Graduate Student Openings

Walker Graduate Assistant, Applied Research Laboratory

Division/Department: Mechanical Systems and Design/9110

Beginning Semester: Fall 2017

Grade/Stipend: TBD

Position Description

The Mechanical Systems and Design of the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) is seeking a Ph.D. student into the Walker Graduate Assistantship program. The Walker Graduate Assistantship is administered by ARL and is awarded to exemplary students pursing Master of Science (M.S.) and/or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in an engineering or engineering-related academic program. This assistantship provides full tuition and fees, as well as a monthly stipend for graduate students admitted into the program. The successful candidate will perform a comprehensive study of advanced ceramic materials and their implementation in UUVs will be conducted. Particular issues that must be addressed are: design of robust joint structures constructed from ceramic-ceramic or metal-ceramic materials; developing design or material options to prevent tensile failure either static or shock loading; and ensuring the durability of the outer structure due to handling and wear. To achieve all of these goals will require a combination of computational mechanics, material science, and experimental mechanics.

Mandatory Position Description Requirements 

Students must have a B.S. in engineering mechanics, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, or materials science, and will work up to 20 hours per week.

Job Requirements 

Candidates must be accepted into the Penn State Graduate School. Successful candidates typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher during their junior and senior years. You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply. Applicant selected will be subject to a government security investigation. Employment with the Applied Research Laboratory will require successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen.

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Our Engineering Science program is the official undergraduate honors program of the College of Engineering, attracting the University’s brightest engineering students. We also offer graduate degrees in ESM, engineering mechanics, engineering at the nano-scale, and an integrated undergraduate/graduate program.

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