Undergraduate Announcement 2/10/17



1)  ME Technical Elective Survey update:  Thank you to the many of you who provided us input by filling out this survey.  Professor Costas Grigoropoulos, as the ugrad Vice Chair, is reviewing the information and will decide, with the faculty, how to proceed.  In the meantime, I cannot guess what the outcome will be.  Many students were *strongly* opposed to the idea of free units and many opined that units should only be *free technicals*.  Others really liked the idea.  I will keep you posted as I learn more.


2) Fall 2017 Course Schedule Update:  E25 will only be offered in Fall 2017 in the next academic year.  To be clear, E25 will not be offered in Spring.  Prority enrollment will be given to incoming students, though we hope to have enough seats to accommodate everyone in ME (and elsewhere, but I can't make any promises since we don't have a room assignment yet).


Have a delightful weekend everyone!



EnableTech Presents: TOM:Berkeley 2017, The MAKE-ATHON that makes a difference.




EnableTech, with the support of the Jacobs Institute, will be hosting the first of 11 TOM Makeathons being held on university campuses this year in North America. Join us for 72 hours of making for social impact. Tikkun Olam Makers, better known as TOM, is a global community of makers helping people with disabilities (aka - 'Need Knowers') develop custom, open-source technological solutions for personal challenges. Need Knowers from the campus community present a task they find difficult/impossible and a technical team of students and mentors will join them in creating an assistive technology to address this challenge. By creating one solution here, through TOM’s global network it can be shared to reach those with similar needs around the world.   


Join us March 17-19th for this exciting and impactful TOM Makeathon. The experience of working together to directly address immediate challenges has such apparent impact it is hard not to be enthusiastic.   




Maker Application:



Need Knower/Challenge application: http://mms.tomglobal.org/challenges/5884d48aea7b952d041fec67/create


Website and Facebook event for more details




Or email us at enabletechberkeley@gmail.com

BERC (Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative) Mentorship Program
Undergraduates interested in getting to know some cool graduate students?  Graduates interested in getting to know some cool undergrads?  Have an interest in energy?  Become part of the Mentorship Program for BERC!  We're primarily looking to have graduate students take on mentor roles and undergraduates take on mentee roles.  If interested, fill out the form below, and we'll contact you soon.
Student Tech Fund Now Accepting Proposals

The Student Technology Fund (STF) proposal submission process is now open for fast-track projects with a cap of $5000 per project. The deadline to submit project proposals is February 17, 2017.



Any student, faculty member, or staff member of the University of California, Berkeley is eligible to submit a proposal for consideration by the Student Technology Fund Committee. Individual students must obtain a fiscal sponsor to administer awarded funds, such as a registered student group, ASUC/GA, academic department, or other functional unit.



This fee, assessed at $51 per semester, for seven years, provides funding to negotiate with commercial software vendors on behalf of students to secure volume licensing of software such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Cloud, and Matlab.  It also provides funding to support additional student technology services and initiatives.  Fee funds are prohibited from subsidizing core information technology infrastructure.


Funding categories include:

  • Applications and Software Development
  • Commercial Software Licensing
  • Hardware and Technology Equipment Acquisition
  • Investigative and Planning Projects
  • Technology Events
  • Training, Support, and Access to Technology Programs



Before submitting a proposal, please review the Student Tech Fund Guidelines, proposal form, and reference materials located at http://techfund.berkeley.edu/apply



February 17, 2017: Online proposals due for the Spring 2017 Fast-Track review process

The complete calendar for 2016-17 can be found here:http://techfund.berkeley.edu/apply/deadlines

The Student Tech Fund Committee will be holding open office hours to advise applicants about their proposals on Friday 2/17 from 9-10am in Eshleman 212.  Note that this is the same date that submissions are due, so applicants who attend the session should come prepared with a fairly developed proposal.



Proposals are due February 17, 2017. Proposals will be reviewed by the Student Technology Fund Committee (STFC) during the spring semester, with the intent of allocating funds in May 2017.


The STFC consists of student, faculty and staff voting members. More information about the STFC is available at http://techfund.berkeley.edu/about/committee

If you have any questions about the STF project proposal submission process, please email techfund@berkeley.edu.

Summer Intern

44 Energy Technologies is looking for a student to hire part time or for summer internship.

Looking for someone interested in mechatronics, test bench setup, data acquisition.  Combination of hands on buildings, coding, analysis, and other good stuff.
I can provide details.  Please contact me with inquiries.
Thank you,


Bradley L. Edgar, Ph.D.

44 Energy Technologies, Inc.
1001 42nd Street, Suite 200
Oakland, CA 94608
m: 510.789.9917
Participate In A Research Study

Dear Student,


You are invited to participate in a research study evaluating the effectiveness of mobile phone-delivered exercise goals in getting individuals to exercise more (CPHS ID:2016-03-8609). The study involves 2 five-minute in-person sessions (1116 Etcheverry) and daily use of an iPhone app for 4 months. Participants will receive up to $25 via an Amazon Gift Certificate for participation in this study.


If you are interested in becoming physically activeown an iPhone 5s or newer model, are willing to keep your phone in your pockets during the day, are willing to install and use an iPhone app developed for this research, and speak and read English; then please go to https://berkeley.qualtrics.com/jfe5/form/SV_a3gqw9MIRNyq2oZ for a brief online form with questions to determine eligibility for the study.


If you would like more information or have any questions about participating, please contact Mo Zhou (mzhou@berkeley.edu).


Individuals meeting any of the following criteria are NOT eligible to participate.

1. Known medical conditions or physical problems that require special attention in an exercise program 

2. Planning an international trip during the next 4 months

3. Pregnant/gave birth during the past 6 months

4. Severe hearing or speech problem

5. History of an eating disorder

6. Current substance abuse

7. Current participation in lifestyle modification programs or research studies

8. History of bariatric surgery or plans for bariatric surgery in the next 12 months

The House: DeCal and Residency

Announcing How to Build the Future
Open to all UC Berkeley students

Today we're announcing a semester long startup class. Students can learn how to build the future from those that have already built it in this Spring 2017 course open to all UC Berkeley students. Speakers include the founders of Reddit (Alexis Ohanian), Oculus (Jack McCauley), Sun Microsystems (Vinod Khosla), Hyperloop (Shervin Pishevar), Eventbrite (Kevin Hartz), and many more greats to be announced soon.

Announcing Open Applications for The House Residency

Open to all UC Berkeley startups

The House Residency is a program built to provide Berkeley startups with what they need, when they need it to turn a startup into a scaleable, venture back-able business. You’ll get access to funding, workspace, The House’s network, mentorship from experienced CEOs in your space, a community of Berkeley’s best founders, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in free resources. Since our launch last year, our student, faculty, and alumni founders at The House have already raised over $150M from leading venture firms including NEA, a16z, SVAngel, Founders Fund, Lightspeed, and more.
About The House
The House is a startup institute built for Berkeley, and home to Berkeley’s founders. We help build foundations for great businesses with a support platform providing founders at all stages with what they need, when they need it. See some of our recent press in the Wall Street JournalLA Times, and UC Berkeley News.
ME Opportunity for Student Exchange Program
Do you want to travel? Do you like to teach? Do you have experience with making? INvent Berkeley is a student exchange program which is providing an opportunity to travel for FREE to Peru. UC Berkeley students will teach Peruvian high school students about 3D printing, electronics, and programming.
Travel Dates to Peru: May 22 - June 22
Apply by Sat 11 at: bit.ly/inventberkeley
Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Europe - Summer Abroad

This summer you can join over 500 students from around the world in Turin, Italy and start your own company in just four weeks!

The European Innovation Academy is an intensive and fast-paced learning environment where students will learn from famous motivational speakers, innovation experts, top UC Berkeley instructors, business mentors, serial entrepreneurs, and more. This is a great chance for students to learn from highly successful entrepreneurs from around the world and gain invaluable insight into starting their own company! This year, during the program  you will also visit the Italian Riviera, Milan and Rome.  


*The program is English so there is no language prerequisite.

*All Majors Accepted.


To learn more about what could be the best summer of your life - join us for an info session February 15th at 5 pm at the SCET office at the Memorial Stadium ( google map)

RSVP at the Facebook Event.


Program Dates: July 2nd – July 30, 2017


For details visit: UC Berkeley Summer Abroad - Financial Aid and Scholarships Available



*Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis

Contact: Danielle Vivo - d.vivo@berkeley.edu

JHU Research Opportunity

The Johns Hopkins University 
NSF- Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program 
in Computational Sensing and Medical Robotics

The REU program in Computational Sensing and Medical Robotics(CSMR) is an intensive, ten-week program of laboratory research and instruction.  The participants contribute to specific research projects pursued by researchers in the Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics (LCSR).



·         Hands-on research at Johns Hopkins University

·         Communication skills workshop

·         Field trips



·         Undergraduate students (from 4-year and 2-year programs)

·         U.S. Citizen or permanent resident



·         $5,000 stipend

·         Student Housing


Application deadline: February 17, 2017. 


Program Dates: May 29, 2017 - August 4, 2017

Website: http://lcsr.jhu.edu/reu/

Contact: Anita Sampath at mailto:asampath@jhu.edu