Undergraduate Blog

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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.


May 25, 2017

The ENGL/ESE courses offered in Fall 2017 may be good for students who want to learn how to think and write more effectively about the environment. Questions about these courses can be directed to Prof. Gillen Wood at gdwood@illinois.edu.
Advanced Environmental Writing
Prof. Gillen Wood

Sustainability communication is a vital and growing career field, and in 477, students learn how to write with impact about environmental issues. We study the work of the most prominent environmental journalists today—including David Quammen, Elizabeth Kolbert, and Michael Pollan—and develop skills in all formats, from news brief, to op-ed, to magazine feature article. With an emphasis on connecting our personal lives and campus life to global environmental problems, 477 helps students build the research and communication skills they will need as career advocates for sustainability.

This is a new class, with places available for Fall 2017. Enroll now!


The Anthropocene
Prof. Gillen Wood
TR 2:00-3:15

The term “Anthropocene” translates as “The Age of Humans” and has been widely adopted in academia and the media to describe the increasing dominance of human civilizations over Earth’s natural systems since the Industrial Revolution, and most dramatically since 1950. This most recent period, when the corrosive human impact on our planet’s water, land, and climate systems, and its animal species, has multiplied exponentially, is only the latest, most dramatic chapter in a history of human planetary engineering that reaches back at least to the invention of agriculture 8000 years ago. This course introduces students to the essential political, cultural and technological history of ever-expanding human footprint of the Anthropocene, and to its urgent ramifications for us today. We, as citizens of the Anthropocene Age, face decisions on issues ranging from energy to agriculture to urban design that will directly impact the quality—even viability—of life for future human generations.

May 23, 2017

Please see the attached flyer on a special topics course offered by the NPRE department for Fall 2017 which may be relevant to some students' interest. The course is titled NPRE 498/598 Advanced Risk Analysis.


May 23, 2017

Please see the following courses from the Geography & GIS department that will be offered in Fall 2017:

GEOG 204 - Cities of the World | 3 Credit Hours, CRN: 30335
In-depth exploration of global urbanization. Using a comparative regional approach, discuss the recent history of global urbanization, dissect its problems, and offer possible solutions. Approximately ten major regions of the world will be examined, exploring the significant urban patterns and processes, built and natural environments, and social, economic, and cultural landscapes of each.
Satisfies Social Science and Western Comparative GenEd requirements

GEOG 210 - Social & Environmental Issues | 3 Credit Hours, CRN: 32230
Introduction to the complex relationship between people and the natural environment from a social science perspective. Explores different approaches to environmental issues, and examines the role of population change, political economy, technologies, environmental policymaking, and social institutions in causing and resolving contemporary social and environmental global issues.
Satisfies Social Science GenEd


May 16, 2017

IDOT District One has two types of Co-Op positions available. One open to engineering students and one open to pre-engineering/engineering technology students. I have attached a copy of both job descriptions. The program requires 15 months of active employment, but how the student decides to break that down is more of a choice between the student and the school. The program is open to students with a student visa; however they should be aware that in order to work for IDOT on a fulltime permanent basis, they will need to be a US citizen or permanent resident. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Danielle Harrell (Danielle.Harrell@Illinois.gov).