All posts by Antonio Zaldivar de Alba

Party with Professors

When: Friday, April 11th, 2014

6 pm – 9 pm

Where: Professor LaFave’s House

1000 Lake Pointe Lane

Mahomet, IL

Located in the Briarcliff subdivision off Illinois Route 47, just past the Lake of the Woods Museum of the Grand Prairie

What: social mixer for structures graduate students to celebrate the arrival of spring with food (Chipotle!), drinks, games, and structures-themed Jeopardy!
If you are interested, please send your RSVP here.


EERI Friedman Lecture

When: Monday, April 14th, 2014

12 pm – 1 pm (“Meet the Speaker” Lunch)

4 pm – 5 pm (Friedman Lecture)

Where: 1310 Yeh Center
What: Free “Meet the Speaker” Lunch! – This event will be catered with Potbelly, and serves as an opportunity prior to the Friedman Lecture to ask questions, learn more about the speaker, and enjoy a nice lunch.

Friedman Lecture – David A. Friedman will be presenting, offering more information about EERI, earthquake reconnaissance, and the retrofit of the UC Berkeley Memorial Stadium

RSVP for the lunch and get more information here.

Scholarships for Advanced Masters in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions


Please see the attached announcement for a Master Course in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions. The course would be taught in Portugal, however, scholarships of up to 13,000 Euro are available for interested students. Historically, students from the United States are under-represented, so scholarships to University of Illinois students should be available!

For more details, visit their website at, or see the attached leaflet.


Applications for the Advanced Masters in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions, approved by the European Commission within the framework of the Erasmus Mundus Programme, are opened up to May 20, 2014 (call 2).

This Master Course is organized by a Consortium of leading European Universities/Research Institutions in the field, composed by University of Minho (coordinating institution, Portugal), the Technical University of Catalonia (Spain), the Czech Technical University in Prague (Czech Republic), the University of Padua (Italy) and the Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics of the Czech Academy of Sciences (Czech Republic). The course combines the most recent advances in research and development with practical applications.

A significant number of scholarships, ranging from 3500 to 13000 Euro, are available to students of any nationality.

The SAHC leaflet can be downloaded at

Please find full details on the MSc programme, as well as electronic application procedure, on the website

Newmark Distinguished Lecturer Session

On Tuesday, February 25th at 3:30 PM, Professor David Billington, the Newmark Distinguished Lecturer, will be taking time to meet with students and answer questions. This would be a great opportunity to ask any questions you have regarding the lecture, or of his research and career in general.

Professor Billington is recognized for his work in large-scale dams and bridge infrastructure, as well as a larger historic picture of engineering in the twentieth century. He will be addressing the role of civil engineers in society and the impacts of civil engineering and architecture during Monday’s Distinguished Newmark lecture.

The meeting will take place in 1311 Newmark.

Please RSVP below if you’re interested in attending!

Summer Intern Position: Parsons in Chicago

For anyone who is searching for a summer internship after this academic year, Parsons Corporation is looking for candidates interested in bridge structures.

Job Description
Parsons Bridge & Tunnel Division is seeking motivated engineering students with an interest in bridge structures for a summer intern position. The intern will gain exposure to the production of drawings and calculations for the design of highway and rail bridge structures. The position is located in a vibrant, downtown Chicago office with over 100 employees, and is close to public transportation and the Metra commuter rail stations.

A full job description is available here.

Apply Online: search Job ID 22598 at

Q&A Session with Richard Lindenberg

Prior to the 595 seminar on Monday afternoon, Richard Lindenberg from Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates will be holding a questions and answers session. This session will take place Monday, February 10th at 2:30 – 3:30 PM in Newmark 2218.

If you’re curious about the company, or have any questions you’d like to ask about the work Mr. Lindenberg does, this is the perfect opportunity!

If you plan on attendinhg, please RSVP here.

Spring General Meeting

To kick off the new semester, we’re having a general meeting this coming Tuesday, February 4th at 5:30 PM in 2311 Newmark. And yes, free food will be provided!
This will be a brief meeting to discuss upcoming events for this semester (come and share your suggestions!). Also, we’re looking to fill some officer positions within SEGSO (Treasurer, President) for anyone who’s interested. Getting involved in SEGSO is a great way to have a positive impact on your fellow graduate students.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP here.