Undergraduate Announcement 10/27/17



1)  ME 110 will not be taught in Spring 2018.  I do not know at this time if the department is considering having it taught in the Fall (and I expect that I will not know for some time, so please don't ask me until February  :P  )


2)  Please join us for our new MechE Ugrad Welcome Event on Monday (10/30) from 3:30pm-5pm in the Etcheverry/Soda Breezeway.  Free Top Dog!


3)  A MechE student would like to set up a Math 53 study group for the rest of the semester.  Would anyone be interested?  Alternately, would he be welcome in any exisiting group?  Please let me know. 


4)  Don't forget to join us for an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session with Prof. Oliver O'Reilly next Wednesday at noon-1pm in 3110 Etcheverry!


5)  The College of Engineering Spring Commencement activities will be held on Tuesday, May 15th.  The campus' Fall Commencement information can be found here https://commencement.berkeley.edu/.  The CoE does not have a Fall ceremony.


6)  The deadline to change your grading option for Humanities/Social Sciences courses is today, Friday, October 27. You will NOT be able to change your grading option for any course after today.   Grading option changes for H/SS courses can be completed in CalCentral until 11:59 p.m. PST tonight.


Have a terrific weekend, all!


SWE Evening With Industry

Evening with Industry is an annual career fair and networking dinner hosted by UC Berkeley’s Society of Women Engineers taking place on Tuesday, November 7th from 6-9 PM. EWI is our premier networking event, last year hosting 190 of UC Berkeley's brightest and most dedicated engineering students to meet with company representatives across various engineering fields. If you are looking for an internship or a full-time position, Evening with Industry is a great opportunity to meet recruiters and professionals! To register for the event, click here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/evening-with-industry-2017-tickets-38669851567

Portfolio Building Workshop

My name is Phillip and I'm the Internal VP of Pi Tau Sigma. We have an engineering portfolio building workshop hosted by our pro-dev committee on November 6th in 1165 Etcheverry. We'll be walking people through making their own website and dinner will be provided!



Jacobs Institute Innovation Catalysts
Every semester, students bring a wide range of innovative projects to life at Jacobs Hall and throughout Berkeley’s vibrant design ecosystem. The Jacobs Institute Innovation Catalysts, made possible by the Eustace-Kwan Family Foundation, is a new student grant program that provides an avenue for these ambitious student innovators to unlock further potential in their projects. 
Berkeley students are invited to propose projects that they aim to develop over the course of a semester. Selected grantees will work on their projects with the support of resources from the Jacobs Institute and CITRIS Invention Lab, and as part of a cohort of fellow student innovators. 
Reflecting a focus on shared investment within the institute’s student design community, the Jacobs Institute Student Advisory Board (SAB) will play a key role in the grant selection process. SAB members, who represent diverse perspectives from the student community, will review and make recommendations on all grant submissions.
Two types of grants will be awarded through the Innovation Catalysts program: 
  • Ignite grants are for in-progress projects, with existing prototypes and demonstrated potential for impact. Up to $2000 will be awarded for each project. Are you working on a project that you can’t imagine stopping once the semester ends? Apply for an Ignite grant!
  • Spark grants are for early-stage projects or ideas. Up to $500 will be awarded for each project. Do you have a great idea and seek funding to make it a reality? Apply for a Spark grant!
For more information about the Innovation Catalysts program and application process, visit the program website. Applications for the inaugural spring 2018 cohort are due December 20.
Volunteer Workshop Presenters Sought For Girls In STEM Conference

The 38th Annual Expanding Your Horizons in Math and Science conference for young women is scheduled for March 17, 2018 at Skyline College in San Bruno.  We once again served over 1,200 students last year, so volunteer workshop presenters are always needed to make this conference successful.  Our focus is on hands-on activities in STEM-related areas, and we know that you could be a valuable asset to our program.  We must confirm our volunteer presenters by November 15th every year.


The goals of the conference are:


  • To promote education as a means of expanding young women’s possibilities
  • To foster awareness of career prospects for women in STEM fields
  • To increase young women’s interest in STEM opportunities
  • To provide students an opportunity to meet and form personal contacts with women working in traditional and non-traditional STEM occupations 


To find out more about EYH, see the attached documents, and visit skylinecollege.edu/eyh/.

To sign up to be a presenter, visit skylinecollege.edu/eyh/presenters.php.

For more information, contact Alana Utsumi, Program Services Coordinator, at utsumia@smccd.edu.

LeaderShape Application Open

The application for LeaderShape, January 7-12, 2018, is open. Applications are due Wednesday, November 1, 9:59pm. Any 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year undergraduate student who is either in the College of Engineering or an active member of an engineering student organization is welcome to apply. Want to know more? Visit our website or attend an info session led by past LeaderShape participants: Friday, October 20, 12-1pm, 225 Bechtel (Lunch will be served) or Tuesday, October 24, 5-6pm, 225 Bechtel (Dinner will be served). Please RSVP so we know how many we are feeding.


Just wanted to let you know about the Internship/Co-op program at Tesla (https://www.tesla.com/careers/university). We have openings year-round (Fall, Spring, and Summer) in our Bay Area and Reno offices. If students in Mechanical Engineering ( FEA knowledge would be advantageous) are interested in learning more about Tesla, please contact reach out to Sekhar Reddy at sreddy@tesla.com  or Chris Garinger at cgaringer@tesla.com. Chris is our university coordinator and will be happy to have further discussions with anyone who expresses an interest. 


Although there are quite some openings out in design teams  our primary focus being CAE, I have provided an overview of the CAE ( Computer Aided Engineering) team as below.


The CAE team is responsible for the performances in the domains of Vehicle crash, occupant safety, Strength & durability, Structural NVH & Multiphysics across the entire vehicle platforms through usage of advanced analytical / Test methodologies. These analytical methods used in the group cover a wide range linear and non-linear using explicit, implicit and rigid body solvers. Virtual engineering plays a very significant role in the Tesla design process helping to achieve tight timing and very high performance requirements (5 star US NCAP). Being predictive in CAE is a major focus of the teams work as design decisions are made months in advance of being able to obtain test results.

Co-Op Opportunity for Students In Engineering

The Mechanical Circulatory Support division of Abbott (formerly St Jude Medical) in Pleasanton, CA is the world leader at implant heart pump technology for advanced heart failure patients. We have a co-op opening for undergraduate (Junior/Senior standing), MS and PhD students in biomedical/mechanical/industrial engineering major. The duration is from January to June/August, 2018.


We are looking for creative, hands-on, self-driven, and detail-oriented students who are interested in the medical devices industry.

This position will provide practical engineering work experience with engineers involved in implantable medical device product design and process improvement.


Resumes shall be emailed to James Li at jli07@sjm.com

Mentor Needed for HS Project

Hello, my name is Antonio Rios, a senior in Live Oak High School, and I'm looking for a engineering mentor for my project. My project is to build a
down scaled functioning roller coaster of my own design and with the mathematics and physics. I am extremely passionate about doing this because
my dream job is to be an engineer for Disney, and I would greatly appreciate if you could respond. Here is my contact information. Thank you for your time
Email: Riosag15@gmail.com

Shadow an Engineer Program

Curious what it's like to be an engineer in industry? Apply for Shadow an Engineer Program hosted by Society of Women Engineers and participating companies like Accenture Labs, Box, ENGEO, Meraki, and Miroculus! Through this program, you will have the opportunity to get real-life exposure at some of the most innovative companies in the area. This program will occur for 1 to 3 days over winter break and is an awesome chance to network with the company you might want to work for in the future. The application will close on November 6th, 11:59PM. All genders are encouraged to apply!


Apply here: http://tinyurl.com/saefall17student

Program descriptions: http://tinyurl.com/ybt39wut

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/127759791278569/


Contact us with any questions at fledesma@berkeley.edu and muyingchen@berkeley.edu.



Berkeley Hyperloop Crowdfunding Campaign

The Berkeley Hyperloop team has only a few days left to reach our crowdfunding goal! Our crowdfunding campaign ends next Tuesday, October 31. We can’t do this without your support! Every gift will help send us to the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition this Summer 2018. 

Check out our crowdfunding page here:
https://crowdfund.berkeley.edu/bloop2017 and see how you can help.

Thank you so much again for supporting Berkeley Hyperloop!

CalSol Crowdfunding Campaign

CalSol is working on their 9th-generation solar vehicle with manufacturing to be completed by April 2018. Visit their crowdfunding page to find out more about their timeline and design.

Help Students Impacted by North Bay Fires

Staff from a number of UC Berkeley departments and organizations are collecting school supplies to benefit students and teachers in fire-affected K-12 schools in the North Bay. UCB participants include the Lawrence Hall of Science, the Berkeley Public Service Center, the Coalition for Education and Outreach (CEO), Science@Cal, the Berkeley Research Development Office, and the Vice Chancellor for Research Office. 


In partnership with the Sonoma Office of Education, we are collecting donations from Monday, October 23 to Thursday, November 2. 


How you can help


Customize this announcement and forward it to students, faculty, and staff in your organization or department. If you have the time and inclination, set up a collection container at your site, and transport donations to one of two campus collections locations below by November 2.


Where You Can Donate


To Shareena at her office
(I'll take it down to Amazon, if you aren't headed that way)


Amazon@ASUC Student Union

2495 Bancroft Way, Room 235, Berkeley, CA 94720 

Hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 9pm; Sat - Sun12pm - 9pm



Lawrence Hall of Science 

1 Centennial Drive, Berkeley, CA 94720

Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm; Sat/Sun, 10am-5pm

Collection bin is located outside of the Discovery Corner Store 



Most needed school supplies


Graphing calculators (used are fine; for example, the Texas Instruments 83 or 84 models)

Index cards

Pens and pencils

Lunch boxes

Water bottles

Pencil cases


Thank you for your generosity and support of students in the Bay Area. 


Questions: kspohr@berkeley.edu.



The WindAid Institute Program

We at WindAid Institute think we have a fantastic opportunity to offer students at Berkeley, lighting up lives in Peru on our volunteer programs.

WindAid is a non-profit focused on building wind turbines to provide clean and renewable energy solutions to some of the seven million Peruvians living without grid electricity, and directly affected by the increasing effects of climate change. Our mission is to provide unique educational experiences empowering people to create a sustainable world.

More details are below, and attached is a promotional poster; we would greatly appreciate it if you could circulate it to all who may be interested. Thank you for helping light up lives in Peru!

The WindAid Institute Program
Our 4-week volunteer program offers an opportunity to learn about design, construction, and installation of a wind turbine and see its direct impact on rural families and communities.

You get hands-on experience in all steps of designing, building and installing a turbine as part of a team. You will use 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.

Our Volunteers
There are no pre-requisite skills, although an engineering and/or sustainability background and some Spanish language can enhance the experience. We seek out passionate, enthusiastic individuals hungry to learn and create a positive change in the lives of others.

Dates and Details
Our four week project groups fill up fast, so apply soon! We do charge a fee which covers your accommodation, food and transport to site, and contributes to the workshop and build materials. We have projects year-round so you can apply any time. See full dates and costs on our Website.


If you are interested in a more immersive program we also offer a limited number of Long-Term Volunteer and Intern opportunities, which have reduced or no cost.

How to Find Out More
Check out our website www.windaid.org, email us at Volunteer@WindAid.org, or submit an application form (this does not commit you to a program). Thank you for your support and interest!

Job Opening: Failure Analysis Applications Engineer - San Jose, CA



Failure Analysis Applications Engineer


The Applications Engineer will be responsible for carrying out product and system level analyses to determine the root cause of product application failures.
Debugging and functionality verification of AC/DC and DC/DC switching power supply modules in various topologies using Power Integrations’ products will be an essential part of the job responsibility.
Responsibility will also include effective verbal and written communication of results, which will be used to drive improvements in product design, process technology, and applications.  Such communication will require, but not limited to, writing cogent and convincing technical reports suitable for external customers.

BSEE or equivalent discipline is required.

0-3 years of experience in power supply application engineering and/or failure analysis involving power semiconductors, analog, and/or mixed signal devices.
Candidates with experience in switching power supply design or applications engineering will be given preference.
The successful candidate will have a thorough understanding of analog, mixed-signal, or power semiconductor operational characteristics and the ability to apply fault isolation techniques at chip level as well as board level.

Location: San Jose, CA

Now Taking Jacobs Hall Club & Decal Meeting Space Requests For Sp18

Application Forms

  • Student group meeting space form: Follow these instructions to request regular meeting space for your group. Priority deadline is November 12th.
  • DeCal teaching space form: Use this to request teaching space for your DeCal, if it is sponsored by another department. Priority deadline is November 12th.
  • DeCal sponsorship form: Follow these instructions to request that your DeCal be listed as a DES INV 98 or DES INV 198. Deadline is November 3rd.


For more information about Jacobs resources for student groups, go here. Have questions? Send them to me at amydinh@berkeley.edu.

Biomed Eng Grad Program at U of Texas at Austin

Biomedical engineers respond to societal needs to provide solutions that improve patients’ quality of life. From designing diagnostic devices to creating artificial organs to developing new drugs to treat diseases like cancer, biomedical engineering is an exciting and rewarding field.

Our Ph.D. coursework is a unique personalized learning plan. Our students can choose to coursework from four main tracks to specialize in a chosen area. Our tracks are:



With an accomplished faculty and diverse student body, the Department of Biomedical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin offers opportunities for students to grow and build interdisciplinary knowledge in the areas of medicine, molecular and cellular biology, and engineering.  Prospective students can  view a snapshot of our department's research highlights and visit our website for further information, including program requirements and faculty research interests.

Innovative Research Centers.

  • Center for Cardiovascular Simulation - Directed by Dr. Michael Sacks, this center provides cardiovascular scientists and clinicians with advanced simulations for the rational development of treatments for cardiovascular disease. 
  • Center for Computational Oncology - Directed by Dr. Thomas Yankeelov, this center is involved in research guided by developing a mathematical theory for how cancer initiates, grows, spreads, and responds to treatment. Researchers model tumor growth and gather data to calibrate and validate predictive models for cancer behavior. 
  • Center for Emerging Imaging Technologies - Directed by Dr. Andrew Dunn, this center fosters collaborative research on the development and application of new imaging technologies for biomedical research and clinical medicine. 
  • Institute for Biomaterials, Drug Delivery, and Regenerative Medicine - Directed by Dr. Nicholas Peppas, this institute provides a focal point for impactful activities in research, education, and service in biomaterials, drug delivery, and regenerative medicine—key areas to transforming health care. 


Doctoral students in UT BME receive prestigious fellowships and training grants. More than half of our graduate students have fellowships through the National Science Foundation, the University, or other organizations. In particular we would like to highlight the training grant we were awarded by the NIH to support BME graduate students specializing in Biomedical Imaging


The deadline for Fall 2018 admission is December 1, 2017. Prospective students can apply now!  



Andrew K. Dunn, Ph.D.
Graduate Advisor and Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Donald J. Douglass Centennial Professorship in Engineering
UT BME Graduate Advisor

Lacy T. White, M.S.
Graduate Program Coordinator

MechE Graduate Programs at UT Austin
ASHRAE Society Scholarships

Through its scholarships, ASHRAE seeks to motivate students and prospective students worldwide to pursue an engineering or technology career in the HVAC&R field, part of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) industry. The Society’s Scholarship Program also serves the public interest by aiding in the education of men and women to become qualified to practice as engineers in HVAC&R.


Over the course of 29 years ASHRAE has awarded nearly $2 million to nearly 400 deserving students.  Scholarships are $10,000 each.


For more information, please see: