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June 27, 2017

Zhejiang-University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Institute (ZJUI) Faculty Candidate Seminar

The Effects of Current Blockage on Offshore Structures

Dr. Harrif Santo
Research Fellow
National University of Singapore (NUS)

Thursday, June 29, 2017
11:00 AM
1311 Newmark Civil Engineering Lab


This seminar will present an overview of wave-current-structure interaction problems for space-frame offshore structures. When a steady (current) flow encounters such a structure, the structure behaves as an obstacle array which provides resistance to the flow. Hence, there is a reduction in the effective flow velocity (compared to the free-stream flow velocity) and the associated hydrodynamic force on that structure, and this is termed current blockage. The seminar will present the analytical and numerical modelling of the additional blockage effects due to the presence of ocean waves, as well as structural dynamics, covering a wide range of applications of fluid loading on statically- and dynamically-responding offshore structures.


Dr. H. Santo returned to National University of Singapore (NUS) as a research fellow in May 2016. He is now working on modelling plunging breaking waves using Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH), and co-supervising on wave-current-structure blockage and wave-in-deck project awarded by Singapore Maritime Institute to NUS, which is a continuation of his PhD topic. He obtained his PhD on wave-current blockage in offshore engineering from NUS in 2014. Subsequently, he continued to work as a postdoctoral research assistant in University of Oxford on wave climate variability and other research topics related to marine renewable energy funded by UK Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). His research interest is in fluid-structure interaction, wave statistics, and air-sea interaction.

June 14, 2017

WBK Engineering will be offering a summer job shadow session for recent high school graduates and current college students who are interested in a career in engineering, planning or resource management. The job shadow will be held in the St. Charles office at 116 West Main Street, Suite 201, St. Charles, Illinois, 60174 from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Students will meet with professionals in the areas of transportation (civil) and structural engineering, planning, and resource management and will have an opportunity for a field visit to a current project site.

Please apply via email to hr@wbkengineering.com, stating field of interest, year in school, and name/location of school no later than July 7. Accepted candidates will be notified via email no later than July 11. Space is limited. 

June 14, 2017

Please see the attached flyer for information on SE 412 - Fundamentals of Nondestructive Evaluation.


May 31, 2017

IDOT has an entry level position open at the Central Bureau of Materials. Please see the following details from IDOT regarding the opening:

Civil Engineer Trainee Job Opening in Materials at the Illinois Department of Transportation

The IDOT Central Bureau of Materials:

1.     Is on the cutting edges of development, implementation, and evaluation of new materials and building concepts for Illinois.
2.     Works closely with numerous universities in our region through the Illinois Center for Transportation as well as universities across the US on state-of-the-art and state-of-the-practice research projects.
3.     Collaborates with all states across the US to implement and improve testing and construction materials standards through the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM).
4.     Provides expert advice and engineering judgement on numerous construction projects every year.
5.     Is responsible for and have written many of the specifications used by IDOT to build transportation infrastructure projects.

Those interested can view additional information about the job opening at:

May 26, 2017

CH2M's Chicago office is hiring an entry level roadway engineer. I have attached a description of the position to this post. Any interested students, contact Tariq Shihadah (Tariq.Shihadah@ch2m.com), who can assist you with the application process, answer any questions you might have, and share personal experience as a junior-level employee with CH2M.