Modernize CEE

Modernize CEE

Join us in building a bridge to the future of Illinois Civil and Environmental Engineering

Why modernize?

LATEST NEWS

Read the latest modernization updates, and learn why some of our donors have given to support the project.

$15

Smallest gift received

$3M

Largest gift received

Who Inspired You?

Named spaces are an opportunity for donors to honor people and organizations who have had an impact on their lives in one way or another. Learn more about the people and groups being honored with named spaces in the new building, including those pictured here. Your support can help fully realize those spaces that still need additional funding.

See more

 

CEE at Illinois faculty have been inspiring students for 150 years. Were there professors who made a big impact on you? We would love to know who they were! Please share your memories about favorite faculty and classes, and your time on campus.

Tell us more

Name the building or a room

For $16 million, you can make a truly transformative gift to Illinois CEE by naming the entire new building. In addition to honoring the namesake, naming gifts elevate the stature of an academic unit, contributing significantly to its reputation and rankings. In 2019, the University of Illinois college of engineering became The Grainger College of Engineering; the Mechanical Engineering Building became the Sidney Lu Mechanical Engineering Building; and the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory became the Nick Holonyak Jr. Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory. To discuss adding Illinois CEE’s newest building to this esteemed list or to discuss naming an interior space (available at varying levels of support), contact Benito Mariñas at (217) 333-6961 or marinas@illinois.edu.

Explore Our Floor Plans

Bridge

The Kavita and Lalit Bahl smart bridge will be a living laboratory, featuring the latest innovations in infrastructure sensing, serving as an instructional tool to teach about the effects of dynamic forces on the built environment. The interior of the bridge will feature several distinct collaboration areas.

Smart Bridge Gateway Collaboration Space

Conceptual architectural rendering of the smart bridge.
Conceptual architectural rendering of the smart bridge.

The Smart Bridge Gateway Collaboration Space, located just before the entrance to the Smart Bridge on the Newmark Lab side, will provide the first exposure to the new construction for visitors crossing from Newmark Lab to the Hydrosystems Lab. This will be a space for students to gather to collaborate, study and relax between classes. 

The Modernization plan will connect the new CEE building to the Yeh Student Center via a Smart Bridge, instrumented with the latest infrastructure sensing technology for use as a teaching tool. The proposed student collaboration spaces are located along the bridge deck and will be popular gathering places for CEE students and visitors.  Additional funding is needed to fully furnish this space. Naming opportunity exists for this area; contact Benito Mariñas (marinas@illinois.edu or 217-333-6961) for more information on a naming gift.

Support this space

Arthur R. Robinson Collaboration Space

Arthur R. Robinson
Arthur R. Robinson

The late CEE alumnus and Professor Emeritus Arthur R. Robinson (MS 53, PhD 56) taught for five years at the University of Minnesota after his graduation from Illinois, then returned to teach on the department faculty until 1993, when he retired. With a strong background in applied mechanics and mathematics, Robinson specialized in the fields of dynamic elasticity, numerical methods analysis, non-linear structural problems, earthquake ground motions and numerical solutions of ordinary differential equations. He died in 2015.

The Modernization plan will connect the new CEE building to the Yeh Student Center via a Smart Bridge, instrumented with the latest infrastructure sensing technology for use as a teaching tool. The proposed student collaboration spaces are located along the bridge deck and will be popular gathering places for CEE students and visitors. Additional funding is required to fully furnish this space.

Support this space

German Gurfinkel Collaboration Space

German R. Gurfinkel
German R. Gurfinkel

Alumnus and Professor Emeritus German R. Gurfinkel (MS 57, PhD 66) has taught in the department for more than 50 years. Before joining the faculty in 1962, he taught for two years (1959-61) in the Civil Engineering Department of the University of Havana. He officially retired from the Illinois CEE faculty in 1998 but has continued to teach classes ever since. Gurfinkel has received numerous awards for teaching, research and professional practice in the field of Structural Engineering.

The Modernization plan will connect the new CEE building to the Yeh Student Center via a Smart Bridge, instrumented with the latest infrastructure sensing technology for use as a teaching tool. The proposed student collaboration spaces are located along the bridge deck and will be popular gathering places for CEE students and visitors. Additional funding is required to fully furnish this space.

Support this space

Mete Sozen Collaboration Space

Mete A. Sozen
Mete A. Sozen

Alumnus and Professor Emeritus Mete A. Sozen (MS 52, PhD 57) made a profound, lasting impact on students and colleagues during his 65-year career in structural engineering research and education. He taught at Illinois from 1963 to 1994, when he accepted a faculty position at Purdue University. He is remembered by generations of structural engineers as a transformative and inspiring educator and a brilliant engineer. We hope this collaboration space is just the first project to honor him. Additional funding is required to fully furnish this space.

Support this space

William L. Gamble Collaboration Space

William L. Gamble
William L. Gamble

Alumnus and Professor Emeritus William L. Gamble (MS 61, PhD 62) taught on the department faculty from 1963 until his retirement. He has taught five different undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of reinforced and prestressed concrete, plus a course on the fire resistance of structures. He is co-author (with Robert Park of New Zealand) of the book "Reinforced Concrete Slabs" (Wiley, 2nd Ed., 2000). 

The Modernization plan will connect the new CEE building to the Yeh Student Center via a Smart Bridge, instrumented with the latest infrastructure sensing technology for use as a teaching tool. The proposed student collaboration spaces are located along the bridge deck and will be popular gathering places for CEE students and visitors. Additional funding is required to fully furnish this space.

Support this space

Kavita and Lalit Bahl Smart Bridge

Lalit and Kavita Bahl
Lalit and Kavita Bahl

The Kavita and Lalit Bahl Smart Bridge is a focal point of the CEE Modernization plan and will become a campus landmark. The 2,200-square-foot suspension bridge will connect the Hydrosystems Lab with Newmark Lab. The bridge will be a comfortable space with collaborative and lounge areas, and will be fully instrumented to make it a teaching tool and showcase for the latest infrastructure monitoring technology.  The bridge itself is fully funded thanks to a generous gift by Kavita and Lalit Bahl. Opportunities still exist, however, to fund and name collaboration areas along the bridge deck.

Lalit is an alumnus of Illinois’ Electrical and Computer Engineering department who earned his master’s degree in 1966 and his Ph.D. in 1969. Kavita’s late first husband, Ravindar K. Kinra, earned his Ph.D. in 1968 from Illinois CEE. Gratitude for their education and the research assistantships the two men received during that time motivates Lalit and Kavita’s continued philanthropy to this day.

Support this space

Third Floor

Visitors entering the building via the Kavita and Lalit Bahl Smart Bridge will find the third floor full of useful and handsome spaces. An alumni welcome center, library and student collaboration area will share the floor with faculty offices, graduate student workstations, a structural design laboratory and classroom.

Chi Epsilon Alpha Chapter History Display

First appearance of Chi Epsilon in The Illio, 1924. Top row: Nelson, Rehnquist, Straub, Gurtler, Black, Wallace, Rall. Second row: Albert, Boberg, Stewart, Larson, Flickinger, Signell. Bottom row: Catlin, Jansson, Mills, Koehler, Bruns, Jewett, Tucker.
First appearance of Chi Epsilon in The Illio, 1924. Top row: Nelson, Rehnquist, Straub, Gurtler, Black, Wallace, Rall. Second row: Albert, Boberg, Stewart, Larson, Flickinger, Signell. Bottom row: Catlin, Jansson, Mills, Koehler, Bruns, Jewett, Tucker.

 Chi Epsilon is an honorary civil engineering fraternity established in 1922 by students at the University of Illinois with the support and guidance of Dean M.S. Ketchum, Professor Ira O. Baker and Professor C. C. Williams. The 25 charter members took steps to expand the organization into a national fraternity and in following years additional chapters were established at a number of universities around the country. Chi Epsilon recognizes outstanding students and graduates for their scholarship, character, practicality and sociability in order to foster excellence, connectivity and engagement in the civil engineering community. Additional funding is needed to fully realize this display. 

Support this space

Instructional Technology Hub

Technology will be key to the effective introduction of new instructional methods. Additional funding is needed to fully equip the Instructional Technology Hub. Naming opportunity exists for this space; contact Benito Mariñas (marinas@illinois.edu or 217-333-6961) for more information on a naming gift.

Support this space

Dick Shaffer Faculty Office

Louis Richard 'Dick' Shaffer
Louis Richard 'Dick' Shaffer

Louis Richard “Dick” Shaffer (MS 57, PhD 61) taught for nearly 40 years on the Illinois CEE faculty. He joined the department as an instructor in 1955 and was appointed chair of the Construction Engineering group in 1961. During his tenure in this post the curriculum for construction engineering and management was revamped so as to be based on more scientific principles associated with computer usage, namely operations research, systems engineering, linear program and queuing theory. In 1963 he obtained funding to establish the U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory in civil engineering, the first attempt by the Department of Defense to partner directly with a university. The lab was dedicated in July 1969 with Shaffer as Deputy Director/Technical Director, a post he held for 18 years. Under his direction CERL grew from a starting budget of $2 million and 62 personnel to a world class research facility with a $100 million program and some 1,000 employees. He remained as the civilian senior executive for CERL until his death, remaining as an adjunct professor in the department. Additional gifts needed to fully realize this space.

Support this space

Alfredo H.-S. Ang Faculty Office

Alfredo H-S. Ang
Alfredo H-S. Ang

Internationally renowned structural engineer Alfredo H.-S. Ang (MS 57, PhD 59) joined the faculty in 1959 and retired in 1988. He is now Emeritus Research Professor at the University of California-Irvine. During his career Ang combined academic research and teaching in several aspects of structural mechanics and structural engineering. His major effort was directed toward structural safety by applying probability and reliability concepts in structural engineering and he made significant pioneering contributions to probability-based safety analysis and design applied to a variety of problems in structural engineering. Ang is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, having been one of the youngest ever inducted at the age of 46. Additional funding is needed to fully realize this space.

Support this space

James Clark Faculty Office

As a member of the department faculty for 20 years, Professor James G. Clark taught generations of CEE students from 1936 to 1956. He provided structural engineering consulting on projects throughout the state of Illinois and beyond, including the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and the College of Law building on the University of Illinois campus. When he left the department to pursue a consulting career, Clark continued building his legacy through the founding of a prominent civil engineering consulting firm, Clark-Dietz. Additional gifts needed to fully realize this space.

 

Support this space

Ellis Danner Faculty Office

Ellis Danner
Ellis Danner

Professor Ellis Danner earned his B.S. in Railroad Civil Engineering (1930) and M.S. degree in Civil Engineering (Highways) (1949) from Illinois. Danner worked for the Illinois Division of Highways until 1940, when he was called to active duty in the U.S. Army. He joined the CEE at Illinois faculty in 1946, where he served until his retirement in 1974. Danner's research was primarily in the areas of highway administration and management of professional and technical personnel, project management and pavement materials. He was noted for early studies on the effects of soil types and characteristics in the design and construction of pavements. Danner was considered to be an excellent teacher and developed several new transportation courses. Many of his students became prominent transportation engineers both in practice and at universities. Additional funding is needed to fully furnish this office.

Support this space

Edwin H. Gaylord Jr. Distinguished Faculty Office

Edwin H. Gaylord Jr.
Edwin H. Gaylord Jr.

Edwin Gaylord Jr. graduated from Wittenberg College in Springfield, Ohio; received a bachelor's degree from Case Institute, Cleveland, Ohio; and a master's degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Gaylord joined the civil engineering faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1956 where he stayed until his retirement in 1971. Gaylord co-authored a number of structural engineering textbooks, including Handbook of Structural Engineering and Design of Steel Structures. Among other honors, Gaylord was awarded the G. Brooks Earnest Award for outstanding contributions to the civil engineering profession by the Cleveland section of the American Society of Civil Engineering. Fully funded.

Support this space

Faculty Offices (available for naming)

Modern facilities are critical to attracting and retaining world-class faculty. Comfortable, functional faculty office spaces are among the most important signs that a university values its faculty and the contributions they make to the education of students, the creation of knowledge through research and the future of the profession. The Hydrosystems Laboratory addition will include faculty offices on the second and third floors. Corner office suites will be reserved for senior faculty. Faculty spaces are available for naming at $100,000 each for a standard office or $200,000 for a suite. Additional funding is needed to fully furnish and equip these offices. Naming opportunity exists for these offices; contact Benito Mariñas (marinas@illinois.edu or 217-333-6961) for more information on a naming gift.

Support this space

Ben Chie Yen Library

Ben Chie Yen
Ben Chie Yen

During 35 years on the CEE at Illinois faculty, Professor Ben Chie Yen educated and inspired students who became civil and environmental engineering leaders around the world. He worked with Ven Te Chow, pioneering the investigation of hydrologic problems from the perspective of fluid mechanics and the development of computer models in the holistic modeling of watersheds. Yen’s contributions also include being one of the first researchers to work on urban storm water drainage. A library in the new addition will be named in honor of Yen, and will house a number of rare and historical books currently stored in CEE’s Water Resources Engineering and Science office area. These writings do not enjoy wide use, due to the department not having a protected area in which to display them and grant access. A library named for Ben Chie Yen would ensure that faculty and students gain secure access to these important hydraulic engineering texts as well as an appreciation for the contribution of one of the department’s most eminent educators. Additional funding is required to fully furnish this space.

Support this space

CEEAA Board of Directors Student Collaboration Space

In support of CEE’s Modernization Plan and in recognition of its long history of service to the department and its alumni, students and faculty, current and past members of the CEE Alumni Association Board of Directors are contributing to fund a named collaboration space in the new building addition. The space is located prominently on the third floor of the building, near both the outlet to the Smart Bridge and the Alumni Welcome Center. Additional funding is required to fully furnish this space. All are welcome to contribute, regardless of board service.

Support this space

Sidney Epstein Alumni Welcome Center

Mickey Kupperman, left, and Sidney Epstein
Mickey Kupperman, left, and Sidney Epstein

The Sidney Epstein Alumni Welcome Center will be located on the third floor of the new addition to the Hydrosystems Laboratory, near the entrance of the smart bridge. A gift by CEE alumnus Mickey Kupperman (BS 57, MS 58) and his wife, Janice, has fully funded this space in honor of Mickey’s 45-year career and 60-year friendship with Sidney Epstein (BS 43). Epstein (1923-2016) is remembered in Chicago for both his engineering accomplishments and his philanthropy. A. Epstein and Sons Inc. has been credited with pioneering the “design-build” concept of construction. The firm worked on such projects as the Federal Center and the Harold Washington Public Library, both in Chicago, and the Maine Montparnasse Tower in Paris. Epstein was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1959 and a Fellow of the Society of American Registered Architects in 1969. He was also co-founder, with Elliott Donnelley, of Chicago Youth Centers, Chicago’s largest private urban youth organization. This space is fully funded.

Support this space

Transportation Faculty Classroom

Barry J. Dempsey, left, and Marshall R. Thompson
Barry J. Dempsey, left, and Marshall R. Thompson

During their long careers at the University of Illinois, alumni and professors emeriti Barry J. Dempsey (BS 60, MS 66, PhD 69) and Marshall R. Thompson (BS 60, MS 62, PhD 64) educated and inspired generations of students who became leaders in transportation engineering. The impact of these educators and researchers has been seen in transportation infrastructure projects around the world. Additional funding is required to fully furnish and equip this classroom.

Support this space

E.W. and J.L. Merritt Structural Design Laboratory

J.L. Merritt
J.L. Merritt

J.L. Merritt Structural Design Laboratory was funded by a gift from an alumnus who preferred to remain anonymous, in honor of former professor and alumnus J.L. Merritt (MS 55, PhD 58) and Merritt’s wife, Eleanor. Merritt served on the CEE faculty at Illinois from 1958 until 1968, teaching and doing research in structural engineering. In 1968, he left academia and became an engineering consultant. His area of expertise was in evaluating and developing design criteria for seismic and other accidental effects on a variety of structures, including nuclear reactors.  Merritt died in 2018. This space is fully funded.

Support this space

Graduate Student Workstations

Graduate student offices are in critically short supply in the department. New office spaces will ensure that the top students and future leaders of the profession who pursue advanced study and research in the department will have adequate spaces in which to work. In addition, the availability of new office spaces will help greatly with graduate student recruiting. General support is needed to equip these third floor office spaces and individual work stations are available for naming at $20,000 each. Additional funding is needed to fully furnish and equip these office spaces. Naming opportunity exists for this area; contact Benito Mariñas (marinas@illinois.edu or 217-333-6961) for more information on a naming gift.

Support this space

Second Floor

The second floor will feature a classroom, conference room, gathering area with lounge seating and artwork, a series of faculty offices and a large space filled with workstations that will provide graduate students with much needed work space.

CEE Legacy of Excellence Displays

For more than 150 years, CEE faculty and alumni have been making history and changing the world. Located in a prominent spot in the second floor, a series of display cases are planned to highlight impactful people from the department. Sponsorship opportunities exist for this space; contact Benito Mariñas (marinas@illinois.edu or 217-333-6961) for more information on sponsoring a display.

Support this space

Faculty Lounge

The Faculty Lounge will be a place for faculty to relax between classes, get coffee and a snack, and consult and build relationships with their colleagues. Additional funding is needed to fully realize this space. Naming opportunity exists for this room; contact Benito Mariñas (marinas@illinois.edu or 217-333-6961) for more information on a naming gift.

Support this space

Nathan Newmark Distinguished Faculty Office

Nathan M. Newmark
Nathan M. Newmark

Few stories of academic history are as compelling as that of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The faculty and students who have passed through the CEE department at Illinois throughout its long history have shaped the nation, defined the future of the profession and made Illinois synonymous with great civil and environmental engineering. The era of the mid-20th century in particular has been called the Golden Era of CEE, when Nathan M. Newmark served as Head. During those decades, top engineering minds from around the world converged on Champaign-Urbana, drawn by its already impressive reputation and to the stellar research and teaching faculty Newmark was assembling. The resulting connections and collaborations led to unprecedented advances in science and engineering. It was largely this epoch that forged the world-class reputation the department enjoys today. Newmark’s individual contributions to the field of structural engineering led to a long list of honors and a reputation as one of the most influential figures in American civil engineering history. Fully funded.

Support this space

Faculty Offices (individual offices available for naming)

Modern facilities are critical to attracting and retaining world-class faculty. Comfortable, functional faculty office spaces are among the most important signs that a university values its faculty and the contributions they make to the education of students, the creation of knowledge through research and the future of the profession. The Hydrosystems Laboratory addition will include faculty offices on the second and third floors. Corner office suites will be reserved for senior faculty. Faculty spaces are available for naming at $100,000 each for a standard office or $200,000 for a suite. Additional funding is needed to fully furnish and equip these offices. Naming opportunity exists for these offices; contact Benito Mariñas (marinas@illinois.edu or 217-333-6961) for more information on a naming gift.

Support this space

Judith S. and Jon Liebman Gallery

Jon and Judith S. Liebman
Jon and Judith S. Liebman

Judith S. Liebman began her career at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1972 as an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, later moving to the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. From 1986 to 1992 she served as Vice Chancellor for Research and Dean of the Graduate College. She is Professor Emerita of Operations Research in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Illinois. She holds a Ph.D. in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in Physics from the University of Colorado. She has chaired the Advisory Committee for the National Science Foundation Engineering Directorate. Her other service has included membership on the Army Science Board and as president of the Council of the Operations Research Society of America. She has served on the University of Colorado Foundation Board of Directors and its Board of Trustees. Liebman has authored or co-authored many research publications and received numerous awards for excellence in teaching.

Professor Jon Liebman joined the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1972 as a Professor of Environmental Engineering.  During his tenure he was Associate Head of the Department of Civil Engineering from 1976-1978, and Head of the Department for six years from 1978-1984.  Professor Liebman retired in 1996 and was conferred status as Professor Emeritus.  Among his many honors are being named the first recipient of the UIUC College of Engineering Rose Award for Teaching Excellence (1997); Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award, College of Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder (1998); Tsuan Hua Feng Distinguished Lecturer, University of Massachusetts (1998); and induction into the Society of Scholars, The Johns Hopkins University (1999).

The Judith S. and Jon Liebman Gallery will serve as a collaboration space for students. Avid collectors of contemporary glass art, the Liebmans are donating an art glass piece entitled ”Engineer,” by British artist David Reekie, that will be displayed in the space. 

Additional funding is required to fully furnish this space.

 

Support this space

ExxonMobil Conference Center

For many years, graduates of CEE at Illinois have gone on to exciting careers at ExxonMobil. In addi¬tion, the company’s commitment to philanthropy in higher education has benefited generations of CEE students. In support of CEE’s Modernization Plan and in recognition of this strong partnership, CEE at Illinois alumni and friends who are current or retired ExxonMobil employees are contributing to fund a named space in the new building addition. The ExxonMobil Conference room is located prominently in a corner room on the second floor of the building, near a student collaboration area, a large classroom, faculty offices and graduate student offices. Additional funding is required to fully furnish this space.

Support this space

Graduate Student Workstations

Graduate student offices are in critically short supply in the department. New office spaces will ensure that the top students and future leaders of the profession who pursue advanced study and research in the department will have adequate spaces in which to work. In addition, the availability of new office spaces will help greatly with graduate student recruiting. General support is needed to equip these second floor office spaces and individual work stations are available for naming at $20,000 each. Additional funding is needed to fully furnish and equip these office spaces. Naming opportunity exists for this area; contact Benito Mariñas (marinas@illinois.edu or 217-333-6961) for more information on a naming gift.

Support this space

Milhouse Family Classroom

Wilbur Milhouse III
Wilbur Milhouse III

A gift from alumnus Wilbur Milhouse (BS 94, MS 95) and his wife, Dawn, has established the Milhouse Family Classroom. The classroom name has a dual meaning: in addition to Milhouse’s personal family, it also refers to the individuals who work at Milhouse Engineering & Construction Inc., the firm he founded in 2001. A longtime supporter of the University of Illinois and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Milhouse is a recent winner of the CEEAA Distinguished Alumnus Award. He is involved with many civic and charitable groups including Milhouse Charities, which he founded in 2012. This space is fully funded.

Support this space

First Floor

The welcoming first floor interior will feature installations showcasing the history and accomplishments of Illinois civil and environmental engineers, collaboration areas for students, a state-of-the-art water chemistry laboratory and a bright, modern classroom.

Concrete Canoe History Display

The first-ever concrete canoe competition took place in 1971, a year after Professor Clyde E. Kessler (BS 43, MS 46) tasked his students in the concrete design class with making a concrete canoe as an alternative to the standard high-strength cylinders or reinforced beams. Since that first class, and that first competition (against Purdue), the Concrete Canoe has been an annual tradition. This display will honor that history and celebrate the unique tradition that remains a part of students’ lives to this day. Additional funding is needed to fully fund this display. 

Support this space

CEE Showcase

From the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline to the moon landing to cleaning up the nation’s waterways to supertall skyscrapers, the faculty and students who have passed through the CEE department at Illinois throughout its long history have reshaped civilization and made Illinois synonymous with great civil and environmental engineering. Illini engineers will also help define the future with innovations and technologies that are being developed right now. Robotics, smart technologies, autonomous vehicles, breakthroughs in water purification and sanitation – these and more are under development in CEE at Illinois. As they have done throughout their 150-year history, Illini engineers also will lead the way in areas that are unimaginable today. Established by a gift from the Newmark family, the CEE Showcase will be an art installation highlighting the world-changing advancements of faculty and alumni of CEE at Illinois and the exciting ways that civil and environmental engineers will shape the future. Additional funding is required to fully realize this showcase.

Support this space

Robert and Glenda Johnson Collaboration Space

Rashod R. Johnson
Rashod R. Johnson

The Robert and Glenda Johnson Student Collaboration Space will communicate CEE’s commitment to diversity and invite students of all backgrounds – particularly the underrepresented population of students of color – to commit their talents and energy to the critical profession of civil and environmental engineering. In addition to lounge and table seating, art in the space will celebrate the beauty of Chicago’s south side, communicating non-verbally that students of all backgrounds are welcome in CEE at Illinois. CEE alumnus Rashod R. Johnson (BS 00, MS UIC 05), president and CEO at Ardmore Roderick in Chicago, shared this vision, and generously made a leadership gift to establish and name this student collaboration area in honor of his parents, Robert and Glenda. This space is fully funded..

Support this space

William J. and Elaine F. Hall Classroom

William J. and Elaine F. Hall
William J. and Elaine F. Hall

During 40 years on the faculty of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Professor Emeritus William J. Hall (MS 51, PhD 54) educated and inspired generations of students who became civil and environmental engineering leaders around the world. He has been involved with many major engineering projects, including being part of the design team for the Trans-Alaska petroleum pipeline, many nuclear power plants, and major projects of agencies of the U.S. government, for example, Department of Defense protective structures and nuclear materials.  His list of accomplishments includes Distinguished Membership in the American Society of Civil Engineers, being named a National Honor Member of Chi Epsilon, receiving the Housner Medal of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, and being elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering — one of the youngest people ever elected. He led the department as Head from 1984-1991. Additional funding is required to fully furnish and equip this classroom.

Support this space

Vernon L. Snoeyink Water Chemistry Laboratory

Vernon L. Snoeyink
Vernon L. Snoeyink

During more than 35 years on the faculty of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Professor Emeritus Vernon L. Snoeyink educated and inspired generations of students in the area of water quality engineering. His many honors include membership in the National Academy of Engineering. The Vernon L. Snoeyink Water Chemistry Laboratory will feature a glass wall so that visitors can view the activities going on inside. As such, this laboratory will offer the most visible example in this new space of the work done in CEE. Additional funding is required to fully furnish and equip this lab.

Support this space

Robert H. Dodds Commons

Robert H. Dodds Jr.
Robert H. Dodds Jr.

Professor Emeritus Robert H. Dodds Jr. (MS 75, PhD 78) spent his career on the faculty of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He served as department head from 2004-2009, advancing the department significantly in that short time with the achievement of the M.T. Geoffrey Yeh Student Center and the establishment of the department’s successful professional master’s degree program. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Robert H. Dodds Jr. Commons, or “Dodds Commons,” will be located prominently in the first-floor lobby of the new building, and will feature the main donor installation for the building. Supported by the CEE Department in gratitude of his visionary leadership. Additional funding is required to fully furnish this space.

Support this space

Basement

The basement level of the new building will be home to a series of modern laboratories. With state-of-the-art equipment to support our modern curriculum, students will have many opportunities for hands-on learning and the chance to work with faculty on research projects.

Tech Resource Room

Technology will be the key to the effective introduction of new instructional methods, and the Technology Resource Room will be home to much of the equipment that will be needed in the new building. Additional funding is needed to fully equip the Technology Resource Room. Naming opportunity exists for this space; contact Benito Mariñas (marinas@illinois.edu or 217-333-6961) for more information on a naming gift.

Support this space

Environmental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory

The department has a long history of leadership in the area of environmental fluid mechanics. A state-of-the-art laboratory dedicated to fluid mechanics research and instruction will ensure that CEE students receive an excellent education in this critical field and that Illinois retains its preeminence in this area.  Additional funding is needed to fully equip this lab. Naming opportunity exists for this lab; contact Benito Mariñas (marinas@illinois.edu or 217-333-6961) for more information on a naming gift.

Support this space

Ernest J. Barenberg Concrete Materials and Pavement Instructional Laboratory

Ernest J. Barenberg
Ernest J. Barenberg

Alumnus and Professor Emeritus Ernest J. Barenberg (PhD 65) served for more than 40 years on the transportation engineering faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During that time, he served as Associate Head for four years and as an associate director for the Federal Aviation Administration Center of Excellence for Airport Technology for more than eight years. Over the course of his long career, he made many contributions through consulting and research in his primary areas of expertise – concrete pavements, paving materials and railroad track systems. His was active in a number of professional societies and was a founding member and the first president of the International Society for Concrete Pavements. Additional funding is required to fully furnish and equip this lab.

Support this space

Resource Recovery Laboratory

If properly managed, wastewater can provide society with a reliable and abundant source for three of the 21st century’s most critical resources: energy, nutrients and water. The SR2 Laboratory will provide the necessary facilities to enable CEE students and researchers to: obtain, store and experiment with raw human excreta in biologically-safe, appropriately ventilated conditions; advance fundamental understanding of pathogen inactivation and contaminant transformation in concentrated human excreta; and develop and pilot anaerobic, phototrophic and physical/chemical treatment and resource recovery technologies using mixed and source-separated human waste streams. The Resource Recovery System would be unique among American universities and a model for resource recovery research and education. Additional funding is needed to fully equip this lab. Naming opportunity exists for this lab; contact Benito Mariñas (marinas@illinois.edu or 217-333-6961) for more information on a naming gift.

Support this space

Gary Parker Morphodynamics Laboratory

Gary Parker
Gary Parker

A member of the CEE at Illinois faculty since 2005, Professor Gary Parker is the only current faculty member to be named to the National Academy of Sciences, and only the third faculty member to receive this honor in the history of the department; the first was Nathan Newmark, and the second was Don U. Deere. Parker’s major research interests are the mechanics of sediment-laden flow in rivers and turbidity currents, and resulting flow-boundary morphodynamic interactions. His current efforts focus on delta evolution, bedrock-alluvial transitions, bedrock meandering, drainage network formation, advection-dispersion of tracer pebbles, formation of continental shelves, muddy tidal morphodynamics, role of washload in rivers, long-runout turbidity currents and natural dam formation in meteogenic travertine systems. He is also a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and has received numerous awards from the American Society of Civil Engineers and the International Association of Hydraulic Research. Additional funding is required to fully furnish and equip this lab.

Support this space

Cording, Hendron, Mesri, Davisson and Fernandez Geotechnical Laboratory

Clockwise from top left: Edward J. Cording, Alfred J. (Skip) Hendron Jr., Gholamreza Mesri, Gabriel G. Fernandez, Melvin T. (Tom) Davisson
Clockwise from top left: Edward J. Cording, Alfred J. (Skip) Hendron Jr., Gholamreza Mesri, Gabriel G. Fernandez, Melvin T. (Tom) Davisson

The geotechnical engineering program at Illinois has its foundation in the earliest days of the university, when civil engineering students studied topics like tunneling and mining engineering. The early years of the geotechnical group were dominated by Ralph B. Peck, Thomas H. Thorburn, Herbert O. Ireland and Donald U. Deere, with Karl Terzaghi as visiting research professor. Later waves of faculty further contributed to the growing reputation of geotechnical engineering at Illinois. Edward J. Cording, Alfred J. “Skip” Hendron Jr., Gholamreza Mesri, Melvin T. "Tom" Davisson and Gabriel G. Fernandez are among those names, and they are being honored with a named laboratory in the new addition. Additional funding is required to fully furnish and equip this lab.

Support this space

Terzaghi, Peck and Deere Geotechnical Laboratory

Ralph Peck (left top), Don Deere (left bottom) and Karl von Terzaghi (right)
Ralph Peck (left top), Don Deere (left bottom) and Karl von Terzaghi (right)

Engineering geologist Don U. Deere (PhD 55) and geotechnical engineer Ralph B. Peck, both professors of civil engineering at Illinois, and “father of soil mechanics” Karl von Terzaghi, a visiting research professor and frequent lecturer at Illinois, built the world’s premier geotechnical engineering program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. These pioneers shaped the education of geotechnical engineering leaders around the world, both directly and through their mentorship of the Illinois geotechnical engineering faculty who followed them — and redefined the field of geotechnical engineering in the process. Additional funding is required to fully furnish and equip this lab.

Support this space

Gifts may be made to the project without designating a specific space to support. 

Donors who provide general support will be recognized on the main building giving installation.

 

General Support

 

Questions?

Please contact Katya Trubitsyna at (217) 300-0194 or katia@illinois.edu with questions about making a gift.

Honoring Our History

As we look to the future, we also honor the past. CEE has a long and distinguished history, and many photos have been taken throughout the years to document the journey. Take a look at some of the photos from the CEE archives. We don’t know the names of everyone in the photos, so if you can identify any of them, let us know!

See more

Contact Us

Get engaged with the department! Whether to discuss giving options, plan a visit, speak to our students or simply to reconnect with your alma mater, we hope you will reach out.

Benito J. Mariñas
Department Head
(217) 333-6961
Katya Trubitsyna
Strategic Data Manager
(217) 300-0194