iMEGRAD Vol. II No. 42 (5/11/2016)

News for Mechanical Engineering Graduate Students.
Inside this Issue:
Important Deadlines:
Deadline to File MS Report/thesis or Ph.D. Dissertation -- 5/13/2016
Deadline to Register for August 16 Preliminary Examination--5/16/2016
Other Announcements

Info Session/Workshop
PhD Consulting Club Info Session
Audience Engagement--how to keep your audience with you and with each other

Better, faster, stronger: measuring and transcending your physical limits with wearable robotics

Thriving in Science Seminar: A Biased Random Walk: My "Alternative" Career as a Scientist

Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Student Symposium

Great Minds in STEM Symposium
Fellowship & Competition
AfterCollege Engineering Scholarships Deadline
Internship & Job Opportunity

Summer Intern Opportunity for ME Ugrad/Grad at Triple Ring Technologies

Paid Summer Research Position - Prof. Auslander

Open Positions with Power Integrations and AXA Group

Summer Technology Development Project - Nano Hydrophobics, Inc.



Deadline to File MS Report/thesis or Ph.D. Dissertation -- 5/13/2016

The deadline to submit the doctoral dissertation, MS Plan I thesis, and MS Plan II report is Friday, May 13th, no later than 4:00 p.m.

  1. MS Plan I thesis must be submitted electronically to the Graduate Division at . Please see here the details about the filing procedure. 
  2. MS Plan II report must be submitted electronically via the Student Web Application. Please find here the template for the Plan II report cover page , and the library permission form
  3. Ph.D. dissertation must be uploaded to  Details about the filing process is located here

Deadline to Register for August 16 Preliminary Examination--5/16/2016

The deadline to register for Fall 2016 Preliminary Examinations is Monday, May 16, 2016 at 4:00 pm. Please find here the link to register. Check the Fall 2016 FAQ for details.

Change of Graduate Academic Policies


No Advisor Code Needed to Register for Fall 2016

Due to the transition to the new Campus SIS System, the advisor code requirement is waived for Fall 16 enrollment. However you must complete the Confirmation of Class Schedule, have it signed by your Major Field Advisor, and return it to the Student Services Office no later than the end of the third week of instructions.


Admissions Policies for Former or Current Berkeley Graduate Students

Beginning Fall 2016, students will no longer be allowed to add or change to a new degree program without applying through the Online Application for Admission per the degree-granting program's  normal admissions and review cycle. For instance, a Master's student who is willing to add a Ph.D. to his/her degree goal must apply to admission like every new applicant. The "Application for Readmission" or the "Change of Major" forms are no longer in use. In some cases, exceptions may be required. Also, students returning to the same program after a period of absence are covered under the "Re-enrollment" process in the new SIS; in this particular case there is no need to use the online admission application process.


Policies for Qualifying Examinations and Dissertation Committees

Effective Spring 2016, the following changes are approved by the Graduate Council to simplify the constitution of the higher degree committee:

  1. The terminology "inside" and "outside" are removed and replaced by "additional member" and "Academic Senate Representative".
  2. Faculty holding 0% joint appointments in a department can serve in the role of the "Academic Senate Representative" (formerly known as "outside member").
  3. Graduate Group Faculty and Affiliated Faculty can serve as the Academic Senate Representative (Outside Member).


Policy for Parenting Leave for Graduate Student with Re-Enrollment

A student who chooses to take a leave of absence due to pregnancy, childbirth, and/or to care for and bond their newborn child or a child placed with the student for adoption or foster care shall be granted a Parenting Leave for up to one academic year (2 semesters). This leave must be taken no later than the twelve months after the child's birth or adoption/placement. If there is a medical reason for a longer absence, and extension of leave may granted for a total or up to two academic years (4 semesters).


A student must have registered for the semester during which the leave will be taken, or the semester immediately preceding the beginning of the period of leave requested. If a student commences a leave during a semester in which they are enrolled, that semester shall be counted as one of the semesters of leave granted under this policy.


An international student wanting to take Parenting Leave must first consult with the Berkeley International Office (BIO) regarding implications for visa requirements.


A student on Parenting leave shall not be eligible to work academically with faculty and shall not be eligible for campus employment, fellowship, or financial aid.

 Join the LavenderCal Out List for LGBTQ Employees!


Hey ME Grads!

LavenderCal (UC Berkeley's LGBTQ employees organization) is updating their Out List ( We're looking for folks to sign their names and be counted! Do you identify as part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, or other gender/sexual minority community? This list helps new students and employees know that they're not alone here at Cal.

Any academic employee can join. If you're comfortable, join here at



Career Developement Initiative for the Physical Sciences (CDIPS): 

PhD Consulting Club Info Session

Thursday, May 12, 2016

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
375 LeConte Hall

Presented by: Career Development Initiative for the Physical Sciences (CDIPS)

For more details, click here!

Audience Engagement--how to keep your audience with you and with each other

Presenter: Rajelin Escondo, Public Service Center
Thursday, May 12, 2016
290 Hearst Mining Building

DETAILS: This session will engage participants in a discussion and practice in various audience engagement methods. The goal of this workshop will be to gain a deeper awareness of one's own audience engagement skills but also to develop the ability to facilitate intentional engagement between audience members to meet organizational goals. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on groups they facilitate and the engagement needs of each individual in relation to meeting goals. Beyond these reflective practices, participants will have an opportunity develop meeting goals and connect them to specific engagement activities to garner greater participation from audience members with the facilitator and with each other.


Rajelin Escondo advises all new students interested in engaging with public service as well as the Student Initiated Community Projects program where student groups receive grants to carry out a service mission across the Bay Area at the UC Berkeley Public Service Center. She routinely facilitates students in communicating over difference to understand their individual role in social change. Rajelin is a Chicago-land native and a graduate of Loyola University Chicago. She earned a Master’s degree in Student Affairs from UCLA and joined the Public Service Center to continue to support students as they work towards more socially just world.

Better, faster, stronger: measuring and transcending your physical limits with wearable robotics

Speaker: Robert Matthew
Date/Time: Thursday 12th May 1400-1500
Location: 337A Cory Hall, UC Berkeley

Assistive devices such as exoskeletons have been shown to aid rehabilitation and improve quality of life. However their widespread use is limited due to both high cost and lack of efficacy metrics for different target populations In this talk I will outline a method for generating individualised human kinematic and dynamic models. These models can be used to determine intervention efficacy, potentially enabling treatment pathways to be personalised to the patient. These models can also be used to create design specifications for assistive devices. As these designs account for the residual strengths of the user, the resulting devices can be made lighter and more affordable while still providing and improvement to function.

Robert Matthew received their Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London in 2011, and a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from UC Berkeley in 2015. Robert received the Advanced Leadership award from the Royal Academy of London in 2008, became an Associate of the City and Guilds of London in 2011, and received the Berkeley Excellence Fellowship in 2011. They have worked in a number of international labs, including surgical and space robots, exoskeletons and is currently Lab Manager for the Human-Assistive Robot Technologies Lab. In this role, Robert has helped mentor five graduate students, thirteen undergraduates, and has designed and run summer school curricula to encourage diversity in STEM subjects.

Thriving in Science Seminar: A Biased Random Walk: My "Alternative" Career as a Scientist

The next Thriving in Science seminar is Wednesday, May 18th. It will feature Dr. Brad Zamft from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Dr. Zamft will discuss has career path since earning his PhD in Physics from UC, Berkeley. He conducted postdoctoral research in the lab of Professor George Church. He held an AAAS / ARPA-E fellowship, where he worked in the US Department of Energy in many research policy areas spanning biotechnology. And, now, is a Program Officer and Fellow in the Discovery & Translational Sciences division at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

There will be pizza at 5.30 PM in the 1st Floor Atrium of Stanley Hall, and the talk will be followed by a beer and wine networking mixer for those who RSVP.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
6:00 - 7:00 PM
105 Stanley Hall

(RSVP here)

Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Student Symposium
May 17, 2016 1 – 5 pm
David Brower Center, Berkeley, California

Come Learn About the New Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles and Power
Systems and Interact with VIPs from Industry and Government!

Please RSVP through the “Education and Outreach Event” link at:

For more information contact: Michael Mills (

Great Minds in STEM Symposium

Save The Date!

Great Minds in STEM and MAES - Latinos in Science and Engineering invite early-career, Hispanic, engineering faculty from 2-year and 4-year institutions, postdocs and doctoral candidates interested in academia to apply for travel grants to attend the 2016 ASSIST Early-Career Faculty Development Symposium, in Anaheim, CA, from October 6 – 8, 2016. The Symposium will be held at the HENAAC Conference.

The program will deliver faculty development workshops on a variety of topics including academic career opportunities and the tenure process, NSF grant and reviewer opportunities, and best practices for engaging Hispanic engineering students.

Travel awards will cover up to $2,000 in expenses incurred traveling to and attending the Symposium. Lodging will be provided for three (3) nights on October 6, 7 and 8. Participant travel days will be early morning Thursday, October 6 and Sunday, October 9, 2016.  The Symposium will begin mid-afternoon Thursday, October 6.

Further information will be made available regarding the portal registration. In the meantime, please contact Dr. Gary Cruz, Director of Academic Affairs and University Relations, by email to or phone at (323) 262-0997 or visit

This opportunity is made possible through the National Science Foundation Award #1548322.





AfterCollege Engineering Scholarships Deadline -- June 30, 2016

The next deadline to apply for AfterCollege scholarships is June 30, 2016.

Find here details about the application.



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


Summer Intern Opportunity for ME Ugrad/Grad at Triple Ring Technologies

About Us

Headquartered in Newark, CA, Triple Ring Technologies is an innovative technology and product development company that partners with clients to deliver complete solutions from conceptual design through product 

launch. Our highly interdisciplinary team includes senior professionals from industry, finance, and academia, with extensive experience in medical device, life science, clean tech, security, and industrial technologies. We both challenge and rely upon each other for technical excellence and for real-world engineering and commercial wisdom. To apply for this position, please go online to

Job Summary 

In this role you will work with a product development team as a Mechanical Engineer. You will work closely with a number of other mechanical engineers, and engineers from other disciplines. You will become familiar with how product requirement documents are developed, structured, and used to inform a design. You will learn to think critically about the requirements and how to test prototypes and mock-ups for characteristics such as thermal management and temperature control, fluid ingress protections, clean-ability, and other important functional characteristics and attributes. You’ll identify suitable methods for testing, and learn how to adapt existing techniques and methods or develop alternative test methods. You’ll learn how to design, build, and verify the test method and apparatus, and execute the required experiments. Experience with the following is a plus: fluid mechanics; heat transfer; statistics and data analysis in Matlab or Excel; SolidWorks; LabVIEW; good written and oral communication skills.


• Create test plans, protocols, test methods and apparatus, and report(s) for engineering tests of functional requirements for a medical or in-vitro product. Solicit input and absorb feedback at all appropriate stages.

Education, Experience and Skills 

• At least third year in a BSME degree program

You will learn: 

• How to read and interpret product requirements, and define tests that can determine whether 

• Industry standards related to medical device safety and quality

• How to develop test methods and apparatus to test against requirements

• How to qualify test apparatus

• How to conduct experiments

• How to analyze data and report results 

Paid Summer Research Position

The candidate will work on a project in collaboration with UC Davis. The goal of the project is writing and testing a model-predictive control algorithm to control three HVAC units in a building in Davis campus. The model will be developed using Python and Julia languages. The building is already instrumented and setup with a Python-based control system that runs in the cloud. The candidate will help developing the actual code, testing it in the building, analyzing results and writing a report. The candidate needs to be available to commute to Davis when needed (typically once a week). The cost of the trip will be reimbursed.

The preferred qualifications are:

  1. background in control systems 
  2. familiarity with model-predictive controls
  3. proficiency in Python

Contact Prof. D. Auslander,

Open Positions with Power Integrations and AXA Group

Power Integrations, Inc., is a Silicon Valley-based supplier of high-performance electronic components used in high-voltage power-conversion systems. Please find their open positions below both for candidates with limited experience and more seasoned professionals. They also indicated they are willing to over look the years of experience requirement for the right candidate.
The AXA Group, world leader in Financial Protection and located in Paris is looking for a CAT Data Scientist:

Summer Technology Development Project - Nano Hydrophobics, Inc.

Develop A GSM Cellular-Based Remote Data Logging System to Monitor Factory Energy Consumption in New technology Field Tests


Nano Hydrophobics, Inc. (Nano) conducts energy efficiency research at the Molecular Foundry, located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL).  Nano is funded by the NSF, and has industry partners. Nano has developed an advanced nano-composite coating technology, which improves thermal transfer, and solves “the remaining unsolved problem in heat transfer”.


The goal of the project is for a team, comprised of two or three graduate students, with computer science, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering knowledge, to work together to design and build a data logging system to measure energy consumption in factories.  Such systems are now commonly referred to as “Industrial Internet of Things” (IIOT) systems.  The system will be used to monitor the performance of heat exchangers protected with the new nano coating.


The goal is to develop an inexpensive, rugged, easily deployed, GSM cellular-based remote data logging monitoring system to capture heat exchanger data including in and out fluid temperatures, flow rates, ambient temperature, as well as the power consumption of pumps and fans impacted by heat exchanger performance. The capture of this data will be used to validate the efficacy of this technology in real world environments. It is assumed that the temperature, flow rate, pressure, power consumption sensors and the communication components will be purchased off–the-shelf.  We envision the creation of a cloud-based, password protected, database with development of a user interface that can predict efficiency declines, preventive maintenance scheduling in order to optimize factory operations and energy consumption.


  1. Be highly resourceful and entrepreneurial
  2. Bay area-based graduate students
  3. Studying graduate degrees in Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering
  4. Strong interest in developing a real-world system
  5. Authorized to work in the United States
  6. Ability to demonstrate knowledge in one or more of the above disciplines
  7. Ability to work on and as a team, to travel to Berkeley as well as to work remotely
  8. Excellent English language skills – speaking, reading, and writing
  9. Good organizational skills
  10. Ability to work independently and with limited supervision

Work Schedule: Work will consist of team meetings and working independently at your own location, on a schedule determined by the team

Form Your Own Team: If you have colleagues who are interested and collectively possess the skills to develop the proposed system, please let us know.

Contact: If you are interested, please contact Peter H. Boyd, President, by email @

GRE • SAT Test Preparation Instructor Positions

Sherwood Test Prep is seeking test preparation instructors for their GRE and SAT classes.  These are part-time positions with classes once per week on Sundays.  Instructors must be intelligent, charismatic who have both top test scores and excellent teaching skills.  
Salary: $40/hour for GRE classroom instruction; $30/hour for SAT classroom instruction.

• Education: Current graduate or professional student (Ph.D. (or equivalent), Master’s, J.D.); or Completed Ph.D. (or equivalent), J.D., or Master’s degree.
• Test Scores: Top-tier test scores on one of the following: GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or SAT.
• Teaching Experience: Have taught at least one semester/quarter lecture, lab, or discussion, etc. class.  Prior university teaching experience is required.
• Quantitative and Verbal Skills: Must have BOTH excellent math and verbal/writing skills.  Sherwood Test Prep Instructors teach the entire course.
• Consistent Sunday Commitment: We seek team players who are flexible and can teach on consecutive Sundays throughout the entire year.  We only take off four weekends per year (those corresponding to): Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s.  Instructors can teach from 3 to 6 hours per weekend.

If interested, please send your (1) Cover Letter, (2) Resume/Vita, and (3) Test Scores to:  Interviews and hiring are to commence immediately. 
Teaching test preparation is a fun and rewarding experience.  As an instructor you will have the opportunity to help bright, high-achieving students achieve their goals and dreams of entering their first choice Universities and programs.  We hire good people who are intelligent, compassionate, honorable, and dependable.  All test prep instructors are respectfully treated as faculty members and are afforded autonomy and latitude in the courses they teach.