Undergraduate Blog

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July 18, 2017

The College of Engineering is currently hiring new ESTARS (Engineering Tour Guides) for the fall semester. They are looking for enthusiastic, welcoming students to give tours to perspective/admitted students. Interested candidates should follow the application instructions here: http://engineering.illinois.edu/student-life/student-employment.html

July 17, 2017

Concentric Marketing and Search Associates is searching for a recent graduate to fill a position in Schaumburg, IL as a Catastrophe Modeling Analyst. This person will be responsible for assisting the modeling supervisor in catastrophe risk management activities by preparing and maintaining data for natural catastrophe modeling, importing and analyzing data with modeling software, maintaining a knowledge base of model differences, and other duties. The job description is attached to this post.

Anyone interested in the position can contact Phil Palmer (concentricrecruiter@gmail.com) with your contact information and/or CV.


July 17, 2017

Grand Challenge Learning 210 is a campus wide course aimed at students of all years and involves team teaching. Students from differet disciplines will approach issues of sustainability in different ways. The course presents an interdisciplinary introduction to the study of sustainability, energy and the environment.

There is still space available for students to register for Fall 2017. I have attached the course syllabus for anyone who is interested.


June 28, 2017

Volunteers are needed for ConvoPartners, to meet with international students in CEE for conversation and cultural exchange.  Students and staff are encouraged to participate. Apply now! https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/3869856

English Conversation Partners- CEE Program

Who can apply?

Both Illinois students and non-students are welcome to participate. We especially encourage engineering students. 

Do volunteers need to be native speakers of English?

Not necessarily, but volunteers must 1) sound like native speakers and 2) have a strong knowledge of American culture.

What is the time commitment?

Convopartners must meet for 1 hour each week. You and your partner(s) will choose a day/time that is convenient for each of you. If you can dedicate just one hour a week to helping an international student on campus, please apply!

Dates of the program

This ConvoPartner opportunity begins in the first week of August and continues until the beginning of September. If you are available during this time period, please apply! https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/3869856

June 27, 2017

Zhejiang-University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Institute (ZJUI) Faculty Candidate Seminar

The Effects of Current Blockage on Offshore Structures

Dr. Harrif Santo
Research Fellow
National University of Singapore (NUS)

Thursday, June 29, 2017
11:00 AM
1311 Newmark Civil Engineering Lab


This seminar will present an overview of wave-current-structure interaction problems for space-frame offshore structures. When a steady (current) flow encounters such a structure, the structure behaves as an obstacle array which provides resistance to the flow. Hence, there is a reduction in the effective flow velocity (compared to the free-stream flow velocity) and the associated hydrodynamic force on that structure, and this is termed current blockage. The seminar will present the analytical and numerical modelling of the additional blockage effects due to the presence of ocean waves, as well as structural dynamics, covering a wide range of applications of fluid loading on statically- and dynamically-responding offshore structures.


Dr. H. Santo returned to National University of Singapore (NUS) as a research fellow in May 2016. He is now working on modelling plunging breaking waves using Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH), and co-supervising on wave-current-structure blockage and wave-in-deck project awarded by Singapore Maritime Institute to NUS, which is a continuation of his PhD topic. He obtained his PhD on wave-current blockage in offshore engineering from NUS in 2014. Subsequently, he continued to work as a postdoctoral research assistant in University of Oxford on wave climate variability and other research topics related to marine renewable energy funded by UK Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). His research interest is in fluid-structure interaction, wave statistics, and air-sea interaction.