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Welcome to Berkeley Engineering. Please join us on Cal Day, April 22, 2017. (Photo by Noah Berger)

Cal Day 2017 at Berkeley Engineering

Want a behind-the-scenes look at Berkeley Engineering? Cal Day gives prospective students, families of current students and the wider community a chance to explore some of the world’s most cutting-edge research and academic programs. More than 300 events across campus are planned for Saturday, April 22, 2017. All events are free and open to the public, and no advance registration is required. Check out the Cal Day website for complete listings and for the most up-to-date information. Here are a few of the many great events hosted by Berkeley Engineering.  And remember, #sharecalday.

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The summaries below are curated from the complete Cal Day listings, which are compiled by event organizers. 

Hands-on demos and exhibitions

  • LED Lights: Use a pencil drawing to make a circuit and learn how carbon in graphite is bonded and how it conducts electricity. 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., 250 Sutardja Dai Hall
  • Shake it to the Core!: Join the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER) Center and the undergraduate seismic design team to build a tower and test it on an earthquake simulator. 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Davis Hall 2nd Floor Bay
  • The Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation: Exploring Hands-On Design: A chance to explore Jacobs Hall and try out digital fabrication tools like 3D printers, among other activities. 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., 110 and 120 Jacobs Hall
  • Virtual Reality Demos with VR@Berkeley: The student group, VR@Berkeley, will demo new VR technologies and allow visitors to try out VR for themselves. 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., 220 Jacobs Hall
  • Supernode/IEEE Open House and Soldering Workshop: Visitors can learn basic electronics and be guided through assembling a small device by the IEEE and Supernode student hackerspace. 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., 246 Cory Hall
  • Robot Learning Lab: Meet a Robot that Folds Laundry, High-Fives, and Hugs!: Professor Pieter Abbeel directs the Robot Learning Lab and conducts research on artificial intelligence techniques that allow robots to perform challenging tasks. Visitors can meet and interact with robots that can tie knots and give hugs. 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Kvamme Atrium, 3rd floor Sutardja Dai Hall
  • PiE Robotics Demonstration: Pioneers in Engineering (PiE), a student group that provides STEM learning experiences for students from underserved Bay Area high schools, will demo some of their projects. 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., 247 Cory Hall
  • 3D Concrete Canoe Scanning: A demonstration by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER) Center that uses a laser scanner to scan the concrete canoe built by the student competition team, and then digitally recreates the canoe to obtain an accurate 3D representation. 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Davis Hall 2nd Floor Bay

Still need more: Fun with Microcontrollers, What's Moore's Law?, Math Games, Materials Discovery, Bioengineering Technology Demo, and more!

Discover Cal DayCome meet BRETT, the crowd-pleasing robot at Cal Day. (Photo by Noah Berger)Research and lectures

  • The Beauty and Joy of Binary Numbers: An interactive session where students will learn about computer science. Professor Dan Garcia will demonstrate a magic trick and the secret behind a very famous game. 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., 306 Soda Hall
  • New-Faculty Forum: Cutting-Edge Bioengineering Research: Professor Aaron Streets explains advances in biological imaging and genomic analysis of single cells, and Professor Michael Yartsev will talk about studying the neurobiological basis of navigation and language learning in bats. 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., 106 Stanley Hall
  • Exploration in 3D Bioprinting: An opportunity to learn about the theory and practice of 3D printing in tissue-engineering research. 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. B144 Stanley Hall
  • Impacts and Engagement: The Intersection of Science, Technology and Society: In a rapidly evolving, technology-and-data-driven landscape, where do we turn for solutions to today’s pressing problems? 1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m., Banatao Auditorium, 3rd floor Sutardja Dai Hall
  • Bring Harry Potter’s Invisible Cloak to Reality: Learn about the world of optical materials, and how it could make invisibility cloaks a reality. 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building
  • Physics and the Materials Science of Skateboarding: A talk led by Professor Daryl Chrzan about how advances in materials science fueled the rise of skateboarding from a pastime of 1960s surfers to a billion dollar industry. 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

Other great activity ideas: Microchips: The Heart of Electronics, Eco-Friendly Transportation, Energy Storage, Materials Are Like People: It's the Defects That Make Them Interesting. 

Student project fairs

  • Civil and Environmental Engineering Undergraduate Research Fair: Students will present projects that were completed one-on-one with Civil & Environmental Engineering professors this year. 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., O’Brien Hall Breezeway
  • 3DMC: 3D Maker Club: Current students who are members of this popular club and DeCal course demonstrate 3D printing and answer questions about the technology behind these projects. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Moffitt Library, 4th Floor
  • EECS Mechatronics: A chance to watch student-designed, self-driving scale race cars built using an array of sensors and actuators race around a one-inch track as fast as possible. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Breezeway, 6th Floor Sutardja Dai Hall
  • Hackers@Berkeley: An opportunity to talk to members of Berkeley’s hacking community, and to see some of the apps and hardware being built by Cal students. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Moffitt Library, 4th Floor
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering Undergraduate Research Fair: CEE students show research projects that were completed one-on-one with professors in civil and environmental engineering. 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., O’Brien Hall Breezeway
  • Is It Just Me, or is the City Getting Smarter?: Professor Scott Moura and students present a class project about the “internet of things” that can make cities smarter by utilizing smart energy, smart water, and smart transportation. 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., McLaughlin Hall Plaza

Lab tours

  • Hesse Hall Laboratories: A tour through Hesse Hall and a chance to see some of the instructional laboratories for materials testing and combustion experiments. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 1:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Hesse Hall, north entrance
  • ​​​Open House: Mechanical Engineering Instructional Shop: A self-guided tour of the Department of Mechanical Engineering’s student machine shop. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., 1166 Etcheverry Hall
  • Tours of Cory Hall: Tours every 30 minutes on the 2nd floor of Cory Hall. 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Cory Hall, 2nd floor entrance
  • College of Engineering Tour: A student-guided outdoor walking tour of the engineering buildings on the northeast quadrant of campus. The tours are 30 minutes long and depart every 10 minutes, with the last tour leaving at 12:30 p.m. 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., McLaughlin Hall Plaza
  • Robotics Lab Open House: Learn about current projects in networked telerobotics, computer assisted surgery, automated manufacturing, and new media art at the Berkeley Automation Sciences Lab. 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., 2111 Etcheverry Hall
  • Dueber Bioengineering Laboratory Open House: Professor of Bioengineering John Dueber explains how the laboratory develops technologies for improving our ability to engineer living cells. 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., 542 Energy Biosciences Building, 2151 Berkeley Way
  • Open House: Mechanical Engineering Instructional Shop: A self-guided tour of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., 1166 Etcheverry Hall

Cal BandFun and good times on the north side of campus. (Photo by Noah Berger)Community and student life

  • Nuclear Engineering Open House: The Department of Nuclear Engineer is hosting information sessions, lab tours, and faculty talks on current research. 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., 3107 Etcheverry Hall
  • “I’m a Berkeley Engineer” Photo Shoot: Take a photo while wearing a free “I’m a Berkeley Engineer” T-shirt (while supplies last) to celebrate the submittal of a SIR to the College of Engineering. 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Garbarini Lounge Bechtel Engineering Center
  • Engineering Student Organizations: Visit the tables of over 70 on campus Berkeley Engineering student organizations. 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Engineering Student Services Patio, 230 Bechtel Engineering Center
  • Ask a Materials Scientist!: Students in the Materials Science & Engineering Association discuss their experiences at Berkeley and in the MSE department, and answer questions about what the major is about and what student life is like. 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Hearst Memorial Mining Building, lobby
  • Mechanical Engineering Student Panel: Tips on the engineering department and how to navigate the first year at Cal from current mechanical engineering students. 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., 3113 Etcheverry Hall
  • Live Stream of CEE Student Teams at the MidPacific Engineering Competition: A student competition with other schools on bridge design, water treatment, and canoe building. 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., 345 Davis Hall
  • Traffic in the Sky: Smart Drones: Professor Raja Sengupta and students demonstrate technologies for drone navigation and autopiloting based on onboard cameras. The research team will also answer questions about the newest developments in drone technology. 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Davis Hall, 3rd floor terrace
  • EECS/CS Life from a Student Perspective: Participate in an open discussion with current students about life in the College of Engineering’s electrical engineering and computer sciences program and the College of Letters & Science computer science program. 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., 2050 Valley Life Sciences Building
  • Berkeley Formula Racing 2017 Reveal: The Berkeley Formula Racing team of engineering students who design and compete with small formula-style cars will unveil their 2017 car and discuss the design and the Formula SAE competition. 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Etcheverry Hall-Soda Hall Breezeway

Berkeley Engineering socials

Student information sessions

Still need more: Engineering Science, EECS, Engineering transfer student admissions, MechE!