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YED Newsletter | May 2020

We, as members of the CEEAA Board of Directors and the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, welcome you to the first newsletter of the CEE Young Engineers Division.

The Young Engineers Division (“YED”) of the UIUC Civil and Environmental Engineering & Alumni Association (“CEEAA”) is open to all CEEAA graduates under age 35. The objectives of the YED are to establish an ongoing relationship between the Alumni Association and the Department and recent graduates, provide networking opportunities, assist in providing insight and assistance for certification and professional development and higher education pursuits, raise funds for scholarships and provide one-on-one mentoring to young CEE alumni from senior CEE alumni.

We hope this newsletter will keep you informed and connected to other young CEE alumni across the globe. 


Richard Sieracki (BS 74 ), The Kenrich Group LLC
Dana Mehlman (BS 99 MS 01), Vedder Price P.C.
Keely Ashman, Alumni and Corporate Relations, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department


The goal of the Scholarship Committee is to establish a means for young alumni to philanthropically support current students through a newly established YED scholarship fund. The fund is currently in the process of being created and should be open to accept gifts later this year. Gifts to the scholarship fund will be accepted in the form of both one-time and recurring payments (for example, you could donate $60 to the fund by either donating that amount up front or committing to donate $5/month over a period of one year). We currently anticipate that scholarships will be awarded in $1,000 increments. What is considered a small donation to you will add up to make a big difference in the lives of current UIUC students!

Information on how you can make a difference by making a gift to the YED scholarship fund will be available in a future YED newsletter.


The goal of the Networking Committee is to establish a group that YED members can use to share knowledge and information and establish contacts.  The approach will be to host events to connect with other graduates for purposes of establishing long-term business relationships and identifying potential job opportunities.  These events will occur on an approximate quarterly basis so as not to conflict with other CEE Alumni events.

Previously-planned YED Networking Event at the Royal Palms Shuffleboard club will be re-scheduled when authorities permit gatherings of >25 people.  Depending on how the pandemic situation continues to evolve in the coming months, new virtual alternative networking opportunities will be developed.

Monthly Networking Tip: Here are 4 ways to keep networking while social distancing (read full article here)

    1. Contact clients you haven’t heard from in a while
    2. Thoroughly update your LinkedIn
    3. Think of creative ways to approach new contacts
    4. Set up informational interviews

The Career Development Committe’s goal is to provide guidance to young alumni of both graduate & undergraduate programs regarding continuing education and professional development. We will be compiling and disseminating useful information on licensure & certification requirements, and providing guidance on skill development for various career tracks.

In our current uncertain climate, we recognize that job security can feel like a luxury, career development is critical, and many young alumni may be considering atypical career paths. In light of this, please look out for a survey to come in next month’s newsletter, in which we hope to learn about your specific career concerns as well as any particularly useful skills you’ve developed to help keep your goals on track! We’ll be using your feedback to develop blog-style posts and webinars with specific recommendations and resources for the UIUC CEE alumni community.


The YED mentorship committee provides a one-on-one mentoring program to UIUC CEE recent alumni (graduated in the last 5 years). Recent alumni will have an opportunity to apply to the program upon graduation with the objective of providing them with a resource to network and connect with more experienced alumni. Mentor/mentee pairs will be established based on matching experience and skills of the mentor with goals and needs of the mentee. Mentors will be generally expected to correspond with their mentee periodically during the mentorship cycle, providing them with guidance on their post-graduation pursuits with the expectation of a 2-year period.
We understand finding the right company or position can be challenging, especially during this ongoing pandemic period where opportunities are limited.  Through this program, you will have direct contact with senior alumni professionals in your field of interest. The program will provide career, professional, and personal development opportunities, while strengthening your professional network. This direct access to experienced successful professionals will prove to be an asset for your career development.

We have set up a survey that will allow us to learn more about interested participants. This information would help us match students with mentors based on interest and experience.

Survey Links:

Mentee Application:

Mentor Application:

To enroll as a mentee complete the Mentee Application. To enroll as a mentor complete the Mentor Application. For questions, our committee can be contacted at