Undergraduate Announcement 9/29/17



1)  Just a reminder that our Graduate School Infosession will be next Tuesday, October 3rd, from 4pm-5pm in 3110 Etcheverry Hall.  We will be talking about the 5th Year MS and all of our other programs as well.


2)  Just in case you hadn't noticed, the lectures for ME 109 and ME 107 no longer conflict for Spring 2017.


3)  Spring 2018 Enrollment Advising will begin soon.  Instructions can be found here:  http://www.me.berkeley.edu/undergraduate/resources/advising/me-faculty-advising.  They will also be sent you to individually soon.


Have a splendid weekend, everyone!


Useful Student Workshops!

Every semester, the Center for Access to Engineering Excellence (CAEE) offers a series of academic excellence workshops to help students make the most of their time at Berkeley Engineering. Whether the topic is taking notes and studying effectively, making the most of GSI and faculty office hours, or managing your time and stress, our workshops approach material with the engineering student in mind. Don't miss out on the next few workshops and get the entire list online.

  • Deal or No Deal: Negotiating your Job Offers | Thursday, October 5th, 12:00-2:00pm, 240 Bechtel
    Come to this workshop to learn about to how to turn a job offer into an awesome job offer.  Learn how to compare job offers, negotiate offers and arrive at a win-win solution.  Bring questions and an appetite as food will be provided! RSVP here!
  • Creating Successful Study Groups | Tuesday, October 10th, 4:00-5:00pm, 240 Bechtel
    Chris Kinney, our CAEE Learning Specialist, will conduct a workshop on creating succesful and cohesive study groups. RSVP here!
  • LinkedIn profile workshop | Tuesday, October 17, 12:30-1:30, 240 Bechtel
    Join the Center for Access to Engineering Excellence as they give tips of how to take advantage of your LinkedIn profile and get the most out of your connections.  RSVP here!
  • Cupcakes and headshots | Tuesday, October 17, 2-4pm, 227 Bechtel
    Free cupcakes and professional headshots for your professional, online profiles. Selfies are not acceptable for sites like LinkedIn, so let us help you spruce up your profile to ensure that you make a great impression! Please RSVP so we have enough cupcakes!
Excellence in Advising Awards - Call for Nominations

Be sure to nominate your favorite advisers by Oct. 31st!


The Excellence in Advising Awards Program has been initiated to recognize exceptional performance and innovation in advising. A limited number of awards will be made to individuals and teams that are making a significant positive impact on the students and programs they support. 


Advising plays a critical role in performance, progress, and engagement and because advising matters at Berkeley we believe exceptional performance deserves campus-wide recognition. Nominations can be made by anyone in the campus community including students.

Award Categories:

  • Outstanding New Advisor (3 years or less advising)
  • Outstanding Advisor
  • Outstanding Advising Team
  • Outstanding Peer Advisor 
  • Outstanding Advising Administrator, Director, Manager, Faculty Advisor or Dean


Award for Special Performance and Contributions:

  • The Mary Slakey Howell Excellence in Advising Award - Our Highest Honor - For Exceptional Contributions to Students and the Advising Community 


Criteria: Awards recognize advising excellence and creativity consistent with the Berkeley vision for advising in that they promote student learning, performance, achievement, progress and success, expand opportunities, support engagement, growth and discovery, wellness and connectedness.


The selection committee, comprised of past award recipients, is interested in nominations that effectively:

  • demonstrate positive impact (e.g., learning, progress, performance, engagement) to individuals or student populations
  • represent an authentically student-centered, learning-centered, caring, and connected approach to advising (e.g., students report feeling seen, heard, and understood as unique individuals)
  • are innovative (e.g., methods, approaches, tools, programs, resources, etc.)


For more information and to find out how to nominate, please see


Interested in Aerospace? Check Out This New Fellowship Program

The Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Program connects exceptional current college juniors, seniors, and graduate students with paid, summer internships in the exciting field of commercial spaceflight, as well as with notable aerospace leaders for mentorship.


Upon completing the summer internship, the Fellows will remain among an elite group of alumni who will have the opportunity to continue to network with this program, their Fellow peers, assigned mentors, and future Fellows, on the path to becoming future space icons.


For more information, please see https://www.matthewisakowitzfellowship.org/


The flyer is located at https://goo.gl/Ai2vAv

Tech for Social Good Info Session

Wed., Oct. 4 | 5:00 - 6:00 pm | Room 250, Sutardja Dai Hall
Hosted by CITRIS and Banatao Institute
Registration: http://tiny.cc/TSGInfoSession

Please join us for an info session and matchmaking workshop for individuals interested in applying to the 2017 CITRIS Tech for Social Good Program at UC Berkeley. The Tech for Social Good Program provides funding support up to $5K to undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students, groups, teams or organizations developing hardware, software, events or programs that support healthy, sustainable, connected, and equitable livelihoods in the United States and abroad.

More info:

Berkeley Design Innovation Certificate Open House @ CED


FRIDAY, 09/29/17 12:00PM – 1:00PM 
2nd floor lobby, WURSTER HALL

Momentum Speaker Series: Resilience

We are lining up speakers for our next Momentum Speaker Series: Resilience. Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 12, 5:30pm, Sibley Auditorium. Please RSVP for pizza and networking immediately following.

Tutors & Study Groups

Make the most of your study time by working with tutors and study groups. The Center for Access to Engineering Excellence (CAEE) is open Monday - Thursday, 9am-9pm and Friday, 9am-5pm.  It's located in the Bechtel Engineering Center.  Interested in working with a tutor? Check out the complete online schedule.

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 the programs they participated in, 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, food will be provided.

Deutsche Bank Graduate & Internships Programme in Asia Singapore & Hong Kong

The feeling you get when you put a great idea into action is an exciting part of developing your career. That’s why, at Deutsche Bank, we give brilliant thoughts, and thinkers, the room and tools they need to work. Here, you’ll think and speak freely, developing your career, plans and skills in a direction you believe in. And, with a combination of world-class training and stimulating challenges, there’s a lot for you to choose from.


If you have the passion, dedication and speed of thought to succeed in the financial services, we invite you to apply for one of our Graduate or Internships Programme Opportunities in Singapore or Hong Kong.


To find out more about our Graduate and Internships Opportunities, visit db.com/careers/asiaopps


Applications close:

• Singapore Graduate Programme: 1 October 2017
• Hong Kong Graduate Programme: 8 October 2017
• Singapore Internship Programme: 29 October 2017
• Hong Kong Internship Programme: 5 November 2017

Clean Combustion Winter School
Funding Opportunities, Accelerator Apps, & More Entrepreneurship Resources

The House Residency
Applications are Now Open & Up to $120k in Funding!
Apply by October 6th


We’re excited to announce that applications for our accelerator – The House Residency – are now open!

The House Residency is an accelerator program built to provide Berkeley student, faculty, and alumni founders with what they need, when they need it, to turn a startup into a scaleable, venture backable business. Our accelerator provides a robust and hyper-personalized support platform for Cal founders.






Applications Open for CITRIS Foundry Accelerator


Founding a deep technology startup is hard. We can help.


Headquartered at UC Berkeley, the CITRIS Foundry accelerator supports entrepreneurs who are working to commercialize cutting-edge technology within their scientific field.

Our founders are scientists, engineers, builders, and hackers from top-tier research universities.


Join us in inventing the future.


Online applications are open until October 27. Want to speak with our team? Sign up here: http://citrisfoundry.org/application-office-hours/




Bear Founders


Bear Founders is an emerging, startup centric platform, exclusively for Individuals with a UC Berkeley affiliation.

Our mission is to connect the campus — past and present — for the purpose of building and growing startups.

Startups - Find talented, trusted individuals to help take your startup to the next level.

    Search for Potential Candidates & Contact Them Directly


    Let Candidates Find Your Postings & Contact You Directly

Individuals - Find any kind of work within Cal founded startups:


    Additionally: Find cofounders - individuals who have an idea but don’t want to create a profile can search directly for other individuals interested in partnering to build a startup.

Coming Soon for All:

    Access to Events
    VC Connections
    Industry Mentors
    Fails & Triumphs -- Founder Stories Told


Cal has one of the greatest ecosystems for startups. Tap into it and help it become even better!

2018 KPCB Engineering Fellows Program

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


Call for Applications to SMART Program for Summer 2018

Doctoral students and undergraduate students from all departments and schools are invited to apply for the SMART (Student Mentoring and Research Teams) Program for summer 2018. The 2018 SMART Program will run from May 25 to August 3.


The Graduate Division’s innovative SMART Program enables up to 24 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.

Each graduate mentor, working under the guidance of a faculty adviser, will receive a summer stipend ranging from $1,000 to $5,000; each undergraduate mentee will receive a summer stipend in the amount of $3,500 for approximately 200 hours of work. Limited funds may be available for successful applicants for research expenses that cannot be covered elsewhere.


Doctoral students selected as SMART mentors must complete the one-unit course, Mentoring in Higher Education (GSPDP 301), during spring semester 2018 (Tuesdays, 3:30-5 p.m.).


Informational meetings for graduate mentor applicants will be held on two dates this semester:

Thursday, October 5, 2017, 1:30-2:30 p.m., 309 Sproul Hall; and

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 3:00-4:00 p.m., 309 Sproul Hall.

* Deadline for Graduate Mentor Applications: Monday, November 13, 2017. *

Information about the SMART Program and a link to the graduate mentor application form are located on the SMART website (http://smart.berkeley.edu/).

* Deadline for Undergraduate Mentee Applications: Friday, February 23, 2018. *


The undergraduate mentee application and schedule for informational meetings for undergraduate applicants will be posted on the SMART website in early February 2018. 


If you have questions, please contact Sarah Macdonald, NSF-SMART Postdoctoral Fellow, at smartmentoring@berkeley.edu.

Summer Internship Opportunity for Engineering Students in Public Policy

Ranked as one of the best internships in the U.S. by the Princeton Review, WISE (Washington Internships for Students of Engineering) offers a unique opportunity to 3rd and 4th year engineering students to spend the summer of 2018 in Washington, D.C., learning about the interaction of technology and public policy. The dates of the 2018 WISE program are June 3 - August 4, 2018.


Selected from a nationwide competition, WISE interns spend nine weeks learning how government officials make decisions on complex technological issues and how engineers can contribute to legislative and regulatory public policy decisions.  At the end of the nine weeks, interns produce a public policy paper on a topic of interest, i.e., clean energy, and present their findings on Capitol Hill.


After the completion of her internship, former 2016 WISE intern Brenna Doherty said, “Being a WISE intern for ASME was an incredible experience. I had the opportunity to work with congressional members, NASA officials, and ASME representatives. The connections I made through WISE will last throughout my entire career.” To read about her experience and that of Emily Sheffield’s, please visit: https://tinyurl.com/y72qgmv7


Current Chair of the ASME WISE Committee and a former 2008 ASME WISE intern, Marc Santos agreed, “There are many skills I learned during the WISE program that I still use today, such as the ability to summarize a technical issue for a non-technical audience. WISE also made me realize the importance of participating in the political process.” 


ASME is now accepting applications for its 2018 WISE intern.  All WISE interns must be either citizens of the United States or legal permanent residents. The ASME application can downloaded at http://www.wise-intern.org. This year’s application deadline is December 31, 2017.  To see examples of previous year’s policy papers and presentations developed during the internships, please visit:



In addition to 3rd and 4th year engineering students, recent graduates, beginning study in an engineering policy-related Master’s program, will also be considered. WISE interns are provided housing in a dormitory on the campus of George Washington University in the heart of Washington, D.C. (valued at $5,000+), and receive a $2,100 stipend.


For more information, please visit the ASME WISE program website at https://tinyurl.com/yaaac7ge or you may contact Ellen Kuo, Program Manager, atkuoe@asme.org

ANSYS Simulation Tools

As Engineering Students, Simulation is a great skill to add to your resume.


ANSYS Simulation tools are available on Campus. Did you know that you can also download it freely? Get free training? Free tutorials? 


ANSYS tools in Computer Labs – Check with the University IT team for more info. 


You can also benefit from:


Free download



Free and on-demand MOOC (Massive Online On-demand Class) from Cornell University

Learn how to analyze real-world engineering problems using ANSYS simulation software and gain important professional skills sought by employers. Enroll here


Training and tutorials

A large amount of tutorials and resources is just a click away. Some examples of great ANSYS training material and tutorials:

** NEW ** ANSYS Forum to exchange tips and trick with other students


Join the forum at: http://studentcommunity.ansys.com/




Become LEED Accredited - Nov. 7th

LEED Green Associate (GA) Training



When: November 7th 2017 – 6:00PM to 10:00 PM

Where: UC Berkeley – Dwinelle Hall – Room 215

Registration: https://leadinggreen.com/berkeley


Want to get involved in sustainability? Opportunities are plentiful and LEED is at the forefront!


LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is simply a sustainability scorecard for green buildings. Buildings can become LEED Certified as can people! The LEED Green Associate is the only professional designation to show employers and clients you have certified knowledge in the field.


To date, this course and its materials have proven to be instrumental in helping over 8000 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!


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. Save money by reserving your spot today and make a positive difference in your career!


Early-Bird Cost: $300 ($200 for full time students)

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


Very Attractive Financial Analyst Positions

Brownson, Rehmus & Foxworth, one of the largest independent wealth management organizations in the U.S., welcomes seniors, non-MBA master’s degree candidates, or recent Cal graduates from any major to apply for very attractive Financial Analyst positions based in Menlo Park.  Some positions are available immediately, and some begin in July 2018.  Please feel free to share this information with Cal friends who might be interested.


Students may learn more by visiting us online at www.brfadvisors.com.  We will conduct on-campus interviews on October 23rd and 24th.  We invite students to submit resumes and interview materials via Handshake prior to October 13th

Brownson, Rehmus & Foxworth advises clients with over $10 billion of combined assets under management and has offices in Menlo Park, Chicago, New York and Atlanta.   We provide sophisticated investment advice and integrated comprehensive planning to high net worth families and related foundations.  We endeavor always to do the right thing by our clients.  Careful to minimize conflicts of interest with our clients, we neither sell products nor receive commissions. We believe the quality of our people meaningfully distinguishes us from many advisory firms. 


We welcome candidates who wish to join a close-knit West Coast team with a high degree of camaraderie, collaboration, mentorship, and professional standards.  We give substantial early responsibility and client contact to Financial Analysts.  We provide many opportunities for learning, enrichment, and career development.  We are committed to a healthy work-life balance, and our Financial Analysts work significantly fewer hours than analysts in comparable positions.  Nevertheless, compensation is highly competitive with top-tier banks and consulting firms.  Past Financial Analysts have a compelling track record of gaining admission to top-tier business schools.


We hope to hire truly great team players who have the potential to become partners in our organization in the future.  We seek colleagues who are highly ethical, empathetic, team-oriented, analytical, motivated, and intellectually curious.  Ideal candidates will possess great interpersonal skills, excellent judgment, broad problem-solving skills, and a professional, service-oriented demeanor.


Thank you very much for your interest.

Steve Rehmus

Brownson, Rehmus & Foxworth, Inc.

1550 El Camino Real, Suite 200, Menlo Park, CA  94025

650-289-1114 Phone, 650-618-4864 Fax, srehmus@brfinc.com, steve@rehmus.com, www.brfadvisors.com  

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