Other Ways to Get Involved

The Porter family at EOH

Return for EOH

Brian Porter (BS 97), pictured at right, returned to campus to deliver a gift from his employer, Terracon Consultants Inc., and visit Engineering Open House with his family: wife, Amy; daughters Ashleigh, 10 (striking a dramatic pose), and Katie, 7; and son, Nathan, 11. Engineering Open House is offered each March. Visiteoh.ec.illinois.edu for more information as March 2015 approaches.

Attend alumni events

One of the most fun ways to stay connected with the department and your fellow Illini is to attend some of the CEE alumni events we host each year, such as our annual golf outing, beer tasting or the Chicago Alumni Dinner. For more information about events, visit our Upcoming Events page or contact Jamie Byrum, Coordinator of Alumni and Corporate Relations, jbyrum@illinois.edu, (217) 244-6804.

Help current students 

Beginning in August and extending through October, CEE hosts a series of informational seminars called Backpack to Briefcase, which is geared towards preparing students for their transition to a professional workplace. Topics include preparing a resume, how to make a good impression with recruiters, how to get ready for interviews and more. Why not consider presenting at one of the sessions or asking your company to help sponsor the series? Contact Jamie Byrum, Coordinator of Alumni and Corporate Relations, jbyrum@illinois.edu, (217) 244-6804.

Give back

There are many ways to give to CEE at Illinois. Regardless of the size of the gift, a donation to the annual fund helps us retain our top ranking by boosting the percentage of alumni who give back. Unrestricted gifts to the CEE Trust improve the student experience by enabling unique academic opportunities like field trips and student attendance at professional conferences. The department is also utilizing those funds to support the creation of knowledge through workshops and conferences on innovative new topics and research. 

For more information on giving to the department, visit our Giving page or contact John Kelley, Director of Advancement, jekelley@illinois.edu, or Nishant Makhijani, Assistant Director of Advancement, nishantm@illinois.edu.

Two people on the old golf green

CEE’s 2011 golf outing at Gleneagles Country Club in Lemont, Ill. Top: Chris Jackson (BS 98) and Rob Bielaski (BS 02) putt on hole 17. 

Many people seated at tables at a banquet hall

The 2014 Chicago Alumni Dinner at the Union League Club in Chicago; CEE Alumni Association President Tracy Lundin (BS 80, MS 82) addresses the crowd.

Group of young alumni at a bar

Young alumni gather at the bar during CEE's annual beer tasting at Revolution Brewing in Chicago.

Group of alumni standing with scholarship awardee

Alumnus Paul Koch (BS 66, MS 68), second from left, is a long-time supporter of the department. He and his family sponsor the Koch Family Academic Scholarship. Koch visited the department in May and met with this year’s scholarship recipient, Hannah Lohman, center. They are pictured here in the department head’s office with, from left, Professor Mark Rood, Professor and Interim Head Benito Mariñas, and Director of Advancement John Southwood.