German Gurfinkel Collaboration Space
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.