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-5Graduate School Series for Prospective Students in Mechanical Engineering

Fall 2023 Program and Schedule

Launched in 2020 by MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Futures in Mechanical Engineering program encourages and supports individuals interested in pursuing a graduate degree in mechanical engineering; particularly those who have historically been underrepresented in our field.

About the Workshop:

While some aspects of the workshop will focus on MIT’s mechanical engineering graduate program in particular, our goal is to encourage more women and individuals from underrepresented backgrounds to pursue advanced degrees in mechanical engineering across the board.

All sessions are held at 4-5pm EST via zoom

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Participants may register for all 4 events or a subset of their choosing.

Tuesday 9/27 Overview of Graduate School.

Presented by Dr. Dawn Wendel, Senior Lecturer and MIT MechE Graduate Admissions Officer

Monday 10/3 Personal Statement and Research Proposal Workshop.

Presented by Dr. Svetlana Boriskina, Senior Research Scientist and Manager of the Mechanical Engineering Communications Lab

Wednesday 10/5 Graduate Student Support Programs

Speakers will present from the MIT MechE Graduate Office, MechE ENGAGE, ME-Refs, and MechE Graduate Student Coaching Program. The goal of this session is to share resources and support available to graduate students in MIT’s mechanical engineering graduate program to help them navigate their time at MIT MechE.

Tuesday 10/18 Info Session for Prospective Students of Color

Hosted by Dr. Dawn Wendel and current graduate students in MIT’s department of mechanical engineering.

Additional Sessions may be added, time permitting. Any student registered to event above will be notified of additions to this agenda

Optional Pre-work: Write a first draft of your personal statement. (You can find more info here and here.)

Who Should Attend?

Students or professionals interested in pursuing a graduate degree in mechanical engineering.  Applicants should be pursuing an undergraduate degree in a relevant field from a college or university in the United States or have graduated with such a degree.  Recordings of the workshop sessions will be available after the workshop for other students who are unable to attend and interested in this content.

How to Register:

Please complete this brief registration. Once complete an email will be send to your preferred address with log-in details.

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Photo of Evelyn Wang with dark background

Evelyn Wang, Workshop Co-Chair

Department Head, Mechanical Engineering

Ford Professor of Engineering

Professor Maria Yang

Maria Yang, Workshop Co-Chair

Associate Dean of Engineering

Gail E. Kendall Professor of Mechanical Engineering