iMEGRAD -- October 13, 2017

News for Mechanical Engineering Graduate Students.
Inside this Issue:
ME Housekeeping
Spring 2018 Registration Begins on October 16th
Department of Math New Phase I Policy
Info Session/Workshop
Beyond Academia: Public Sector Fellowships for PhDs Workshop 

Intel Info Session
Thriving in Science Seminar: "The Big Unknown"
Competition - Fellowship
Haas Innovation Challenge 2017
Internship & Job Opportunity
Spring 2018: GSI/Reader Application now Available


Open Enrollment for Spring 2018

The open enrollment for Spring 2018 begins on October 16. 

  1. Log in your CalCentral to take a note of your appointment date and time.
  2. Select your Courses
  3. Standard MS & Ph.D Students: Complete your Confirmation of Class Schedule, meet with your Major Field Advisor to get it signed, and submit it to the Student Services Office.
  4. M.Eng students who want to take courses outside their area of concentration should complete the form and get the approval of their Area of Concentration. 
  5. 5th Year MS students should submit their form to Shareena Samson.


Department of Math New Phase I Policy

The Department has decided that during "Phase 1" of registration, seats in the following five "core" upper-division courses will be saved for students who are declared in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics as well as for undeclared students in the College of Letters & Science:

  1. Math 104: Introduction to Analysis
  2. Math 110:  Linear Algebra
  3. Math 113:  Introduction to Abstract Algebra
  4. Math 128A:  Numerical Analysis
  5. Math 185:   Complex Analysis

Graduate students, undergraduates from outside of Letters & Science, and declared Letters & Science students who aren't double or triple majoring with Math would need to wait until Phase 2 to add these courses.



Beyond Academia: Public Sector Fellowships for PhDs Workshop 
Are you interested in careers in government, policy, and the public sector?  
Learn more about fellowships opportunities tailored to PhDs transitioning into the public sector.
October 16th, 2017

4:00 PM - 7:15 PM

Pauley Ballroom, MLK Jr. Student Union 
Register for the event Here!
Grab your ticket before they sell out!
Free admission but $10 deposit required to ensure attendance. Refund issued after the event.

We will host current and past fellows from:

- the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program
- the Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Public Fellows Program
- the American Association for the Advancement of Science AAAS Policy Fellowship
- the California Council of Science and Technology (CCST) Policy Fellowship


Intel Infosession

Join Dr. Jack Hwang of Intel’s Logic Technology Development Group for an information session. He will discuss Intel’s development of silicon process technology from an engineering perspective – the importance of Moore’s Law. To succeed in a changing industry, Intel is dedicated to continuing its investment in inventing and developing new technologies - through the application of novel materials and creative process strategies.

Wednesday,  October 18th, 2017

4:00 pm-5:30

Bixby North, (ground floor, Latimer Hall)


Food will Be Served.


Jack Hwang joined Intel in 1994 after receiving his MS and PhD in Chemical engineering from Caltech. He is an engineering Group Leader in the PTD organization.


Thriving in Science Seminar: "The Big Unknown"

For those who RSVP, there will be pizza at 7:00 PM in the Atrium of Stanley Hall with beer, wine, soft drinks and discussion. 


Wednesday, October 18

6:00 - 7:00 PM

105 Stanley Hall

(RSVP here)

Speaker: Jacquelyn Nicholson, Leadership X University


We like to think we can control a lot, but the truth is we can’t. However, that doesn’t mean everything has to be left entirely to chance. We are 100% responsible for the quality of life we live. In fact, we all play a big role in the way our lives evolve. Join us as Jacquelyn Nicholson shares her journey with The Big Unknown and what she’s learned along the way. You will find this talk both entertaining and enlightening. Who knows, you may even gain some interesting insights to help navigate your Big Unknown.


Exponent Info Session

Exponent would like to invite Ph.D. students and Postdocs in Engineering to join us for a careers Info Session on technical consulting.  We invite you to stop by, have dinner with us, and network with our consultants. Examples of consulting projects will be presented. See attached flyer for more details!


Wednesday, October 18th


Banatao Auditorium, 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

Speakers: Steve Murray, Ph.D., P.E. – Group Vice President and Principal

               Felicia Svedlund Ph.D. – Associate


Meet alumni from several engineering & science departments!


Abstract: Are you interested in consulting? Learn about a career in scientific and engineering consulting. Solve real world, applied problems using your engineering and scientific training, working with clients ranging from private industry to government agencies to legal professionals. Work in a multi-disciplinary setting with hundreds of bright, like-minded engineers and scientists from around the world.


Food and drinks will be provided



Food Systems Career Panel
Wed, November 8, 2017
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM PST

Interested in a career in transforming food systems? Come network with local leaders from across the food and agriculture sector. Speakers will share stories of how they built their job paths and offer insights into current trends in the field. The event will consist of a panel followed by a reception with ample time for networking—with refreshments from an innovative food business of course!
This event is intended for UC Berkeley students. Please register with your email address.

Speakers:   Ben Chesler, Co-founder, Imperfect Produce
                 Monica Cooper, Farm Advisor, Viticulture, UC Cooperative Extension
                 Rebekah Moses, Sustainability and Agriculture Manager at Impossible Foods Inc.
                 Justin Rausa, Principal Field Representative, Office of California Assemblymember Rob Bonta
                 Tiffany Tran, Senior Sustainability Analyst, Annie’s Homegrown, Inc.


Moderated by Kris Madsen, Faculty Director, Berkeley Food Institute, and Associate Professor, Joint Medical Program and Public Health Nutrition, University of California, Berkeley
Refreshments by Aileen Suzara of Sariwa.
Cosponsored by the following UC Berkeley Student Organizations: BEACN, FEED, FoodInno, Food@Haas, Food and Agriculture Policy Group, Food Science and Tech at Cal, GradFood, Berkeley Food Institute Undergraduate and Graduate Student Councils, and UC Global Food Initiative Student Ambassador.


Haas Innovation Challenge 2017
Sunday, October 29th 
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Innovation Lab

The Haas Innovation Challenge is a full-day competition where students will go through the design process in an effort to help find potential solutions to a client’s problem.

Graduate students from Berkeley will be grouped in teams of 4 - 5 to help the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Alameda County Transportation Commission address an exciting and impactful challenge as they work to make public transit through the Clipper Card a great experience for low-income families and students. Our partner, IDEO will help the teams go through the design thinking process. 

At the end of the day IDEO and our client will pick the best idea out of all the teams participating. No previous experience in design thinking necessary!

Click here for more information and here to apply!
Applications due October 15th at 11:59 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact


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

Spring 2018: GSI/Reader Application now Available

The Spring 2018 GSI and Reader applications for ME courses are now open.  You can submit an online application at:


Please make sure you meet the GSI/Reader requirements and submission of an application does not guarantee employment.  You are encouraged to apply to other departments (Math, Physics, CE, etc) to increase your chances of receiving an offer of employment.


Also, please note, students in the MEng program are not eligible for GSI/GSR/Reader appointments in the department.