iMEGRAD Vol. II No. 45 (10/07/2016)

News for Mechanical Engineering Graduate Students.
Inside this Issue:
ME Housekeeping

Spring 17 Preliminary Examinations
Invitation to Berkeley Mayoral Forum
Food Assistance Program

Info Session/Workshop

King Be A Scientist Volunteer Recruitment
Mentoring Workshop for Graduate Students -- Oct. 12
The Thriving in Science seminar: "Science as an entrepreneur: balancing the demands of good science with good business to build a career"
Nailing the Job Talk, or Erudition Ain't Enough -- Oct. 13
Professional Development Workshops for Graduate Students

Fellowship & Competition
National Physical Science Consortium Fellowship
Winter Data Science Fellowship Opportunity, the Data Incubator
Insight Fellows Programs
Internship & Job Opportunity

AIR Products and Chemicals, Inc. Recruitment -- Oct. 17th&18th
Development Technician, ESPM (7172C) #22188


Spring 17 Preliminary Examinations

The Spring 2017 Preliminary Examinations will take place from January 10th to January 14th. Please, mark your calendar. The details about the schedule will be made available next week.


Invitation to Berkeley Mayoral Forum

In a historic showing of student collaboration, the Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC), Graduate Assembly (GA), The Daily Californian, and The Berkeley Forum have all joined forces to host the Berkeley Mayoral Forum, a townhall event featuring candidates for Mayor of the City of Berkeley.

The Berkeley Mayoral Forum will take place on Monday, October 17th from 7-9pm in the 112 Wurster Hall. The event is open to all members of the Berkeley community, regardless of status as a voter in the Berkeley elections.


With the 2016 presidential and state elections coming into full swing, our Berkeley community also has a lot at stake on the local level. Berkeley's mayoral candidates will participate in stimulating dialogue, providing the audience a wonderful opportunity for all of us to be civically engaged and educated in the upcoming elections. The candidates will answer questions from the ASUC, GA, The Daily Californian, and The Berkeley Forum, followed by questions from students in the audience.


Additionally, if you are not registered to vote, wish to change your party affiliation, or have changed addresses since the last election, we urge you to take only a few minutes to register to vote online at


Food Assistance Program

Are you a currently enrolled student skipping meals, or eating less because of paying for other expenses, such as rent? Have you exhausted all of the financial aid resources offered to you this academic year, including all student loan options? Are you ineligible for financial aid? We can help! UC Berkeley strives to ensure that all students have access to nutritious food. We want you to be able to concentrate on your studies, plan for the rest of the term, and not worry about how you'll get your next meal.


If you lack access to food in the short-term, applying to our food assistance program may be an option for you. Through the support of an additional funding source, we encourage all students who are experiencing food insecurity to review the Application for Additional Food Assistance on our Forms page.

Who Can Apply?

  1. Currently enrolled graduate and undergraduate financial aid recipients who have short-term needs, such as during in-semester breaks, and have exhausted other funding options, including all student loan options, may be eligible for Cal 1 Card dollars. Eligible finanical aid recipients need to have a complete 2015-16 financial aid file and are expected to have utilized all student loan options when submitting an application.
  2. Currently enrolled graduate and undergraduate students who are US citizens, permanent residents or AB 540 eligible who have not completed a FAFSA or a Dream Act application, or are not eligible to receive financial aid per federal, state or institutional regulations, and have short-term needs may also be eligible for Cal 1 Card dollars. 


Students awarded assistance through this program may be required to submit additional information, attend a one-on-one financial counseling session to explore additional aid options, and/or develop a spending plan. The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office may monitor the use of additional funding to help counsel students and improve the program.


Note:  The food assistance program is intended to assist only the student applying, not additional family members. International students are not eligible for this program. Submission of an application is not a guarantee of approval.


The Food Assistance Program is not available during the summer.


King Be A Scientist Volunteer Recruitment

The Be A Scientist STEM outreach program to Berkeley public middle schools is off to a great start with the program at Willard Middle School well underway!
This semester there is also a 6-week Be A Scientist session at King Middle School which starts next Thursday/Friday. King Middle School is a <10 minute bike-ride and 20-25 minute walk from Koshland.
We still need four more volunteer mentors. Please participate if you can. It is a great way to build your communication skills, promote the next generation of diverse scientists, and rekindle your scientific enthusiasm (if needed).
See the information below and the PDF flyer or the Community Resources for Science website for details. Signup is through the CRS website.


Mentoring Workshop for Graduate Students -- Oct. 12


Strategies and Skills for Mentoring: A Workshop for Graduate Students
Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., 309 Sproul Hall
The purpose of this workshop is to assist graduate students in establishing and working within the context of mentoring relationships with faculty. It will also provide graduate students with strategies and skills they will need in mentoring undergraduates here at Berkeley and preparing for the mentoring they will do in future academic careers. With Linda von Hoene (Director, GSI Teaching & Resource Center) and Sabrina Soracco (Director, Academic Services).

Open to UCB graduate students and postdocs in all disciplines. Please preregister at

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


The Thriving in Science seminar

"Science as an entrepreneur: balancing the demands of good science with good business to build a career"

Dr. Dan Widmaier
CEO and co-founder at Bolt Threads

Dr. Dan Widmaier has been the CEO of Bolt Threads since 2009, using his passion and expertise to lead the company through technology development, expansion and financing. He earned his doctorate in chemistry and chemical biology from UC San Francisco, where his graduate research involved designing genetic circuits to control protein secretion in microbial organelles.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
7 - 8 PM
105 Stanley Hall

(RSVP here)
There will be pizza at 6:30 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. 


Nailing the Job Talk, or Erudition Ain't Enough -- Oct. 13

Thursday, Oct 13th 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 via Handshake is suggested. To do so, go to


Professional Development Workshops for Graduate Students

A full calendar of professional development events and workshops for graduate students is available at: Should you have questions, please contact the Graduate Professional Development Center, Graduate Division, at


National Physical Science Consortium Fellowship

The National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC) offers fellowships to PhD students in the physical sciences and related engineering fields. The competition is open to all qualified U.S. citizens, with an emphasis on recruiting applications from historically underrepresented minorities. NPSC Fellows receive two paid summers of internship at their NPSC-sponsoring employer's research facility, as well as tuition, fees, and stipends for up to six years. Deadline to apply is December 9, 2016. For more information and to apply, visit the NPSC website.


Winter Data Science Fellowship Opportunity, the Data Incubator

The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship.
Who Should Apply: Anyone who has already obtained a masters or PhD degree or who is within one year of graduating with a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome. Everyone else is encouraged to sign-up for a future session.
Locations: There will be both an in-person (in NYC, DC, SF) and online section of the fellowship using the common application below.
Dates: All sections will be from 2017-01-03 to 2017-02-24
Application Link:
Data Science in 30 minutes: Learn how to build a data-science project in our upcoming free Data Science in 30-minutes webcast. Signup soon as space is limited.
Learn More: You can learn about our fellows at The New York Times, LinkedIn, Amazon, Capital One, or Palantir. To read about our latest fellow alumni, check out our blog. To learn more about The Data Incubator, check us out on Venture Beat, The Next Web, or Harvard Business Review.


Insight Fellows Programs

Now accepting applications for January 2017 Insight Fellowships

600+ Insight alumni are now data scientists and data engineers at Facebook, LinkedIn, The New York Times, Apple, Airbnb, Netflix, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Uber, Seven Bridges Genomics, Twitter, Bloomberg, NBC, Microsoft, and 200+ other top companies.

Insight Fellowship:

  1. 7 week, full-time, post-graduate training Fellowship
  2. Mentorship from leading industry data scientists and data engineers
  3. Join an active community of Insight alumni
  4. Self-directed, project-based learning with support from Insight throughout the whole process
  5. Tuition-free with need-based scholarships available to help cover living costs

Insight awards three distinct Fellowships:

Data Science (New York City, Silicon Valley & remote)
Deadline: October 24th
For post-docs or PhD students who will graduate by May 2017

Health Data Science (Boston & Silicon Valley)
Deadline: October 24th
For post-docs, MDs, MD students, or PhD students who will graduate by May 2017

Data Engineering (New York City & Silicon Valley)
Deadline: November 3rd
For post-docs or Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD students who will graduate by May 2017

Not yet ready to apply? Sign up for our Notification Lists: Data Science, Health Data Science, Data Engineering

Questions? Email us at



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


AIR Products and Chemicals, Inc. Recruitment -- Oct. 17th&18th

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. will be recruiting Ph.D. mechanical engineers on campus.  Please see the attached job posting and details below.  Submit CV/resume and any supporting information to the box email address provided.
InfoSession: October 17th
​ 9am-10:00 - Tan 775B 
​Monday Oct 17th:  11am-5pm  Location: Tan 813 or 820
Tuesday Oct 18th: 8am-12pm; Location: Tan 813 or 820
Submit resume & research description by October 10th via email here:


Development Technician, ESPM (7172C) #22188

Job ID: 22188
Location: Main CampusBerkeley
Full/Part Time: FullTime
Department ESPM ECOSYSTEM Regular/Temporary: Regular SCIENCES DIV

The Development Technician supports the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW): Wetlands Restoration for Greenhouse Gas Reduction Grant Program. This multiphase
project, titled Sherman Island Wetland Restoration Project is a collaboration between the Reclamation District No. 341, the Department of Water Resources (DWR), the University of California at Berkeley (UCB), and Ducks Unlimited (DU). This project will provide necessary data and models to help develop projects Deltawide and further the goals of AB 32 (California carbon credit market). The Development Technician will join a
group of researchers, students and existing technician, and will be involved in setting up and maintaining three CO2, CH4 eddy covariance towers. The position is based at UC Berkeley, but requires weekly trips to field sites an hour away in the Sacramento San Joaquin River Delta.
Responsibilities include:

  1. Setting up and maintaining three CO2, CH4 eddy covariance towers in the field. Daily duties will include field maintenance, calibration, troubleshooting, data collection, and data management of covariance data.
  2. Assist with data communications and the development and testing of new sensors and methods.

Required Qualifications

  1. Familiarity with solar power, meteorological sensors, gas analyzers, data loggers and programming languages is essential.
  2. A combination of skills from different disciplines, crafts or trades for the development and fabrication of scientific equipment.
  3. Familiarity with or experience in an academic research environment.
  4. Flexible schedule and ability to work efficiently. Ability to work on multiple assignments, set priorities, reprioritize as necessary, and take initiative in defining and executing tasks.
  5. Operation and repair of scientific equipment in a laboratory or in the field.
  6. Ability to program dataloggers and process data with scripted language, like Matlab, Python or R or similar software.
  7. Must have a valid driver license,
  8. Must be able to lift 60 (27kg) pounds, and be able to work in crop fields under hot and cold conditions.

Graduation from high school or a General Education Diploma and three years of technical and craft experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.
Preferred Qualifications

  1. Design, fabrication, and assembly of scientific equipment involving consideration of such factors as cost, operating life, safety, size, tolerances, installation and location of components, surface finishes, corrosion and machinability.
  2. Bachelor's degree in engineering, physics, or environmental science or related field or experience.

Salary & Benefits
$23.10 $
29.05 Hourly, commensurate with experience.
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit: