Cal Day 2016 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 16, 2016. 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
- EECS Mechatronics: Come watch student-designed self-driving scale racecars sprint around a track. Using an array of sensors and actuators, students in EE 192 build and tune cars to autonomously follow a one-inch-wide line as fast as possible. 9 – 11 a.m., Cory Hall, courtyard
- UCBUGG Animation Shorts: We’ll have a continuous showing of the best animation and images created by the UC Berkeley Undergraduate Graphics Group over the past decade. 10 – 11:30 a.m., 306 Soda Hall
- LEaD Lights: Participants will use alligator clips connected to a battery and an LED light to create a circuit with a pencil drawing. Get your Science@Cal passport stamped here. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., 254 Sutardja Dai Hall
- Robot Learning Lab: A Robot that Folds Laundry, Gives a High Five, and Hugs! (kids): Come meet the first general-purpose robot able to fold laundry and give you a hug. The Robot Learning Lab conducts research on artificial intelligence techniques to make robots perform challenging tasks. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Sutardja Dai Hall, Kvamme Atrium, 3rd floor
- Shake it to the Core! (kids): Design and build a tower to resist a major earthquake. Then test your structure on an earthquake simulator. Will your tower survive the shaking? Presented by the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center and the Cal Seismic Team. Get your Science@Cal passport stamped here. 1:30 – 3 p.m., Davis Hall, Structures Lab, 2nd floor
- Traffic in the Sky: Smart Drones: Fly an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Test it yourself, and talk to students and Professor Raja Sengupta about the research behind this technology. 1:30 – 3 p.m., Davis Hall, 3rd floor terrace
Still need more: The Beauty and Joy of Binary Numbers, What Does the Internet Know About You?, Concrete Canoe, Geo Wall, Hackers@Berkeley, PiE Robotics Demo, Transportation of the Future, 3D Laser Scanners: Not Just for Gamers, Hands-On Design Explorations, It’s a Concrete World After All!, Materials Discovery, and more!
Research and lectures
- Water Sensors, Water Networks (Kids): Learn about fluid dynamics from Professor Evan Variano, who researches the mysteries of transport and mixing in flows inspired by environmental processes. 10 – 11 a.m., Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, 3rd floor.
- Ten Principles for Social Media Privacy: Hear from an Expert: If you’re participating in social media, you need to attend this talk. Who’s watching whom on the Internet, and how can you better protect your privacy? Come learn the facts from lecturer Gerald Friedland. 12 – 1 p.m., 306 Soda Hall
- The Mechanical Biology of the Living Cell in Health and Disease: Learn from Professor Mohammad Mofrad about the multi-protein complex machinery of the cell that enables it to sense and respond to environmental signals, and how understanding these processes can help tackle human disease. 12 – 1 p.m., 106 Stanley Hall
- Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor Demonstration: Have you ever had a password compromised or forgotten a particularly secure one? This project aims to render forgotten passwords a thing of the past. Using ultrasound technology, we can produce a 3-D image of the fingertip for unique and secure identification. 12 – 2 p.m., 380 Soda Hall
- CellScope: The Mobile Phone Microscope: Learn about and try out a CellScope, a high-quality light microscope based on the camera of a mobile phone. Come take a look at the mobile microscopic world of cells with researchers from UC Berkeley’s Fletcher Lab. Get your Science@Cal passport stamped here. 1 – 3 p.m. Stanley Hall Atrium, 1st floor
Other great activity ideas: Is Radioactivity from Fukushima a Problem?, Aging and the Risk of Bone Fracture, Accelerating the Pace of Innovation in Renewable Energy: a Google for Materials, and more!
Student project fairs
- CS Upper Div Class Projects: Come see what computer science is really like. Upsilon Pi Epsilon Undergraduate students showcase live demos of ongoing projects from courses in computer science. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., 320 Soda Hall
- CEE Student Team Projects: Talk to student team members and see what they’ve built for competitions sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers throughout the US. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Davis Hall, 3rd floor terrace
- Nuclear Engineering Student Projects: A backyard nuclear reactor? A mousetrap fission chain-reaction model? See projects that American Nuclear Society students are making, and use a Geiger counter to test Fiestaware. Moves to the third floor of Etcheverry Hall in case of rain. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Bechtel Engineering Center terrace
- BioE Capstone Senior Design Projects: We collaborate with physicians in clinical specialties to solve biomedical challenges at home and abroad. Meet some of our seniors, hear about their design innovations and see their prototypes. 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., Stanley Hall Atrium, 1st floor
- Seismic Design Team: Can we build it? Yes, we can!: Learn how civil and environmental engineering students can design high-rise buildings to withstand the next earthquake. 1:30 – 3 p.m., Davis Hall, 2nd floor bay
- Open House: Mechanical Engineering Instructional Shop: Take a self-guided tour of the Department of Mechanical Engineering’s fully equipped student machine shop. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., 1166 Etcheverry Hall
- CITRIS Invention Lab: Come see where creativity happens. The CITRIS Invention Lab offers a variety of prototyping equipment, ranging from basic craft tools to electronics workbenches, CAD stations and professional digital fabrication machines. Key equipment includes a Universal VLS3.50 laser cutter and a ProJet HD 3000 high-resolution 3-D printer. . 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., 141 Sutardja Dai Hall
- IEEE Open House and Soldering Session: Check out the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Hands-On Practical Electronics DeCal (student-run class). We will teach you how to safely solder and make your own electronics board. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., 246 Cory Hall
- Jacobs Hall: A Hub for All Things Design: Explore Jacobs Hall, Berkeley’s newest hub for design innovation. Try out design processes in the studios and labs, and see 3-D printers and other fabrication tools in action. Check out student creations at the intersection of design and technology, learn about courses and clubs, and meet our community of artists, engineers, makers and more. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Jacobs Hall, various locations
- Open House: Berkeley Automation Sciences Lab: Come see what’s happening at the Automation Sciences Lab, a center for research in robotics and automation. Learn about current projects in networked telerobotics, computer assisted surgery, automated manufacturing and new media art forms. 12 – 2 p.m., 2111 Etcheverry Hall
- Arts + Design Tour with Associate Vice Chancellor Shannon Jackson: Learn about Berkeley’s new Arts + Design Initiative. Professor Shannon Jackson, Associate Vice Chancellor for the Arts and Design, leads this two-hour tour of spaces on campus that nurture the arts, expose students to new ideas and present groundbreaking work to the public. The tour begins at the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation and ends at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. 12:30 – 2:30 p.m., Jacobs Hall
- Conolly Imaging Systems Laboratory Open House: The Conolly Laboratory works with various imaging modalities and scanners. Current research focuses on the use of magnetic particle imaging (MPI) for medical imaging purposes. 1 – 3 p.m., 340 Hearst Memorial Mining Building
And then: Cory Hall, Soda Hall, Nuclear Engineering Open House, Hesse Hall Laboratories, Creek Walk Tour, Microbes and the Dueber Synthetic Biology Lab.
Community and student life
- I’m A Berkeley Engineer Photo Shoot: Celebrate submitting your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) to the College of Engineering by receiving an “I’m a Berkeley Engineer” t-shirt and having your photo taken while wearing it (while supplies last). 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Engineering Student Services Patio, 230 Bechtel Engineering Center
- Black Engineers and Scientists Student Association (BESSA) Open House: Join BESSA to learn about our vibrant community here at Cal. Our members will discuss the student organization, play trivia games and make ice cream! This is a great opportunity to have fun and build community in the College of Engineering. 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., 212 O’Brien Hall
Berkeley Engineering socials (with snacks!)
- IEEE Ice Cream Social: Come eat ice cream and learn about the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers at UC Berkeley. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., 200 Cory Hall
- Pizza with the CEE Family: All prospective CEE students and their families are invited to enjoy a slice (or two!) of pizza with CEE faculty, students and staff. 12 – 1 p.m., Davis Hall, 3rd floor terrace.
- LGBTQ + Students in STEM: Come talk to current students about what it’s like to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer/questioning in STEM. Ask us about our hobbies, our technical work, the LGBTQ+ community at Cal and our personal stories. Get some free It’s-It ice cream, too! 2 – 3 p.m., 3106 Etcheverry Hall
- Tea with SWE: Enjoy tea and desserts while getting to know members of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), staff in the College of Engineering and future engineering students. 2:30 – 4 p.m., Bechtel Engineering Center, Garbarini Lounge
Student information sessions
- Becoming a Berkeley Engineer: Whether you’ve just been admitted or you’re trying to decide if you should apply in the future, this session will help you figure out if Berkeley Engineering is the best fit for YOU. The session includes information about research, student services, leadership and professional development, plus how we can help you transition to being a Cal Bear. We’ll have time for your questions. 12 – 1 p.m., Bechtel Engineering Center, Sibley Auditorium
- EECS Life: a Student Perspective: Come to this open discussion with current students about the College of Engineering’s electrical engineering and computer sciences program and the College of Letters & Science’s computer science program. 2 – 3 p.m., 2050 Valley Life Sciences Building
- Ask a Materials Scientist!: What is materials science? What’s life like as a Berkeley materials science and engineering (MSE) student? What kinds of research do materials scientists perform? MSE students will answer these questions and more. 12 – 4 p.m., Hearst Memorial Mining Building, lobby
Still need more: Engineering Science, EECS, IEOR, BioE, CEE, Nuclear Engineering, Sutardja CET, Engineering transfer student admissions, MechE, L&S Intended to Major in CS!