Undergraduate Announcement 8/17/18



1)  Welcome to all of the new students that are joining us this Fall!   Just in case you didn't know, MechE students have a study area in the Hesse Lounge and you are free to use the space.


2)  My office hours will be the following for now (I anticipate some standing meetings being placed on my calendar pretty soon, so I'll send you an update once I have those):

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9am-noon & 1pm-4pm

Thursday 1pm-4pm

Location:  6193 Etcheverry Hall


3)  The question came up a few times, so I just wanted to share with you all that EE 49 can be taken much earlier than your junior year.  The only prereqs are the following:

Engineering 7 or Computer Science 10 or equivalent background in computer programming (including Computer Science 61A, Data Science 8) Math 1a or equivalent background in Calculus


4)  I found some sunglasses in Sibley yesterday after MechE Orientation.  If you think the glasses are yours, please come and pick them up next week.


5)  Prof. Frenklach has donated some very lightly used towels that he would like to give to students.  If you are interested, we have the following items left:  1 standard towel, 6 hand-towels, and 1 wash cloth.  They will be available for pickup on Monday in MechE Student Services (6193/6189 Etcheverry).


Have a wonderful weekend, everyone, and get some rest and relaxation in before classes start (if you can)!



2018 Mechanical Engineering Career Fair

Come and check out the 2018 UC Berkeley Mechanical Engineering Career Fair, co-hosted by Pi Tau Sigma and ASME. The event is open to all Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students and is scheduled for Monday, September 10th from 10 AM to 4 PM on the Soda-Etcheverry Breezeway

Among companies in attendance include: Axiom Energy, General Motors, Intuitive Surgical, Procter & Gamble, US Naval Engineering, and Tesla - with more to come.
Bring resumes and be prepared to talk to company representatives, who will be chatting with students and looking for interns and full hires.
Engineering/Tech Career Conference

The 7th Annual Engineering/Tech Career Conference, Saturday, August 25 at 8:00 a.m., brings together students, employers and alumni to learn, share strategies and connect with a common goal: to make sure Berkeley Engineering students are prepared for the Fall 2018 Engineering/Tech recruiting season. We have an exciting lineup of speakers, programs and workshops planned to help you make the most out of your time at Cal, to ensure you are successful during recruiting now and in the future, and to prepare you for the professional world.

Registration is open! Registration through Handshake is required as seats are limited, and we need to plan for meals and rooms. Registration closes at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 22. Get the full schedule and more information online.

Professional Networking & Etiquette Dinner

Have you ever sat down to a formal meal and wondered, “What are all of these forks for?” Or been networking and thought, “Is this an appropriate topic to raise?” Then our networking and professional etiquette dinner will put you at ease. Presented by a certified professional etiquette trainer, this event is a fun, non-threatening way to learn business etiquette skills while enjoying a three course meal! Find out more and register!


CAEE - Tutors Needed

The Center for Access to Engineering Excellence (CAEE) offers support to over 800 individual students (annually) from all over campus - across all engineering disciplines and beyond. The Center is currently seeking students to tutor the following subjects: Bioengineering 10, 102, 103; Civil Engineering 60; Chemistry 1A, 3A, 3B, 4A; Computer Science C8, 61A, 61B, 61C, 70, 170, 186, 188, 189; Engineering 7, 25, 26, 27; Electrical Engineering 16A, 16B, 49; Math 1A, 1B, 53, 54; Mechanical Engineering 40, 85, 104, 106, 108, 109, 132; Materials Science and Engineering 45; and Physics 7C, 8A, 8B, 105, 110A, 137A, 137B.

If you are interested in applying to tutor two or more of these courses please email Luis Castillo, Student Development Manager, an unofficial transcript, resume, work-study eligibility, SID and a cover letter (stating availability and the courses you intend to tutor). If you have any work-study/compensation, requirements, and/or general questions please feel free to email Luis Castillo

Lynda.Com - Free Learning Resources - Solidworks, MATLAB, Autodesk

Students now have FREE access to thousands of courses and online videos covering software, technology, business and creative skills from this online learning platform! Lynda includes courses on Adobe and Microsoft tools (which are available at Berkeley via Software Central) and thousands of other trainings for developers, web design, audio and video production, and much more. (If the link above doesn't allow you to login via CalNet: Go to the Lynda organization sign in page, enter "berkeley.edu," and login with your CalNet credentials from on or off-campus.)


MechE Student Tip:  There are great resources for SolidWorks, MATLAB, and the Autodesk suite (including AutoCAD).


Free apps for mobile and other devices that allow ppl to watch downloaded videos offline: https://www.lynda.com/apps

Register for your fall 2018 Maker Pass!

Registration for the fall 2018 Maker Pass is now open. Go to makerpass.jacobshall.org and follow the usual three step process to get your Maker Pass for the fall semester. The makerspace reopens on Wednesday, August 22nd.


The Maker Pass program remains largely the same as last year, but there are a few notable updates that you should know about:


Updates for fall 2018


  • Club Maker Pass: Club Maker Passes: student clubs can now apply to purchase Maker Passes for members at a reduced annual bulk rate.

  • Equipment update: Jacobs has a TIG welder now!

  • New addition to the Maker Pass program: The Cory Student Workshop (CSW) is now participating in the Maker Pass program!

  • Payment updates: You can now elect to pay for one or two semesters of Maker Pass access at once. Also, students can now pay the Maker Pass fee via CalCentral billing. We no longer accept direct credit card payments.

Ways to learn more about the Maker Pass program

Interested in getting a Maker Pass but aren't sure what you could do with one, or want to show your friends what's here?


  • Maker Pass overview: This page gives an overview of Maker Pass resources, from workshops to design advising.

  • Drop-in building tours: Take a guided tour of the Jacobs makerspace and teaching studios! Tours start in the west lobby of Jacobs Hall and will run every MWF from 8/22 to 9/7 (except 9/3) from 12-12:30PM.

  • Makerspace Open House: Drop by the all-purpose makerspace on Friday 8/31 between 4-7pm to meet the Jacobs design specialists, student supervisors, and other members of our community. We will have demos, activities, and giveaways (and snacks too, of course). 

See you back at Jacobs Hall soon!


Amy + everyone else at Jacobs



Amy Dinh

Student Services & Programs Manager

Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

College of Engineering | UC Berkeley  

103 Jacobs Hall

(510) 664-7568

Schedule an appointment to chat about design innovation opportunities

Check out the many ways you can explore design at Jacobs Hall

Course of Interest: EE290T

EE290T:  3D Reconstruction and Recognition

Instructor: A. Zakhor, avz@berkeley.edu,

Ugrads Welcome

Class times: Mondays from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Wang room, 531 Cory Hall.  

Pre-requisite: basic linear algebra & probability and statistics


3D sensors and capture devices are becoming more ubiquitous and cheaper thanks to recent popularity of virtual reality, augmented reality applications such as gaming and entertainment, autonomous driving, 3D mapping and a variety of other applications. Introduction of structured light Kinnect  sensor in Xbox gaming system from Microsoft seven years ago resulted in great deal of activity in the research community in the general area of 3D scene reconstruction. More recently the use of 3D cameras and sensors in mobile devices such as Tango and iPhone has powered applications such as face recognition. The advent of solid state 3D sensors will enable yet another wave of applications that were inconceivable before.


The theory and algorithms used for processing, analyzing, understanding, and recognizing  3D data is not as mature or well developed as for 2D images.  For example, while an image can be thought of as a regular, dense two dimensional array of numbers, for 3D data, there are multiple representations ranging from 3D point cloud , height fields and 3D mesh, all of which are irregular, sparse, and hard to run standard computational algorithms such as convolution on.  In addition, adding a third dimension makes dealing with such 3D data sets more compute intensive due to the massive sizes of the data sets.


This course deals with reconstruction and recognition in 3D. The reconstruction portion of the course  deals with 3D computer vision and recovery of scenes using stereo cameras, moving cameras, structured light cameras, and touches upon Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) as well as bundle adjustment algorithms.  The recognition portion of the course covers classical approaches as well as the modern convolutional neural networks with emphasis on 3D.


Topics include:  camera and projection models, camera calibrations, single view geometry, epipolar geometry, stereo systems, structure from motion, fitting and matching, detectors and descriptors, image classification and 2D object detection, convolutional neural networks, 3D object detection, segmentation, and scene understanding; 3D recognition using multiple sensor modalities.  Last 1/3 of the class is devoted to review of recent literature  on 3D recognition methods.


The grade is determined by a class project of student’s choosing and instructor’s approval as well as class participation. Lectures are broadcast to up to 26 remote participants via web conferencing.

Entrepreneurship Courses of Interest

Interested in entrepreneurship? 


Check out the Berkeley Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology Fall 2018 Challenge Courses:


Blockchain (INDENG 185-002)

Sports Tech (INDENG 185-003

Global Startup (INDENG 185-004)


All majors welcome! 


In a competition-based format, students work in cross-discipline lean start-up teams vying to create innovative products. Courses also fulfill requirements for the Certificate in Entrepreneurship & Technology.


To learn more see attached flyers, visit scet.berkeley.edu or contact JDIEKER@berkeley.edu.



Space Technologies at Cal (STAC)
Are you interested in space, satellites, high altitude balloons, biospheres, autonomous rovers, or microgravity experiments? Consider joining the Space Technologies at Cal (STAC) family!
Infosession I: 8/27, HP Auditorium 7:30-9pm
Infosession II: 8/30, 521 Cory Hall 7:30-9pm
Open Ugrad Research Positions in MechE


Professor Sreenath's Controls Lab is looking for folks:






Lab name and location: Molecular Cell Biomechanics Lab, 104 Stanley Hall

The research area(s) for the project: Computational Biomechanics
Description of the position: Several projects are available related to modeling cellular and molecular (protein) biomechanics
Criteria:  Sophomore or junior in good standing, interest in working with computational software packages
Contact person: Professor Mohammad Mofrad
Please send your resume and transcripts to  mofrad@berkeley.edu




Here at Professor Agogino's BEST Lab, we've got 4 projects for the fall:

Here's Project #4:
Project name: Laika and Belka: Quadruped Robots with Actuated Tensegrity Spines
Location:  Berkeley Emergent Space Tensegrites Lab, 230 Hesse Hall
Areas:  Mechanical Design, Robotics, Control Systems, Mechatronics
Description:  We are looking for undergraduates to work on the mechanism design, electronics, microcontroller programming, and data collection for two projects with walking quadruped robots. One project seeks to demonstrate walking of a quadruped robot that uses its spine to lift its legs, and the other will build a test setup for closed-loop control on a hardware model of a simple robot spine.
Criteria:  Listed on the URAP page. In general, we are looking for Junior standing students, with experience in prototyping, programming, and/or electronics.
Please apply through the URAP portal and include your resumes there. For any questions, email Drew Sabelhaus at apsabelhaus@berkeley.edu
Mentors Needed for Local First Robotics Team

We are looking for mentors for multiple middle and high school robotics teams (FIRST Tech Challenge) in Piedmont.  Resumes and questions can go to ayyanac@gmail.com and potterlambert@yahoo.com.



Dr. Ayyana Chakravartula


Hardware Mentor: mentor middle and high school students with assembling metal components, motors, wheels, gears, servos and actuators. Previous experience in robotics required. Experience with 3D printing is helpful for making specialty components. Must be patient, good with kids of all different learning styles, and available 5 hours a week from September through January (afternoon/evening and weekend times to be negotiated).  Ability to work additional hours during tournament weeks is a requirement. Stipend: $2,000


Software Mentor: mentor middle and high school students with programming controllers and sensors for autonomous and manual driving modes. Previous experience with robotics (preferably FIRST robotics), JAVA and Android Studio is required.  Must be patient, good with kids of all different learning styles, and available 5 hours a week from September through January (afternoon/evening and weekend times to be negotiated).  Ability to work additional hours during tournament weeks is a requirement. Stipend: $2,000

STEM Mentors Needed In Berkeley Middle Schools


Be A Scientist: Inspire 7th graders to discover their inner scientist!



We invite UC Berkeley graduate students, post-docs, and motivated 3rd/4th year undergrads to take part in Be A Scientist, an exciting science outreach program in Berkeley middle schools! The upcoming semester is as follows:


Fall 2018 Session 1 will take place at Willard Middle School, September 20th - October 26th. 


Fall 2018 Session 2 will take place at King Middle School, October 18th - December 7th, with gap days for BUSD staff development days and parent-teacher conferences (November 2, November 8) and a week gap for Thanksgiving (November 22/23). 

As a volunteer scientist mentor, you will guide 7th graders through the process of designing and conducting their own scientific investigations in class over a 6-week period. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to serve as a STEM role model while developing your communication skills and gaining hands-on experience in important science outreach.



·       Mentors must commit to one mandatory 2-hr Training Session: On-campus trainings are offered in the weeks before the start of each session. Training dates/times/locations TBA

·        Commit to attend one school lab period each week for the 6-week program (schedule program dates here).

·        Guide 4-6 student mentees through the process of developing a testable question, designing an appropriate experiment, and gathering and analyzing data. Each student in your group will have the opportunity to choose an independent scientific question based on their own interests.


Please carefully read over the details provided in the attached flyer and on our website. Sign up as a mentor to make an impact on future scientists, engineers, and critical thinkers!



Please see our flyer at:  https://goo.gl/s7qZbw .

Student project from Siemens

MindSumo is a platform that provides real company projects for students to help them develop professional skills and valuable experiences for resumes. We have worked with over 350 companies in the past and have over 300,000 students in our community.

Siemens - How can we better control mass air flow in rotating machinery?

These challenges are great for students who want to apply skills they learnt during their classes to solve projects for actual companies. Great to work on during their weekend, after school, during breaks and even as a class project. Each of these challenges also award the top performers with cash prizes.


Feel free to reach out to me (isha@mindsumo.com) if you have any questions.

Experiential Learning Opportunities: Urban Agriculture and Food Security
Dear Campus Community,
I'm writing as the Campus Gardens Coordinator and Basic Needs Food Manager to share some exciting fall 2018 opportunities with our campus gardens and food security efforts. Please forward and share widely with your networks!
UC Berkeley is home to over ten urban farms and gardens that produce food, preserve native ecosystems, increase biodiversity and create cultural and community space. Many of the spaces donate to our campus food pantry and there is a growing relationship between our campus gardens community and Basic Needs food security efforts. 
This fall we are offering numerous paid, for credit, and volunteer opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to work with the gardens and Basic Needs. We additionally invite courses and organizations to the gardens to visit, host an event, attend a workshop, etc. And we have a priority list of independent projects that can be integrated into course projects, capstone, independent or masters level work. See our campus gardens website and Basic Needs website for more information in addition to the list below.
Paid Positions
For Credit
  • Urban Agriculture and Education Internship (Due Sept 1): Intern with BUSD and OUSD's Gardens, Nutrition and Sustainability programs; Agroecology Research at Oxford Tract; UC Gill Tract Community Farm; Ecological Hillside Golden Garden at Clark Kerr; Don Bugito Pre-Hispanic Snackeria.
  • Basic Needs Food Security Internship (Due Sept 1): Work with our Basic Needs Food Security team on the food pantry, pop-up pantries, food recovery and gleaning
  • Intro to Organic Gardening Decal at the Student Organic Garden
Volunteer Opportunities: Many of the farms and gardens offer regular, weekly volunteer days. See our website for details
Visit Our Gardens:
  • Course Visit, Field Trip, Event Hosting: Contact the Campus Gardens Coordinator (megprier@berkeley.edu) if interested or see contact information for specific farms and gardens on the website.
  • Events and Workshops: See the Campus Gardens Calendar for ongoing events hosted at the gardens
Course and Independent Projects: View past projects on the Campus Gardens Website. Priority projects identified from our existing gardens and food security community below. Please follow up with the Campus Gardens Coordinator for more information (megprier@berkeley.edu).
  • Existing Site Projects: Ecological Hillside Garden at Clark Kerr
  • Site-Specific Projects in Design: Native garden, medicinal garden, pollinator garden, edible landscaping, temporary demo gardens. Contact for site specifics.
  • Design Projects: Integrating edible production with ecosystem services; adapting agriculture to urban typologies    
  • Mapping: Urban gleaning for food security: Berkeley fruit tree mapping, environmental health of campus data collection and mapping
  • Computer Science: Web-based user platforms for food recovery and gleaning


Meg Prier (they/them, she/her)
Campus Gardens Coordinator and Basic Needs Food Manager
UCB Basic Needs Committee (BN website)
Berkeley Food Institute (BFI website)