Thank you for your interest in the Multi-Scale Robotics & Automation Lab and in Purdue University. I receive a number of inquiries regarding the availability of research positions in the lab, and unfortunately cannot always respond to these requests but be assured that it has been received. Therefore, I have posted some comments on frequently asked questions that I have compiled regarding research opportunities at Purdue and also specifically about working at the MSRAL.
Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ's & Answers
Please email me a complete CV (including a list of at least three references) and two representative publications which highlight your research work to date. Please also include a Personal Statement indicating why you are interested in my group, how you feel you will be able to contribute to the research, and how a post-doctoral position with my group fits into your larger career goals. Be sure to comment on any previous experience you may have in writing research proposals. If you are an international scholar, it would also be beneficial to know of your availability to work in the US and when you would be available to start.
I am interested in pursuing a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue. Are Research Assistantships or Teaching Assistants available for Masters students?
As a general rule of thumb, PhD students are more likely to be
supported on RA or TA positions. However, outstanding Masters students
with strong research experience will be considered for such support. In
such cases Masters students must pursue a 6 credit thesis option for the
Masters degree. In the past such students typically work towards
completing a PhD in a related topic/field at Purdue upon completion of
the requirements for their Masters degree.
A general overview of the research activities of our group can be found on this website. While the descriptions of the research areas are not updated regulary, I make a concerted effort to keep the Publications section of the website up to date specifically so that potential graduate students can see our latest work. If you are interested in a research position with in the MSRAL, a good first step is to be able to convince me that you have researched (i.e. read) at least some of our publications. A good way to ensure that your email will be deleted without being read is to include me on a 'spam' email directed at a large number of faculty or to continually e-mail me the same message over and over again.
I believe that you will find that the strengths of the PhD program at Purdue include having access to state of the art facilities and cutting-edge research opportunities in a vibrant setting where many world-reknown faculty take great pride in offering personalized mentoring and advising to our graduate students. Further, I strongly believe that PhD students at Purdue in general, and specifically my graduate students, greatly benefit from close interactions and collaborations with students and faculty from other research groups both inside and outside the School of Mechanical Engineering. I encourage you to surf the ME website and the School of Mechanical Engineering website to learn more about the exciting work being done here at Purdue!