Undergraduate Blog

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May 11, 2016

Environmental Illinois wrote this afternoon to pass on the following Summer job opportunities:

"This summer, Environment Illinois is running a campaign office in Chicago to save the bees. We’re losing bees at an unsustainable rate. We rely on bees to pollinate everything from strawberries to coffee. Unfortunately, beekeepers report they’re losing an average of 30% of all bee colonies each year. No bees means no food. That’s why Environment Illinois is working to stop the use of bee-killing pesticides.

"We're hiring staff to help on our campaign. This is your chance to spend your summer working for a great cause while gaining valuable campaign leadership experience and making $10-15/hour.


May 10, 2016

Dear CEE Students:

Will you be on campus this summer? Volunteers are needed for ConvoPartners, to meet with international students for conversation and cultural exchange. 

Details and application below.  Question number 2 specifically asks for interest in the summer CEE program. 


Greetings Wonderful Intensive English Institute ConvoPartners Volunteers Past, Present, and Future!!!

Although the spring semester has just ended, here at the Intensive English Institute we are already looking ahead to summer and are excited about all the new and returning international students we'll have the opportunity to match with ConvoPartners volunteers for weekly casual conversation practice and mutual cultural exchange. 

To make that happen, we need YOU! So, additional information and the volunteer application for Summer 2016 are now ready and available to you here. 

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions and comments and please share this opportunity (via social media - you can share the recent post on our Facebook page - , email, conversations...)  with anyone you know (individuals, social groups, churches, neighborhood listserves, other volunteer groups, etc.) who may be interested.  

Very Warm Regards,  

Rachel Newell
Outreach Lecturer + ConvoPartners Program Coordinator

Intensive English Institute
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
616 E. Green Street, Suite 210
Champaign, IL 61820 USA

May 10, 2016

Data and Information Specialist

Position: Academic Hourly (2 positions)

Salary: $15/hour; a minimum of 30 hours/week, no more than 40 hours/week

Availability: as soon as possible

Primary Function: Assisting with data entry and development of materials for several grant funded projects. Searching for and cataloging information from water and wastewater related websites. Writing 2-3 sentence summaries of web-based documents, media, and tools related to drinking water systems, wastewater systems, and operators for a website and accompanying database. Maintaining a web-based national events calendar. Assisting with web-based content development related to water and wastewater topics of special interest.

For more information please read the attachment or view the job posting at: http://www.isws.illinois.edu/jobs/joblist.asp

Download Wilson Data Info Hourly 5-2016

May 9, 2016

We have re-opened CEE 432/IB 450 - Stream Ecology. There is a 3 credit undergraduate section and a 4 credit graduate section. The course will be taught by Prof. Rafael Tinoco and can now be viewed on Course Explorer.

The course will cover the following: 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 principles in aquatic ecosystem protection and management.

May 6, 2016


Title:  Case Histories in Infrastructure Engineering

When:           Summer Session 2016



Instructor:      W. Charles Greer, Jr., P.E.*

Description:    This course will cover multiple case histories in infrastructure engineering. The two types of case histories to be covered will be CEE problems that are unique and challenging and require interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to propose solutions and CEE failure investigations that uncover the mechanisms behind projects that didn’t work as they were originally designed. For each case history, students will be presented with introductory information, engineering data, and background reading material, and they will be expected to discuss the case histories during class. All case history projects involve design and construction issues as well remediation of the problems.  All will involve in-depth investigation of the problems, recommendations of data to collect, evaluations of the data provided, and development of solutions to the CEE challenge or failure. Students will also form teams for a semester project and present their evaluation, data, and viable solutions at the end of the course.  Students will be graded on quizzes, participation in discussions, and the oral and written presentation of the team case history project.

Case history examples included in the course are movement of the 5,000-ton Cape Hatteras lighthouse, movement of two 1,050-ton nuclear reactor pressure vessels across 46 miles of roadway, construction quality control issue such as acceptable in-place concrete strength and other construction materials, and roadway/airfield facilities that experienced premature failures.

The course is intended for seniors and graduate students in CEE and CEE online students.

*W. Charles Greer, Jr., P.E. is a graduate of the University of Illinois with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering.  He is a registered professional in Georgia and Florida.  During his over 41 years of experience, he worked on a broad range of civil engineering projects around the world.  As Senior Vice President, Director of Engineering, and Director of Quality Assurance for Law Engineering, MACTEC, and AMEC E&I, he was responsible for the development and implementation of engineering and quality procedures as well as project management processes.  His awards include the C. C. Wiley Award at the U of I, Engineer of the Year in Georgia by GSPE, and Honorary Member of the International Society for Concrete Pavements.  When Georgia Tech initiated a Masters Degree Program in Facilities Management, he developed and taught the inaugural course entitled Maintenance Management of Built Assets.  Prior to his recent retirement from AMEC E&I, he was involved with the quality processes for construction of the new nuclear power units at Georgia Power's Plant Vogtle and  the V. C. Summer Plant for South Carolina Electric & Gas.  Since 1974, he also has been involved with all phases of construction at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the busiest airport in the world.  Projects at the airport include an 18-foot diameter tunnel under an active runway and taxiway, construction of the underground people mover system, the airfield pavement management program, and many others.