Undergraduate Announcement 9/9/16


1)  Don't forget to join us for the ME Career Fair (by PTS) on Monday, Sept. 12th from 10am-4pm, in the Soda/Etcheverry Breezeway!   So exciting!


2)  Need tutoring for ME courses?  Check out PTS's Office Hours on Mondays and Fridays!  (For more details, see below.)


3)  A celebration of the life for our former Chair, Professor David A. Dornfeld, will be held tomorrow, Sept. 10th, at 2pm, in the Sibley Auditorium if you would like to join us.


Have a splendid weekend, all!


PTS Tutoring

Struggling with a class? Want help with homework? Want to see something presented in a different way from your Professor? Pi Tau Sigma, the Mechanical Engineering honor society, will be holding drop in tutoring sessions Monday 12-2 and Friday 11-1 each week in 5108 Etcheverry that are open to all Mechanical Engineering students seeking assistance or tutoring for Mechanical Engineering courses. Feel free to stop by and chat with us, and get help with any of your ME courses.


Hope to see you there,

Christian Goodbrake
President of Pi Tau Sigma

CITRIS Invention Lab Open House : Fri 9 Sep 1-3PM

The CITRIS Invention Lab
Where Your Imagination Takes Form



Come join us as we re-boot the CITRIS Invention Lab for Fall 2016 with new equipment, new layout, and expanded staff.  

Friday 9 Sept
1– 3 PM
141 Sutardja Dai Hall



The CITRIS Invention Lab is your campus laboratory resource for innovation – providing local expertise, community knowledge, tools, materials, and support to rapidly design and prototype your next novel interactive project, embedded sensing system, integrated mobile device, wearable technology, responsive architecture, connected artifact, and beyond.  

The Invention Lab is located on the first floor of Sutardja Dai Hall in Room 141 at UC Berkeley and is open to the entire campus community of students, faculty, and staff. The Invention Lab is part of the Maker Pass system offered jointly with Jacobs Hall.

Come launch your own semester of making!

Berkeley Formula Racing kickoff and showcase TONIGHT!

Interested in a challenge? Join Berkeley Formula Racing! We design, fabricate, and compete a small formula-style racecar against other universities from around the world. We have one year to build the fastest car possible, testing our thinking and creativity. During the Formula SAE competition the vehicles are judged in four different categories: static inspection, engineering design, solo performance, and track endurance.

We are recruiting all majors regardless of previous experience.

Join us for our kickoff and showcase this Friday 9/9 from 5-9pm. RSVP on our Facebook event and meet at the heart mining circle for carpools.

Like us on Facebook and visit our website at fsae.berkeley.edu for more information.

UC Berkeley Human Powered Vehicle
Interested in joining a competition team? Check out UC Berkeley's Human Powered Vehicle (HPV)! We're looking for students to join our team! We design and build recumbent bicycles to compete in the ASME HPVC West Competition. All design and manufacturing is done in-house by students. If you want to know more, come to our meeting, Wednesdays at 7 pm on the 3rd floor of Etcheverry (the room changes).
Check us out!
Facebook: Human Powered Vehicle
Boeing Infosession

Boeing is seeking the next generation of leaders to be a part of their engaging and diverse global team. Get to know their team over coffee and sweets, Tuesday, September 13, 3-6pm, 240 Bechtel Patio. Then learn more about Boeing opportunities, 6-7pm, 240 Bechtel. Boeing will be interviewing for a select number of summer 2017 internships and entry level jobs. Visit Boeing.com/careers, resumes will be accepted through September 5th and during the career fair.

Yahoo’s Open House

You’re invited to Yahoo’s Open House Event on Thursday, September 15,  6:30pm!  They will have representatives from all of their product and engineering teams, so join them to ask your questions as they provide unique insight into their products, and share career opportunities. They will have amazing food, swag, and exclusive raffle prizes! Don't miss out, and get ready to Yodel! Due to limited capacity please complete the form by Tuesday, September 6. RSVP's will be confirmed by next week.

Open Ugrad Research Position In BioE/Design
Location: Berkeley Biomechanics Laboratory (Etcheverry Hall) in collaboration with QB3 at UCSF
Research Areas: Biomedical devices, programming (python), design & prototyping
Description: Patient-controlled Analgesia (PCA) is a common medical technology that allows the patients to self-deliver medication for the treatment of postoperative pain.  Patients have a hand held controller at their bedside, which when pressed, administers intravenous pain relief.  However, a number of side effects to opioid analgesia remain.  These include respiratory depression, constipation, nausea, vomiting, and severe itching.  Additionally, safety from overdose is always a concern. The purpose of this project is to design a new PCA device that will apply insights from basic neuroscience research to a human clinical population.  It should be possible to further reduce the amount of opiates a patient needs to feel the same pain relief by including properly timed classically conditioned cues along with the self-administered opiate.  Implementing this method requires a PCA pump that utilizes data in real time to create and present the conditioned stimulus schedule.  Currently available devices are limited in this regard. The new device was partially completed by last year's team, but this year's team will need to focus on designing and implementing a user friendly interface. 
Criteria for position: open to undergraduates (juniors or seniors) and Masters students, programming experience necessary (preferably python), (preferred) experience with Raspberry Pi
Contact Person: Professor O'Connell, g.oconnell@berkeley.edu. Use "PCA Device" in your email subject header. 
Ugrad Assistants Needed for LBNL'S FLEXLAB - Paid!



The work involves:

•    Preparing the FLEXLAB test cells for experiments to test the energy performance and heat transfer behavior of low energy cooling and heating systems for buildings.
•    Instrumentation: wiring, soldering, assisting with sensor calibration
•    Test cell configuration: installing temperature and other sensors, connecting hydronic heating/cooling panels, installing rigid insulation

Candidates should be conscientious, methodical, self-starting - experience with electronics or building construction a plus.

In the first instance, please make an informal application / inquiry to Philip Haves <phaves@lbl.gov> ASAP, stating skills, experience, availability and contact information. Pay will be at standard student assistant rates. Hours by agreement. Eligible for credit (Profs Borrelli, Auslander).


N.B. This is not a research position and there is no tuition package. However, the work is interesting and varied and you would pick up a variety of new skills that would be useful in experiment-based research in buildings and thermo-fluid systems.


Sept 15 Ugrad Research Fair

Undergraduate Research & Scholarships Fair @ UC Berkeley

September 15, 12-4pm

Hearst Mining Hall

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:


12-1pm: Getting Started in Science Research (Hearst 290)

12-1pm: Getting Started in Engineering Research (Bechtel 225)


1-2pm: Getting Started in Social Science and Humanities Research (Hearst 290)  

1-2pm: Getting Started in Engineering Research (Bechtel 225)


2-3pm: Experiences of Underrepresented Students in Research Programs (Hearst 290)  - (hosted by UROC)

2-3pm: Marshall Scholarship Information Session (Bechtel 225)


3-4pm: Getting Started in Science Research (Hearst 290)  

3-4pm: Integrating Community Social Justice Work and Research (Bechtel 225)


Flyer at goo.gl/VTYoMA

Wanted Hackers for a Cool, Cutting-Edge Research Opportunity

The Alex Pines Lab at Cal invites undergraduate researchers to contribute to a novel and cutting-edge research opportunity. The research program being pursued has the potential to constitute a significant technological breakthrough and would revolutionize modern MRI. The project involves construction of a fast motorized actuator system into a superconducting magnet, including mechanical construction, interfacing and software.


Preferred are "hackers" and tinkerers, with a passion for making things work. If interested, please reach out to the contact below to arrange a short meeting some time soon.


Read more about our research at the LBNL article profiled here.



Ashok Ajoy, Anna Parker, Jonathan King



Stanley Hall rm. 242

Dorm Ex Machina

From September to November 2016, Robotics@Berkeley will be hosting Dorm Ex Machina, a robotics design competition for undergraduates at UC Berkeley with an open challenge: enhance dorm living with automation. Accepted teams of 2-4 undergraduates will be advised by experienced R@B officers, funded by R@B's sponsors, and offered workshops and group work-sessions relevant to their projects. The winning design will be the robotic system that is most useful in college dorm-style living as judged by roboticists and ordinary college students at the culminating Dorm Ex Machina Pitch Night in November.


This is an ideal competition for students interested in using technologies like Arduino to enhance everyday life. Experience is not required and extensive opportunities for support are available for students who have not worked on a robotics project before. Those interested should visit the competition webpage and attend the Fall 2016 Robotics@Berkeley infosession (details below).


Competition Details

Webpage: rab.berkeley.edu/dxm

Application Deadline: September 10, 11:59pm

Questions? Contact leadership@rab.berkeley.edu

MyGreenCar project at Berkeley Lab

We are looking for driven and talented students to join the MyGreenCar project at Berkeley Lab.


The project is creating an app and cloud-based system of vehicle physics models to help car buyers choose the greenest car that meets their needs. With the support our project has from US EPA and DOE, students will have the opportunity to have their work scaled to an audience of millions of car buyers each year. I anticipate this will be an exciting opportunity for students passionate about the application of information systems to enable sustainable transportation.


For more information, please see the flyer at goo.gl/rmOszF

bLoop is Recruiting!

Hyperloop, an ambitious concept pioneered by Elon Musk, is a levitating bullet train that is capable of taking people from SF to LA in 30 minutes. The Berkeley Hyperloop team, AKA bLoop is competiting in SpaceX's Hyperloop Pod Competition and intends to build a 60% scale functioning pod to test on a mile-long tube track at SpaceX's headquarters this January.


This is a tremendous technical challenge, and we are currently looking for dedicated engineers to help with the fabrication, testing, and controls of our Hyperloop pod! If you are passionate about making Hyperloop a reality, please apply at http://www.berkeley-hyperloop.com/.

Python Bootcamp (Sat. Sept. 24th)
Cal NERDS - PYTHON BOOTCAMP | No prior coding experience needed
Saturday, September 24th (10 am to 4 pm on campus)
Volunteers Needed To Mentor in Berkeley Middle Schools

Please see flyer at goo.gl/2kdxkd

New URAP Research Opportunity

Deadline for this project (only) is extended to Friday, September 9th, at 3 PM. Applicants should enter a URAP application online. This completes the application submission for this faculty mentor. Apply as soon as possible because projects may be closed as soon as they are filled. Do not wait until the deadline.


The aim of this project is to create conversations in science museums among scientists, engineers, and public audiences about an emerging research field, synthetic biology. Synthetic biology applies science and engineering to create new biological systems, and re-design existing biological systems, for useful purposes. This is an important new area of research and development that raises societal questions about potential benefits, costs, and risks. Conversations between researchers and public audiences will focus not only on what synthetic biology is and how research in the field is carried out, but also on the potential products, outcomes, and implications for society of this work. Researchers and publics will explore personal and societal values and priorities as well as desired research outcomes so that both groups can learn from each other. Public participants will benefit from knowing about this field of research, and researchers will benefit from hearing public perspectives directly from the public participants. 

This project will be led by the Museum of Science Boston with partners at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center, the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Ithaca Sciencenter, and several other universities and science museums. It is funded by the National Science Foundation's Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program, which seeks to advance new approaches to, and evidence-based understanding of, the design and development of STEM learning in informal environments. This includes providing multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences, advancing innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments, and developing understandings of deeper learning by participants.

In 2015 informal science learning educators based at science museums together with scientists and researchers working in the field of synthetic biology designed and prototyped a set of hands-on activities that could be used on the floors of science museums to introduce visitors to concepts and social issues related to the development of synthetic biology. These activities were piloted at 8 museums in the summer of 2015. In the summer and fall of 2016, these activities will be used at 200 museums across the United States. Researchers and evaluators will collect and analyze data about public and volunteer perspectives on synthetic biology and the quality of the activities at fifty of those sites. This URAP project will engage UC Berkeley students in collecting and cleaning survey and qualitative data from the fifty sites.

Students participating in this research will be asked to engage in the following research tasks:

1) Collect and compile both quantitative data and qualitative data about public perceptions and views about synthetic biology collected during project activities held at fifty science museums. Tasks in this area will range from making spreadsheets to transcribing hand written data responses to producing descriptions of visual representations/drawings/pictures included in the data.

Learning outcome: Students will learn best practices for data management as well as how to manage data as a part of a team

2) Develop organizational schemes (metadata) and methods for categorizing the resulting data sets to maintain and enhance data quality

Learning outcome: Students will learn best practices for data management as well as how to manage data as a part of a team

3) Students will analyze qualitative and quantitative data using data analysis software

Learning outcome: Students will learn and execute methodologies for conducting data analysis including open thematic coding of qualitative data

4) Students will produce summary statistics and other types of documentation of the data analysis; students will be encouraged to describe research findings both in the form of oral presentation and in writing

Learning outcome: Students will learn about different ways to represent data analysis using charts, graphs and tables. Students will understand how to translate those representations into narrative descriptions of research findings.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Gretchen Gano, Post-Doc

Qualifications: Sophomore or higher class level is desirable Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail are required An interest in exploring themes related to science communication, public understanding of science, and ethical, legal and social dimensions of science and technology is required Experience with statistical analysis and statistical software packages is desirable but not essential

Weekly Hours: 3-6 hrsRelated website: http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1421179
Related website: http://buildingwithbiology.org/

2017 Internships & Full-Time Positions with the FBI

Join Us

At the FBI, we’re looking for college students and graduates from diverse backgrounds to help us in our mission. We seek stand-out candidates with leadership abilities in athletics, student government, campus organizations and community involvement.

Internships and entry-level positions will get you in the door, where you’ll become an essential part of a team that makes a tangible difference each and every day. Our 36,000 employees come from dozens of disciplines and combine their expertise to anticipate threats, enforce laws and seek justice on the streets, in the courtroom and online.

We’re looking for exceptional candidates to apply for our 2017 internship and full-time positions in the following disciplines:

  • Cyber and STEM
  • IT
  • Business, Accounting and Finance
  • Operations and Intelligence Support
  • Security
  • Human Resources

Unmatched Opportunities

We offer cutting-edge technology, international scope, myriad career paths and leadership development. No other organization can equal the FBI’s unique camaraderie, teamwork and mission. You’ll have an opportunity to become a leader while making your community and your country safer.


Please see https://www.aftercollege.com/op/op.asp?id=19277&campaignid=FdXOZ1f4Lz7qzMTB&messageid=jKQY2Kri5KYz5jAU for more information.

Global Poverty & Practice Minor Info Sessions

Cal Students,

You are invited to attend a Global Poverty & Practice Minor Information Session!

The GPP Minor introduces students to the theoretical frameworks, methods, and practical skills necessary to engage with global poverty and inequality in imaginative and effective ways.

The "Practice Experience" is a central component of the Minor in which students partner with domestic or international non-governmental or community organizations, government agencies, or other poverty or development programs, on various dimensions of poverty action – from community health and food security to economic justice and grass-roots political power.  The combination of the the coursework for the Minor and this real world experience allows students to connect theories and practices of poverty action. Funding is available to support students’ practice experiences.


The deadline to declare the Minor this semester is Wednesday, October 5th.  There are no prerequisites required to declare.


The Declaration Form and additional information about the Minor can be found at: http://blumcenter.berkeley.edu/gppminor.


Our Information Sessions will provide an overview of the Minor and demonstrate how students from all disciplines can benefit from it. Unless otherwise noted, all sessions will be held in Blum Hall 100A/B (Ground Floor), on the following dates:


Wednesday, September 7, 10am - 11am
Friday,September 16, 11am - 12pm
Wednesday, September 21, 12pm - 1pm (105 Chavez*)
Tuesday, September 27, 1pm - 2pm
Monday, October 3, 4pm - 5pm

*Held in the Transfer Student Center.  This session will have a special emphasis on completing the Minor as a Transfer student, but all students are welcome to attend.

Contact GPP Minor Advisors at gppminor@berkeley.edu  with any questions or meet with an Advisor during the following drop-in hours in 100H Blum Hall:

Monday, Wednesday: 10:00am - 12:00pm; 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Friday: 10:00am – 12:00pm


Become LEED Accredited! - Berkeley - Oct. 29th

LEED Green Associate (GA) Training


When: October 29th 2016 – 1:00PM to 5:00 PM

Where: UC Berkeley – Barrows Hall – Room 140 - https://goo.gl/maps/wbJot4nSfhT2

Registration: http://leadinggreen.com/berkeley


Interested in getting involved in the Green Building Industry? Opportunities are plentiful in the field of sustainable design and LEED is at its forefront.


LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is simply a green-rating point system, or a scorecard. The more energy efficient and sustainable a building is, the more points it will earn. To date, this course and its materials have proven to be instrumental in helping over 5000 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!


Just as Buildings can be LEED certified, people in the sustainable construction industry can become LEED Professionals. The LEED Green Associate (GA) credential is the only entry level sustainability designation and shows employers and clients that you have certified knowledge in the green building industry.  A new LEED rating system (v4) was introduced last month and this training course is one of the few that has been updated to teach the current rating system. 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.


Cost: $300 ($200 for full time students)

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

You can register via PayPal or RSVP your attendance by registering at the bottom of the page