Undergraduate Announcements 11/20/15



1)  I'll be out of the office this afternoon (Friday), but I'll be back on Monday to help with any issues you have.


2)  Please note that next Wednesday (11/25/15) is a Non-Instructional Day.  There will be no classes held on that day and the ME Student Services Office will be closing at 3pm for the Thanksgiving Holiday. 


3)  To celebrate Thanksgiving, the campus will be on holiday Thursday, November 26 2015 - Friday, November 27 2015.


Have a lovely, lovely weekend!



Hyperloop Initiative Program

The Hyperloop Initiative Program is a student organization which designs, innovates, and researches topics related to the transportation system known as Hyperloop. They are looking for new members to join for the spring semester. They will be holding their first introductory meeting for the accepted applicants on the Thursday of dead week (12/10/15). Applicants will be notified of further details on 12/8/15.


Please apply via their website link:


Applications are due at 11:59 PM on Sunday 12/6/15.


If you would like to meet the current team or learn more about the project and group please attend the ME 102B Demo Day: Hesse Hall on 12/4/15 from 2-5 PM.

DARPA Robotics Event
I wanted to reach out to the UC Berkley engineering community to share two events we’re doing next week with DARPA to promote a new Robotics Fast Track grant program. The two events are occurring on Nov. 18. The first one will be in Livermore at 11:30 am and the second will be at the TechShop in Redwood City at 6:30 pm. The program was created to match up robotic entrepreneurs, engineers and early stage companies with $150,000 to build a prototype. The program manager for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will be on hand to present the program and then take questions from the audience. Both are completely free events that comes with food and drinks as well If you have a few minutes I’d love to talk to you more about it. My cell phone is 301-908-4117 and my email is mhoffman@tandemnsi.com. Thanks in advance.
For more information on each event, here are the Eventbrite links for both:
Summer 2016 Internships with Sandia National Labs

Even though it's only November, summer 2016 is just around the corner - and you're probably already making plans.

But why get just another summer job, when you could spend the summer doing something that matters? Because if you accept an internship at Sandia National Laboratories, you can contribute to projects that literally change the world.


At one of our sites in Albuquerque, NM, or Livermore, CA, you'll find opportunities to participate in work to make our nation safer, improve human and environmental health, or project our critical information infrastructure. In other words, projects that make a real difference.

That's why we know that an internship with Sandia has the power to change your life. A summer here will put you face-to-face with world-class scientists and engineers who will mentor you as you take on challenging, hands-on assignments in such diverse areas as cybersecurity, nuclear weapons systems, clean combustion, biotechnology, and sustainable energy. You can also expect:

  • Rich interactions with an intern community from top-tier universities
  • Workshops, seminars, and networking events designed to help you broaden your perspective and build relationships
  • Competitive pay
  • Travel expense reimbursement, if eligible
  • Amazing outdoor recreation and cultural activities
  • Opportunities to learn more about a career at Sandia upon graduation

If you are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Math, Engineering, Technology, Business, Computer Information Systems, or Management Information Systems, and meet Sandia's intern program eligibility requirements, we want to hear from you. Please submit your resume and application and get ready for the changes ahead.


Apply Online


Sandia National Laboratories
World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers.

DOE National Labs -- Summer Internship Opportunities for College Students and Faculty

The Office of Science / Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications to its 2016 Summer Term internship/fellowship programs. These programs, which offer opportunities for direct engagement in scientific research and technology featuring specialized instrumentation; large-scale, multidisciplinary efforts; and/or scientific user facilities, are available for undergraduate students enrolled at community colleges and/or four-year institutions, and for visiting faculty. Selected students or faculty participate at one of 17 DOE Laboratories/Facilities, receive stipends, and may qualify for travel and housing assistance.

Applications for these competitive programs must be completed and submitted online by 5:00 PM ET onJanuary 8, 2016 (including all required application materials and recommendations). The 2016 Summer Term placements are for 10 weeks duration in a May to August timeframe. 


The three programs accepting applications are:


·         The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students (including community college students) to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences, under the guidance of laboratory/facility staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.  More information about SULI and access to the online application is at http://science.energy.gov/wdts/suli/


·         The Community College Internship (CCI) program encourages community college students to enter technical careers relevant to the DOE mission by providing technical training experiences at the DOE Labs.  Students work on technologies or instrumentation projects or major research facilities related to ongoing R&D programs. More information about CCI and access to the online application is athttp://science.energy.gov/wdts/cci/.


·         The Visiting Faculty Program (VFP) seeks to increase the research competitiveness of faculty members (including community college faculty) and their students at institutions historically underrepresented in the research community in order to expand the workforce vital to the DOE mission areas.  In this program, selected university/college faculty members collaborate with DOE laboratory research staff on a research project of mutual interest. Faculty member participants may invite up to two students (one of which may be a graduate student) to participate in the research project. Applicants establish their collaborations with laboratory research staff in advance of applying and must submit a co-developed research proposal as part of the application. Students apply separately at the invitation of the faculty member. More information about the VFP and access to the online application is athttp://science.energy.gov/wdts/vfp/.

The SULI, CCI and VFP programs are sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science / Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists. The Department of Energy's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.

Two Internship Openings at Otherlab

Textiles/Engineer Intern


We are seeking a full-time intern with experience or equivalent coursework in experimental design and procedure to join our team. The intern will have an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in scientific experimentation, rapid prototyping and scientific documentation, and will gain insight into the engineering process of an early research and development project.


This is a paid internship. Compensation will be commensurate with skills and education.  Part-time and full-time arrangements will be considered. The duration of the internship will be Winter 2015 to Spring 2016, and may be extended if necessary.



  • Undergraduate/graduate student or recent graduate in engineering, textiles, physics, chemistry, or related discipline
  • Basic knowledge of or experience in experimental design and procedure--at least one science or engineering lab course is required
  • Demonstrated skills in working with hands-on prototyping
  • Strong organizational and documentation skills


Ideal candidates may also have some combination of:

  • ­­Experience with textile prototyping and fabrication
  • Experience with fibers, thin films, and textiles
  • Experience with woven and/or knit structures
  • Familiarity with the concepts of solid mechanics and materials science
  • Experience with heat transfer


Please send resume to brent@otherlab.com


And the other opening is the last job posting here: http://www.sunfolding.com/jobs/

Undergrad Summer Internships at CRF

The CRF is looking for undergraduates interested in paid internships for May-August 2016 (flyer attached).

Career Counseling For STEM Students

1. Schedule a 45-minute appointment with Katie, Santina or Maria (your Engineering/STEM counselors) at the Career Center for in-depth assistance on:


  • job/internship searching
  • graduate school timelines
  • mock interviews
  • interview advice
  • resume critiques
  • job offer negotiation
  • career exploration
  • ...and more!

We can do phone or Skype appointments, as well! Appointments can be made here, up to three weeks in advance.


2. Drop-in Counseling with Engineering/STEM Counselor Katie Crawford:

Wednesdays 1-4pm @ Engineering Student Services Office, 230 Bechtel 


Come see us today!

Win $150,000 To Launch Your Healthcare Innovation!

OneStart - the world's largest life sciences and healthcare accelerator program

Applications are open NOW until 1st DEC 2015!


This is a call to all individuals with an innovative idea for tackling humanity's most pressing healthcare needs. OneStart offers young aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to win $150k in non-dilutive funding, free lab space and on-going advice from our extensive mentor network drawn from McKinsey & Co., Johnson & Johnson Innovation, GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, SR One, Takeda Ventures and more.

Program graduates have raised over $30 million in follow-on investment from top healthcare venture capitalists.

There is no cost to apply, and applicants retain 100% ownership of their intellectual property and companies.

Learn more at onestart.co today and start building your winning team.


Who should participate?

Anyone under 36 years old interested in healthcare entrepreneurship.

We welcome applicants from all disciplines and ideas at all stages of development – from conceptual stage through to those seeking venture capital backing. Moreover we encourage applicants to recruit other scientists, engineers, business students, lawyers, and anyone else with talent, motivation and an interest in healthcare to join your team by browsing our Co-Founders Hub.


How does it work?

Simply fill out our 2-page application form. There is no cost to apply. You can check out this link on our Top 5 Tips for reaching the semi-finals for help in structuring your application.  Applications will be reviewed throughout December 2015 and the 35 teams selected for the semi-finals will be invited to attend a two-day Bootcamp in San Francisco on February 19th and 20th, 2016. At the Bootcamp teams will engage in lectures, workshops, practice pitch sessions to healthcare investors and networking opportunities with our mentors and partners.   Each team will also receive 8 weeks of individual mentorship from an industry expert to build out a detailed business plan. The program ends with the Finals Gala in Boston on May 25th, 2016, at which 10 exceptional finalist teams will compete for the grand prize ($150k and free lab space).


Who will you be working with?

You'll be directly interacting with experts from across pharma, biotech, venture capital, management consulting and more.

Learn more about why individuals such as Matt Foy, partner at SR One (the corporate venture capital arm of GlaxoSmithKline), and Lynne Murray from MedImmune (the worldwide biologics division of AstraZeneca), are involved with the program on our OneStart Blog.


If you have any further questions feel free to get in touch via jess@oxbridgebiotech.com or reach us through our dedicated discussion forum.

What are you waiting for? Visit onestart.co today. Applications are open NOW. There is still plenty of time to apply.

Texas Instruments Innovation Challenge Design Contest 2016: Now Open!

The TI Innovation Challenge North America Design Contest 2016 is now open to undergraduate and graduate students in universities in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Canada. To compete, students must use 2 or more TI analog ICs and a TI Processor in their student design project! 

STEP 1: Register today and receive contest t-shirts and a $100 coupon to the TI Store.

STEP 2: Submit your project by May 27, 2016!


Become an SLC Writing Tutor! Applications due 11/30/2015

Become an SLC Writing Tutor! Applications Due November 30, 2015
Earn $14.11/hour or 2 units (Education 97/197 or English 310)


Download the Application Here


Are you passionate about writing? Love working with peers? Committed to your own growth as a writer? We want YOU to join the SLC Writing Program!

As a peer tutor, you will support fellow undergraduate writers in practicing and mastering academic writing conventions at Cal. In the process of helping your peers refine their writing voice, you will also acquire the skills necessary to write and communicate more effectively. Best of all, you get to set your own work schedule, ensuring your flexibility around classes, athletics, and other commitments.


    Meet with student writers one-on-one
    Attend a 2-hour weekly training seminar, Wednesdays 3-5PM
    Complete all seminar readings and assignments
    Assist in workshop facilitation and design, as needed
    Provide program support to professional staff, as needed


Apply today and join our talented and devoted Writing support team! Multidisciplinary and multilingual writers encouraged to apply. We look forward to hearing from you!


About the Student Learning Center (SLC)
The SLC is the primary academic support unit at UC Berkeley. We serve over 7,100 undergraduates annually--approximately 1/3 of the undergraduate student population--in Math and Statistics, Science, Economics, Social Science, Study Strategies, and Writing. For more information, see slc.berkeley.edu.

November Mechanical Engineering Student Projects

Dear Students,


Please review the latest mechanical engineering projects from MindSumo. MindSumo partners with employers to create projects that you can complete to get work experience, win prizes, and be hired for jobs and internships. Questions can be directed to aaron@mindsumo.com


Use new Fusion 360 software to customize a droid - $500 Grand prize, $1500 in prizes total

Design a cabinet that utilizes narrow spaces - $1000 in prizes

Design an environmentally friendly cooler - $1000 in prizes


Direct Links:





Association of Environmental Professionals Scholarship Program

I am happy to announce that the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Association of Environmental Professionals is accepting applications for its 2016 scholarship program.

We are offering three $1,000 scholarships to students attending San Francisco Bay Area colleges in pursuit of careers in the environmental field. 
Please find attached scholarship announcement and applications for distribution.
Completed applications are due Friday January 15, 2016.
For more information, including past winners, log on  to http://sf.califaep.org/index.php/students.
Course of Interest: Data Science 8/ Statistics 8

Data Science 8 is the great new course that teaches students coding skills.  It should be excellent prep for 61A for students that have no prior coding experience.  And as a bonus, in the spring, it is being taught by John DeNero who usually teaches 61A and is a popular instructor with the students.  A good course path for students wanting to really learn CS but not major in CS/EECS would be: DS8, CS 61A and CS61B.


Data Science 8 is currently listed as Statistics C8 but soon will have its own designation. There are also really cool connector courses affiliated with DS 8 (such as data, race and policing).


There's a short video from John DeNero about DS 8 (aka Stats 8) at the bottom of this page: http://databears.berkeley.edu/

Course of Interest: IB 32

Hello ME students,


Please note the attached flyer and pass it along to any of your friends or students (undergrads and grads) who might find our course on the mechanics of organisms of interest.  


This is a course in biomechanics aimed at both engineers and biologists.
-- This is a course for engineers who want to learn about how their approaches are used to unravel how organisms work , and to gain background for bio-inspired design.
-- This is also a course for biologists who want to learn about the physical biology of organisms (including humans), how they work mechanically, and how they interact with their physical environment.

Mimi Koehl & Robert Dudley

Prizes and Honors Program for 2015-16

Please see flyer and http://financialaid.berkeley.edu/prizes-and-honors for details.

Kaplan Prep Course

Kaplan has an new OnDemand Mechanical Engineering FE Exam review course. If you like to try it out you can contact Jamie Thiel at 888-394-2058.  Jamie also provided us an FE Exam prep book.  If you want to check it out, it's in the CAEE tutoring center in Bechtel Engineering Center.

Research Opportunities & Scholarships

Staff from the Office of Undergraduate Research & Scholarships are hosting a special information session for students in the Mechanical Engineering department. Please join us on Monday, 12/7 from 2:00 to 3:00pm in the HP Auditorium, 306 Soda Hall to learn more about amazing Summer ’16 and Fall/Spring ‘17/18 opportunities.  Also please see the attached flyer.

STEM Funding And Research Opportunities On Pathwaystoscience.Org
Paid Summer 2016 Undergraduate Research Placements: 
Over 800 programs -- NSF REU, NASA and other paid summer research opportunities for undergrads 
For Financial Support in Graduate School: 
Fellowships and graduate programs in a wide variety of STEM disciplines: 
For tips on applying and associated resources: 
For opportunities specifically in the Ocean Sciences: 
For opportunities specifically in Engineering: