Graduate Blog

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November 15, 2018

EERI and GESO Joint Seminar: Tuesday, November 27, 2018  |  12:00 Noon, Newmark Lab 2310.  Professor Youssef M. A. Hashash and Ph.D. Candidate Yuamar I. Basarah will present “Influence of Tall Buildings on Seismic Response of Shallow Underground Structures.”


November 9, 2018

Instructors: Prof. Kai James


Credit Hours: 4

Time: MW 10:00-11:30

Location: TBD


Course Description: This course provides an introduction to numerical optimization for solid mechanical design using the finite element method. Students will learn the fundamentals of gradient-based design optimization, and its connection to finite element analysis. This theoretical framework will be used to solve a variety of design problems, including the design of transient and thermomechanical structures. The course will include a design project in which students will optimize, fabricate and demonstrate an original design using the concepts introduced during the course. The project will culminate in a competition in which teams will compete to determine whose design is truly “optimal”.


Course Topics:

 Gradient-based optimization

 Sensitivity Analysis

 Topology optimization

 Transient analysis

 Thermo-mechanical analysis

 Compliant mechanism design

 Resilient design and material failure constraints

 Manufacturing processes

 Design for additive manufacturing

Prerequisites: Any one of AE 420, CEE 470, ME 471, TAM 470, TAM 445 or TAM 551

Textbook: Prof. James’ course notes


November 9, 2018

Deadline for applications has been extended to Nov 20.


November 6, 2018
University of Illinois Graduate College - Diffenbaugh Fellowships for Students from Missouri

The Diffenbaugh Fellowship Fund, established in 1976 by Harry J. Diffenbaugh, supports graduate students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who are or were residents of the State of Missouri.

November 6, 2018

Saturday, February 23, 2018 at the I-Hotel and Conference Center. Join the Graduate Society of Women Engineers (GradSWE) at Illinois for the annual Women Empowered in STEM (weSTEM) Conference. STEM leaders in academia and industry alike will share their insights on pursuing diverse career paths beginning with a graduate degree. The conference includes panel discussions and breakout sessions to facilitate one-on-one interactions with these speakers and promote the discussion of topics unique to the graduate student experience. Come fuel your inspiration to excel in your field, motivation to complete your graduate degree, and passion for making an impact on the world. Featured CEE speaker is Debra Knopman, principal researcher and professor at RAND Graduate School and former VP and Director of RAND Infrastructure, Safety, and Environment.

Registration is filling up quickly and will close when we reach capacity, so register today to secure your spot. Registration will close 11/26/18 at 11:59PM! Please contact Stephanie Schramm ( with any questions. Learn more and register at: