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Spring Career Fairs

Spring 17 Career Fairs for MechSE Students

January 22, 2017 - There are 6 great career fair opportunities taking place this semester.  Don't miss these opportunities to engage with employers about full-time positions and summer internships. January 30 - Engineering Employment EXPO10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., ARC Internship and full-time job opportunities targeting engineering students.Presented by: ECS, Registration: ECS I-Link
If you're headed to industry, check out these great opportunities!

Spring 2017 Industry Career Prep Opportunities!

January 19, 2017 - If you're headed to industry, check out these great opportunities! January 23 / Lunch & Learn: Job Search Basics12:00 – 1:00 p.m., 3300 DCL Learn what events, resources, apps, and websites will maximize your job search efforts. Presented by: ECS Registration: ECS I-Link
Check your inbox!

Spring decisions are out!

November 9, 2016 - Spring Graduate Admission decisions are out! If you haven't received your email notification yet, you will be receiving it very soon.  The Graduate Admissions Committee offers its congratulations to those who were selected for admission. We are busy accepting applications for Fall 2017 admission.  Our priority deadline for Fall is December 15th, and that's just right around the corner!  Contact mechse-gradillinois [dot] edu with any questions about the application process.
Fall semester is full of activity!

Updates from the Graduate Programs Office

October 2, 2016 - We have a lot of updates from the MechSE Graduate Programs Office!
MechSE Grad will be at the following events this year - please stop by and say hello!

MechSE Grad Recruiting 2016-2017

September 18, 2016 - MechSE Grad will be at the following events this year - please stop by and say hello!
Take advantage of these great opportunities!

Industry Career Prep Opportunities for Graduate Students

September 11, 2016 - Students - in case you missed the schedule we emailed you earlier this semester, here's a list of industry career prep opportunities available this semester. Make the most of it!
Headed for a career in academia? Check out these resources.

Academic Career Prep Opportunities for Graduate Students

September 11, 2016 - Students preparing for the academic job search: in case you missed the schedule we sent you, here are the academic career prep opportunities available this semester to assist with your applications. These are great opportunities!
Check out these resources to help you prepare your application.

Are you applying for a National Science Foundation Fellowship?

September 7, 2016 - We encourage eligible students to apply for a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF-GRF).  The NSF-GRF is one of the nation’s premier fellowships for graduate study.  It provides three years of support, with a $34,000 annual stipend, coverage of tuition, and access to international research opportunities.     There are two great services available for MechSE students who are applying – past winners have utilized both of these opportunities.
Ritu shares her experiences introducing 3D printing with the Young Engineers Initiative to young students in Kenya.

Urbana-Champaign to Kenya

September 6, 2016 -  Hello World!   I’d like to take a break from the traditional Mechanics of Motion conference/travel/study abroad style post to talk about something that is very important to me, and that has occupied my spare time for most of this year: The Young Engineers Initiative in Kenya.
Where to start?

How does a graduate student look for an advisor?

August 31, 2016 - Hello everyone!  I'm re-posting an old blog entry today on how students can start the process of looking for an advisor.  Current students should find a permanent advisor by the end of the first semester on campus.  When you've found a permanent advisor, contact Kathy Smith, smith15illinois [dot] edu, to update your status in our database.  If you are an applicant, please wait to contact faculty until after you have received an offer of admission. ----------------------------------
Ritu has a blast and learns a lot at the annual ThinkChicago | Lollapalooza.

ThinkChicago | Lollapalooza

August 30, 2016 -   Hello World!   I attended the most non-traditional conference of my graduate career this past month and, since it’s an opportunity open to every student at Illinois, I wanted to share my experiences on this blog.    The Technology Entrepreneur Center at Illinois (TEC), in collaboration with the Ch
Welcome, new students!

New Graduate Student Orientation Events

August 7, 2016 - It's so exciting to have our new students arriving on campus, and we look forward to working with you.  Here are the details on available orientation sessions.  Please note that if you are a new TA, you also need to attend the orientation for new TAs, and you should have already received that information via email with your assignment notification. College of Engineering GradFest 2016August 18, 2:00-6:30 p.m.Foellinger, Lincoln, and Engineering Hall.  Check in is at Foellinger Auditorium.
The revised handbook is available anytime, anywhere.

MechSE Grad Handbook for AY 16-17 is now online

July 7, 2016 - We've reorganized and revised the MechSE Graduate Student Handbook to serve you better.  View it anytime at this page or via the Graduate Programs section of our website.  Booklets are on order---we'll let you know when those are in!
Naira Hovakimyan's PhD student, Javier Puig Navarro, excels during his third summer at NASA's Autonomy Incubator.

Grad student continues to soar at NASA incubator

July 6, 2016 -   Javier Puig Navarro (right) at NASA's Autonomy Incubator.This is intern Javier Puig Navarro's third summer at the Autonomy Incubator (Ai), and he's wasted no time in churning out his typical extraordinary, innovative avionics research. When he pulled me aside to show me his work after lunch today, I was expecting to be amazed as usual, but something about today seemed different.
Two MechSE graduate students introduce a new RSO to focus on offering more local outreach opportunities to other grad students.

Grad students ENVISION more accessible STEM outreach

May 25, 2016 -   Matt Milner and Ashley ArmstrongMechSE graduate students Matt Milner and Ashley Armstrong were both student athletes while getting their undergrad degrees in STEM. And they both cut their teeth on athletics outreach— but back then, they did sports camps, not STEM camps.
MechSE graduate researchers have been named semi-finalists in the campus Image of Research competition.

MechSE grad students compete in Image of Research contest

March 22, 2016 -   Update 4/7/2016: Congratulations to MechSE's Mohamed Elhebeary!
PhD candidate Ritu Raman is featured on the College of Engineering website for her achievements in helping to develop tiny walking bio-bots.

Building with biology: College features Raman and team's research

February 14, 2016 -   MechSE doctoral candidate Ritu Raman.Miniature biological robots developed at Illinois are flexing their muscles. Engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have demonstrated a class of walking “bio-bots” powered by muscle cells and controlled with electrical pulses, giving researchers unprecedented command over their function.
Ritu makes the case for why all grad students should focus on professional growth outside the lab.

My take on non-technical conferences

January 26, 2016 -   Hello World!   This time last year, I wrote a blog post on the different types of technical conferences I’ve had the opportunity to attend during my years in graduate school.
Students from the GraMS group bond create a platform for encouraging interaction with each other - a soccer team.

Grad students form MechSE United soccer team

January 13, 2016 -  
Video feature on Herschel Pangborn's experience as a MechSE grad student.

Herschel Pangborn reflects on experience as MechSE grad student

January 10, 2016 - Herschel Pangborn, a PhD candidate in Professor Andrew Alleyne's research group, talks about how Engineering at Illinois approaches graduate education with the best interest of grad students in mind, how his research group developed and maintains a commercial software toolbox, and more.