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  1. Hey fellow MSE gradcafe residents! Based on @shur42's thread from last year, I thought it would be good to start a thread for MSE students applying for the Fall 2018 cycle, to get to know each other and learn about each other's application profiles. Would also be helpful for those from the Fall 2017 cycle to contribute their profiles and any tips This is the template that they used (from a biology thread) for application profiles: Undergrad Institution: (School or type of school, such as big state, lib arts, ivy, technical, foreign (what country?))Major(s):Minor(s):GPA in Major:Overall GPA:Position in Class: (No numbers needed, but are you top? near top? average? struggling?)Type of Student: (Domestic/International, male/female, minority?)GRE Scores (revised/old version):Q:V:W:TOEFL Total: (if applicable, otherwise delete this)Research Experience: (At your school or elsewhere? What field? How much time? Any publications (Mth author out of N?) or conference talks etc...)Awards/Honors/Recognitions: (Within your school or outside?)Pertinent Activities or Jobs: (Such as tutor, TA, etc...)Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:Special Bonus Points: (Such as connections, grad classes, famous recommenders, female or minority status etc...)Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:Applying to Where:School - Department - Research InterestSchool - Department - Research InterestSchool - Department - Research Interest
  2. Hey everyone, I recently got into MIT , Berkeley and Columbia for a chemistry PhD. I am interested in inorganic materials. I was wondering if anyone has advice on which one to choose? I would really appreciate if anyone shared their experience in one of these programs. Thanks!
  3. Cross Posting from the Engineering subforum so more people may see. " 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"
  4. 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
  5. Hi, I just finished my junior year at a mid-tier school in the US, and I am beginning to look into chemical-materials engineering PhD programs. I'm at a bit of a loss as to what type of schools I should apply to. For reference, here are my stats: GPA: 3.96/4 Research Experience: 2.5 years by the time I am finished with my undergrad Publications: A couple in the works right now, likely to have one published and another one (first author) being submitted by the time I start applying GRE: Haven't taken yet, studying for it right now LoR: Can likely get three good ones, one from my PI and others from two professors I know well I'm also an American if that matters As I said, I am unsure of which schools I should look into. I clearly want to go to the best programs possible, but I also don't want to be the person who only applies to the top 10 schools and is crushed when I get no acceptances. Is there a "strategy" I should use when looking at schools? Should I even bother applying to schools like Berkeley and MIT? My main concern is even though I have a high GPA and decent research experience, my school isn't very well-known for engineering. I'm sure you all understand how confusing this whole process can be, so I appreciate any advice. Thank you.
  6. Hello! I'm trying to decide between Columbia (Mechanical) and Carnegie Mellon (MSE). My field of interest between mechanics and materials, so I've applied for accordingly. Both are not funded programs and I'm told that for both of them getting funding as RA/TA is difficult. My immediate goal would be to take up a job. Which one would be better for employment? I've heard Columbia is more of a business-minded school and also NYC has relatively less opportunities for engineering than for business. But then there's the Ivy league tag. What should I do?
  7. Saw some other majors that had a thread for people to post where they chose to accept and which school they are declining. Thought it might be interesting to see!
  8. Saw some other majors that had a thread for people to post where they chose to accept and which school they are declining. Thought it might be interesting to see!
  9. Hey guys, Just posting on here as I'm super nervous and not sure as to what to do. So I applied for PhD in MatSci and am trying to decide between UC Davis, UCLA and UCSD. Now I really like the UCSD research as they have a lot of faculty working with physics related stuff (I have a BS in physics) but I don't have gauranteed funding. One of my POI's at UCSD says he can't guarantee me anything between when I messaged him and April 15 so I can't base my decision on him, and others say they don't have funding for a GSR this year and they'd take me next year Similar situation for UCLA, one of my POIs says no funding and another says that he will take students but it's competitive and I'm not gauranteed anything. UC Davis however has given me $29K fellowship offer but I'm not sure if their research aligns with my interests as they focus heavily on biomaterials. So UCSD has a better reputation overall and I think better research opportunities but since it's so expensive to attend and I'm out of state it seems incredibly risky to me. Same with UCLA. I was told I could apply for physics TA positions and the Physics department usually gives some TA ships to students from other departments each quarter in both schools so should I hope for that and keep contacting professors? Or go with UC Davis even though it doesn't have as good a rep as UCSD or UCLA and the research may not be as appealing to me now as that of other schools? On a side note has anyone here TA'd for Physics department or some other department while in MatSci at either UCSD or UCLA? All help in these trying times is greatly appreciated!
  10. Hey everyone! I have a rather difficult decision before me, I would really appreciate help I am a student from India (woman) with a Bachelors' degree in Polymer Science and Technology GRE 339/ TOEFL 119/ GPA 3.95 I have acceptances to 1)UIUC - Materials Science and Engineering and 2)UMich Ann Arbor - Macromolecular Science and Engineering (both for Masters, funded) Which of the universities would offer me better opportunities in terms of jobs in the industry? The basic dilemma lies in whether I should choose to diversify my field by joining a materials science program or whether I must delve deeper into polymer and macromolecular science studies. Thank you in advance for your inputs!
  11. I am wondering if anyone can give me a good idea of Drexel's reputation in MatSci at the graduate level? I am confused because their ranking varies pretty dramatically between US News and NRC (top 40 vs. top 10). On a related note, there is a similar discrepancy for Cornell's program, in the opposite direction (i.e. top 10 on US News, top 40 on NRC). Does anyone know what is up with these variations?
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