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  1. Hello everyone, I'm currently applying for several PhD programs in Mechanical Engineering based in the US. I made a list containing all the universities that I planned to apply for but not quite sure if they match my background, so I really hope to get some advice on what universities should I aim for. Here is some information about me. Research interest: Control, (especially on Autonomous vehicle), robotics GPA: Undergraduate (Electrical Engineering) (3.73/4) in China Master (Electrical Engineering) (3.96/4) Columbia University, N.Y. TOEFL: R-30, L-28, S-22, W-25 (Overall-105) GRE: V-156, Q-170, AWA-3 (15th percentile..one of my major concerns) Award: None Research: Summer Research in UW-Madison, about the control of autonomous vehicle, no publication, two tech reports, willing to offer a great letter Research at Columbia, about rehabilitation robotics, no publication, an ordinary reference letter course project at Columbia Work Experience: None Goal University: UT-Austin, Umich, Ann Arbor, OSU, PSU, UC Davis, Virginia Tech, UW-Madison, Notre Dame, RPI I do have an skype chat with prof. from UT Austin and RPI, they all have open positions and encourage me to apply. Some professors in other university replied my email and gave some positive response (at least in my opinion). But I am afraid the ranking of ME for universities I choose is a little bit high... (20-40) If you have any insights, please feel free to share. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
  2. Hi there, I am reaching out to seek advice on two offers I have. I am an international student and had applied for mechanical engineering grad programs. My options are: 1. UCSD PhD admit (unfunded). 2. UW Seattle, MS (No funding). I'm bit inclined towards working in Industry post-grad. I am weighing my options between schools as follows: UCSD Pros: 1. Better located for jobs in Mechanical Engineering (not too sure about this) 2. Program is better ranked than UW (acc. US news, not much difference) 3. Might have better chances of getting funding though TA as it is a bigger school (from my little interation with students from the dept.) UW Pros: 1. The PhD offer at UCSD is unfunded and it's risky to commit to the program without proper idea about funding. (graduating with MS is an option but not sure how that'll reflect. Also would it seem odd if a PhD student is seeking TA/RA with prof other than assigned faculty?). On the other hand, UW offer is MS, so in the worst case I'll have to fund myself for max 4-6 quarters and I would prefer doing an MS and then decide about continuing with the PhD. 2. Having spent some time at UW for an internship during undergrad, I know it'll be much easier to fit in. I liked the campus and vibe around the Seattle in general. UCSD is totally new to me. 3. UCSD tuition and living might be a bit costlier than at UW. 4. From my interaction with a few students, UW has better flexibility of choosing electives from other departments like CS. (dont know how it is at UCSD) Thanks for patiently reading my post. Please reply what is better in your opinion. Would like to know there is anything else I should consider.
  3. I have received an offer for the professional mechanical engineering masters course. I wanted to get more information regarding the course along with future prospects. I believe this is a recently launched course and in results search, people were calling it a cash cow. Not sure what they mean. Any light on the topic will be helpful.
  4. Has anyone heard back from mechanical at UMN? The FAQ said it'll start rolling admissions from January end. A professor said that he'll recommend me to the admission committee, yet the silence is making me anxious to the point where I do nothing all day but keep checking email and portal.
  5. Can someone please help in providing me the questions that are asked on the interview and also their answers in key points? It would be a great help!
  6. Hey, I am unable to find much information regarding brown university's solid mechanics graduate program on the internet. Their webpage seems okay and prima facie the program looks strong, and I even spoke to a graduate student who said that the program is really good, but I was unable to find any other information otherwise. Can someone give me any information regarding this?
  7. Hey, I had taken my GRE for the first time in July when I received a score of 315 (160 Q 155 V 5.5A), i retook it last week and got 323 (164 Q, 159 V) - I was aiming for 165Q , 160V but fell short by a few marks. My target program is an MS / PhD in Mechanical Engineering. I am looking at some top schools like UC Berkeley and MIT and I understand my Quants is a bit on the lower side - however my GPA is close to 3.9 and I have 3 research publications and quite a few internships. So will this help offset the scores in any manner? I really dont want to take it again if absolutely necessary. Any inputs would be appreciated!
  8. If you have mechanical engineering skills, and are interested in getting in on the ground floor of the hot market in power storage, this opportunity may be for you. WIth the basic configuration and calculations done, a new concept in cost-effective flywheel design needs further analysis in friction and stress to prepare it for funding. Thanks, Rand, Energy Consultant
  9. Hi! I am an undergraduate student from India, with UCLA MS and TAMU M.Eng admits. I earnestly request seniors and people who have a sound knowledge in this matter to please help me decide between the two university admits that I have shortlisted, with respect to job prospects, return on investment and possibilities of financial aid. I mainly look to work after Masters. Please don't blindly comment UCLA based on ranking. It would be of great help if you comment the reason when polling, as financial constraint is my main concern. I can afford something around 65000$ over two years, and I lead a very simple lifestyle (no expenses on parties, lavish apartments etc). Also, I have heard that i20 amount is overpriced, hence I would like to know how much does one actually end up spending (as a percentage of the university-estimated i20 amount)? Its kind of urgent, so please respond asap.Thanks in advance.
  10. So does anyone know about this fairly new Masters of Science in Additive manufacturing and Design program (established 2017)? I applied to it and got accepted as a self-supporting student. Did anyone else apply to it?
  11. I have been accepted at University of Delaware mechanical for PhD. Can someone give me the pros and cons of this program? Besides, My aim is to build a career in academia, what do you think about this?
  12. Are RA/PA/TA opportunities available for MSc Mechanical Engineering students at TU Delft? I have an admit, should I be contacting potential research supervisors?
  13. Hello everyone ! I applying for masters in Mechanical engineering in the field of thermal and renewable energy in Canada for Fall-2018, GPA: 8.01/10 IELTS: 8 (L8.5, R9.0, S8.0, W6.5) Current position: Research Assistant at a Thermal Science laboratory, Teaching assistant for two courses at a University Projects: 1) Numerical investigation of refrigerant adsorption on activated carbon 2) Senior year thesis project on space heating using solar energy, wrote a paper to an international journal, currently under review. 3) Research project on Combustion at Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India 4) Synthesising and characterizing Iron oxide nanoparticles for magnetic hyperthermia applications. Extracurricular activities: 1) Captain of SAE-Efficycle team 2) Captain of University Gokart team. 3) 1st Runner up at Technical poster presentation at an international Conference LORs: One from my current project professor and one from HOD of my University, expect both to be strong, additional recommenders include professor at IIT-Madras SOP: Well written, written according to each University directing specific professors and Departments. I wanted to know with this profile what colleges can I aim in Canada, will U of Toronto and Uof Waterloo be ambitious for this profile or do I stand a chance?
  14. Hi, I am an international student. I have good recommendation letters from professors, but I didn't have any publication. All of my researches are for classes' project. I am now working with Novelis for senior design. Undergrad Institution: Kennesaw State UniversityMajor(s): Mechanical EngineeringGPA in Major: 4Overall GPA: 3.94Position in Class: 1%Type of Student: international, maleGRE Scores (revised/old version):Q: 167 (92%)V: 153 (61%)W: 3.0 (18%) Could you tell me what school should I apply?
  15. Hello and thank you for taking the time to read this! I'm here to ask a question about GRE scores: will my GRE score, given the other desirable aspects of my application, limit my ability when applying to mechanical engineering PhD programs? Here's a (brief) overview of what I have to work with: 161 Verbal, 158 Quant 3.5 GPA 1.5 years of research experience 1 publication (2nd author) 2 years of industry-level medical device manufacturing experience So, really, my question is this: based on your experience of applying to PhD programs (or a friend's), does this application, including my GRE score, seem like it stands a chance at institutions such as NYU or Cornell?
  16. 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
  17. I just got back from the visit day where they revealed some stats about this year's admissions. The following include both MS and MS/PhD applications. ~950 applications 224 were sorted into the Admit/Possible Admit pile 181 were admitted (19% acceptance rate) 57 were invited to interview for 5 quarter and 3 year fellowships (6%) The vast majority of people invited will receive the 5 quarter fellowship for the MS before moving into a funded PhD. The MechE department has 5 Stanford Graduate Fellowships to hand out which provide funding and an increased stipend for 3 years. Stanford is only interested in funding students whose eventual goal is a PhD. All letters will be sent out sometime in mid-March. The takeaway from this is that there are still 124 MS students who have no idea they've been admitted yet. Just wait if you're in this boat.
  18. Hello everyone ! I applying for masters in Mechanical engineering in the field of thermal and renewable energy in Canada for Fall-2018, GPA: 8.01/10 IELTS: 8 (L8.5, R9.0, S8.0, W6.5) Current position: Research Assistant at a Thermal Science laboratory, Teaching assistant for two courses at a University Projects: 1) Numerical investigation of refrigerant adsorption on activated carbon 2) Senior year thesis project on space heating using solar energy, wrote a paper to an international journal, currently under review. 3) Research project on Combustion at Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India 4) Synthesising and characterizing Iron oxide nanoparticles for magnetic hyperthermia applications. Extracurricular activities: 1) Captain of SAE-Efficycle team 2) Captain of University Gokart team. 3) 1st Runner up at Technical poster presentation at an international Conference LORs: One from my current project professor and one from HOD of my University, expect both to be strong, additional recommenders include professor at IIT-Madras SOP: Well written, written according to each University directing specific professors and Departments. I wanted to know with this profile what colleges can I aim in Canada, will U of Toronto and Uof Waterloo be ambitious for this profile or do I stand a chance?
  19. I need your help... I am figuring out which option is better:A. Master of Engineering (professional master) in Mechanical Engineering at UIUC. Dream school!! very expensive B. MS Engineering Mechanics at Virginia Tech. Awesome program and affordable.C. MS Mechanical Engineering at Colorado Boulder (non-thesis). Great program. Affordable. Plenty of job opportunities and nice location. I am not sure how the job market is near UIUC or VTech, but I would need a job to complement my scholarship and pay for tuition...Any advise? Thanks!
  20. Carnegie Mellon or Georgia Tech for masters in mechanical engineering? The real question being is there some feature of CMU that merits the extra cost over Georgia tech? Thanks, M
  21. Is anyone still waiting for results of MS Mechanical from UT Austin and U Wisconsin Madison? It's really unprofessional of the schools to not send the results out as April 15 is approaching. Please share any thoughts/info you have. Really want to be out of limbo! Thanks!
  22. 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?
  23. Hi all, I'm an engineering student in Ireland and as the title of this thread suggests I am deciding between doing a masters degree in Mechanical Engineering ONLY or in a masters degree in Mechanical Engineering WITH business. I am unsure of what I want to a do moving forward in my career and I am unsure which will be better in the jobs market upon graduation. I do enjoy studying engineering but I do feel I could really benefit from studying business related subjects, to become more rounded and increase the number of roles I could work in moving forward. I have read the statistics about the amount of times people re-invent themselves in the workforce and I feel that the joint masters minoring in business may provide greater flexibility down the line if I decide that better opportunities are away from the very technical focused jobs . There is only 5 more mechanical engineering classes in the Mechanical Engineering only masters but I am unsure if this would put me in a disadvantage in applying for purely mechanical engineering roles later in my career from a perceived less complete engineering education. Would HR Departments read through my cv if I chose the masters in engineering with business and decide I am not as capable and as good a candidate when it comes to applying for purely engineering roles? Which program would you recommend? Both are delivered in a good school Thanks for taking the time to read this. I would love to hear your feedback.
  24. Hi everybody, it's that time! Post your stats and the schools you are applying to. Below is the template I stole from previous years. Undergraduate University Graduate University Undergraduate GPA Graduate GPA GRE Scores TOEFL Score Publications Work Experience: Research Experience: Teaching Experience: Awards: Schools applied to:
  25. Hi all, I did my undergrad in Mechanical Engineering and was wondering if anybody here had experience switching to Physics/Applied Physics for a Master's. How difficult is it? Is there a lot that I have to catch up on? I have more interests in nuclear and particle physics and will probably go to school in Connecticut (since I'll be working for a company that helps pay for the tuition), so I was thinking of UConn or Yale. Any thoughts would be appreciated!
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