Faculty position at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville

The Mechanical Engineering program is looking to fill multiple full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor positions in Mechanical Engineering. Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate engineering courses and labs, research and scholarly activity, and service to the university and department.

The Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering department is dedicated to hands-on engineering education focused on interdisciplinary coursework and cross-disciplinary collaborations outside the classroom. We are a strong, student-centered program located in Southwest Wisconsin that prioritizes accessible undergraduate engineering education, effective teaching pedagogy, and dedication to an inclusive learning environment.

To learn more and apply, click here.

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UMD-Summer in Japan: Sustainable Energy Production and Utilization (ENME701) – Apply by 4/2

The International Joint Graduate Course in Sustainable Energy Conversion and the Environment (ENME701) is offered each summer in an intensive three-week, three-credit, format. The aim of the class is to have students gain an understanding of technologies for sustainable energy production, conversion and utilization as well as their limitations and opportunities, and to gain experience in challenges and opportunities in designing sustainable energy systems. Students will develop their own vision for a future sustainable energy scenario in teams with students from other countries.

This is one of the most affordable short-term courses offered by the University of Maryland & tuition remission can be used to cover $1,255 of the program fee!

Application Deadline: 4/2

Program Dates: 7/8 – 7/21

Program Location: Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

Program Fee: $2,715 ($1,460 w/ tuition remission)

Questions? Contact Dr. Reinhard Radermacher ( or Dr. Yunho Hwang (

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2023 ExxonMobil LOFT Fellowship Program

ExxonMobil LOFT Fellowship

ExxonMobil Corporation, the largest publicly traded international energy company, has partnered with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) to create fellowship opportunities in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) for Hispanic college students. Through HHF’s Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT) program, ExxonMobil seeks to nurture motivated college students nationwide with a passion for Engineering and Science.

Selected students will be exposed to a top-quality company by participating in this signature mentoring program. Each student will be paired up with an ExxonMobil professional to learn how their knowledge and skills are applied in a corporate setting. 

Fellowship Components
The Fellowship consists of five 1-hour meetings with a mentor (virtual or in person), an exclusive curriculum to introduce Fellows to ExxonMobil and career opportunities, and a $1,000 educational grant. In addition, the possibility exists to interview for ExxonMobil positions (internships/full-time) upon successfully completing the Fellowship.

Fellowship Requirements
This opportunity is highly competitive and open to rising sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students attending a 4-year college or university.
Fellowship applicants with the following majors will be given priority: 
·       Civil Engineering
·       Chemical Engineering 
·       Computer Engineering
·       Electrical Engineering
·       Geoscience 
·       Material Science and Engineering 
·       Mechanical Engineering

Applicants with these majors will also be considered: Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mathematics, Petroleum Engineering, and Physics.

Other Requirements:
·       Must plan to pursue a career in the fields/majors listed above
·       Have a GPA of 3.5 or higher
·       Be a U.S. citizen, a legal U.S. permanent resident or have the permanent right to work in the      U.S. Applicants selected are required to submit documentation for U.S. citizenship,  permanent resident or right to work.

The application can be found here.

If you have questions, please contact Please use “ExxonMobil LOFT Fellowship” in the subject line.

The 2023 ExxonMobil LOFT Fellowship Application will close on April 30, 2023, at @11:59 p.m. EDT.

This opportunity available through the LOFT program is for Hispanic students. Others interested should contact the company’s website directly. 

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Career Options for PhDs: how to explore academic and nonacademic careers to identify a path that’s right for you.

PhDs work wherever smart people are needed. In today’s creative economy, a faculty career isn’t the only option for PhDs who are seeking engaging and rewarding work. PhDs work in every part of the economy – industry, nonprofits, higher education, and government.

But what career pathway will be right for YOU? Deciding on what to do after your PhD or postdoc can feel overwhelming, even daunting.

This special virtual workshop series is designed to take doctoral students and PhDs through a series of exercises to help them evaluate career options and identify next steps in building their career either as faculty or beyond the professoriate.

When: Every Wednesday in March from 12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET. We will cover a unique topic each week, so plan to attend all sessions.

Where: Virtual workshops inside the PhD Career Training Platform. Click here to register. 

Format: The virtual webinar will include instruction, reflective prompts and exercises, and opportunities for participants to ask questions directly to the Beyond Prof team. Each week, we will cover a new topic, so plan to attend all sessions. Replays will be sent to all registered attendees.

Who should attend: This webinar series is uniquely designed for doctoral students, PhDs, and postdocs from all academic disciplines who are wondering:

  • What career options are available to PhDs in my discipline?
  • How to identify career pathways that are right for me? 
  • What are my most marketable skills for careers outside of academia? 
  • What can I do with my PhD?

Advance registration required. Login to register

Replays will be emailed to registered attendees and available for 30 days. Please note that replays will be available starting Friday at noon.

About the PhD Career Training Platform:
Access on-demand lessons, workbooks, and attend live webinars and trainings to learn how PhDs build careers as faculty or in the professional workforce. This resource is provided to you by the Graduate School at the University of Maryland, College Park.  Login today

About your instructor: 

Dr. Harry Thomas joined the Beyond Prof team in 2022 as a Learning Engagement Strategist. Previously, Dr. Thomas taught at Durham Academy where he also served as head of the department. Having navigated his own career transition from academia into the private sector, Dr. Thomas is passionate about helping graduate students and PhDs explore career options and learn how to job search in today’s creative economy. 

Dr. Thomas earned his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

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ME Faculty positions at University of Baltimore County

The Mechanical Engineering Department of University of Maryland – Baltimore County (UMBC) has two faculty position openings: (i) one or multiple open-rank positions at the Baltimore/Catonsville campus and (ii) one assistant professor in the thermofluids area at the new Shady Grove campus.

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Tenure-track faculty position at Washington University in St. Louis

The Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science at Washington University in St. Louis invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in mechanical engineering.

Imaging science, soft matter and biomaterials, energy and the environment, neurotechnology, and artificial intelligence are key areas of interest within the McKelvey School of Engineering. The Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science seeks candidates with research interests in these areas and/or complementary to the department’s current research foci. Further details can be found here.

Apply here.

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Name: Joseph Baker


Committee Members:

Professor Reinhard Radermacher, Chair
Research Professor Yunho Hwang, Co-Chair
Professor Chunsheng Wang
Associate Professor Katrina Groth
Professor Bao Yang
Professor Peter Sunderland, Dean’s Representative

Date: Thursday, May 12th, 2022
Time: 2:00PM
Location: CEEE conference room, 088-4164B
Zoom Link:


Considering the environmental challenges posed by traditional energy systems, we must strive to
seek out innovative strategies to sustainably meet today’s demands for energy and quality of life.
Energy systems using electrochemical (EC) energy conversion methods may help us to transition
to a more sustainable energy future by providing intermittent renewable energy storage and
improving building energy efficiency. EC pumping devices are a novel technology that use
chemical reactions to pump, compress, or separate a given working fluid. These devices operate
without any moving parts. Unlike mechanical pumps and compressors, they operate silently,
producing no vibrations and requiring no lubrication. In this dissertation, I examine the
applicability for EC pumping devices in energy storage via compressed ammonia and in
dehumidification for air conditioning.

Hydrogen fuel cells are a promising technology for on-demand renewable power generation.
While storage of pure hydrogen fuel remains a problem, ammonia is an excellent hydrogen
carrier with far less demanding storage requirements. EC ammonia compression opens the door
to several possibilities for separating, compressing, and storing ammonia for intermittent power
generation. Using the same proton exchange membranes commonly used in fuel cells, I
demonstrated successful ammonia compression under a variety of operating conditions. I
examined the performance of a small-scale ammonia EC compressor, measuring the compression
and separation performance. I also conducted experiments to investigate the steady-state
performance of a multi-cell ammonia EC compressor stack, observing a maximum isothermal
efficiency of 40% while compressing from 175 kPa to 1,000 kPa. However, back diffusion of
ammonia reduced the amount of effluent ammonia by as much as 67%.

Dehumidification represents a significant portion of air conditioning energy requirements.
Separate sensible and latent cooling using EC separation of water may provide an energy
efficient thermal comfort solution for the hot and humid parts of the world. I conducted
experiments of several EC dehumidifier, considering both proton exchange and anion exchange
processes. Diffusion of the working fluid was significant in this application as well. I observed a
maximum Faradaic efficiency for dehumidification of 40% for a 50 cm2 cell using an anion
exchange membrane under the most favorable case. I developed a novel open-air EC
dehumidifier prototype. To alleviate the back diffusion issue, I investigated a method for mass
transfer enhancement using high-voltage fields. I also developed a numerical model to simulate
the performance of the EC dehumidifier devices, predicting the experimentally measured
performance to within 25%.


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Author: Ji Bae


Date/Time: February 18th, 2022 | 4-5pm

Location: EGR 2164

Examining Committee:

Professor Michael Ohadi, Chair/Advisor
Professor Amir Shooshtari
Professor Bao Yang
Professor Jungho Kim

Abstract: According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), about 38 quads of the total U.S. energy consumption was consumed by residential and commercial buildings in 2017, which is about 39% of the total 2017 annual U.S. energy consumption (EIA, 2018). Additionally, the building sector is responsible for about 75% of the total U.S. electricity consumption as well as for about 70% of the projected growth in the U.S. electricity demand through 2040. It is clear that the potential for energy savings and greenhouse gas emissions reduction in existing buildings today remain largely untapped and that there is still much left to explore in respect to determining the best protocols for reducing building energy consumption on a national and even a global scale. The present work investigates the effectiveness of coupling an initial virtual energy audit screening with the conventional, hands-on, energy audit processes to more quickly and less costly implement the energy savings potential for high energy consumption buildings. The virtual screening tool takes advantage of a customized cloud-based energy efficiency management software and the readily available energy consumption data of the building to identify and prioritize the buildings that have the highest energy savings potential and should be given priority for performing onsite walkthroughs and detailed energy audits and the subsequent implementation of the identified energy conservation measures (ECMs). By applying the proposed procedure to a group of buildings, the results of this study demonstrated that a combination of the software-based screening tools and a detailed experimental/onsite energy audit as necessary can effectively take advantage of the potential energy consumption and carbon footprint reduction in existing buildings today and that the low-cost/no-cost energy conservation measures alone can oftentimes result in significant savings as documented in this thesis. However, selection of the appropriate software was deemed critically important, as certain software limitations were observed to hinder the obtainment of the desired energy savings opportunities.


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