Undergraduate Blog

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June 5, 2019

Please see the following message and attachments on the ITS Midwest Scholarship:


Colleagues and Associates,


This is Scott Lee, Secretary/President-Elect for the Intelligent Transportation Society of the Midwest (ITS Midwest).  We are offering a $1,000 undergraduate scholarship this year, with our goal to celebrate the award with the chosen individual at our September Annual Meeting in Downers Grove, Illinois.  See www.itsmidwest.org for more details on the annual meeting and organization.  We are the Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio chapter of ITS America.


The background and criteria for the award are attached as is the application form.  We are hopeful your departments can support us in distributing this such that students can apply.  Or please point me to addition contacts to help spread the word within your institutions.


This is our first award.  It is named after one Gordon Paesani, one of my great mentors and a pioneer in freeway operations with focus on Advanced Traffic Management Systems (ATMS) and their components including incident response plans and adaptive ramp metering algorithms.


We appreciate the assistance and looking forward to delivering to a deserving candidate.  We hope to grow our awards program in future years.


I will be in Washington DC for the ITS America Annual Meeting much of the week, but will be responsive to emails and can return calls.


Thank You!






Scott Lee, P.E.

Chief Engineer, Innovation and Technology


June 5, 2019

Many of Out for Engineering's sponsors are interested in networking with and hiring Civil and Environmental Engineering students. Please see the following message from Teddy Kurkoski, Out for Engineering's Admissions Director.


Out for Undergraduate's Engineering Conference is looking for more engineering students in Civil Engineering! This year’s O4U Engineering Conference will be held at Boston Scientific in Minneapolis, Minnesota from September 27th to September 29th.

The final deadline to apply is now Sunday 6/23 at 11:59PM EST.

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/. To keep it short and sweet, it is a weekend-long professional development conference for high achieving, high potential LGBTQ+ undergraduate students who are studying engineering or interested in going into engineering.


Students are admitted to attend the conference on a rolling basis. Flights and hotels are covered entirely by O4U, so if students are admitted from your college/university, they will only have to pay the $90 registration fee. We also offer fee waivers, discounts, and payment plans to students who are not able to afford the registration fee.


Please let your students know about the conference application. If you or anyone at your school has any additional questions/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!



Teddy Kurkoski

O4U Engineering Admissions Director


June 5, 2019

Grainger College of Engineering is hiring for Registration Assistants.  Students looking for summer employment or extra hours can apply using the link below.

Apply at https://go.engineering.illinois.edu/ApplySummerHelp or see Handshake post.


May 21, 2019

The Smart Structures Technology Laboratory (SSTL) is looking for an hourly research assistant to help with image annotation for research towards automated image-based inspection of civil infrastructure. The research assistant will be expected to annotate a few dozen images per week by precisely painting over or highlighting with input tools (similar to MS paint or Photoshop) regions in the image that correspond to certain structural defects or structural components using software tools developed by SSTL researchers. The research assistant will be acknowledged in published research articles and online. 


·          Engineering major

·          GPA of 3.5 or higher

·          This position requires the student to have access to a windiws computer with admin access (i.e., the ability to install applications on it)

·          Excessive amount of patience and meticulous attention to detail

·          The work may be done remotely after initial training

Preferred qualification

·          Any programming experience a plus (although not necessary)

·          Preference will be given to Civil Engineering majors interested in research at SSTL long term

To apply, please fill out the following form:https://goo.gl/forms/6b1KOihDYZQmPSz63

For any questions, email Vedhus Hoskere (hoskere2@illinois.edu) with subject line "UG Research Assistant"

May 17, 2019

Please see the attached flyer for information on the Advanced Materials Characterization Workshop (AMC) being held June 4-5, 2019.