Hope this helps any future applicant.
Also, I might apply for 2016, I welcome any advice/suggestion on the process.
Undergrad Institution: Foreign. Private. Best in the country for engineering.
Major(s): Mechanical Engineering
Minor(s): N/A(Although the amount of credits I took from electrical and industrial engineering is amazing).
GPA in Major: 3.51
Overall GPA: 3.43 | Junior+Senior: 3.72
Length of Degree: 3.5 Years[Trimester system]
Position in Class: [#1 in my major as per GPA in my year of graduation. Not sure if my university computes this stuff]
Type of Student: International. Male. Hispanic.
GRE Scores[Will retake, eventually, maybe]:
TOEFL Total: 115
Research Experience: (At your school or elsewhere? What field? How much time? Any publications (Mth author out of N?) or conference talks etc...)
* Lab assistant in manufacturing+metallurgy+mechanical vibrations-Home institution(1.5 years)
* Research assistant in thermal sciences-Joint research project: Home institution+Governmental agency(1.5 years)
* Undergraduate research thesis. Involves: vibrations, mechanics of materials, applied mathematics and numerical simulation.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: (Within your school or outside?)
- Cum laude honors.
- Ministry of youth affairs full scholarship.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: (Such as tutor, TA, organization officer etc...)
- Tutor in Engineering courses and 1st year math-1.5 years
Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:
- Jr engineer at major mining company. Mix of management and supervision functions with engineering and design.
- Decent portfolio of projects, none related to research.
Applying for [ MS ] or [ PhD ] at:
Cornell-Theoretical and applied mechanics-PhD- Rejected(March 4)
Rensselaer PI-Mechanical engineering-PhD- Accepted( Jan 27)[No funding]
Northwestern U-Theoretical and applied mechanics-PhD- Rejected(March 6)
UIUC-Theoretical and applied mechanics-MSc/PhD- Rejected(March 16)
Arizona State University-Mechanical engineering-PhD-Accepted(Feb 13)[No funding]
Research Interests(In order of importance):
* Applied math: Numerical analysis. Non-linear dynamics. PDEs. Bifurcation theory. Chaos.
* Mechanical vibrations-Nonlinear and stochastic vibrations.
* Computational approach to problems in mechanics.
* Celestial/space systems.
* Computational fluid dynamics.