Undergraduate Blog

To submit an item for the undergraduate blog, email Greg Coughlin.

June 3, 2020

CEE will be offering the following undergraduate courses this summer!  Beginning June 15 – Summer Session II (8 Week Course).  For more information about these courses and other offerings go to: https://courses.illinois.edu/schedule/2020/summer/CEE

CEE320 – Construction Engineering (EJ Ignacio)
CEE330 – Environmental Engineering (Prof. Helen Nguyen)


If you have questions about registration please email Greg Coughlin (gcoughli@illinois.edu) and/or Becky Stillwell (rborden@illinois.edu)

June 2, 2020

I hope you are doing well and have a great summer! Students can take advantage of their time over the summer to advance their knowledge in sustainability as I have transitioned my scheduled in-person LEED workshop at UIllinois into identical live webinars. Starting this week, the exam can now be taken online too!

With this being said, I was hoping you could send the updated invite below to the undergrads and grads in The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois as some have attended in the past. Your students can also use the discount code ‘green’ for $50 off the course price and perhaps your group or department could help subsidize the cost further.

Please send the message below to your students in all years, staff and faculty and reply or CC me on the email you send out, so that I know you received this message!

LEED Green Associate (GA) Training

Due to the ongoing impact of the Coronavirus, I have transitioned all in-person workshops to scheduled live webinars, or you can take the on-demand self-paced online workshop any time accessible for an entire year. Starting this week, the exam can now be taken online too!

Webinar and Online self-paced options:


I will be offering live webinars that can be streamed on any of the following dates:

June 6 2020 – 2:00PM – 6:00PM EDT

June 25 2020 – 5:00PM – 9:00PM EDT

July 11 2020 – 1:00PM – 5:00PM EDT

July 29 2020 – 5:00PM – 9:00PM EDT

August 23 2020 – 1:00PM – 5:00PM EDT   -   OR   -

September 12 2020 – 2:00PM – 6:00PM EDT


The above options are identical to the in-person workshops.

You can register here for a webinar - https://leadinggreen.com/webinars


Online – Start today - Self-paced recorded workshop


Or take the on-demand recorded course completed at your own pace here - https://leadinggreen.com/online


Take advantage of your summer to make your resume stand out with the LEED Green Associate, the only professional designation to show employers and clients you have certified knowledge in the field. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is simply a sustainability scorecard for green buildings. Buildings can become LEED Certified as can people!


To date, this course and its materials have proven to be instrumental in helping over 9000 students pass their respective exam at a 99% pass rate. This course is offered at a quarter of the price and time as the competition and allows students to graduate with letters after their name!


This course is instructed by a USGBC Faculty member and is the most effective way to pass. The USGBC charges a $100 (reduced for students) fee for the actual exam which can now be taken online from home. Save money by reserving your spot today and make a positive difference in your career!


Cost: $200

Students can use the coupon code ‘green’ for $50 off (Discounted course price $150)

To register for a live webinar please visit: https://leadinggreen.com/webinars

Or online on-demand here -  https://leadinggreen.com/online

Please contact the instructor Lorne directly with any questions at info@leadinggreen.com

May 26, 2020

Please see the following message from AT&T on their new Summer Learning Academy. The deadline to apply is June 12th.


Dear Friends,


When AT&T read the news stories and saw that almost half of all college students lost their summer internship… one AT&T Value came to mind: Be there. Having already honored their commitment to this summer’s AT&T interns – AT&T realized many more students were still in need. And we knew they could help.


Leaning on our AT&T University’s award-winning curriculum, AT&T is launching the AT&T Summer Learning Academy. It’s a free, self-paced online learning “externship” certificate program, designed to support college students looking for something to fill the void.


Below are the key details about the Externship Certificate Program:

Open to all college students Virtual, on-demand 24x7 Registration is open now through June 12 Runs from June 22 – July 20 and totals 80 hours


Please click here to view a flyer containing details about the program including a registration link. We look forward to welcoming all college students to the AT&T Summer Learning Academy.


Thank you,

Becky Parson

AT&T College Recruiting

May 26, 2020

Please see the following message from Off Campus Community Living (OCCL) and Student Legal Services (SLS)



Off Campus Community Living (OCCL) and Student Legal Services (SLS) is hosting another Zoom Q & A session on Wednesday May 27th at 12pm.  Many of our students are struggling financially and have been significantly impacted by COVID-19.  Eviction 101 will provide helpful information regarding the eviction process while also providing time for students to ask questions of Tony Allegretti and Emily Vock, lawyers from SLS.

While this is not an uplifting topic, the information will be important for our students in the months ahead.  Our goal is to inform students, not upset them. 

We will be recording the session and posting it on the OCCL and SLS websites after the session. 


Zoom - https://illinois.zoom.us/j/98803956101?pwd=QWk0bEtHdWRnQkZ3bEhNaDVPSmU4Zz09

Meeting ID: 988 0395 6101

Password: 152329


Please spread widely with your students. I have attached a flyer.




Assistant Dean of Students

Office of the Dean of Students

Student Affairs │ University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Mail: 300 Turner Student Services Building │ 610 East John Street | M/C 306 │ Champaign, IL 61820

Phone: 217.333.0050│ dhartz22@illinois.edu



May 21, 2020

Please see the following message from Out4Undergrad Engineering


My name is Teddy Kurkoski, and I am an Admissions Director for the 2020 Out for Undergrad (O4U) Engineering Conference. Every year, O4U hosts a weekend-long professional development conference for high achieving, high potential LGBTQ+ undergraduate students who are studying engineering or interested in going into engineering. If you're not familiar with Out for Undergrad (O4U) or the O4U Engineering Conference, you can learn more about it on the website here: https://www.outforundergrad.org/. Despite the unprecedented change and immense uncertainty due to COVID-19, O4U remains committed to our mission. At the same time, we recognize the safety and well-being of each and every student remains of utmost importance. As such, O4U has made the difficult decision to host all of our 2020 conferences virtually.


To ensure that we continue to recruit the most diverse and high achieving LGBTQ+ undergraduate student candidates, please help us share our mission and tell your community that the 2020 O4U application remains open. O4U is an amazing opportunity for students to meet recruiters from a variety of engineering firms and universities, receive guidance from amazing mentors, and form meaningful, lasting connections with other LGBTQ+ people in their fields. To keep our conference accessible for all students, we have waived our $90 registration fee for all admitted students, making the conference free for these students. We are committed to ensuring all admitted students can attend our programming, especially in our new virtual format.


This year’s O4U Engineering Conference will be held virtually from September 9-13th. The student application deadlines have been extended from our previously announced dates. The final round of our rolling admissions process closes on June 14th.


Please let your students at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign know about the conference application. Having attended the conference twice during my undergraduate career, I can attest to the fact that it is an amazing opportunity for both professional and personal development. If you or anyone at your school has any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me or the O4U Engineering Admissions Team at O4UEngineeringAdmissions@outforundergrad.org.


Thank you so much for your time, and have a great day!