Hydro Lab to be Expanded, Modernized

posted Aug 22, 2014, 8:22 AM by Santiago Santacruz   [ updated Sep 17, 2014, 9:23 AM ]

The Hydrosystems Laboratory will be expanded and modernized over the next two years in a $12 million project supported by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the College of Engineering and the campus.

The expansion of the Hydro Lab is phase one of the larger Civil and Environmental Engineering Infrastructure Modernization Plan, which will include developing resources and support for the renovation and expansion of Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory as well, over the next three to five years. In this first phase, one to two floors will be added to the Hydrosystems Lab, the footprint will be enlarged and the building will be made compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The newly created space will include laboratories to support modern instructional methods that focus on hands-on learning, as well as additional classrooms and office space.

Completed in 1967, the Hydro Lab has been the home of the department’s Environmental Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering area. It features a large, central experimental bay for hydrological research, as well as additional labs, classrooms and offices. The renovations will create space for use by all CEE areas, including areas designed for cross-disciplinary collaboration.

“We created the cross-cutting programs, and now we need to provide the infrastructure, the modernized space, that will allow the faculty to implement this vision for our students,” said Professor Benito Mariñas, Interim Department Head and Ivan Racheff Professor of Environmental Engineering.

Professor Marcelo García is leading the committee that will plan the redesign. García is director of the Ven Te Chow Hydrosystems Laboratory and the M.T. Geoffrey Yeh Endowed Chair in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

“We have these classes that have a lot of design content, but we don’t have a lot of design space,” García said. “We want to afford the students more hands-on experience. Right now, my feeling is that between the crane bay in Newmark and the crane bay over in Hydro, students probably feel a lot more like spectators of the whole scene. We want to get them more involved, to use more of the lab and to do more things.”

The longer term plan to modernize CEE’s campus buildings stems from a desire to ensure that the department’s facilities support emerging innovative instructional methods being introduced by the faculty, said Professor Liang Liu, CEE Associate Head and Director of Undergraduate Studies.

“We have a lot of new ideas, new ways of teaching our students,” Liu said. “We need to ask ourselves, ‘What will the new facilities be that can cater to the new pedagogies, the new ideas? What are the spaces that will be needed?’”

The design of the renovated Hydro lab is scheduled to be completed by fall 2015, with construction finished by spring 2016.

The project is one of six facility projects totaling $23 million within the College of Engineering that are being funded by the departments, the college and the campus matching funds program. The projects will provide upgrades to instruction that will impact an estimated 6,000 students across the University of Illinois engineering campus.


Source: CEE Website

Elected Officers and Committee Chairs 2014-2015

posted May 6, 2014, 12:48 PM by Santiago Santacruz   [ updated Sep 16, 2014, 10:32 AM ]

Dear Hydros,
Last night IWRA and IAHR had their election meeting. If you missed the meeting, but are still looking to get involved, please email I'm very excited to announce the new leadership in IWRA and IAHR...see more

IMPORTANT: Election officers 2014-2015

posted May 2, 2014, 11:34 AM by Ven Te Chow

Dear IWRA and IAHR Members,

 We will be having our yearly elections next Monday, May 5th, at 5:00 pm in 1518. Please attend the meeting to determine who will be leaders in IWRA IAHR next year, and start planning cool events for this summer and beyond.

 There will be pizza.

 See you there,


Run for Rivers Pasta Dinner

posted Apr 14, 2014, 6:27 AM by Ven Te Chow

Runners in the Hydro-Lab are at it again and asking for your support!  

We are training for various events in the Illinois Marathon as part of a fundraiser for the Prairie Rivers Network, a river restoration non-profit.  We will host a pasta dinner on Wednesday, April 23 at 6:00 pm in HSL 1518.  We are asking for $10 donations, and will provide delicious pasta and lasagna (baked by runners, of course), bread, and drinks.  Please sign up HERE by Monday April 21 at the latest.  We hope to see you there, and family and friends are welcome!
Additionally, we are holding a 50/50 for who can predict our combined finish time.  Each guess is $5, and the closet guesser wins half the proceeds!  To place your guess (and for some helpful hints), CLICK HEREwrite your guess on the board in the TARP office, or at the pasta dinner.
Allison, Paul, Andrew, Sean, Tatiana, Patrick, Fernanda, Lauren, Viviana

Volunteer for Boneyard Creek Clean-Up

posted Apr 1, 2014, 7:21 AM by Santiago Santacruz

Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Time: 9 am - 12 (meet at lab at 8:40 to carpool)
Join IWRA/IAHR and the HydroLab to help clean up our local watershed. This will be a great way to volunteer in the community, and follow up Illinois Water Day! After you sign up on the site (see link below), please fill out this form (CLICK HEREso we can arrange rides. We will likely be picking up trash along Boneyard Creek (location TBA). Make sure to register at the official site, and use the following information to join our group:

Register at:
Group Name: IAHR-IWRA

Group Leader's Name: Allison Goodwell

Group Leader's Email:
There will be free pizza for lunch afterwards, and free t-shirt. Hope to see you there! The deadline to register is Wednesday, April 9.

Carolina Lara (MS'2012)in IAHR-Hydrolink

posted Mar 28, 2014, 3:00 PM by Ven Te Chow

Here is a recent publication by Carolina on Hydrolink (IAHR's house magazine). She is UIUC alumni and former IAHR/IWRA at UIUC member. Good to hear from you Carolina!

New HydroLab Members map

posted Mar 27, 2014, 12:40 PM by Ven Te Chow   [ updated Mar 27, 2014, 12:41 PM ]

Have you ever wonder where in earth is located that little tiny town your office mate is from? 
Check out new geotags of HydroLab members on embeded Maps Viewer. Just click on Maps Tabs and explore!
Provided by IAHR/IWRA Student Chapter, powered by Google.

And keep updated your profile by filling out the form under Tools tab in this website.

WATER: Fall 2013

posted Jan 21, 2014, 9:25 AM by Ven Te Chow   [ updated Sep 24, 2014, 10:59 AM ]

WATER Newsletter e-Submission Box

posted Sep 25, 2013, 12:42 PM by Ven Te Chow

Newsletter Deposit Box

WATER Newsletter: Past Editions

posted Aug 29, 2013, 3:24 PM by Ven Te Chow   [ updated Jan 21, 2014, 9:27 AM ]

See attached pdf for previous editions of WATER

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