iMEGRAD Vol. II No. 46 (10/14/2016)

News for Mechanical Engineering Graduate Students.
Inside this Issue:
ME Housekeeping
Crime on Campus, Be on Alert!
Student Feedback on the Search for the Next Chancellor
Queer Trans Advocacy Project Informational Survey
Heal and Connect: Survivor's Support Group
Info Session/Workshop

Editing & Revising Writing Workshop
Open House: Insight Health Data Science
GSI Workshop: Creating Inclusive Classrooms: Microagressions & the Learning Environment
Graduate Assembly Delegates' Digest:

  1. Presidential Debate Viewing Party
  2. Queer Trans Advocacy Project (QTAP) Wine & Talk
  3. Cal Grad Bay Cruise--2016 Masquerade Ball
  4. De-Stress Your Grad Experience" Meditation Series
  5. Queer Womyn Event

Call for 12th CSL Student Conference

Fellowship & Competition

Apply to The Graduate Division's Innovative SMART Program
STEM Teaching Fellowship Opportunity!
American Petroleum Institute (API) STEM Graduate Fellowship
Design Competition 2016 - Aprilia Racing
Internship & Job Opportunity


Crime on Campus, Be on Alert!

Dear Students, there has been a pattern of armed robberies ​reported in the area immediate surrounding the EECS department, as well as the south side of Berkeley. While the department works with the UC Police Department to improve and increase security measure, we wish to remind you of some helpful tips and resources to help you stay safe and protect your belongings. This information may be especially important to review if you're new to campus. 


  1. Try to keep electronic devices out of sight and avoid using headphones to ensure you are aware of your surroundings and can hear people approaching. 
  2. Walk near the curb, on the side closest to and facing oncoming traffic. This avoids the risk of someone in a car coming unseen from behind you.
  3. Walk with a sense of purpose. If you are wandering aimlessly or look lost you are more likely to become a target.
  4. When using Uber or Lyft, check the license plate to ensure you're getting into the right car.
  5. From a cell phone, use (510) 642‑3333  instead of 911 to reach Berkeley dispatch and avoid being routed through California Highway Patrol. Save this number in your phone.
  6. If you notice exterior lighting issues near Cory or Soda please pass your concerns on to the front desk staff (253 Cory or 387 Soda).

BearWalk: To book a free walking escort between dusk and 3AM, call (510) 642-9255  or visit
Night Safety Shuttles: From 7:30pm to 3am. View the shuttles in real time on this live map after 7:30pm.  After 3AM, free door-to-door shuttle service is available. 
Night Safety Tips from UCPD
Students are also able to subscribe to the UCPD Mailing List to have crime alerts sent to your inbox. 


Student Feedback on the Search for the Next Chancellor
The Graduate Student body voice needs to be heard in the search of the next Chancellor! Submit your feedback for the Chancellor Search Committee:

Queer Trans Advocacy Project Informational Survey
From Luis Tenorio, QTAP Director, requesting individuals to fill out the following survey to gain insight into current outreach to different parts of the LGBTQ Community, what events YOU would like to QTAP put on this year, ways in which you can get involved, and any general comments/concerns:


Heal and Connect: Survivor's Support Group

UHS Social Services and the PATH to Care Center are hosting an 8-session group for survivors of sexual and/or dating violence
Wenesdays | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
October 12 - December 7th  ( with a break for Thanksgiving) 
Tang Center, 222 Bancroft Way
For more information on how to join, Please, contact Social Services at 510-642-6074 to meet with a facilitator. 



Editing & Revising Writing Workshop

Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 2-4 p.m., 309 Sproul Hall
In this workshop the following topics will be covered: how a professional editor works with a manuscript; how you can use the techniques of an editor to revise your own writing; and how you can diagnose and avoid common writing errors and weaknesses. The goal of this workshop is to enable workshop participants to be able to step back and use the skills of a professional editor to revise and improve their own writing.

Open to UC Berkeley graduate students and postdocs in all disciplines. Preregistration is required. To preregister for this workshop, please go to this form

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


Open House: Insight Health Data Science

Open House next week in San Francisco on October 18 for PhD graduate students and postdocs interested in the Insight Health Data Science Program. Our next session will begin in January, and the application deadline is October 24th! The RSVP information can also be found here.


The Insight Health Data Science program helps talented researchers adapt to the pace and style of how data science is practiced in the healthcare industry. To date, we’ve helped over 700 PhDs make career shifts to data science roles through our tuition-free program. We’d be thrilled to have the Mechanical Engineering Department at UC Berkeley involved in helping to spread the word about this opportunity.


GSI Workshop: Creating Inclusive Classrooms: Microagressions & the Learning Environment

​Wednesday​​, ​October 19​, 201​6​​  
​​2​​​:00 - ​3​​​​:​30 p.m. 
​309 Sproul Hall

This workshop is designed to help GSIs understand the character and consequences of microaggressions, and to help them begin to develop the tools to address them in their role as instructors. For those who attended any one of the similarly-themed workshops during the Fall or Spring conference for first-time GSIs, this will be an opportunity to revisit some of the topics discussed, as well as address any issues that may have emerged in the course of teaching since. For other GSIs, this workshop will provide a basic understanding of microaggressions and an opportunity to reflect on them in the context of their own teaching. 
Please pre-register HERE​

This event is wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, please call our office in advance. ​*This workshop​​ fulfills a requirement for the Certificate of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.​​


Graduate Assembly Delegates' Digest

Presidential Debate Viewing Party

Wednesday, October 19th

Anthony Hall

Hosted by the LEAD Center and Graduate Assembly. Make sure to arrive early to ensure a seat--our first viewing party was packed to capacity!


Queer Trans Advocacy Project (QTAP) Wine & Talk

Thursday, October 20th 

Anthony Hall

Organized by the QTAP Director, Luis Tenorio, enjoy wine and conversation on queer issues.


Cal Grad Bay Cruise--2016 Masquerade Ball

Saturday, October 22nd

Buy tickets in advance for the Graduate Social Club’s Boat Cruise!
Get Early Bird Discounted Tickets while they last! Learn more and buy tickets:


De-Stress Your Grad Experience" Meditation Series

Monday, October 24th 

5101 Tolman

Organized by Graduate Wellness Project Director, Derrika Hunt in partnership with Sahar Yousef


Queer Womyn Event

Thursday, October 27th 

Anthony Hall

Organized by the Graduate Women Project Director, Jenna Buckley, and Queer Trans* Advocacy Project Director, Luis Tenorio.


Call for 12th CSL Student Conference

Abstracts are invited from exceptional graduate students and postdocs to speak at the 12th Annual Coordinated Science Laboratory (CSL) Student Conference, scheduled for February 15-17, 2017 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 Adam Wierman, Balaji Prabhakar, John Lafferty, Dimitri Bertsekas, Robert Gallager, Stephen Boyd, Robert Gray, John Tsitsiklis, and Michael Jordan. Previous industry speakers came from leading firms including Microsoft, Google, Qualcomm, and Texas Instruments. The sessions of the conference this year include:


  1. Bioinformatics and Computational Genomics: The session focuses on information theory in bioinformatics, computational intelligence in bioinformatics, clinical genomics, and system design for high performance genomic analysis workflows. 
  2. Information Processing Circuits and Systems: This session invites researchers exploring various aspects of energy-efficient implementations of information processing systems, including but not limited to, advances in state-of-the-art digital and analog CMOS-based designs, process variation tolerant computing, alternative computing paradigms such as bio-neuro-inspired computing and in-memory computing, implementations of signal processing and machine learning systems, computing using beyond-CMOS devices, quantum computing etc. 
  3. Decision and Control, Systems, and Networks: This session invites student researchers to consider and present their work on modern techniques, mathematical and applied, in control theoretic problems, including (but not limited to) distributed and nonlinear systems, communications, optimization, and geometric control. 
  4. Machine Learning and Signal Processing: This session focuses on recent and exciting advances in machine learning and signal processing (MLSP). Topics of interest include, but not limited to deep learning, graphical methods, sparse representation, pattern recognition, scalable learning for big data, subspace and manifold learning, image/video processing and analysis, computational imaging, compressed sensing etc. 


If you would like to give a 15-25 minute talk at our conference, please apply by submitting a one-page (3800 characters) abstract by December 2, 2016  here . If your abstract is accepted, we will cover your travel and accommodation expenses. 


Apply to The Graduate Division's Innovative SMART Program

Doctoral students and undergraduate students from all departments and schools are invited to apply for theSMART (Student Mentoring and Research Teams) Program for summer 2017.


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 2017 SMART Program will run from May 26 to August 4.

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 a summer stipend in the amount of $3,500 for approximately 200 hours of work. Limited funds may 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 2017 (Tuesdays, 3:30-5 p.m.).

Informational meetings for graduate mentor applicants will be held on two dates this semester:


Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 10:00-11:30 a.m., 309 Sproul Hall; and

Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 2:00-3:30 p.m., 309 Sproul Hall.


Deadline for Graduate Mentor Applications: Monday, November 21, 2016

Information about the SMART Program and a link to the graduate mentor application form are located on the SMART website (


STEM Teaching Fellowship Opportunity!

The WW Teaching Fellowship is now accepting applications for this year's first deadline, October 23. Please consider sharing this email with individuals who you think would be strong candidates. This prestigious fellowship provides top applicants with unparalleled opportunities: a generous stipend ($30,000); admission into a competitive master's degree program; extensive preparation; ongoing mentoring; teacher certification; and more. 


Representatives of the WW Teaching Fellowship attend more than 100 on-campus recruiting events nationwide. For more information about campus visits, please reach out to Neema Ndiba, our Admissions Counselor. We also host a series of admission webinars. Our next webinar, to be held on Wednesday, October 19, at 6 PM EST, will provide an overview of the program and the selection process. Those interested in attending the webinar can contact Danielle DiFiore, our Program Assistant for Online Recruitment, for the login information. 

For more information, please visit 


American Petroleum Institute (API) STEM Graduate Fellowship

American Petroleum Institute (API) STEM Graduate Fellowship for individuals interested in pursuing a career in public policy with a background in energy, engineering and mechanical sciences.

APAICS is proud to announce the American Petroleum Institute (API) S.T.E.M. Graduate Fellowship for individuals interested in pursuing a career in public policy with a background in energy, engineering and mechanical sciences. 


The APAICS Congressional Fellowship program offers full-time legislative and public policy fellowships in Washington, D.C. The Fellowship provides exceptional graduates and young professionals an opportunity to work on policy issues as staff members in a congressional office. The program aims to build leadership skills, encourage political civic engagement, and foster a strong interest in public service careers. 

Benefits: Program stipend and complimentary roundtrip airline ticket provided by Southwest Airlines 
STEM focus: public policy arena of energy, engineering and mechanical sciences
Eligibility: Applicants must have completed a Masters Degree or post-graduate degree in STEM field prior to the program start date and have a 3.0 GPA or higher.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, asylees, or individuals who are lawfully authorized to work full-time without restriction for any U.S. employer and who, at the time of application, possess lawful evidence of employment authorization.
Application Materials: 

1. Application

2. Cover Letter and Resume
3. Official Transcript
4. 2 Letters of Recommendation    

Apply here: and 

Questions? Contact Cathy He at or 202-296-9200


Design Competition 2016 - Aprilia Racing

The ESTECO Academy is launching a Design Competition 2016 in partnership with Aprilia Racing and Gamma Technologies. This design competition is dedicated to engineering students and we will be grateful if you may involve the students of your University. The international competition is open to teams of undergraduate and graduate engineering students. The design challenge consists in the design of a 4 stroke single cylinder engine through multidisciplinary optimization.


Submission deadline: 30/04/2017 h. 00.00  -- Winner Announcement: June 2017
Registration open! 

Download rules and regulations!



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


Mechanical Engineering Tenure Track Search -- Lafayette College

Tenure Track Assistant Professor Search -- UCSB