Undergraduate Blog

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April 2, 2018

The job description is attached and the link to Korte’s website is below.  This position is in Highland, IL which is right off of I-70 about 30 miles east of St. Louis.  Your help is greatly appreciated.





Brian Taylor | Project Manager


618.654.8611 (office)

314.242.0196 (direct)

217.417.9044 (cell)



March 29, 2018

Univ. of Iowa has a CZO related upcoming REU opportunity. For details see


March 29, 2018

The College of Engineering is implementing a new policy for both Overloads and Underloads.  The rationale is to help students plan during pre-registration - instead of an afterthought during the first two weeks of classes.


Please help us in communicating with all students, on the importance of planning, as well as the relevance of discussing with advisors for selecting classes.

Please help us to communicate with all December 2018 graduating seniors about the Deadline to make their request for underload.


What you need to know:

The college of engineering deadline to request an Overload or Underload for summer/fall 2018 is June 1st, 2018. All students, except MAY18 graduating seniors, will be receiving the attached email on Thursday 3/29 at 6pm (via secure messaging). Both Overload and Underload requests will be done online (so that all UPO staff can manage their time more efficiently; that includes Bob). Both online requests forms will open on Monday April 2, 2018 (on the first day of pre-registration) and will close by the deadline (*). Students will most likely not hear back until after we have grades for the semester - we will be handling all requests on a rolling basis. All information can be found at http://go.engineering.illinois.edu/Overload (or http://go.engineering.illinois.edu/Underload ).


(*) Students who miss the deadline will have very limited options (for example overloads requests can only be submitted on the 11th day of classes via the add-drop portal if requesting after June 1st). Students will receive instructions on the “Form has ended” screen –that you will be able to see if you try to access the form yourself after June 1st. We are currently modifying this.


March 28, 2018

Honeywell Diversity Panel


Honeywell will be hosting a Diversity Panel and Q&A sessions, Tuesday, April 3, 6:00pm – 8:00pm in the Mechanical Engineering Building room 153. We will be partnering with SWE, SHPE, and NSBE for this event. Please cascade to students that would interested in attending. Attached is a flyer to post on student boards or on digital boards, if permitted.


March 28, 2018

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


Optimal Learning and Strategic Information Provision

for Smart and Sustainable Transportation Systems

Zhen Tan, Cornell University

Friday, March 30, 2018

12:00 noon

1311 Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory



We studied problems in modern transportation systems based on proper utilization of different types of information in various ways. Specifically, we proposed novel methodologies and generated new insights using concrete applications for the following dimensions: 1) Value of information and sampling-based approach in solving network optimization problems with uncertainty. 2) Utilization of system data and forecast for real-time control of complex human-centered infrastructure systems. 3) Remedy of inaccurate travel time estimate on dynamic routing using additional information. 4) Strategic information scheme design for flow improvement on traffic networks. Our study provides useful references, practical solutions and new thinking for existent nontrivial problems and emerging challenges in transportation operations and planning under the information age and unprecedented demand for smart and sustainable mobility.



Zhen Tan is currently a fifth year PhD student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University with minors in Applied Mathematics, Operations Research and Information Engineering. He received the B.S. degree in Transportation Engineering from Tongji University and the M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Zhejiang University. His current research interests include optimal learning and convex optimization for traffic network- management problems, modeling and control of coupled transport-environment systems, and novel solutions for smart and sustainable urban systems.