Undergraduate Announcement 10/6/17



1)  A few of you have been wanting to know what the EE 49 syllabus looks like.  This is the official campus version:  https://goo.gl/pPKrtP.


2)  Don't forget:  Faculty Individual Advising is next week.  If you wish to see your faculty adviser, please make an appointment in advance (by signing up at their door or via email).  Information about what you need to bring can be found at http://www.me.berkeley.edu/undergraduate/resources/advising/me-faculty-advising.


3)  Save the Date:  MechE is having a welcome party for all of our new Ugrads (and all of the Ugrads are invited):  10/30, 3pm-5pm, in the Etcheverry/Soda Etcheverry Esplanade.  Food from Top Dog!


4)  Our Faculty would like me to point out to freshmen that if you didn't AP out of any techs (Math, Chem, Physics), you may be able to save yourself some grief (read 4 tech courses per semester in your later years) if you take summer courses in Summer 2018. 


5)  Just as a reminder, you are only eligible to apply for the 5th Year MS this cycle if you are graduating Sp18 or F18.  F17 graduates are not eligible to apply for the 5th Year MS this year but should consider applying to the standard MS (3 semesters).


May your weekend be dynamite!



5th Year Application - Docs from Tuesday's Infosession

As a followup to the Grad School Infosession we had this past Tuesday, I just wanted to share some information with everyone:


The 5th Year MS Degree Requirements are listed at:



The application is at:



The degree comparision chart that was presented is at:



Please let me know if you have additional questions.

MechE Course Notes

Just in case you did not see this message this morning:


Course Notes for Spring 2018

•    ME 110 has been pulled from the schedule and is currently pending.  We are hoping to offer it in the Spring, but are not sure at this moment if we will be able to do so.  I will let you know if it goes back online. If you need a design course in Spring to graduate, I would recommend that you select a backup.

•    ME last offering of ME 107 will be in Spring 2018.  If you are graduating in Fall 2018 and beyond, you will need to take ME 103 (in lieu of ME 102A and ME 107).  If you have already taken ME 102A and ME 107, then you do not have to take ME 103.

•    ME 107’s will not have a standing discussion in Spring 2018.

•    Engin 27’s labs will be 3 hours and the times posted currently are likely to change.   I’m not sure when these will be finalized (there are various parties working on this) but will let you know when they are.

•    ME 131 will have 4 units starting in Spring 2018.  It will also have ME 132 as a prereq.

•    Students will have the option of taking EE 49 or EE 16A in Spring 2018 (with a strong preference for EE 49).  Starting Fall 2018, all students will be asked to take EE 49 as part of our curriculum and we will no longer accept EE 16A.

If you are taking the EECS Minor or doing a double with EECS, I would recommend taking EE16A in the Spring if you can.  I'm not sure if EE 49 will cover the EE requirements in the future and I'm fairly certainly that EE 16A will not cover MechE requirements starting F18.

If you have already taken EE 16A, then you do not need to take EE 49.

•    If you are a junior transfer and are concerned that E27 is conflicting with ME 104 because you were planning to take them together, email me and we will work together to come up with a new course plan for you.

•    Pending approval, ME will likely have a new technical elective in Spring 2018.  It will be a small (20 students max) and will be an industry project course.  If the course is approved, it will be listed on the schedule towards the end of November (and announced) and all interested students will be put on a waitlist.  Instructors will decide on who will take the course after the course has started.

•    Currently, ME 163 and ME 136 are tentatively slated to be taught Fall 2018.

•    There’s an updated flowchart at http://www.me.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/undergraduate/CurriculumFlowchart.pdf for reference.  (If you don't see EE49 in the junior year, please refresh your cookies & cache.)

Hurricane Maria Relief Fundraiser Oct 13th

Dear All,


On September 20th, 2017, hurricane Maria made landfall on the south-east coast of Puerto Rico. The category 4 hurricane completely devastated the island, flooding cities, destroying homes, decimating agricultural crops and livestock, and knocking down the communication, power and water services of its 3.5 million inhabitants. In response to this devastation, groups of volunteers from all over the mainland have stepped up to help Puerto Rico get back on its feet.


Understanding the urgency of the situation, Puerto Rican students here at UC Berkeley have assembled under the name ‘Boricuas in Berkeley’, and with the help of LAGSES and SACNAS, are hosting a Food & Beer Hurricane Maria Relief Fundraiser that will take place:


October 13th, 2017


Li Ka Shing (LKS) east patio, right outside Pat Brown's 

Facebook event page


Come join us for an evening of drinks (must be 21+ for alcohol), food, and music!*

 And help us raise funds that will aid Puerto Rican farmers and communities through this difficult time. 


100% of the funds raised through this effort will be donated to both Boricuá, to help farmers restore their crops, and to the Hurricane Maria Community Recovery Fund, to aid in the humanitarian relief effort. If you wish to donate to these organizations directly:





Hurricane Maria Community Recovery Fund



*Please bring your ID and eating utensils -to help reduce waste. 



'Boricuas in Berkeley': boricuasinberkeley@gmail.com

Apple Women in Science & Engineering Mentorship

Apple Mentorship Engagement: AWSEM
(Apple Women in Science & Engineering Mentorship)


At Apple, we believe that inclusion--the behavior that empowers the di erences among us--inspires innovation. We would like to invite your organization to participate in the
Apple Women in Science & Engineering Mentorship (AWSEM) program. We are looking for aspiring women engineers and scientists who feel they could benefit from
receiving mentorship from one of Apple’s engineers working in hardware design or software.


Undergraduate women (Sophomore/Juniors/Seniors only) pursuing engineering/technology career


Connect with Apple engineers working in hardware design or software


Pick the brain of a working engineer. Gain career information, insights, strategies, support, networking, and experiences outside the classroom.


October 2017-May 2018


Program Details:
• Opening dinner late October (on or near campus)
• Apple Open House in late Jan/early Feb (in Cupertino)
• Informal mentorship sessions throughout the year with your personal
mentor (timing & location to be decided by you and your mentor)
• In addition, there will be optional workshops/field-trips opportunities to
enhance your awareness of different engineering disciplines and careers

Voice of America & the Anita Borg Institute Present: “Women in Technology”

On Thursday, October 5, from 12 pm to 1:30 pm, Voice of America and the Anita Borg Institute will host “Women in Technology” – a town hall discussion
on gender inequality in the tech world, and the global effort to create more education and employment opportunities for women in STEM fields. The event is
part of the Borg Institute’s Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, held this year at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Voice of America will be live-streaming the town hall at VOANews.com, and on Voice of America’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/VoiceofAmerica.
We’ll also be taking live social media questions throughout the town hall, so questions and comments during the event are welcomed.

If you’re interested, and need any additional information, you can email me at tgriesbach@voanews.com

Study Abroad for Engineering Students

Thursday, October 19, 5:30-7pm, Sibley Auditorium. Hear from a panel of current engineering students about their experiences overseas. Learn about their programs and how they fit study abroad into their schedules. Education Abroad Program (EAP) and ESS representatives will be available to answer any questions you may have. Please RSVP, dinner will be provided.

Spring Semester in Aeronautical Engineering 2018 - In France!

Flyer:  https://goo.gl/Bmc2YT


Application:  https://goo.gl/RZFjdH

Ugrad Research Fair, 17 Oct., 1-4 pm, Pauley Ballroom

Undergraduate Research & Scholarships Fair

October 17, 1-4pm

Pauley Ballroom, MLK Jr. Student Union

Facebook Event Page


All Cal students, faculty, and staff are invited to the annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarships Fair where one can learn everything there is to know about research opportunities and prestigious scholarship opportunities at UC Berkeley. The event is free & accessible. Dozens of research and scholarship programs will have tables at the fair where you can meet representatives and get information. Additionally, throughout the afternoon there will be thematic breakout sessions where you can listen to staff and students talk about specific topics of interest to you. See schedule below:


Schedule of breakout sessions:


1pm - 2pm

  • Student Experiences in Humanities and Social Science Research (Stephens Room, MLK)

  • Student Experiences in Science Research (Tilden Room, 5th floor MLK)

  • Underrepresented Students in Humanities & Social Science Research (Multicultural Community Center hosted by UROC)



  • Student Experiences in Humanities and Social Science Research (Stephens Room, MLK)

  • Student Experiences in Engineering Research (Tilden Room, 5th floor MLK)

  • Tips on Applying to Scholarships (Multicultural Community Center)



  • Student Experiences in Science Research (Stephens Room, MLK)

  • Student Experiences in Engineering Research (Tilden Room, 5th floor MLK)

  • Underrepresented Students in STEM Research  (Multicultural Community Center, hosted by UROC)

2017 ASHRAE Scholarship Program

2017 ASHRAE Scholarship Program is available for the students. Applicants must be full-time enrolled in an accredited undergraduate engineering or engineering technology program recognized by ASHRAE. 


The award amount of the scholarship is $10,000.


The scholarship application deadline is December 1, 2017.


Applicants can get more information through the given link: ASHRAE Scholarship Program

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Informational Session-October 17, 2017

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.

Staff from the Institute of International Education (IIE) will be holding an informational session on the Fulbright U.S. Student Program on:

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
11 am to 12 pm
309 Sproul Hall

For more information about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, visit the Fulbright website at https://us.fulbrightonline.org/

Mentors Needed for Acorn

Mentors Needed for Acorn

Acorn is a social enterprise devoted to empowering urban youth by providing access to STEAM skills. Acorn provides 3D design education programs through free public makerspaces, design lessons at local schools, and an online curriculum accessible by all.

We are looking for current UC Berkeley students of all majors who have CAD skills to serve as mentors to middle and high schoolers in Oakland. Mentors will train youth in CAD and 3D printing skills, as well as aid them in their professional and academic development.

To apply, please email your resume to info@acornlabs.org. If you have any questions, please direct them to Kevin Mahoney at kevin@acornlabs.org.

Part-time engineering roles at Magnitude.io
1: Full Stack Developer 
2. Assembly/Testing Engineer
Full Stack Developer 
Magnitude.io is education technology company with a focus to create out of this world experience and curriculum for K6-12 mapped to NGSS (Next generation science standard). The platform connects to our IOT devices, ExoLab, CanSat (satellite in a volume of a sode can) and ISS (the International Space Station). The platform is an LMS consisting with curriculum with assessment integrated and visualization tool and other custom tools. We are working closely with Professor Lewis Feldman at UCBerkeley on the plant biology experiment(s) on the International Space Station. Our focus is to reduce the cost of running experiments on ISS, allowing more students particularly underserved communities to access ISS.
This part-time person will be working on the platform continue to build out according to the roadmap and improve the experience. We are small team, lots of tasks and challenges, and contract to hire is a very good possibility.
Flexible on hours or contract
Full Stack, C++, C, python, JSON, JS, SQL, Node js
Some hardware experience is a plus but not necessary.
2018 KPCB Engineering Fellows Program

Kleiner Perkins (www.kleinerperkins.com), a world-leading venture capital firm located in Silicon Valley, is accepting applications for the 2018 KPCB Engineering Fellows Program, but applications close in a few days on September 30th, 2017!


The KPCB Fellows Program is a unique, career-defining opportunity for technical students who are interested in pursuing technology, entrepreneurship, design and startups. With a portfolio of some of the fastest growing startups companies in Silicon Valley, the program matches students to companies like Coursera, Slack, Square, Airbnb, Pinterest, and Synack for summer work experiences. Additionally, this small cohort of Fellows will gain exclusive access to events and programming with the partners at Kleiner Perkins, CEOs and executives across a variety of our portfolio companies, and other talented KPCB Fellows.


Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHWkqKBCH6k

Applications for the 2018 KPCB Engineering Fellows Program are open now and close September 30th, 2017.

To learn more and apply, you can visit http://www.kpcbfellows.com



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