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  1. Hey guys, I am an international student applying for Master's in Mechanical Engineering (Control System). I have received admits from Rochester Inst. of Technology(RIT) and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). I am confused as to which university should I go forward with. I intend to do a non-thesis program with major focus on getting a job once I complete my masters. While RIT has a strong co-op program, WPI has location advantage being close to Boston (robotics hub). Any suggestions are welcome. Thank you!
  2. I got an email from BU saying that I have been placed on waitlist. What are the chances of getting an admit from the waitlist? BU is my top choice so I really hope to get in!
  3. Hi All, I am looking for some ideas as to what PhD programs I should consider applying to for Fall 2021. Any input is greatly appreciated! Research Motivation: I want to make it easier for people to live more sustainably, as it relates to both to the environment and mental well-being. After some good self-reflection, I have found this to be my goal because I am seeking out the human side of engineering and striving towards harmony with the environment. I can see myself working towards my goal through the water/energy/food nexus (vertical farming looks cool), green buildings (I’m thinking about LEED stuff), or tackling some issues with microplastics (is this even possible as an ME?). I am very much open to more ideas. Motivation for Graduate School: A feeling that I need to do it for myself…like jumping right into the workforce and settling there accomplishes one goal but neglects something else. I’m also seeking an opportunity to meet like-minded people—I couldn’t seem to find people at my undergrad school that were as deep of a thinker as me, and the lack of meaningful conversation was pretty isolating. Of course, a big motivation for grad school is to get to the forefront of sustainability. I am actively job searching and would like to get a taste of working in industry for about a year, but grad school still feels like the primary goal. My Academic and Research Background: I graduated this year with a BS in Mechanical Engineering with a Concentration in Energy from a medium-sized, local, and academically focused university in the US. I have a strong GPA (3.99/4.0) and a close connection to several professors for good recommendation letters. I am taking the GRE in August, so I can provide an update with scores, but my PP2 was 169Q/158V. I’ve had two research experiences: a 2-year engagement with an ECE lab at my school (no papers written, but I received a fellowship and presented a few posters), and a summer internship at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. If anyone has any program/department recommendations for me, I’d really appreciate it. Thank you in advance!
  4. I am an international graduate student, my plan is to have an academic career. I have been accepted to both Georgia Tech and UIUC for the Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. program with subfield in biomechanics. The offer from UIUC is quite competitive as it guarantees 5-year funding, while the offer from GATech is only 1 year with the intention for renewal. Both are almost the same stipend However Atlanta is much more expensive. I like the research point in GATech and the group more than that in UIUC. I really can't make a decision. especially I am worried about the availability of funding in GATech as COVID-19 might impact the economy.1-I would like to ask for your opinion about both universities because QS ranking places GAtech significantly ahead of UIUC while in US News they are almost equal.2-I feel the stipend at UIUC will make my life better and the city of Atlanta will also make my life more interesting and energetic, what do you think?3- Is the guaranteed 5-year funding much better than the 1-year contract.Thanks
  5. So I see that a lot of admission decisions for SM Mechanical Engineering MIT have come out. Is there a second wave or is everyone who hasn't received a decision rejected?
  6. I want to apply for PhD program in mechanical engineering at Stanford. Furthermore, I want to conduct research in the area of computer vision and computer graphics with application to robotics, manufacturing and mechanical industry. However, there are not any professors in mechanical engineering department who conduct research in this area, most of the relevant professors are in Computer science or electrical engineering. Is there a way to highlight my intent to conduct interdisciplinary research with a professor outside mechanical department in the Statement of Purpose without negatively impacting my chances to receive an offer of admission? Is applying for PhD in mechanical engineering but not intending to do research with a mechanical engineering professor viewed negatively? Thanks!
  7. Hello everyone, I am applying to PhD prgrammes in mechanical engineering. Would anyone be open to reviewing my SOP and comment on some content that I can add/remove. Your help would be greatly appreciated- A rapid increase in energy demand and stricter environmental regulations have led to the necessity of highly efficient energy systems. Multiphase flows form the backbone of conventional energy systems like IC engines and thermal power plants, and their understanding is vital for better design decisions. The sharp interface in multiphase flows is computationally expensive to analyze, and so, the industry relies on interface-averaged models like the Two-Fluid Model (TFM) for analysis. However, such approaches are not predictive enough for the stringent design demands as they rely heavily on experimental fine-tuning. In the backdrop of these requirements, I intend to study multiphase flows related to energy applications at the micro-scale using interface-resolved methods. Furthermore, I wish to explore the development of reduced-order models for the macro-scale based on these results. My academic background has motivated my interest in this field and imparted me with the necessary skills. I enrolled at the Master of Science program at the University of Michigan to prepare for an advanced career in CFD. I took courses in fluid dynamics and heat transfer to build a solid technical foundation. The most notable experience that I carry forward through my coursework was the final project for my CFD course, where I developed a Navier-Stokes solver with Lagrangian Particle Tracking. This project provided me with experience in developing CFD solvers from scratch. I worked on a Multidisciplinary Design Project sponsored by Isuzu Motors to develop a simplified heat transfer model for their powertrain cooling system. I performed CFD simulations of the water jackets over a range of operating conditions to create a 1-D model using regression. I aim to leverage the experience gained in regression analysis and model development for research in my Ph.D. program. For my final project at UM, I explored improvements to the closure terms used by the TFM for bubbly flows. I utilized a wall-lubrication equation from the literature that utilized new experimental data. I also derived a modification to the wall-thermal treatment to account for the reduction of the wall-liquid contact area due to bubbles touching the wall. These modifications accurately predicted the results in the specific case of monodisperse bubbly flow in a thin tube. However, their efficacy did not extend to other conditions due to the limitation of the TFM to model the differential forces experienced by differently sized bubbles in polydisperse flow. It is this learning experience that has developed my stated interest in studying interface-resolved approaches to multiphase flow modeling for my Ph.D. After my MS, I joined Bloom Energy as a CFD engineer, where I work on performing CFD simulations of Bloom's Energy Servers. The projects have exposed me to various multiphysics problems involving radiation, laminar-turbulent transitions, and porosity. They have also given me experience with translating CFD results to new design recommendations. Thus, I have gained a practical skill-set through my job, which has complemented my coursework. I also have strived to learn new programming skills outside of my employment by taking various online certifications. These courses have improved my coding skills in C++ and Python, as well as given me some background with parallel programming. The V Mech. Engg program aligns with my goals due to its thrust on energy sciences. Prof. J's research on the DNS modeling of evaporating sprays particularly resonates with my interests. I am interested in his multiscale approach of using DNS for micro-scales to obtain data for LES modeling at the macro-scale. I would be thrilled to be a part of his group and study evaporating sprays. Ultimately, my final goal is to enter academia after my Ph.D. and apply CFD modeling techniques to solve engineering challenges. A Ph.D. from V University would provide me a platform to grow as a researcher and learn from some of the best minds in the field. I thank you for your courtesy in going through my application and look forward to being a part of the program in Fall 2020.
  8. I got accepted to NU and UIUC for a fully funded PhD in Mechanical engineering plus stipend. I was first accepted to UIUC and attended the visit day. I have had a great time, met amazing people and faculty, and in general, liked the department. Moreover, I went on another visit day at Madison Wisconsin a week later and immediately knew that Champaign was a better fit for me and I almost committed. However, I hated Champaign (the town) and was hoping to get into another school in a better location. Finally, four days before I need to make a decision, I got into Northwestern which is in Chicago and I thought that this is it, I will go there. But now I have second doubts. UIUC is ranked higher and has more research that I am interested in but I cannot stop thinking about my life over there and how much I will hate it honestly.. What do you think?
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