Research Sheds New Light on Integral Abutment Bridges Behavior

Published October 23, 2017

Integral abutment bridges are constructed without expansion joints. Due to the high maintenance costs associated with expansion joints—as a result of water seeping through the joints and causing damage to the beams and bearings at joint locations—integral abutment bridges (IAB) have become increasingly popular in the past 30 years, not only because of the economic advantages of these structures, but also because of their proven functionality and durability.Read More

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering – Lecturer/Instructor Position Announced

Published October 18, 2017


Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

College of Engineering

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for a Lecturer or Instructor position. We seek highly qualified applicants with a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and the ability to teach at all levels. The Lecturer/Instructor position is a full-time, academic year (9-month), renewable, career-oriented, non-tenure-track position.

Required Qualifications for Instructor:
• M.S. in Civil Engineering or related field
• Demonstrated teaching effectiveness.

Required Qualifications for Lecturer:
• Ph.D. in Civil Engineering or related field
• Sustained excellence in teaching.

Minimum Qualifications for all ranks:
• Evidence of substantial contributions to undergraduate teaching and curriculum development.
• Passion for undergraduate education and student development.
• Minimum of 2 years’ experience in construction engineering and management field and use of construction engineering and  project management software.
• Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work as a team member.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Ability to utilize technology in instruction.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Three years of successful teaching experience at accredited four-year institution of higher education.
• Project Management, Professional Engineering, and/or LEED certifications.
• Engagement and leadership in Construction Engineering and Management technical societies
• Organizing national and international site visits.

The Lecturer/Instructor position requires teaching three regularly scheduled courses per year in the Construction Engineering and Management area at the undergraduate and graduate levels. This position is also responsible for representing and promoting the Construction Engineering and Management (CEM) program at industry and academic functions as well as at other events. This individual will also be managing the Global Leaders Construction Management Program (GLCM), including making arrangements for speakers, coordinating internships for students and industry symposiums, coordinating travel, soliciting sponsorship for the GLCM Program, and interacting with tenure-track faculty in CEM program. The GLCM Lecturer/Instructor will also hold office hours to advise and assist students in all functions related to teaching responsibilities, supervise and provide career advice for more than 20 GLCM students, and be engaged in departmental functions.

The Department of Civil and Environmental engineering (CEE) has 50 full-time faculty in 7 technical areas and over 1,400 undergraduate and graduate students. CEE is a nationally ranked department with outstanding laboratory and teaching facilities along with multiple large interdisciplinary research centers.

In order to ensure full consideration, applications must be received by November 1, 2017. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications. Preferred starting date is 01/01/2018, but it is negotiable.

Applications should be submitted by visiting and uploading a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, and names and contact information for three references. Applicants may also submit supporting material relevant to evaluating their teaching abilities. For inquiry, please call Vicki Dixon at 217-244-0857 or email

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering – Open Rank Faculty Positions Announced

Published October 9, 2017


The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for multiple full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty positions; all ranks will be considered. The Department seeks to expand its expertise in emerging interdisciplinary areas that are critical in addressing global challenges through innovative education and research. Desired areas of expertise for the positions are:

1.Optimization and Life-Cycle Performance for Large-Scale Structural Systems: Advanced computational simulations and experimental testing methods for design optimization and life-cycle performance assessment of large-scale structures and infrastructure. Areas of desired expertise include but are not limited to: dynamic response and fluid-structure interaction of special and long-span bridges, high-rise buildings, coastal structures, wind turbines and off-shore structures; modular, morphing, adaptive and tensegrity structural systems; innovative designs for large-scale structures and infrastructure using topology optimization; and additive manufacturing and 3D printing applied to large-scale structures.

2.Geoengineering for Sustainable Urban and Off-Shore Development: Foundation and infrastructure development, modeling, design, maintenance, reuse and renewal in congested urban environments and in offshore settings. Advancement of smart geo-infrastructure, onshore and offshore energy foundations, shallow geothermal applications, and deep geo-energy development. Analytical, experimental, and numerical study of soil-structure interaction and design of onshore and offshore foundations to improve infrastructure resilience to extreme events and geohazards.  Modeling of shallow and deep geo-energy applications for energy production, gas sequestration, and waste storage.

3.Synthetic Biology for Environmental Solutions: Creation of innovative solutions for bioenergy, resource recovery, and emerging public health concerns by leveraging synthetic or molecular biology tools (e.g., high throughput DNA synthesis), novel biological systems (e.g., genetic circuits, enzymes, genetically engineered microbes), fundamental biological and chemical concepts, artificial intelligence, and big data science, as well as collaborations in Computer Science, Public Health, or related fields.

4.Emerging Construction Materials for Buildings and Pavements: Design and implementation of innovative materials to enable sustainable and functional civil infrastructure. Areas of desired expertise include but are not limited to: smart materials that enable adaptive, multi-functional, self-healing, energy harvesting, phase changing or sensing properties; sustainable materials including alternative cements and binders, advanced polymer or asphalt composites, and materials with enhanced durability; and materials that promote emerging construction practice such as additive manufacturing and automated construction processes.

5.Sustainable and Smart Infrastructure and Multimodal Transportation: Planning, design, construction, monitoring, management, and control of complex infrastructure systems and multimodal transportation for enhanced efficiency, resilience, and sustainability; integration of engineering fundamentals and principles, interdisciplinary approaches, and emerging technologies (e.g., high-performance computing, automation, robotics, networked sensing, data analytics) to address new opportunities such as smart infrastructure systems (e.g., roads, structures, electricity, water) and autonomous and connected transportation.

The department further invites qualified senior candidates for an Endowed Chair in Climate-Driven Risks to Natural and Built Environments in the Age of Big Data funded under the $100-million Grainger Engineering Breakthroughs Initiative ( The area focuses on topics related to air, water, and/or earth surface and subsurface modeling to characterize and pose solutions to problems including, but not limited to, increase in demand for energy, variability in extreme hydroclimatic events, ecosystem and climate changes, climate-driven migration, interactions between natural and built environment, and emergence and control of environmental pathogens associated with climate change and human activities.

The successful candidates are expected to develop and maintain an internationally recognized research program, to contribute fully to teaching of undergraduate and graduate courses, and to provide service to the profession and University. Successful candidates are also expected to develop interactions with faculty across the Department, College and campus. Opportunities exist to participate in related CEE and campus-wide communities, such as the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory, Prairie Research Institute, Illinois Center for Transportation, MAE Center (Creating a Multi-hazard Approach to Engineering), the National Rail Transportation Center, the Information Trust Institute, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, the Institute for Genomic Biology, the Safe Global Water Institute, the Illinois State Geological Survey, as well as other Engineering Departments and the new College of Medicine. Applicants must hold an earned doctorate in an appropriate field. Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications.

To ensure full consideration, create your candidate profile through and upload your application cover letter with area(s) of expertise indicated (addressed to Professor Benito J. Mariñas, Head, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 1114 Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory, 205 North Mathews Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801. Telephone: 217-333-6961) together with curriculum vitae, a concise summary of past research accomplishments and any teaching experience, a statement of future research and teaching plans, and complete contact information for at least three references by November 24, 2017. Only complete applications will be considered. Early applications are strongly encouraged as interviews may take place during the application period, but a decision will not be made until after the closing date. The starting date is negotiable, but is preferred to be August 16, 2018. Information about the department may be found at our website at Questions should be referred to Vicki Dixon,, (217) 244-0857.

Urbana-Champaign offers the residential advantages of a medium-sized university city, excellent cultural opportunities, and a high quality of life as reflected by its ranking as #2 of the 20 best college towns in America by Business Insider:

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

We have an active and successful dual career partner placement program and a strong commitment to work life balance and family friendly programs for faculty and staff:

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit


IDOT Adapts Construction Staking to Modern Technology

Published September 15, 2017

In a world that is increasingly shaped by improving digital technologies, the past few decades brought great advances in technology for highway construction and engineering. Such advances almost always aim to reduce costs and improve quality. For instance, incorporating technologies, such as the global positioning system (GPS) and civil information modeling (CIM), among others, in highway construction is believed to lead to improvements in construction quality while reducing construction time and cost.Read More

Register for the 58th Annual Illinois Bituminous Conference!

Published July 31, 2017

Registration is open for the 58th Annual Illinois Bituminous Paving Conference to be held December 11-12, 2017, at the iHotel and Conference Center in Champaign, Illinois.


The Bituminous Conference is a compact one-day program providing an opportunity for highway engineers to meet with contractors, government officials, consultants, and fellow engineers.  Professionals gather to share the latest technical information and review actual field reports in the area of hot-mix asphalt construction.

Responding to the stated needs of highway engineers, a planning committee of people actively engaged in the field has created a forum for the dissemination of current technical data and the improvement of highways throughout Illinois.

The conference is specifically designed for people actively involved in asphalt construction:  highway engineers; government officials responsible for developing, implementing, enforcing, and evaluating contractor regulations affecting bituminous construction; contractors; consultants; university researchers; and representatives of firms supplying goods and services to the industry.

For more information, please visit the conference web page and register as a conference attendee, exhibitor, or sponsor.

We look forward to seeing you at the 58th Annual Illinois Bituminous Paving Conference!