Alumni Seminar

What? Three alumni from UIUC are returning to campus to present the work they have done since they have graduated.

When? Friday, February 24, 2017

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Where? NCEL 1310

The seminar includes three 30 minute presentations from Julia Plews (Sandia Labs), Laura Linderman (University of Minnesota), and Ray Folz (Exxon Mobil). This is a good time to see how UIUC CEE alumni continue to make differences in the world after they graduate.
Additionally, this seminar will count as a special seminar toward the CEE-595S course. So be sure to take notes and take advantage of this extra opportunity to fill the seminar course’s requirements.

Information on the speakers and their presentations:

Lauren Linderman, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering
University of Minnesota
Title: Vibration-Based Long-Term Monitoring of the I-35W St. Anthony Falls Bridge

Raymond R. Foltz, PhD, PE

Senior Research Engineer

Offshore, Infrastructure & Environment Function
Arctic & Environmental Technology Section
ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
Title: Arctic Technology Research at ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company

Julia A. Plews, PhD

Computer Science, R&D
Computational Solid Mechanics & Structural Dynamics
Sandia National Laboratories
Title:From academia to a National Lab: Experiences so far

Q&A with Chris Hart and Dan Swiatek of Thornton Tomasetti

Great opportunity to learn from great professionals!

What? Join us for a Q&A session UIUC Alumni Chris Hart and Dan Swiatek.

When? Thursday, February 23, 2017

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Where? ECEB 3015

Currently at Thornton Tomasetti, both Mr. Swiatek and Dr. Hart completed their Masters degrees at UIUC and Dr. Hart additionally completed his Ph.D. This is a good opportunity to speak with alumni of our department and see how attending UIUC benefitted their transition to working in the industry. Additionally, Dr. Hart provides a unique point of view as he works in the industry with a Ph.D.

Prepare questions and join us in welcoming them back to UIUC!


Potluck (Internship Advice)

Are you facing difficulty looking for internships? Are you looking for some tips to prepare for the CEE career fair? If so, SEGSO is organizing an informal session:

What? Come out to learn about internship experiences and enjoy great food!

When? Thursday, February 16, 2017

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Where? NCEL 1233

A few students with prior internship experience in the US will be present to share their experiences with you and answer any questions you may have.

Sing up in this google sheet to let us know what dish you will bring to share.

So come learn some internship search strategies and enjoy great food!

PrimeStaff Looking for Masters Level Structural Engineer in the Minneapolis Area

PrimeStaff, a leader in the Twin Cities engineering staffing industry for over 19 years, is recruiting for a prestigious engineering firm in the suburbs of Minneapolis that is looking to add a Masters-level Structural Engineer to their team. Responsibilities will include structural analysis and design of commercial projects in a wide variety of markets including corporate, educational, hi-rise, warehouses and industrial buildings. These projects will include steel, timber design, reinforced concrete and masonry design.


M.S. in Civil Engineering with Structural emphasis

0-3 years of experience as a structural engineer

Strong verbal and written communication skills

Team player, creative thinker, and proven positive attitude when working with both colleagues and clients.

Proficient on RISA

PrimeStaff is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or any other protected class status.

SEI Structures Congress April 6-8 in Denver

Hi everyone!

We hope to see you at Structures Congress April 6-8 in Denver, it is a great opportunity to connect, learn from the experts, and Celebrate the Future of Structural Engineering at the Friday special reception at the Denver Art museum hosted by CSI!

Special opportunities:

Remember to join SEI/ASCE for targeted SEI resources, opportunities, discounts, notifications. Full-time student members are free. Don´t forget to state you are joining the UIUC Graduate Student Chapter when you register.

The best registration rates are available through February 15.


Opportunity to connect with on campus and online students!


The Spring 2017 study-buddy program helps students to connect with other on campus and online students that are taking the same course.  This is to have everybody discuss course material and be able to understand it a little bit better through collaboration with peers. With this program you will also be able to make connections with other on campus and online students which will no doubt aid in your future endeavors.  The courses that we are considering for this program are CEE462 and CEE570. Let us know if you are interested to expand the program to other courses. 

If you are interested in participating with us in the study-buddy program please send us an email to: