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Graduate Students

I am not currently hiring new graduate students.  Watch this space for openings.

In general, students who are interested in joining my group for a Masters degree or as PhD candidates should contact me by email (smela@umd.edu), including a cover letter, resume and pdf copies of any journal publications.

You will also need to officially apply to the Department of Mechanical Engineering for admission to the graduate program. There are deadlines in the winter for admission in September of the following year, and deadlines in the summer for December admission.

As another general piece of advice, regardless of where you are applying for admission, in your statement of purpose, you should clearly state the research areas that interest you.

Although the Department does not accept applications for the summer semester, if accepted for Fall then you will generally start in my research group over the summer.


I am not currently hiring new postdocs.  Watch this space for openings.


Undergraduate volunteers are welcome in the group!

Students should have at least 10 hours/week during the semester that they would like to devote to research.  If you are interested, contact me by email (smela@umd.edu) to set up an appointment to discuss the possibilities.   It is generally expected that students will begin as a volunteer during the Fall or Spring semester and continue to a paid position during the summer.  Exceptions are of course possible.

The University of Maryland is an equal opportunity employer, and
women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.


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