The best way to know if Berkeley ME is a good fit for you is to visit! We offer several opportunities each year to get to know us in person.
Departmental Infosessions for Prospective ME Students & Their Families
The Mechanical Engineering Department will be hosting infosessions and tours of our student instructional labs for prospective students on the following days:
Friday, April 5th
Friday, April 12th
Friday, April 19th
Friday, April 26th
Infosessions will be held 2pm-3pm and the tours will be 3pm-4pm.
If you would like to join us for these events, please email Ricky (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the following information:
- Your name/your student’s name
- How many in your party?
- Which day will you be coming?
- Will you be coming for the infosession and the tour?
Cal Day 2019
ME Student Instructional Shop Open House
Self-guided tour and demos of the Mechanical Engineering’s fully equipped student machine shop.
Location: 1166 Etcheverry Hall
Time: 10am-noon & 1pm-3pm
Hesse Hall Laboratories
Hesse Hall will be open for visitors to experience Mechanical Engineering’s Instructional Laboratories, including materials testing, combustion experiments, and various undergraduate learning spaces.
Location: Hesse Hall
Time: 10am-noon & 1pm-3pm
Information Session: The 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.
Location: 3106 Etcheverry Hall
Mechanical Engineering Student Panel
Mechanical Engineering students 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.
Location: 3106 Etcheverry Hall
ME STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS AND PROJECTS
Location: Etcheverry/Soda Hall Breezeway
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 team provides an opportunity for Cal students to explore and develop their engineering skills in an aerospace context.
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers is an international, professional organization connecting Mechanical Engineers, both in the field & in academia, around the world. Here at Cal, ASME is both a pre-professional & educational organization geared towards fostering & enriching the academic experience of M.E. students at Berkeley.
Pi Tau Sigma
Meet Pi Tau Sigma, Spin our Prize Wheel! Come meet UC Berkeley’s Mechanical Engineering Honor Society! We are a group of enthusiastic ME students that strive to provide 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.
Location: Etcheverry/Soda Hall Breezeway | Time: 10am-3pm
Human Powered Vehicle
The Human Powered Vehicles club designs, engineers, and manufactures innovative forms of human-powered transportation. This year, we will be competing in the IHPVA WHPSC with a goal speed of at least 60 mph. Members gain valuable experience in the engineering design process, business management skills, and hands-on building experience
CalSol: UC Berkeley’s Solar Vehicle Team
A non-profit organization whose purpose is to design, build, test, and race fully solar powered vehicles. Composed of over 50 undergraduates from a variety of disciplines, they provide students with hands-on experience with real world engineering, project management, & business aptitude
Autonomous Driving Research Vehicles
The Model Predictive Control Lab will present & discuss their two new autonomous research vehicles. The lab’s Hyundai Genesis is a fully autonomous vehicle built with open source software & 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.
(2019 Car Reveal @ 11:30am)
We design, fabricate, & compete with small formula-style race cars against other colleges from around the world. Join us for our 2019 car reveal on Cal Day!
MECHANICAL ENGINEERING OPEN LABS & DEMONSTRATIONS
Location: Various Locations
Mechanical Systems Control Lab
The MSC Lab focuses on designing and developing control strategies for mechanical systems.
Location: 2103 Etcheverry Hall
Faculty: Professor Masayoshi Tomizuka | Student in Charge: Yongxiang Fan
ME135/ME235 Mechatronics Lab (Course Demo)
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 study of systems, including electro-mechanical components, thermal components and a variety of instruments.
Location: 120 Hesse Hall
Speaker: George Anwar
Hybrid Robotics Demonstration
We research 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 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.
Location: Etcheverry Breezeway
The Laser Thermal Lab
Meet Professor Grigoropoulos of the Mechanical Engineering Department, his current research interests are focused on laser materials interactions, nanomanufacturing and the fundamental study of microscale and nanoscale transport phenomena.
Time: 11-12 PM
Speaker: Professor Costas Grigoropoulos
The group focuses on low-level research on fundamental capabilities for Unmanned Aerial Systems. Areas of particular focus are safety and localization; we aim to enhance the systems’ capabilities by advanced algorithms, mechanical design, and control strategies.
Location: 1176C Etcheverry Hall
Faculty: Professor Mark Mueller Student in Charge: Clark Zha
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.
Location: 230 Hesse Hall
Faculty: Professor Alice Agogino Student in Charge: Alan Zhang
The 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.
Location: Etcheverry Hall Room 1112
INSTAR Research Lab
A UC Berkeley research group designing & manufacturing a high-power, cost-effective flywheel storage system for improving electric & hybrid vehicle system efficiency.
Alternative Location: In front of Betchel Engineering Student Services