Undergraduate Blog

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

August 19, 2016

Good afternoon,

The Builders Scholarship Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2016-17 scholarship cycle. Please distribute the attached application to all students in an approved construction curriculum such as Construction Management, Civil Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering. 

Other basic scholarship requirements are as follows:

Be a graduate of a Chicagoland area high school (16 counties in Illinois, southeast Wisconsin and northwest Indiana) Major in Construction Management or Construction Engineering (civil/environmental/mechanical) Attend an accredited institution from the schools listed in the application (in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa or Michigan)

Please do not hesitate to contact Abby Koppers with any questions regarding the scholarship:

Abby Koppers


July 13, 2016


Orientation Session: “Striving for Excellence: Academic Expectations for Undergraduate Students”
Date: Thursday, August 18, 2016
Time: 11:15-11:45am
Location: Foellinger Auditorium
Sponsors: ISSS and Engineering International Student Programs

-Engineering International Student Programs: http://publish.illinois.edu/internationalstudentprogram/

July 7, 2016

Course Director/Instructor: Professor Jeffery Roesler (CEE) – jroesler@illinois.edu

Instructors: Professor Arthur Schmidt (CEE), Dr. Lance Schideman (Illinois Sustainable Technology Center), Ms. Morgan Johnston (Associate Director of Sustainability, Facilities & Services)

Credit: 2 hour

Time: Tuesday 4:00-4:50 pm (Discussion); Thursday 4:00-5:50 pm (Lecture/Discussion)

Location: 1233 Newmark Civil Engineering Lab

The project-based learning course allows students to self-organize into multi-disciplinary teams to define, study, and propose sustainable solutions to a range of infrastructure engineering problems facing the University of Illinois campus community. This course also presents multiple case studies on a variety of sustainability topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Several field trips to local infrastructure facilities are integrated with the case studies and anticipated project themes. The case study topics and field site visits introduced in the course are related to potable water, construction, wastewater treatment, multi-modal transportation and planning, power, buildings, emissions, stormwater management, construction materials, and how policies influence sustainability and civil engineering practice. The targeted audience for the class is freshmen/sophomores and transfer students in CEE, related disciplines, and students in the campus sustainability minor. The prerequisite for this course is CEE 195 or instructor approval. A short video describing the course can be viewed at the link below.


June 2, 2016

I'm pleased to announce several courses that will be available for Fall 2016. I'm mentioning them now because these courses may not have been available when you initially registered for the Fall semester.

Dr. Rafael Tinoco will be offering CEE 432, Stream Ecology. This is the first time this course has been offered for several years. It will cover a description of physical, chemical, and biological characteristics in streams and rivers including an integrated treatment of the environmental factors affecting the composition and distribution of biota; emphasizes the application of ecological engineering principles in aquatic ecosystem protection and management.

Dr. Vishal Verma will be offering a special topics course in Public Health Engineering: CEE 498 PH3 (3 credits, open to undergraduates). An informational flyer is attached to this post.

Drs. Sivapalan and Gardoni will be offering several GenEd seminars in the Grand Challenge Learning Frameworks program. An informational flyer is attached to this post.



June 2, 2016

I'm excited to announce that the CEE Undergraduate and Graduate blogs are being updated and incorporated into our CEE Department page.

You will be able to find Undergraduate Blog posts in two spaces:
On the department site and
In the MyCEE portal: After logging into the portal, look for the blue "Announcements" box and click on the Undergrads tab

We are excited to roll out this new, updated, and cleaner look for the blog, and will be introducing new items such as a weekly newsletter in the near future.