from 12:30-3:20pm during the 2nd 8-weeks of this semester in 3039 BIF. This is taught by Professor Madhu Viswanathan and Dr. Gene Robinson, Director of the Institute for Genomic Biology.

For more info, contact:

Nadine L. Gleason

Associate Director, Illinois MBA Student & Academic Services

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2019 Business Instructional Facility, 515 East Gregory Drive, Champaign, IL 61820

217-333-4241 fax: 217-333-1156

February 27, 2017

April 2, 2017 is the last day to add yourself to the May 2017 degree list. You may add yourself via Student Self-Service. If you are unable to add yourself through Student Self-Service, see your department office well in advance of the deadline.

February 22, 2017

PhD Final Defense-SIhang Wei

Determination of Load Path Through Concrete Crosstie and Fastening System:

A Laboratory and Field Investigation

Advisor: Professor Daniel Kuchma

Date: Monday March 6th 2017, 10:00 am

Location: Quade Lounge

February 22, 2017

The Graduate College's Dissertation Completion Fellowships help outstanding students complete the doctoral degree by providing a one-year stipend of $20,000 along with waivers of tuition, service fee, health service fee, AFMFA fee, library/IT fee. More info: