Undergraduate Announcement 12/2/16



1)  Please join us at our ME 102B Fall Showcase.  Senior ME students will be showing off their projects on Monday, Dec. 5th, from 2pm-4pm, in the Hesse Lounge.  Come support for your peers!


2)  Don't forget to participate in the ME Food & Toy Drive!  We'll be accepting things until December 7th!  Drop off at 6193/6189 Etcheverry.


Have a good weekend and a productive deadweek!




COE - Winter Wonderland

Wednesday, December 7, 7-9pm, 290 HMMB. Come celebrate winter with refreshments, music, dancing and various activities! Tickets may be purchased in front of Kresge Library from Now - December 2. Cash or Venmo. Tickets are $3 presale or $5 at the door. Dress code is SEMI-FORMAL. For more information, visit our Facebook event. Sponsored by SWE, TBP, HKN.

New Upper Division Courses from Jacobs
DES INV 190-1/CS 191: Designing Technology to Counter Violent Extremism
How can design better facilitate affordable, healthy and meaningful aging in our society? This class, made up of both undergraduates and elders, seeks to answer this question through the lens of mobility and interconnectedness in a user-centered, co-design context. In this hands-on course, students will choose their own projects and work in intergenerational teams to create products, services and experiences. A subset of classes will be held off-site at senior centers, shopping centers and other public and private spaces. The course will be taught by a diverse team of industry and research veterans, with guest collaborators from the consumer, health and senior service sectors.
How to enroll: Enrollment will be by instructor permission. To apply, please complete the course entry survey at goo.gl/IX2Bzt by Sunday, December 11th.
DES INV 190-2/INFO 190-2: User Experience Design
This studio course introduces students to design thinking and the basic practices of interaction design. We follow a human-centered design process that includes research, concept generation, prototyping, and refinement. Students must work effectively as individuals and in small teams to design mobile information systems and other interactive experiences. Assignments approach design on three levels: specific user interactions, contexts of use, and larger systems. Students will become familiar with design methodologies such as sketching, storyboarding, wire framing, prototyping, etc. No coding is required.  Please note that this course is not appropriate for students who have already taken CS 160 User Interface Design (the two courses cover similar topics, except there is no technical requirements for the former).
How to enroll: Enroll directly through CalCentral to either the DES INV or the INFO section of the course.
Spring Data Science Courses

What is the Data Science Education Program?
Berkeley’s Data Science Education Program offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that provides a foundation for undergraduates in all fields and intended majors to engage capably and critically with data. No matter their major or background, all students today have a critical need to navigate a data-rich world.


Foundations of Data Science (CS C8 and STAT C8)
The program starts at the introductory level, with Foundations of Data Science, or Data 8, which teaches core computational and statistics concepts while enabling students to work hands-on with real data.


  • Accessible to students in all intended majors with no prerequisites.


  • Ideal for freshmen and sophomores; also now open to others


  • Appropriate for science and engineering students preparing to pursue more advanced courses, as well as social science and humanities students


  • Satisfies requirements, including the L&S Quantitative Reasoning requirement and the statistics requirement in most majors requiring statistics (See full list)

  • Taught this spring by acclaimed Computer Science Professor John DeNero

  • 4 units; lecture and (two-hour) lab section (students must enroll in both)


Tying data science to students’ interests
Connector courses enable students to develop deeper understanding or apply core concepts from the foundational course to explore real-world issues that relate to students’ areas of interest across disciplines.


New advanced courses launching this spring
New courses are being developed for Spring 2017 that take Foundations of Data Science (Data 8) as a prerequisite. They are ideal for students looking to move further into data science and take their knowledge to the next level.


  • Statistical Methods for Data Science (Stat 28): Stat 28 is a new lower-division course for students in many disciplines who have taken Data 8 and want to learn more advanced techniques without the additional mathematics called on in upper-division statistics. Students are introduced to “R”, the widely used statistical language, and obtain hands-on experience in implementing statistical methods on real-world datasets.
  • Probability for Data Science (Stat 140): This new course taught by Ani Adhikari introduces students to probability theory using both mathematics and computation. The prerequisites are Foundations of Data Science (Data 8) and one year of calculus.
  • Faculty will pilot a new course, Principles and Techniques of Data Science (Data 100) as a core offering for a data science major and minor, which has been approved by the Academic Senate as CS C100 and Stat  C100. As more details are available, they will be announced at data.berkeley.edu.


Advanced integrative opportunities are also being developed. These enable more advanced students to work hands-on with data in an interdisciplinary, project-based manner. For instance, Terrestrial Hydrology (Geog C136/ESPM C130) is a new course focused on the role that hydrology plays in malaria transmission in sub-Saharan Africa (prerequisites are Math 1A-1B and Physics 7A).

What students are saying about Foundations of Data Science:

  • “One of the things I most enjoy about data science is the diversity-- my classmates range from English majors to bio majors to computer science majors -- all looking at data from our different perspectives.”

  • “This class puts theory into practice. I was able to use data to tell powerful visual stories about the struggles I experienced growing up in southeast LA.”

  • “Out of all the classes I’ve taken, this class gave me the most practical knowledge. I’m applying it in my internship at Google already.”


To learn more, please watch this two-minute video made by Berkeley students this fall.

Please check out our website at data.berkeley.edu, and email me at mhurley@berkeley.edu if you have any questions.

UI/UX design intern sought for ed-tech product, developed by Haas MBA

The Project

I believe that the textbook will eventually be replaced with interactive content that’s more engaging and importantly, more affordable.  I’m working towards creating a beautifully designed interactive content for undergraduate students taking business courses.  


My initial product, is an e-learning game that introduce students to core business concepts through interactive competitive play - students work on teams and compete with each other to grow their businesses.  The product will be accessible across all devices (web, mobile, tablet) via hybrid development.  


I already have my first customer (a Berkeley Professor) and the product has to be ready for testing in 5 months and shipped in 9 months.  I’m seeking a user-centric designer to own the UI/UX design process.  This is a great internship opportunity that will result in your design being used at Berkeley.  If you are interested and would like to learn more, please feel free to reach out to me and also include a link to your portfolio.  Below is a snapshot of what I’m looking for and my contact details.


Job Description


  • Define UI visual standards - Conceptualize multiple options against business objectives and develop style guides and specifications for all aspects of design.
  • Lead the UX design process—from user interviews, to research, to wire-framing and prototyping ( we have a list of users we can use)
  • Create solutions with a strong emphasis on user-centered design principles, excellent visual design skills great attention to detail.
  • Manage design workflow and timelines to ensure accurate and timely delivery of projects.


  • Expertise in product/interaction design for web and mobile
  • Self-Starter; Strong sense of ownership and urgency
  • Ability to drive a project from inception to completion
  • Ability to convert designs into interactive views (using HTML, CSS, SaaS/Less, JavaScript)
  • Ability to work autonomously as well as collaboratively with myself and the engineer. 
  • A portfolio with consistent clean visuals, graphics, and layouts for both web and mobile application


About Me


I’m a grad student in the Haas MBA program and a GSI for an undergraduate business class.  

Torsor Kotee

MBA for Executives Class of 2016

Haas School of Business | UC Berkeley

torsor_kotee@mba.berkeley.edu | +415.574.0837

Join us for the Jacobs Winter Design Showcase!

Come celebrate design across disciplines

You're invited! On Wednesday, December 7, and Thursday, December 8, please join us for the Jacobs Winter Design Showcase. Featuring project displays and demos — along with conversation and refreshments — this lively open house is an opportunity to meet student makers, explore new creations, and take part in the Jacobs Institute's richly interdisciplinary community.


Over the course of two days, students in 17 courses, along with Jacobs Hall artists-in-residence and other student designers, will share their work. With projects spanning a wide range of experience levels, academic fields, and focus areas, the showcase will highlight the diversity of the design innovation ecosystem at Jacobs Hall and at Berkeley. All are welcome to attend: the showcase is free and open to the public.


See the full schedule and RSVP


We hope to see you there! Questions? Contact us at jacobsinstitute@berkeley.edu.

Cal Nourish: Staff Supporting Our Student Community

Cal Nourish - Give a gift of food to Berkeley Students in Need!
You can help by donating a gift card for food by Monday, December 12th!

Last year we introduced Cal Nourish - a way for staff to come together to help Berkeley students who struggle to make ends meet during the winter curtailment. According to the UC Undergraduate Experience Survey, 1 in every 5 UC Berkeley students self-report having to “skip meals in order to save money.” Finding money for food over the holidays can be an especially tough challenge for an estimated 800 of these students. Last year, our goal was to help 150 students, but with your generous donations we more than doubled that in just two weeks and were able to help over 300 students by collecting over $9,000 in market gift cards! This is so much more than any of us were expecting, and a true reflection of the compassion and community we as staff embody at Berkeley. This year we are raising the bar, and our starting goal is to help at least 300 students before they complete their finals in December.

Who will I be helping exactly?
The gift cards will be distributed to students in these programs:

"As a student parent, my daughter and I can't thank you enough for giving us the ability to buy the necessities to eat for a week. Thank you Cal community."
4th year Transfer Student and Student Parent

How can I help?
Individual staff, or departments, are invited to donate gift cards in any amount from $20 to $50. Please limit your donation to cards from the following local markets:
  • Andronico’s

  • Berkeley Bowl

  • Safeway

  • Target

  • Trader Joe’s

  • Whole Foods

"As a low-income student of color, I don’t have food security on a daily basis, and I often have to skip meals. Having the right nutrients that don’t contain so much processed chemicals is also essential for me to maintain better health."
Cognitive Science, 2nd year student

How will students get my gift?
With the input and support of campus partners, the Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence (CE3) will allocate and distribute the cards on a first-come, first-served basis to those most in need as follows:
  • Students who are current or former foster youth

  • Students who are parents

  • Pell Grant and Dream Aid students

  • Others depending on availability of cards and demonstrated need

"These gift cards really made an impact because it allowed me to budget money on materials and rent. Usually, I hold back from purchasing food because I wouldn’t be able to pay these expenses. It relieved some stress from skipping meals."
Political Science, 2nd year student

Where should I send my gift cards?
Our sincere thanks to the following offices that have volunteered to collect the cards and deliver them by December 12th to the Dream Resource Center (DRC)/EOP in Room 119 Cesar Chavez:
  • North side of campus: College of Natural Resources, Room 101 Giannini Hall

  • East side of campus: Dean’s Office at the Haas School of Business - Almadora Henry in the Dean’s suite, front desk in 545 Student Services Building, #1900

  • South side of campus: The Law School, Trisha Milazzo, 201 Boalt Hall

  • West Side of campus: Human Resources, University Hall, main reception in Room 192

  • CSS: Pam Lyons, cubicle # 301-13 at 4th Street.

Please put your cards in an envelope with your (or the department) name and email address on the outside.

Any questions about Cal Nourish can be emailed to nourish@berkeley.edu.

On behalf of the students,
many thanks,
Jeannine Raymond, AVC-HR


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