Undergraduate Blog

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November 30, 2017

Please see the following mesage from ITE:

The Institute of Transportation Engineers UIUC student chapter will be hosting its final General Meeting of the Fall 2017 semester on Wednesday, December 6th @ 5:30PM in 2312 Yeh Center (NCEL). We will be hosting Dr. Geoffrey Hewings of the Urban Planning and Economics departments on campus for a lecture entitled Transportation Impact Analysis with Special Attention to the Modeling of Unexpected Events (floods, earthquakes). In addition to hearing about this pressing topic, attendees will have the opportunity to run for two open positions on the ITE board for the Spring 2018 semester: Treasurer & Events Chair. This is a perfect opportunity to stay involved with us as we look to plan bigger and better events in the Spring semester. Finally, Free pizza will be served! We hope to see new and familiar faces alike at this final meeting of the semester! Feel free to contact us at iteuiuc@gmail.com with any questions.

November 29, 2017

CEE Students,

We are hosting visitors from Carollo Engineering on Monday December 4th and will be giving a seminar from 9-10:30am in room 1518 of the Hydrosystems. Carollo Senior leaders will present on Water and Wastewater Treatment Facilities Planning and Design Excellence. They will also share the Carollo’s approach and their personal experiences in what it takes to deliver great water and wastewater projects. Our guests represent the regional and national leadership of the company. You are encouraged to attend their presentation that will highlight some of their innovative projects, emerging research directions, and unique aspects of Carollo on Monday, 12/4 from 9-10:30 am in room 1518 of the Hydrosystems lab.

Thank you,

Brian Pianfetti

Director of Strategic Research Initiatives, CEE

Carollo Engineering Visitors:

Matthew Larson, Great Lakes Office Manager in Chicago

John Fraser, National R&D Practice Director

Jess Brown, Wastewater Practice Director, Sr. Vice President


From the Carollo Website:

 Carollo is an environmental engineering firm that specializes in the planning, design, and construction of water and wastewater facilities. The firm was founded in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1933 and counts the City of Phoenix among one of our original clients—a working relationship more than 80 years old! From that single office with three engineers, has grown to more than 800 people in 42 offices throughout the United States. Our staff includes civil, structural, electrical, mechanical, environmental, and instrumentation and control engineers, as well as scientists, planners, architects, and CAD designers.

Cities, utilities, and special districts of all sizes count on Carollo to help them navigate through the increasingly complex challenges of cost-effectively and sustainably protecting public health; meeting local, state, and federal regulatory requirements; protecting the water environment; and addressing public expectations. Our core philosophy for success is to work collaboratively with our clients to find the best ways to protect and enhance our public water supplies and our lakes, streams, rivers, and oceans.

We recognize that water sustains life on this planet and clean, safe water sustains healthy ecosystems and healthy communities. Our employees are proud of our role in making the communities that we live in, work in, and serve, better places to live. We continually strive to emulate our mission statement of being: "The BEST water consulting firm in the United States."



November 29, 2017

Puerto Rico: Disaster Relief Project Info Session

Date:       11/30 & 12/1

Time:         12pm

Location:  11/30 -  Sims Room (ACES) &  12/1 - 4101 MSEB

Free Pizza!


Course information:

CRN: 68117

Rubric: ABE 498

Section: DRP
Credits: 3 hours  T/Th 5-6:15


Title: Disaster Relief Projects: Hurricane Maria

Course Explorer Web Address: https://courses.illinois.edu/schedule/2018/spring/ABE/498

This course is a faculty led study tour to Puerto Rico designed to develop a pathway towards sustainable responses for disaster relief efforts. Students will   investigate background cultural, political, and social factors that preceded recent events within Puerto Rico and will influence sustainability and viability of solutions. Students will be trained in the assessment of the viability of potential technological solutions responding to current challenges for the local societies after the disaster.  Students will be trained in the safety issues associated with entering potentially dangerous areas. Students will work with local communities, aid organizations, and peer institutions in development of sustainable responses to recent events in Puerto Rico. Students will document their visit and their assessments providing a prioritized action plan for future sustainable development. Travel will occur to Puerto Rico during Spring Break, departures on Saturday March 17, and a return on March 25, 2018.

Course Fee: there will be a fee associated with this course in the amount of TBD, which covers the cost of round trip airfare, ground transportation, lodging, and in-country programming. Scholarships are available. Students should contact their college study abroad office for more information about scholarships.
Restricted: Instructor Approval
Notes: Although this course is registered for a full semester course, it is scheduled to meet from February 19 through April 13.


November 28, 2017

The Undergraduate Advisory Board is a subsidiary group of the CEE Student Committee.  Members of the UAB are part of CEE Student Committee (CSC) but also are the voices for the department.  This group holds at least two events each semester for undergraduate students in the department.  We are asked to have at least two representatives from each class (Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors).  We are currently in need of 3 – Freshmen, 2 – Sophomores and 2 – Juniors to represent CEE.  If you are interested in this opportunity or learning more about the UAB please send a resume to Becky Stillwell – rborden@illinois.edu by Sunday, December 10.

November 28, 2017

Our committee is dedicated to the enhancement of the Illinois experience for CEE students. CSC has CEE Student Advisors, Undergraduate Advisory Board (UAB), and provides professional and social events for new and current undergraduate students.  We would like to recruit new members to our team for Spring 2018, we are looking for freshman, sophomores, and juniors, both male and female.  We are looking for student who are interested in joining our committee and making a difference in the department, who want to hold leadership positions.  Please send Becky Stillwell – rborden@illinois.edu your resume and tell her why you want to be part of this dynamic team, by Sunday, December 10.