Undergraduate Announcement 3/24/17



1)  Enrollment Planning Notes:

-As of right now, E25 will be offered both in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018.

-As of right now, ME 102A will not be offered in Spring 2018.  If you're graduating in Spring 2018, take ME 102A in the Fall.


2) The Technical Elective page has been updated with the UGBA and Econ courses we will now accept.  Physics courses have also been added, if you're into that.  :)


3)  The Tentative Course Schedule has been updated.


4)  I need 6-8 ugrads who entered as freshmen for my Cal Day student panel.  If you are interested, please complete the following form.  Panelists can get an MechE t-shirt. 

https://goo.gl/forms/K2eNofm6RewPCevH3.  Thanks!


5)  Please join me in congratulating this year's Outstanding GSI Award winners!  Thank you all for your nominations!


Semih Ege (Jason) Bezci
Noah Bonnheim
Evan Hemingway
Eric Ibarra
Julia Kramer
Grace Liao
Brian Salazar
Zeyad Zaky
Alan Zhang



Have a pleasant weekend, all!


Phly Rho: A Hands-On Building Competition
The sisters of Phi Sigma Rho are proud to present the first annual "Phly Rho" philanthropy event! This hands-on building competition is an opportunity for organizations on campus to showcase their engineering abilities to help a penguin fly! Teams of 2-5 people will compete to build the best contraption to get a stuffed penguin from a start to finish line, without touching the ground. All majors and years are welcome, and all proceeds will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Learn more and register here:
Date: 4/9/2017
Time: 9-4
Location: Lower Sproul
RSVP deadline: April 8, but early registration deadline is March 31!
Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation Summer Courses

The Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation is offering two hands-on summer courses this summer. Both courses provide technical elective credit for engineering students.

  • DES INV 22: Prototyping & Fabrication: Explore a range of prototyping and fabrication techniques — including laser-cutting, 3D modeling and 3D printing, soldering, basic circuits, microcontrollers (Arduino), sensors and actuators, and interface mockups — as you make original projects. This entry-level course has no prerequisites and requires no previous experience.
  • DES INV 190E-001: Interactive Device Design: This advanced course teaches concepts and skills required to design, prototype, and fabricate interactive devices. You’ll gain skills in key techniques, from 3D modeling and circuit board design to embedded software development and user interface programming, before diving into a design project. Programming experience is required, and you should have some background in at least one of three core skill areas (user interface design, 3D modeling, and electronics) before taking the course.

Enrollment deadlines are coming up! Learn more about the classes online and enroll on CalCentral. For more information or questions about the course content, email amydinh@berkeley.edu.

Ford Blue Oval Scholarship
UC Berkeley's College of Engineering is proud to partner with the Ford College Network to provide scholarships in the amount of $2,000 to students majoring in Mechanical engineering or EECS.  Deadline:  April 7th.
Four $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to UC Berkeley Undergraduate students. 
Please be sure that you meet the criteria below before submitting your application. 
Majoring in Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences 
Current Sophomore or Junior class standing
Minimum GPA of 3.0
Must be a U.S. Citizen or Green Card holder and able to work in the United States
The Application Deadline is April 7th
Clean Energy Data Science Challenge

Using Data Science to Expand Access to Clean Energy Around the World

More than a billion people globally lack access to electricity and another billion lack access to reliable electricity, greatly impacting education, health, social and economic development. A major barrier to investment in this space is a lack of visibility in many countries’ off-grid renewable energy development potential. 

Your challenge is to find new ways to map this potential. Can you leverage multiple data sources to do, in two days, what could otherwise take many months (and millions of dollars) with traditional methods? 
Creating actionable insights through algorithms, programs, and applications could be a game-changer for entrepreneurs, investors, and policymakers around the world and help to improve the lives of millions of people.
Friday March 31 – Sunday April 2
Galvanize San Francisco Campus - 44 Tehama Street, San Francisco, CA
Participate in hack.SYRIA (April 15-16)

Location: Berkeley-Haas  iLab at Memorial Stadium (TBC)

University of California, Berkeley

The AMENA Center, in cooperation with UCB Students Organize for Syria, is pleased to announce our two day Hackathon, aimed at bringing together innovative students from all corners of UC Berkeley to create useful and comprehensible tools for Syrian refugees with a focus on education, mental health, and economic security. 

The winning projects will be funded until completion and then distributed by different organizations working with Syrians throughout the Middle East such as UNHCR, Karam Foundation, and Jusoor Syria.


This event is open to all undergraduates and graduates of any major or field of study. We hope to bring together a wide range of talents, from students in engineering, the social sciences, and humanities to MBAs and Masters of Education students. We will be hosting a social mixer for all of the accepted applicants the week before the event. Further, we will be providing you with a packet of information about the crisis and its origins and the needs of the people to bolster the brainstorming process before the hacking begins.

The Hackathon is being generously funded by Microsoft. Our Judges will include experts in HCI, Development, and Diplomacy.

Please contact Saeed Nassef with any questions or comments at saeednassef@berkeley.edu


Website: http://amenaced.haas.berkeley.edu/hack-syria/


The application deadline to participate is April 2nd. 

AR/VR pitch competition, April 25

Hello all,

Allen Yang, director of the Center for Augmented Cognition, sends along word of an April 25 pitch competition for augmented reality/virtual reality startups. First prize will be $10K and guaranteed acceptance to SkyDeck,

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UC Berkeley’s startup accelerator.

UC Berkeley-affiliated teams have until April 3 to submit entries. The April 25 event is open to the public.

Here is the competition website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/uc-berkeley-arvr-pitch-competition-tickets-31609069578

Opportunities in China for Berkeley students

Explore China for free with Gotoco!


Gotoco provides university students from all over the world with the chance to volunteer at summer camps across China and earn their very own TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate. 


Teach English, learn Mandarin and get to grips with the local culture all absolutely free of charge. We provide free accommodation and meals at your schools, and even offer free accommodation for a week in Yangshuo, one of the most beautiful places in China, at the end of your camp. 

The camps range in length from two weeks to two months between early May and early September. 

Learn all about China's culture while earning your TEFL certificate and exploring some of the most exciting parts of the world. No prior knowledge of Mandarin is required. 

Your time in China with us will help both your personal and professional development. Learn about how people work in a foreign environment, learn invaluable leadership skills, learn new skills like calligraphy and how to work with people from a diverse range of backgrounds.  

Previous volunteers have gone on to use their TEFL certificates to get jobs all over the world, while others have found their experiences in China have helped them secure great jobs after graduation. Employers the world over are desperate for students with China experience as the world's second largest economy becomes increasingly influential in all aspects of world politics and business. 


Join us for an unforgettable summer!

Go to www.go-to.co for more information or email richard.lloyd@go-to.co (Gotoco USA Director)






Internship Opportunity at SpareH2O
SpareH2O, a Bay Area startup developing new environmental sensors, is looking for mechanical engineering students to help us design a housing assembly for several sensors.  Specific tasks include (1) development of a portable housing for sensors, electronics, and power source  (2) servo-mechanical components that can be actuated from remote phones and (3) working with our 3-D printers and our manufacturing partner to get initial evaluation units produced.
If you are looking to lead industrial and human-factors design of a new product, this is an ideal opportunity for you.  Looking for immediate engagement. Please contact saurin@spareh2o.com if you are interested. 
Saurin Pandya
VP, Sales and Marketing 
510-599-9212 | saurin@spareh2o.com