CEE at Illinois is home to several recurring research conferences for scientists, scholars, government officials, industry professionals and/or students. Covering specific disciplines in CEE, these conferences bring together some of the best minds in civil and environmental engineering to learn about new research, engage and collaborate, and connect with peers.


Environmental Engineering and Science Symposium

The Environmental Engineering and Science (EES) Symposium is an annual event organized by CEE at Illinois graduate students in the EES program. The event is an opportunity for students to share their work with the wider environmental engineering community. Each student presents either a poster or oral presentation which displays their research or a project they are working on.  

Symposium website


Illinois Bituminous Conference

Illinois Bituminous Conference provides an opportunity for highway engineers to meet with contractors, government officials, consultants and fellow engineers.  Professionals gather to share the latest technical information and review actual field reports in the area of hot-mix asphalt construction.  

Conference website


Illinois Structural Engineering Conference

Illinois Structural Engineering Conference participants are a diverse group of engineers from local, state, and federal agencies; consulting and contracting firms; and universities. The conference is designed for professionals in structural engineering to gather in Champaign-Urbana to discuss exciting new developments in the field, gain timely job-related information, network with colleagues, and renew their sense of professional purpose. 

Conference website


International Crosstie and Fastening System Symposium

The International Crosstie and Fastening System Symposium is held biannually on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This typically three day conference consists of presentations, discussions, and a technical tour that focuses on the state of the art in timber, concrete, steel, and composite crosstie and fastening system design, performance, research, modeling and inspection. 

Symposium website


Railroad Environmental Conference

The Railroad Environmental Conference (RREC) is hosted on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. RREC features presentations by railroaders, consulting engineers, academics and others involved in all aspects of railroad environmental topics. The annual railroad environmental conference enables you to meet with your peers throughout the railroad environmental community to exchange views, learn about new techniques and technologies, and generally stay in touch with the direction of the railroad industry’s environmental programs. 

RREC website


Railway Engineering Short Course

The CEE's Rail Transportation and Engineering Center (RailTEC) hosts the Railway Engineering Short Course every summer. This course is taught over a week time frame on the University of Illinois Urbana campus. Key topics include: track systems and infrastructure components; track structural analysis and design; locomotives, rolling stock, and train performance; and rail project design and construction. The course engages attendees in interactive lectures, relevant case studies, small group discussions, and a site visit and lab tour to learn about the practical aspects and science behind railway engineering and transportation concepts. 

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Tornado Hazard Wind Assessment and Reduction Symposium

Tornado Hazard Wind Assessment and Reduction Symposium (THWARTS) is a venue for interdisciplinary tornado science research, discussion and collaboration. 

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Transportation and Highway Engineering Conference

Each year, over one thousand transportation engineers, officials, technicians, faculty and students gather at the Illinois Transportation and Highway Engineering Conference (T.H.E.) to discuss issues critical to the safe and economical movement of people and goods across Illinois, the U.S.A. and beyond. 

T.H.E. website


Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference

The Illinois Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference (TES) is the premier meeting in the Midwest region for transportation and safety professionals to network with colleagues and clients, discuss ideas and issues with experts, gain job-related knowledge and know-how, and renew sense of professional purpose. Conference attendees include local, state, and federal agencies, consulting and contracting firms, and university faculty and students. 

TES website