Researchers engineer a material that can perform different tasks depending on temperature

A new study led by Civil and Environmental Engineering professor Shelly Zhang developed a new composite material designed to change behaviors depending on temperature to perform specific tasks. The team first used computer modeling to conceptualize a two-polymer composite that can behave differently under various temperatures based on user input or autonomous sensing. Full Story >>

Andrawes to lead transportation infrastructure research center

Professor Bassem Andrawes will lead a new research center with the goal of improving the durability and extending the life of transportation infrastructure by advancing the technologies used in precast concrete systems, thanks to a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to establish a University Transportation Center.  The Transportation Infrastructure Precast Innovation […]

Zhang wins Air Force Young Investigator award

CEE assistant professor Shelly Zhang has received the 2023 Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) award through the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR).  The AFOSR is the basic research arm of the Air Force Research Laboratory. They have awarded $25 million to 58 scientists and engineers from 44 research institutions and businesses from around the United […]

Qualifying Exam — Spring 2023

Structural Engineering Qualifying Exam Spring 2023 The Structural Engineering Qualifying Exam for this semester is scheduled for Saturday, February 18, 2023.  Candidates must notify, by email, Prof. Elbanna ( and Ms. Miller ( of their intent to take the QE no later than Friday, Feb 3rd, 2023. Qualifying Exam Application Form

Investiture Ceremony for Professor Paolo Gardoni

Dean Rashid Bashir and The Grainger College of Engineering announce the Investiture of… Paolo Gardoni as the Alfredo H. Ang Family Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering Wednesday, May 11, 2022 Public Ceremony at 4:00 PM 1310 Yeh Center, Newmark Laboratory 205 N. Mathews Avenue, Urbana, Illinois Reception immediately following Yeh Center Atrium

Investiture Ceremony for Professor Arif Masud

Dean Rashid Bashir and The Grainger College of Engineering announce the Investiture of… Arif Masud as the John and Eileen Blumenschein Professor in CEE Monday, May 9, 2022 Public Ceremony at 4:00 PM National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Auditorium 1205 West Clark Street, Urbana, Illinois Reception immediately following NCSA Lobby  

Yan named 2022-23 Levenick iSEE Teaching Fellow

Assistant professor Jinhui Yan has been selected as a 2022-23 Levenick Teaching Sustainability Fellow by the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE). Yan joins seven other faculty members as part of this year’s cohort, which hails from across the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus — and beyond. One of the fellows represents a collaboration with the Zhejiang University […]