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Academic Career Workshop for Women in Mechanical Engineering

October 25 – 26, 2018

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 inaugural Rising Stars event for Mechanical Engineering will take place at MIT from Oct. 25-26, 2018. It is expected to draw 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.

Future workshops will be hosted by Mechanical Engineering Departments of Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley.

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 2015 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.

Application Deadline: July 9, 2018 (11:59pm Eastern Time)
Rising Stars workshop 2018: October 25-26, 2018

Questions? Email risingStarsME@mit.edu


Professor Evelyn Wang

Evelyn Wang, Workshop Co-Chair

Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Gail E. Kendall Professor of Mechanical Engineering


Professor Maria Yang

Maria Yang, Workshop Co-Chair

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

MacVicar Faculty Fellow