Graduate Blog

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September 16, 2020

Delta Airport Consultants takes civil engineering concepts and applies them to the planning, design, and development of airports. We are actively looking for aviation enthusiasts to start work full-time in our Richmond, VA or Charlotte, NC offices in January 2021! Check out the attached flyer or our website to learn more about our LAUNCH program.

Let us know where you’re interested in working (Richmond, VA or Charlotte, NC) and tell us in one to two paragraphs why you are excited to be part of Delta's LAUNCH program and why it is a great fit for you!

Send your resume, location preference, unofficial transcript, and your interest statement to Tara Eschenfelder ( by October 15, 2020.

September 15, 2020

In partnership with Engineering Council, we’re excited to host a Fireside Chat with IBM CEO Arvind Krishna on September 24. Dean Bashir and Arvind will have an informal chat discussing everything from the future of AI/Cloud technology, to lessons learned as a first-quarter CEO during a pandemic, and how his Grainger Engineering education prepared Arvind for a successful career at IBM. Students are also able to submit their own questions as part of the registration process.

Students have already received an invitation and we’re thrilled to have nearly 800 registrations. Engineering Council is heavily pushing this through RSOs, and the event is also on the Grainger Student Portal.



September 14, 2020

The Colloquium on Digital Transformation is a series of weekly online talks on how artificial intelligence, machine learning, and big data can lead to scientific breakthroughs with large-scale societal benefit. The summer/fall series focuses on COVID-19 mitigation research.

See details of upcoming talks here and note we have the same
Zoom Webinar registration link for all forthcoming talks


Impact of Mobility on Epidemic Spread: Some Lessons from NYC and India

September 17, 1 pm PT/4 pm ET

Saurabh Amin, Robert N. Noyce Career Development Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT


In this talk, we analyze the impact of mobility services (in particular, public transportation systems) on the spread of COVID-19. We also propose testing strategies based on mobility between areas with heterogeneous risk levels to control disease transmission. Our work focuses on two distinct regions: (1) NYC – where a significant number of people rely on the MTA for their daily commute; and (2) Odisha – an eastern state in India which saw a significant influx of migrant workers from COVID hotspots. In both regions, high levels of human mobility and limited testing capacity led to a rapid increase of COVID cases. In the study of NYC, we run panel analysis to evaluate the relative impact of MTA ridership over general mobility on the growth in cases at the zipcode level. We find strong heterogeneities across zip codes, which can be explained by socioeconomic factors and unbalanced testing resources. Importantly, we find that while a higher level of general mobility is associated with an increase in cases, the MTA usage did not lead to additional growth in cases after April. In contrast, the district-level data from Odisha exhibits strong correlation between case growth and volume of incoming migrant workers from high-risk states after May. We construct an optimization model that allows the state health authority to effectively allocate testing resources to worker populations based on the heterogeneous risk levels at their origin states and the local district population. This work is joint with Manxi Wu, Isabel Munoz, Devendra Shelar, and R. Gopalakrishnan.

Saurabh Amin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT. He is affiliated with the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) and the Operations Research Center at MIT. He received his PhD in Systems Engineering from UC Berkeley (2011), M.S.E. from UT Austin (2004), and B.Tech. from IIT Roorkee (2002). His fields of expertise include stochastic control theory, applied game theory, and optimization in networks. His research focuses on the design of high-confidence monitoring and control algorithms for infrastructure systems. He is a recipient of an NSF CAREER Award, the Google Faculty Research Award, the Robert N. Noyce Professorship, and the Ole Madsen Mentoring Award.

September 14, 2020

The Graduate Student Advisory Committee (GSAC) held a new student Zoom event last week and talked about what they do as well as gave students some good places to go in Champaign-Urbana. Slides enclosed.


September 14, 2020

A position is available as a Environmental Engineering at University of California Berkeley. The hire will be at the untenured assistant professor level.

The position is in support of the Department’s broad initiative in Sustainability and Resilience. We seek candidates who will develop the next generation of solutions to environmental engineering problems and demonstrate excellence in system-level thinking and addressing sustainability challenges. Research connections that extend beyond the traditional bounds of environmental engineering are highly desired. More detailed description of the position can be found at 

The application deadline is October 16, 2020. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. The application materials can be submitted electronically at Please contact if you have any questions about the position or about the application process.