Cal Day 2018

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ME Student Instructional Shop Open House

Location:  1166 Etcheverry Hall
10am-noon & 1pm-3pm
Self-guided tour and demos of the Mechanical Engineering's fully equipped student machine shop.


Hesse Hall Laboratories

Location:  Hesse Hall

10am-noon & 1pm-3pm

Hesse Hall will be open for visitors to experience some of Mechanical Engineering's Instructional Laboratories, including materials testing, combustion experiments, and various undergraduate learning spaces.


Information Session: The Mechanical Engineering Major

Location:  3106 Etcheverry Hall


Learn about exciting research in mechanical engineering, hear an overview of the undergraduate program, and discover why mechanical engineering is such a dynamic, versatile discipline.


Mechanical Engineering Student Panel

Location:  3106 Etcheverry Hall


Mechanical engineering will answer your questions about what the academics, diversity and climate are like in this exciting department. Learn why you might choose to attend Cal, and get tips on how to navigate your first year.




Location:  Etcheverry/Soda Hall Breezeway  |  Time:  10am-3pm


AIAA - Design, Build, Fly

Sponsored by AIAA, Cessna Aircraft Company, and Raytheon Missile Systems, this annual competition invites graduates and undergrads from across the world to design, build, and test an unmanned, electric powered, remote-controlled airplane that can complete a pre-determined set of tasks.



The American Society of Mechanical Engineers is an international, professional organization connecting Mechanical Engineers, both in the field and in academia, around the world. Here at Cal, ASME is both a pre-professional and an educational organization geared towards fostering and enriching the academic experience of M.E. students at Berkeley.


CalSTAR (Space Technologies and Rocketry)

CalSTAR, the UC Berkeley Space Technologies and Rocketry Team, is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to design, build, test, and launch rockets. Founded in Fall 2015, CalSTAR is an emerging team looking to compete in NASA's Student Launch. Our beginning plans consist of team growth and certification for launching rockets.


Pi Tau Sigma

PTS is an International Mechanical Engineering Honor Society.  Its mission is to foster high ideals in the engineering profession, stimulate and support departmental activities, promote professional welfare, and develop leadership and citizenship.



Location:  Etcheverry/Soda Hall Breezeway  |  Time:  10am-3pm


CalSol (The UC Berkeley Solar Vehicle Team)

CalSol, the UC Berkeley Solar Vehicle Team, is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to design, build, test, and race fully solar powered vehicles. Composed of over fifty undergraduate students from a variety of disciplines, CalSol provides students with hands-on experience with real world engineering, project management, and business aptitude.


Formula SAE

We design, fabricate, and compete with small formula-style racecars against other colleges from around the world. The FSAE set of rules is in place to test our engineering skills and creativity. During the competition the vehicles are judged in four different categories: static inspection, engineering design, solo performance trials, and high-performance track endurance. We compete in the Formula SAE Lincoln competition in June each year in Lincoln, NE.


Berkeley Formula Racing 2018 Vehicle Reveal
Time: 11:30-Noon


Hyundai Cars
The Model Predictive Control Lab will present and discuss their two new autonomous driving research vehicles. The lab's Hyundai Genesis is a fully autonomous vehicle built with open source software, and features state-of-the-art sensors including Velodyne lidar and an OxTS inertial navigation system. The lab's Hyundai Ioniq is used for research towards improving fuel economy by applying predictive control to modern hybrid electric powertrains.


Human Powered Vehicle

UC Berkeley HPV is a student group that conceptualizes and manufactures innovative forms of human powered transportation. Each year, we compete in the ASME HPV competition, and members gain valuable experience in the engineering design process, business management skills, and hands-on building experience.


INSTAR Research Lab

Alternate Location: In front of Bechtel Engineering Center

A UC Berkeley research group designing and manufacturing a high-power, cost-effective flywheel energy storage system for improving electric and hybrid vehicle system efficiency



Location:  Various Locations  |  Time:  10am-3pm


ME131 Vehicle Dynamics and Control (Course Demo)

Location:  Hesse Hall, across the street, on campus downhill from the the coffee shop in Sutardja Dai Hall
Description: The Berkeley Autonomous Race Car (BARC) set up is a teaching platform used in the vehicle dynamic and control design classes. The platform is based on a 1/10 scale RC car, equipped with onboard sensors and controlled by an embedded Linux computer. In the demonstration, we will provide the visitors with an RC car to race against our autonomous car. The BARC is controller by a learning algorithm, the autonomous car firstly explores the race track and, at each lap, learns to race faster and faster while safely driving on the track. Join our demonstration to have more details about the set-up, the control algorithm and to have fun with RC cars!


ME135/ME235 Mechatronics Lab (Course Demo)

Location:  Hesse Hall, across the street, on campus downhill from the the coffee shop in Sutardja Dai Hall


Berkeley BioMechanics Lab
Location:  2166 Etcheverry Hall

Faculty:  Professors Grace O'Connell  and Tony Keaveny  |   Student in Charge:  Shannon Emerzian

Description:  The O'Connell Lab is focused on soft tissue biomechanics and tissue regeneration. Specifically, our goal is to understand the mechanical function of the healthy, degenerated and injured soft tissues, including the intervertebral disc and articular cartilage, in order to develop more physiologically relevant repair strategies.   The Keaveny Lab studies bone biomechanics, including bone mechanical behavior, finite element modeling and experimentation, and design of bone-implant systems. Current projects are investigating the micromechanics of total disc replacements on the human spine, automotive safety biomechanics, the role of trabecular orientation in vertebral strength and the role of tissue-level ductility in hip and spine fractures, and the the effects of ionizing radiation on the material properties of bone. 


Berkeley Emergent Space Tensegrities (BEST) Lab

Location:  230 Hesse Hall

Faculty:  Professor Alice Agogino   |   Student in Charge:  Alan Zhang

Description:  The BEST Lab conducts research at the intersection of cutting-edge frontiers in design research, computational design, sustainability, gender equity, human-machine cognition, supervisory control,  soft robotics, sensor fusion, design research and intelligent learning systems.



Location:  1176C Etcheverry Hall

Open Hours:  11am-2pm

Faculty:  Professor Mark Mueller  |  Student in Charge:  Xiangyu Wu

Description:  The group focuses on low-level research on fundamental capabilities for Unmanned Aerial Systems. Areas of particular focus are safety and localization; we aim to enhance the systems’ capabilities by advanced algorithms, mechanical design, and control strategies.


Model Predictive Control Lab

Location:  2169 Etcheverry Hall

Faculty:  Professor Francesco Borrelli   |   Student in Charge:  Jon Gonzales

Description:  Focuses on the theoretical and real-time implementation aspects of constrained predictive model-based control. We deal with linear, nonlinear and hybrid systems in both small scale andcomplex large scale applications. Our contributions include the discovery of fundamental theoretical results, the development of novel control algorithms and their experimental validation carried out with the help of coworkers from industries and universities. We deal with a wide range of systems in the automotive field, in the process industries and in robotics, including several full scale industrial problems.


Mechanical Systems Control Lab

Location:  2103 Etcheverry Hall
Faculty:  Professor Masayoshi Tomizuka  |  Student in Charge:  Yongxiang Fan
Description:  The MSC Lab focuses on designing and developing control strategies for mechanical systems.


Nano/Energy lab

Location:  4164 Etcheverry Hall

Faculty:  Professor Chris Dames   |  Student in Charge:  Wyatt Hodges
Description:  Our research spans a range of topics in nanoscale heat transfer and energy conversion. Both modeling and experiments are used to study a variety of classical and quantum size effects for improved fundamental understanding and device performance.



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