Undergraduate Announcement 3/17/17



1)  There will be changes to our technical elective requirement starting in Fall 2017.  For details, please see my email with the subject line "New Technical Elective Policy for MechE."


2)  Seniors, you can sign up for the COE Commencement at http://engineering.berkeley.edu/news-events/events/engineering-commencement.


3)  If you plan to complete your degree in Spring 2018, you need to plan on taking ME 102A in the Fall.  It is unlikely that we will be offering this course in the Spring of 2018.


4)  Please let know if you would like to show off any current or past course projects at Cal Day no later than next Friday (March 24th).


Have a beautiful weekend, all!


TOM: Berkeley Demo Day (This Weekend!)



On March 19th, 3:30- 5PM, 11 groups will be showcasing the novel assistive technologies they have developed at the TOM:Berkeley Makeathon in 310 Jacobs Hall.  Each team brings together engineering students, makers and designers with people with disabilities to work on a specific challenge faced in their daily life. The showcase comes after teams spent the last month designing and a 48 hour worksession to fabricate and fit these designs. This showcase is public, and we are excited to show what has been made and encourage the feedback of the community to guide teams with future improvements.

Please join us in supporting this impact driven event.

Invitation To Pitch At ISchool "Unconference"
The InfoCamp conference @ Berkeley I School explores the innovations and challenges happening at the intersection of technology, data, and design. This year’s conference schedule will feature keynote speeches, panel discussions, an unconference session, networking opportunities, and more. For more information on the event, visit our website here!
Here are three reasons pitching your idea at the unconference is great:
  1. It is a unique opportunity for exposure in front of 150 fellow students and industry leaders
  2. Get feedback on your idea and be recognized as a thinker and leader in the field
  3. High likelihood of getting picked! There is a democratic voting process that gives every topic an equal chance. On average, we have had 30 pitches in the past, 9 will be selected to present by conference participants.
Even if you only have a rough idea, don't worry, nothing needs to be polished. You can use your 30min slot as a brainstorming and feedback session or however you think is best. If 30min sounds intimidating to you, you could also sign up in pairs with another speaker. 
You can sign up for an unconference slot on the main website and on the day of the event. You will need to purchase a ticket for InfoCamp in order to participate in the Unconference portion. 
Apply to be a Peer Adviser

Get paid to make a difference in the lives of College of Engineering students.  ESS is recruiting for our 2017-2018 Peer Advising Team and we want YOU to apply. Be part of a fun and dynamic team that provides advice and support to students (current and prospective).  If you are friendly and dependable with excellent communication skills, have a UC GPA of 2.5 or higher, and want to help your fellow students, apply to join our team. Find out more about being a Peer Adviser and download the application online. and apply by Friday, March 31, 5pm.

Volunteers Needed for SWE Overnight Host Program

The Society of Women Engineers is looking for female engineering majors to host high school seniors through the Overnight Host Program (OHP). OHP is a two-day event (April 21-22) that introduces newly-admitted female engineering students to life in Berkeley engineering - sign up to volunteer and/or host a student! For more information, please visit their website.


SWE is also looking volunteers for the High School Engineering Program (HSEP) on either March 25 or April 8 for any time blocks between 9am to 5pm. Volunteers will be working with small groups of students to mentor and provide technical guidance on the engineering projects they have been working on. More information and a sign-up form online!

Design Night: Introduction to Solid Works

Friday, March 17, 1-3pm | Joshua Mouledoux, Student Supervisor, Jacobs Institute. In this workshop, you will be introduced to Solidworks, a software for computer-aided design (CAD). The emphasis will be on creating part models and working assemblies, not on creating part drawings. No previous experience is required, this will be a beginner’s level workshop. Participants will learn:


  • Why Solidworks?
  • How to create sketches and use them to form parts
  • How to create oblique geometry
  • How to create an assembly through mating parts together
  • Tips and tricks to perform slightly more difficult tasks more efficiently

Register for the workshop online. Design Nights are one-off workshops aimed at providing students accessible entry points to design and making. They are free, open to all UC Berkeley students, and do not require a Maker Pass for participation.

polySpectra (3D Printing Material Startup) Internship
polySpectra is a small chemical startup aiming to democratize 3D printing with materials that rival injection molding.
The part time position is for a 3D printing assistant who is familiar with SLA 3D printing, wants to improve their printing techniques and is motivated to learn operational procedures required in running a parts-on-demand setup. Key aspects will be: print setup (support design and print orientation), printing, and subsequent workup including support removal and post processing. 
Please email ca@polyspectra.com for the application.
UCB Hyperloop Competition Team

Berkeley Hyperloop is a cross-disciplinary team of engineers and innovators developing a high-speed form of transportation for the SpaceX Hyperloop Competition. We are looking for a few motivated students to join our team (particularly in mechanical structures and controls), and begin developing the newest upgrade to our Hyperloop pod. If you want to accelerate the world at 760mph, join us at our open rec meeting Thursday March 23rd at 3pm in 1174B Etcheverry Hall! Questions? Contact tylerchen@berkeley.edu.

DMG North Inc. Internships & Full-Time Positions


DMG North sells custom engineered mechanical equipment for the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) industry. Every building requires HVAC, which makes it a great career for graduate engineers. At DMG North, be a technical expert as an Inside Sales Engineer, or work toward becoming an Outside Sales Engineer, so you can work directly with engineering consultants and mechanical contractors to deliver innovative HVAC solutions. Help building owners save water and electricity by teaching them to apply the latest technology.


Candidates for a career at DMG North should:

  • Be organized – manage numerous daily and long-term projects

  • Take pride and ownership in everything you do

  • Attain highest levels of customer service

  • Solve problems

  • Excel amidst adversity

  • Thrive in a team environment




  • Two years or more toward a 4-year degree in Mechanical Engineering or a related discipline

  • Detail-oriented

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Computer proficiency (Microsoft Office, CRM Software)

  • Effective communication in both technical and non-technical conversations


Required Education:

  • 2 years or more toward a 4-year degree in Mechanical Engineering or a related discipline

  • Bachelor’s Degree


DMG has offices in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Barbara, Hawaii, Sacramento, Fresno, Reno, and Arizona. 


For more information: visit www.dmgn.com/careers.



Send your resume and cover letter to:


Deanna Wood

HR Specialist


DMG North

4795 Heyer Ave,

Castro Valley, CA 94546

Upcoming Events at The Jacobs Institute

Hi all,

We have an exciting talk coming up at the Jacobs Institute next Tuesday, 3/21: as part of the Design Field Notes series of pop-up talks, guests from Matter Global will join us in 220 Jacobs Hall, 4pm-5pm. Matter is a design firm that specializes in creating products and experiences for the connected world, bringing together physical and digital design in work for clients like Disney, Google, Samsung, and more. Our guests for Tuesday's talk will include Justin Porcano, a principal at the firm who has wide-ranging experience in industrial design. It should be a great chance to hear from a practitioner who is working on cutting-edge projects! Learn more about this talk.
Also upcoming at the Jacobs Institute:
On Friday, April 7, Elisa Giaccardi will give a Jacobs Design Conversations talk in 310 Jacobs Hall, 12pm-1pm. A professor of interactive media design at the Delft University of Technology, she has been recognized with a TU Delft Technology Fellowship for top female scientists and directs the Connected Everyday Lab. Register now for free lunch and the talk.
On Tuesday, April 11, Jorge Fino, director of design at Pearl Automation, will give a Design Field Notes talk in 220 Jacobs Hall, 4pm-5pm. Learn more.
Hope to see you soon!
Laura Mitchell
Communications & Programs Officer, Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation
College of Engineering | UC Berkeley
103 Jacobs Hall // 510.664.7567 
STEM Scholarship Opportunity
The Summer Academy of Code Scholarship will subsidize up to 100% of tuition for 10 exceptional college and graduate students participating in Summer Academy of Code, a one-week coding residency taking place in Los Angeles and Oxford.
Summer Academy of Code is an intensive course designed to teach students the fundamentals of computer programming and JavaScript. Summer Academy students will get the opportunity to
  • Build dynamic web applications,
  • Work with leading tech professionals from companies like Netflix and Omaze, and
  • Drastically improve their technical communication skills (which are essential in the software engineering and larger tech industries)
Students do not need a Computer Science background or prior coding experience to apply. However, they must be able to demonstrate a commitment to technical excellence and a strong capacity for technical communication. 
I have attached a one-page informational brief about the scholarship. Students can also start their application here: www.summeracademyofcode.org/scholarship. Would it also be possible to include this opportunity in a newsletter or post it on a general opportunities board? Please let me know what you think. 
Jenny | Codesmith
Diversity in STEM Outreach Manager
Powerhouse Suncode Solar Hackathon - April 7-8
Powerhouse is hosting its 5th annual solar hackathon #SunCode on April 7-8 at the Citizen Engagement Laboratory in Oakland. Winning teams walk away with $10k in cash prizes. Tickets can be purchased here.
SunCode attracts 100 of the Bay Area's best ​software ​developers​, ​designers and solar enthusiasts who use data sets and APIs to hack solar solutions and build working prototypes in less than 24 hours.  
SunCode previous and current sponsors include: DSM, GE Ventures, 11th Hour Project, SunRun, Tendril, SunPower, Silicon Valley Bank, NREL, Genability and DLA Piper. 
Wind Energy Opportunities in Peru!

Volunteering at WindAid


At WindAid Institute our mission is to provide a unique educational experience empowering people to create a sustainable world. We are based in Trujillo, Peru and build both 2.5 kW and 500 Watt wind turbines for small communities and families that are part of some 7 million people in Peru living with no access to grid electricity. Volunteers get hands-on experience in all steps of designing, building and installing a wind turbine as part of a team. They gain expertise in such materials and processes as: carbon fiber, fiberglass, resin composites, steel structures and welding, electrical systems, aerodynamics, and much more; all the while getting to experience the life and cultures of Peru.

In the last 6 months we have had 46 volunteers from 22 countries in both our standard four week programs, and as longer-term researchers. On our website, www.WindAid.org, and Facebook Page you will find many of their testimonials, information on our wind energy projects and the opportunity to read about day-to-day life as a WindAid volunteer.


The dates for our upcoming 2017 four week Project Groups, and information on our Long-Term Volunteer, intern and research opportunities are on our Programs Page. Some months fill up especially fast, so check availability and apply soon! There are no pre-requisite skills, we seek out passionate, enthusiastic individuals hungry to learn and create a positive change in the lives of others.

More Information

Due to the amount of interest in the programs, we have set up monthly webinars to present more information on volunteering at WindAid, and especially open an interactive platform to invite questions. Our webinars are on the fourth Tuesday of every month, and the next one will be March 28th at 1730 PET (UTC - 5). Here is a direct link to the Google Hangouts Webinar (which will go live on the 28th). We have also organized select presentations and visits around the world this year to explain the effects of climate change, the benefits of renewable energy, and more about the opportunities WindAid Institute offers passionate individuals looking to help the millions here in Peru with no electricity. Please email us if you are interested in us doing a presentation at the Berkeley.

I have attached a promotional poster, and would greatly appreciate it if you could circulate it in a newsletter, a department website, or post it around campus. You can also find a lot of information on our website, and we are always interested to hear comments and questions at Volunteer@WindAid.org. Thank you for your interest and support!

All my best,

-Nick Warren

WindAid Institute Co-Founder & Executive Director

Summer Abroad Opportunities

Greetings students!


UC Davis Summer Abroad offers UCB students the opportunity to earn 8 units of UC credit in just four weeks—while studying on another country! All programs are open to all students, from freshmen to graduating seniors.   


UCB Summer Aid applies! Ask your Financial Aid Office for more information.


 Would you like to. . .?

  • Travel the isles of Greece while studying that country’s literature and history—both ancient and modern?
  • Explore the landscape and literature of Australia -- from the urban city of Melbourne to the outback of Kakadu National Park in Darwin?
  • Visit Roman, Etruscan, and Greek ruins and discover why Rome, Italy is considered an outdoor museum?
  • Experience live performing arts events in the south of France – or study literature and listen to fado in Portugal?
  • Work alongside indigenous Amazonians in Ecuador while examining the historical development and current initiatives to save the Amazon rainforest from exploitation? 
  • Attend an entire A-level European Film Festival (Germany and Switzerland) in the Italian-Swiss Lake region—or experience the vibrant “Paris of Latin America,” Buenos Aires, Argentina, through street fairs, music and film festivals, cultural activities, and amazing cuisine?
  • Explore answers to major questions about development while also experiencing Ghana’s popular culture, markets, rainforests and beaches-- or discover the biodiversity of Costa Rica through field trips to Monteverde and the Caribbean and live in an aboriginal community?



All programs feature on-site activities that integrate experiential learning with classroom study.  Openings are also available in Australia, France, Germany, Taiwan, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, Switzerland, and the U.K. 

For full program information, including courses and program dates, visit  https://studyabroad.ucdavis.edu/programs/summerabroad/index.html  

Space Still Available!—Enrollment Deadline: April 7th
Create a student profile to create a list of programs that interest you, or to start the enrollment process: http://studyabroad.ucdavis.edu/programs/summerabroad/_sa_enrollment.html

Learn Tech Management in 9 Months
Dear UC Berkeley mechanical engineering student,
Have you heard about tech management? If not, you really should check it out. It is one of the fastest-growing and highest-paying new fields. 
We are the 9-month Master of Tech Management (MTM) at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). We teach you to manage tech teams, build new products, and run tech firms. Senior executives at tech firms tell us that they prefer to hire job applicants who have both mechanical engineering AND managerial skills. You have the mechanical engineering skills. Now, let us teach you the managerial skills.
Our 9-month curriculum is different from any other graduate program. We incorporated the input of senior executives in designing the curriculum. This resulted in MTM being better than a 2-year MBA and a Master of Engineering Management: 
  • Tech management vs. MBA. We eliminate the fluff and filler courses meant for those interested in management consulting and Wall Street jobs. We focus exclusively on tech management. This saves you at least $100K in tuition. Only 15% of MBA students have a technical degree. 90% of MTM students have one. 
  • Tech management vs. Engineering Management. We don't require your taking more tech courses (you've done enough of those already!). We don't rely solely on guest lecturers to teach you tech management. World-renown tenured professors who have conducted researched, worked in, and consulted on tech management teach our courses.
Here are a few other advantages of our program:
  • Financial aid. We offer generous financial aid. Our financial aid is so generous that we often give merit-based full rides to exceptional students.
  • Career development. Some universities solely rely on a career services office. We offer you a career services manager who is 100% dedicated to you. He will work one-on-one with you on a regular basis from admission to graduation to help place you in your dream job.
  • Work experience. We require that you participate in an embedded internship. You will work with senior executives solving real-world problems at tech companies. This will earn you valuable work experience. 
  • Networking. Our program is integrated. You take the same courses with your student cohort. You will get to know them intimately. You will have the opportunity to meet and network with alumni and senior executives. You will develop friendships and networks that last a lifetime.
  • Paradise. How many top engineering programs are located in a place known as the "American Riviera"? Just us. We have wonderful weather and beaches year round.
I'd be happy to tell you more about our program. Our upcoming deadlines are April 1 and June 1.
Not ready to apply? I'd still be pleased to advise you on graduate studies elsewhere. Additionally I'd be content to advise you about your career development. 
Why? Because at MTM we are a like a family. We have a small staff. We have a tight-knit cohort and alumni network. We have extensive ties to senior executives who will mentor you and invest in your success. As a prospective student, you are part of our extended MTM family.
Any questions? Please email me!
Yosem Companys, Ph.D.
Associate Director
Master of Technology Management
University of California, Santa Barbara


Two BFI Events on Farmworkers' Rights

Dear Friends,

The Berkeley Food Institute is hosting two events on April 13th about California Farmworkers' Rights. Please share widely. 
April 13, 3–4pm 
Morgan Lounge, UC Berkeley

Student Listening Session with Farmworker Women

Join members of Líderes Campesinas for an opportunity to learn directly about the lives and activism of California farm-working women (campesinas). The mission of Líderes Campesinas is to develop leadership among campesinas so that they serve as agents of political, social, and economic change in the farmworker community. This leadership has created an organization by and for campesinas. The approach emphasizes capacity building, democratic decision-making, advocacy, peer training and leadership development as well as a mixture of traditional and innovative education, outreach and mobilizing methods such as house meetings, arts, and theatrical presentations (dramas or teatros) at community venues. 

This event is open to students, UC Berkeley and otherwise. Space is limited and registration is required. Register here.
April 13, 5–7pm
David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley
In the last year, California has accomplished major gains for agricultural workers, from the new overtime pay law to innovative farm labor certification programs. At the same time, however, agricultural workers and their families are facing extreme threats from federal immigration policies and policing, and a heightened culture of fear. What efforts are underway to address the problems and develop solutions? 

Farmworker, business, policy, and research leaders will share on-the-ground perspectives on the current farm labor landscape in California. As the state with the highest number of agricultural workers, 75% of whom are immigrants, we will explore how California can lead the nation in providing healthy, safe, just, and equitable working conditions and how engaged community members can support these efforts.
  • Luis Alejo, Monterey County Supervisor and Former State Assemblyman, 30th District
  • Christy Getz, Associate Cooperative Extension Specialist, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC Berkeley
  • Chad Sokol, Dry Grocery Commodity Buyer, Costco Northern California
  • Mily Trevino Sauceda, Co-founder, Líderes Campesinas
  • Moderated by: Maria Echaveste, Senior Fellow, Center for Latin American Studies, UC Berkeley

Opening theatrical presentation, or teatro, by members of Líderes Campesinas

This event is free and open to the public. Registration recommended. Register here.
The Berkeley Food Institute Team
DEADLINE EXTENDED: Lipson Essay Contest 2016-17

The deadline for the award has been extended to Friday, April 14th, 2017.