Graduate Blog

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

September 11, 2020

The University of California Pavement Research Center at UC Davis has an opening for a Heavy Vehicle Simulator (HVS) Operations Engineer.  The successful applicant will manage the day-to-day operations of the accelerated pavement testing facility (2 HVSs).  For more information:

The University of California Pavement Research Center at UC Davis has an opening for a Project Engineer/Project Scientist.  The successful applicant will initially lead research on asphalt binders with a focus on modified binders and binders recycled from RAP and RAS.  For more information :

September 9, 2020

Graduate Assistant Employee Orientation (for TAs, RAs, GAs, and PGAs)

Sponsored by Illinois Human Resources and the Graduate College, this employee orientation provides information for teaching, research, pre-professional, and graduate assistants regarding appointments and benefits.

Offered twice via Zoom: Thur, Sept 10, 3-4:30 p.m. and Tues, Sept 15, 9-10:30 a.m. 


September 8, 2020

PhD Final Defense – Okan Ilhan
Conventional and Deep Learning-based Site Amplification Models for Central and Eastern North America
Advisor: Professor Youssef M. A. Hashash
Date: Tuesday September 22nd, 12:00 pm
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September 8, 2020

PhD Final Defense – Omar Baltaji
Enabling Technology for Pervasive Sensing and Deep Learning in Geotechnical Engineering
Advisor: Professor Youssef Hashash
Date: Wednesday September 16th, 11:00 am
Online Only:


September 6, 2020

I am pleased to announce the Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings, CCHRB, 2021 Annual Scholarship Program. This $5,000.00 scholarship is open to graduate and undergraduate students seeking degrees in architecture, engineering, construction management, and real estate.

The area of study shall be directly related to some aspect of the CCHRB purpose, that is the design, construction, operation, and/or rehabilitation of high-rise buildings.

Prospective applicants should fill out the attached application and complete the questionnaire. Further information including the documents for submittal are available at the CCHRB website, which is The deadline for submission is January 15, 2021.