Homecoming

Alumni photo op on the terrace of California Memorial StadiumPhoto by Matt BeardsleyFor one weekend every fall, the Berkeley campus opens its doors to alumni, parents, families and students for a fun-packed schedule of activities, ranging from classroom lectures to the homecoming football game. It’s a chance to experience the full Cal and Berkeley Engineering communities at their best. Join us on campus for alumni reunions, Cal Parents events, faculty seminars, tours, open houses and much more.  

Berkeley Engineering Homecoming activities are listed below. Visit the homecoming weekend website to register and view the full schedule of events for Sept. 30-Oct. 2.

Friday, September 30

Design of Load-Bearing Medical Devices for Long-Term Structural Integrity
2:00 -3:00 p.m. | Morrison Room, Doe Library
Lisa Pruitt, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, will discuss the design of load-bearing medical devices for long-term structural integrity. Using case studies, she will cover materials selection and design evolution in implants for use in hips, knees, and shoulders. Topics will include material selection design methodology and mechanical characterization of medical devices.

Saturday, October 1

Fun, Games and the New Frontier: Augmented Reality and Cognition
10:30 -11:30 a.m.| Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall
From desktops and laptops to tablet computers and cell phones, we have found many ways to embed computing in our physical world. Augmented reality and cognition form the next frontier in the evolving human-machine relationship. Berkeley researchers at the Center for Augmented Cognition (CAC) are studying ways to expand human cognitive capabilities by exploring everything from new robot interfaces and self-driving cars to telesurgery, while bringing fresh approaches to performing arts and gaming. They will share what the future of mixed-immersive environments will look like and the possible new applications for these emerging technologies. The panel, hosted by Dean Shankar Sastry, will include Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Professors Anca Dragan, Bjorn Hartmann and Claire Tomlin, along with CAC Director Allen Yang. Following the talk, explore this new dimension in Jacobs Hall with hands-on demos and activities hosted by the Virtual Reality @Berkeley student club.

Design Explorations: Jacobs Hall Open House
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.| Jacobs Hall
Explore the world of hands-on making at the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, Berkeley’s interdisciplinary hub for all things design. Visit this maker space to check out digital fabrication tools, student creations and activities open to all ages.

Bear Affair BBQ
10:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.| Campanile Esplanade
Join us at this traditional barbeque with special seating for Berkeley Engineering alumni and families.  Pre-register for the barbeque online at: homecoming.berkeley.edu. Day of event registration will be available at Homecoming Headquarters. (Student meal cards are not accepted.)