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The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Santa Clara University is seeking Teaching Assistants for the 2020-2021 Academic Year to assist with the teaching of undergraduate labs & courses. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, preparing & running labs, holding office hours and review sessions, grading lab reports and homework, and performing other duties as assigned by the instructor.

Preferred candidates will have a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering by Fall 2020 with an excellent academic record. TA's are also expected to have strong communication skills, to be responsive to e-mails, and to be prompt in meeting deadlines with regard to their duties. 

To apply, click here


2020 Call for Applicants Scientist Mentoring & Diversity Program (SMPD)

Application Deadline for both programs is April 3, 2020.

Interested candidates are invited to apply online at: Successful student applicants will receive fellowships to attend one of the programs and virtually all expenses for the one-year SMDP are covered. We are now accepting applications. Special consideration is given to how many weeks prior to April 3, 2020, deadline students apply.

Ethnically diverse university students and recent graduates in technical fields are invited to apply (Hispanic Americans, Pacific Islanders, African Americans, and American Indians). To qualify, applicants must be interested in a career in biotechnology, medical technology or consumer healthcare industries and seek to receive career mentoring and training from industry leaders.  

Both year-long programs begin with a 5-day training session. SMDP Biotech will be June 6-10, 2020, in San Diego and SMDP MedTech will be October 3-7, 2020, in Toronto.  Participants will also attend a major industry conference. 

During SMDP, Scholars will be paired with industry mentors to learn about career opportunities in industry and receive career development coaching. As part of the program, scholars and their mentors create personalized mentoring plans, which they implement over the course of the year following the training session. The mentor-mentee teams communicate regularly by telephone and email, aided by ICPD staff and the internet-based SMDP Mentoring Portal.

Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions.

Many thanks,

Dustielyn Savage, Program Manager, 


Energy Engineering- Power Systems Internship

Start date: August 2020

Duration: 4-8 months

Tesla Energy Grid Solutions is looking for an intern to focus on power systems stability modeling and analysis. The candidate is expected to demonstrate a solid theoretical background on EMT and dynamic modeling of power systems, renewable energy resources, and converter-interfaced devices. The candidate should have very strong and hands-on experience using any positive sequence tools like (PSSE/DIgSILENT/PSLF) and EMT tools (preferably PSCAD) for dynamics/transient simulations. The intern will focus mostly on modeling solar PV and battery energy storage systems in any of these software utilizing Python interfaces, running simulations, and analyzing the impact of these resources on stability of grids and microgrids.

 - Prior practical experience with modeling renewables in any positive sequence or EMT tool is a must have.

- Prior practical experience using Python is a must have.

- Prior practical experience in conducting utility transmission interconnection studies for renewable and energy storage projects is a plus.

- Prior experience with PSSE User Written Model is a plus.

- You must be self-managed and committed to working in a fast-paced environment.

-  You should be able to relocate to Tesla location in Palo Alto, CA

Qualified candidates are welcomed to submit their resume directly at:

The ThrombX Internship is designed to provide College and University enrolled or recently graduated students with a meaningful experience within the Life Sciences industry. The students are given an opportunity to gain a valuable corporate and operations learning experience through either a finite project or various assignments critical to the progress of ThrombX. Projects vary for each intern depending on the needs, and each will provide the intern with both a meaningful and relevant work experience. Mentor(s) will be assigned to each intern to help guide them through their experience.

ThrombX Medical is an emerging medical device company developing a potentially lifesaving interventional medical device. The Founder of the Company is a published and practicing physician that is passionate about the ThrombX device and its potential for patients. The ability to learn to perform mechanical laboratory type testing on small and delicate components is an essential consideration. The ability to maintain strict confidentiality is a necessity.

It is possible that during the internship ThrombX Medical may perform testing on animals which is required by the FDA and other regulatory bodies around the world to provide safety and efficacy data. The intern is required to accept this required activity which is performed in strict confidence at an ALAAC approved laboratory within controlled and approved conditions.

Position Summary:
• Academic level, discipline, skill sets, and experiences required of intern to perform job functions: Junior year, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, or other related technical and science field. Sophomores may be considered

• Computer skills desired: Outlook or Google email, MS Word, MS Excel, MS Power Point, SolidWorks, Finite Element Analysis, Minitab, or similar

• Intern activities: provide hands-on support to mechanical durability bench testing, provide assistance with protocol and/or report writing, provide statistical analysis where possible, participate in meetings and off site group activities, and any other activities the Intern is capable of performing that will assist in the forward progress of ThrombX

• Job related training required: In-House training for EH&S along with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) training will occur on-the-job. Training on the use of small hand tools and other automated equipment will take place.

Your qualifications
• Required:
o      Possession of own laptop or similar computer.
o      Must be enrolled in a related Bachelor or Master Degree program.
o      Excellent communication skills, written and verbal.
o      An excellence work attitude, patience, and desire to learn from others in a                             wide variety of topics and corporate roles.
o      While performing the duties of this job, the intern is regularly required to                                 sit, talk, hear, listen.
o      The intern frequently is required to handle, feel, reach with hands and arms.
o      The intern is required to stand and walk. The intern must occasionally lift                               and/or move up to 20 pounds.
o      The intern may have to drive to off-site meetings or vendors using their                                   own vehicle.
o      Completed Junior year of Bachelor Program or higher, Sophomores may be                           considered.

What we offer

Responsibilities: The preceding functions have been provided as examples of the types of work performed by interns assigned to this position. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty
satisfactorily with constant improvement. The requirements listed in this description are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind the work assignments of different positions due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an intern to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an intern encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable
individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

If interested, please send your resume to Tim Konkol via email (