iMEGRAD -- August 28, 2017

News for Mechanical Engineering Graduate Students.
 
Inside this Issue:
 
ME Housekeeping
Welcome To the New Semester!
Important Deadlines:
Deadline to drop classes without a fee. $10 fee charged for each class dropped after this date.
Deadline to add classes without a fee. $5 fee charged for each class added after this date.
Deadline to be "officially registered" (enrolled, tuition and fees paid, no blocks). You will pay $150 late registration fee after this date.
Deadline to turn in Confirmation of Class Schedule to Student Services Office (6189 Etcheverry Hall).
Deadline to submit MS Candidacy form to ME Student Services Office (6189 Etcheverry Hall).
Info Session/Workshop

What I Wish I Did in Graduate School (For new Ph.D. Students)

Interested in China-related Events on Campus?

NSE Seminar: Self-Organization of Nanoparticles

Congress in Puerto Rico: BINAEEM 2017

 Internship & Job Opportunity

Volunteer Opportunity: Bay Area Scientists in Schools (BASIS)

Legged Robot Actuator and Sensor Design Position

Legged Robot Mechanical Design Position

Welcome To the New Semester!

Dear incoming and continuing graduate students,


Welcome to the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Berkeley and to the new semester!  The semester is underway, and no doubt you are very busy: taking or teaching classes; searching for a research advisor, working on research in labs or libraries; meeting with faculty; developing various skills sets; writing proposals or theses; perhaps preparing for job searches ahead. Whatever you are committed to, we'd like to ensure you our help through your graduate career. You are pursuing your graduate career at the best public national university, and we have no doubt that you will find many rewarding opportunities within the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the College, the Campus and our surrounding community. So we encourage you to explore without limit, expand your knowledge and social network, and thrive!
We wish you all a very productive and rewarding academic year!  Go Bears!
                             
The Graduate Student Services Office Staff

ME HOUSEKEEPING

Important Deadlines

September 1, 2017: Deadline to drop classes without a fee. $10 fee charged for each class dropped after this date.

September 8, 2017: Deadline to add classes without a fee. $5 fee charged for each class added after this date.

September 8, 2017: Deadline to be "officially registered" (enrolled, tuition and fees paid, no blocks). You will pay $150 late registration fee after this date.

September 15, 2017: Deadline to turn in Confirmation of Class Schedule to Student Services Office (6189 Etcheverry Hall).

September 22, 2017: Deadline to submit MS Candidacy form to ME Student Services Office (6189 Etcheverry Hall).

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ME Student Access Machine Shop Safety Orientation

The Mechanical Engineering Student Access Machine Shop is available for students who will be working on projects and research related to our academic mission. First scheduling priority will be given to our supported undergraduate courses.

If any student has not received the safety orientation training and needs to use the Mechanical Engineering Student Access Machine Shop this semester, they need to go through our safety orientation training in the early part of the semester. Students who have already been trained in the Mechanical Engineering Student Access Machine Shop prior to this semester are not required to go through the training again. Training in another shop or location does not qualify the individual to work in the ME shop.

Prospective users will need to visit the shop in 1166 Etcheverry Hall to schedule their orientation in person. Sign-ups will begin at 8:30 AM on Tuesday August 29, 2017.

Shop hours for sign-ups are 8:30-11:30 and 1:00- 4:00.

It is recommended that interested students sign up early. Training is on a first come-first served basis and the staff cannot guarantee a slot in the schedule for students who do not sign up early. Instructional classes approved for training and shop access for this semester are as follows: ME102B, ME107, ME110, ME130, and BioE192

The safety orientation training is for education and safety purposes and consists of five hours of in shop instruction/hands-on learning while covering safe work practices and machine tool competency. The five hours of safety orientation will be conducted within an eight hour work day.

The actual safety orientation training will occur during the period from September 6, 2017 through October 27, 2017 and all safety orientations must be completed by Friday October 27, 2017.

Please print out and read the Functional Abilities Statement of Understanding form, and send back your completed form to meshops-me@berkeley.edu

 
RESEARCH GROUPS
Please Note:
Supported research groups will need to submit a completed IOC form to cover the ME Student Access Machine Shop’s bi-annual Users Fee ($250 per person) along with their list of individuals wishing to participate in the safety orientation to meshops-me@berkeley.edu
Questions or concerns? Please contact Scott McCormick at mccormick@berkeley.edu

 

 

INFO SESSION - TRAINING WORKSHOP

What I Wish I Did in Graduate School (For new Ph.D. Students)

First or second year? Join us for "What I Wish I Did In Grad School" on September 12, 2017!
Attending graduate school is a great career move, and it's important to start planning your next steps early to make the most of your time here. Join Beyond Academia, a student organization committed to helping PhDs navigate their post-grad employment options, for a panel discussion comprised of both HSS and STEM students about what we wish we had known when we started here. Current students and recent grads will share their wisdom and advice. Make new friends and get a jump on planning your future! Pizza and soft drinks will be served after the panel.

Due to demand, this event is open to first and second year Berkeley graduate students only.
Register here

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Interested in China-related Events on Campus?

 

Do you want to know about China-related events and fellowships on campus? If so, please add your name to the Center for Chinese Studies' mailing list here: http://ieas.berkeley.edu/ccs/mailing.html

 

You will receive weekly announcements of upcoming lectures, conferences, and film screenings. In addition, the CCS Graduate Student Liaison will send you notices about workshops with speakers, fellowships, and job opportunities.

 

Save the date: Thursday, September 21 -- please join us for a graduate student and visiting scholar social hour that will be hosted by CCS at a local brewpub.


Questions? Contact Elinor Levine at ccs@berkeley.edu

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NSE Seminar: Self-Organization of Nanoparticles

Friday, September 1, 2017

2:00 PM

180 Tan Hall

by Nick Kotov 

 

Inorganic nanoparticles (NPs) have the ability to self-organize into a variety of structures. Analysis of experimental data for different types of NPs indicates a general trend of self-assembly under a wider range of conditions and having broader structural variability than self-assembling units from organic matter. 

 

Remarkably, the internal organization of self-assembled NP systems rivals in complexity those found in biology, which reflects the biomimetic behavior of nanoscale inorganic matter. In this talk, I will address the following questions:

 

(a) What are the differences and similarities of NP self-organization compared with similar phenomena involving organic and biological building blocks?

(b) What are the forces and related theoretical assumptions essential for NP interactions?

(c) What is the significance of NP self-assembly for understanding the emergence of life?

(d) What are the technological opportunities of NP self-organization?

 

Self-organization of chiral nanostructures will illustrate the importance of subtle anisotropic effects stemming from collective behavior of NPs and non-additivity of their interactions. The fundamental significance of studies in this area from this and other groups will be discussed in relation to the origin of homochirality on Earth and spontaneous compartmentalization (protocells). 

 

The practicality of self-organization of nanoparticles will be discussed in relation to charge storage technologies, DNA/protein biosensing, chiral catalysis, and polarization-based optical devices.

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Congress in Puerto Rico: BINAEEM 2017

 You are invited to the Bio/Nanosciences: Energy, Environment & Medecine (BINAEEM 2017 Congress). The meeting is being organized by the College of Chemists of Puerto Rico (CQPR) through a special committee known as CAFEC (www.cafec.org.pr). CAFEC's mission is to use the position of the CQPR as the Puerto Rico NAO (National Adhering Organization) of IUPAC to locally advance current frontier scientific topics through international scientific events in the chemical sciences.

 

The first of these events, BINAEEM 2017, will host six plenary lectures from Renowned Scientists in the area, oral and poster presentations, and an exhibit area for our sponsors. This communication includes a flyer with general information, but please refer to our website www.cafec.org.pr/binaeem17/ where you will find more details related to the Congress, including abstract submission, registration, housing accommodations, sponsors, etc. We would also want to focus on student participation to recognize their devotion and progress in this area.

INTERNSHIP - VOLUNTEERING - JOB OPPORTUNITY

More academic and non-academic job opportunities can be found at: http://me.berkeley.edu/industry/employment-opportunities.

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Volunteer Opportunity: Bay Area Scientists in Schools (BASIS)

Interested in becoming a science role model for elementary school students while teaching fun and engaging science & engineering lessons? BASIS is a fun and easy way to make a broader impact with your research, to develop important science communication skills, and to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers!

 

To learn more, sign up for an on-campus orientation (www.crscience.org/volunteers/signup) or email Traci, the BASIS Program Manager (teach@crscience.org) with any questions.

 

You are also invited to our BASIS Fall Kick-Off event on Thursday, September 28th, from 12:00-2:00pm, in 775 Tan Hall. Come learn how BASIS volunteers foster scientific curiosity in kids and teachers through hands-on classroom experiences, while enjoying free pizza and exploring our hands-on science activities!

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Legged Robot Actuator and Sensor Design Position
The Hybrid Robotics Group is looking for enthusiastic masters and undergraduate students to design and build a small 3D bipedal legged robotic
platform. The work involves choosing motors, amplifiers, encoders, visionsensors, and embedded processors, and interfacing all of these. The student
will design interfacing electronics and size motors, amplifiers, battery packs to meet power requirements while keeping within the weight constraints. We will
draw inspiration from novel leg designs such as the MIT Cheetah, ATRIAS, CASSIE, Minitaur, Delta Hopper, Jeroba, GOAT leg, etc. This position will involve working with Prof. Koushil Sreenath and his PhD student(s). 
Find details here!

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Legged Robot Mechanical Design Position
The Hybrid Robotics Group is looking for enthusiastic masters and undergraduate students to design and build a small 3D bipedal legged robotic
platform. The work involves designing a two legged robot with a 50cm leg length that draws inspiration from novel leg designs such as the MIT Cheetah, ATRIAS,
CASSIE, etc. The student will choose and size motors and transmission based on expected leg force to generate at the foot. The student will create a CAD
model, and 3D print the result with composite materials (nylon / carbon fiber / Kevlar / fiberglass) to fabricate an impact-resistant leg. This position will involve working with Prof. Koushil Sreenath and his PhD student(s).

Find details here!