Undergraduate Announcements 1/8/16

ME Housekeeping

1)  ME T-Shirt Contest.  We're looking for new designs for 2016. 


* The tees will be for students, staff and faculty
* Design should be unisex
* Minimal color or black and white would be best as the shirt will probably be navy, grey, white, or black depending on the design
* I will need a vector version of the image as well as a normal image file (like a png or jpeg)

* We will only be accepting designs from students in Mechanical Engineering (we also discourage you from submitting someone else's design because we would not be able to credit them in any way)


Every year, we are asked if we can sell the t-shirts.  The bottom line is that UC Berkeley does not let individuals or departments sell their logos, or anything associated with UCB in any way, unless you are a licensed vendor (and we cannot become one).  However, if we have a design that does not refer/allude to UCB directly, we would be able to sell the shirt.  For instance, if we did not have UC Berkeley but had Berkeley, California instead, and it was not in blue and gold, that would work.  Or if it only mentioned Mechanical Engineering and not UCB in any way (and it wasn't in blue and gold).  Anyhow, I'm not suggesting that your design not be affiliated with UCB, but I just thought I would throw it out there just in case anyone had any creative ideas.  Designs are due to me by Monday, February 29th.


2)  We would like to update our "ME@ME" display on the 3rd floor.  I would love any new photos you could share of yourself (on vacation, with family/friends).  Be sure to send me a short caption as well.  


I hope you are all having a lovely and restful break.  I'll see you all soon.




The Spring Semester recruiting season starts the first week of classes with the Spring Career Fair, January 20-22. If you're hoping to land a full-time job after graduating this May, or summer internship this coming summer, don't miss the largest career and internship event of the spring semester!


2016 Spring Career Fair
Wednesday, January 20 - Engineering, Science and Technical Opportunities
Thursday, January 21 - Business, Nonprofit and Public Service Opportunities
Friday, January 22 - Engineering, Tech and Business Opportunities
Time: 11am-4pm
Place: MLK Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom, 3rd floor


Come join us for UC Berkeley's first and largest Spring Semester career fair for students seeking full time employment or summer internships! The Spring Career Fair is open to all currently registered Berkeley students and Career Center Alumni Advantage members. Over 190 companies will be attending!

You can see the directory of participating employers by logging in to Callisto and look under Events on the menu, or find the link in the Shortcuts menu. Note that new companies are added to the directory every day as we confirm employer registrations. 


Different employers attend each day so plan to attend all 3 days. Following is a sample list of participating employers specifically seeking Mechanical Engineering majors for jobs and internships: 

Amazon Lab126
Applied Materials
Brooks Automation
Emerson Process Management
General Motors
Harder Mechanical Contractors
IXL Learning
Micron Technology
Morpho Detection
Robert Bosch
Sandia National Labs
Texas Instruments
US Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center (AMRDEC)
...and many more employers seeking engineering students!


Prepare in advance to make a great first impression:
1.  Update your Callisto profile to make sure your major and graduation date are correct - they will appear on your nametag!
2.  To view participating companies (so you can research firms and opportunities ahead of time), view the Career Fair directory from the Shortcuts menu in your Callisto account.  Use the Advanced Search feature to search by major(s) sought, type of job, location, if the company hires international students, etc...New feature: select your Top 10 companies and view the booth map in Callisto (available 2 weeks before the fair).
3.  Use the Career Center's resources to update and polish your resume
4.  Watch Career Center Quick Clips on Career Fair Do's and Don'ts 

If you graduated in December, 2015 you must join Alumni Advantage prior to the fair to be eligible to attend. 


We look forward to seeing you at the fair!


My name is Jessica, Career Advisor for UC Berkeley at Meed. Companies are actively using our platform to hire students for summer internships and full-time positions. To date, over 450 companies including Quora, Sandisk, and Github, have used Meed to find and hire their newest employees.

I would like to invite you to check out the jobs section of our website to find companies that are hiring from UC Berkeley. When you see positions that you're interested in, Meed makes applying easier than ever. Simply click "Apply" to create and submit your profile to recruiters.


Jobs for Cal Students




2016 Program Dates: May 31 to August 6, 2016

Application deadline: February 25, 2016


SUNFEST, or the Summer Undergraduate Fellowship in Sensor Technologies, is a unique program that provides talented undergraduate students with hands-on research during the summer in the area of sensor technologies.


This program provides:

  • Summer research experience with a stipend of $4,850
  • On-campus housing is provided at no or minimal cost
  • Partial travel support for non-Penn students
  • Opportunity to work on an interesting interdisciplinary topic
  • Work under the mentorship of a faculty member and a graduate student
  • Participate in workshops on how to give effective presentations, how to write technical reports, how to apply for graduate school
  • Learn about ethics in engineering and science


Each year an average of 10 students, ending their freshman, sophomore or junior year of college, are selected from various universities nationwide based on their academic record and attitude towards research. The program is open to students in engineering and the physical sciences.

The purpose of this program is to expose the students to real, in-depth research in the area of sensor technology and to motivate them to go on to graduate school. This program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation as a REU Site (Research Experience for Undergraduates) and the Center for Sensor Technologies at the University of Pennsylvania.


For more information, please see the attached flyer.  http://www.seas.upenn.edu/sunfest/






Now that your college year is winding down, you’re probably beginning to look for a place to land. Although it’s time to buckle down and join the “real world” for a bit, the options may not be as exciting as you’d hoped. So many engineering jobs want you to be a small cog in a big machine. They need people to crunch numbers, write reports, and make incremental improvements. But you’re not interested in being pigeonholed or working on things that just aren't that interesting. Hey, that group project you worked on was a lot of fun. It was exciting to be part of a team, to build something real. Or maybe you enjoyed messing around with that Arduino board or making widgets on the shop's 3D printer or wiring up the telemetry on the school solar car. Why can’t someone just pay you to do more of that? We invite you to take a peek inside the door at Mindtribe.



Mindtribe provides product development and engineering services to clients. In other words, companies hire us to build their products for them - typically hardware that requires electrical, mechanical, and firmware components. Fundamentally, we all love to make things, and we focus on projects that are interesting, challenging, and new. Our clients span a range of industries from consumer electronics to medical devices, automotive, and robotics.  For over 18 years Mindtribe has worked with a variety of clients including established companies like BMW and Apple, as well as startups developing products like the Lyft Glowstache, Sonos Play5, and the Tesla Roadster (back when Tesla was a wee 40-person company). 



This is not your typical summer internship. Our interns are critical teammates that work directly with clients, improve systems and workflows, and play key roles in creating successful products. You’ll be welcome to take on as much responsibility as you can handle, both within your core discipline and beyond. We’ve had electrical engineers spend their summer learning iOS, mechanical engineers take a leadership role during manufacturing stages in China, and embedded software engineers delve into the wonderful world of prototyping. Read about Julias internship on our blog: http://www.mindtribe.com/2015/10/my-mindtribe-internship/


Developing products with our clients is similar in many ways to extended project classes – we work in close-knit teams of typically 2 - 5 engineers to bring something new into the world. Day-to-day, here are some examples of things that make us happy:



• The smell of fresh 3D printing in the morning.

• Getting friendly with SolidWorks' draft angle tools to get a part ready for mass-production.

• Hearing that a one-off demo prototype worked so well that the client is using it to run user tests.

• The subtle, delicate art of the interference fit

• Wielding SoldWorks keyboard shortcuts like a CAD ninja 


Your work has focused on analytical and empirical approaches to mechanical design, applying your favorite principles from mechanics of materials and fluid dynamics, rapid prototyping, and machine design.

As an intern, you’d be tackling tasks like these, personally owning anything you’re capable of taking on and working in tandem with senior engineers for more complex tasks.



Mindtribe is a small company. As a result, your contributions will have immediate, visible impacts not just on projects, but also on the success of the entire organization. Working at Mindtribe is being immersed in a constant stream of different projects, industries, and technologies; learning is unavoidable. As a result, not only do we stay current in our own fields, we also have MEs developing iOS apps, EEs driving SolidWorks, and Embedded Software engineers laying out PCBs. The only pigeonholes around here are the nooks by the fire escape where the pigeons live.


We’re located in the heart of downtown San Francisco, convenient to public transit and at an epicenter of a flourishing technology industry. Our team enjoys working together, and we greatly value maintaining an awesome company environment. We look for people who are bright, enthusiastic, and fun! ‘Tribers regularly spend time together outside the office, whether that’s doing happy hour at a local watering hole or enjoying the rocking chairs at the Exploratorium.



We are currently accepting applications for full-time positions. There will be on-campus interviews at Stanford. Students from other schools can interview at Mindtribe’s office in San Francisco or remotely via Google Hangout. Here are the relevant dates for our recruiting process:


Application deadlines

   All Schools: February 4, 2016

First round interviews

   All other schools (remote): February 17-18, 2016

   Stanford (on campus): February 19, 2016

Second round interviews

   All schools: March 3-4, 2016

Open House: March 18, 2016

Offers: Week of March 7, 2016 


You will be asked to submit the following information in PDF format:

• Resume

• Cover letter

• Transcript (unofficial version okay)

• Portfolio (option but encouraged!)

Please email campusrecruiting@mindtribe.com with any questions you have. We look forward to hearing from you, and good luck with your internship search! 

APPLY HERE: https://mindtribe.catsone.com/careers/


Note: This position is for a summer internship for students that are continuing their education toward a degree. Internship start and end dates are flexible but typically begin in June and end in August or September.  


Your school has been invited to participate in the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST's) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program for students majoring in science, engineering, and mathematics. This letter contains information about the program that operates at NIST’s Boulder, Colorado, campus and NIST's Gaithersburg, Maryland, campus.

Applications for participation in the SURF program are accepted only from colleges or universities and not from individual students or faculty. We invite your Office of Sponsored Programs or Grants Office, to prepare a single proposal to the SURF program. (A separate proposal is required for SURF Boulder and SURF Gaithersburg.) This proposal will include a portion completed by an institutional representative and a set of materials provided by each student applicant. An administrative announcement of this Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) has been posted on both Grants.gov and our program Web site. 


SURF Program: http://www.nist.gov/surf


Application due date: Friday, February 12, 2016 [Only electronic application submissions will be accepted via Grants.gov until 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the due date]

Students applying to the SURF Boulder program will be matched to opportunities in the Boulder divisions:

Applied Chemicals and Materials Division

Public Safety Communications Research Division

RF Technology Division

Quantum Electronics and Photonics Division
Time and Frequency


Students applying to the SURF Gaithersburg program will be matched to opportunities in the Gaithersburg laboratories:


Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST)

Communications Technology Laboratory (CTL)

Engineering Laboratory (EL)

Information Technology Laboratory (ITL)

Material Measurement Laboratory (MML)

NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR)

Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML)


Please circulate the information about this program to other appropriate academic departments and administrative staff at your institution. We encourage you to print (attached flier) and post our information poster that is attached to this message. You may also download our poster from our Web site, given below.

Further information and application materials may be found at these Web sites:
     SURF NIST Boulder http://www.nist.gov/surfboulder/

     SURF NIST Gaithersburg http://www.nist.gov/surfgaithersburg/


*Note: The SURF Program will host webinars tentatively scheduled on January 21, 2016 (2:00 PM Eastern Time) and January 27, 2016 (1:30 PM Eastern Time). Please check the websites above for registration information.


Best regards,



SURF Program Manager