Graduate Blog

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March 31, 2016

Hello Engineering Graduate Students -

As part of an initiative to increase the diversity of our graduate programs, the College of Engineering, in partnership with EGSAC, is starting a Diversity Advocates program in the 2016-2017 academic year. A diversity advocate is a graduate student trained to understand the challenges facing underrepresented minority students (URM) in engineering graduate programs, detect potential sources of concern for URM students in each department, and to work with department and college leadership to build a more inclusive community. If you would like to serve as a diversity advocate for your department, please fill out the short application here by May 1, 2016. Applicants should have completed at least one year of graduate school by Fall 2016 and can be in either MS or PhD degree programs. Please see the attached document for further details on the role of a diversity advocate. For more information, please contact Ritu Raman (

March 28, 2016

PhD Final Defense - Tianfang Xu

A Fully Bayesian Approach to Uncertainty Quantification of Groundwater Models

Advisor: Professor Albert J. Valocchi

Co-advisor: professor Feng Liang

Date: Wednesday, April 6, 9:00 am

Location: Grainger Library Room 329

Download Tianfang Xu abstract

March 28, 2016

Medical crowdfunding campaigns refer to online fundraising campaigns that are specifically created to raise funds for medical expenses on crowdfunding sites such as GoFundMe, GiveForward, or YouCaring etc. We are looking for participants for approximately 50-minute interview study. The study aims at uncovering social support opportunities in medical crowdfunding campaigns. Participants will receive a $10 Amazon gift card in compensation for participating in this study.

We are seeking participants who:

  • must be 18 years or older.
  • must meet at least one of the following criteria.
    • Fundraisers who have raised money by organizing a medical crowdfunding campaign
    • Supporters who have donated money or helped publicize a medical crowdfunding campaign on social media$10 Amazon gift cardIf you are interested in participating in this study, please sign up for the study

    Please contact Jennifer Kim ( if you have more questions about this study. 

  • Compensation: $10 Amazon gift card

  • If you are interested in participating in this study, please sign up for the study

    Please contact Jennifer Kim ( if you have more questions about this study.

March 24, 2016

In the spirit of Graduate Student Appreciation Week, the CEE department will host a reception on Friday, April 8 from 8:00-9:00 am in the first floor Yeh Student Center. Stop by for donuts and juice (while they last) before going to class!

Please see this link for more campuswide activities surrounding Grad Student Appreciation Week


March 24, 2016

NPRE 402 is a popular course across Engineering and related College majors.  Please encourage interested students to consider taking it this summer.  This course is offered every fall/spring and fills to capacity every semester.  We do not keep a wait list and every fall/spring have to turn students away.  This is an opportunity for students here in the summer to get in the course who otherwise might not.

NPRE 402 Nuclear Power Engineering

Credit:  3 UG or 4 GRAD hours

Taught by Professor Magdi Ragheb

Meets June 13 – Aug 4; MWF 10:00 – 11:50; 103 Talbot Lab

Principles of utilization of fission energy in nuclear power engineering; includes such topics as fission processes and controlled chain reactions; nuclear reactor types, design principles, and operational characteristics;  power reactor design criteria; radiation hazards and radioactive waste treatment; economics; other applications such as propulsion and research reactors.