iMEGRAD Vol. II No. 39 (10/30/2015)

News for Mechanical Engineering Graduate Students.


Inside this Issue:


  1. Deadlines
  2. Enrollment: New Courses for SP 16
  3. Various Info Sessions and Workshops
  4. The Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award (SISCA)
  5. Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Uncertainty Quantification for Unsteady Turbulent Flows
  6. STEM Teaching Fellowship
  7. 2016 AFRL Scholars Application 
  8. Internship, Job Opportunities and Postdoc Programs



December 4th: deadline for all graduate students to add/drop classes and change grading options without the Graduate Division Dean's approval

December 18th: deadline for MS oral examination, report, thesis and Ph.D. dissertation.






ME 201/MSE 286 Offered in Spring 16:

"Modeling and Simulation of Advanced Manufacturing Processes"

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Many modern manufacturing methods   involve a series of steps to process  a material in order to obtain characteristics that   the raw material does not possess. This course provides the student with  modern modeling and simulation methods  to analyze and optimize  classical  and cutting  edge manufacturing processes  in a scientific,  careful  and  self-consistent manner. 

A syllabus is attached. All undergraduate and graduate students  are welcome to attend. 


New Course for Spring 16: Bioinspired Design (Integrative Biology 32)

All levels and fields welcome. No prerequisites.


Good News!


Amazon Convenient Pickup location @ ASUC Student Union

Located in the Martin Luther King Jr. building in Lower Sproul, the pickup location is scheduled to open during the spring semester. Amazon@ASUC Student Union will complement the variety of services in the ASUC Student Union, including gathering and study spaces, performance spaces, five dining options, and a two-story student bookstore. Additionally, Amazon Student and Prime members will receive Free Same-Day Pickup for orders placed by noon and Free One-Day Pickup for orders placed by 10PM. The pickup location will also feature an interactive Amazon device experience where students can watch movies, play games, read books, and listen to music on Kindle e-readers, Fire tablets, and Fire TV devices. 


Get Involved!


Join Beyond Academia!

The Beyond Academia team, an exciting point in the conference planning is looking to add a few new team members to participate in the planning of the 2016 Conference.


This is a great opportunity to broaden your career horizons and build your professional network. Get experience working with a fun, interdisciplinary team and build skills in project management and event organization. New team members will help transition beyond this event and will be great candidates for leading the 2017 conference. 


Openings in the following committees: finance, marketing, speaker relations, and logistics. Those with skills or interest in blogging, fundraising, event management, and communications are all encouraged to apply. You can expect a one hour weekly team meeting, and 2-4 hours per week of work for your committee(s).  
To apply, please send the following to by Friday, November 6th

  1.  Name, Position (grad student or postdoc), Affiliation
  2. A short personal statement ( 1 - 3 paragraphs) explaining why you want to join, which particular committees you are interested in joining, and any relevant experiences or skills (ex: building websites, marketing etc).



In the News:

About Women in STEM

A couple of links to a very well articulated letter discussing the challenges that
women face in engineering ... by a male ME student. Please read!




Info Session: Learn how the Berkeley MFE can launch your career in industry

If you're considering a career in industry after completing your degree program or postdoctoral appointment, the Berkeley MFE wants to invite you to our information session on campus on Monday, November 2.  
The Berkeley MFE program is a unique, tailored program that trains students with strong quantitative skills for industry careers in finance.  Join us in on campus at the Haas School of Business to learn what career paths exist in finance for students with quantitative backgrounds.  You will also have the opportunity to meet with our admissions staff and participate in an on-the-spot resume review with our admissions staff.  

Berkeley Master of Financial Engineering Info Session: On Campus
Monday, November 2, 2015
12-1 PM
Haas School of Business, Room S270

Please RSVP Here

If you have specific questions about the program, you can contact us to schedule a 1:1 session with one of our admissions advisors or head to our website to chat live with one of our admissions advisors.  

Please see the full event schedule and registration links here

Please see our career placement reports here

Lecturing at a Research University
November 2 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

106 Stanley Hall​
Dr. Pete Marsden is a lecturer in the College of Chemistry at UC Berkeley, and holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from UC Berkeley. He will be discussing his career as a lecturer at a top-tier research university, including topics related to his teaching philosophy and curriculum, student interaction, and considerations regarding his career track.


Interview Practice Workshop for Graduate Students and PhDs
November 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Career Center – Gold Room, 2440 Bancroft Way 
Attend this noon workshop, and learn to ace the interview! Session topics: The 4 implicit questions underlying every job interview, tips for Skype interviews, and strategies for addressing behavioral questions.


Info Session for SMART Graduate Applicants

The second informational meeting for SMART graduate mentor applicants will be held on

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 

3:30 to 5 p.m.

309 Sproul Hall.
To preregister for this meeting, please go to:

Please note that the deadline for graduate mentor applications is Monday, November 23, 2015.


General information about the SMART Program:

SMART (Student Mentoring & Research Teams) Program Information
The Graduate Division’s innovative SMART Program enables doctoral students to provide mentored research opportunities to undergraduate students. It is designed to broaden the professional development of doctoral students and to foster research skills and forge paths to advanced studies for undergraduates at UC Berkeley.  The 2016 SMART Program will run from May 27 to August 5.
Each graduate mentor, working under the guidance of a faculty adviser, will receive a summer stipend ranging from $1,000 to $5,000; each undergraduate mentee will receive funding of $3,500 for 200 hours of work as a student assistant. Limited funds will be available for successful applicants for travel or research expenses that cannot be covered elsewhere. Doctoral students selected as SMART mentors must complete the one-unit course, Mentoring in Higher Education (GSPDP 301), during spring semester 2016 (Tuesdays, 3:30-5 p.m.).

SMART website ( 


Dissertation-Writing Workshop

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 

2:00-4:00 p.m.

309 Sproul Hall
This workshop will focus on the basic strategies of successfully writing a doctoral dissertation. It will cover both strategies for organizing a large research project and for writing up the results of that project. 

Open to graduate students in all disciplines. 

Preregistration for this workshop is required. To preregister, please go to:

Wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, please call (510) 643-9392, ten days in advance.


Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum

The Entrepreneurial Mindset: A Conversation with Three Successful Food Entrepreneurs

Thursday, Nov 5th 


Andersen Auditorium Haas School of Business

The Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship Program (Formerly, Lester Center for Entrepreneurship) along with the Haas Culinary Club are celebrating food entrepreneurship!  Haas alums continue to change the way the world thinks about food through such startups as Revolution Foods, Annie’s, Powerbar, Krave Jerky and more.  Join us for a panel discussion on the mindset of successful food entrepreneurs with a pre-event expo and tasting in the Bank of America Forum.


Register at the following link:


Nailing the Job Talk, or Erudition Ain't Enough!

Thursday, Nov 5th from 3:30-5:00pm
Career Center - Gold Room (3rd floor)
2440 Bancroft Way
 (1st block west of Telegraph and just past Sunrise Deli)
After months of stressful silence, the voice on the other end of the phone says, “We’d like to invite you for an on-campus interview.” You gleefully discuss schedules, airports, and other arrangements until the voice mentions “and of course we’re all looking forward to your Job Talk,” and your stomach begins to spasm in new and creative ways.

Answers to your questions about how to structure your presentation, how much detail to include, what level to pitch it (small college vs. university), what are they really looking for from Andrew Green, survivor of the academic job market and member of many search committees.

Space is limited and pre-registration is suggested. To reserve your slot, login to Callisto (, click on the "Events" tab on the top menu, select "Career Center Programs and Workshops" and search for this presentation under "Graduate Student & PhD Programs."


Break Ground: Building the Paper You Envisioned

Thurs 11/5 || 4-5:30PM || 110 Chavez || Click here to RSVP

Mon 11/9 || 11AM-12:30PM || 151 Chavez || Click here to RSVP

This workshop is designed to get your writing juices flowing. We will cover strategies for transforming your findings and observations into a coherent, well-supported, and well-written research paper. You will discover creative ways to stay committed to the writing process and
allow your vision to materialize. Whether you’re still brainstorming or already working on a draft, you will come away with a sound structure for your paper, a clear plan of action, and a renewed motivation to reach the finish line.


Let Your Writing Sing: Realizing Your Vision Through Revision
Thurs 11/19 || 4-5:30PM || 110 Chavez || Click here to RSVP
Mon 11/23 || 11AM-12:30PM || 151 Chavez || Click here to RSVP

Now that you have turned in your research proposal, carefully analyzed your primary and secondary sources, and produced a draft of your
research paper, you could benefit from a discerning reader to help you strengthen your work. Our hands-on workshop will provide you with concrete strategies for becoming your own discerning reader. You will come to appreciate revision as an integral, and rewarding, part of the writing process, and will leave with the tools to bolster your critical eye, strengthen your organization, and enliven your writing.


Meditation Workshop

The Grad Assembly and the Tamarkoz (Sufi meditation) Team are hosting a meditation workshop for Grad Students and Post-docs. 

Come and de-stress! No experience required, feel free to bring a yoga mat and, but also not required. Wear comfortable clothes if possible! 

Space is limited so rsvp at


Nov 13 5:30-7pm 
Dec 11 5:30-7pm 
all in 5101 Tolman Hall




GSI Teaching Teaching Workshop

Question, Persuade, and Refer: Suicide Prevention Training


Monday, November 16


309 Sproul Hall


Occasionally GSIs are in the position of assisting students in distress. One component of that assistance is understanding when a student may be in danger of suicide. Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) are three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying “Yes” to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor.

As a QPR-trained Gatekeeper you will learn to:

  1. recognize the warning signs of suicide
  2. know how to offer hope
  3. know how to get help and save a life

Please, register here!


Science Lab Student Conference 2016

Call for Presentation: 
Exceptional graduate students and postdocs are invited to speak at the 11th Annual Coordinated Science Laboratory (CSL) Student Conference, scheduled for February 18-19, 2016 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The conference features invited talks by distinguished speakers from academia and industry, as well as student speakers from top universities. Previous speakers at the conference included Dimitri Bertsekas, Robert Gallager, Stephen Boyd, Robert Gray, John Tsitsiklis, John Lafferty and Michael Jordan. Previous industry speakers came from leading firms including Microsoft, Google, Qualcomm, and Texas Instruments. The conference encourages all research ideas related but not limited to one of the topics listed at , with the main themes this year being Machine Learning and Decision and Control.
If you would like to give a 15-25 minute talk at our conference, please apply by submitting a one-page abstract by December 1, 2015 at . If your abstract is accepted, we will cover your travel and lodge expenses.
Don’t miss out this excellent opportunity for you to showcase your research and meet top researchers and students!
If you have any questions, please contact Zeyu Zhou (







The Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award (SISCA) Call for projects: $10,000 prize


Deadline: November 2nd


WHO: All degree matriculated, post-baccalaureate UC Berkeley students from any department (Masters, Ph.D., or Professional Doctorate) are eligible to apply – as individuals or in teams. Participants are asked to submit current or ongoing projects that present innovative solutions to pressing global environmental and social issues.

WHAT: The Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award (SISCA) awards students for their innovation and research that looks for sustainable solutions to the world's most pressing social, economic, and environmental problems.  Now in its sixth year at UC Berkeley, SISCA is brought to UC Berkeley by The Center for Responsible Business at the Haas School of Business and The Dow Chemical Company.

WHEN: Applications (maximum 1200 words) are due by Monday, November 2nd, 2015 at 11:59AM PST

WHY:  Participate in the challenge to fuel your global social impact work. The team with the winning entry will be awarded a Grand Prize of $10,000, the runner-up awarded $2,500, and the third place team awarded $500.

HOW:  Submit your application to Seren Pendleton-Knoll ( by Monday, November 2nd, 2015 at 11:59AM PST.  An interdisciplinary UC Berkeley faculty selection committee including executives from Dow will review finalist presentations. Winners are selected based on the interdisciplinary nature of the projects and alignment to the spirit of Dow’s 2025 Sustainability Goals. 

For more information, please visit:


Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Uncertainty Quantification for Unsteady Turbulent Flows

Sandia National Laboratories has an opening for a post-doctoral research associate in its Engineering Sciences Center.  This position is a two-year appointment, with a possibility for future extension, in the area of compressible fluid mechanics and machine learning, and can begin immediately.


If interested, please find the details here!


STEM Teaching Fellowship!

Use your science, technology, engineering, or math degree to prepare students in high-need schools.

Upcoming Deadlines: November 30 & January 31
Fellowships available in Georgia, Indiana, and New Jersey




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


2016 AFRL Scholars Application 

Scholars program, it is a summer internship program. It's an excellent opportunity for students (high school, undergraduate, and graduate) to work on problems of National interest with researchers at the Air Force Research Laboratory. There are many research projects to choose from ranging from high density electronics cooling to deployable structures to directed energy to MEMS to space weather. All of the topics can be found at our program web site (


Don't miss the opportunity to complete hands-on research using state of the art facilities in a government lab environment. This is a perfect chance for you to experience what a career at our Defense labs is like.

If  you are interested in the program, please see the the website for more information.

The application deadline is 19 January 2016


Director, Product Engineering at XCell BiOSCIENCES, INC.

Xcell Biosciences is a San Francisco-based research products and diagnostics company that has developed an innovative platform for capturing and growing tumor cells directly from patient blood. By rapidly growing and expanding this rare cancer cell population, the company has addressed the key sample size limitations affecting liquid biopsies. Xcell Biosciences’ technology gives researchers the ability to capture the comprehensive set of genetic information for each patient’s cancer, grown under conditions that mimic the tumor environment, and track changes to that dataset over time all from a small blood sample. Focused on improving the treatment of cancer patients, Xcell Biosciences is developing their technology platform as a high content liquid biopsy tool for cancer research and clinical use, giving scientists the ability to interrogate these cells ex vivo and monitor real-time changes to a patient’s disease. To further these goals, Xcell is seeking a Director of Product Engineering to support the Avatar™ primary cell culture system and develop our next-generation of products.


If interested, check out the flyer.


Internship Opportunity at FEV - Engine/Powertrain Development

The FEV Group, an internationally recognized powertrain and vehicle engineering company is offering  interested students the opportunity to work in highly motivated engineering teams. Each engineering intern is part of a team and receives project tasks and responsibilities within the group, which are mentored and supervised by an experienced project engineer. The tasks include but ar not limited to engine dynamometer testing of diesel engines, vehicle testing for emissions and performance and associated data handling, processing and presenting combustion and performance data, engine and aftertreatment control strategy development, rapid control prototyping using MATLAB/Simulink/C environments and participate in internal FEV training and experience sharing activities.


For more details, please find here the flyer.



Physics is Recruiting 20 hr/wk (50%) Spring 2016 Physics GSIs

The Physics Department has begun recruiting 20 hr/wk (50%) Spring 2016 GSIs. Fill-able application is attached to this message. Non-physics graduate students must have their faculty advisor's approval to hold a 20 hr/wk GSI appointment. Except in cases of highly specialized physics courses, we do not appoint registered graduate students as Readers.


The department appoints qualified non-physics graduate students as Physics 7A/7B and 8A/8B GSIs. I'm afraid we are not offering Physics C10 next semester. The second page of the application has short course descriptions of these lower division courses. Non-physics GSI applicants who have never been appointed as a physics GSI must attach copies of their undergraduate transcript (unofficial transcript acceptable). Qualified Physics 7A/7B/8A/8B/C10/C21 GSI applicants will have grades A- or better in courses equivalent to Physics 7A (basic classical mechanics, waves, and heat) and 7B (basic E&M).


Non-native speakers of English who do not have a passing iBT Speaking score (26 or better) must pass the OPT in order to teach, and they must do so before the spring semester begins. Information regarding the English Language Proficiency Requirement can be found at:


GSI applicants who are non-native speakers must fill out the Language Proficiency Screening Questionnaire at: in order to determine if they need to take the OPT or not.

Before you email your completed Spring 2016 Physics GSI Application to me (, please add your last name in front of the application file name. Non-physics grad students who have never taught for the Physics Department must also submit (unofficial) undergraduate transcript; and, if relevant, proof that you've met the English Language Proficiency Requirement.


Runway Startup Postdoc Program 

Registration for the 4th cohort in our Startup Postdoc program—Runway at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute within Cornell Tech in NYC—is now open. This highly competitive program promotes technological entrepreneurship within the NYC tech eco-system by providing PhD level candidates with a supportive environment that includes a salary, a research budget and high level mentoring in technology, business and entrepreneurship.
More details and the Call for Applications are available here.