Graduate Blog

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April 7, 2017

Are you interested in learning about other cultures? Interested in sharing about your own? Enjoy delicious food?

Come and celebrate CEE’s vibrant international cultures and the diversity of our student body... Join CEE International Programs, GSAC, and Civil China for:

CEE International Lunch 2017!

Bring a potluck dish from your culture/country of origin to share with CEE friends, and enjoy food and company from around the world.  Team up with friends or on your own.  CEE International Programs will provide a few main dishes from local restaurants with international flavors.

Go green and bring your own reusable plate, fork, and cup.  Some disposable plates, forks, and cups will be provided.

When? Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 11:30am-1:30pm

Where? Crane Bay

Please RSVP at the following link so that we can get an idea of how many folks to expect. We look forward to seeing you there!

Other events happening around campus as part of International Week 2017:

International Week 2017 will take place from April 9-15, 2017. Join the campus community as we celebrate 150 global years at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign!

From long-standing traditions like the "Travel Around the World" Fair to cultural demonstrations, there are a number of events for the campus and local community to enjoy. View the full International Week calendar.

April 4, 2017

The Cline Center welcomes graduate students to a small group session with Prof. Scott E Page, who is giving the 2017 Linowes Lecture. Page is the Director of the University of Michigan Center for the Study of Complex Systems, and Professor of Political Science and Economics. 

One of the world’s foremost experts on complexity theory, decision science, and modeling heterogeneous social systems, Page’s book “The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies” has more than 2000 Google Scholar Citations. In addition to political science and economics, his scholarly work—which utilizes agent-based models, game theory, as well as statistical techniques—encompasses an array of disciplines including physics, computer science, management, urban planning, geography, and public policy.

The session is scheduled for Wednesday 11AM-12PM in 115 David Kinley Hall. Interested students can RSVP using this online form, and also use it to let us know if they are seeking an opportunity for a one-on-one meeting. We do our best to accommodate meeting requests for graduate students with relevant research interests. Questions or more detailed requests should be directed to Dan Shalmon at the Cline Center:

There will be a moderated discussion as well as an open Q & A. Some topics in his work of interest to engineering scholars include: modeling complex, heterogeneous and path-dependent systems, theories of decision-making under uncertainty, agent-based systems, and the consequences of strategic information-seeking in formal models. In past years, some of the most interesting discussions have been about broad topics—the origins of important ideas, paths to success in and outside of academia, etc. We think Page’s perspective on these issues will be particularly interesting, since he has impressive achievements in multiple disciplines and also is a public intellectual—he gives TED Talks and works as a consultant for businesses (including Motorola, Sandvik, and Google) the government and non-profits,

The lecture itself is free and open to all — it is scheduled for Wednesday, April 26th at 3:30PM in 213 Gregory Hall. You’ll be able to find all the event details on our Facebook page:



April 4, 2017

CEE at Illinois International Programs

Meet & Greet

Tuesday, April 11


2nd Floor Atrium, Yeh Center


April 4, 2017

PhD Final Defense-Tingting Zhao

A Service-driven Approach to Water Management During Extreme Events

Advisor: Professor Barbara Minsker

Date: Monday, April 17, 1pm

Location: Hydrosystems Laboratory 1518


April 3, 2017

CEE 449 Seminar

Peter Luswata, Thursday, April 6, 3-4:30pm

1518 Hydro Lab

Please see flyer for more info.