Undergraduate Announcements 10/2/15



1)  On Monday, everyone who is not a graduating senior should be getting their TeleBEARS appointment times.  Our procedures for this semester are listed at http://me.berkeley.edu/undergraduate/resources/advising/me-faculty-advising.  Drop-In Advising is happening on Thursday, October 15th.


2)  Adviser assignments for this semester are almost finalized and will be posted on Monday.  If you would prefer that I do not post your assignment online, please email me before 10am on Monday (10/5).


3)  The Ugrad Welcome Party is happening on Monday (10/5) in the breezeway from 4pm-6pm.  Please join us!  We'll have free Mexican Food and It's It Ice Cream.


4)  Just as a reminder, On Monday, October 12th, Professor Pruitt will hold an Graduate School Infosession to discuss best practices for applying to Masters (including MEng and 5th year) and PhD programs.  The session will be held in 3110 Etcheverry Hall from 3pm-4pm. If you are applying to Grad School, I really recommend coming.


5)  Pi Tau Sigma (PTS) Tutoring and Drop-In Office Hours will be held Wednesday 4-5pm and Thursday 2pm-4pm in 5108 Etcheverry Hall.  They tutor for a number of ME courses, so please feel free to come by and use their services.


Happy Homecoming Weekend, All!!!  Go Bears!


Communicate with Power: Public Speaking with Confidence

Communication is a fundamental skill that supports key areas in life – especially relationships and career.  Without effective communication, we experience less control and influence over ourselves and others. Communicate with Power: Speaking with Confidence, Tuesday, October 6, 5-6:30 p.m., 290 HMMB. You’ll learn the foundations for understanding how to connect with anyone in 1:1 settings, small groups and large groups – regardless of age, experience or background.  You’ll also practice techniques to learn how to influence and engage an audience when you speak. This will help you communicate with more meaning and confidence! Register today, space is limited. $10 registration fee will be refunded after the program if you checked in.

Major Madness

Major Madness, Wednesday, October 14, 6-7:30pm, Garbarini Lounge, Bechtel Engineering Center. Questions about declaring majors, double majors, minors, signing up for classes on Tele-BEARS, careers, research, and more? Come network with students across all engineering disciplines to learn more about each major at Major Madness, presented by the ESS Peer Advisers.

Engineering Students Can Study Abroad!

Study abroad panel for engineering students, Thursday, October 22, 5:30-7:30pm, Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel EngineeringCenter. Hear from a panel of current engineering students about their experiences overseas, the programs they participated in, and the steps they took to make study abroad fit into their schedule. Representatives from the Education Abroad Program (EAP) and ESS will be there to answer questions about transferring credits, financial aid, and any other questions you may have. Please RSVP so we have enough food.

Apply for LeaderShape

Can one person change the World? Will You? This year's LeaderShape is fast approaching. From January 10-15, 2016, students from the College of Engineering will enjoy an amazing experience that includes lodging, meals and materials at no cost. Any 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year undergraduate student who is either in the College of Engineering or an active member of an engineering student organization is welcome to apply. The application is available now, make sure that you don't miss out on a chance to learn how to "lead with integrity and have a healthy disregard for the impossible." Applications due October 28, 10pm.

Apply to be a CalSO Leader!

CalSO is looking to hire students who will represent the full spectrum of activities, interests and experiences of Berkeley students. Visit their website for more information and to download an application. To hear more about the CalSO Leader position and the skills you develop check out these videos: CalSO Leader: Professional Skills, Why Become a CalSO Leader?, CalSO: Personal Development.

Global Poverty & Practice Minor

The GPP Minor introduces students to the theoretical frameworks, methods, and practical skills necessary to engage with global poverty and inequality in imaginative and effective ways. The deadline to declare the Minor this semester is Wednesday, October 7. There are no prerequisites to declare. The Declaration Form and additional information about the Minor can be found online. Information sessions for the Minor will be held on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, September 30th, Noon-1pm, 105 Chavez, held in the Transfer Student Center. This session will have a special emphasis on completing the Minor as a Transfer student, but all students are welcome to attend.
  • Friday, October 2nd, 10-11am, Blum Hall 100 A/B
  • Monday, October 5th, 4-5pm, Blum Hall 100 A/B


Contact GPP Minor Advisors at gppminor@berkeley.edu with any questions.

The Berkeley Project - An Opportunity For Community Service

As one of Cal's largest, student-run community service organizations, The Berkeley Project aims to connect the campus and surrounding community via hands-on service projects. This fall will also mark the 10th anniversary of The Berkeley Project's commitment to giving back to our Berkeley community. Register online. If you have any further questions, please e-mail recruiting@berkeleyproject.org.

Biometrics Infosession with Genentech

Thursday, October 8, 6-7pm, 120B Bechtel.


Are you a computer science, math, engineering or science major with interest in technology and data? Genentech is recruiting for a 12 month internship starting January 2016 where you can apply your skills for an exciting career in biometrics! Dinner is provided.

DJI (Drone Company) Infosession

ACE (Association of Chinese Entrepreneurs) will be hosting DJI, the largest drone company in the world, on campus in October for a recruiting event.


What:  DJI Infosession - Come to learn more about drones and aerial photography. Food will be provided.
When: Wednesday, October 21, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Where: 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building
Additional Information:
Send your resume to lili.mao@dji.com. DJI is hiring both undergraduate and graduate students for positions in China and Bay Area. Please see the attachments for detailed position descriptions.
2015 NSA CyberSprint Competition

Register now for the 2015 NSA CyberSprint Competition

Can you exploit Web servers, manipulate database systems and crack sensitive password hashes? Hack a simulated system and win our annual cyber competition.

The National Security Agency (NSA) invites you to try out for the 2015 NSA CyberSprint, a challenge that pits your skills against other students and recent grads across the country. Register now!

Here’s how it works:

   • Phase 1 Qualifying Round: Complete a series of challenges to prove that you have what it takes to compete with the best. You have five days to complete the assessment, starting Oct. 28.
   • Phase 2 Final Skills Challenge: If you make it through the first phase, you’ll be invited to the big game, a simulation that asks you to hack a major system to retrieve data. You have two weeks, starting Nov. 9.

Registration is limited so reserve your spot today.

Top finishers in both phases will receive recognition for their efforts, and the best of the best will have the option to apply for a position at the National Security Agency*. And that’s when things get really interesting ...

As the federal agency charged with foreign signals intelligence and information assurance, NSA is home to the nation’s most advanced technical professionals. Show us your very best work, and you may earn a place among them.

Register now!

Mathematical Contest in Modeling
How much do the leaves on a tree weigh?  How can you design a half-pipe to maximize air time? If you think you can answer these sorts of questions with math, consider participating in the Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM)!  Working in teams of three, you will have four exciting days to come up with an original and creative solution to a real-world problem. It's a fast-paced, fun, and informative experience, where you get to compete against thousands of other undergraduates from around the world. Curious? Want to participate? 
Stop by the MCM Information Session
Wednesday 10/7, 4:30-5:30 pm
1015 Evans

Contest takes place January 28 – February 1, 2016, but the SIAM (Society of Industrial and Applied Math) student chapter is sponsoring fall workshops to help you get prepared. We'll discuss the format and timing of those at the workshops at the information session. If you can't make the session, but want to be on the MCM mailing list, please sign up here
Graduate School Programs at USC

The Viterbi School of Engineering welcomes students from across the U.S. to explore graduate programs at the USC campus in Los Angeles. Students have the opportunity to:

  • Tour the USC campus and the engineering facilities
  • Meet current students to learn about graduate student life
  • Attend faculty-hosted workshops on applying for graduate study and funding
  • Receive an application fee waiver to apply for graduate programs at the Viterbi School


Graduate Engineering Preview Day
October 30, 2015

Students with a background in engineering, math or science are welcome to attend to learn about Master’s degree programs offered by the Viterbi School. A limited number of travel grant stipends are available for highly qualified students.

Learn more and Register at viterbi.usc.edu/mspreview.


Graduate Open House
December 4, 2015

Students with a background in engineering, math or science are welcome to attend to learn about Master’s degree programs offered by the Viterbi School. A limited number of travel grant stipends are available for highly qualified students.

Learn more and Register at viterbi.usc.edu/gradopenhouse.
***Webpage and registration will open on November 2nd.

Graduate Biomedical Engineering Programs at UT Austin

As students are applying for fall 2016 admissions, we wanted to take this opportunity to provide you with information regarding the University of Texas at Austin Biomedical Engineering graduate program. We would appreciate it if you would pass on the following information to students who may be interested in graduate studies in biomedical engineering.

With an accomplished faculty and diverse student body, the Department of Biomedical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin offers opportunities for students to grow and build interdisciplinary knowledge in the areas of medicine, molecular and cellular biology, and engineering. Prospective students can view our program brochures and visit our website for further information, including program requirements and faculty research interests

Innovative research advancements:

  • Super-resolution cancer tracking: Researchers in Drs. Tim Yeh's and Andrew Dunn's labs have developed an advanced 3D Single-Molecule Tracking Microscope that detects the movement of receptors that prompt cancer growth.
  • Minimally invasive revascularization: Dr. Janet Zoldan is using patient-specific pluripotent stem cells with injectable biomaterials tailored to promote vascular formation that integrates with host tissue to treat peripheral artery disease.
  • Accelerated drug discovery: Dr. Pengyu Ren is using The University of Texas at Austin’s vast computational resources and is building a computational modeling and software tool to better predict protein ion interaction in order to develop effective drug therapies.

Doctoral students in UT BME receive full financial support. More than half of our graduate students have fellowships through the National Science Foundation, the University, or other organizations. In particular, we would like to highlight the training grant we were awarded by the NIH to support BME graduate students specializing in Biomedical Imaging. 

The deadline for fall 2016 admission is December 1, 2015. Prospective students can apply now.

Internship Positions Available at NUMECA International

NUMECA is focused on innovation in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and multiphysics analysis and optimization.  They have a number of internships open.  For more information, please see the attachments in Shareena's email message.


UAVs @ Berkeley Friday Flyday

The event is called Friday Flyday, and it's hosted by local Bay Area drone company 3D Robotics (3DR) every 2 weeks in order to connect the general public with all UAV enthusiasts, hackers, engineers, and hobbyists.  It is a unique opportunity to network with all sorts of people in the UAV industry, as 3DR tends to bring out several engineers from their team to test out their Solo "Smart Drone".  Organizers of Drone Nationals even come, and are looking to start an intercollegiate competition with UC Berkeley included! More information about it can be found here: Friday #Flyday Facebook Event.


Have a great day, and we can’t wait to hear back from you!


P.S. Check out our Facebook page - http://tinyurl.com/uavs-berkeley. We have already held two successful Friday #Flyday events, with the third occurring tomorrow; please feel free to check out the many videos and images we took of those events to see how serious we are about them and the benefits they offer to students! We should be getting a website by next week, but for now this will do for any updates or information about the student organization.

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SLC Research Writing Workshops

Own the Researcher in You: Transforming Passion into Meaningful Research
Student Learning Center Writing Program Research Workshop Series


Our research workshops are designed to support Cal undergraduates in their journey to become scholars. Come join us for a conversation about the function of research and explore the skills to strengthen your scholarly voice. Find out how you can animate the process of knowledge production and contribute to Cal’s mission as one of the world’s leading centers for research. Please RSVP below.


Kick Start Your Research: Making Plans to Stay Ahead
Thurs 10/8 || 4-5:30PM || 110 Chavez || Click here to RSVP
Mon 10/12  || 11AM-12:30PM || 151 Chavez || Click here to RSVP

This workshop aims to get you started on your research project. We will cover faculty expectations of research at Cal, walk through the general structure of a research paper, and explore the resources available to student researchers on campus. From the Deep Web to the Main Stacks, you will acquire the know-how to navigate the research process at Cal. Whether you’re eager to get started or unsure how to begin, you will leave the session with a realistic and accomplishable action plan that will keep you engaged and on-track to finish strong.

Scholar, Activated: Turning Your Curiosities into Tangible Research Questions
Thurs 10/22 || 4-5:30PM || 110 Chavez || Click here to RSVP
Mon 10/26 || 11AM-12:30PM || 151 Chavez || Click here to RSVP

This workshop offers strategies for bringing your research project into sharper focus. We will discuss qualities of a feasible research project, and explore elements of an intellectually significant research question. Whether you are overflowing with ideas or still looking for inspiration, you will come away with an enhanced understanding of how to choose your subject, identify your audience, focus your research effort, and approximate your research question.

From the Archives and Back: Making Meaning of Your Sources
Thurs 10/29 || 4-5:30PM || 110 Chavez || Click here to RSVP
Mon 11/6 || 11AM-12:30PM || 151 Chavez || Click here to RSVP

Engaging with primary and secondary sources is integral to the research process. It informs your scholarly voice, shapes the direction of your research, and strengthens your claim. This workshop provides you with concrete strategies for analyzing and making meaning of your sources. You will leave the session with a healthy dose of scholarly skepticism and the skills to discern the validity and rigor of scientific evidence. Ultimately, you will understand how evidence can be used to convince the reader of your claim.

Break Ground: Building the Paper You Envisioned
Thurs 11/5 || 4-5:30PM || 110 Chavez || Click here to RSVP
Mon 11/9 || 11AM-12:30PM || 151 Chavez || Click here to RSVP

This workshop is designed to get your writing juices flowing. We will cover strategies for transforming your findings and observations into a coherent, well-supported, and well-written research paper. You will discover creative ways to stay committed to the writing process and allow your vision to materialize. Whether you’re still brainstorming or already working on a draft, you will come away with a sound structure for your paper, a clear plan of action, and a renewed motivation to reach the finish line.

Let Your Writing Sing: Realizing Your Vision Through Revision
Thurs 11/19 || 4-5:30PM || 110 Chavez || Click here to RSVP
Mon 11/23 || 11AM-12:30PM || 151 Chavez || Click here to RSVP

Now that you have turned in your research proposal, carefully analyzed your primary and secondary sources, and produced a draft of your research paper, you could benefit from a discerning reader to help you strengthen your work. Our hands-on workshop will provide you with concrete strategies for becoming your own discerning reader. You will come to appreciate revision as an integral, and rewarding, part of the writing process, and will leave with the tools to bolster your critical eye, strengthen your organization, and enliven your writing.

RRR Week Workshops

Break Ground: Building the Paper You Envisioned
Mon 12/7 || 4-5:30PM || 110 Chavez || Click here to RSVP

Let Your Writing Sing: Realizing Your Vision Through Revision
Tues 12/28 || 4-5:30PM || Location TBA || Click here to RSVP