Cal Day 2019
Cal Day is designed from start to finish to give 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. Meet robots, tour labs, hear faculty lectures and more. There are more than 300 events across campus planned for Saturday, April 13. 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 the most up-to-date information.
We hope to see you at #CalDay.
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The summaries below are curated from the complete Cal Day event listings, which are compiled by event organizers.
Cal Day 2019 at Berkeley Engineering
Hands-on demos and exhibitions
Science with the Black Graduate Engineering and Science Students (BGESS): This module will inform visitors about BGESS academic research, engage children interested in science, and provide an educational context for the work of other Black scientists and inventors. We’ll accomplish this through interactive activities emphasizing general science concepts, contributions from famous Black scientists and engineers, and individual student projects and research. Get your Science at Cal Adventure Book stamped here! 9 a.m.–3 p.m. 540AB Cory Hall.
Virtual Reality @ Berkeley: Virtual Reality at Berkeley was founded by a group of students who are passionate about virtual reality and augmented reality technology and are eager to explore in this area. Three teams from the VR@Berkeley Club will be showcasing their projects at the Engineering Library, visitors can use Oculus Rift sets to interact with the project demos and the library will be highlighting collections related to VR/AR and immersive technologies. 11 a.m. –3 p.m., Kresge Engineering Library.
Robot Race Cars: Come watch student-designed self-driving scale race cars 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. 10 a.m.–noon, Cory Hall, 3rd floor.
CITRIS Invention Lab: Makerspace Tours and Demos: Visit the CITRIS Invention Lab, the first makerspace on campus! The lab has supported community innovation since 2012. We’ll have lab tours, project displays, demos of laser cutting and 3D printing, and specialized equipment (plus a hands-on activity for kids of all ages). 10 a.m.–2 p.m., 141 Sutardja Dai Hall.
Designing the Future: Jacobs Hall Open House: Jacobs Hall offers Berkeley students the tools and knowledge to design the future — from an interdisciplinary design curriculum to a makerspace open to the entire campus community. Join us at our annual Cal Day open house to learn about student work on topics from biodesign to health, and catch live demonstrations of our 3D printers, laser cutters and more. 10 a.m.–2 p.m., 110 and 120 Jacobs Hall.
Explore the CITRIS Tech Museum: Located on the main floor at CITRIS and the Banatao Institute headquarters, the Tech Museum features projects from the CITRIS community, including prototypes, hands-on displays, and interactive demos covering themes such as energy efficiency, smart devices for infrastructure and healthcare, sensor systems to reduce traffic, and video installations. Get your Science at Cal Adventure Book stamped here! 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Tech Museum, 345 Sutardja Dai Hall.
Fun with Microcontrollers: Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) will conduct short, drop-in workshops on microcontroller circuits. Join us to learn how to program TI LaunchPad microcontrollers to light LEDs in patterns, create sounds, and control other fun applications! Get your Science at Cal Adventure Book stamped here. 10 a.m.–2 p.m., 140 Cory Hall.
PiE Robotics Demonstration: Pioneers in Engineering (PiE) is a nonprofit organization that provides a quality STEM learning experience for students in underserved Bay Area high schools. We run outreach workshops in the fall, and an annual nine-week robotics competition in the spring. Come drive some of our staff-built robots, and talk to PiE staff about how we develop our kits! 10 a.m.–3 p.m., 247 Cory Hall.
Math Games and Prizes for Kids of All Ages: Come experience hands-on interactive games to learn more about IEOR, the industrial engineering and operations research major! Get your Science at Cal Adventure Book stamped here. 1–2 p.m., 3108 Etcheverry Hall.
Build a Computer Game in 30 Minutes: “Twine” is a computer program for creating choose-your-own-adventure stories. It’s a perfect opportunity for budding game designers to sharpen creative writing AND programming skills. Make a short working game in 30 minutes, or stay for an hour to flesh it out. Professor Ian Holmes will give a five-minute introduction every half hour, and provide tech support at other times. Get your Science at Cal Adventure Book stamped here! 1–3 p.m., 425 Hearst Memorial Mining Building.
Hands-On with BioE: Bioengineering student groups will host fun, all-ages activities. Come try out 3D bioprinting, learn about crosslinking technology, and see what CellScope technology is all about. You can also get your Science at Cal Adventure Book stamped here! 1–3 p.m., Stanley Hall Atrium, 1st floor.
Research and lectures
Startup Information Session for Admitted Students: Want to launch a startup? The Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET) helps students gain the insight, exposure, and practical training they need to become technical leaders and innovators. We invite you to hear about SCET’s real-world curriculum that develops lifelong skills, leading to career opportunities with innovative companies and new ventures. Learn more at scet.berkeley.edu. Class of 2023 VIP Access and priority seating will be provided to newly admitted students. 11 a.m.–noon, 1–2 p.m., 203 McLaughlin Hall.
The Laser Thermal Lab: Meet Professor Costas Grigoropoulos of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, whose current research interests are focused on laser materials interaction, nanomanufacturing, and the fundamental study of microscale and nanoscale transport phenomena. 11 a.m.–noon, 6186 Etcheverry Hall.
Gu Research Group: Working at the intersection of mechanics, additive manufacturing, materials and computer science, our research group uses a bioinspired algorithmic-driven design approach. We utilize computational analysis, machine learning and topology optimization to revolutionize the field of smart additive manufacturing. Advances will find applications in tough body armor, helmet designs, and resilient lightweight structural materials for automotive and aerospace industries. 11 a.m.–2 p.m., 1112 Etcheverry Hall.
Create an iOS Application from Start to Finish: The iOS DeCal instructors will build an iOS app in 30 minutes, moving from idea to prototype to working application using Apple’s drag-and-drop interface builder. We’ll also highlight some of the awesome projects our students have built in the past. 11:30 a.m.–noon, 306 Soda Hall.
Short, Fast, and Under Control: Dip a toe into the world of cutting-edge bioengineering research with our graduate students as they describe their own work in short, plain-English talks. Noon–12:45 p.m., 106 Stanley Hall.
Improving Road Traffic Through Autonomy: Get insights into how autonomous driving and routing via map services and mobile applications change the state of traffic for better or worse. We will discuss opportunities and challenges for improving traffic by understanding the impacts of routing apps and the potential of autonomous vehicles. 2–2:30 p.m., 306 Soda Hall.
Nuclear Engineering: Dosimeter Talk: Come learn about Berkeley’s international dosimeter network Dosenet, a radiation sensor network that helps to illustrate naturally occurring background radiation. Dosenet is also a public educational outreach program that teams Berkeley students with local high school students to build understanding of scientific and technologic thinking while engaging and informing the community. 2–3 p.m., 3107 Etcheverry Hall.
Berkeley Emergent Space Tensegrities (BEST) Lab: The Berkeley Emergent Space Tensegrities (BEST) Lab conducts research on the design and control of tensegrity robot systems — soft robots that use natural compliance to traverse through unknown terrain for space exploration missions. 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Hesse Hall, north entrance.
Hesse Hall Laboratories Open House: Hesse Hall will be open for visitors to experience a few of the Department of Mechanical Engineering’s undergraduate learning spaces and instructional laboratories, including labs for materials testing and combustion experiments. 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Hesse Hall, north entrance.
Mechanical Engineering Shop Open House : Take a self-guided tour and see demonstrations of the tools and equipment in the Department of Mechanical Engineering’s student machine shop. 10 a.m.–3 p.m., 1166 Etcheverry Hall.
Tour of Cory Hall: Eta Kappa Nu (HKN), the EECS honor society, will lead tours of Cory Hall. Tours depart every 20 minutes. 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m., 253 Cory Hall.
Tour of Soda Hall: Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE), the international honor society for the computing sciences, will provide tours of Soda Hall. Tours depart every 30 minutes beginning at 10 a.m. (last tour at 3 p.m.). 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m., Soda Hall, 3rd floor.
Mechanical Systems Control Lab: The Mechanical Systems Control Lab focuses on designing and developing control strategies for mechanical systems. Stop by our open house and check us out! 11 a.m.–3 p.m., 2103 Etcheverry Hall.
Robotics Lab Open House: Come see Berkeley’s 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. Get your Science at Cal Adventure Book stamped here! Noon–1 p.m., 2111 Etcheverry Hall.
Civil & Environmental Engineering Lab Tours: Immediately following lunch, newly admitted students and their families are invited to tour several labs where civil and environmental engineers perform their research. 1:30–2:30 p.m., 502 & 534 Davis Hall.
Student project fairs
AERO SAE Competition Plane Showcase: Aero SAE is an organization that develops an unmanned electrical aircraft to compete in the annual Aero Design West competition. Sponsored by Boeing and Northrop Grumman, this Aero SAE provides an opportunity for Cal students to explore and develop their engineering skills in an aerospace context. 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Etcheverry Hall-Soda Hall Breezeway.
Autonomous Driving Research Vehicles Showcase: The Model Predictive Control Lab will present two new autonomous research vehicles. Hyundai Genesis is a fully autonomous vehicle, built with open-source software, that features cutting-edge Velodyne LiDAR sensors and an OxTS inertial navigation system. The lab’s Hyundai Ioniq is used for research in improving fuel economy by applying predictive control to modern hybrid electric powertrains. 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Etcheverry Hall-Soda Hall Breezeway.
CalSol: Berkeley’s Solar Vehicle Team: CalSol is a nonprofit organization that designs, builds, tests and races fully solar-powered vehicles. With a membership of more than 50 undergraduates from a variety of disciplines, CalSol provides students with hands-on experience in real world engineering, project management, and business aptitude. Get your Science at Cal Adventure Book stamped here! 10 a.m.–3 pm, Etcheverry Hall-Soda Hall Breezeway.
CS Upper-Division Class Projects Exhibition: Come see what computer science is really like! Students will showcase live demos of their projects from some popular computer science courses. 10–11:30 a.m., 320 Soda Hall.
Human-Powered Vehicles Demonstration: The Human-Powered Vehicles club designs, engineers and manufactures innovative forms of human-powered transportation. This year, we will be competing in the International Human-Powered Vehicle Association (IHPVA) World Human-Powered Speed Challenge (WHPSC), with a target speed of at least 60 mph. Club members gain valuable experience in the engineering design process, development of business management skills, and hands-on building. Get your Science at Cal Adventure Book stamped here! 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Etcheverry Hall-Soda Hall Breezeway.
Supernode Open House: Interested in exploring a hacker space? Take a 10-minute tour to see our projects and learn about what we do. We are a free, student-run hacker space, conveniently located for all electrical engineering needs. We specialize in electrical engineering projects and integration. Get your Science at Cal Adventure Book stamped here! 10 a.m.–3 p.m., 246 Cory Hall.
Civil & Environmental Engineering Competition Teams: Competition teams give CEE students the opportunity to transform academic learning into practice. Team members design a safer skyscraper, fabricate a concrete canoe, build a steel bridge, create a water filtration system, solve traffic problems and lead a major construction project. Newly admitted students are invited to check out the teams and make plans to join the action. 10:45 a.m.–noon, Bechtel Engineering Center, Trefethen Terrace.
HiPeRLab: HiPeRLab is a student group that conducts low-level research on the fundamental capabilities of unmanned aerial systems. Areas of particular focus are safety and localization; we aim to enhance the systems’ capabilities with advanced algorithms, mechanical design, and control strategies. 11 a.m.–2 p.m., 1176C Etcheverry Hall.
Hybrid Robotics Demonstration: Come see a hybrid robotics demonstration! Our group researches the intersection of applied nonlinear control and hybrid dynamic robotics. We design controllers to achieve dynamic, energy-efficient and robust maneuvers on legged and aerial robots. We also address challenges of complex movements and underactuation, nonlinear hybrid unilateral constraints, and operating in stochastic regimes. We have focused on creating dynamic bipedal locomotion — both walking and running, and dynamic aerial manipulation maneuvers. 11 a.m.–1 p.m., Etcheverry Hall-Soda Hall Breezeway.
Formula SAE 2019 Car Reveal: SAE International takes students beyond textbook theory by enabling them to design, fabricate and compete with small formula-style race cars against other colleges from around the world. Join Berkeley’s SAE team for our 2019 car reveal on Cal Day! 11:30 a.m.–noon, Etcheverry Hall-Soda Hall Breezeway.
Doing It Ourselves: Bioengineering students show off their research projects in a poster and prototype display. Most bioengineering undergrads do research outside the classroom. Come and see what it’s all about! 12:30–2:30 p.m., Stanley Hall Atrium, 1st floor.
Community and student life
CS Kickstart: Women in Computer Science Panel: CS Kickstart is a student organization supporting the success of female-identifying students in computer science. Our free, week-long program for incoming freshmen features introductory programming lessons, guest speakers and industry tours. During the year, we host professional development workshops and community-building events. Come hear CSK alumnae experiences, their advice for you, and how to join! 10–11 a.m., 310 Soda Hall.
Meet Pi Tau Sigma, and Spin Our Prize Wheel! Come meet Berkeley’s mechanical engineering honor society! Pi Tau Sigma is a group of enthusiastic ME students that provides academic and professional support among the ME student body and department. We hold semesterly social activities for our members, facilitate meetings about ongoing issues in the ME department, and host events for professional development within the student community. 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Etcheverry Hall-Soda Hall Breezeway.
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers: The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is an international professional organization connecting mechanical engineers, both in the field and in academia, from around the world. Here at Cal, ASME is a pre-professional and educational organization geared toward fostering and enriching the academic experience of ME students at Berkeley. 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Etcheverry Hall-Soda Hall Breezeway.
“I’m a Berkeley Engineer” Photo Shoot for Admitted Students: You’ve accepted your offer of admission to the College of Engineering — now it’s time to celebrate! Get your “I’m a Berkeley Engineer” T-shirt while supplies last, and have your photo taken while wearing it. 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m., Garbarini Lounge, Bechtel Engineering Center
Engineering Student Organizations: With more than 70 different engineering student organizations, Berkeley offers a group to match every interest. Learn about many of these groups by visiting their tables for information and demonstrations. 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Bechtel Engineering Center, front lawn.
The BioE Freshman Experience: Bioengineering students reflect on their experiences at Berkeley, including their thoughts on choosing colleges, what helped them decide to come to Cal, and their expectations once they arrived. 11:30 a.m.–noon, 105 Stanley Hall.
Computer Science Mentors (CSM): Providing support in and out of the classroom, CSM is a student-run organization that provides personalized academic support to undergraduates in core lower-division EECS courses. We organize small-group tutoring sessions and individual mentorship to help students gain a deeper understanding of course concepts and develop a feeling of community. We’d love to talk about our tips for success in courses and our experiences mentoring students! Noon–3 p.m., Cory Hall, courtyard.
Entrepreneurship Community at Cal: Interact with students, alumni, and partner organizations of the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET) in this discussion session about starting and growing new ventures. Learn how you can start your own company during your time at Cal. Class of 2023 VIP Access and priority seating will be provided to newly admitted students. Noon–1 p.m., 203 McLaughlin Hall.
College of Engineering Student Life for Admitted Students: A panel of students answers your questions about the programs and student life in the College of Engineering. 1–2 p.m., Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center.
Academic Support Structures in EECS: The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences has the two largest majors on campus, but most prospective families aren’t familiar with our culture of academic support initiatives aimed at enhancing new students’ learning. Come learn about our mentoring, tutoring, teaching and other services designed to support students’ academic goals while providing smaller communities within the department. There will also be time allocated for questions and answers. Class of 2023 VIP Access (and giveaway!) will be provided to newly admitted students. 2–3 p.m., 2050 Valley Life Sciences Building.
EECS/CS Life from a Student Perspective: Come to an open discussion with current students about the EECS and L&S computer science programs. Class of 2023 VIP Access (and giveaway!) will be provided to newly admitted students. 3–4 p.m., 155 Dwinelle Hall.
Student information sessions
Introduction to the EECS Curriculum Through 16A/B: EE 16A and 16B are unique courses designed to introduce students to the curriculum in the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences. Taken by most Letters & Science computer science and EECS students during the first year, these courses introduce topics from many of the curriculum’s upper-division courses, with a focus on building a foundation for machine learning and design principles. We’ll discuss the curriculum and what it takes to succeed. Gireeja Ranade, EECS Professor. 10–11 a.m., 1 Pimentel Hall.
Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Information Table: Get the scoop straight from the students on what it’s like to be an IEOR (industrial engineering and operations research) or ORMS (operations research and management science) major. We’ll have IEOR and ORMS major information, IEOR tattoos, and popcorn! 10 a.m.–2 p.m., 3rd floor, east entrance, Etcheverry Hall.
Information Table: Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS): Staff and student groups will be available to discuss the electrical engineering and computer sciences (EECS) undergraduate program and share what life is like at Berkeley. 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Cory Hall, 2nd floor.
Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology Information Table: Meet students and staff from the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, and learn about SCET’s courses and programs that help students gain the insight, exposure, and practical training they need to become technical leaders and innovators. 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Etcheverry Hall-Soda Hall Breezeway.
Bioengineering Information Center: Stop by our table to ask questions and learn more about bioengineering from faculty, staff and students. 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Stanley Hall Atrium, 1st floor.
Nuclear Engineering Open House: The Department of Nuclear Engineering will have information sessions, a faculty talk and student panel with Q&A, experiments and demonstrations, Science at Cal Adventure Book activities, and the opportunity to learn about dosimeters and Dosenet’s public educational outreach program. Join us for a fun and informative day! (Get your Science at Cal Adventure Book stamped here!) 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Etcheverry Hall-Soda Hall Breezeway.
Civil & Environmental Engineering Welcome Table: Welcome to CEE! Chat with faculty, staff and students about our department, and get directions to our events. 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Davis Hall, 3rd floor terrace.
Engineering Information Table: Berkeley engineers excel — find out why! Staff and students answer your questions and distribute information about the College of Engineering. 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m., Engineering Student Services Patio, 230 Bechtel Engineering Center.
BioE Major Information Session: What’s it like to be a bioengineering student? This information session is tailored for admitted and prospective students. Get details on the program from faculty, staff and students, plus tips on how to succeed in this exciting interdisciplinary field. 11–11:30 a.m., 105 Stanley Hall.
Earn a BS in Engineering AND Business Through the M.E.T. Program! Learn about Berkeley’s Management, Entrepreneurship, & Technology Program (M.E.T.), which allows you to earn bachelor’s degrees in both engineering and business in just four years. M.E.T. is currently limited to students applying for freshman admission. Students may not transfer into M.E.T. from community colleges, other universities, or other majors or colleges within UC Berkeley. 11 a.m.–noon, Banatao Auditorium, 3rd floor Sutardja Dai Hall.
Engineering Science Information Session: Discover the multi-department interdisciplinary program of engineering science. Meet professors and students, and learn about our majors: engineering math and statistics, engineering physics, environmental engineering science, and energy engineering. 11 a.m.–noon, 120 Latimer Hall.
Information Session: College of Engineering Transfer Student Admissions: Let us help you create a strong transfer application for admission into the College of Engineering. We’ll offer tips on how to write a compelling essay and walk you through the core requirements you’ll need to meet. Current transfer students will be on hand to answer your questions about student life at Berkeley. 11 a.m.–noon, Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center.
Information Session: The Majors in IEOR/ORMS: Find out what it takes to be an industrial engineering major! Department Chair Max Shen, Head Undergraduate Adviser Rob Leachman, and current students will answer your questions about the programs and student life in the industrial engineering and operations research (IEOR) and operations research and management science (ORMS) majors. Learn how students use information technology and mathematical modeling to solve problems. 11 a.m.–noon, 3108 Etcheverry Hall.
Introductory Computer Science Courses at Berkeley: The first two courses in Berkeley’s computer science curriculum, CS 61A and CS 61B, are famously intense, awesome and unique. We will discuss the curriculum, how these courses differ from similar courses elsewhere, and what it takes to succeed. 11 a.m.–noon, 1 Pimentel Hall.
Nuclear Engineering: What’s That? Nuclear engineers–what do they do? Have you ever wondered? The answers to these questions may be more varied than you expect. Come hear about all of the different things nuclear engineers do, and what their career options look like. 11 a.m.–noon, 3107 Etcheverry Hall.
ME 135/235 Mechatronics Lab Course Demonstration: This course provides preparation for the conceptual design and prototyping of mechanical systems that use microprocessors to control machine activities, acquire and analyze data, and interact with operators. The architecture of microprocessors is related to problems in mechanical systems through the study of systems, including electro-mechanical components, thermal components, and a variety of instruments. 11 a.m.–3 p.m., Hesse Hall, north entrance.
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 conduct? Get the answers to these questions and more at our table. MSE students will be available to answer your questions. Noon–4 p.m., 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building.
Information Session: Becoming a Berkeley Engineer: Whether you’ve just been admitted or you’re trying to decide if you should apply, 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, and how we can help you transition to being a Cal Bear. Noon–1 p.m., Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center.
Information Session: Mechanical Engineering Major: Learn about exciting research in mechanical engineering, hear an overview of the undergraduate program, and discover why mechanical engineering is such a dynamic, versatile discipline. Noon–1 p.m., 3106 Etcheverry Hall.
Panel Discussion and Department Lunch for Admitted Students in Civil & Environmental Engineering: A panel of professors and current students will introduce the CEE department and discuss some of the amazing opportunities here. After the presentation, we’ll all eat together, allowing informal conversations between students, professors and families. Noon–1:30 p.m., 502 & 534 Davis Hall.
Bioengineering — Then What? Ask an Alum! What can you do with a degree in bioengineering? Chat with alums about their careers and experiences at Berkeley. 1–3 p.m., Stanley Hall Atrium, 1st floor.
Major Information Session for Freshmen Admitted to EECS: This session presents detailed information about the bachelor of science program in electrical engineering and computer sciences for students admitted to Berkeley for the 2019-2020 academic year. Class of 2023 VIP Access (and giveaway!) will be provided to newly admitted students. 1–2 p.m., 155 Dwinelle Hall.
Mechanical Engineering Student-Alumni Panel: Mechanical engineering students and alumni will answer your questions about what the academics, diversity and climate are like in this exciting department. Learn why you might choose to attend Cal, and get tips on how to navigate your first year. 1–2 p.m., 3106 Etcheverry Hall.
Nuclear Engineering Student Panel and Q&A session: The nuclear engineering department chair, the head undergraduate faculty adviser, and a panel of current nuclear engineering undergraduate students will answer all of your questions about the nuclear engineering major, and the department! 1–2 p.m., 3107 Etcheverry Hall.
Admitted Students: Discover Berkeley Engineering: In this TED-style talk, you’ll discover the professional development, leadership, research and internship opportunities open to you in the College of Engineering. The talk will be followed by a question-and-answer session with students, staff and campus partners such as the Career Center. 2–3 p.m., Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center.