Undergraduate Announcements 1/29/16


1)  Students who wish to take ME 199 (ungraded) or ME H194/196 (graded research, seniors or juniors only) should please send me your requests (and copy the faculty that is sponsoring you) no later than Tuesday, February 2nd.


2)  TODAY is the deadline for undergraduates to drop classes without a fee. $10 fee charged for each class dropped after this date. 


Have a lovely weekend!


Ugrad Research Position in The Design for Nanomanufacturing Lab

The Design for Nanomanufacturing Lab (Prof Hayden Taylor) is looking for an undergraduate researcher to help with data collection for characterization of nanoscale films. This opportunity is ideal for students interested in learning about new semiconductor industry manufacturing processes, including nanoimprint lithography.


We have created a system in our lab (1176B Etcheverry) which uses automated testing and post-processing to optically determine the mechanical properties of thin films with high resolution. We are currently implementing the system’s capabilities to measure deformation properties of various materials, starting with lithographic resists. The researcher will help collect video data to make these measurements. The researcher will be trained on the system, and will become familiar with modular optical system design and setup.


Some MATLAB experience is required. We ask for a 10 hour/wk commitment, and applicants must be willing to make at least a one year commitment to the project. If the student is a good fit, there is plenty of room for the project to expand in scope. We plan to pursue applications outside of nanoimprint lithography, and an industrious undergraduate researcher could spearhead these efforts.


Interested applicants should contact Hannah Gramling (gramling@berkeley.edu).


Ugrad Research Position in LMAS

The lab name and location:
Laboratory for Manufacturing and Sustainability (LMAS), 1115 Etcheverry


The research area(s) for the project:
-Advanced manufacturing
-Additive manufacturing
-Mechanical design


A brief description of the position:
Extrusion and Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) mode additive manufacturing machines have become very popular over the previous few years; however, these machines have fixed resolutions and are limited by long build times, often taking up to a day to complete some parts. By varying the nozzle diameter, the resolution and deposition rate can be varied, potentially improving build quality and/or speed. This project will focus on designing a variable-size nozzle for machines using a variety of build materials, including thermoplastics, ceramics, and possibly others. The undergraduate researcher will have a large amount of freedom in designing required mechanisms, and this design work will need to be complemented by software in order to actuate it with numerical control language. Hands-on work will be required to build, validate, and test devices and control software.


The criteria needed for the position:
-CAD experience (any software)
-Machine shop experience
-Experience with basic electronics
-Experience with 3D printers is a plus, but not required
Interested parties please send resumes to:
Maxwell Micali


Ugrad Research Position in BEST Lab

The lab name and location:

Berkeley Emergent Space Tensegrities Lab, 230 Hesse


The research area(s) for the project:

Robotics, Mechanical Design, Rapid Prototyping


A brief description of the position:

Design, Simulation, and Prototyping for the ULTRA Spine, A Tensegrity Robot for Quadruped Backbones.

This project seeks to develop a flexible, articulated tensegrity spine or backbone for quadruped robots in collaboration with NASA Ames Research Center's Intelligent Robotics Group. Our team has currently developed multiple rapid prototypes of the ULTRA Spine robot, but is seeking new members to further develop specific aspects of these prototypes. We are interested in recruiting students interested in mechanical design, robotics, control systems, or bio-inspiration. We are looking for students for the following possible roles, or possibly others, according to each applicant's skills, and may not fill every position. Current work on the ULTRA Spine robot can be found on our lab's website at:


The criteria needed for the position:

Experience in mechanical design, Solidworks, prototyping, or machine shop training are all desired. Past work on design projects are helpful. Coursework with design projects are also preferred, from courses such as ME 102A, 102B, 107, 130, or 135. For the electronics tasks, we are looking for students who have taken EE 16A or an equivalent circuits course. For the simulations tasks, students must have taken coursework in dynamics, preferably ME 175, and have past experience in modeling.


Contact person:

Drew Sabelhaus, apsabelhaus@berkeley.edu


Please apply through Beehive so we can track your application. Our team would like to see your resume if we set up an interview.

Research Associate I Position

The Center for Research and Education in Aging (CREA), a center affiliated with the University of California Berkeley as well as the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL), is currently seeking undergraduate and graduate Research Associates for the Spring of 2016. As an associate in CREA, you have the incredible opportunity to work on projects that explore the physiological processes responsible for the mammalian aging process, and create computational tools that will allow researchers and clinicians to better understand this process and, ultimately, generate effective therapeutic approaches to targeting the underlying biology of aging. CREA was founded by the late Dr. Paola Timiras, a pioneer in the field of Molecular and Cellular Biology who made critical strides in furthering our understanding of the molecular basis of senescence. Since its foundation, the center has strived to maintain its reputation of performing top-notch, cutting-edge research with regular appearances at conferences, such as the FASEB Conference for Experimental Biology, as well as continuous publications in journals such as the The American Journal of Physiology. For more information on CREA, please visit our webpage at  http://crea.berkeley.edu




Position Title: Mechanical Engineering Research Associate I


Position Description: As a Mechanical Engineering Research Associate, you will have the opportunity to create and optimize 3D CAD designs for novel machinery to be incorporated into a 3D Biological Printer. You will be responsible for maintaining and adhering to project deadlines, and will be able to provide input from a machine-focused standpoint at weekly lab meetings.


Position Benefits:

-       Listed as an author on publication that results from the completion of the project

-       Opportunity to present at local and national conferences


Position Requirements:

-       Must have at least six months to one year of 3D CAD experience OR have completed the equivalent level of coursework (i.e. Engineering 28)

-       Must be self-sufficient and responsible with completion of work before/ by project deadlines

-       Must be prepared to commit on average 4-10 hours of work per week for projects

-       DESIRED, BUT NOT REQUIRED: Experience with coding in object-oriented programming languages (such as Python, C or MATLAB)


If interested in this position, please contact Rita Barakat (phone # (925)-984-8807, email at rbarakat@lbl.gov) to submit a resume/ CV. Our office is located in 102 Donner Hall, and our laboratory is located in 5101 VLSB.

Socially Engaged Engineers Decal

DeCal Opportunity for Spring 2016: Socially Engaged Engineers’ SEE-Cal


Interested in engineering for social justice? Join Socially Engaged Engineers as we discuss important questions of power and inequality in STEM, then learn how to use principles of engagement to design for a better world.


This is an introductory course, and all students are welcome! If you want to take the class or even just learn more, please make sure to attend our first meeting on Wednesday, February 3rd from 6-8pm in 289 Cory. 


For more information, come talk to us at the Decal Expo in front of Dwinelle on Tues, 2/2 or shoot us an email at see.decal@gmail.com.  Please see attached flyer.


DeCal page: http://www.decal.org/courses/3883
SEE's website: see.berkeley.edu​

Global Poverty & Practice Minor Info Sessions

Cal Students,

You are invited to attend a Global Poverty & Practice Minor Information Session!

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 "Practice Experience" is a central component of the Minor in which students partner with domestic or international non-governmental or community organizations, government agencies, or other poverty or development programs, on various dimensions of poverty action – from community health and food security to economic justice and grass-roots political power.  The combination of the the coursework for the Minor and this real world experience allows students to connect theories and practices of poverty action. Funding is available to support students’ practice experiences.


The deadline to declare the Minor this semester is Thursday, March 3rd.  There are no prerequisites to declare.


The Declaration Form and additional information about the Minor can be found at: http://blumcenter.berkeley.edu/gppminor.


Our Information Sessions will provide an overview of the Minor and demonstrate how students from all disciplines can benefit from it. All sessions will be held in Blum Hall 100A/B (Ground Floor), on the following dates:

Wednesday, January 27, 12pm - 1pm
Tuesday, February 2, 12pm - 1pm
Thursday, February 4, 11am - 12pm
Monday, February 8, 5pm - 6pm
Friday, February 19. 11am - 12pm
Thursday, February 25, 10am - 11am
Tuesday, March 1, 12pm - 1pm

Contact GPP Minor Advisors at gppminor@berkeley.edu  with any questions or meet with an Advisor during the following drop-in hours in 100H Blum Hall:

Monday, Wednesday: 10:00am - 12:00pm; 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Friday: 10:00am – 12:00pm

ASME's 2016 Aerospace Design Competition

Win a GoProHero, portable speakers, Amazon Gift cards, or maybe even a quadcopter!


Join ASME's first Aerospace Design Competition sponsored by Autodesk, General Motors, and Northrop Grumman.

The competition will require teams to work over a period of 3 weeks to design, CAD, and create a low fidelity prototype of an improvement to any existing aircraft in the area of cost, fuel efficiency, carrying capacity, or a combination of those three. It will end with teams presenting and pitching their ideas to judges from Autodesk, NG, and GM to decide the winners.


Come to our infosession at 6pm on February 9th in 240 Bechtel to learn more about this competition. If you already have a team in mind, please come together, and if you don't have a team in mind, this will be an excellent opportunity to form one with others. This competition is open to all majors and all grade levels so please bring anyone who would be interested. For any questions please contact, Kevin Chen at kevinchen2016@berkeley.edu.

IXL Learning Info Session 1/28

Learn how IXL is advancing education through online technology! Join Jake Levine (Class of 2013) and other Berkeley alumni as they talk about their experiences post graduation, why they chose to work in Edtech, and how you can join our team.


Dinner will be provided and as an added bonus, if you bring your resume, you will be entered to win a pair of Beats headphones!

The session will take place Thursday, 1/28 at 6:00 pm in the Wozniak Lounge.


RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/823104451135012/




At IXL Learning, we’re passionate about creating the best educational technology possible. We look beyond the specific problems of today to see the bigger picture, with the ultimate goal of improving learning itself. If you’re eager to work on something you believe in and really make an impact, we want to meet you!



• Computer Science, Mechanical & Electrical Engineering

• Mathematics

• Physical Sciences & Biology

• Social Sciences

• English & Linguistics

• Education


Kresge Engineering Library Updates

Extended Saturday Hours! Beginning Spring semester, the Engineering Library will extend our Saturday hours by two hours. Our new Saturday hours are 1-7 PM. Our full calendar is available at our website:  http://my.berkeley.edu/site/R?i=omz-35sWoStLt9kbNOnjcg


Packd: The Library has partnered with Packd to help students check how crowded the Library is. The app is available on Android or iOS and also includes the RSF weight room and cardio area. Get it at packd.org:  http://my.berkeley.edu/site/R?i=5LBXo5J1ifRj-kLI_jAJmQ


Presentation Kits: Now available for checkout! Kits include a slide advancer/clicker with built-in laser pointer, adapters for multiple displays, and a wireless mouse. Kits go out for 1-day checkouts with a renewal option. Here's more information about device lending at the library:  http://my.berkeley.edu/site/R?i=qx5-Z6yfnr341Pz89B1bMg


Study Abroad Application Deadline

February Deadline approaching! The application deadline for select summer, fall, and academic year 2016-17 options on the UC Education Abroad Program is Monday, February 1. This deadline includes select options in Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Morocco, Netherlands, Russia, United Kingdom-England, and United Kingdom-Scotland. Visit http://studyabroad.berkeley.edu/eap/ for more details, including program information, application deadlines, and how to apply.

Fung Fellowship for Wellness and Technology Innovations

The Fung Fellowship for Wellness and Technology Innovations is committed to shaping a new generation of entrepreneurial leaders focused on transforming health and wellness. Launching in fall 2016 at the School of Public Health and in partnership with entrepreneur, founder of Blue Goji, and UC Berkeley alum Coleman Fung, the two-year program will create a cohort of 50 promising undergraduate scholars at UC Berkeley, drawn from public health, engineering, design, the liberal arts, and other majors, each selected for his or her transformative vision, capacity for collaboration, and commitment to innovating in the health and wellness field. Through a new model of radical, corporate-campus partnership; cross-disciplinary, participatory learning; and immersion in specific communities, Fung Fellows will learn how to advance novel, real-world solutions that change outcomes and lives. Learn more here - and don't miss the upcoming info sessions next week! Join our email listserv to get connected. See you there!

Civil and Environmental Engineering Career Fair

Come network with civil and environmental engineering firms at the Spring 2016 Civil and Environmental Engineering Career Fair. Companies vary in all disciplines including: structural, geotechnical, transportation, environmental, project management, and construction engineering. Bring your resumes and talk with some of the best firms that the Bay Area has to offer. February 3, 4pm-7pm, Pauley Ballroom. Tickets ($5 presale, $10 at the door) will be on sale in front of the ASCE office on the 3rd floor of Davis Hall. 

SASE West Regional Conference

The UC Berkeley Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) Chapter is hosting this year’s 5th Annual SASE West Regional Conference on February 20! This professional development event is designed to provide opportunities for students interested in STEM careers to network with industry professionals, understand the different career paths available to them, develop their leadership skills, and learn about how to prepare for and succeed in the workplace. Register online. To get updates on more information, check out our facebook event.

Girls in Engineering program is now hiring Program Assistants!

Berkeley’s Girls in Engineering program is now hiring Program Assistants! Join us this summer and show middle school girls why you love engineering.  The Girls in Engineering program is a week-long gateway STEM program for middle school girls designed to give the participants an overview of the tremendous ability engineering has to advance society and affect positive change for the public good. This summer we are running four camp sessions during June and July. Program assistants will be responsible for: chaperoning students; helping workshop leaders with hands-on engineering activities; and interacting with students throughout camp. If you’d like to be a mentor for the next generation of engineers, please apply! To review the complete job description and apply, search for job #20912 at http://jobs.berkeley.edu/. If you have questions, contact Lizzie Hager-Barnard at gie@berkeley.edu

Expanding Your Horizons Conference Raffle

Help support the Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) conference at Berkeley. Buy a $5 raffle ticket to win a dinner at Chez Panisse or a Cream gift card.  Your money will go towards scholarships for middle school girls to attend the EYH conference which includes workshops introducing them to STEM career.

Event website: eyhberkeley.org


Contact for tickets

Audrey Ford


Raffle ends 2/5/16! 

Summer Employment for Berkeley Engineering Students

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Institutes is now hiring undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates to work at Stanford as Residential Counselors for its residential academic summer programs.  The Residential Counselor position is an ideal opportunity for those who enjoy working with enthusiastic, academically talented students and are interested in developing or furthering their teaching and leadership experience.  In particular, your students might be interested in working with our Engineering courses, Physics courses, and Math courses.


Stanford Pre-Collegiate Institutes offers three-week sessions for academically talented high school students from June 15 – July 30, 2016Pay is $700/week plus room and board. Additional work opportunities are available through August 14 and August 28, if desired. 


To learn more, as well as to apply, candidates should visit our employment page: spcs.stanford.edu/jobs/summer/institutes

Latinos In Technology Scholarship

Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) is now accepting applications for the Latinos in Technology Scholarship.


This new scholarship, established with SVCF by the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, will present up to 100 Latino students with up to $30,000 in awards to help them continue their education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs.

Please share information about this scholarship with potentially eligible students.



    Open to current college students from the Greater Silicon Valley area who are entering their junior or senior year
    Awards up to $30,000
    Students may apply online now
    Applications due March 16
    View full eligibility requirements


Contact 650.450.5487 or scholarships@siliconvalleycf.org with questions.




The Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley is a public foundation dedicated to inspiring community philanthropy and engaging people to invest in the educational achievement and leadership development of a thriving Hispanic community in Silicon Valley.


SVCF scholarship programs have been established by generous individuals, corporations or organizations to assist students with their education. Since 2007, SVCF has awarded over 3,000 scholarships with awards totaling more than $11.2 million.

Learn more at siliconvalleycf.org/scholarships.