Graduate Blog

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October 29, 2019

PhD Final Defense – Brandon Wang
Quantitative Analyses of Freight Train Derailments
Advisor: Professor Christopher P.L. Barkan
Date: Friday 8 November 2019, 10:30 am
Location: Quade Conference Room, 1220 Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory


October 29, 2019

PhD Final Defense – Lixing Zhu

Variational Multiscale Method for Coupled System:

Free-Surface Flows and Stratified Turbulence

Advisor: Professor Arif Masud

Date: Tuesday November 5th, 10:00 am

Location: Grainger Library Room 433


October 29, 2019

It is our pleasure to announce the launch of the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship (QIF), now in its twelfth year. We will be awarding fellowships of $100,000 to teams of two students. For the 2020 North America edition, we invite proposals from 24 schools: USA – Berkeley, Caltech, CMU, Columbia, Cornell, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Michigan, MIT, Princeton, Purdue, Rutgers, Stanford, UCLA, UCSB, UCSD, UIUC, USC, UT Austin, Virginia Tech, Washington and Wisconsin, and Canada – Montreal and Toronto.

The fellowship is open to Ph.D. students in the Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering and related departments, who apply for the fellowship by submitting their application. The Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship is based on Qualcomm core values of innovation, execution and teamwork. The fellowship is only open to teams of two Ph.D. students. The proposal must be recommended by one or more faculty members.

The application deadline is December 9, 2019.

For detailed information about the program, please visit:

Any questions can be e-mailed to

October 24, 2019

The Aviation and Professional Development Scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates an interest in pursuing an aviation related career and seek a major in Aviation, Business Administration, Accounting, Architecture, Engineering, Communications, Finance, Civil / Chemical / Structural / Mechanical / Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Environmental Science.

October 23, 2019

PhD Final Defense-Nicole D. Jackson
From Local to Global: Understanding Linkages Between Climate Shocks and Food Trade
Advisor: Megan Konar
Date: Monday, October 28th, 11:00 am
Location: Grainger Library Room 329