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

Special Student Research Seminar (EMI 2017 Conference practice)

What? Special Student Research Seminar (EMI 2017 Conference practice)

When? Thursday June 1st

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Where? Newmark Room 1311

Even though we are in the summer period, we know that a good amount of you is sticking around. For this reason, from SEGSO we want to host a special Student Research Seminar as a practice session for the upcoming EMI 2017 Conference. We know that many us would like to hear more about fellow student projects, what they are, and how they are doing. Additionally, this will allow you to give a dry run to your presentation in a relaxed environment, and get feedback from your fellow graduate students. The idea of the seminar is that each student can talk for about 10-15 minutes (using a PowerPoint presentation or any other tool he or she might find useful) and then allow some room for questions.

Of course, everyone is welcome to attend the presentations! We just want to give preference in presenting to students participating in the aforementioned conference.

Pizza will be provided!

If you are interested, please let us know by emailing

Posted on May 26, 2017

SEI Structures Congress 2018

The SEI Structures Congress is happening next year at Dallas Fort Worth and the deadline to submit an abstract for presentation is coming soon!

Here are more details:

Structures Congress 2018
April 19-21, Fort Worth, Texas

Submit an Abstract or Session by June 5, 2017 

SEI Young Professional (35 and younger) Scholarship to Structures Congress , Applications due December 1


Posted on May 10, 2017

Annual End-of-Semester Gathering

Our Annual End-of-Semester Gathering is round the corner! Professor Abrams is hosting the social complete with barbecue. The event is on April 28, 2017 @ 6 p.m. Please RSVP here by Friday, April 21.

Posted on April 16, 2017

Webinar: Design of High-Rise Steel Structures – The Basics

As you may remember we have a free annual ASCE Continuing Education webinar thanks to SEI!

The webinar with most votes was: Design of High-Rise Steel Structures – The Basics

What? Webinar: Design of High-Rise Steel Structures – The Basics

When? Thursday April 13th

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Where? Newmark Room 2311

The cost of this webinar is $249 and thanks to SEI we can have it for free. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn about structural engineering professional practice and design!

Please don’t forget to register as a ASCE/SEI student member. You can do it HERE.

Take a look at the Facebook event.

Posted on April 10, 2017

18th Annual Structural Engineering Conference

Tomorrow the 18th Annual Structural Engineering Conference is happening at the I-Hotel.

Click HERE to register


Speakers include:

Allen Smith, TranSystems (St. Louis, MO): “Eads Bridge Rehabilitation”

William Bast, Thornton Tomasetti (Chicago, IL): “Wrigley Field Renovations”

Ron Klemencic, MKA (Seattle, WA): “Vista Tower: A Jewel on Chicago’s Skyline

Terry Paret, WJE (Emeryville, CA): “Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering (PBEE): Snake Oil or Good Medicine?”

And more!

Posted on April 10, 2017

Academic Seminar

What? Academic Seminar given by Prof. Frank Lombardo. 

When? Tuesday, March 28, 2017

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Where? NCEL 2310

Technical writing and knowing how to effectively present data is an important skill to have in both academia and industry. Join SEGSO and Prof. Lombardo as he discusses effective methods to present data with papers, posters, presentations, and more!

Posted on March 17, 2017

ASCE Continuing Education webinar

As a SEI Graduate Student Chapter we have a free annual ASCE Continuing Education webinar! This webinar is a great opportunity to learn about structural engineering professional practice and design! 

Please help us answering this survey to let us know the webinar that you are most interested in.

The deadline to participate in this survey is March 13th 2017.


Posted on March 6, 2017

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

Posted on February 20, 2017

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!


Posted on February 20, 2017

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!

Posted on February 13, 2017
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