Undergraduate Blog

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June 25, 2020

Eskenazi & Farrell Associates, LLC (EFA) is looking to hire a recent graduate from the University of Illinois.

EFA is a small structural engineering firm in downtown Chicago that performs structural design and prepares structural drawings for commercial, industrial and residential projects.  They also perform façade examinations of masonry-clad high-rise buildings.

Candidates may visit their website at  www.efa173.com to see more information.

June 18, 2020

Please see the following message from Out4Undergrad Engineering:


Please only continue reading and engaging with this message if you have the bandwidth to do so. Priority #1 should always be your mental and physical well-being. Our goal with outreach at this time is not to demand an undue amount of attention or labor from students, faculty/staff.


Black lives matter beyond their relationship with the police and police brutality. Black lives matter in all disciplines and all walks of life. For too long, engineering has employed only white, heterosexual and cisgender men, closed to the diversity of people in our world. As a result, we see that the only innovations brought forth to society are those drawn from their experiences; from seatbelts that fail to protect non-men to racist algorithms which punish and ignore people for the color of their skin, the engineering world must change before it can best serve all people. 


In every way, Out for Undergrad exists to drive this change. While we cannot improve the world by ourselves, we can uplift the people who can. O4U has a strong history of bringing underrepresented and underserved students together. Today, our commitment to supporting our students, especially Black LGBTQ+ students disproportionately affected by our white supremacist police state, remains as strong as ever. 


To help continue this work, please share this opportunity with students in your community. This year, the O4U Engineering Conference will be held virtually from September 9-13th, and is completely free to all students. Please encourage students to apply on our website - this conference is a space for students to meet recruiters from a variety of engineering firms and universities, receive guidance from amazing mentors, and form meaningful, lasting connections with other LGBTQ+ people in their fields. The final round of our rolling admissions process closes on June 14th, 11:59 PM EST.


O4U is here for you, first. Please reach out to O4UEngineeringAdmissions@outforundergrad.org with any questions or concerns. 


June 9, 2020

Please see the following message from ITS Midwest on the Gordon Paesani Scholarship:


ITS Midwest Scholarships

Gordon Paesani Scholarship 2020

Dear Dean,

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 November Annual Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky.  See www.itsmidwest.com for preliminary information on the annual meeting and more details about our organization.  We are the Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio chapter of ITS America.

The background and criteria for the award, as well as the application form and instructions on how to submit it are available at www.itsmidwest.com/scholarships/.  We are hopeful you can support us in distributing this such that students can apply.  Or please point me to additional contacts to help spread the word within your institutions.  The deadline for submitting applications is Tuesday, September 15, 2020.

The award is named after 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.
For more information on Gordon's achievements, please visit the page listed above.

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

Thank You!


Scott Lee
ITS Midwest
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June 3, 2020

CEE will be offering the following undergraduate courses this summer!  Beginning June 15 – Summer Session II (8 Week Course).  For more information about these courses and other offerings go to: https://courses.illinois.edu/schedule/2020/summer/CEE

CEE320 – Construction Engineering (EJ Ignacio)
CEE330 – Environmental Engineering (Prof. Helen Nguyen)


If you have questions about registration please email Greg Coughlin (gcoughli@illinois.edu) and/or Becky Stillwell (rborden@illinois.edu)

June 2, 2020

I hope you are doing well and have a great summer! Students can take advantage of their time over the summer to advance their knowledge in sustainability as I have transitioned my scheduled in-person LEED workshop at UIllinois into identical live webinars. Starting this week, the exam can now be taken online too!

With this being said, I was hoping you could send the updated invite below to the undergrads and grads in The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois as some have attended in the past. Your students can also use the discount code ‘green’ for $50 off the course price and perhaps your group or department could help subsidize the cost further.

Please send the message below to your students in all years, staff and faculty and reply or CC me on the email you send out, so that I know you received this message!

LEED Green Associate (GA) Training

Due to the ongoing impact of the Coronavirus, I have transitioned all in-person workshops to scheduled live webinars, or you can take the on-demand self-paced online workshop any time accessible for an entire year. Starting this week, the exam can now be taken online too!

Webinar and Online self-paced options:


I will be offering live webinars that can be streamed on any of the following dates:

June 6 2020 – 2:00PM – 6:00PM EDT

June 25 2020 – 5:00PM – 9:00PM EDT

July 11 2020 – 1:00PM – 5:00PM EDT

July 29 2020 – 5:00PM – 9:00PM EDT

August 23 2020 – 1:00PM – 5:00PM EDT   -   OR   -

September 12 2020 – 2:00PM – 6:00PM EDT


The above options are identical to the in-person workshops.

You can register here for a webinar - https://leadinggreen.com/webinars


Online – Start today - Self-paced recorded workshop


Or take the on-demand recorded course completed at your own pace here - https://leadinggreen.com/online


Take advantage of your summer to make your resume stand out with the LEED Green Associate, the only professional designation to show employers and clients you have certified knowledge in the field. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is simply a sustainability scorecard for green buildings. Buildings can become LEED Certified as can people!


To date, this course and its materials have proven to be instrumental in helping over 9000 students pass their respective exam at a 99% pass rate. This course is offered at a quarter of the price and time as the competition and allows students to graduate with letters after their name!


This course is instructed by a USGBC Faculty member and is the most effective way to pass. The USGBC charges a $100 (reduced for students) fee for the actual exam which can now be taken online from home. Save money by reserving your spot today and make a positive difference in your career!


Cost: $200

Students can use the coupon code ‘green’ for $50 off (Discounted course price $150)

To register for a live webinar please visit: https://leadinggreen.com/webinars

Or online on-demand here -  https://leadinggreen.com/online

Please contact the instructor Lorne directly with any questions at info@leadinggreen.com