Graduate Blog

To submit an item for the graduate blog, email Joan Christian.

October 15, 2020

The Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of assistant or associate professor to start in the Fall 2021 semester in the area of smart cities.

For full advertisement and application instructions, please see


October 15, 2020

Dear Student,

You are invited to participate in a National Science Foundation study (#1763288) on engineering and educational experiences related to equity and inclusion. Your responses will provide empirical evidence to help improve engineering graduate education practices, policies, and program structures. The survey is confidential, easily available online, and will only take about 15-20 minutes for you to complete. If you complete the survey, you can register to be randomly selected to receive a $20 electronic gift card. 120 participants who complete the survey will be randomly selected to receive the $20 electronic gift card.


Complete a 15-minute online survey


In the long run, you can help to boost performance and improve the retention of engineering graduate students by including your responses in the study.

To complete the survey you should open an anonymous browser to further protect your privacy such as ‘in-private’ or ‘incognito’, and then please click this link or copy/paste the URL provided:

This study is being conducted jointly at North Carolina State University and the University of Nevada, Reno, and has been approved by the Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) at NCSU (IRB #12545) and UNR (IRB TBD). If you have any questions, please contact the study PIs Mary Wyer ( or Adam Kirn (

Best Wishes,

Mary Wyer, Ph.D.
Associate Department Head
Director of Graduate Programs
Department of Psychology
NC State University

Adam Kirn, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Engineering Education
PRiDE Research Group, Lead Investigator
University of Nevada, Reno

Follow this link to the Survey:
Take the Survey

Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:

October 12, 2020

The Graduate College has revamped its Conference Travel Award program in light of travel restrictions related to Covid-19.  The new and temporary program is called the “Conference Presentation Award” program.  Whereas the previous “Conference Travel Awards” covered travel to in-person conferences, “Conference Presentation Awards” will cover registration fees for virtual conferences.  Once pandemic-related travel restrictions are lifted, the program will return to its previous iteration and will support actual travel to in-person conferences.

The Graduate College provides awards of up to $350 for students to participate in virtual conferences to present papers, posters, or creative work. Awards will not cover participation unless the student is making a presentation.

Interested student should fill out this form and send to Joan Christian by Friday, Oct 23. More info about the awards may be found here

The department will make determinations of which five applications will be sent to the Graduate College.


October 8, 2020

Jim Mellon (Head of Sustainability and Innovation at Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC) is looking to hire 4 data scientists at Syngenta.

Syngenta Seeds R&D IT is changing the agriculture industry and we want you to be part of that. Our innovations, data and new technologies will transform the way that crops are managed in the future and enable farmers and agronomists to enhance efficiency and sustainable food production. You will help to develop solutions that turns data into meaningful information and ultimately helps to grow more food with fewer resources.

Be a member of an innovative team working in a collaborative DataOps environment assembled from data engineers, data scientists, visualization and analytics experts drawn from IT and R&D teams.  Relationship building, collaboration and influencing will be key in an environment of data complexity and difficult data integration challenges.

For more details on this opportunity, please apply here:

October 7, 2020

The Wadsworth Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at West Virginia University has an opening for an Assistant/Associate Professor position in one of the following areas: (1) Sustainable, Secure, and Resilient Infrastructure or (2) Sustainable Environment, Energy, Water and Human Health.