iMEGRAD Vol. II No. 51 (3/24/2017)

News for Mechanical Engineering Graduate Students.
Inside this Issue:


ME Housekeeping:

Deadline to Change Class Schedule -- April 28th
Commencement - Spring 2017 Registration
Submit 2016-1017 Doctoral Candidacy Review by April 24, 2017
Premium PhD Regalia Available at PhinisheD Gown
Invitation to Berkeley Grad Slam
Info Session - Training - Workshop

Summer Data Science Workshop, Info Session on April 5
Become LEED Accredited! April 24
GoMentum Station Conference on Transportation
2017 Global Grand Challenges Summit

BFI Grad Student Community Engagement & Leadership Fellowships
Apply to the CITRIS Foundry Startup Accelerator - Due 3/26
AR/VR Pitch Competition, April 25
STEM Scholarship Opportunity
2017-18 HENAAC Scholarship Application


Deadline to Change Class Schedule -- April 28th

The final deadline to change your Spring 2017 class schedule (Add/Drop, Change Unit/Grade Option) is Friday, April 28, 2017.

If you are planning to do so, please :

  1. Complete the ADD/DROP form.
  2. Have it sign by your Major Field Advisor.
  3. Submit it to the Student Services Office. 

Please be advised that you must get the signature of the instructor as well, if you are adding a class or changing the number of unit.

Also, check the course countrol number of your ME 298 and 299, to make sure you are enrolled in your Research Advisor's, and avoid grade issue.

Important: Please make sure you complete the form properly to help a quick process as incomplete form will be returned.


Commencement - Spring 2017 Registration

The College of Engineering Spring 2017 Commencement ceremonies will be held on Tuesday, May 16 at the Greek Theatre on the UC Berkeley campus, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Registration is available online at:  

The deadline to register and have your name included in the printed program is Friday, April 21, 2017.
The last day to purchase guest tickets online is May 5, 2017.
After completing the online registration form, follow the link provided to the Cal Performances website to purchase your guest tickets. Graduates do not need a ticket to participate. Guest tickets are $5 each and all guests (regardless of age) must have a ticket for entry.   All commencement ticket sales are final. No refunds, no exceptions. Tickets should be treated like cash; they cannot be replaced if lost, stolen, damaged, or otherwise rendered unreadable. 

More information regarding commencement tickets, caps and gowns, transportation, disabled accommodation requests, diplomas, pictures, etc. is all on the commencement webpage. If you need any further information please do not hesitate to contact us at
Congratulations on your graduation!


Submit 2016-1017 Doctoral Candidacy Review by April 24, 2017
Ph.D. candidates who passed their Qualifying Examination and advanced to candidacy must submit the online Doctoral Candidacy Review to the Graduate Division once every academic year. Here is the procedure:

  1. Log in GLOW (
  2. Complete your section by April 24th
  3. Send a request to your Research Advisor to have him/her review your input, complete the faculty section and file it electronically.


Premium PhD Regalia Available at PhinisheD Gown

Premium Blue & Gold UC PhD Regalia from PhinisheD Gown (a business owned by UC Berkeley Alumni). 

The Blue & Gold UC PhD Regalia set is friendly priced at $399 (vs $800+ from the bookstore) and includes:

  1. Gown: Navy blue gown decorated with royal blue velvet and gold piping trim (6 sizes available);
  2. Hood: Doctoral hood lined with blue and gold satin and royal blue velvet;
  3. Tam: 8-sided royal blue velvet tam with a gold silk tassel
  4. FREE garment bag
  5. FREE shipping to all 48 states (2-3 business days for CA)

Order your regalia from PhinisheD Gown today and get $10 OFF when enter code “CAL2017” at checkout (expires on 03/31). A special discount for 5+ gowns order (Group Order) 


Invitation to Berkeley Grad Slam

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
309 Sproul Hall
Free and open to the public
Event will be livestreamed at




Summer Data Science Workshop, Info Session on April 5

The 5th annual CDIPS Data Science Workshop will run July 15-August 5. Teams of 3-4 graduate students and postdocs will work on a data science project under the guidance of an industry mentor for 3 weeks. Hours are flexible, but you must be able to commit to at least 20 hours per week, and attend both the opening and closing. We're also planning some strongly recommended activities during some evenings, including talks and site visits (TBA).


If you'd like to find out more, we encourage you to join us for an information session on April 5 at 4pm at the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (190 Doe Library).


If you'd like to get started, the application is here. It will close on April 21 at 3pm. Participants will be notified at the end of May.


Become LEED Accredited! April 24

LEED Green Associate (GA) Training

When: April 24 2017 – 6:00PM to 10:00 PM

Where:  Barrows Hall – Room TBA -



Interested in getting involved in the Green Building and sustainability Industry? Opportunities are plentiful and passing your LEED professional designation is required to get involved! *


LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is simply a green-rating point system to certify a building’s sustainability. Just as Buildings can be LEED certified, students and professional can become LEED Accredited themselves.  The LEED Green Associate (GA) credential is the only professional designation used to market yourself to employers and clients and show you have certified knowledge in the green building industry.


GoMentum Station Conference on Transportation

Join GoMentum Station, Bishop Ranch, the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA), and our partners for the third annual Redefining Mobility Summit on Thursday, March 30 from 8AM-5PM in San Ramon, California.
At the Summit, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from government and industry leaders about how innovate research and cutting edge technology is revolutionizing transportation – and the chance to experience the technology firsthand with live demonstrations!
Students can receive a discounted price of $50 per ticket when you enter the promo code BACKPACK.
For more information, please visit


2017 Global Grand Challenges Summit

Registration is open for the 3rd Global Grand Challenges Summit on July 18 to 20, 2017 in Washington DC. Please click for the GGCS website and to register.


The NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering represent the first global calling to engineering on behalf of the planet, a call that transcends countries, cultures and continents. The Challenges have captured the imagination of engineers, engineering educators and engineering students, and begun to garner attention of the general public as well. Join us at the Summit to learn more about how engineers are applying the principles of engineering, the findings of science, the aesthetics of art, and the spark of creative imagination to seek solutions to humanity’s grand challenges and inspire future generations as they continue their tradition of forging a better future through engineering.


The Summit is sponsored by the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the UK Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE), and the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), and is the third in a series, which began with the inaugural GGCS in London in 2013 and the second in Beijing in 2015.
The Grand Challenges for Engineering range from advances to ensure sustainable life on the planet, to improving health outcomes for individuals through engineering, to addressing threats to our security generated by humans or nature, to engineering that amazes us in the way it improves our quality of life. We will hear about sustainability efforts in China, bioengineering advances in the UK and US and efforts to advance the human experience through virtual reality and artificial intelligence.  We will hear about education and public engagement related to the grand challenges as well. Throughout the summit there will be ample time for audience engagement, discussion and networking. 




BFI Grad Student Community Engagement & Leadership Fellowships

The Berkeley Food Institute (BFI) Community Engagement and Leadership Fellowship supports graduate students to partner with sustainable food systems organizations to work on projects that are in alignment with BFI’s thematic areas: Promote Equitable Access to Good Food; Advance Fair and Healthy Jobs in Food Systems; and Accelerate the Adoption of Agroecology. Fellowships provide students with opportunities for leadership development and meaningful internship experiences that are also of enduring value to host organizations. Fellows complete the equivalent of at least 8 weeks of full time work during Summer 2017. The fellowship can also be undertaken on a part time basis; however equivalent work must be completed before December 15, 2017.

Application Deadline: Friday, March 24, 2017, 5pm

Award Amount: $5,000
Up to four fellowships will be awarded in 2017.

About the Berkeley Food Institute: The Berkeley Food Institute seeks to transform food systems to expand access to healthy, affordable food and promote sustainable and equitable food production. We empower new leaders with capacities to cultivate diverse, just, resilient, and healthy food systems.  

Watch a video of Simone Saldanha, 2016 Community Engagement and Leadership Fellow, discussing her fellowship experience. 
Direct link to fellowship application:


Apply to the CITRIS Foundry Startup Accelerator - Due 3/26

CITRIS Foundry is currently accepting applications for technology startups to join our Spring 2017 cohort. We're looking for highly motivated startup teams to apply by March 26, 2017 at 11:59PM!

  1. Undergraduate & Graduate Student Mailing Lists
  2. Faculty, Staff & Alumni Mailing Lists
  3. Newsletters
  4. Website & Social Media


AR/VR Pitch Competition, April 25

April 25, 2017
6:00PM - 10PM
SkyDeck East Overlook
We invite all UC Berkeley affiliates and friends to join us at SkyDeck on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, for an evening of demonstrations, networking, and a pitch competition.

Details of the event can be found here:


STEM Scholarship Opportunity

The Summer Academy of Code Scholarship will subsidize up to 100% of tuition for 10 exceptional college and graduate students participating in Summer Academy of Code, a one-week coding residency taking place in Los Angeles and Oxford.

Summer Academy of Code is an intensive course designed to teach students the fundamentals of computer programming and JavaScript. Summer Academy students will get the opportunity to

  1. Build dynamic web applications,
  2. Work with leading tech professionals from companies like Netflix and Omaze, and
  3. Drastically improve their technical communication skills (which are essential in the software engineering and larger tech industries)

Students do not need a Computer Science background or prior coding experience to apply. However, they must be able to demonstrate a commitment to technical excellence and a strong capacity for technical communication. 

Students can also start their application here:


2017-18 HENAAC Scholarship Application

The Great Minds in STEM™ (GMiS) 2017 HENAAC Scholarship Application Portal is Now Open!

DEADLINE: 11:59 PM PST, April 30, 2017


Graduating high school seniors, undergraduate students and graduate students, who intend to or are currently pursuing a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) degree at an accredited college/university in the U.S. or Puerto Rico, are encouraged to apply for these merit-based scholarships. Students must have an overall minimum 3.0 GPA and must be of Hispanic descent or demonstrate strong leadership or service within the Hispanic community.

Scholarship awards range from $500 - $10,000.


Scholarship recipients will be invited to attend the 29TH HENAAC Conference, from October 18 – 22, 2017, in Pasadena, CA. Great Minds in STEM subsidizes over $850 in registration, travel and housing for the Scholars to attend this conference, where they will meet their sponsors, be awarded their scholarship and formally recognized as new members of the GMiS Scholars Society.



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


Expertise Opportunity in China

Expert One: expertise in environmental engineering program.  

Expert Two: expertise New energy (wind direction).

Both require a Ph.D. and working experience in 4 year university. They are invited to go to China to visit Chinese schools to help them review their student learning plan, including discussions with their college leadership, faculties and students and talents from industry and officials from government. Where possible and appropriate, provide talent development plan and suggestions.

Time : before April 15 for one week or two weeks. Visits 1 to 4 schools.

Payment rules are $1000 per working day plus all the accommodation expenses and domestic/international travel. 


For more questions, contact:

Leilt Habte
2150 Kittredge Street, Suite #3A


Quantum Science Summer School Opportunity

The National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy are sponsoring the Quantum Science Summer School (QS3) program this summer. The program is for graduate students and postdocs in condensed matter, materials, and related fields for the next “quantum revolution.” The aim is to provide students an interactive learning experience with both theoretical and experimental leaders in the field and a connection to a new technology. The 2017 school is focused on Quantum Computing and will be held at Johns Hopkins University. Awards include round-trip travel and attendance expenses.


Clear Science Corp. Job Opportunity

Qualified Ph.D. candidates and post-doctoral research associates are invited to apply for the position of

Research Scientist at Clear Science Corp. in Harford, NY. Requirements include a Ph.D. in Mechanical,

Aerospace, Chemical, or Civil Engineering, Physics, or Applied Mathematics with expertise in the area of

Computational Fluid Dynamics as reflected in the candidate’s published work. The successful applicant

will have a firm background in Applied Mathematics with demonstrated skills in developing computational

algorithms and models for prediction and control, design optimization, and uncertainty analysis. Clear

Science Corp. engages in leading-edge research in the area of fluid mechanics and seeks applicants who

are self-motivated and capable of working independently on challenging problems in the field. Requisite

skills include programming in C/C++, Fortran, Python, and Matlab on both LINUX/UNIX and Windows

operating systems. Clear Science Corp. is located in the Fingerlakes region of Upstate New York near

Cornell University. Salary will be competitive based on qualifications and experience. Clear Science Corp.

offers a 401(k) plan, profit sharing, and a medical-benefits plan.


Please note that applicants must be United States citizens or U. S. Permanent Residents.

Please send inquiries including resume/CV to:

Recruitment Manager

Clear Science Corp.

Harford, NY
FAX: 607-844-4150


Duke TIP seeking engineering instructors

Duke TIP is looking for engineers! A summer job at TIP is a chance for Berkeley students or faculty to provide gifted and talent students in grades four through twelve with an academic and social experience that can change their lives. Instructional teaching assistant jobs for courses like aerospace engineering, aeronautical engineering, robotics, and more are available at program sites across the Southeast, Texas, and Missouri. We’re looking for applicants ranging from college students to university professors to accomplished professionals across the field of engineering. Find available positions, locations, dates, and salaries at