Structural Engineering Graduate Student Organization

Hello & Welcome!

Welcome to the UIUC Structural Engineering Graduate Student Organization (SEGSO) webpage. SEGSO is an organization created by graduate students to improve the graduate school experience. Also, since Fall 2016, SEGSO is a SEI Graduate Student Chapter. Our purpose is to organize and plan professional, academic and social events for the betterment of Structural Engineering graduate students at UIUC.

Recent Happenings & Events

Structural Engineers Foundation Research Grant

The Structural Engineers Foundation (SEF) of the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois is pleased to offer a grant to partially fund research efforts in the structural engineering or related fields for the 2014-2015 academic year.  The SEF recognizes the importance of research to the future of the structural engineering field and profession, and offers this grant to provide assistance in a selected research endeavor.

The offered grant is a one-time, fixed sum.  The amount of this research grant will be $2,000 and recipients will be notified of selection by December 1, 2014.  Applications are due to the SEAOI office ( by November 14, 2014.

FYI: Several UIUC students have received this grant in the past.

Click HERE to see Grant Guidelines

Click HERE to see Application

Posted on October 31, 2014

Trivia Night @ Pizza M

What: We will be meeting up at Pizza M for our first of (hopefully) a series of trivia nights—this time, at Downtown Urbana pizza/beverage/coffee establishment Pizza M. Come for some friendly competition and enjoy food/drink and the nuances of Downtown Urbana with members of SEGSO!

When: Wednesday, November 5 at 7:00pm

Where: Pizza M, 208 W Main St, Urbana, IL 61801

Let us know you are coming by RSVPing here!

Posted on October 24, 2014

Potluck Dinner

What: Join your fellow SEGSO members for a pre-Halloween potluck dinner! Bring your favorite dish or come empty-handed to enjoy tasty food and good company.

When: Thursday, October 30 at 6:30pm

Where: 1233 Newmark Lab and Crane Bay (North Wing)

Sign Up for the Menu Here!

Posted on October 24, 2014

Student Meeting with Professor Ole Sigmund

What: Take advantage of this opportunity to meet with the Fall 2014 Newmark Distinguished Lecturer and a current pioneer in the field of optimization!

When: Tuesday, October 28 from 11:15-11:45am

Where: 3218 Newmark Lab (Conference Room)

Space is limited to the first 15 students to register, so your RSVP is required to attend.

RSVP Here!

Posted on October 24, 2014

“What EERI means to me” by Prof. Dan Abrams

The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) is hosting the following lecture and is inviting SEGSO members to attend.

What? Dr. Dan Abrams, Donald Biggar Willett Professor in Engineering, will share the experiences he accumulated during his 34 years of involvement with EERI, including thoughts on past earthquakes and related topics.

When? Thursday, October 23, 5:30-6:30pm

Where? 2311 Newmark Civil Engineering Lab

Free Food will be provided.

See flyer: EERI Flyer

Posted on October 20, 2014

“Adventures from the Field: The Pros and Cons of Conducting Experiments on Site” by Prof. David Lange

The American Concrete Institute (ACI) is inviting SEGSO members to attend the following lecture.

What? Professor David Lange, PhD. with over two decades of experience in concrete materials and structures research at the University of Illinois, will be discussing his experiences with field investigations and sharing knowledge he has gained related to the pros and cons of testing on-site.

When? Tuesday, October 21, 6pm.

Where? 2311 Newmark Civil Engineering Lab.

Free pizza and drinks will be provided.

See flyer ACI Fall2014 Flyer

Posted on October 20, 2014

Visit to re_Home

EERI and SEGSO have organized a visit to re_Home, a house built by the Illinois Solar Decathlon Team.

Why Should I Attend? Come learn about re_Home, a house built by the Illinois Solar Decathlon Team.  re_Home was especially designed to allow for rapid construction in post-disaster situations (tornadoes, earthquakes, etc) when rebuilding housing is critical. During our visit, members of the Solar Decathlon Team will tell us more about the structural engineering, sustainability, and rapid construction principles incorporated in the design of re_Home.

When? We will meet on Friday, October 17that 3pm in front of Newmark, by Matthews Avenue, from where we will drive to the house. We will need drivers, so bring your car if you have one!

Where is the house? re_Home is located at 3603 South Race Street, Urbana IL

How do I sign up? The capacity of re_Home is 40 people, so sign up for a spot. You can sign up using this form. Please let us know if you will need a ride or will be able to provide rides to the re_Home.

Download the event flyer.

Posted on October 10, 2014

Job Opening – Structural Earthquake Engineering Lecturer

The University of Canterbury is inviting applications for a full-time, continuing (i.e. permanent/tenured) lecturer/senior lecturer position in Structural Earthquake Engineering.  For more information, click here. Doctoral students nearing completion who might want an academic position are encouraged to review the job listing.

Posted on October 10, 2014

Clayco Site Visit

The Structural Engineers Association (SEA) is pleased to invite SEGSO members to the following site visit:

What? SEA is organizing a site visit for the Clayco high rise construction site.

When? Thursday, October 16th at 1:15 PM.

Where? Intersection of Green and Fourth.

How do I sign up? You can sign up here.

It is recommended you bring safety glasses. Glasses will be provided to those who can’t bring their own. Close toed shoes are mandatory (no sandals, high heals etc.). There are a limited number of openings and priority is given to paid SEA members.

Posted on October 10, 2014

SAP 2000 Workshops

The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) is pleased to invite SEGSO members to the following workshop:

What? SAP 2000 is a well-known and widely used structural modeling software in industry; for this reason, familiarizing yourself with it is certainly beneficial for you career as an engineer. Moreover, this is the software the Seismic Design Competition (SDC) team relies on to test different structural designs and to make predictions about our models, so those interested in participating in the SDC should definitely attend!

When? EERI will be hosting two tutorial sessions on:

Wednesday, October 15th, 5pm – SAP2000 Basics

Presented by Anahid Behrouzi, EERI-UIUC Chapter Graduate Advisor

Thursday, October 16th, 5pm – Seismic Design Applications

Presented by Travis Welt, a PhD candidate and research engineer at NIST

Where? Both tutorial sessions will occur in Mechanical Engineering Lab 1009


How do I sign up? Since we have limited computer terminals available in the lab for the workshop, anyone interested must sign-up by clicking hereNote: If you plan to attend only one of the sessions, be sure to mark your answers accordingly.

Posted on October 10, 2014
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