iMEGRAD Vol. II No. 44 (9/30/2016)

News for Mechanical Engineering Graduate Students.
Inside this Issue:
ME Housekeeping
Enrollment for Spring 2017: Phase 1: October 17

Graduate Social Club Boat Cruise!
International Graduate Students Needed for Focus Group
Join the Engineering Library Student Committee
Info Session/Workshop

Thriving in Science Professional Development 
Workshop on Copyrights, Publishing, and Scholarly Impact
SMDP MedTech Mentoring Program/UC Berkeley-UCSF Engineering 
Study In Europe Virtual Fair
Fellowship & Competition

Participate to OSAA Med Tech Collider Challenge to Win $2,500 prize!
Student Technology Fund (STF) Project Proposal Submission
Berkeley + DOE Cleantech University Prize - Deadline 10/31/2016
Info Session for Fellowships for Research in Japan
DAAD (DeutscherAkademischerAustauschDienst) Fellowship for Graduate Study and/or Research in Germany 2017-2018
Internship & Job Opportunity
BP China 2017 Challenge Program


Enrollment for Spring 2017

The phase 1 for Spring 17 enrollment will start on October 17, 2016. Please start  


Graduate Social Club Boat Cruise!

The Graduate Social Club presents....
A Masquerade Ball: The Grad Bay Cruise

Oct 22, 2016
7:30pm boarding
On the San Francisco Belle, Hornblower Cruises
Pier 3, San Francisco
21+ only
Buy your tickets here:

Your ticket includes UNLIMITED beer, wine, & champagne. A buffet of delicious hors d'oeuvres. AMAZING views of San Francisco & TWo live DJs on TWO dance floors. The perfect event to take a special someone or to have fun with a group of friends.

Cal Graduate students may purchase group tickets while quantities last. ($10 off per person)

Early bird available to graduate students and non graduate attendees while quantities last. ($10 off per person)

Regular tickets
Graduate Student - $65 (Must have Cal ID that says "Graduate"

Non Graduate Student - $75 (Post docs, visiting scholars, alumni, spouses/partners, & others)

If you have any questions, please email

This event is sponsored by the Graduate Assembly.


International Graduate Students Needed for Focus Group

Please join Berkeley International Office for a one-hour focus group to help set and solidify our programming goals (ex: events, workshops, strategic efforts, etc.). 
We want to ensure that the international graduate student voice is heard, so that we can meet your needs. 

We will be hosting focus groups next week from Oct 4th through 7th at Berkeley International Office (2nd floor of the I-House Residence Hall). 

If you are interested, please complete the availability poll here by 5pm on Monday, Oct 3. 


Join the Engineering Library Student Committee

The Kresge Engineering Library would like to invite you to be a graduate student representative on the Engineering Library Student Committee! The committee is one of seven College of Engineering Committees that seek student feedback in order to improve services. If you would like to volunteer, please send an email indicating your interest to by Friday, September 30. The expected time commitment is less than 5 hours per semester.

What does the committee do?
The Engineering Library Student Committee (composed of 2 graduate students and 2 undergraduate students) gathers feedback from fellow students about the Engineering Library, provides their own feedback and suggestions to the Library, and advises the Library on student opinion related to library policies, spaces, collections, websites, and digital services. In previous years, the committee successfully helped to increase Saturday hours at the library and prioritized improvements to space and services. 

What are our expectation for the committee for the next year?
The Engineering Library Student Committee will meet once a semester to discuss questions, suggestions, and feedback about the library. Committee members will help the library to publicize collections and services to undergraduate and graduate students, and to increase library outreach on CalDay. Committee members can also gather feedback from students throughout the year and forward it to the library. 

The appointment is for the 2016-2017 academic year. 



Thriving in Science Professional Development Seminar

Thriving in Science is currently placing interested students and postdocs into peer support groups. To most effectively match people with groups, we ask that you complete the peer support group registration form. Please complete the registration process by Monday, October 3rd, 2016.
If you are currently in a peer support group and would like to be placed in a new group, we ask that you complete the form. Please visit for more information about the program, and to register.


Workshop on Copyrights, Publishing, and Scholarly Impact


Copyright & Your Dissertation: What You Need to Know About Using Materials in Your Dissertation and Your Rights as an Author

October 24 @ 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., 309 Sproul Hall

This training covers important copyright and other legal considerations that graduate students should address when using and publishing third-party content in their dissertations. It will also help you consider how best to share your work, and provide an overview of the intellectual property rights you'll walk away with as an author.

Refreshments are kindly provided by the University Library and the UC Berkeley Graduate Division. Programming is part of Open Access WeekTo preregister for this workshop:
Publishing Your Dissertation: Experts Discuss Maximizing Your Scholarly Impact through Open Access Publishing, and How to Publish Your First Book

October 25 @ 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., 309 Sproul Hall

Experts address how you can shape what happens after you submit your dissertation, including:

  1. How can you start getting cited by others, and boost your scholarly profile?
  2. How can you publish and license your dissertation to expand your professional network and academic impact?
  3. What are the implications of publishing your dissertation and subsequent “First Book” online?
  4. How does publishing your dissertation online impact getting a first book contract?
  5. What are the trends in Open Access publishing of first books, and how should you publish yours? 

Food and drinks are kindly provided by Authors Alliance. Programming is part of Open Access Week. To preregister for this workshop:


Increase and Track Your Scholarly Impact

October 27 @ 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., 309 Sproul Hall

This workshop will provide strategies and tips for preparing and promoting your scholarship, and the best ways to monitor and increase your citations and success. Programming is part of Open Access Week. To preregister for this workshop:
These workshops are open to UC Berkeley graduate students and faculty in all disciplines. Preregistration is requested. Wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, please call (510) 643-9392 ten days in advance of the scheduled workshop.

SMDP MedTech Mentoring Program/UC Berkeley-UCSF Engineering

The Scientist Mentoring and Diversity Program for Medical Technology (SMDP MedTech) is seeking students and recent graduates for a year-long program, see:  
The year-long program begins with a 5-day training session, October 15-19 in Minneapolis. Participants will also attend AdvaMed 2016: The MedTech Conference.  If selected to participate in the program, Scholars receive conference registrations, hotel accommodations, meals and up to $350 in travel reimbursements.
Qualified candidates can email a resume directly to me at and apply directly online at, we will extend the application deadline.

Ethnically diverse post baccalaureate, graduate students and post-docs are invited to apply, including Hispanic Americans, Pacific Islanders, African Americans and American Indians, with a preference for the engineering academic disciplines such as Biomechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Process Design Engineering.....

SMDP was developed to bring more diversity to the medical technology workforce by pairing diverse Scholars with industry mentors from leading companies.  During the training, SMDP Scholars will meet their mentors, learn about career opportunities in industry and receive career development coaching.


As part of the program, Scholars and their mentors create personalized mentoring plans, which they implement over the course of the year following the training session.  The mentor-mentee teams communicate regularly by phone, email and virtually, aided by ICPD staff and the internet-based SMDP Mentoring Portal.


Contact: Elisabeth Freeman, President
International Center for Professional Development (ICPD)


Study In Europe Virtual Fair
Study in Europe Virtual Fair USA and Canada will take place on Friday, October 14, 2016 and give attendees (high school and university students, their parents, researchers, and university representatives) a chance to learn more about study opportunities in Europe by interacting directly with representatives of a broad range of European higher education institutions (HEIs), national promotion agencies and Embassies and the Delegations of the European Union to the United States and Canada.
More than 60 higher education institutions and organizations from 19 European countries will be represented at the fair. For further details on these exhibitors and the fair, please click here.
To the register for the fair:

A number of banners, posters and photos, many in social media-friendly formats are available for download at: 

Should you have questions about this event or any of the above, please contact the fair organizers at


Participate to OSAA Med Tech Collider Challenge to Win $2,500 prize!

The Sutardja Center is hosting a Med Tech Collider. The challenge is to replace the pole that holds IV drips and keeps patients immobile with a system that lets patients move around. It seems like a very interesting challenge. Here is the link.


There is a $2,500 prize! Applications are due October 7, 2016.


Student Technology Fund (STF) Project Proposal Submission

The Student Technology Fund (STF) project proposal submission process is now open for fast track projects with a cap of $5000 per project.


Any student, faculty member, or staff member of the University of California, Berkeley is eligible to submit a proposal for consideration by the Student Technology Fund Committee. Individual students must obtain a fiscal sponsor to administer awarded funds, such as a registered student group, ASUC/GA, academic department, or other functional unit.

Allowable Costs

This fee, assessed at $51 per semester, provides funding to negotiate with commercial software vendors on behalf of students to secure volume licensing of software such as Microsoft Office, Matlab, and Adobe Creative Cloud.  It also provides funding to support additional student technology services and initiatives.  Funds are prohibited from subsidizing core information technology infrastructure.

Funding categories include: Applications and Software Development, Commercial Software Licensing, Hardware and Technology Equipment Acquisition, Investigative and Planning Projects Events, Training, Support, and Access to Technology Programs
How To Apply

Before submitting a proposal, please review the Proposal and Funding Guidelines located at

Instructions and link to the online project proposal form are also available here.


October 9, 2016: Online proposals due for the Fall 2016 Fast-Track review process

The complete calendar for 2016-17 can be found here:


Proposals will be reviewed by the Student Technology Fund Committee (STFC) during the fall semester, with the intent of  allocating funds in the month of January 2017.

If you have any questions about the STF project proposal submission process, please visit


Berkeley + DOE Cleantech University Prize - Deadline 10/31/2016

Berkeley’s Cleantech University Prize (#CleantechUP17) is now accepting applications!! The Berkeley CUP is a clean energy startup competition sponsored by the Department of Energy and hosted by the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute (BECI) and the Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative (BERC). 
We invite students at universities across the U.S. to submit their innovative clean-tech ideas and have a chance to partake in a 15-week mentorship and training program (teams must be at least 50% students). Selected student teams will compete for a $50,000 grand prize, and winning teams will advance to the DOE’s Cleantech University Prize National Conference where they will compete for an additional $100,000
Applications are now available online until October 31, 2016 and teams will be selected by November 9, 2016. Teams will present their ideas at the BERC Energy Summit in February 2017 at UC Berkeley, where the winning team will be selected.


Info Session for Fellowships for Research in Japan

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science is excited to present you with a fully-funded opportunity to research in Japan on JSPS fellowships. Please join us at lunch time on Thursday, October 27 to learn more about fellowships and connect with members of the Japanese research community at UCB. This event is open to postdocs and professors from all fields.
Invitations have been extended to Japanese researchers at UCB as well as members of the Japanese University Network in the Bay Area (JUNBA), and there will be time for networking/business card exchange during lunch.
For more information about JSPS, please visit our website:
For inquiries about the event, please contact us at:
The event is free of charge and light lunch will be provided.


DAAD (DeutscherAkademischerAustauschDienst) Fellowship

Fellowships for Graduate Study and/or Research in Germany 2017-2018

Study Scholarships and Research Grants will be offered by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for University of California, Berkeley undergraduate seniors, graduate students and post-doctoral researchers to undertake up to 10 months of study and/or research in Germany during the 2017-2018 academic year.

In general, applicants must be US or Canadian citizens.  Foreign nationals who have been in a full-time degree program at a university in the US or Canada for at least one year by the time of application deadline are also eligible. All foreign nationals must contact DAAD New York before applying to determine eligibility.

  1. Applicants in all academic fields are welcome to apply. For study in the fields of dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, or veterinary medicine, contact DAAD for special guidelines.
  2. Students in arts, humanities and social sciences should have a good command of German.
  3. Please see more detailed eligibility requirements in the DAAD web applications below.


Applicants should have well-defined research projects for which study in Germany is essential, and should be well prepared to carry out these intended activities.  Preference will be given to applicants who have been invited by a faculty member at a German university to study or conduct research in a particular department, institute or laboratory.  Applicants must also possess knowledge of German commensurate with their proposed projects.


Monthly stipends range from approximately €750 - €1000.  In addition, DAAD will cover health insurance and a flat rate subsidy for travel costs. The rate is determined by DAAD.

For further information, contact Michael Sacramento (510-642-7739, ).

University Deadline  OCTOBER 19, 2016

Study Scholarship and Research Grant Applications are available on the web: 
Applications must be submitted with the appropriate University Checklist.


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


BP China 2017 Challenge Program

The Challenge programme aims to equip high-potential graduates with skills and knowledge to ultimately become the senior leaders of our business. The programme lasts for 3½ years(2 years for technology positions). During the time, you will have rotation opportunities around a number of business units and functions to gain a variety of learning experiences in BP and make a tangible contribution to the business in real roles. Besides that, you will also be provided with abundant coaching, mentoring, and daily support from your line manager, mentor and buddy.

Open Positions:

  1. Lubricants: Global Supply Chain, Procurement, Sales, Commercial Analyst, Technology
  2. Retail: Operation & Marketing, Petrochemical, Commercial
  3. Corporate & Functions: HR, Finance

Online Application:


The online application is open from Sept. 12, 2016 to Oct. 25, 2016.