iMEGRAD Vol. II No. 40 (11/16/2015)

News for Mechanical Engineering Graduate Students.
Inside this Issue:

Important Deadlines:

  1. Add/Drop - In Abstentia Registration - Filing MS Report, thesis or Ph.D. Dissertation
  2. Fall 15 Commencement: December 20, 2015
  3. Spring 2015 Preliminary Examinations Dates

Info Session/Workshop

  1. Building a Biotech Company
  2. DARPA Robotics Fast Track Grant Program Events
  3. Professional Grant Development Workshop
  4. Spring Teaching Conference for New GSIs

Fellowship & Competition

  1. IIS Pre-Dissertation Research Grant
  2. Mechanical Engineering Student MindSumo Projects

Internship & Job Opportunity

  1. Sandia National Labs Job Offers and Summer 2016 Internships
  2. Internship Opportunities: AFRL Scholars Program for STEM graduate students
  3. ME Interns at Nexkey
  4. Part-time Research Mentor for Undergraduate STEM Researchers
  5. Open Position: Product & System Specialist (Acutherm)
  6. Job Opportunity at East West Bank 


December 4, 2015: ADD/DROP Deadline

All graduate students who wish to add/drop classes and change grading options without the Graduate Division Dean's approval must complete the form, have it signed by the Major Field Advisor, and submit it to the Student Services Office, no later than December 4, 2015 at 4:00 PM.


Also, if you are enrolled in ME 298/299,check your TeleBears to make sure you signed up under the correct research advisor as students signing up with the incorrect CCN can cause grade issue at the end of the semester. If this concerns you, submit the Add/Drop form so I can rectify your class schedule on TeleBears. You can find the correct CCN on 


December 9, 2015: In Abstentia Registration Deadline

If you are eligible and plan to conduct research outside of California, or under limited circumstances in California outside the immediate Bay Area, you may apply for In Absentia Registration for up to one academic year. For more information and to apply, see the In Absentia Application.


December 18, 2015: Filing Deadline

If you must graduate in this Fall 15 Semester, you must file your doctoral dissertation, MS Plan I thesis, MS Plan II report, or 5th Year Oral presentation report by December 18, 2015.

MS Plan I thesis must be submitted electronically to the Graduate Division at . Please see here the details about the filing procedure. 
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
Ph.D. dissertation must be uploaded to  Details about the filing process is located here. 


December 20, 2015: Fall 15 Commencement

If you are graduating this semester and would like to participate to the University Fall Commencement, please, sign up by November 23, 2015. Tickets are already on sale. For details, visit:


Preliminary Examinations Dates:

The Spring 16 Preliminary Examinations will be held from January 12 to January 15. Details about the FAQ and the schedule will be posted soon on the ME website.



Beyond Academia and PIEP Present:


"Building a Biotech Company"

A Career Conversation with a Serial Entrepreneur

by Dr. David Kirn

Tuesday Nov. 17th I 4:30 pm I Sproul Hall Room 309
Join Beyond Academia and PIEP for a discussion and Q&A with Dr. David Kirn about transitioning from a PhD or post doc to entrepreneurship. David Kirn is a biotechnology entrepreneur, physician-scientist and leader in biotherapeutics R&D. He has founded and worked for several biotech companies including 4DMT, Jennerex, and Onyx in areas such as gene therapy and immunotherapy.


Refreshments will be provided. Seating is limited, so please come early!


This event is sponsored by the Graduate Assembly in space kindly provided by Graduate Professional Services. The event is ADA accessible. For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact Disability Access Services by phone at 510.643.6456 (voice) or 510.642.6376 (TTY) or by email at


DARPA Robotics Fast Track Grant Program Events

You are all invited to two events organized by DARPA to promote a new Robotics Fast Track grant program. The two events are occurring on Nov. 18th


- Livermore @ 11:30 am  (More infos at

- TechShop in Redwood City @ 6:30 pm. (


The program was created to match up robotic entrepreneurs, engineers and early stage companies with $150,000 to build a prototype. The program manager for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will be on hand to present the program and then take questions from the audience. Both are completely free events that comes with food and drinks.


Professional Grant Development Workshop

November 30 - December 1, 2015

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Hosted by the Grant Training Center

This Two-day Professional Grant Development intensive interactive workshop is perfect for those who wish to strengthen their grant writing skills, and beginners who wish to acquire the proven techniques of preparing and writing proposals for various funding agencies.

You will learn the fundamentals of grant writing, such as writing proposals that reach the top of competitions, presenting a compelling Need Statement, navigating the world of grant procurement, understanding proposal writing guidelines, preparing for the evaluation process, and searching for foundation and corporate giving opportunities.

Once you finish this workshop, you will be fully prepared for the entire grant application process and have a head start toward success!


The fee for this course is $535
There is a $45/person discount available for registering two or more individuals from the same organization. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis and includes materials, a certificate of completion, and continental breakfast.

We hope that you will join us for this opportunity! Check Out Our Online Course.


Spring Teaching Conference for New GSIs

the Spring 201​6 Teaching Conference for New GSIs. Th​e​ conference will be held on Friday, January 15​, 201​6​, from 8:30 am - 3:00 p.m. in Dwinelle Hall, with check-in from 8:00-8:30. All GSIs teaching for the first time on the Berkeley campus are required to attend.

Pre-registration for the conference is required. In pre-registering you will be asked to select a Discipline-Cluster Workshop. Pre-registration will speed up your check-in on-site, ensure that you are placed in the most appropriate workshop, and enable us to reserve a complimentary lunch for you.

To pre-register, please go to our conference webpage where you will also find a conference schedule and comments from former conference participants.   

In addition to the conference, keep in mind that there are several other requirements for GSI preparation for teaching that are stipulated in the Graduate Council Policy on Appointments and Mentoring of GSIs. Requirements include enrollment in a semester-long course on teaching offered by your department either concurrent with or prior to your first GSI appointment, and the successful completion of the online course, Professional Standards and Ethics for GSIs, by the end of second week of teaching. To enroll in the online ethics course, please go to

If you have any questions about the conference, feel free to contact the GSI Teaching and Resource Center at or call 510-642-4456.



IIS Pre-Dissertation Research Grant


The Institute of International Studies will grant a number of fellowships of up to $5000 for graduate students who have not yet advanced to candidacy.  This funding is intended to support initial fieldwork by PhD students during Summer 2016.  Projects should be international and/or comparative in nature, and/or related to the study of languages, and/or involve substantial research outside of the United States.  Fellowship funds are intended to support travel, lodging, and research-related expenditures for graduate students who are conducting research away from campus. 

Application Deadline: Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

To submit an application, visit:  


Mechanical Engineering Student MindSumo Projects


Please review the latest mechanical engineering projects from MindSumo. MindSumo partners with employers to create projects that you can complete to get work experience, win prizes, and be hired for jobs and internships. Questions can be directed to 

  1. Use new Fusion 360 software to customize a droid - $500 Grand prize, $1500 in prizes total 
  2. Design a cabinet that utilizes narrow spaces - $1000 in prizes 
  3. Design an environmentally friendly cooler - $1000 in prizes 

Direct Links: 

More academic and non-academic job opportunities can be found at:
Sandia National Labs Summer 2016 Internships

Even though it's only November, summer 2016 is just around the corner - and you're probably already making plans.

But why get just another summer job, when you could spend the summer doing something that matters? Because if you accept an internship at Sandia National Laboratories, you can contribute to projects that literally change the world.

At one of our sites in Albuquerque, NM, or Livermore, CA, you'll find opportunities to participate in work to make our nation safer, improve human and environmental health, or project our critical information infrastructure. In other words, projects that make a real difference.


That's why we know that an internship with Sandia has the power to change your life. A summer here will put you face-to-face with world-class scientists and engineers who will mentor you as you take on challenging, hands-on assignments in such diverse areas as cybersecurity, nuclear weapons systems, clean combustion, biotechnology, and sustainable energy. You can also expect:

  1. Rich interactions with an intern community from top-tier universities
  2. Workshops, seminars, and networking events designed to help you broaden your perspective and build relationships
  3. Competitive pay
  4. Travel expense reimbursement, if eligible
  5. Amazing outdoor recreation and cultural activities
  6. Opportunities to learn more about a career at Sandia upon graduation


If you are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Math, Engineering, Technology, Business, Computer Information Systems, or Management Information Systems, and meet Sandia's intern program eligibility requirements, we want to hear from you. Please submit your resume and application and get ready for the changes ahead.


Sandia National Labs Is Hiring for these Positions


Please check at the following link various job offers by Sandia:


Internship Opportunities: AFRL Scholars Program for STEM graduate students (US citizens only)
The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is looking for students in all academic levels interested in joining scientists and engineers on cutting-edge research and technology that directly supports our Nation’s defense.
The AFRL Scholars Program is a unique opportunity for students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to gain valuable hands-on experience and contribute to research-based projects. Graduate interns are also able to collaborate with AFRL on current research and incorporate the research into their graduate work. 
Internship Locations:

  1. Kirtland AFB, in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  2. Eglin AFB, in Valparaiso, Florida
  3. AFRL Maui Optical and Supercomputing Site (AMOS), in Maui, Hawaii

Who can apply:

  1. Graduate and doctoral-level students
  2. K-12 professional educators supporting STEM (at select locations)


  1. Exciting research topics
  2. Technical training
  3. Mentorship from experienced AFRL scientists and engineers
  4. Opportunities to tour AFRL laboratories
  5. Networking through social events
  6. Competitive stipend rates

All applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. A grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is highly encouraged for all applicants
  2. Must be a US Citizen; program is not open to non-Citizens, Permanent Residents, or Dual Citizens
  3. Must be enrolled or accepted at an educational institution taking at least half-time academic course load leading to a degree or certificate for semester immediately preceding internship session; must also be able to provide proof of enrollment or acceptance for semester immediately following internship session. Note:  This does not apply to professional educators.
  4. Must be in good academic standing
  5. Must be at least 16 years of age and have a valid driver’s license
  6. Must be available to work full-time (40 hours per week)
  7. Must be willing to temporarily relocate to physical work location
  8. Must be able to take personal responsibility for arranging transportation to and from worksite each day. Note:  Scholars should not rely on transportation from anyone who does not already have base access. Program administration will not be responsible for making additional arrangements on a scholar’s behalf to provide suitable transportation.
  9. Must be able to pass a background check, potentially resulting in a Secret Security Clearance

For a full list of eligibility requirements, please visit the AFRL Scholars Website.
For more information visit the AFRL Scholars website at:
Direct application link:
Email questions:
Flyer:  See attached file, AFRL Scholars Program Summer 2016.pdf
Apply Now! The Summer 2016 application deadline is January 19, 2016.
AFRL Scholars Program Administration
Universities Space Research Association (USRA)
Education Programs Office


Nexkey Is looking for ME Interns

Nexkey is an Emeryville- and Palo Alto- based hardware startup developing a simple-to-use and highly secure electromechanical locking device. We're still in stealth mode (that is, we haven't publicly announced yet /exactly/ what we're working on), but we recently completed a venture financing round, and are looking to expand our team. Specifically, we're looking for mechanical engineering interns to work with us at our Emeryville R&D space, on things like rapid prototyping, assembling new test units, and adapting our core technology to different applications. As is typical for new startups, the scope of work is wide
and changes quickly. 


This is a very hands-on position, and (we think) a great opportunity to see and participate in the product development process firsthand. We're a very small team currently, and you'd be working directly with me,
Nexkey's CTO and a co-founder. (Full disclosure / warning: I'm a Stanford alum!)


The location is 1501 Powell Street in Emeryville, a quick drive or bike ride from downtown Berkeley. It's also on the free Emery-Go-Round shuttle route, which connects to the MacArthur Bart station.


Time commitment is flexible, and could range from a few hours per week, on up. Compensation TBD.

Please contact Peter Russo at:


Part-time Research Mentor for Undergraduate STEM Researchers

Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships, UC Berkeley
Pay:  $24 per hour, does not include any student fee remission
Hours: 25% position (Student Assistant IV) beginning January 11, 2016 through September 30, 2016. The hours average out to 8-10 hours/week but they do vary significantly during a few windows of time during the appointment (see details below).
The Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships (OURS) is seeking a graduate student in the sciences or engineering to advise undergraduates in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows Program (SURF) and to assist in the administration of the program. This is a position for someone who enjoys working with highly motivated undergraduates in diverse fields, and would like to strengthen his or her mentoring skills.

Please see here the detailed Job Description


Open Position: Product & System Specialist (Acutherm)

Please find here the job description for Acutherm’s open position, Product Support Engineer.
The position is also hosted on our website:


East West Bank is Hiring

The East West Bank is hiring quantitative professionals for our Pasadena headquarters. I have attached both descriptions for your review and posting. Individuals are more than welcome to visit our site at If you have any questions, contact:

 Suzanne Rabadi
AVP/ Senior Recruiter
135 N. Los Robles Ave.
3rd floor
Pasadena, CA 91101
Tel (626)768-6322
Fax (626)683-7133