Graduate Blog

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October 30, 2019

Iowa State will be hosting the 2020 Midwest Graduate Student Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM) Symposium, on the weekend of March 7 and 8, 2020. Please forward the attached flier to your graduate students, and encourage them to submit an abstract to this symposium. Also, forward the attached flier to your experimental mechanics faculty contacts. Details of the symposium can be found at the following link:   

October 29, 2019

Congrats to CEE PhD student Rebecca Andrus who is the 2019 winner of Research Live! Research Live! is a fun, fast-paced competiton that celebrates the research of graduate students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Thirteen finalists competed in the public round of Research Live! on Tuesday, October 22 at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The winners are:

Rebecca Andrus, "Can We Reinvent the Toilet" (Civil and Environmental Engineering)

Lucas Buccafusca, "The Tragedy of the Wind Turbine" (Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering)

Mary Lyons, "In an Era of Academic Rigor, Play in Kindergarten" (Curriculum and Instruction)


Sana Saboowala, "Investigating the Biological Effects of Historical Trauma in South Asia" (Integrative Biology) 

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October 29, 2019

Cumming Corporation is an international project management and cost consulting firm. Cumming’s portfolio includes a vast variety of projects across multiple sectors in the construction industry, such as the Commercial, Hospitality, Retail, Entertainment, Education, Healthcare and High-End Residential sectors. Our clients include high profile clients, such as Sterling Bay (Lincoln Yards), Google, Facebook and Disney. The firm has more than 400 assignments underway at any given time and has worked on projects worldwide with a collective value in excess of $150 billion.

They will be accepting resumes for available internship positions for Summer 2020 and future full-time job openings.

Cumming Corporation will be attending the ASCE General Meeting at Newmark Lab at UIUC this Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm, and will plan on collecting resumes for available internships and full time opportunities.



October 29, 2019

PhD Final Defense - Sushobhan Sen

Title: Role of pavements in urban energetics

Advisor: Jeffery Roesler

Date: Friday, November 8th, 2019, 10:30 am

Location: Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory, Room 2218


October 29, 2019

PhD Final Defense – Thierno I. Kane
Movement of Landslides in Stiff Clays and Clay Shales
Advisor: Professor Gholamreza Mesri
Date: Tuesday, November 12th, 9:00 AM
Location: Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory Room 2218