Undergraduate Announcement 10/21/16



1)  ALL ME Ugrads, please join us for our New Student Fall Welcome on Wednesday, 10/26, 3:30pm-5:30pm in the Etcheverry/Soda Breezeway.


2) Starting Spring 2017, Mechanical Engineering will require a 3.3 GPA minimum for ugrads to take graduate courses in the department.


3) The Phase II unit limit has been increased to 17.5.  It's a hard limit.


4)  If you're thinking of attending Georgia Tech for graduate school, please come to Prof. Paul Nietzel's infosession next Friday, 10/28,  1pm-2pm, in 3110 Etcheverry Hall!


5) The L&S breadth lists have recently been updated. If you plan to take an H/SS course in the spring, please check the appropriate list linked from the COE H/SS web page to ensure the course is an approved H/SS course for the Spring 2017 semester. You can also use classes.berkeley.edu to search for Spring 2017 courses in the following breadth areas: Arts & Literature, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Historical Studies, International Studies, and Philosophy & Values. Remember to refer to the COE H/SS web page to check for exclusions. Plese note that berkeleytime.com may not be updated with the Spring 2017 L&S lists, so you are advised to use classes.berkeley.edu instead.


Have tons of fun this weekend, all!




Gender-Inclusive Restrooms at Evans Hall
The campus's first project to convert existing multi-stall, gender-specific restrooms to a multi-stall gender-inclusive restroom is now complete and the restrooms, located on the first floor of Evans Hall, opened last week.  Formerly separate men's and women's restrooms, the facility now includes eight (8) individual fully-enclosed stalls, one of which is ADA accessible.  The stall doors are designed to ensure privacy and each stall has a fire alarm with a horn strobe and its own venting.  A shared sink in the middle of the room has new water-efficient fixtures. Energy-efficient LED lighting is controlled by a motion sensor and new tiles and mirrors make the space much brighter than it was before.

Most importantly, the restrooms are open to everyone, helping to create an overall inclusive campus environment for all members of our community.  While gender-inclusive restrooms are now part of campus standards for restrooms and included in any new campus buildings, converting existing multi-stall restrooms like these on the first floor of Evans takes additional resources and so conversions will take place over time.


The gender-specific restrooms on the upper floors of Evans Hall will remain.  Thank you to those who work and study in Evans for your patience with the construction.

Call for Applications: SMART Program

The Graduate Division’s innovative SMART Program enables doctoral students to provide mentored research opportunities to undergraduate students. It is designed to broaden the professional development of doctoral students and to foster research skills and forge paths to advanced studies for undergraduates at UC Berkeley. The 2017 SMART Program will run from May 26 to August 4. Deadline for Undergraduate Mentee Applications: Friday, February 24, 2017. The undergraduate mentee application and schedule for informational meetings for undergraduate applicants will be posted on the SMART website in early February 2017. If you have questions, please contact Sarah Macdonald, NSF-SMART Postdoctoral Fellow.

Summer Internships @ Ford, Palo Alto




Specific skills we seek:


Graphic Designer – Ability to graphically communicate through design briefs, iconography + non-verbal’s.


Design Writer – Ability to script User Journeys, Empathy Maps + Design Fiction.


Interaction Designer – Ability to translate user needs into demonstrable interactive inputs + outputs.


The Next All-Around Olympic Gold Medal Gymnast – Who can do it all!


Timeline: Interview in 1 weeks (end of October/beginning of November)

Apple Mentorship Opportunity

Flyer:  https://goo.gl/IhbBp6

Questionnaire:  goo.gl/pe0OQE



REDDI Internship Program

This internship is held during the summer months and aimed to develop the skills of engineers and researchers in the field of orthopedics. The goal of the program is to provide a structure where the participants are introduced to the equipment, methods, and concepts of orthopedic biomechanics, clinical outcomes, and device design/development.

Participants must be enrolled in, or recently graduated from, a bachelor’s degree program related to the field of engineering, including Biomedical Engineering, Bioengineering and also Mechanical Engineering. During previous summers, we have provided a $5,000 stipend for housing, transportation and meals.





Volunteer Opportunity
Occupational Knowledge International (OK International at www.okinternational.org) is a San Francisco based non-profit working exclusively in developing countries to build capacity around environmental and occupational health.  We are currently initiating a two-year project in Nigeria in partnership with Doctors Without Borders to introduce safer mining practices in an area with extensive lead poisoning. 

This follows an ongoing lead poisoning outbreak that has been responsible for more than 500 deaths among children in northern Nigeria.  The source of lead is the gold ore being mined and processed by small-scale artisanal miners.  This has been called the world’s worst lead poisoning outbreak in history.


Our work is now focused on introducing safer mining practices to reduce exposures to miners and minimize off-site contamination.  This will involve a mix of training, changing personal hygiene practices and the introduction of wet methods/ engineering controls to reduce the generation and spread of lead-containing dust. 


As part of this project we are introducing wet ball mills to reduce dry processing. We are looking for a volunteer (or a small group project) to prepare a specification for the design of this equipment.  Our plan is to have it locally made in Nigeria.


Please respond to Perry Gottesfeld at: info@okinternational.org

East Bay Mini Maker Faire this Sunday, 10/23!
What: The East Bay Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly event featuring rockets and robots, digital fabrication, DIY science and technology, urban farming and sustainability, alternative energy, unique handmade crafts, music, local food, and educational workshops and installations.


When: Sunday, October 23, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Where: Park Day School and Studio One Arts Center, 360 42nd St., Oakland, CA 94609 
Tickets: Go to https://ebmakerfaire2016.eventbrite.com and plug in the code JIDI to get a 15% discount on your ticket.

Website: eastbay.makerfaire.com 

SWE: Evening with Industry Event Promotions

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 8th from 6-9 PM. EWI is our premier networking event, last year hosting 150 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.

Next Generation Mobility Challenge w/ Toyota - California College of the Arts 10/29

Hello UC Berkeley Students!


My name is Alero Moju and I work with Net Impact, a nonprofit that empowers over 60,000 students and young professionals worldwide to drive social and environmental change. We’ve partnered with Toyota to bring the Next Generation Mobility Challenge to California College of the Arts on October 29th 2016.


Undergrad and grad-level students, like you, will work on interdisciplinary teams and immerse in a highly interactive design thinking process to come up with solutions to this challenge prompt. Teams will pitch their ideas to Toyota and mobility experts and receive feedback from them.


BEST PART: the winning team will get the chance to further incubate their ideas in an internship with Toyota’s innovation partners!


Sign up today!


More information is available on this  1 page flyerPlease share this opportunity with any of your fellow students that might be interested. Please contact me should you have any questions! amoju@netimpact.org

b.Makerspace New Staff Recruitment

b.Makerspace is an open space located on the 1st Floor of Moffitt Library where students from all departments can have the unique opportunity to work with new technologies like 3D Printing, Virtual Reality, UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) and more. We are opening alongside the grand opening of the renovated 4th and 5th floors on November 2nd and are looking for students to help staff that event as well as manage the makerspace long term!

We believe in open access to technology as a makerspace. There are no membership fees or material fees to using our space. We believe in creating opportunities for beginning makers and offer training and educational programs to get you started with 3D printing, electronics, programming and more.

We currently support the work of ten student organizations, ranging from 20-80 members each. Their specialties include engineering accessibility solutions for people with disabilities, 3D modeling and printing, design thinking and prototyping.

We want to recruit multiple people to fill each of these positions. Please share this with your club members and friends you think will want to get involved with running the makerspace!
Here's the google form to apply for a position: http://bit.ly/bmaker-apply
Brief descriptions of each position: http://bit.ly/bmaker-info

Thank you

Cal's 1st Intercollegiate Engineering Conference (IEC)

Intercollegiate Engineering Conference (IEC) Info-Session
@ 120B Bechtel Engineering Center
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
7 PM - 9 PM

Please reach out to us at evp@esc.berkeley.edu if you have questions or want to learn more!


Come through to learn more about the first of it's kind event that will bring together engineers from various institutions across California, giving them an opportunity to interact with professionals and faculty. The two-day conference takes place on the November 5-6 weekend, and we guarantee that it will be worth your time. More details will be provided at the info-session...Oh and there will be food of course!

Thu 10/27: CITRIS Invention Lab Halloween Costume Build Night!
CITRIS Invention Lab Halloween Costume Build Night
Thursday 10/27 4-7pm
141 Sutardja Dai

Build - Paint - Sculpt - Create

Tools, snacks, expertise provided. All attendees will have access to workspace, hand tools, the sewing machine, materials (e.g., glue, paints), etc. 
Maker Passes are not required for this special event, but newcomers will need to sign a waiver and only those who have received Invention Lab training can use the fabrication machines. Invention Lab super users and lab managers will also be able to run machines for those without training.
If you do have a Maker Pass, you can enter your costume/decoration in the Jacobs Halloween Makers' Contest: halloween.jacobshall.org.
Questions? Contact Meredith Scheff-King, Lab Manager for the Invention Lab: satiredun@berkeley.edu.
Become LEED Accredited!

When: October 29th 2016 – 1:00PM to 5:00 PM

Where: UC Berkeley – Barrows Hall – Room 140 - https://goo.gl/maps/wbJot4nSfhT2

Registration: http://leadinggreen.com/berkeley


Interested in getting involved in the Green Building Industry? Opportunities are plentiful in the field of sustainable design and LEED is at its forefront.


LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is simply a green-rating point system, or a scorecard. The more energy efficient and sustainable a building is, the more points it will earn. To date, this course and its materials have proven to be instrumental in helping over 5000 students pass their respective exam at a 100% pass rate. This course is offered at a quarter of the price and time as the competition and is geared at allowing students to graduate with letters after their name!


Just as Buildings can be LEED certified, people in the sustainable construction industry can become LEED Professionals. The LEED Green Associate (GA) credential is the only entry level sustainability designation and shows employers and clients that you have certified knowledge in the green building industry.  A new LEED rating system (v4) was introduced last month and this training course is one of the few that has been updated to teach the current rating system. This course meets the exam’s eligibility requirements and the USGBC charges a $100 (reduced for students) fee for the actual exam which can be taken at any time at your nearest Prometric center.


Cost: $300 ($200 for full time students)

To register for the class please visit: http://leadinggreen.com/berkeley

You can register via PayPal or RSVP your attendance by registering at the bottom of the page



Ugrad Survey (Engineering vs. Theologically-Oriented Schools)

We are seeking participants who are undergraduate students currently enrolled and attending a college or university that is either theologically-oriented or heavily focused on the STEM fields. Below is a link to a survey that will measure some psychological characteristics and features of your educational institution.



The study will take no more than one hour to complete. 



In compensation, you will be entered into a lottery drawing at the end of data collection where you will be eligible to win a prize. Our prize pool consists of ten (10) $100 Amazon.com gift cards and one (1) $1000 Amazon.com gift card.



There are four requirements for participation:


  1.        The educational institution you attend is either theologically-oriented (e.g., seminary) or one that is heavily focused on the STEM fields.
  2.        You are currently enrolled and attending this institution.
  3.        You have a school (i.e., ending in “.edu”) email address. This will be used to contact you in the case that you win one of the prizes.
  4.        You are 18 years of age or older.

Survey Link:



Thank you for you interest and please feel free to forward this to anyone who you think is eligible for participation.


If you have any questions, please contact Vincent Ng at ngv@purdue.edu. This research is conducted by Louis Tay, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Purdue University. His email address is stay@purdue.edu.


The UCSF Department of Radiology would like to announce that we are accepting Fall 2017 applications for our Masters of Science in Biomedical Imaging (MSBI) program starting on November 15, 2016. 

For those that may be interested, please feel free to visit the website or email (msbi@ucsf.edu).