Fall Week 4 Announcements



Engineers without Borders (EWB)

Sustainability Task Force | Mondays | 6 PM | Bldg 10-225: STF is a group seeking to enhance Cal Poly's EWB Chapter through working on projects related to social, economic, cross-generational and environmental sustainability.

EWB Crash Course | First 6 Mondays | 7-9 PM | Bldg 10 Courtyard: The EWB Crash Course is designed for new members who want to learn about EWB and which teams and positions work best for them! The EWB Crash Course will be held during project team meetings on the first 6 Mondays of this quarter.

Project Meetings | Mondays | 7-9 PM: Here are the team room locations: Fiji: 10-225, Local Projects: 33-289, Thailand: 33-227, Nicaragua: 10-124, Malawi: 38-227

IMPACT | Tuesdays | 11 AM - 12 PM | Library 2nd floor fishbowl 216R: Come by if you want to make a difference locally by volunteering in SLO!

General Meeting | Wednesday | 6 PM | Bldg 33-286: Come learn about how our project teams communicate with their communities from Cal Poly and in-country. There will be interactive games and pizza!

Volleyball IMs | Thursdays | 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM: Come support our chapter by signing up on our roster or cheering for the rest of us on the court! There will be snacks provided so first come first serve. Looking forward to see you all out there! 

Check out our Google Calendar


Quality of Life Plus Student Association

QL+ SA is a multidisciplinary student run association dedicated to improving the lives of those in need. They run a variety of developmental workshops and projects throughout the year to support engineering students. General meetings are every Tuesday from 6-7PM in our lab in building 192.

Formal Design Project: Formal design projects are a high level commitment project that runs from fall all the way to the end of spring quarter. These designs go all the way through the design build test system to be delivered to the challenger at the end of the year. Here are some of the projects offered: 

  • Braces for Spencer: Spencer is a young man who has a neuropathological disorder which requires him to wear ankle braces during his day to day activities. Currently his braces are stiff and uncomfortable. 
    • Challenge: More elastic, comfortable and slimmer braces for his ankles.
  • Stand Up Paddle Board: Capital SUP wants to provide services to wounded or injured Service members and Veterans. SUP boards with adaptations that allow people to sit on the board and paddle are currently on the market, but tend to be somewhat heavy and bulky. More importantly, not everyone wants to sit and paddle.
    • Challenge: An adapted SUP board for those with disabilities who want to stand and paddle.  
  • Arm for Davis: Davis is a young man living in San Diego who recently lost his arm in an accident. He is an avid skateboarder and is looking for a skateboarding specific prosthesis.

    • Challenge: Design a prosthetic arm for Davis to feel more secure during skateboarding.

  • Braces for Rita: Rita Granados is a woman in our community who had surgery on her ankle. Following her surgery, Rita benefits from the use of an ankle brace. The brace Rita currently has causes her discomfort.
    • Challenge: Design and manufacture a more comfortable ankle brace for Rita.

Applications are available through this email (cpqlplusops@gmail.com), or at our general meetings. These applications are due by 10/17. You can bring them in to our meeting or stop by the lab and leave them with an officer (or next to the 3D printers).


Team Tech/Lockheed Martin Engineering Project Opportunity

Team Tech is currently recruiting new members to work on this year's project! We are a multidisciplinary engineering project group that partners with an industry sponsor to work on a year-long project. This year, Team Tech will partner with Lockheed Martin to develop a Crew Overboard Alarm System. For more information about Team Tech, email Paulina and Nicole at cpteamtech@gmail.com.  Below are the dates, times, and locations for information sessions and our first general meeting.

Info Sessions:

  • Tuesday, Oct 10, 5:00-6:00 PM bldg 186 room C203
  • Tuesday, Oct 10, 7:30-8:30 PM bldg 186 room C203

First General Meeting: Thursday, Oct 12, 7:30-8:30 PM Bldg 197 Room 104


Fall Girl Scout Day | Oct 15 | 9 AM – 12:30 PM | ATL/Bonderson

Girl Scout Day is an amazing opportunity to share your passion for engineering with elementary-aged girl scouts! We need energetic volunteers to lead the scouts in "trick-or-treating" through three engineering activities, as well as people to lead labs and help with setup and cleanup. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out this survey and keep an eye out for subcommittee signups in the fall!


Building an Engineer Day | Oct 21 | 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM | ATL\Bonderson

Building an Engineer Day is an outreach event for middle school students from the region to come to Cal Poly's campus and participate in hands-on activities hosted by various engineering clubs. We rely on clubs and volunteers to make this event a success and would appreciate your participation! If you are interested in volunteering your club to host an activity for BAE Day, please fill out this form. If you are interested in volunteering as an individual, please fill out this form. If you have any questions regarding this event, club volunteering, or individual volunteering, feel free to contact Claudia Mendez at cpswemsoutreach@gmail.com.




Grand Canyon Section of SME annual scholarshipApply by NOV 1

The Grand Canyon Section of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration  (SME) is seeking applicants for our annual scholarship.  The scholarship amount varies from year to year but has in the past ranged from $1,000 to $6,000.  The number of scholarships given also varies year to year. 

The scholarship is for the 2017-2018 school year only but you may reapply in subsequent years.  An applicant must be a full time student in good standing, intending to enter a University, and seeking a degree in a mining related field including but not limited to: Mining Engineering, Geological Engineering, Metallurgy, Metallurgical Engineering, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Chemical Engineering, Mineral Exploration Geology, Science, and Engineering as related to mining activities.

See application for more details. 




Office of Naval Research's Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP)Apply by oct 31

The Office of Naval Research's Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program application is now open.

Current college students can open an application at the NREIP website. The deadline for the application, transcripts and letters of recommendation is October 31, 2017 at 6:00 PM EST.

If you have any questions you can email us at nreip@asee.org or call us at (202)649-3833.



The Undergraduate Research Association (URA) at Cal Poly is a newly-formed club open to any registered undergraduate. Its purpose is to make it easier for undergraduates to get involved with research by:

  • Connecting undergraduate with graduate students/faculty members currently conducting research
  • Providing an all in one source for any and all research opportunities provided by Cal Poly
  • Hosting events and providing resources that will assist students in determining where their research interests lie and pursuing their own independent projects!

View their most recent newsletter, full of on and off campus research opportunities in a variety of fields! Interested in joining? Visit their website to learn more!


DAAD Rise Programs

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is pleased to announce that for Summer 2018 we will again offer three RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) internship programs:

RISE has established itself as an outstanding opportunity to combine serious research with a rewarding study-abroad experience. All three programs are targeted to students from the fields of engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, earth sciences (geology), computer science, and related disciplines.




university of applied sciences munich 

From Dr. Harding: Here's an interesting program for study overseas in Munich Germany. There are courses in Fracture & Fatigue and also Composite Materials that would definitely count toward Technical Electives in your MATE degree.

Please feel free to set up an appointment to talk with me about this opportunity if you are interested.


The Green Program: Short-term, experiential education for our world’s most pressing issues in sustainable development

We're taking higher education and travel to another level by giving the not-so-average student the not-so-average study abroad experience. Our programs fuse academic credit, adventure, culture, and service learning into a transformational experience that can be experienced within winter, spring, or summer break.

Our team is dedicated to progressing the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through experiential education.

The GREEN Program gives purpose and meaning to education, adventure, and life using the world as our classroom.




Noyce SCholars programs in STEM Opportunity - Application due Oct 16

Do you want to make a difference by teaching science to the next generation? All junior and senior science and engineering majors can apply now for $10,000 Science Noyce Scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year (NSF DUE 1340110). Applications are due online on Monday, October 16.

Scholarship recipients must:

  • Commit to teach science for two years in a high need K-12 school district
  • Participate in monthly Noyce Seminars during 2017-18 and 2018-19
  • Participate in STEM Teacher and Researcher Program (STAR) or equivalent paid “teacher-researcher” opportunity prior to completion of science teaching credential

Download the 2017-18 Noyce Science Scholarships Information Sheet for more info! Interested students can learn more at at http://cesame.calpoly.edu/, by emailing noyce-science@calpoly.edu, or by calling 756-2875.


SWE & Michigan engineering grad program resources

Michigan Engineering and SWE have created a new partnership to provide valuable resources and information to help women engineers explore the career option of graduate school. The goal of these partnerships is to make sure women engineers are aware of the benefits of graduate school. "To tackle society's problems, which are increasing in complexity, you need the advanced knowledge a graduate degree can provide." - Elizabeth Dreyer, Ph.D. student in electrical engineering, University of Michigan, SWE Graduate Member Coordinator. These online resources will empower SWE members to explore, prepare, and apply for graduate school.




MATES FUTURE bladesmithing team: are you one of the team mates? 

If you’re into blacksmithing and bladesmithing, you might want to talk with fellow like-minded MatEs and form a bladesmithing team. TMS holds a bladesmithing competition every other year.  Last year, MATE’s team brought home an honorable mention! SLO now has bladesmithing classes at the MakerSpace. You would need to pay for these classes.

(Note: Other days/times available by request. Pay for a class and email Boone to schedule.)

Learn more about TMS’s bladesmithing competitions here and view the MATE Team’s videoAfter 2-3 MatEs have united to form a team, let Dr. Harding know!


Baker Koob Endowments for Student Project - Deadline Nov 6

The Warren J. Baker and Robert D. Koob Endowments have funds to support student proposed projects for hands-on, project-based learning opportunities. The endowments will have $40,000 available to distribute to support student proposals this fall. The typical range for successful project grants is $1,000 to $2,500 for individuals and $1,000 to $5,000 for group projects. 

All proposals are reviewed by a faculty committee representing each of the six Cal Poly colleges. Past awards have included student projects in a wide range of academic programs and on a diversity of ideas. Winners are expected to be announced before the holidays and projects can begin in January. Students have one year to complete their projects. Interested individuals can review more information online or email, mdmiller@calpoly.edu, for further questions.


Northrop Grumman Collaboration project

The Northrop Grumman Collaboration Project is an organization on campus funded by Northrop Grumman that collaborates with various industry members from Northrop Grumman and also a team from Cal Poly Pomona. As a whole club, we design and build a system of unmanned and remotely operated vehicles to complete different missions given to us by Northrop Grumman. We are accepting ALL MAJORS as long as you are motivated to be involved and learn new things. No experience is necessary. We have opportunities to connect with industry professionals and many alumni of the club go on to work in many various jobs with Northrop Grumman! Our first meeting with be Thursday, October 5th, at 11am in Bldg 20-145. We’ll be introducing the club and the various teams and we’ll also have some FREE DONUTS. Come on by and see if you’re interested! Email ngcp.calpoly@gmail.com with any questions.


MindSumo Kaneka Project

Mindsumo has partnered with employers to create projects that you can complete to get work experience, win prizes, and be hired for jobs and internships. The latest Kaneka Project is based on the question: “How can we utilize PHBH fiber to produce effective biodegradable products?” There will $1600 worth of prizes! Email questions to isha@mindsumo.com. For more information and to participate, visit here!


sandia national laboratories: DOE Peer review & Recruiting session  |  Oct 9-10  |  San Diego, CA

Sandia presents a great opportunity to engage in peer review and participate in a recruiting session.  Learn more here.


2018 Solar Regatta Competition - Application Due Nov 1

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is hosting their 7th Annual California Solar Regatta Competition. This event is a great way to introduce engineering, material management and renewable energy to students. The college competition will take place on May 5, 2018. You may indicate your interest in competing by completing the application found on pages 6 and 7 in the attached welcome packet. Be sure to complete all required information, including the secondary contact and school administration signature, and email the application to Kaelin Sherrel at kaelin.sherrel@smud.org as a digital file. Please note applicants must apply by November 1, 2017.

For more information, please visit their website.


LEED Green Associate (GA) Training | Nov 6 | 6 PM – 10 PM | Bldg 13-109

Want to get involved in sustainability? Opportunities are plentiful and LEED is at the forefront! LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is simply a sustainability scorecard for green buildings. Buildings can become LEED Certified as can people! The LEED Green Associate is the only professional designation to show employers and clients you have certified knowledge in the field. To date, this course and its materials have proven to be instrumental in helping over 8000 students pass their respective exam at a 100% pass rate. This course meets the exam’s eligibility requirements and the USGBC charges a $100 (reduced for students) fee for the actual exam which can be taken at any time at your nearest Prometric center. Save money by reserving your spot today and make a positive difference in your career!

Early-Bird Cost: $300 ($200 for full time students). Register for the class here, and take a look at this brochure for more information!

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