Undergraduate Announcements 9/18/15



1)  Save the Date!  Our Annual Ugrad Welcome Event will be happening on Monday, October 5th from 4pm-6pm in the Breezeway.  New students (freshmen and junior transfers) will be able to get free ME hats!  It's being catered by Los Moles (Mexican food).  I hope to see you all there.


2)  In Spring 2016, ME 110 and ME 131 are scheduled to be in the same time.  If you see this as a major conflict, please let me know ASAP.


Have a lovely, sunny weekend folks! 


AIAA's CalRover DeCal

Though Berkeley is a terrific school for engineering, it unfortunately does not have a specific major geared towards space exploration. That's what this class is for, to try to bridge the gap between what we learn in class and exploring the amazing, immense and teeming void that we call the rest of the observable universe.


In short, this class is going to be about building rovers. It will be closely tied with Berkeley's Robo-Ops team, and the goal is to have a working rover built, programmed and ready to run by the end of the school year.

Upcoming ASME Events
Autodesk Fusion 360 Workshop
Jeff Lee from Autodesk will be on campus 9/22 from 5-7pm in 240 Bechtel presenting an Autodesk Fusion 360 workshop. Come join us! And if you're interested in learning more information about Fusion or Autodesk, please RSVP through this link:
and download Fusion 360 for PC, Mac through this link:
Northrop Grumman
One of the country's leaders in defense and aerospace will be on campus 9/23 from 8-9pm in 240 Bechtel to present about their student opportunities. If you're interested in an internship or full-time position please come out and bring your resumes! FB event here:
General Dynamics
General Dynamics will be paying Berkeley a visit on Oct. 1st and if anyone's interested in opportunities with them please bring your resume and come to 240 Bechtel from 6:30-8pm
Ugrad Research in Biomimetic Millisystems Lab

The lab name and location: 
Biomimetic Millisystems Lab, Cory 219


The research area(s) for the project:

I currently research anisotropic collapsible spines and how they can change the performance of a robot through a passive mechanical system.  These spines are inspired by and work similar to the leg spines found on cockroaches or the belly of snake scales, in that they collapse when pushed in one direction but provide a good foothold when pushed in the other.  Some current projects I have are using spines to climb steep inclines, using them to turn, and steering during jumping.  


Description of the position:
Either assisting the project I am currently working on or pursuing your own project independently.  Both would allow the freedom for collaboration and to bounce ideas off each other, but with your own project you would be able to design your own prototype and test set up.


The criteria needed for the position:
Time, an interest in biomimetics and building things.


Interested parties should send resumes to Jessica Lee, jessica-lee@berkeley.edu

COE Grad School Infosession

Thursday, November 5, 2-3pm, 240 Bechtel. So you are thinking about going to graduate school? Awesome! Do you know what you should be doing as an undergraduate to prepare? Come meet Berkeley Engineering's Graduate Recruiters and learn about what you can be doing right now to prepare and what faculty look for in graduate applicants. Please RSVP.

Tools for Managing Stress & Test Anxiety

Wednesday, September 30, 2pm, 240 Bechtel. Join the Center for Access to Engineering Excellence and the Tang Center as we discuss tools for managing text anxiety. Many students are hindered by test anxiety, no matter much they prepare for exams. Come learn techniques for dealing with test anxiety so that you can crush your next exam! Be on the lookout for other academic success workshops. The Center for Access to Engineering Excellence is here to support you with free tutoring, study space, workshops, etc. Let us know if there are other ways we can help! Please RSVP.

Study Abroad Fair

Come to the Study Abroad Fair, Friday, September 25, 11am-4pm at the International House, and learn about study, work, intern, teach and volunteer abroad opportunities for UC Berkeley students. For the latest information regarding studying abroad please see the September 2015 Berkeley Study Abroad Newsletter.

Apply to be a CalSO Leader!

What do CalSO Leaders do?

Being a CalSO Leader is a commitment to helping new undergraduates and their families with their transition to Berkeley that involves more than working the summer programs.

For more information, please see:



How to Write an Academic Grant Proposal - Workshop

Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 1 to 3 p.m., 309 Sproul Hall

This introductory workshop covers the basic principles of writing an academic grant proposal.

Preregistration is required. To preregister for this workshop, please go to


Wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, please call (510) 643-9392 ten days in advance of the scheduled workshop.

UCB Students $25,000 Prizes & Internship: Sutardja Center Fall Collider Projects

UCB's Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology will offer three Collider Projects this fall offering cash prizes ($15k and $10k) and internships. These projects are short term (2-4 weeks) and involve solving real business challenges. See below for more information on how to RSVP.

KABAM Collider Project - September 25th (kick-off date)

Kabam, the Cal-founded gaming company​,​ ​will offer $15​,000​ in prize money and an internship opportunity​ to the winners of this Collider Project. ​
Undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines are encouraged to participate including business, finance, economics, and engineering.  

RSVP: kabamcollider.eventbrite.com

​RADIUS Collider​ Project - October 8th​  (kick-off date)
Radius, a leader in market intelligence​, is offering​ $10​,000​ in prize money and an internship opportunity​ to the winning team.  ​
Undergraduate and graduate students from with interest and experience in data sciences are encouraged to participate.

RSVP​:​  radiuscollider.eventbrite.com

​GEISINGER HEALTH Collider Project - October 15th (kick-off date)
Geisinger​, ​a leader in research and data analysis in the health​ care sector​,​ will pose three challenges​ for this Collider Project​
.  ​The winning team will receive paid internships opportu​nities​​
. This challenge is open to all disciplines, both undergraduate and graduate.

RSVP​: ​geisingercollider.eventbrite.com


Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum: 2015-16 Angel & Venture Capital Financing Overview

The 2015 early stage financing environment has been characterized by continued increases in company valuations and the number of financings, including several multi-billion dollar fundings. The number of and dollar value of venture fundings in Q2 of 2015 approached levels not seen since the days of the internet bubble and a record number of megadeals. 

2015 also continued a number of other trends from prior years: the influence of founders/entrepreneurs, the significant growth in the activity of seed/angel investors as well as alternative funding platforms and incubators. 

Please join our panel of expert angel and venture capital investors for a look at early stage investing during the past year and what the future investment environment holds. The presentation will also include a review of the key metrics for venture capital investments/exits and critical VC term sheet terms for Q2 2015. 

Don't miss this thought provoking and informative session!

Click here for more information including speaker biographies.


RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/berkeley-entrepreneurs-forum-2015-16-angel-venture-capital-financing-overview-tickets-18318856192

ME Student Projects at Mind Sumo

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


Improve the space efficiency of a commercial kitchen - $1000 in prizes
Design highly-functional, eye-catching food packaging - $1000 in prizes
Create more efficient packaging and structuring for Plink deodorizers - $1000 in prizes