Graduate Blog

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March 30, 2020

PhD Final Defense – Andres F. Prada
The effect of turbulence on survival, dispersal, and swimming behavior of grass carp eggs and larvae.
Advisor: Professor Rafael Tinoco
Date: Tuesday April 21st, 8:30am
Location: Online meeting on Zoom (


March 26, 2020

The following academic deadlines for Spring 2020 have been extended to April 30: 

Last day for students to add themselves to the May 2020 degree list Last day to submit a change of curriculum request for the current term. This includes changing your degree program or adding/dropping a minor or concentration Last day to withdraw or to drop a semester course from current term without a grade of W Last day to elect credit/no-credit option for a semester course or to change from credit/no-credit option to a regular grade   

In addition to the above deadlines, we are also extending doctoral final exam and deposit deadlines as follows: 

Last day to take Final Exam for May 2020 degree conferral will now be April 24 Last day to complete deposit of May doctoral dissertation will now be 5:00 p.m., May 8 Last day to complete deposit of May master’s theses will now be 5:00 p.m., May 15
March 25, 2020

LEED Green Associate (GA) Training

Due to the ongoing impact of the Coronavirus, I will be transitioning upcoming 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.

Webinar and Online self-paced options:

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

March 24 2020 – 7:00PM – 10:30PM EDT April 7 2020 – 6:00PM – 9:30PM EDT April 11 2020 – 1:00PM – 4:30PM EDT   April 18 2020 – 3:00PM – 6:30PM EDT  May 9 2020 – 1:00PM – 4:30PM EDT  -  OR  - May 15 2020 – 2:00PM – 5:30PM EDT

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

You can register here for a webinar -

Online – Start today - Self-paced recorded workshop

Or take the on-demand recorded course completed at your own pace here -

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 be taken at any time at your nearest Prometric center. Save money by reserving your spot today and make a positive difference in your career!

Cost: $200 for students ($300 otherwise)

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

To register for a live webinar please visit:

Or online on-demand here -

Please contact the instructor Lorne directly with any questions at

March 25, 2020

PhD Final Defense – Mohammad Amin Nabian
Scientific Deep Learning for Efficient Modeling and Uncertainty Quantification in Engineering Systems
Advisor: Professor Hadi Meidani
Date: Friday April 3, 1:00 PM
Location: 3310 Newmark (revised room)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 370106832

Password: uiuc2020



March 24, 2020

PhD Final Defense – Ran Mei

Investigating Microbial Immigration in Wastewater Treatment Processes

Advisor: Professor Wen-Tso Liu

Date: Wednesday April 8th, 8 am

Location: NCEL Room 3218

                                   Zoom link for the public session (