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  1. Hello all, Should I turn down UofT for UBC if the research at UBC fits me a bit more than UofT ? (Both fully funded MSc in ECE)
  2. I'm an international student currently studying in a reputed liberal arts college in the US. I'll be graduating with a BS in general engineering (my electives are in mechanical) rather than a specified engineering discipline. I have a current gpa (I'm in my junior year) of 3.93, one summer internship and some research assistance experience (one summer, one semester independent study) but no publications and am a tutor. I'm hoping to go to graduate school but it's impossible for me to fund it on my own. I hear PhDs are generally funded, but I'm concerned about lacking the background required to get into a good school for a PhD and so I'm currently thinking of pursuing a masters first....I'd love to get into a top engineering school although I'm skeptical about my chances. Any advice on strategies or steps to take over the next year or thoughts about if this is even doable? Thanks!
  3. Hello all, I'm an international student who has an offer from both UofT and UBC for MSc degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering with funding. UBC's supervisor is slightly more of research fit than UofT's supervisor. Funding comes with TA duties at UBC and with none at UofT. How to base my decision between the two ?
  4. Hi All, Each year we organize a Summer School for senior undergraduate students. This year, the four-day fully-catered event will be from July 3rd until July 6th, inclusive. The Summer School will consist of wide-ranging talks on the theory and applications of data analytics & visualization given by program faculty and industry experts. This is a great opportunity for undergraduate students to learn about cutting-edge research in the big data science and network with subject matter experts and fellow students from other countries. We are inviting applications from exceptional students worldwide. The event is free to attend, and moreover, the successful applicant’s travel and accommodation expanses will be covered by the program. For more information or to apply, please visit http://www.lassondecreatedav.ca/ About the CREATE DAV Program The program is a multi-institution, multi-sector collaboration between York University (the lead institution), OCAD University, Concordia University and the University of Toronto, together with a number of leading Canadian high-tech companies in Toronto and Montreal focused on applications in cloud computing, digital cultures, health technology and smart cities. The goal of the DAV program is to provide opportunities for exceptional graduate students (MSc and PhD), undergraduate students and post-doctoral fellows. Students accepted into the program will receive highly competitive financial stipends and enhanced training from a collaborative group of internationally known subject matter experts in the field of data analytics and visualization in a broad range of application areas. Poster Create Dav Summer school 2018.pdf
  5. Hi all, I'm currently accepted for a MSc in ECE as an international student at both UofT and UBC in Canada. I'm confused to accept one over the other. Here are some info regarding both programs: UofT: 1- GRA Funding of 41k CAD/year (from which I'll pay 23,700 CAD/year for tuition and leaving to me around 17k CAD/year for living expenses). 2- Co-supervised by two professors (one of them is well-known in the research area). 3- Research project is 70% interesting to me. UBC: 1- GRA Funding of 18k CAD/year (from which I'll pay around 5K CAD/year for tuition and leaving 13K CAD/year for living expenses). 2- Supervisor is not well-known 3- Research done with Nvidia. 4- Research project is 100% interesting to me. After finishing my MSc degree, my goal is to work in the industry in Canada. I need to know whether my funding offer meets the average funding at both programs, whether both funding offers are sufficient to fully depend on them, and please advise me which offer should I accept. Thanks!
  6. NRC Research Associateship Programs The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine offers postdoctoral and senior research awards on behalf of 23 U.S. federal research agencies and affiliated institutions with facilities at over 100 locations throughout the U.S. and abroad. We are actively seeking highly qualified candidates including recent doctoral recipients and senior researchers. Applications are accepted during 4 annual review cycles (with deadlines of February 1, May 1, August 1, November 1). Awardees have the opportunity to: · conduct independent research in an area compatible with the interests of the sponsoring laboratory · devote full-time effort to research and publication · access the excellent and often unique facilities of the federal research enterprise · collaborate with leading scientists and engineers at the sponsoring laboratories Benefits of an NRC Research Associateship award include: · 1 year award, renewable for up to 3 years · Stipend ranging from $45,000 to $80,000, higher for senior researchers · Health insurance, relocation benefits, and professional travel allowance DESIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE Applicants should hold, or anticipate receiving, an earned doctorate in science or engineering. Degrees from universities abroad should be equivalent in training and research experience to a degree from a U.S. institution. Some awards are open to foreign nationals as well as to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. ABOUT THE EMPLOYER The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Fellowships Office has conducted the NRC Research Associateship Programs in cooperation with sponsoring federal laboratories and other research organizations approved for participation since 1954. Through national competitions, the Fellowships Office recommends and makes NRC Research Associateship awards to outstanding postdoctoral and senior scientists and engineers for tenure as guest researchers at participating laboratories. A limited number of opportunities are available for support of graduate students in select fields. For more information or to apply visit the NRC Research Associateship Programs.
  7. dontor

    Electrical 2018

    I couldn't find a forum about electrical engineering 2018 applications. Decisions are rolling in apparently. Someone posted they got rejected from Stanford and found out through the website. Could this be true? It's so early.
  8. Hey guys, i know we have a profile thread already. But since interviews are coming out, let's post the interview dates here so that we can try to avoid potential conflicts. Best of luck with everyone's applications and interviews!
  9. confused23

    Engineering Grad vs Undergrad

    Hey guys, I'm currently finishing up my Junior year as a MechE major at UC Berkeley. I am pretty keen on going to grad school to study Mechatronics or Information Systems(not exactly engineering but comparable i guess). The only thing that really discourages me is that I have a lowish GPA here(3.3 with a slight inflation due to humanities courses). Assuming I am able to get into a grad school(USC, Purdue or schools of similar or calibre), I am very concerned about whether I will be able to maintain a 3.5+ gpa there(I've heard most companies prefer that grad students maintain at least a 3.5). I work pretty hard to do slightly above average at Berkeley, and I'm afraid it's severely affecting my confidence about my potential grad school performance(I know this sounds a little naive but hey). I was wondering if someone could give me any insight into what grading is like in engineering grad schools? Are the curves just as harsh? Is there anything I can do to better prepare for the workload? Any advice would be appreciated
  10. What are the various scholarship opportunities for Prospective graduate students (from India) who want to pursue masters in USA? Private or government scholarships for specifically masters in electrical engineering
  11. Hi folks, Anyone who has applied to the school of engineering (Lassonde) at York U got something, any news? I'm kinda starting to freak out as I submitted all docs on Jan 26 and deadline was Feb 8 but still nothing. I've applied to start on this fall. My status on MyFile has been so far "No decision yet". Thanks
  12. Hello, This is my first post on grad cafe. I have been looking at different masters programs for a while now and it would help if I got some third party opinions. I am currently a chemical engineer working for a consulting firm, however my bachelors was in biological engineering (renewable energy, ecosystems). I have worked in this industry for nearly 5 years. I quickly realized I don't really like what I'm doing because I work on spreadsheets most of the day, little people interaction, and it feels really monotonous. I definitely want a more people-focused job, but I don't think I'll get there just by staying where I am. Plus I don't really like working on chemical plants anymore, so this involves changing industries too. I'm hesitant to go for an MBA because my undergrad gpa was only a 2.94, and based on what I'm seeing in this forum, if a 3.0 is considered low, I might be out of luck on that front. I have looked at masters in finance, organizational leadership, and management, but I can't quite decide which one. I definitely want a more broad masters degree so I can cross industries more easily, and all of those interest me. Any advice would be helpful, especially if anyone is pursuing an alternative business degree for similar reasons.
  13. GRE: ( V-156, Q-164, AWA - 3.5) TOEFL- 109 B.E: 9.45(MECHANICAL) from Ramaiah Institute of Technology Research experience - 2 summer internship - 1) Summer Research Fellowship @ Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore final year research project- Development of Supercapacitors- On the verge of being filed for Indian Patent publication - 1 in an international journal Applying for material science (COMPUTATIONAL) PhD Decent SOP LORs: 3 academic LORs from professors in college. Colleges intended: UIUCUC BERKELEY U MICHIGAN ABNORTHWESTERN UPURDUE UU TEXAS at AUSTINTEXAS A&MPENNSYLVANIA STATE UUC Santa Barbara Penn State U Should I apply to some safe colleges or not apply to some of the above colleges?
  14. Hey guys. So it's getting dangerously close to all the deadlines for the apps. Most of these seem to be due by the 15th. Just wondering if anyone going to a STEM program would be willing to exchange Statements for last-minute critique? Just let me know!
  15. Hello! I am new to this forum, it might be silly to ask someone to evaluate my profile. But I desperately need someone to guide me. Here is my profile! I am applying for an Aerospace Engineering program, My particular interests is path planning and optimizing, and I have noted that in my SOP GRE:325 (Q-166 V-159 AWA-3)TOEFL iBT:104 (R:28 L:30 S:23 W:23)GPA:3.65/4 (GPA in my sophomore:3.81 and in my junior:4) 2 academic excellence award(dean's list award) 2016&2017 2 local labor union scholarship 2016&2017 Finalist of the national robotic competition 2017 I was a research assistant for over a year.Did 3 undergraduate directed projects.But no publication yet!And currently working on a project as well, which is automatic landing system of a quadcopter. Here is a list that I applied or I am going to apply. What is my chance of getting into one of this programs?1. Massachusetts Institute of technology – Aerospace engineering 2. University of Maryland – Aerospace engineering 3. University of Texas Austin- Aerospace engineering4. University of California Berkeley – Mechanical engineering 5. University of California Los Angeles –MAE6. University of Michigan – Aerospace Engineering7. Purdue University – Aerospace engineering8. Stanford University- Aerospace engineering 9. Virginia Tech-Aerospace engineering 10. Ohio state University-Aerospace engineering 11. Penn state Unversity- Aerospace engineering 12. University of Washington- Aerospace engineering
  16. Hi everyone,Kindly advise on my chances of getting into the following MFE/Quantitative Finance programs:-Baruch-Columbia-Cornell-NYU-University of Chicago-Georgia Institute of Technology-MIT-University of Washington-Boston University-Fordham-NYU Tandon-UCLA-USC-North Carolina State-North Carolina at Charlotte-RensselaerGender: M. Ethnic Background: White/European. American Citizen.Here are some of my accomplishments and skills:-May 2017 BS Mathematics graduate, 3.35 GPA (courses in Calc 1-3, DiffEq, Real Analysis I&II, Complex Analysis, Probability Theory, Topology, Advanced Linear Algebra, and few actuary courses [FM, P, MLC]). Top 100 ranked from US News National University in New York.-Full time work experience as a Pricing Analyst for an aviation engineering company. I've been there for 7 months already immediately after graduation and looking to stay for a year until I get in a FE program for fall 2018.Job summary: Develop integrated pricing models and cost analysis for aircraft component repair Forecast revenue/profit margins and present analyses and recommendations to executive management team Prepare business proposals, validate bills of material pricing, and leverage budget analysis to maximize revenue and mitigate risk -GRE Score: Q: 166 (91 percentile), V: 153 (61 percentile), Writing: 4.5 (82 percentile).-Financial representative internship at Northwestern Mutual during my undergrad.-Letters of Rec: 1) Calculus 1 & 2 Teacher's Assistant. This professor, who is the director of calculus at the university I graduated from, is writing my recommendation letter. 2) My math professor for advanced probability/stats, and 2 actuary courses in MLC (part I and II). I did very well in his classes. B, A-,A respectively in that order. 3) My former business development manager who was the previous pricing analyst as well and trained me. He now is in a different office for the same company; this left me to run the business development department on my own. I expect strong letters from all 3.-Limited knowledge of C++, Python, and Access. Haven't formally learned programming but I plan on getting take Baruch's C++ for Financial Engineering pre MFE course for C++ certification before starting in the Fall. -Working with the IT developer at my job to create a C++ program that predicts stock price volatility. He's doing the coding, I'm doing the math. -Advanced Excel skills, as I use it heavily at my job every day. -Private math tutor for Wyzant.com with over 95 hours of tutoring and 5/5 star rating for all levels of math up to calculus 1.Please let me know if you think my profile is strong enough to gain acceptance for certain schools based on my experience. If you have any more questions to evaluate my profile do not hesitate to ask. Thank you for your time and I appreciate your help.-Transcending
  17. Hi, I'll complete my Master's in the upcoming summer and plan to apply for MS/PhD for Fall 2018. Just had a doubt . Are there any schools, specifically in the domain of engineering, which consider rejected or waitlisted candidates automatically for an admission to their Master's programme without having to re-apply? Also, if true, are such applicants treated any differently or evaluated on different criteria than those applying for a regualar Master's degree? Shreyansh
  18. Hello Everyone, I'm new here and of course the first post I make has to be about "How competitive am I as an applicant?" My basic problem is that I don't know what range of schools I should even be looking at. I am looking into Materials engineering programs and related research at places like UC San Diego, Ohio State, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Penn State etc. I have heard from my fatigue analysis prof that they have very good programs and he has personally worked with several professors from those schools. Or if I should focus on schools further down on rankings with less diverse research going on such as University of Colorado Boulder. I'm not sure 100% what I want to research to be honest. I'm generally interested in Materials engineering and improving materials manufacturing and processing for better designs. Research on fatigue in composites is interesting currently. I suppose i'm more excited about research that directly relates to design decisions and methods, but I guess everyone would say that about their own research. I'm graduating this spring with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from George Mason University. Current GPA: (3.27/4.0), That will certainly be better over the next two semesters, but not when applications are sent out in December. GRE: 159V 162Q 4.5W LORs: Professor who does fatigue research at University of Maryland, taught two of my materials related tech electives. Is helping me with this search, I participate a lot in his classes as they are the most interesting ones i've taken. Great guy. Professor who has been by advisor all throughout undergrad. Have been in his Thermo 2 and heat transfer classes. We've talked a lot through the years. Former Boss from Williams Notaro if 3 LoRs are needed. I was well liked at that job, did good work and made sure I knew what I was doing and asked questions before making mistakes (if possible). Engineering Work Experience: If you count FIRST Robotics at all, I did that for 4 years in high school. Was one of a small team of primary designers for the robots and the main person putting that design into CAD iterating on it. Two years at a Home Care Robotics Startup (INF Robotics). Was in charge of designing all mechanical systems for the prototype, and fabricating many of them. The Beta models were outsourced for manufacturing under my coordination. There were many advantages to working here, but the issue of having no mentor was a large one. I could mostly go off of what I previously had done or research into the field. I wanted to stop doing robotics for a while, and not wanting to work for a startup, and got my next job. 7 Months at a 12 person MEP consulting firm doing many large and many smaller projects. Williams Notaro worked on a few larger scale projects like the new Navy Federal Credit Union and Boat USA's new building. Each of these projects I helped with drafting in AutoCAD as well as checking everything was okay from a technical standpoint while drafting. While I wasn't a PE of any sorts, the team made sure to educate me, and I read up on my own about how all of these systems worked. So it was my job not just to draft markups or existing conditions, but also understand what everything represents and if it makes sense. It certainly wasn't the most cutting edge technology, but the methodology behind it was very interesting and I learned a lot by reading up on why all of these systems are designed how they are. There was a lot that I didn't know that I didn't know, it was a great time. Research Experience: Senior Design this year is in progress. Design of a UAV protection cage of minimal weight and minimum aerodynamic detriment. Will be using a lot of FEA and CFD in design and testing to validate. Undergrad Research Assistant this semester. The work is generally on developing models to describe the deformation and "failure" of Lithium Ion Batteries under various conditions. This current line of research is on modeling the deformation specifically of the Anode/Cathode polymer separator. The current work I am doing is related to image processing from a SEM and seeing if I can track deformation of certain voids as they grow. Still very early in the process If anyone can give me some clue of where to look, I'd appreciate it greatly. Thanks so much. Glad I discovered this forum. There is plenty of great information here on living in different cities and the whole process of graduate school. -Joe
  19. Looking for inputs on my profile and whether it matches with the school list; I'm really lost as to how ambitious I should be... So basically, what are my chances at the schools I'm applying to? Specifically Northeastern. Undergrad Institution: University of Alabama at Birmingham (Good Med School, below average engineering)Major(s): Mechanical EngineeringMinor(s): NAGPA in Major: Not sure but slightly above overall GPAOverall GPA: 3.52Position in Class: I'd estimate top 20% of classType of Student: Hispanic/Middle Eastern Male, CitizenGRE Scores (revised/old version):Q: 162 (81%)V: 154 (65%)W: 4.0 (60%)B: NAResearch Experience: Conference paper in Mechanical Engineering, Started Bio-printing project with Materials Engineering Lab in August (won't have paper by application deadline, but will get some lab experience). Awards/Honors/Recognitions: 3 Dean's List, 1 President's ListPertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for 1 year in a lower-level engineering class, 2 manufacturing engineering internships, *Should I include these in my resume: Co-owner of a restaurant, Youth group leader Applying to Where: Northeastern University - Bioengineering - Biomedical Devices Worcester Polytechnic Institute - Biomedical Engineering - Tissue Mechanics and Mechanobiology Tufts University - Bioengineering - Biomechanical Devices Dartmouth University - Engineering Sciences - Biomedical Devices University of Connecticutt - Biomedical Engineering - Biomechanics University of Alabama at Birmingham - Biomedical Engineering - Biomedical Devices Stevens Institute of Technology - Biomedical Engineering - Bioinstrumentation I'm thinking of adding one more 'safe' school, what's y'alls opinion on that? Comments: My first-choice school is by far Northeastern. Can anyone tell me if I'm a good candidate for the M.S. Bioengineering Program over there?
  20. In undergrad (mechanical engineering) I enjoyed doing research a lot, and from what I can tell getting a graduate degree is very helpful for getting into research jobs. I was looking at thesis-based MS programs . . . However I have a big problem with my app: my GPA. My cumulative GPA is 2.96, just under the cutoff for most grad programs. My major GPA is about the same so it's no help, and my last 4 semesters weren't that good so there's no nice upward trend. I had some mental health issues that got in the way that I've since done a lot of work on (I graduated almost 6 years ago) so I feel good about trying school again, but I know it's hard to convince admissions committees that you're ready. I wanted to ask if anyone else had experience getting into engineering MS programs with a less-than-impressive GPA, especially one that is under the GPA cutoffs like mine? What kind of schools did you apply to and what were the results? What helped, what didn't?
  21. Just got my GRE scores and I had 146 V and 155 Q. I have some research experience, 2 published papers, currently lecturing. First Class MSc. Good SOP, Good LORs, Poor Bsc results Which schools can I realistically hope to get admitted to, with a pretty decent chance at getting some funding or assistantship? (Schools in the US)
  22. Hi guys, I'd really appreciate your help with my situation. I'm planning on applying to USC for the Construction Management graduate program and I just took the GRE's yesterday, however I got slightly lower scores due to my lack of preparation.Here's a brief description of my application:1. Undergraduate degree at California State University, Northridge with a major in Civil Engineering and minor in UrbanPlanning. (Cumulative GPA is 3.45)2. Four years of design and CM/PM work experience at reputable firms and municipal agency.3. Letter of Intent (will be good)4. Recommendation Letter (will be good)5. GRE scores: Verbal - 143, Quantitative - 158 (negative portion of app)Although my GRE scores are slightly lower than preferred, I don't think that USC is going to deny me just because of this one flaw on my app. I'm going to be super busy until the deadline for the application in January 2018 and find it very difficult for me to allow myself the time to study more and take the exam AND on top of that get recommendation letters, write my letter of intent, and apply. What do you guys think? Is it worth retaking the exam for a maximum of 5 point increase for each portion of the GRE?
  23. I'm a Thai national who is planning on applying to top PhD programs in Bioengineering to universities like: 1. UCSD 2. MIT BE 3. JHU 4. Stanford 5. Columbia (MS leading to PhD track) My profile is as follows: 1. Undergraduate Institution: Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok, Thailand) 2. TOEFL Score: 118/120 3. GRE Score: Q164, V160, AWA (not out yet) 4. cGPA: 3.85/4.00 5. FUNDING: ***FULLY FUNDED FROM THE THAI GOVERNMENT TO PURSUE MY PHD STUDIES*** 6. Research Experience: 1. Summer internship as a research assistant at Korea Institute of Science and Technology 2. Conducted undergraduate research project in developing metallic titanium implants from additive manufacturing 3. Undergraduate research project on the development of hollow microneedles for intravitreal drug delivery 7. Publications: NO Publications What are my chances of getting accepted given that I have already received an external source of funding and am applying for the Fall 2018 semester? Thanks!
  24. Institution: University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Major: Chemical Engineering BSE, minor in Statistics GPA: 3.01/4.0. 2.7/4.0 in major, 3.4/4.0 in minor. Nearly failed sophomore year, very strong upward trend (3.35 over last 3 semesters) + A's in last two upper-level stats classes. GRE: 167 V / 170 Q / 6.0 AWA Relevant Courses: Multivariable Calculus (Honors): B, Intro to Computer Science: B, Intro to Stats & Data Analysis: A-, Intro Probability: B+, Intro Quantitative Research Methods: B-, Applied Statistical Methods II: A, Statistical Problem Solving in Chemical Engineering: A, Chemical Engineering Lab I (had heavy stats component): A- Research Experience: One full year as a programmer in reasonably selective computer science lab. Wrote a proposal that let me travel to a prestigious conference. One summer doing basic data analysis for a lab. Three semesters developing modules for a chemical engineering encyclopedia. Work Experience: I'm a recent graduate and am currently working as a quality engineer at a large auto parts supplier. I also had an internship before my senior year in quality where I developed skills in Minitab and JMP. I'm applying to work as a GRE tutor for Kaplan/TPR; I don't think this job should be difficult to get. Letters of Recommendation: A lecturer who I had four classes with (two engineering, two statistics). Made a form of A in three of them. My research supervisor who was also my academic advisor. Should be extremely strong. Supervisor for my internship. He definitely liked me and I left a good impression. I'm a domestic student, white male. I would very much like to do an MS in Applied Statistics at my alma mater, University of Michigan (high ranking program plus could live at home to save money). I have no interest in pursuing a PhD; I want to go into industry after I graduate. UM's Applied Statistics MS does not penalize you for missing a couple pre-reqs (I'm missing linear algebra and theoretical stats). I'd like to know how I stand currently and how I could improve my application when I apply this Winter for a Fall 2018 start.
  25. superbored

    Engineering Undergrad low GPA

    Hey Guys! I am currently a Civil Engineering undergrad at Berkeley who also happens to be an international student! I'm currently finishing up my sophomore year and my Cumulative GPA is about a 3.4, with a 3.2 Technical GPA(I took one or two "easy" non technicals that gave it a slight boost). I was initially pretty certain that I wanted to go to Grad School(engineering), but I'm honestly discouraged about my GPA severely limiting my grad school options. Does anyone know if Upper division courses are more heavily taken into consideration by grad school admissions committees? And do they factor in where you went for undergrad? I know I this will sound whiny but Berkeley really does have a culture of grade deflation(especially for lower div courses), and I was just wondering if grad school admins have any information regarding grading policies for different schools. It just seems weird because I feel like someone with a 3.5 from a tier 1 school would (probably) be more academically successful in a grad school than someone with the same GPA from a not-as-rigorous school. I don't know if I will be able to significantly pull up my GPA to the above 3.5 mark, because I feel like I'm maxing out already. I also plan to do research in the remaining two years,have a few cool extracurriculars and will hopefully be able to do really well on the GREs? I would also appreciate any tips for how to get into grad school when you don't have a stellar GPA(although it seems like this forum would have plenty of posts about that already). Also, I hope I am not coming across as arrogant in any way, just wanted some information and am low-key depressed because Cal's making me feel really stupid haha. Thanks in advance!
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