Instructions for New MIME Graduate Students

Graduate instructions picnic.

Welcome to graduate studies in the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. We look forward to helping you achieve your professional and personal goals. As an incoming graduate student please review the procedures listed below.

It is perfectly normal for your class registration to be locked -- until your undergraduate degree is certified and your final transcripts are received at the OSU Graduate School! ***

Please note, students enrolled in an online degree program (as opposed to those taking classes remotely due to COVID) only should follow this Guide for Ecampus Students.

Prior to the Start of Your First Term at Oregon State University

  1. Follow the instructions that accompanied your letter of acceptance from Oregon State.

  2. Activate your ONID account. ONID is your OSU Network Identification (ID). Every student has an ONID account and must activate their ONID account to register for classes.

    To activate your ONID account, go to and choose “Sign Up For ONID” in the upper-left hand column.

  3. Become familiar with the myOregonstate portal.
  4. New International Graduate Students: Complete any additional procedures listed on the Orientation and Arrival Information on the International Programs website.
  5. Check the relevant Events for Incoming MIME Graduate Students.
  6. Review courses taught by MIME faculty, the courses required for your area of interest, and select courses to take in your first term. Verify that you satisfy the course prerequisites and that there are no schedule conflicts.
  7. Meet with the appropriate research faculty member to discuss your proposed course schedule. If you have GRA offer and know your faculty mentor (major professor), please contact that person directly.  If you do not have a faculty mentor (major professor), please contact the appropriate faculty member listed below:
    • Advanced Manufacturing (IE and ME) students: Karl Haapala, Advanced Manufacturing Research Program Coordinator
    • Industrial Engineering students: Javier Calvo, Industrial Engineering Research Program Coordinator
    • Materials Science students: Julie Tucker, Materials Science Program Director
    • Mechanical Engineering students: Meet with the Research Program Coordinator in your concentration area:
      • Thermal–Fluid Science: TDB
      • Robotics and Control: Cindy Grimm
      • Design: Chris Hoyle
      • Materials Mechanics: Julie Tucker
    • Robotics students: Cindy Grimm, Robotics Program Director
    • Master of Engineering students (coursework-only / non-research): Meet with Lynn Paul, MIME Head Advisor for MIME Graduate Programs
  8. Obtain an OSU ID Card at the University ID Center (Room 103, Memorial Union). (To locate the Memorial Union and other buildings around campus, use the Campus Map.)
  9. If you have received a graduate assistantship (GTA or GRA) offer letter from MIME, go to Room 08 Hovland Hall (2700 SW Campus Way) to fill out new hire paperwork. Please remember to bring the following documents:
        • Identification as outlined on page 3 of your I-9 form (photocopies are not accepted, you must bring originals)
        • Social Security card (or receipt from the Social Security Office)
        • Voided check or savings account statement
        • International students: passport, I-20 and I-94
  10. Take care of your ethical research training now! OSU requires all graduate students to be trained in the ethical conduct of research. This is a great thing to get out of the way before classes begin. You will be glad you did this early.

As You Begin Your Graduate Program

  1. Review the following resources for information about the Graduate School, details of your program of study, and student life at OSU:

  2. Learn about the MIME Faculty associated with your graduate program, and schedule meetings with those whose research and teaching pursuits most closely match your interests.

By the End of Your First Term

  1. Select your major professor. You must select a major professor by the end of your first term. Find a faculty member whose research and teaching interests align with your own and who willing to advise you and supervise your studies at Oregon State.
  2. In consultation with the MIME graduate advisor and/or your major professor, develop a tentative program of study using the appropriate Program of Study Form: Masters (DOC)PhD