Graduate Blog

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April 1, 2016

Announcement from Rhonda McElroy, Director of Graduate Programs, College of Engineering:

I hope all of you had a great spring break!  I would like to welcome all MS and PhD students who will be enrolled for the entire 2016-2017 academic year to apply to be a member of the 2016-2017 Engineering Graduate Student Advisory Committee (EGSAC).  EGSAC is a committee of 12-14 graduate students from the different engineering departments that help advise the College of Engineering on topics that are important to graduate education.  This is a great opportunity to get involved in a leadership role within the college and to help shape graduate education for engineering graduate students.  In addition, you will have the opportunity to meet and work with other graduate students outside of your department!

To learn more about EGSAC, please click on the attached overview document and visit  To apply, please complete the application form located at  The application deadline is 5 pm on April 30, 2016.  All application materials may be submitted electronically in a single PDF document to (subject line must have EGSAC Application) or dropped off at 401 Engineering Hall.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact either myself or Kathy Reeves at  Thank you!

Download EGSAC_Application_Announcement_2016

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.