iMEGRAD Vol. II No. 36 (8/28/2015)

News for Mechanical Engineering Graduate Students.


Inside this Issue:

  1. Welcome to the New Graduate Students
  2. Impending Important Deadlines
  3. How to Find a CCN (Course Control Number)
  4. ME Bears In Light Spot! (John Madura & Chris Ategeka)
  5. Equity Diversity Event
  6. Join the Graduate Assembly
  7. Workshops on Writing and Editing
  8. GSR Appointments and Other Academic and non-academic Job Opportunities

To All our new incoming graduate students! Welcome to the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Berkeley!  We are the top ranked public mechanical  engineering program in the nation and we are committed to  excellence in teaching and research. You will find  that our program is diverse in both technical content and student body. We have research programs spanning from nanoscale to global systems with broad applications in medicine, energy, product design, sustainable manufacturing, transportation, and robotic systems.  You will find many rewarding opportunities within the Department, the College, the Campus and our surrounding community. I wish you a very successful and rewarding experience in our graduate program. Go Bears!

Lisa Pruitt
Vice Chair of Graduate Study
Department of Mechanical Engineering




  1. Deadline to become officially "registered" (enrolled in classes, paid fees, no blocks). $150 Late Registration Fee charged to all students not officially registered by this date. 5th Year and M.Eng students must enroll in at least 12 units. Standard Master's and Ph.D. students must enroll in at least 15 units.
  2. Deadline to make changes to schedule (add/drop/grading option/unit values) on Tele-BEARS. All subsequent changes after the deadline must be made upon submission of the "Add/Drop" form approved by your Major Field Advisor to the Student Services Office.
  3. Deadline for new graduate students to change their Major Field Area. Incoming students who wish to change their major field area must meet with their current major field advisor and the one of the area they want to transfer to for approval, and have both notify the Student Services Office by email. After the deadline, you will have to take and pass the preliminary examination. One of the three preliminary examinations taken and passed must be in the new major field area. 



All Master's Candidacy applications are due to the Student Services Office. Please find here the forms. 




Enrollment: How to Find a Course Control Number (CCN)?


It is important to use the appropriate CCN while enrolling in classes. This will avoid you ending up in the wrong class and dealing with grade issue at the end of the semester.To find the right CCN, you must do the following:

  1. go to,
  2. click on the current semester,
  3. choose  "Department Name" (eg. 'Mechanical Engineering'),
  4. type in your instructor's last name only in the "Instructor Name" field,
  5. click on "begin search".

You will find all the courses taught by the instructor with their CCN. 



ME Bears in Light Spot!


John Madura, one of our Ph.D. students and member of the California Rowing Club will represent the United  State at the World Championships in France later this week. John is rowing in the Mens Quadruple Scull  (M4x)  from the  California Rowing Club that won the US trials earlier this summer. His ultimate goal is next  year's Olympic  games in Rio de Janeiro! Go Bears! 



ME alumni Chris Ategeka was one of the guests at the White House Demo Day early this month. Admitted into our M.S./Ph.D. program in 2012, Chris took a break from his doctorate career after his Master's degree, to dedicate his life to the improvement of Healthcare access in Africa. He is the founder and CEO of Rides for Lives and Co-founder of Privail. Chris was also an Echoing Green fellow and a 2014 Forbes 30 under 30 nominee. Go Bears! 



Equity & Diversity Event


    Graduate Students Are Welcome at the

    Reception Honoring Graduate Diversity

    Thursday, September 3, 2015

    5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

    Alumni House, Toll Room

Dinner and beverages will be served. Please bring ID.

Sponsored by the Office of Equity & Inclusion and 

The Graduate Diversity Program




Join the Graduate Assembly


Dear ME Graduate Students!

The GA (the graduate student government of UC Berkeley) is looking for delegates from your department!

The delegates are the representatives from each academic department. They attend the monthly delegate meetings (food provided) to voice the concerns and opinions of their department, sit on internal committees and campus committees alongside university administrators and faculty, and work with graduate students of different departments across the university.


The delegates are a very important part of the Graduate Assembly and we would love for your department to be represented!

If you are interested in becoming a delegate for your department, please reach out to the Graduate Student Advisor/ Graduate Student Affairs Officer of your department.

Once you have been selected to represent your department, please fill out the 2015-2016 Delegate Certification Form that can be found at the 'Become A Delegate' page under the 'Delegates' tab at


Please find here more information about the GA or visit our website at 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at


Workshop on Teaching - GSI Teaching Center


Writing & Saving Time with Ed-Tech

Tuesday | September 1 | 3:00 - 4:30 | 309 Sproul Hall

WriteLab, a Berkeley-born online writing tool, gives detailed feedback on stylistic matters such as clarity, concision, logic, emphasis, and coherence in students' writing. Learn how WriteLab can help you respond more effectively to students' papers and work on your own writing as well.

Please pre-register at


Developing a Statement of Teaching Philosophy and Teaching Portfolio*

Wednesday | September 2 | 1:00 - 2:30 | 309 Sproul Hall

Improve your teaching and prepare for the academic job search. Come find out what is typically addressed in a teaching philosophy statement and participate in activities that will help you get started.      

Please pre-register at

*This workshop fulfills a requirement of the Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

For a complete list of this semester's workshops, please visit our website at

For disability-related accommodations, please contact the GSI Teaching & Resource Center, 301 Sproul Hall,, 642-4456.




Editing Woskshop Series - the Berkeley Science Review

This fall, the Berkeley Science Review has organized two editing workshops, facilitated by Sabrina Soracco of the Graduate Writing Center. 

Workshop I: Style, voice, and flow. Sep. 11, 3-5 pm
Workshop II: Grammar, usage, punctuation. Oct. 7, 5:30-7:30 pm 

At the BSR, we work to communicate science to a broad, not-necessarily-scientific audience. These workshops will focus on this kind of writing. All grad students and postdocs from all departments are welcome.

The workshops will take place in the Grad Division Conference room on the 3rd floor of Sproul Hall. If you can't make a workshop but would still like to get an electronic copy of workshop materials, Contact Ann Lieb (



DATE 2016 Conference


the DATE 2016 conference will be held March 14-18, 2016 in Dresden, Germany,
I have the pleasure of inviting you to submit an abstract for publication at the meeting (Deadline: September 13, 2015).

The 19th DATE conference and exhibition is the main European event bringing together designers and design automation users, researchers and vendors, as well as specialists in the hardware and software design, test and manufacturing of electronic circuits and systems. It puts strong emphasis on both ICs/SoCs, reconfigurable hardware and embedded systems, including embedded software.

Please find the call for abstracts attached and visit for more information.



Ford Foundation Fellowships 2016


The Ford Foundation has released the program announcement for their 2016 Predoctoral, Dissertation and Postdoctoral fellowships. Detailed eligibility criteria can be found in the program announcement:


2016 Dan David Prize


Three prizes of $1,000,000 each are awarded annually in fields chosen within the three time dimensions - past, present and future.
Call for prize nominations 2016:
The Dan David Prize is awarded to individuals and institutions with proven, exceptional excellence and contribution to humanity in the sciences, arts, humanities public service and business.
Nominations deadline is November 30, 2015 
For more information, see
Call for scholarship applications 2016:
Each year the Dan David Prize awards 20 scholarships of $15,000 each to outstanding doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers. 10 scholarships are awarded to students from universities all over the world and 10 scholarships to students from Tel Aviv University. Advanced doctoral and postdoctoral students of excellent achievements and promise studying topics related to the fields chosen for this year, are invited to apply for the Dan David Prize Scholarships 2016. 
Applications deadline: March 10, 2016
For more information, see 
Contact Information:
Ms. Smadar Fisher, Director
Frof. Isaac P. Witz, Scientific Adviser



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


EECS Career Fair

  Wednesday, September 9, 2015
  MLK Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom, 3rd floor


If you're an EECS or CS student or have skills suitable to technical and computer science related positions, this is the fair for you!  Several companies are specifically seeking students majoring in Mechanical Engineering, including:

Bloomberg LP - eBay - General Motors - Intel Corporation

IXL Learning - Microsoft - Palo Alto Networks - The Aerospace Corporation

...and many more companies are participating in the event!  We are hosting 88 companies in total.

Be sure to bring your UC Berkeley Student ID and many copies of your updated resume to the fair.

  1. Prepare in advance to make a great first impression:
  2. Update your Callisto profile to make sure your major and graduation date are correct - they will appear on your nametag!
  3. To view participating companies (so you can research firms and opportunities ahead of time), view the Career Fair directory from the Shortcuts menu in your Callisto account.  Use the advanced search feature to search by day attending, major(s) sought, or type of job
  4. Use the Career Center's resources to update and polish your resume

Watch Career Center Quick Clips on Career Fair Do's and Don'ts 

The Career Center is proud to co-sponsor this fair with Eta Kappa Nu (HKN).



GSR Position in Controls or Design


Products and systems that contain a mechanical component requiring power modulation are typically designed using sophisticated 3D CAD software and controlled using embedded control computing elements and software. While methodologies in these areas are well developed, use of physics-based simulation to study the dynamic behavior of the system and to design control algorithms is very much an ad-hoc process if it is done at all.
This project aims to bring the simulation component of system design to at least the same level as the design and embedded control aspects while automating the interfaces for design-to-simulation and simulation-to-control. We are partnering with Autodesk and National Instruments for this project and will focus on their Inventor and Compact Rio products for the design and embedded control computing respectively.

Preferred skills for this project are: system simulation, 3D-CAD, LabVIEW, control systems

Please contact: Professor David Auslander,, 5120 Etcheverry Hall.




LBNL Combustion Group Research Assistant Position


LBNL's Combustion group is currently seeking upper division undergraduates or graduate students to assist in literature or experimental based combustion research. A flyer detailing the position can be found here.




GSI Positions in the Department of Statistics


The Department of Statistics is still in need of Fall 2015 GSIs for the following courses:

Statistics 133: Concepts in Computing with Data
Statistics 134: Concepts of Probability
Statistics 135:  Concepts of Statistics
Statistics 151A: Linear Modelling: Theory and Applications
Statistics 153: Introduction to Time Series
Statistics 154: Modern Statistical Prediction and Machine Learning
Statistics 201B: Introduction to Statistics at an Advanced Level

If qualified and interested, please email me ( All appointments qualify for a partial fee remission (includes tuition, the student services fee and payment of health insurance).  If you are on a fellowship, you are most likely allowed to hold academic appointments for a total of 50% in an academic year.  Click here for Current GSI Rates (figures shown are for 100% full time employment).  Our GSI appointments are 50%.  GSI steps I - IV are explained in the GSI, GSR, Reader and Tutor Guide.




Internship at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)


Student Intern – Computational Mathematics
Palo Alto, CA
Summary of the Position 
This a temporary internship with potential for longer term pursuit of the research topic. The work involves continued research into the computations associated with power flows under static and dynamic conditions. The application is both in the use of modern computational techniques and technologies, like parallel computers, and exploring the types of power system conditions that lead to instability, and to the most difficult computational challenges.
Preferred Education, Skills, Certifications 
A Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering or Computer Science is required 
A Master’s Degree in Computational Mathematics or Operations Research is preferred 
The Ideal Candidate 
The ideal candidate would have the background in Computational Mathematics with a strong interest in Power Systems Engineering. This person is a PhD candidate who is interested in pursuing this line of research as part of their thesis topic.
EPRI participates in E-Verify, an online system operated jointly by the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration (SSA). EPRI uses the system to check the work status of new hires by comparing information from the employee's I-9 form against SSA and Department of Homeland Security databases.
Note: To ensure compliance with U.S. export controls, please indicate your U.S. citizenship or (for foreign citizens) your U.S. visa/immigration status in your resume or cover letter. 
EPRI is an equal opportunity employer.
Together . . . Shaping the Future of Electricity.