Graduate Student Organization

Meet Your Fellow Graduate Students

The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Graduate Student Organization (GSO) strives to create a closer community both within the graduate student population, as well as between the students and faculty. The MAE GSO wants to enrich the graduate student experience by creating opportunities to meet, interact and become friends with students and professors outside of individual research groups and even outside the department. We plan several events every quarter to bring the diverse graduate community together, have fun, de-stress and connect with people that we wouldn’t have the opportunity to meet otherwise. While graduate school can be quite challenging, our goal is to ensure that no one has to do it alone.

2018-19 Officers

uc davis mechanical aerospace engineering graduate student organization president megan shyrMegan Shyr, President, 3rd Year Ph.D.

RASCAL Lab (PI: Sanjay Joshi), mcshyr@ucdavis.edu

What do you love about UC Davis?

UC Davis is appealing in a lot of different ways! It’s a large school, which lends to tremendous student support and resources, but also Davis is a smaller city, so it’s still very friendly and community-oriented. If there is something you need or something you are struggling with, I guarantee there is a resource for you. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! The MAE GSO members are a good place to start. In the same vein, if you are interested in something, whether that be a research field or a new hobby, likely someone else is too. There are so many opportunities in and outside the classroom to share and explore.

 

uc davis mechanical aerospace engineering graduate student organization vice president destiny garciaDestiny Garcia, Vice President, 5th Year Ph.D.

MASTeR Lab (PI: Barbara Linke), desgarcia@ucdavis.edu

What is your advice for a new mechanical and aerospace engineering graduate student?

You made it! You are exactly where you are supposed to be. Don’t let anyone tell you, or make you feel otherwise. You got this!

 

 

uc davis mechanical aerospace engineering graduate student organization historian megna hariMegna Hari, Historian/Scribe, 5th Year Ph.D.

DynaaTECC Lab (PI: Nesrin Sarigul-Klijn), meghari@ucdavis.edu

What is your advice for a new mechanical and aerospace engineering graduate student?

Don’t worry so much about being behind or slower than your fellow graduate students. We are all going at our own pace. Don’t assume that everyone has already found their research group in the first week of fall quarter, or that everyone is smarter than you.

Taking 3 4-unit classes your first quarter while also TAing is really hard. Limit it to 2 classes if you’re a TA or doing research already. Also, r
each out to people to make friends. Come to the MAE events! Grad school can be lonely, but it doesn’t have to be.

 
Scott Kresie, 2nd Year M.S.

Human Performance Lab (PI: David Hawkins), swkresie@ucdavis.edu

What is something that you learned during your time as a graduate student that was not from a class or your research?

There is real value in the connections and friendships you make with your graduate student peers. These are some of the most intelligent and interesting people you may ever meet in your life, so it is well worth your time to go out of your way to get to know these awesome people.

 

uc davis mechanical aerospace engineering graduate student organization treasury sai barathSai Bharath, Treasury Committee, 1st Year M.S.

smothukuri@ucdavis.edu

What is your advice for a new mechanical and aerospace engineering graduate student?

If you ever find yourself in a tough spot, feel free to reach out to any of the MAE GSO members. We'll guide you to the best of our knowledge.

 

 

uc davis mechanical aerospace engineering graduate student organization treasury felipe valdezFelipe Valdez, Treasury Committee, 1st Year M.S.

fdvaldez@ucdavis.edu

What is your advice for a new mechanical and aerospace engineering graduate student?

If you ever find yourself struggling in finding a PI and/or a lab to settle in, don’t worry! Take your time and keep searching for the best option. Talk to a variety of faculty, lab members and classmates. At the end of the day, it’s all about you. Find a field of research that most interests you and find an advisor that will best guide you. Best of luck!

 

uc davis mechanical aerospace engineering graduate student organization treasury shantanu wadnekarShantanu Wadnerkar, Treasury Committee, 1st Year M.S.

smwadnerkar@ucdavis.edu

What is your advice for a new mechanical and aerospace engineering graduate student?

As a graduate student, you will be very busy with your research, coursework or teaching a course. But, you should always make it a point to take some time out for yourself and enjoy.

 

 

Ehsan Arasteh, COE Dean’s Advisory Committee Representative

earasteh@ucdavis.edu

What is your advice for a new mechanical and aerospace engineering graduate student?

Make lots of friends. Start with the MAE events—they are fun! Also, do not restrict yourself to just research. Find a hobby, sit in classes that are different than your field, join a local community, etc. This will make you a well-rounded person later in life and also helps you balance your life and relax a little bit.

 

uc davis mechanical aerospace engineering graduate student organization divji patilDivij Patil, 1st Year M.S.

ARMS Lab (PI: Masakazu Soshi), dgpatil@ucdavis.edu

What is your best piece of advice for someone deciding where to go to graduate school?

Find a school whose research interest resonates with yours and which will help you inch closer towards your dream. In the end, the growth you had in the school matters more than what school you went to.

 

 
uc davis mechanical aerospace engineering graduate student organization shubhankar ravkarShubhankar Raykar, 1st Year M.S.