Engineering students

New student orientation 2017

Welcome to your college!

Wednesday, August 16 | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, August 18 | 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Monday, August 21 | 2 – 5 p.m.

All students will receive their individual schedule and locations for Friday's information sessions during the Wednesday Meet your ESS Adviser session.


Engineering students on Memorial Glade

Monday, August 21
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. | Memorial Glade
Meet your Engineering Community at the ice cream social and student group fair. Pick up your Berkeley Engineering backpack, your welcome gift from the college.

Wednesday, August 16


9:00 – 10:00 a.m. I Zellerbach Hall

Phil Kaminsky, Executive Associate Dean, College of Engineering
S. Shankar Sastry, Dean, College of Engineering

Our Engineering Community: Values & Expectations
Kara Nelson, Associate Dean, Equity and Inclusion, College of Engineering

Engineering Student Services (ESS)
Marvin Lopez, Director, Student Programs
Sharon Mueller, Director, Advising and Policy

Campus safety
UC Police Department

Student life
Abigail Jacob, President, Engineering Student Council

Bear Building for Engineers

10:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m | Various locations
Engineers today need to work together to be successful. With this Amazing Race style game, you and your team will use your energy, imagination and know-how to answer questions and navigate challenges located in and around engineering departments and buildings.


12:00 – 1:30 p.m. I Campanile Esplanade (across from Bancroft Library)
The ticket in the printed program is valid at one food truck location. Drink and meal included.

Meet your ESS Adviser

2:00 - 2:50 p.m. | various locations
Learn about important academic policies and expectations, and get your last minute questions answered by your adviser and current students before classes begin. You’ll also receive your individual schedule card for Friday and Monday.

ESS Advising Group Adviser
Bioengineering Joey Wong
Civil Engineering Jane Paris
Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences
Last names A – J Bryan Jones
Last names K – O Monica Bernal
Last names P – Z Olivia Chan
Energy Engineering Chaniqua Butscher
Engineering Math & Statistics Olivia Chan
Engineering Physics Bryan Jones
Environmental Engineering Science Olivia Chan
Industrial Engineering & Operations Research    Jane Paris
Materials Science & Engineering Monica Bernal
Mechanical Engineering
Last names A – O Chaniqua Butscher
Last names P – Z Kathy Barrett
Nuclear Engineering Chaniqua Butscher
Undeclared Joey Wong

Department Meetings

3:00 – 5:00 p.m. I various locations
Join your classmates to meet staff, faculty and students in your major and get an overview of your department’s curriculum, areas of specialization, student groups, research opportunities and more. Undeclared students can attend any meeting to learn more about a major of interest.

Photos/video taken throughout Orientation may be used by the College of Engineering in marketing materials.

Friday, August 18

Freshman Information Session

8:30 – 11:30 a.m. | various locations
Join your classmates to learn how to make the most of your time at Berkeley. In the first session, you’ll get information about research opportunities. You will meet with your ESS adviser with a small group, tour Kresge Engineering Library and hear from current students about academics and resources. Your group assignment is listed on your individual schedule card. Assignments are also posted at the ESS office in 230 Bechtel.

Junior Transfer Information Session

8:30 – 11:30 a.m. | various locations
This session will connect junior transfer students to valuable resources and support networks to ensure a successful first semester. You will meet in a small group with your ESS adviser. Then you will hear from staff on topics including: academic support and tutoring, career and graduate school advising, study abroad programs, professional development and student research. Current transfer students will also be on-hand to share their experiences and answer questions. Your group assignment is listed on your individual schedule card. Assignments are also posted at the ESS office in 230 Bechtel.

Monday, August 21

Secrets of Academic Success

2:00 – 3:40 p.m. | various locations
How should students prepare for class? What’s the best way to study? How does high school and community college learning differ from college level? What if you don’t have programming experience? During these course-specific presentations, professors and graduate student instructors will answer questions and offer practical advice for excelling at Berkeley Engineering.

New Student Celebration

3:45 – 5:00 p.m. | Memorial Glade
You are now an official member of the Berkeley Engineering community! Join us to kick off the school year! The celebration will include information tables and demos from some of the 70+ engineering student clubs and competition teams, announcement and prize presentation for the Bear Building for Engineers winning teams, ice cream and a welcome gift — a Berkeley Engineering drawstring backpack.

Get Involved

Connect with other students who share your interests. The College is home to dozens of student organizations and teams that offer you opportunities to hone your teamwork and leadership skills while pursuing something you’re passionate about. A full list of student organizations, including academic and professional, honorary, culture, and identity based, competition teams, fraternities, sororities and more can be found by visiting the Engineering website at


Engineering Student Services
230 Bechtel Engineering Center, (510) 642-7594
ESS provides academic advising (information on majors, curriculum requirements, engineering policies and procedures; referrals to campus resources; academic and personal support), peer advising, student organization advising, student leader support, student recruitment and retention and drop-in career counseling.

Berkeley Academic Guide
This publication includes complete information on general university policies and requirements, as well as descriptions of each course offered on campus.

Career Center
2111 Bancroft Way, (510) 642-1716
From choosing a major, exploring careers and finding internships to looking for jobs and preparing for graduate school, the career counselors and staff, programs and resources are available every step of the way. You can even receive career advising in the ESS office from 1–4 p.m. every Wednesday.

Center for Access to Engineering Excellence (CAEE)
227 Bechtel Engineering Center, (510) 642-7594
CAEE is a hub for student engagement, providing students with valuable
academic support services such as tutoring, cohort programming, study groups and skill-building workshops, as well as social networking opportunities.

Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence
100 César E. Chávez Student Center, (510) 642-4275
CE3 offers services, programs, advising and resources to ensure that non-traditional, underserved and underrepresented students excel at Berkeley.

College of Engineering Undergraduate Guide
This guide contains curricula, degree requirements, policies and procedures of the college—and more.

Engineering Student Council (ESC)
The ESC serves as an umbrella organization for many of the engineering student groups and focuses on leadership development, community building, and outreach. As an incoming student, you are welcome to attend ESC monthly meetings, participate in networking/mentoring events and use ESC as a resource for questions regarding student organization and the campus community.

ESS Newsletter
This newsletter is emailed to all engineering undergraduates every Monday. It includes important information about deadlines, workshops, research opportunities, internships, scholarships and upcoming events.

Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation (JIDI)
2530 Ridge Road
You will find a diverse range of resources at Berkeley’s interdisciplinary hub for
learning and making at the intersection of design and technology, including courses,
a maker-space, events, student groups, and advising.

Kresge Engineering Library
110 Bechtel Engineering Center
The library has extensive print and electronic collections, as well as
engineering-related journals, electronic books, engineering article indexes and technical reports of federally-sponsored research.

(Not So) Secret Guide to Being a Berkeley Engineer podcast
This podcast, which began as an introduction for incoming students to life in engineering, has expanded to a year-round format with information relevant to all new and continuing students.

Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET)
2227 Piedmont Avenue
SCET is the premiere institution on campus for the study and practice of “technology-centric” entrepreneurship and innovation and offers a undergraduate certificate program.

Student Learning Center
César E. Chávez Student Center
The center offers academic support services and tutoring and helps students transition to Cal.

UC Police Department (UCPD)
Take proactive steps to ensure your safety as both a student and Berkeley resident. Visit the UCPD Safety Counts website to learn more about personal safety programs, such as BearWalk and emergency preparedness programs.

University Health Services/Tang Center
2222 Bancroft Way, (510) 642-2000
Provides comprehensive medical, mental health and health promotion services to all Cal students.

Follow the Code

Academic integrity and ethical conduct are of utmost importance at the College of Engineering and UC Berkeley. We expect all students to adhere to the following codes, throughout their studies at UC Berkeley and as alumni.

The honor code…

As a member of the UC Berkeley community, I act with honesty, integrity and respect for others.

The pledge of ethical conduct for engineers…

In recognition of the importance of our technologies affecting the quality of life through the world, and in accepting a personal obligation to our profession, its members, and the communities we serve, we pledge to commit ourselves to the highest ethical and professional conduct. Throughout our careers we will consider the ethical implications and the impact on safety, health and welfare of the public and the environment of the work we do before we take action. While the demands placed upon us may be great, we make this declaration because we recognize that individual responsibility is the first step on the path to a better world for all.


Adopted by the College’s Student Relations Committee, Engineering Student Council and some 85 student societies of the UC Berkeley College of Engineering.