Undergraduate Announcement 8/25/17



1)  Save the date:
MechE Career Fair

Monday, Sept. 11th


Etcheverry/Soda Esplanade


2)  Save the date:

Cal Career Fair

Sept 12 Bus/Nonprofit/Public Service, 11am-4pm

Sept 13 Engineering/Tech, 11am-4pm

Sept 14 Engineering/Tech/Bus, 11am-4pm


3)  Is working at Boeing your absolute dream job?  Let me know.


4)  Did you have an amazing research project over the summer?  Do you have photos and video?  Let me know. 


5)  One of our recent alumni was on PBS!  https://www.pbs.org/newshour/brief/223620/christopher-ategeka


If you are going to participate in any of the protests and rallies happening this weekend, please, please be safe.  Have a good first weekend!


ME Student Access Machine Shop Safety Orientation Schedule F17


It is time to announce the 2017 fall semester safety orientation training period for the ME Student Access Machine Shop.


The Mechanical Engineering Student Access Machine Shop is available for students who will be working on projects and research related to our academic mission. First scheduling priority will be given to our supported undergraduate courses.


If any student has not received the safety orientation training and needs to use the Mechanical Engineering Student Access Machine Shop this semester, they need to go through our safety orientation training in the early part of the semester. Students who have already been trained in the Mechanical Engineering Student Access Machine Shop prior to this semester are not required to go through the training again. Training in another shop or location does not qualify the individual to work in the ME shop.


Prospective users will need to visit the shop in 1166 Etcheverry Hall to schedule their orientation in person. Sign-ups will begin at 8:30 AM on Tuesday August 29, 2017.

Shop hours for sign-ups are 8:30-11:30 and 1:00- 4:00.


It is recommended that interested students sign up early. Training is on a first come-first served basis and the staff cannot guarantee a slot in the schedule for students who do not sign up early. Instructional classes approved for training and shop access for this semester are as follows: ME102B, ME107, ME110, ME130, and BioE192

The safety orientation training is for education and safety purposes and consists of five hours of in shop instruction/hands-on learning while covering safe work practices and machine tool competency. The five hours of safety orientation will be conducted within an eight hour work day.

The actual safety orientation training will occur during the period from September 6, 2017 through October 27, 2017 and all safety orientations must be completed by Friday October 27, 2017


**Please print out and read the Functional Abilities Statement of Understanding form, and send back your completed form to meshops-me@berkeley.edu



 Please Note:


Supported research groups will need to submit a completed IOC form to cover the ME Student Access Machine Shop’s bi-annual Users Fee ($250 per person) along with their list of individuals wishing to participate in the safety orientation to meshops-me@berkeley.edu


Questions or concerns? Please contact Scott McCormick at mccormick@berkeley.edu




Scott G. McCormick

R&D Engineering Manager

Technical & Instructional Support Group

University of California, Berkeley

Mechanical Engineering

1166 Etcheverry Hall

Berkeley, California 94720-1740
510 642 3314

CELL 510 599 4293

Boeing On-Campus Interviews



We’re asking students to apply before September 4th so they can get first dibs at the interviews. We will also be collecting resumes at the career fair, but we strongly recommend students get their profiles made and applications submitted before September 4th. We encourage them to also come talk to us at the Career Fair and let us know about their interests.



General Motors Visit
Company Visits & Info Sessions
  • Twitter | Monday, August 28 | 11am-1pm | Bechtel Patio (230 Bechtel)
    Stop by for a chance to meet recruiters, current and former interns. You'll learn about Twitter opportunities and enjoy some treats.
  • Twitter | Tuesday, August 29 | 5:30-7pm | Blue & Gold Room (Career Center)
    Twitter #LIVE Talk is the introduction tot the 2-day #TwitterTakeover.
  • Northrop-Grumman | Thursday, September 7 | 5:30-7pm | 240 Bechtel
    Check out the info session with recruiters and engineers. You'll learn about opportunities, company culture, hear from interns and Cal grads who are now full-time Northrop employees. Food provided.
  • Boeing | Tuesday, September 12 | 3-6pm | Garbarini Lounge
    Network with Boeing recruiters, leaders, engineers and interns. There will be coffee and snacks.
  • Boeing | Tuesday, September 12 | 6-7pm | Garbarini Lounge
    Join the info session to learn about exciting career opportunities with Boeing. All majors welcome.
Momentum Speaker Series - Speakers Wanted

The Momentum Speaker Series: The Intern Perspective, Thursday, September 14, 5:30 pm, Sibley Auditorium. 

The Momentum Speaker Series is looking for six dynamic Berkeley Engineering student speakers who have recently interned, researched, studied abroad, or completed other unique summer experiences, and who want to share their stories with peers in a 7-minute story-based talk. Apply online.

Looking for New ME Students for Engineering Competition Team!

Do you want to do something *constructive* with your semester? Then, join the Steel Bridge Drafting Team! Through our DeCal, we specifically aim to train new mechanical engineering students to use SolidWorks, a 3D CAD modeling tool commonly used in many ME disciplines. Absolutely zero experience is expected! I’m not kidding! Freshmen and junior transfers can become quickly immersed in real hands-on applications of their school work and upperclassmen can learn marketable design skills that you can’t learn from just sitting in a classroom.

But wait, there’s more! In addition to teaching CAD, we also have actual manufacturing opportunities for new members! Get trained by our Davis shop experts to weld or help fabricate high-precision high-volume components with our Etch shop team. We’ll teach you everything you need to know to become a better engineer.

        In summary:

        - Learn how to use 3D modeling software!

        - Gain exposure to professional level design methodologies!

        - Bolster your resume!

        - Meet other driven like-minded engineers!

        - Become really cool!

        - Manufacture actual things!

        - Get units!

Does any of this sound at all enticing? Then, come out to our informational meeting next Wednesday, August 30th, in Cory 212 from 4 to 5 PM to learn a bit more about how Steel Bridge operates. Can’t make it? Email skruger@berkeley.edu with any questions.




Professional Networking & Etiquette Dinner

Tuesday, September 12, 6-8pm, 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!

Tickets: $15, Reservations and payment required to hold your space.

Engineering/Tech Career Conference

The 6th Annual Engineering/Tech Career ConferenceSaturday, August 26, 8am, brings together students, employers, and alumni to learn, share strategies, and connect, all with a common goal: to make sure Berkeley Engineering students are prepared for the Fall 2017 Engineering/Tech recruiting season. We have an exciting lineup of programs planned to help you make the most out of your time at Cal, to ensure you are successful in recruiting now and in the future, and to prepare you for the professional world. Get the full schedule and more information online.

Registration is Open! Registration is required as seats are limited and it helps us plan for meals and rooms. Registration closes at 5pm, Wednesday, August 23.

Women Invested in Lifelong Leadership (WILL) Seminar

Tuesdays, 5-6:30pm, 240 Bechtel. Looking for an opportunity to connect with top women leaders in the engineering fields? Want to learn and build key leadership skills to succeed in academia or industry? The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and Phi Sigma Rho have partnered with ESS to bring a new seminar focused on professional development and leadership for women in engineering! The WILL, Women Invested in Lifelong Leadership, seminar will bring top women technical leaders to engage with students in a small group setting. Learn more about WILL and how to enroll online! There is a limited number of first-come, first-served open-enrollment seats, and please note that the seminar is targeted for junior and senior level engineering students. SWE and Phi Sigma Rho members may apply for enrollment online. Please email if you have any questions.

MechE Ugrad Research: Prof. Agogino's Lab
Here's a link to the URAP posting where students should apply:
Lab name and location:
Berkeley Emergent Space Tensegrities (BEST) lab, 230 Hesse Hall
Research areas and project:
Design, electronics, and control of tensegrity robots
Brief description:
The Berkeley Emergent Space Tensegrities Lab (BEST Lab) works on the design and control of tensegrity robots. We are currently working on spherical tensegrities that roll and hop, and a walking quadruped robot with a tensegrity spine. 
Criteria needed:
Experience with mechanical design (CAD), programming (at least MATLAB but preferably Arduino code, C, or python), and test setups / data collection (e.g, ME 102A.)
Contact person:
Drew Sabelhaus, apsabelhaus@berkeley.edu
Please send resumes and a brief description of your interest in the project (if you're interested in mechanical design, electronics, software, control, simulations, etc.)
MechE Ugrad Research: Prof. Steigmann's Group
The lab name and location:
It is a joined project between Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research Lab in CS department and Professor Steigmann's lab in ME department

The research area(s) for the project
Deep learning, High Performance Computing, Applied Math, Solids Mechanics
A brief description of the position
The student will be working with a dual majored PhD candidate in ME and CS on a multidisciplinary research topic from both worlds. At a very high level it is about solving ODEs with neural networks for a solids mechanics application! More information will be shared upon request!

The criteria needed for the position
        A senior or junior undergraduate proficient in
        Deep learning, solving ODEs
        C++ and Python
        Familiarity with mechanics of materials
        Knowing CUDA is a plus
Contact person (please send resumes)
        Sayna Ebrahimi (sayna@berkeley.edu)


MechE Ugrad Research: Robotics
[1] Legged Robot Mechanical Design Position
[2] Legged Robot Actuator and Sensor Design Position
Undergraduate Research Position: Deep Reinforcement Learning for Autonomous Flight (UC Berkeley)
We are looking for an undergraduate researcher to develop a fleet of small quadrotors to serve as the platform for our collision avoidance using deep reinforcement learning project (https://sites.google.com/site/probcoll/). The end goal of this project is to have dozens of these quadrotors autonomously flying around and recharging without *any* human supervision.


Minimum qualifications
- self-motivated, hardworking, and takes initiative
- EECS/CS/ME major
- sophomore or junior
- commit 15+ hours per week
- must be able to participate fall and spring semester
- completed lower division EE (EE16A/16B or EE20/40 or equivalent)
- Python (e.g., CS61A) and C/C++ experience (e.g., CS61C)
Excellent additional qualifications
- experience with quadrotors/robots or building experience
- experience with microcontrollers
- experience with 3D printing
- available next summer
- GPA of 3.5 or above
- any of the following classes: EEC106A/B, EECS192, ME102B, UAV decalME193B: Intro to UAVs
Our research is aimed at developing algorithms that allow robots and other autonomous agents to learn how to behave intelligently in complex environments. This research seeks to make fundamental advances in artificial intelligence by designing new deep learning and reinforcement learning algorithms, conducting real-world experimental evaluations on state-of-the-art robotic platforms, and theoretical analysis. For examples of our recent work, see the following websites:
To apply, please email an unofficial transcript and CV to both Gregory Kahn (gkahn@berkeley.edu) and Sergey Levine (svlevine@eecs.berkeley.edu)
CITRIS Invention Lab Fellowships • Fall 2017 • Due 1 Sept
Welcome back!  Make your idea a reality this semester in the CITRIS Invention Lab.  Apply for a Fellowship Award!
Apply here: 


The CITRIS Invention Lab in 141 Sutardja Dai Hall provides prototyping resources such as 3D printing, laser cutting, soldering stations, hand and power tools. The lab is open to the entire UC Berkeley community, including students, staff, faculty and alumni, to work on projects outside of formal classes. 
The Invention Lab Fellowship is a merit-based program for students that will cover the Maker Pass registration fee for the semester. Fellowship recipients and their projects will also be highlighted on our web site and in media coverage of the lab. 
We will award fellowships based on a combination of compelling project proposals for this semester and a track record of successful past projects. The fellowships will be funded by the Lab Director.
To apply, complete this online application form by Friday 1 September at 11:59PM. We will notify winners the following week.
All current undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at UC Berkeley for 2017 are eligible to apply. Your award will cover your Maker Pass for Fall 2017.
UCB Office of Ugrad Research

Dear Future and Current Undergraduate Researchers,


You’re on campus, things are starting up.  Now is a great time to start making your plan of action for the year!   If you’re new to campus, what you can do now is attend a “getting started” workshop to get an overview of how research works on campus and the different ways to find a faculty mentor or get into a lab.  


Then,  figure out which programs you’re eligible for:  on the “search databases” page of http://research.berkeley.edu, choose “research programs”, filter by “Programs at for Berkeley students at Berkeley”, and then you can filter further by deadline or six other searches (disciplinary division, citizenship status, GPA requirement, etc.).  Don’t miss the URAP deadline:  8 AM on AUGUST 29.   URAP is the largest and oldest research program on campus, placing about 1400 students per semester as research assistants with nearly 300 different faculty members. A similar  program is SPUR (for CNR students).  But there are so many more!   Read the program web sites carefully for programs that work for  you, come to info sessions (see below listings for info sessions in the early fall, and keep an eye on the undergraduate research calendar), and, for smaller programs,  meet with the program staff to get started! Read the list below to see upcoming info sessions for URAP and UCDC. Coming soon:  McNair Scholars info sessions!  


Need a faculty mentor? Come to the “Getting started in undergraduate research” and/or “professional emailing” workshop to learn how to find one via classes, office hours, or email.  No idea how to write a research proposal?  No problem!  Come to the “how to write a proposal” workshop. Times/dates/places listed below.  We look forward to meeting you soon!


--Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships Staff and peer advisors


Websites of interest:



Great Minds in STEM Early-Faculty Career Development Symposium

Great Minds in STEM (GMiS) will convene the 2nd Annual GMiS Early-Faculty Career Symposium at the 29th annual HENAAC Conference, which will be held in Pasadena, CA, from October 18 – 22, 2017.


GMiS especially invites Hispanic, early-career engineering faculty, post docs, and doctoral candidates/students interested in an engineering faculty career, to participate in this professional development opportunity.  Individuals must be from an ABET-accredited 2- year or 4-year institution in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

The Symposium will deliver faculty development workshops on a variety of topics including the tenure process, NSF proposal and reviewer opportunities, effective mentorship, inclusive pedagogy, innovating practice from research and teaching, and best practices for engaging Hispanic engineering students. Participants also will have the opportunity to engage with the larger HENAAC Conference audience. Additionally, participants may be asked to “give back” by serving as judges for the Research Posters Competition on Friday or Saturday. The Symposium begins on Thursday afternoon (October 19) and concludes on Saturday, October 21, 2017.

Travel Grants

Competitive travel grants, up to $2,000, will be provided to attend the Symposium.  Individuals interested in applying for a travel grant must be 1) Hispanic descent, 2) early-career engineering faculty, post doc, or doctoral candidates/students interested in an engineering faculty career, and 3) from an accredited 2- year or 4-year institution in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

Travel awards will cover expenses incurred traveling to and attending the Symposium. Lodging will be provided for up to three (3) nights on October 19, 20 and 21. Participant travel days will be arriving morning Thursday, October 19 and departing either Saturday, October 21 or Sunday, October 22, 2017. GMiS will arrange travel (airfare or mileage), housing and registration for the selected participants.  Per diem (meals) are part of the registration.  A small allowance may be made for luggage fees, taxis, etc.

Symposium and Travel Grant Application

Individuals interested in either attending and/or applying for a travel grant must register at leveragefaculty.org. Registrants will be required to complete an online profile, and submit a statement of interest, statement of diversity and an NSF bio. The application deadline is Friday, September 1, 2017. Again, even if you are not requesting travel grant support, you must register for this opportunity.

For More Information

Please contact Dr. Gary Cruz at gcruz@greatmindsinstem.org.

Great Minds in STEM (GMiS) along with other diversity engineering organizations was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) collaborative research grant (#1548322) to increase the diversification of the engineering professoriate. 

Queer Cal Pals

The Queer Cal Pals program of the Gender Equity Resource Center is designed to connect incoming LGBTQ+ students with members of the larger UC Berkeley LGBTQ+ community through close partnerships and programming. With the use of a buddy program rather than a mentorship, we strive to cultivate a mutualistic relationship between the Buddy (current UCB student) and Pal (incoming UCB student), where both share experiences and learn from one another. Mainly, Queer Cal Pals will help new students link with  LGBTQ+ community (spaces, resources, events), as well as provide personal and social support during their transition to life at Cal.


For more information, please see:  http://ejce.berkeley.edu/geneq/resources/lgbtq-resources/queer-cal-pals