iMEGRAD -- September 6, 2017

News for Mechanical Engineering Graduate Students.
 
Inside this Issue:
 
ME Housekeeping

Deadline Reminder:

September 8, 2017 is the deadline to be officially registered (paid your fees, and enroll in 15 units). It is also the deadline to add classes without the $5 fees.
Please be aware that students who do not comply with the registration requirements will be charged a late fee in the amount of $150 after the deadline.

Also, check the course control number and the section of your ME 298 and 299, to make sure you are enrolled in your Research Advisor's, and avoid grade issue.
Info Session/Workshop

Workshop for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program 2018
NSE Seminar: Bio-Inspired Material Design and Applications
Annual Fall Semester SLAM Seminar Series:
GM Tech Talk - Autonomous Systems 
Workshop on Teaching: ​​​​Peer Exchange and Feedback on Statements of Teaching Philosophy*
So you’re interested in a teaching-focused school …
Be a Mentor for Bay Area Graduate Pathways to STEM

Competition - Fellowship

2018-19 Academic Year: Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowships for Women
Fellowship Programme on Climate, Energy and Earth System Research

Internship & Job Opportunity

More academic and non-academic job opportunities can be found at: http://me.berkeley.edu/industry/employment-opportunities.
ExxonMobil Campus Recruitin,  Wednesday, September 13th.

Job Opportunities at KLA-Tencor Talent Acquisition Group
Be A Scientist: Inspire 7th Graders to Discover their Inner Scientist!

ME HOUSEKEEPING

Deadline Reminder:

 

September 8, 2017 is the deadline to be officially registered (paid your fees, and enroll in 15 units). It is also the deadline to add classes without the $5 fees.

Please be aware that students who do not comply with the registration requirements will be charged a late fee in the amount of $150 after the deadline.

 

Also, check the course control number and the section of your ME 298 and 299, to make sure you are enrolled in your Research Advisor's, and avoid grade issue.

 

INFO SESSION - SEMINAR - TRAINING - WORKSHOP

Workshop for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program 2018

 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 

10:00 – 11:30 AM 

309 Sproul Hall

 

The workshop will provide valuable tips that will assist in strengthening applications.  Speakers include one of UCB’s NSF fellowship coordinators, a UCB professor that served on a previous year's NSF review panel, and current UCB NSF fellows.

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NSE Seminar: Bio-Inspired Material Design and Applications

 

Friday, September 8, 2017

Room 180 Tan Hall 

Seung-Wuk Lee, Professor of Bioengineering 

http://leelab.berkeley.edu/aboutlee.php

 

Abstract:

In nature, helical macromolecules such as collagen, chitin, and cellulose are critical to the morphogenesis and functionality of various hierarchically structured materials. During morphogenesis, these chiral macromolecules are secreted and undergo self-templating assembly, a process whereby multiple kinetic factors influence the assembly of the incoming building blocks to produce non-equilibrium structures. 

A single macromolecule can form diverse functional structures when self-templated under different conditions. Collagen type I, for instance, forms transparent corneal tissues from orthogonally aligned nematic fibers, distinctively colored skin tissues from cholesteric phase fiber bundles, and mineralized tissues from hierarchically organized fibers. Nature’s self-templated materials surpass the functional and structural complexity achievable by current top-down and bottom-up fabrication methods. 

However, self-templating has not been thoroughly explored for engineering synthetic materials.

In my seminar, I will demonstrate a facile biomimetic process to create functional nanomaterials utilizing chiral colloidal particles (M13 phage). A single-step process produces long-range-ordered, supramolecular films showing multiple levels of hierarchical organization and helical twist. Using the self-templating materials assembly processes, we have created various biomimetic supramolecular structures. The resulting materials show distinctive optical and photonic properties, functioning as chiral reflector/filters and structural color matrices. Through the directed evolution of the M13 phages, I will also show how resulting materials can be utilized as functional nanomaterials for biomedical, biosensor and bioenergy applications.

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Annual Fall Semester SLAM Seminar Series:

Brindging the Gap between Primary Scientists and the Public

By Dr. Michael Eisen, Co-Founder of PLOS

 

Monday, September 11, 2017

5:30 - 5:30 pm

106 Stanley Hall

 

This is a seminar series focused on understanding the many interpersonal interactions critical for success in a scientific lab, as well as some practical aspects of lab management. The target audience for this course is upper-level science graduate students with broad interests and backgrounds, and the skills discussed will be applicable to a variety of career paths. Postdocs are also welcome to attend.

For information about other SLAM events, click below to sign up for our mailing list!

 

Join the SLAM mailing list!

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GM Tech Talk - Autonomous Systems 

by

John E. Paluch (GM)

& HKN

 

A look into General Motor's advanced hardware & software architecture for self-driving vehicles

 

September 12, 2017

6:00 pm

Wozniak Lounge

 

RSVP HERE

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WORKSHOPS ON TEACHING 
​​​​Peer Exchange and Feedback on Statements of Teaching Philosophy*

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
1:00 – 2:30 pm 
309 Sproul Hall

Facilitator: ​Linda von Hoene, Ph.D. (​Director, GSI teaching and Resource Center)

 

This workshop is designed for graduate students who are interested in improving their statements ​of teaching philosophy through feedback​ ​from peers. Workshop participants will exchange statements of teaching philosophy and provide​ ​and receive input. Participants must bring two copies of a draft of their statement of teaching philosophy to participate in the workshop.    


Please pre-register at https://goo.gl/forms/5WuzRbcGGVMTB0Zv2
This event is wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, please call our office in advance.
*This workshop fulfills a requirement for the Certificate of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

 

Sponsored by GSI Teaching & Resource Center

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So you’re interested in a teaching-focused school …

by Daniel Kawano, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

 

Thursday, September 14, 2017
4 pm – 5 pm
3110 Etcheverry Hall

Are you considering an academic career at a teaching-focused institution? Are you questioning if such a place is right for you? In this presentation, I will share my experiences as a recently tenured associate professor of mechanical engineering at an undergraduate-focused engineering college. In a series of frequently asked questions, I will address common inquiries related to the expectations of working at a teaching-focused school (“How much would I teach?”, “What is the tenure process like?”, etc.). I will also provide some insight into the hiring process for schools that focus on undergraduate education and address audience questions.


Daniel Kawano is a tenured associate professor of mechanical engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Located in Terre Haute, Indiana, Rose-Hulman is a small, private engineering college that focuses on undergraduate education. Daniel received his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo, and he earned his M.S. degree and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, with a focus in dynamical systems, from the University of California, Berkeley. Research and academic interests include modeling, analysis, simulation, and testing of dynamical systems; decoupling of linear dynamical systems; and experimental modal analysis. Daniel is co-author of the text Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics and the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding New Mechanics Educator Award from the Mechanics Division of the American Society for Engineering Education.

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Be a Mentor for Bay Area Graduate Pathways to STEM

 

Peer Adviser Application!

On October 7th, 2017, the School of Engineering at Stanford University and  University of California, Berkeley Engineering will be hosting the third annual Graduate Pathways to STEM (GPS) Symposium.

The GPS Planning Committee is seeking current graduate students interested in mentoring prospective students and advising them through the graduate admissions process. The conference promotes graduate opportunities to underrepresented minorities, first generation, and low income students from Bay Area universities. We aim to support each of the Bay Area GPS attendees with a Peer Adviser that has previously gone through the graduate school application process and can give insight on how to best prepare for graduate school.

Each peer adviser will be paired with 2-3 students prior to the conference. Peer Advisers will attend attend an advising workshop in the last week of September and the conference on October 7th, 2017 where they will:

  1. meet students over dinner
  2. lead a short personal statement writing workshop and
  3. support students after the conference as needed.

We are looking for both masters and doctoral graduate students to help make prospective applicants as successful as possible in their endeavors.

COMPETITION - FELLOWSHIP

2018-19 Academic Year: Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowships for Women
 
Amelia Earhart & Zonta International
Established in 1938, Zonta International’s Amelia Earhart Fellowships memorialize famed air pioneer and Zontian, Amelia Earhart, who disappeared over the Pacific in 1937. By remembering Amelia Earhart through this fellowship, Zonta International encourages and supports women to expand their horizons by pursuing degrees and careers in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering. In the program’s 78-year history, Zonta has awarded 1,543 Amelia Earhart Fellowships, totaling more than US$9.7 million, to 1,114 Fellows representing 72 countries. It is anticipated that 35 Fellowships of US$10,000 each will be awarded in 2018.
 
Eligibility
Women of any nationality are eligible. To apply for the Amelia Earhart Fellowship, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:
 

  1. Be registered in a full-time Ph.D./doctoral program in a qualifying area of science or engineering closely related to advanced studies in aerospace-related science or aerospace-related engineering and completed at least one year of that program or have received a master’s degree in an aerospace-related field at the time the application is submitted. A verification of current enrollment must be submitted with the application. Acceptance letters are not verification of enrollment and will not be accepted.
  2. Demonstrate a superior academic record at a recognized university or college with accredited courses in aerospace-related studies as verified by official transcripts and recommendations. In programs where graduate transcripts are not provided as a matter of institutional policy, please provide a statement of that policy from the registrar or other school official. Please note that links from universities containing electronic transcripts will not be accepted.
  3. Provide evidence of a well-defined research program in aerospace-related science or aerospace-related engineering as described in the application essay (in general scientific terms), the academic documents (references, transcripts, verification of enrollment) and the list of publications (Note: please do not attach publications; citing the references is sufficient). 
  4. Clearly demonstrate the relationship of the research to aerospace and furnish verification of research program through at least one of the reference letters required with the application. The thesis supervisor or advisor and a university professor must each be one of the referees.

 
Applicant must be registered in a full-time Ph.D./doctoral program by 15 November 2018 and must not graduate before April 2019.
 
Amelia Earhart Application
A copy of the Fellowship application is attached and can also be downloaded from the Zonta International website at http://www.zonta.org/Global-Impact/Education/Amelia-Earhart-Fellowship. The application, recommendations, official transcripts, and verification of enrollment for the 2018 Amelia Earhart Fellowships must be received or post-marked by 15 November 2017 to be considered.  
 
Amelia Earhart Poster
The attached poster invites applications for the 2018 academic year from qualified women for fellowships of US$10,000 each for graduate study in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering. Please post it so that interested students may apply. The poster can also be downloaded from the Zonta International website at http://www.zonta.org/Portals/0/Membership/Tools/AwardScholarshipFellowsh....
 
Zonta Website
Please post this information and if possible provide a link to the Zonta International website (http://www.zonta.org/) on your website. If you received this email in error, please forward it to the appropriate department at your institution. Please forward the correct email address, name of university, and state/country of university to Programs@zonta.org.
 
SUBMISSIONS 
Zonta International
Programs Department
1211 West 22nd Street, Suite 900
Oak Brook, IL 60523 USA 
Telephone: +1 (630) 320-7073
Fax: +1 (630) 928-1559
Email: Programs@zonta.org
Website: www.zonta.org
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Fellowship Programme on Climate, Energy and Earth System Research

 

Under the French initiative "Make our planet great again" Germany and France are offering a funding program to advance sustainability research. We are inviting researchers from all over the world to cooperate with German and French partners and undertake research in the fields of climate change, energy transition and the earth system.

The funding covers the establishment of research groups in Germany. Junior researchers will receive up to 1 million euros and senior researchers up to 1.5 million euros for 4 years (combined value of contributions from the DAAD and the German host institution).

The call is open to applications from both junior and senior researchers. The French call has been closed in the meantime but the German call will open just now and can be found here: https://www.daad.de/hochschulen/ausschreibungen/projekte/de/11342-foerde...

In a first step, applicants will have to submit a Statement of Interest by filling in an online application form (Lime Survey). The closing date is 13 October 2017, 12.00 (noon) CET.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any additional questions concerning the call or if you need further information: Mopga-gri@daad.de/sites/default/files/ExxonMobil%20Opportunitieis%20for%20Mechanical%20Engineers.pdf

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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ExxonMobil Campus Recruiting

ExxonMobil is hiring Masters and PhD candidates for a variety of full-time and summer internship positions. They will be on campus for the Cal Career Fair on Wednesday, September 13th.
 
Please visit their booth at the Career Fair and submit your resume to be considered for an on-campus interview.
 
Additional information is provided in the flyer.

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Job Opportunities at KLA-Tencor Talent Acquisition Group

KLA-Tencor is looking for mechanical engineers, both experienced and New College Grads. Our hiring managers have specifically expressed interest in Berkeley mechanical engineers.

  1. 115735 Mechanical Design Engineer: http://bit.ly/2gNI1yB
  2. 114998 Mechanical Design Engineer: http://bit.ly/2v3gWJs
  3. 115705 Sr Opto-Mechanical Design Engineer: http://bit.ly/2wkt4e0
  4. 115371 Opto-Mechanical Engineer: http://bit.ly/2vrVvXj
  5. 115471 Software Engineering - Machine Control: http://bit.ly/2uU2AvB

The KLA-Tencor Careers webpage is    https://www.kla-tencor.com/Careers

A brief description of KLA-Tencor:

"KLA-Tencor has been a leader in process control for the semiconductor and related industries for 40 years, developing and manufacturing inspection, metrology and data analysis systems that rely on innovative optics, sensors and high performance computing technologies."

There is no cut-off date for applications

Applicants can email their resume to me at: Karl.Chao@kla-tencor.com

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Be A Scientist: Inspire 7th Graders to Discover their Inner Scientist!
www.crscience.org/volunteers/BeAScientist
 
We invite UC Berkeley graduate students, post-docs, and motivated 3rd/4th year undergrads to take part in Be A Scientist, an exciting science outreach program in Berkeley middle schools! The upcoming semester is as follows:

  1. Session 1 Fall 2017 will take place at Willard Middle School, September 21st - October 27th.
  2. Session 2 Fall 2017 will take place at King Middle School, October 5th - December 2nd, with a two week gap (Nov. 3rd/10th) and a 1 week gap for Thanksgiving (Nov. 23rd). 

 As a volunteer scientist mentor, you will guide 7th graders through the process of designing and conducting their own scientific investigations in class over a 6-week period. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to serve as a STEM role model while developing your communication skills and gaining hands-on experience in important science outreach.
 
Details:
Mentors must commit to one mandatory 2-hr Training Session: On-campus trainings are offered in the two-weeks before the start of each session. Training dates/times/locations TBA
Commit to attend one school lab period each week for the 6-week program (schedule program dates here and attached flyer).

Guide 4-6 student mentees through the process of developing a testable question, designing an appropriate experiment, and gathering and analyzing data. Each student in your group will have the opportunity to choose an independent scientific question based on their own interests.
  
Please carefully read over the details provided in the attached flyer and on our website. Sign up as a mentor to make an impact on future scientists, engineers, and critical thinkers!
 
To learn more, visit: www.crscience.org/volunteers/BeAScientist
Questions? Contact Darlene at BASprogram@crscience.org

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BSA Mentorship Program - Teach. Learn. Grow.

The Berkeley Staff Assembly's (BSA) Career Development Committee is excited to introduce the 2018 cycle of the BSA Staff Mentorship Program! The Committee is now welcoming mentee applications and mentor nominations for the program, which pairs staff seeking to develop themselves professionally with more experienced colleagues on campus.

What will I get out of it?
The Mentorship Program offers mentees a safe environment to challenge themselves as they learn more about campus policies and dynamics, and how to become more skilled professionals. Mentees are exposed to many resources and programs available to staff on campus, and mentors enjoy an opportunity to polish their leadership and analytical, equity, and inclusion skills, which are crucial to their daily decision-making.

Don't believe us? Hear what some of your colleagues are saying…
Since the program began in 2005, over 400 mentor/mentee pairs have enjoyed the benefits of the connections facilitated through this program:

"I benefited greatly from a pair of mentorships earlier in my career, so the Berkeley Mentorship program is a chance for me to "pay-it-forward." It's also a way to help develop promising talent in the organization and underscore to my management team that this is indeed an important part of their responsibilities as well.” - Larry Conrad (Mentor), Associate Vice Chancellor for IT and CIO.

“I have a new job that I love. I have met people all over campus and have a new sense of connectedness to this place. I have new confidence in my ability to do my work, move my career forward, and develop skills I want/need. I basically now feel like I am in charge of my professional life instead of subject to it.” - Christine Mullarkey (Mentee), Student Services, EVCP.

Next Steps
Mentor relationships will begin January 1, 2018 and run through December 31, 2018. Mentor and mentee participants cover a wide range of job families across the Berkeley campus and we encourage you to visit our website to learn more about the job classification requirements and other program details. Please note that the BSA Career Development Committee is actively seeking to expand the eligibility criteria in the near future. If you are someone who is interested in participating but are ineligible, please contact the Committee at bsamentorship@berkeley.edu so that we can refer you to helpful resources in the meantime!

To apply as a mentee in the upcoming cycle, please complete the Mentee Application Form.

If you would like to mentor, or if you know someone who would make a great mentor, and meet the criteria outlined on this website, please nominate yourself or them by using the Mentor Nomination Form. 

Deadline for Mentee Applications and Mentor Nominations: Friday, October 6, 2017, 5pm.

 

Information Sessions
To learn more from the committee and past participants, the Career Development Committee will hold brown bag information sessions as follows:

For Mentors:
September 13, 2017: 12-1pm, 370 Dwinelle Hall

For Mentees:
September 14, 2017: 12-1pm, 370 Dwinelle Hall