Undergraduate Announcements 8/21/15



1.  Our own instructor, Marcel Kristel, is putting on an professional etiquette event.  I encourage you to attend!

     Learn Business Etiquette from PSOW President Pamela Eyring
     Tuesday, Sept. 15th 
     4:00 - 5:30 PM at the Blum Center
     Refreshments will be served.

     Here is the link to RSVP .


2.  Courses start on Wednesday, August 26th.  Incoming students, generally speaking, if you have a lab or discussion scheduled before your primary lecture section, you do not normally have to attend that first lab section.  If your whole class is a lab, then, yes, you do have to attend that first section.


3.  Sophomores, continuing Juniors and Seniors only:  If you are interested in changing your faculty adviser because you feel like you would be better served by a faculty member in a different area, please fill out the following form:  http://goo.gl/forms/urU9KoXpxR.  I cannot guarantee that I'll be able to make the changes, but I'll see what I can do when I have all of your requests in-hand.  This request form is not intended for new students.


4.  Grant Workshops!  Hey seniors!  Interested in graduate schools?  Please seriously consider going to the grant workshops (like the NSF one detailed below) early in the semester.  Grants deadlines come up very quickly and you'll need the guidance. 


5.  Welcome to my weekly announcements, incoming ugrads!  Let the spam begin!!!


Have a great weekend!  -Shareena


Mechanical Engineering student needed with the following skill sets:


3-D modeling


The project will comprise making CAD models for  Atmospheric Water Generator. If you are interested, please contact:  

Alexander von Welczeck
President & CEO
SKY H2O, Inc | www.skyh2o.us
P.+1 415 794 3311


My name is Aditya Medury and I am a postdoctoral scholar at the Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (SafeTREC), which is affiliated with the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) and the School of Public Health.  We are looking to hire an undergraduate student on a work-study basis to work on video data collection for engineering analysis. In case there are any departmental email distribution lists for communicating such job opportunities to the mechanical engineering undergraduate students, we would appreciate if you could share this information through those channels.


The applicant should have experience executing codes written in MATLAB; experience in writing codes in MATLAB would be desirable.The job is posted on the UCB Work-Study Program site under the job number is 4952311735: http://financialaid.berkeley.edu/work-study. The applicant must have a work-study award as part of his/her financial aid package.


Thank you for your assistance and please do let me know in case you have any questions.


Best regards,



Undergraduate research opportunity in multi-body dynamics simulations of self-righting robots


My name is Chen Li and I'm a Postdoc working with Prof. Robert Full in the Poly-PEDAL Lab in Integrative Biology and Prof. Ronald Fearing in the Biomimetic Millisystems Lab in EECS.  I am looking for 1-2 undergraduates in ME / EECS to develop multi-body dynamic simulations. The position is for Fall 2015. This is a volunteer position but research credits can be taken.



Develop a multi-body dynamic simulation of a cockroach-inspired robot that rights itself when it is flipped upside down. Based on biology discovery in cockroaches (http://www.sicb.org/meetings/2015/schedule/abstractdetails.php?id=131), we have developed two robots that use their exoskeletal shells to change body shape and perform self-righting. The current project is to develop multi-body dynamic simulations of these robots and test how righting performance depends on shell shape, speed, etc. I will personally mentor you closely (for my mentoring experience, see: http://li.me.jhu.edu/people)


This is a part of a larger research direction integrating biology and robotics to study self-righting. For an example of a similar recent study on obstacle traversal, see:




Required experience:

Knowledge of multi-body dynamics



Experience with multi-body dynamic simulation software (ChronoEngine, V-REP, Working Model 3D, etc.).


If interested, please email chen.li@berkeley.edu with:

-a brief introduction of yourself

-CV / resume

-project portfolio (if any)

-how much time you can devote realistically (hours / week)


There is still time for 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students in the College of Engineering, the College of Chemistry, or in the physical sciences to register for the Engineering and Tech Career Conference, Saturday, August 29, 9:30-2pm. You will be given the opportunity to spend time with alum and top recruiters, learning and sharing strategies to make the most out of your time here and preparing for the professional world. Pre-registration is mandatory! Once you log in to Callisto click on "Shortcuts", click on "Programs & Workshops- RSVP Here" then search for "conference" in the keyword search.


The Center for Access to Engineering Excellence (CAEE) will open Monday, August 31. All engineering students are invited to use the center for free tutoring in core engineering courses, individual and group study space, and for our Academic Excellence Workshops. Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9am-9pm; Fridays, 9am-5pm.


Tuesday, September 15, 2-4pm, 227 Bechtel.


Join the Center for Access to Engineering Excellence for free cupcakes and professional headshots for your professional, online profiles. Selfies are not acceptable for sites like LinkedIn, so let us help you spruce up your profile to ensure that you make a great impression! Once you’ve taken your professional photo, join the Career Center in 240 Bechtel, 4-5pm, for a resume and LinkedIn workshop.


Last call for your student organization to apply for funding from Engineering Student Services. Learn more about how to apply online by August 31 (final deadline). Funding Requests submitted after August 31 will not be considered, so please plan accordingly for any and all needs your group will have for 2015-2016.


SpaceX is announcing an open competition, geared towards university students and independent engineering teams, to design and build the best Hyperloop pod. To support this competition, SpaceX will construct a one-mile test track adjacent to their Hawthorne, California headquarters. Teams will be able to test their human-scale pods during a competition weekend at the track, currently targeted for June 2016. The knowledge gained here will continue to be open-sourced.


A workshop for applicants will be held Thursday, September 17 from 11:30 AM at 1:00 PM in 309 Sproul Hall (http://www.berkeley.edu/map/3dmap/3dmap.shtml)
The workshop will provide valuable tips that will assist in strengthening applications.  Speakers include UCB's NSF fellowship coordinator, a UCB professor that served on a previous year's NSF panel, and three current UCB NSF fellows.