iMEGRAD - April 21, 2017

News for Mechanical Engineering Graduate Students.
Inside this Issue:

ME Housekeeping:
Reminder: Deadline to Change Class Schedule -- April 28th
Submit 2016-1017 Doctoral Candidacy Review by April 24, 2017
Deadline to File for Spring 17 Degree -- May 12th 
Info Session - Training - Workshop
Annual Graduate Student Meditation Retreat -- April 29-30, 2017
Fulbrigh-IIE Grant Workshop -- April 26, 2017
How Can You Bridge Science & Policy

The Undergraduate Awards 2017
D.E. Exploration Fellowship 2017
Apply for a HENAAC Scholarship

Intern - Volunteering - Job Opportunity

Seeking engineers and designers interested in women-centered innovation
Skylar Internships
Mechanical Engineering Project Opportunity atTerminal Engineering & Manufacturing
Unique Opportunity with
Summer Employment with John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth -- Engineering and Physics Instructor and Teaching Assistant
Mechanical Engineer Intern for Developing New Type of Renewable Electricity Generation Process
Research Positions at the Air Force Research Laboratory


Reminder: Deadline to Change Class Schedule -- April 28th
The final deadline to change your Spring 2017 class schedule (Add/Drop, Change Unit/Grade Option) is Friday, April 28, 2017.
If you are planning to do so, please :

  1. Complete the ADD/DROP form.
  2. Have it signed by your Major Field Advisor.
  3. Submit it to the Student Services Office. 

Please be advised that you must get the signature of the instructor as well, if you are adding a class or changing the number of unit.
Also, check the course countrol number of your ME 298 and 299, to make sure you are enrolled in your Research Advisor's, and avoid grade issue.
Important: Please make sure you complete the form properly to help a quick process as incomplete form will be returned.


Submit 2016-1017 Doctoral Candidacy Review by April 24, 2017
Ph.D. candidates who passed their Qualifying Examination and advanced to candidacy must submit the online Doctoral Candidacy Review to the Graduate Division once every academic year. Here is the procedure:

  1. Log in GLOW (
  2. Complete your section by April 24th
  3. Send a request to your Research Advisor to have him/her review your input, complete the faculty section and file it electronically.


Deadline to File for Spring 17 Degree -- May 12th

The deadline to file for Spring 17 Degree is Friday, May 12th. 

  1. 5th Year students must complete their Oral examination and submit the report to Isabel Blanco.
  2. MS Plan II report must be uploaded electronically via the Student Web Application. Please find here the template for the report cover page , and the library permission form (for Plan II only). Details about the MS II report submission process can be found at section 5.1.9 of the Graduate Handbook.
  3. Ph.D. dissertation must be uploaded to  Details about the filing process is located here

Annual Graduate Student Meditation Retreat -- April 29-30, 2017

Activities will include meditation instruction and breathing workshops by professionals, nature activities by American River, meditative art activities, star-gazing, silent meditation time, journaling and 'bringing balancing to your life' workshop etc. There are only a few spots left and this is a great opportunity since the GA is subsidizing the cost.

When: April 29 10:00am until April 30 3:00pm (this is an overnight event)

Where: Sacramento Retreat Center (carpools can be arranged)

Cost: The first 20 students to register will pay a discounted rate of $75 per person (subsidized by the Graduate Assembly). The actual program cost is $175
What's included: all food (organic and local), lodging, and activities at the retreat center
REGISTER HERE (LIMITED TO 20 students so please register asap)
Please see for registration, payment and event details.


Fulbrigh-IIE Grant Workshop -- April 26, 2017

1:00 3:00 P.M.

This workshop will provide an overview of the Fulbright-IIE application process for UC Berkeley students who will be applying for a Fulbright-IIE grant this fall. 

Intended Audience: For all UC Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students who will be applying for a Fulbright-IIE grant this fall.

With Gina Farales Blanco, the Fulbright Program Adviser of the Graduate Fellowships Office, and Sabrina Soracco, Director of the Graduate Writing Center. 

Wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, please call (510) 642-7739, ten days in advance.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE FULBRIGHT PROGRAM, check the Fulbright website at For more information about the UC Berkeley Fulbright application process, contact Gina Farales Blanco, UC Berkeley Fulbright Program Adviser, by phone at (510) 642-7739 or by e-mail at  

Preregistration is required. To preregister, please go to:


How Can You Bridge Science & Policy

Scientists have a role in policy - both in bringing their research to bear on policy decisions, and in standing up for federal support of science and research.  But what impact can you really have, as a student? 

Join us Wednesday, April 26th at 5:00 pm in 321 Stanley Hall for "MAKING OUR CASE: How You Can Bridge Science and Policy" to learn a bit about the current state of science and policy. 

We'll discuss what students need to know, what actions you can take, and what new organizations exist at Cal to make that possible. 

Details of the event can be found here:

More questions? Email


The Undergraduate Awards 2017

Have a piece of coursework that you’re proud of? Sad to see it sitting on a shelf gathering dust?

Submit to The Undergraduate Awards to earn international recognition for your work!

What is The Undergraduate Awards?
The Undergraduate Awards is the world's largest academic awards programme. Our aim is to celebrate top undergraduate coursework and foster interdisciplinary collaboration between students and recent graduates worldwide.

Why should I apply?

Earn international recognition for work you’ve already done!
Receive access to the exclusive UA Alumni Portal
Win a trip to the UA Global Summit in Dublin, Ireland
Get your work profiled in The Undergraduate Journal 2017

Submitting is free and easy, just follow these steps to #awardyourwork! 

Interested, but not ready to submit just yet? Not a problem!
Just register online to reserve your place in the competition


D.E. Exploration Fellowship 2017

D. E. Shaw Group is accepting applications on a rolling basisfor the D.E. Exploration Fellowship until May 19, 2017.

 The D. E. Shaw group is a global investment and technology development firm with more than $41 billion in investment capital. Given that women are underrepresented in the global alternative investment industry, we have specifically designed a program in an effort to bring together talented and intellectually curious women enrolled in Ph.D. programs. They will receive an introduction to our firm, insights into our rigorous approach to finance, and several professional and social networking opportunities. By engaging with a cross section of people at the firm, from recent Ph.D. graduates to senior leaders, fellows will learn about the challenging problems on which we work, as well as the transition from academia to finance. They’ll also receive a $2,000 stipend, accommodations, and travel to and from New York City.


Apply for a HENAAC Scholarship

Two Weeks Remaining to Submit your Application for a Great Minds in STEM™ (GMiS) 2017-18 HENAAC Scholarship!

DEADLINE: 11:59 PM PST, April 30, 2017

Graduating high school seniors, undergraduate students and graduate students, who intend to or are currently pursuing a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) degree at an accredited college/university in the U.S. or Puerto Rico, are encouraged to apply for these merit-based scholarships. Students must have an overall minimum 3.0 GPA and must be of Hispanic descent or demonstrate strong leadership or service within the Hispanic community.

Scholarship awards range from $500 - $10,000.

Scholarship recipients will be invited to attend the 29th HENAAC Conference, from October 18 – 22, 2017, in Pasadena, CA. Great Minds in STEM subsidizes over $850 in registration, travel and housing for the Scholars to attend this conference, where they will meet their sponsors, be awarded their scholarship and formally recognized as new members of the GMiS Scholars Society.


More academic and non-academic job opportunities can be found at:


Seeking engineers and designers interested in women-centered innovation

Are you passionate about using design to improve women's lives? A team of graduate students from the business and public health schools are working on a new initiative called Innovating for Women, a collaborative of students, entrepreneurs, makers, funders, and industry experts who want to improve women's lives through female-centered design by deconstructing the problems women face and workshopping real solutions that avoid the "shrink and pink" pitfalls. 

The team has applied and been accepted to an advanced interdisciplinary course called Social Lean Launchpad, "a unique offering for student teams who are committed to learning and implementing a social venture design methodology to advance their scalable start-up concept." They're seeking a "maker"/engineer to join the team, and if you're interested, they'd love to talk to you!


Please reach out to Christina, Catherine, Claire, and Megan to find a time to connect (email Christina at 


Skylar Internships

Develop skills. Get paid. Improve lives.

Skylar Technologies is an early-stage technology startup that is developing a health-monitoring suite for people who are elderly and/or living with disabilities. We’re looking for summer interns for Project Engineering, Outreach Management and Business and Logistics Research to help us further Skylar.

Project Engineering: build an MVP, conduct real-world tests, and begin the design for manufacturing

Outreach Management: do further user research, establish connections with customers, and grow Skylar’s public presence

Business and Logistics Research: conduct research to answer crucial business and logistics questions and help implement their answers

The internship will be from June 19 th to August 18 th , have 25-hour workweeks, pay $14/hour and be located a mile south of campus. Unpaid positions are also available for those who may not meet the requirements but are trying to get more experience. More information on the positions and the application can be found here. Applications are due by 4/25.


To learn more about Skylar, visit or email us at


Mechanical Engineering Project Opportunity atTerminal Engineering & Manufacturing

We are an ASME “U” Stamp Certified Pressure Vessel Engineering and Manufacturing Company specializing in design of pressure vessels, vacuum chambers, biopharmaceutical, food processing equipment, environmental, technological industries and much more. Currently we have a project where we are in need of a student who can read, write and speak in Japanese fluently. This individual will be interpreting the Japanese Pressure Vessel Code Book which complies with the ASME. This individual must be comfortable with Solid Mechanics Principles. 
What this individual will be doing besides helping us translate languages, is gaining an understanding of the ASME Code and learning about the ASME Pressure Vessel Calculations.  

Contact: Isaac Viscarra:
(510)-526-3138 EXT. 108 


Unique Opportunity with, a community of math and science problem-solvers, is hiring Science Quiz Writers to create problem-solving courses that bridge science fundamentals with industry areas such as computer science, the energy sectors, quantitative finance, automotive engineering, and logistics.
If you love distilling complex ideas to their fundamental parts and teaching concepts through problem-solving, you might be a great fit for this role.
The optimal applicant will have (or be pursuing) an advanced STEM degree and/or industry experience. Some teaching experience is preferred. The pay is $40/hour, and you must be available at least 20 hours per week this summer (though the role is remote and the hours are flexible). To learn more and apply, see here:
This role is a special opportunity for graduate students to share their insights from their studies and industry experience with aspirational math and science students around the world.


Summer Employment with John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth -- Engineering and Physics Instructor and Teaching Assistant
CTY offers challenging academic programs for highly talented elementary, middle, and high school students from across the country and around the world. We are currently seeking highly motivated and qualified candidates to work in our summer programs. Information regarding employment and our summer programs can be found at

Why teach for CTY?

  1. opportunity to teach motivated and talented students a subject they love
  2. limited class size (maximum of 18 students) ensures a low student-teacher ratio
  3. all classes are taught by both an instructor and teaching assistant
  4. opportunity to work in an environment with colleagues who share similar interests
  5. competitive salary plus room and board at our east and west coast residential sites
  6. science instructors are allotted a generous lab budget

We are currently seeking individuals to teach the following Engineering and Physics-related courses:
Engineering-Based Courses; the Physics of Engineering; Principles of Engineering Design; Investigations in Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Physics-Based Courses; the Physics of Sports; Fast Paced High School Physics; Special Relativity; Astrophysics.


Core Dates for 2017 (Please note that the dates for some sites vary from those listed above. Visit our Site Locations and Dates page for specific employment dates at each site.)
Session 1: June 22 - July 15, 2017
Session 2: July 15 - August 5, 2017

 Our three-week residential programs provide a stipend, as well as room and board.
For more information about these positions, site locations, program dates, and access to our online employment application, please see our website, or contact us via email at or by calling 410-735-6219.


Mechanical Engineer Intern for Developing New Type of Renewable Electricity Generation Process
Nautical Torque Technology, an early stage startup, seeks an intern to help develop a process for generating baseload renewable electricity. Inspired by the potential energy that is generated when ships rise and fall with the tide, nautical torque seeks to disrupt the energy market by becoming the first baseload renewable that can directly compete and eventually replace nuclear and fossil fuels. A major obstacle we face is figuring out the proper engineering formula to describe the process and predict energy output from scaled up versions, which is what the intern will be working on

INTERNSHIP: This is an unpaid internship but with an opportunity to earn future equity in the company and/or future employment. Intern can work independently on tasks and, ideally, will become part of the technical team as we move forward with prototypes, pilot projects and commercialization. Intern will determine appropriate formulas and calculations that can accurately characterize the technology and its potential output and overall impact on the energy market.  

Primary tasks include:

  1. Provide engineering analysis to determine appropriate formulas and calculations that can accurately characterize the nautical torque process and determine power generation potential
  2. Identify specific technical challenges to overcome,
  3. Assist with development of digital and physical prototypes
  4. Research conversion systems from DC to AC, electricity scrubbing technologies, and various gearing systems such as magnetic generators that would be most appropriate to use in future prototypes. 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Electrical and/or mechanical engineering experience, either formal or informal. Earnest desire to change the world. Ability to think outside the box. Research skills and ability to work independently as well as be part of a team. 

PREFERRED REQUIREMENTS: Able to see the big picture, experience building stuff, positive and creative, excited about the future. Interest in being part of a startup. Skilled at translating highly technical information into compelling arguments for viability. 

Please see our website for more details or contact me with any questions.  If interested, submit a resume and brief cover letter to


Research Positions at the Air Force Research Laboratory

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory invites qualified individuals to submit resumes for POST-DOCTORAL FELLOW or RESEARCH ENGINEER positions in the broad areas of control systems, estimation, , formal methods, and machine learning. This position entails ground-breaking research addressing challenging electrical and thermal system requirements in next generation aircraft. These positions focus on Air Vehicle Energy Management concepts, which comprise technologies to dynamically allocate energy resources in the electrical, thermal and mechanical domains over the mission and across aircraft subsystems. Please refer to our Request for Information for more details.

The position represents a unique opportunity to innovate in areas of interest spanning from theory to application and from analysis to experimental control hardware. The position entails working within a dynamic, multi-disciplinary team at the Air Force Research Laboratories in Dayton, Ohio.

Desired areas of expertise within estimation and control include: multivariable control, model predictive control, distributed control, dynamic programming, stochastic programming, reinforcement learning, Markov decision problems, Bayesian filtering, uncertainty propagation, and active learning.

The successful candidate is able to demonstrate their expertise in areas including: analysis, modeling and simulation, hardware demonstration, and peer-reviewed publications. The candidate must be a strong independent researcher and work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team.

Required Qualifications:

  1. U.S. citizen
  2. Masters or Ph.D. Degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, or related discipline
  3. Strong analytic and problem solving skills
  4. Effective written and oral communication skills
  5. Flexible expected start dates in three (3) to six (6) months.

Please submit resumes to