Undergraduate Announcement 9/16/16


1)  Looking for interesting things to do?  Check out http://grad.berkeley.edu/news/headlines/great-things-to-do/ for ideas.


2)  If you wish for me to add something to the ME Newsletter, please send me a plain text blurb by 10am on Fridays.  Thanks!


Have a super weekend!


Networking and Etiquette Dinner

Tuesday, October 4, 6-8:30pm, Faculty Club. Have you ever sat down to a formal meal and wondered, “What are all of these forks for?” Or been networking and thought, “Is this an appropriate topic to raise?” Then our networking and professional etiquette dinner will put you at ease.


Presented by a certified professional etiquette trainer, this event is a fun, non-threatening way to learn business etiquette skills while enjoying a three course meal! Some topics covered include: How to confidently enter a room full of strangers; How to introduce yourself and properly shake hands; How to make small talk while networking; How to use utensils and dishes appropriately. Tickets are $15 and pre-paid reservations are required to hold your space.

Academic Success Workshops

Join the Center for Access to Engineering Excellence and register for academic success workshops online.

  • Time Management | Wednesday, September 28 | 2pm
  • Cupcakes & Headshots | Thursday, September 29 | 2pm
  • Preparing for Graduate School | Monday, October 3 | 2pm
  • Managing Stress & Test Anxiety | Tuesday, October 4 | 1pm
  • Getting Involved in Research | Monday, November 14 | 2pm
Career Center Mock Interviews

With Fall recruiting starting up, we know practice interviews can be quite useful to prepare for first or second round interviews. The Career Center is providing a consultant to run mock interviews and you can schedule to meet one-on-one with them.  You can expect to practice traditional and behavioral questions, and potentially industry-specific questions, depending on your career goals. To make the most of your session, review the online resources. Also, please prepare your answers to the most common questions: Tell me about yourself/Walk me through your resume, Why do you want this job, and Why our company. You may schedule only ONE appointment with this consultant per semester.  For additional support, please sign up for a 30-mins career counseling appointment.


How to Schedule a Mock Interview

  1. Use the Google calendar link here to search for an open time.  We anticipate offering this service through mid-October.
  2. Be sure to complete the information asked in the description, and email your resume to the interviewer at: engineeringmock@gmail.com after you book your time, in order to confirm your appointment.
  3. Please arrive at the Career Center, 2440 Bancroft Way, 3rd floor, 10 minutes prior to your scheduled time.
  4. If you need to cancel, please do so at least 48hrs in advance, so that other candidates can utilize the service.
Wanted Hackers for a Cool, Cutting-Edge Research Opportunity

The Alex Pines Lab at Cal invites undergraduate researchers to contribute to a novel and cutting-edge research opportunity. The research program being pursued has the potential to constitute a significant technological breakthrough and would revolutionize modern MRI. The project involves construction of a fast motorized actuator system into a superconducting magnet, including mechanical construction, interfacing and software.


Preferred are "hackers" and tinkerers, with a passion for making things work. If interested, please reach out to the contact below to arrange a short meeting some time soon.

Read more about our research at the LBNL article profiled here.



Ashok Ajoy, Anna Parker, Jonathan King



Stanley Hall rm. 242

Student Researcher Assistant Opportunity with LBNL Heat Island Group

The Berkeley Lab Heat Island Group (http://HeatIsland.LBL.gov) works to cool buildings, cities, and the planet by making roofs, pavements, and cars cooler in the sun.

We have an immediate opening for a sophomore or junior undergraduate research assistant to help assess and develop energy-saving Cool Wall technologies. Please visit http://goo.gl/LY2fRU to learn more about this project.


You will make routine laboratory measurements of the radiative properties of wall product specimens as they are retrieved from field exposure.  You will be trained by and work closely with one of our group’s research associates. Your initial responsibilities will include the following:


  • Measuring spectral reflectance with a spectrophotometer

  • Measuring solar reflectance with a reflectometer

  • Measuring thermal emittance with an emissometer

  • Photographing specimens

  • Upkeep of our lab spaces

Familiarity with radiative measurement instruments is not required—training will be provided.

Our ideal candidate is detail-oriented and is able to perform repetitive laboratory work meticulously. We also ask that you:

  • Sophomore or junior undergraduate student

  • Have some previous laboratory experience

  • Have a willingness to learn

  • Be able to work independently

  • Have strong communication skills (oral and written)


We expect that you will be able to work about 10 hours per week.

Disciplines of Interest include (but are not limited to):


  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Engineering Science
  • Materials Science & Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

To apply, please email your resume and academic transcript to Ronnen Levinson (RMLevinson@LBL.gov) and Sharon Chen (SSChen@LBL.gov) with subject line “Cool Walls student research assistant”.

2017 Co-ops at Sandia National Laboratories

Co-ops solidify your classroom learning with valuable hands-on experience gained by working at Sandia during an entire academic term. At Sandia, you’ll immerse yourself in challenging work with other students, guided by mentors dedicated to enriching your understanding. You’ll return to school with deeper knowledge, sharper skills, and a new perspective on your career possibilities—as well as extra dollars that you can apply to your tuition and living expenses.

As a top research and engineering institute, Sandia provides technology solutions to make our nation safer, improve human and environmental health, and even boost the competitiveness of U.S. industry. In fact, our work changes the world.  

During your time with us, you’ll work closely with world-class scientists and engineers as you take on stimulating assignments in areas such as computer science, cybersecurity,  electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and more. You can also expect:
•    Rich interactions with a student community from top-tier universities
•    Workshops, seminars, and networking events designed to help with your professional development
•    Opportunities to work on state-of-the-art, and sometimes one-of-a-kind, equipment
•    Competitive pay
•    Travel expense reimbursement, if eligible
•    A wealth of outdoor and cultural activities
•    Opportunities to learn more about a career at Sandia upon graduation

If you are a major in one of our critical areas (computer, electrical, mechanical, optical, and systems engineering; computer, statistical, or materials science; math; energy systems; physics) consider a co-op internship at Sandia. You must also be enrolled in your school’s co-op program and meet Sandia’s intern program eligibility requirements.

Learn more and submit your resume and application at www.sandia.gov/careers - and get ready to learn more than you ever thought possible.

DPR Construction Visit

I’m writing to all of you because I would like to get the word out to all engineering students about job opportunities at DPR Construction. DPR focuses recruiting efforts in the CEE department, but we believe there are students in other engineering majors who may have a hidden passion for construction that they just haven’t discovered yet. Representatives from DPR will be on site next Tuesday, September 20 for an infosession as well as next Wednesday, September 21 for on campus interviews. Time slots for interviews will be assigned once résumés have been received at the infosession. Have your résumé polished and their job hunting game face on!


Please see https://goo.gl/6IBVlZ.

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