Undergraduate Blog

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October 17, 2018

Please see the following message from the CEE Department at Carnegie Mellon University regarding their Graduate program:


We at Carnegie Mellon University are interested in recruiting your students to our graduate program in Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE).

Our graduate programs offer a unique interdisciplinary experience that teaches the skills to develop imaginative solutions to real world engineering problems. Students have access to cutting-edge research and technology; faculty who are experienced, approachable, and invested in student success; and a curriculum that is both innovative and flexible.

Our graduate program is now accepting applications for Fall 2019 with an application deadline on January 5, 2019. For qualified applicants, support in the form of scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships is available for both MS and PhD studies. Interested students should review the admissions requirements and apply online. 

The graduate program is focused in three thematic areas. Within these areas, students may choose either a self-designed concentration, or a recommended course concentration. Each of the concentrations has been newly updated for 2019 to focus on relevant and emerging areas within the field:

Advanced Infrastructure Systems (AIS) Environmental Engineering, Sustainability and Science (EESS) Mechanics, Materials and Computing (MMC)

In addition, our graduate programs offer a unique interdisciplinary experience that encourages collaboration across the University community. Dual and Interdisciplinary degrees are available in areas like Computer Science, Technology Innovation Management, and Master of Business Administration. 

We know students have options for their engineering degree.

Choosing CEE is choosing a program consistently ranked among the top by US News and World Report. Students can count on getting the education they need for the career they desire.

For the most up-to-date information about our graduate program curriculum, detailed information about our faculty, and information about the greater Carnegie Mellon University community, visit us online. Also, recent editions of our CEE News Magazine provide an overview of our department-wide education and research initiatives. 

Thank you for your assistance.
Kind Regards,

David Dzombak

October 16, 2018

Please see enclosed post for info about Mott Macdonald recruiters.


October 15, 2018

Please see the attached flyer with details on a new CEE 498 special topics course offered by Professor Arif Masud: Mechanics of Additive Manufacturing.


October 11, 2018

Do you wish campus information technology did something it doesn't currently? James Quisenberry and Dan Steward are preparing a panel of 4-5 students for the Fall IT Pro Forum on Wednesday, 7 November. The panel will give our technology professionals feedback from the student perspective.

If you are interested in participating, please take a few minutes to complete the online form at http://go.illinois.edu/ITPFStudentPanel. Thanks in advance! (And please share the link with your friends.)

October 11, 2018

Please see the following message from the WindAid Institute


This is Helga from WindAid Institute. I’m reaching out specifically because we have opened applications for the beginning of 2019, and we think it’s a phenomenal opportunity for students at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I would greatly appreciate it if you could please forward this information to anyone who you think could benefit from volunteering at WindAid.

In 2018 so far we have installed four new wind turbines and updated systems in various communities; work that is only made possible thanks to out extended team of volunteers. So far in 2018 there have been 58 international volunteers that have participated in our programs, many of whom decided to come after receiving one of these emails. They continue to help us enhance the volunteer experience and increase the impact of their fantastic work such as:

R&D Involvement
We involve volunteers on all of our standard 4-week turbine construction & installation programs in the R&D projects. This year we have studied everything from blade composition to dust-free electronics development, as well as resistance and longevity of the towers. Upcoming goals are to research new battery technology and re-design the alternator for increased efficiency!

Community Engagement
A major focus of 2018 has been community outreach. Volunteer input has not only been invaluable, but necessary for improvement. Outreach projects include surveys within communities, database compiling, and long-term project planning that’s heavily focused on training local technicians.

Building Skills for the Future
We aim for every volunteer to learn as much as they can from their volunteering experience in Peru. This means that everyone who comes through our doors has the opportunity to gain hands-on engineering experience, practice working and networking with an international team, and creating a lasting impact through installing wind turbines for those without electricity. Our past volunteers have gone on to work in major corporations, been invited to do graduate studies at prestigious universities, and created connections from around the world in the sustainability sector.

We still have a few spots left in 2018, and the dates so far released for 2019 are already starting to fill! Find more information on our website, www.windaid.org, and the attached newsletter, and apply now! Please feel free to respond directly as well, we are always excited to chat about volunteering opportunities and answer any questions you may have.

Please share this email and newsletter with anyone you think who may be interested in joining us lighting up lives in Peru. Thank you very much for your continued support!