Graduate Blog

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June 16, 2020

Ph.D. Final Defense – Yeritza Perez
Semantically-Rich As-built 3D Modeling of the Built Environment from Point Cloud Data
Advisors: Mani Golparvar-Fard and Khaled El-Rayes
Date: Thursday, June 25, 2020, 1:00 pm
Zoom Meeting:


June 16, 2020

Ph.D. Final Defense – Jacob Lin
Visual and Virtual Production Management System for Proactive Project Controls
Advisor: Mani Golparvar-Fard
Date: Thursday, June 25, 2020, 3pm

Zoom Meeting:


June 15, 2020

SKY Happiness Retreat is a total well-being training offered to thousands of university students, faculty, and staff across the country. Participants gain foundational stress-management and leadership skills, develop a personal evidence-based breathing and meditation practice, learn a short personal yoga practice, and increase social connection. The SKY Happiness Retreat introduces SKY Meditation, an evidence-based meditation practice integrated with breath work that can significantly increase one's well-being and calmness, and significantly reduces anxiety and stress markers. The course features interactive group processes, experiential learning, emotional intelligence training, breath-work, yoga, evidence-based meditation, and service leadership. It's one of the coolest places to connect with yourself, make awesome friends, and, most importantly, have fun!

We're happy to share that the SKY Happiness Retreat is offered with a full scholarship for UIUC students, staff, and faculty members. There are limited spots available for this retreat, and they are filling up fast. Availability is first-come-first-serve, by registration only and requires attendance to all sessions. Please contact for any questions.
Location: Online via Zoom :)

- June 27 & 28 (Sat & Sun): 11:00am-2pm CST 

- June 29 (Mon): 6pm-9pm CST

Apply here:

June 11, 2020

The Graduate College seeks applications from graduate students to serve on SAGE (Students Advising on Graduate Education) for the 2020-2021 academic year.

SAGE is a student advisory board and leadership opportunity for graduate students that fosters active engagement with the Graduate College. SAGE board members enrich the graduate student community, build leadership skills, and strengthen Graduate College services and programs. It also contributes to the graduate student community at Illinois by providing varied perspectives that enhance the academic, professional, and social experiences of graduate students. 

Participants are required to participate in monthly meetings during the fall and spring semesters and have the option to participate in focused project groups. The estimated time commitment is about 3 hours per month.

Applications are welcome from graduate students enrolled in graduate degree programs (including online programs). Applicants should be graduate students in good academic standing who will be registered during 2020-2021.

Applications are available online and must be received by Tuesday, June 30, 2020 (11:59 p.m.).

Please visit our website for information about SAGE activities and to access the online application form:

If you have questions, please contact the Graduate College at

June 8, 2020

CEE 470 Structural Analysis is a required course for undergraduate and graduate students with Structures concentration (unless equivalent courses were taken before). The course covers modern topics about the direct stiffness method (DSM) for structural analysis of systems with trusses, beams, and frames; virtual work and energy principles; and introduction to finite element method (FEM). DSM and FEM are the fundamental methods used in modern structural analysis software.

Instructor: Assistant Professor Shelly Zhang

Course Information: 4 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: CEE 360.