Academic Career Workshop for Women in Mechanical Engineering

October 28-29, 2021

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

The Rising Stars in Mechanical Engineering workshop is aimed at women graduate students and postdocs considering future careers in academia. The 4th Rising Stars event for Mechanical Engineering will take place at MIT from Oct. 28-29, 2021. We have invited over 30 of the top junior academic women in Mechanical Engineering from around the US to gain career skills, connect with a cohort of peers, and engage with mentors. 

The workshop was hosted by Mechanical Engineering Departments of Stanford University in 2019 and the University of California, Berkeley in 2020, and is expected to return to Stanford in 2022, and Berkeley in 2023.

How to be nominated:
Participants must be women graduate students within 1-3 years of graduating with a Ph.D. at the time of the workshop, or they must have obtained a Ph.D. no earlier than 2018 and not currently hold a faculty position. Applicants must be nominated by a faculty member in her current department. Approximately 30 candidates will be selected for inclusion in the program.

The faculty nominator should register and upload the following materials:
Upload Nomination
1) The applicant’s personal statement describing her professional goals and motivation for pursuing them (maximum 1 page, pdf)
2) The applicant’s CV (no page limit, pdf)
3) Nomination letter from the faculty nominator (no more than 1 page)

Accommodations and travel:
MIT Mechanical Engineering will cover meals and shared accommodations for two nights, and reimburse reasonable travel expenses (coach airfare) up to $600.

Health and Safety:

The workshop will be held in person at MIT’s campus in Cambridge, MA unless public health measures require a reversion to a virtual format. All participants are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 prior to participating unless prior approval is received. Such approval will be considered on a case by case basis and with consideration for the health and safety of all participants and the MIT community. For questions about participation, email RisingStarsME@mit.edu.

Application Deadline: Extended to August 30, 2021 (11:59pm Eastern Time)
Rising Stars workshop 2021 dates: October 28-29, 2021

Questions? Email RisingStarsME@mit.edu


Ellen Roche, Workshop Co-Chair

W.M. Keck Career Development Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Institute for Medical Engineering and Science


Betar Gallant, Workshop Co-Chair

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

ABS Career Development Professor