Cal Day 2018 at Berkeley Engineering

Cal Day: it only comes around once a year. Here is your guide to plan for an action-packed, behind-the-scenes look at Berkeley Engineering. 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 robotics, tour labs, hear faculty lectures... With more than 300 events across campus are planned for Saturday, April 21, 2018. 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.

We hope to see you at #CalDay.

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


Cal Day 2018 at Berkeley Engineering

Hands-on demos and exhibitions

The Beauty and Joy of Binary Numbers: Learn some computer science through an interactive example, a magic trick, and the secret behind a very famous game that you'll never lose again! 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., 306 Soda Hall.

20 Years of Bioengineering: It's our anniversary! Take a stroll through displays highlighting 20 years of Berkeley Bioengineering. 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Stanley Hall Atrium, 1st Floor.

LEaD Lights: In this hands-on activity participants will use alligator clips connected to a battery and an LED light to create a circuit with a pencil drawing. You'll see changes in light intensity as the clips are brought closer together on the drawing. With our 3-D model of graphite we'll show how the carbon in graphite is bonded and explain how it conducts electricity. 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., 250 Sutardja Dai Hall.

Berkeley Arts + Design Tour: Join the Berkeley Arts + Design Initiative on a self-guided tour of Cal's diverse arts and design landscape! On the tour, you'll learn about campus spaces that nurture the arts, expose students to new ideas, and present groundbreaking work to the public. The tour weaves through maker spaces, performance spaces, and art installations, and is perfect for students who want to become more involved in the arts and design on campus. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Various locations, begins at Jacobs Institute for Design Innovations, 2530 Ridge Road.

UCBUGG Animation Shorts: A Decade of Great Animation and Imagery: Drop in at this continuous showing of the best animation and images created over the past decade by the UC Berkeley Undergraduate Graphics Group (UCBUGG). 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., 306 Soda Hall.

Computer Science Upper-Division Class Projects Exhibition: Come see what CS is really like! Students demo showcase projects from courses in computer science. Presented by the Berkeley chapter of Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the first (and only) international honor society for the computing sciences. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 320 Soda Hall.

Discover Moffitt Library! Makerspace Demos, Digital Scholarship, and Self-Guided Tours: Come check out the Moffitt Library's recently renovated fourth and fifth floors with a self-guided tour. See demonstrations of 3-D printing, virtual reality projects, and other design technologies available in the makerspace. Meet student consultants working with data and digital humanities. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Moffitt Library, 4th Floor.

EECS Mechatronics: Come watch student-designed autonomous scale race cars sprint around a track. Students in Electrical Engineering 192 use an array of sensors and actuators to build and tune cars to follow a one-inch-wide line as fast as possible. Get your Science at Cal Passport stamped here! 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Cory Hall, 3rd Floor.

Shake it to the Core!: Design and build a tower to resist a major earthquake! Once your structure is complete, you can test it on an earthquake simulator. Will your tower survive the shaking? Presented by the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER) Center and the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) undergraduate seismic design team. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Structures Lab, 2nd Floor Davis Hall.

GamesCrafters: Play some of the two-person abstract strategy games students have created for the GamesCrafters undergraduate research and development project. 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., 341 Soda Hall.

Explore the CITRIS Tech Museum: 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. 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., 345 Sutardja Dai Hall, The Tech Museum.

The Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation: Designing the Future: At Jacobs Hall, Berkeley's interdisciplinary hub for design and technology, you can meet the next generation of design innovators and explore their work on sustainability, health and more. Visitors of all ages can see tools like 3-D printers and try out hands-on design processes. 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., 110 and 120 Jacobs Hall.

HKN Workshop: Fun with Microcontrollers: Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) will be holding 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! 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., 140 Cory Hall.

Medical Devices: A Hands-On Demo: Bioengineering honor society students give a hands-on demo to provide a closer look into how medical technology works from the inside. 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Stanley Hall Atrium, 1st Floor.

Cellscope Hands-On Demo: Taking Imaging to New Places: Sponsored by CEND and Berkeley Bioengineering, Daniel Fletcher's lab will be presenting a hands-on demonstration on CellScope, a Berkeley-developed technology which converts a standard cell phone into a fully functional microscope. 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Stanley Hall Atrium, 1st Floor.

Fun in the sun on Memorial Glade. (Photo by Noah Berger)Research and lectures

Can a Machine Be Conscious? Moving Toward Conscious AI: A talk by Professor Manuel Blum describing neuroscientist Bernard Baars' Global Workspace Model (GWM) of the brain, its implications for understanding consciousness, and a novel computer architecture that it inspires. The model gives insight into the design of machines that truly experience joy and pain. 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Calvin Lab Auditorium.

Information Session for Admitted Students: The Bioengineering Major: A talk by Professor Daniel Fletcher about what's it like to be a bioengineering student? Get the scoop on the bioengineering major from faculty and students, plus tips on how to succeed in this exciting interdisciplinary field. 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., 105 Stanley Hall.

Startup Information Session: Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology: A talk by the Managing Director Ken Singer about launching 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. 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., 203 McLaughlin Hall.

Shedding Light on Open Questions in Civil and Environmental Engineering: Undergraduate Research Fair: During this causal research fair, students will discuss the research they've completed this year working one-on-one with Civil and Environmental Engineering professors to advance the field. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Davis Hall, 3rd floor entrance.

Robot Learning Lab: A Robot that High-Fives and Hugs: The Robot Learning Lab, directed by Professor Pieter Abbeel, conducts research on artificial intelligence techniques to make robots perform challenging tasks. BRETT, the first general-purpose robot to tie knots and fold laundry, will be handing out high-fives and hugs! 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Kvamme Atrium, 3rd Floor Sutardja Dai Hall.

Microchips: The Heart of Electronics: A talk by Professor Chenming Hu: Before the advent of semiconductor chips, all of the world's computers combined were not even as powerful as one of our cell phones today. What are microchips, and what's in store for the future? 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., 289 Cory Hall.

The 10-minute Ph.D.: Dip a toe into the world of cutting-edge bioengineering research with our graduate students, who will describe their own work in short, plain-English talks. 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., 106 Stanley Hall.

Ten Principles for Social Media Privacy: Hear from an Expert: Talk by Adjunct Assistant Professor Gerald Friedland about learning the facts behind the news: who's watching who on the Internet, and how you can better protect your privacy. 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., 306 Soda Hall.

How Google Search Works: Talk by Mariana Olvera-Cravioto about discovering the idea behind Google's search engine and how it's able to quickly find on the web almost anything you can think of. Learn how the way we connect with each other influences who is more relevant and influential in the networks we create. 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., 3108 Etcheverry Hall.

Student project fairs

Using Light as a Ruler: 3-D Scanning in Civil Engineering: Watch as we use a laser to scan the concrete canoe built by our student competition team. We'll digitally reconstruct the canoe and obtain an accurate 3-D representation. Presented by CEE and the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Structures Lab, 2nd Floor Davis Hall.

CalSol X Supernode: You may have seen our car, but where are we building it? The electrical engineering team works out of Supernode. Come see our new projects! 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., 246 Cory Hall.

Mechanical Engineering Student Organizations and Projects: Meet mechanical engineering students and learn about their projects and activities, along with what it takes to be a mechanical engineering major. 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Etcheverry Hall-Soda Hall Esplanade.

Nuclear Engineering Student Projects: Come see projects developed by nuclear engineering students at Berkeley. Past projects have included a backyard nuclear reactor, a mousetrap fission chain-reaction model, and a Geiger counter to test Fiestaware! 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Bechtel Engineering Center, Trefethen Terrace.

Supernode Tour: Interested in exploring a hacker space? Take a 10-minute tour to see our projects and learn more about what we do. We're a free, conveniently located student-run hacker space for electrical engineering projects and integrations. 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., 246 Cory Hall.

Exploring 3-D Collections and Immersive Visualization: Culture and tech collide at the Hearst Museum! Come explore immersive visualizations of world heritage sites, and view objects from the collection in 3-D. Drop by to chat with the students behind this exciting project and learn about the process of digitizing history. 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology.

Lab tours

Nuclear Engineering Open House: Come help the Department of Nuclear Engineering celebrate its 60th birthday with experiments and demonstrations, information sessions, our popular tour of the Nuclear Technology Innovation Lab (at 2 p.m.--meet outside 3107 Etcheverry Hall), and more! We'll have treats and prizes, too. 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Etcheverry Hall-Soda Hall Breezeway.

Hesse Hall Laboratories: Come to Hesse Hall and see some of the Department of Mechanical Engineering's instructional laboratories, including labs for materials testing and combustion experiments, and undergraduate learning spaces. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Hesse Hall, north entrance.

Open House: Mechanical Engineering Instructional Shop: Take a self-guided tour of the Department of Mechanical Engineering's fully equipped student machine shop. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., 1166 Etcheverry Hall.

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, and demos of laser cutting, 3-D printing, and specialized equipment, plus a hands-on activity for kids of all ages. 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., 141 Sutardja Dai Hall.

Mechanical Engineering Open Labs and Demonstrations: Check out our departmental research laboratories, and meet the students who work and study here. Stop by the entrance of Etcheverry Hall for a complete listing of open labs. 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Etcheverry Hall, 3rd Floor, east entrance.

Tours of Cory Hall (Eta Kappa Nu): Tours depart every 20 minutes from outside of 253 Cory Hall. 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., 253 Cory Hall.

Tours of Soda Hall (Upsilon Pi Epsilon and Computer Science Undergraduate Association): Tours depart every 30 minutes from the third-floor lobby of Soda Hall. 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Soda Hall, 3rd Floor.

College of Engineering Tours: The northeast quadrant of campus is home to the College of Engineering. Join students for a half-hour outdoor guided walking tour of the engineering buildings. 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., McLaughlin Hall Plaza.

Lab Tours with Civil and Environmental Engineering Professors: Take a lab tour with a CEE professor! Professor Moura shows his research on civil systems, including smart batteries, and new transportation ideas; Professor Variano shows his research on environmental fluid mechanics, including ocean turbulence and marsh restoration; and Professor Mi shows her research on environmental nanotechnology, including desalination membranes and clean water systems for disaster relief. 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., 534 Davis Hall.

Community and student life

Information Session: Engineering Transfer Student Admissions: Learn how to create a strong transfer application for admission to Berkeley Engineering. Gain tips on how to write a compelling essay, and understand what core admission requirements are needed. Current transfer students will answer your questions about student life at Berkeley Engineering. 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Sibley Auditorium Bechtel Engineering Center.

“I am a Berkeley Engineer” Photo Shoot: Celebrate the submittal of your statement of intent to register (SIR) to the College of Engineering with a free "I'm a Berkeley Engineer" T-shirt (while supplies last), and then have your photo taken while wearing it. 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Garbarini Lounge Bechtel Engineering Center.

Information Table: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and L&S Computer Science: Staff and student groups will be available to discuss the bachelor of science program in electrical engineering and computer sciences (EECS) in the College of Engineering, and the bachelor of arts program in computer science in the College of Letters & Science. They'll also share what life is like at Berkeley. 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Cory Hall, 2nd floor entrance.

Nuclear Engineering Student Group: American Nuclear Society: American Nuclear Society (ANS) students will be available to answer incoming students' questions about life as an engineering student at Berkeley. They'll also demonstrate irradiation and different types of shielding. 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Etcheverry Hall-Soda Hall Breezeway.

Student Organizations in Engineering: With more than 70 different student organizations, Berkeley Engineering offers a group to match every interest. Learn about many of them by visiting their tables for information and demonstrations. 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.

Computer Science Mentors: Experiences and Advice: Computer Science Mentors (CSM) is a student-run organization that is organizing small-group tutoring sessions and individual mentorships to help students gain a deeper understanding of course concepts and develop a feeling of community. 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Cory Hall, courtyard.

Student information sessions

Bioengineering Information Center: Stop by our table to ask questions and learn more about bioengineering from faculty, staff and students. 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Stanley Hall Atrium, 1st Floor.

Engineering Information Table: Berkeley engineers excel--we'll tell you why! Faculty and staff answer your questions and distribute information about the College of Engineering. 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Engineering Student Services Patio, 230 Bechtel Engineering Center.

Civil and Environmental Engineering Welcome Table: Welcome to CEE! Chat with faculty, staff and students about our department, and get directions to our events. 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Davis Hall, 3rd floor entrance.

Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Information Table: Get the scoop straight from students on what it's like to be an IEOR (industrial engineering and operations research) major, and learn how jelly beans are made. We'll have free samples, and popcorn! 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., 3rd floor, east entrance Etcheverry Hall.

Nuclear Engineering Information Table: Meet Department of Nuclear Engineering staff and students, and get your questions answered. 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Etcheverry Hall-Soda Hall Breezeway.

Nuclear Science and Security Consortium: The multi-institution Nuclear Science and Security Consortium (NSSC) was established by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) in 2011 to develop a new generation of laboratory-integrated nuclear experts. Berkeley representatives of the NSSC will be available to answer your questions. 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Etcheverry Hall-Soda Hall Breezeway.

Data Science Discussion with the Dean: Join David E. Culler, interim dean of the Division of Data Sciences, for a discussion of the new and exciting data science major and minor programs, as well as collaborative efforts in developing the vision for data science on campus. 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., 3 LeConte Hall.

Nuclear Engineering Information and Q&A Session: Get all of your questions answered about the nuclear engineering major and department. 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., 3107 Etcheverry Hall.

Computer Science Information Table: Staff and student groups will be available to discuss the bachelor of arts program in computer science (College of Letters & Science) and share what life is like at Berkeley. 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Soda Hall, 3rd floor.

Entrepreneurship Community at Cal: Students and organizations partnered with the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET) discuss their experiences with starting and growing new ventures. Learn how you can start your own company during your time at Cal. 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 203 McLaughlin Hall.

Industrial Engineering/Operations Research Program Information Session: Students interested in Berkeley's industrial engineering and operations research (IEOR)/operations research and management science (ORMS) majors are invited to an information session with professor and department chair Ken Goldberg, professor Robert Leachman, the department's head undergraduate adviser, and students. 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 3108 Etcheverry Hall.

Information Session: College of Engineering Student Life: A panel of students will answer your questions about the programs and student life in the College of Engineering. 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Sibley Auditorium Bechtel Engineering Center.

Information Session: Management Entrepreneurship & Technology (M.E.T.) Program: Learn about Berkeley's Management, Entrepreneurship & Technology (M.E.T.) program that allows you to earn bachelor's degrees in both engineering and business in just four years.  11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Banatao Auditorium, 3rd Floor Sutardja Dai Hall.

Introductory Computer Science Courses at Berkeley: The first two courses in the Berkeley computer science curriculum, 61A and 61B, are famously intense, awesome and unique. We will discuss the curriculum, how our courses differ from similar courses elsewhere, and what it takes to succeed. 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 1 Pimentel Hall.

Computer Science (L&S): Major Information Session: This session will provide detailed information about Berkeley's bachelor of arts program in computer science (College of Letters & Science) for freshmen admitted for the 2018-2019 academic year. 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., 155 Dwinelle Hall.