Winter Week 1 Announcements

Welcome back MatEs!  We hope your holiday celebrations were merry and that you are recharged with lots of sleep and good food. 

MATE's Newest Arrival: Our Updated Website!

Look around. Let Lisa know what you think. More updates and additions to come.

Special thanks to Denise Garcia, LAES, who helped add special features like accordions and icons that link to other pages!



MATE-a-Palooza!  |  1/21 (Sat)  |  12-4 PM  |  I-fields (near Grand Ave parking structure)

On behalf of ASMu, all MatEs are invited to the first annual MATE-a-Palooza! Have fun with your MatEs with a round-robin style tournament with many fun competitions. Activities include 3-legged race, ultimate frisbee, food eating contest, trivia, and much more. Everyone will be on a team, and the winning team will get a prize! Lunch will be provided! The event is FREE for all MATE students and faculty/staff. If you would like to bring guests, please let one of us know.

RSVP at:


EWB Winter Showcase  |  1/24 (T)  |  7-9 PM

This event is a great opportunity to meet EWB team members, talk with professionals from industry, and listen to speakers share their stories about humanitarian work and engineering. Dinner will be provided by Cal Poly's own Real Food Cooperative. Ticket sales will run until January 14th but RSVP as soon as possible to ensure a spot!
Buy tickets here!


EWB Evening with Industry  |  1/26 (R)  |  5-9 PM  |  Avial Beach Golf Resort

Evening With Industry (EWI) is an opportunity for students to network with companies in their respective field of study and to recognize deserving Cal Poly students and faculty. The first hour of EWI consists of a networking session in which all attendees can interact, ask questions, and learn about various company opportunities. The evening continues with dinner, during which attendees sit at a company table of their choosing, a keynote speaker gives a few words, and scholarships and awards are presented.

EWI 2017 Sign-ups:  SWE General Meeting  |  1/11  |  6 PM  |  ATL
$15 - SWE Member
s  |  $30 – Non members



ASM-LA Chapter Scholarship Application – Apply by Feb 28

The LA Chapter of ASM International is offering multiple merit-based scholarships for undergraduate students living in SoCal area served by the Los Angeles, San Fernando, Orange Coast and former South Bay Chapters of ASM.

Applicants must have a major in Materials Science/Metallurgy/Materials Engineering or a Science and Engineering major with emphasis in Materials Science and must be continuing undergraduate study in Fall 2017. High school seniors and college freshman students who express a desire to have such a degree are also encouraged to apply.

Scholarships will be awarded to students who have demonstrated strength in academics as well as leadership and character. Students must be US Citizens or legal residents living or attending school in the area served by the Southern California ASM Chapters. Applicants may receive consecutive awards and may apply in consecutive years. Scholarship amounts will range from $1000 to $7000.

Awardees will be required to provide a 5-10 minute presentation at one of our technical meetings or the ASM Scholarship Golf Tournament in June, and will also become (1 year complimentary) student members of ASM International or Materials Advantage.

Find the application on the MATE Communicator PolyLearn site.


Raytheon’s AOC Spectrum Visualization Challenge Abstracts/Storyboards due Mar 31

How would you like the opportunity to earn a scholarship, develop your future professional network and have something you imagined broadly published? The AOC Spectrum Visualization Challenge (SVC), sponsored by Raytheon, may be for you! The SVC challenge is to visually represent and explain electronic warfare (EW), which takes place within the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS). 

Up to $5,000 in scholarship money.

Learn more at:




Materials Engineering Laboratory Technician WANTED

Anamet, inc. provides materials engineering analysis and laboratory testing services to a diverse base of industries, government entities, and law firms. Anamet’s core competencies include Materials Failure Analysis, Mechanical and Metallurgical Testing, and Chemical Analysis. Anamet has built long-term relationships with our clients by consistently delivering practical, timely, and cost-effective solutions to their testing and engineering evaluation needs.

Anamet Inc. is currently seeking a full-time (40 hrs per week) Materials Engineering Laboratory Technician. See more on MATE’s LinkedIn group page:  Cal Poly SLO - Materials Engineering.


EPIC Summer 2017: Looking for Leaders

Cal Poly EPIC is looking for Leaders who are interested in teaching labs at the 2017 summer engineering camp called EPIC (Engineering Possibilities In College). This year we have added an extra week to the program which means we are looking for more labs. This also means there is a wider selection of dates that could fit into your schedule. You have the creativity to design any lab you want and the option to teach as many or as few labs sections as you like this summer. Each 2 hour lab provides 20 students with a Learn by Doing opportunity. Students are accompanied by two Cal Poly student counselors and trained lab assistants are available to help with activities and set-up. This year’s EPIC dates are as follows:

  • Session 1: Grades 7-9 July 9th-14th
  • Session 2: Grades 10-11 July 16th- 21st
  • Session 3: Grade 11- 12 July 23rd-28th
  • Session 4: Grade 11- 12 July 30th- August 4th

Many of you have taught a lab before and we really have appreciated having your activity available for the students to enjoy. We hope you would like to teach labs again at the 2017 EPIC. To those of you who are new to EPIC we hope you will sign up to teach labs as it is a great experience to get students excited about your particular field of engineering. If you have any questions please contact us at or 756-6579.
EPIC Lab submissions:


Caltech Wave Fellows Applications due Jan 10

The WAVE Fellows program provides support for talented undergraduates intent on pursuing a Ph.D. to conduct a 10-week summer research project at Caltech. The WAVE Fellows program aims to foster diversity by increasing the participation of underrepresented students in science and engineering Ph.D. programs and to make Caltech's programs more visible and accessible to students not traditionally exposed to Caltech.

Eligibility: Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors and must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required.

Learn more:


Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) Internships – Applications due Jan 13

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 17 participating DOE laboratories/facilities. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.

Application information at:


2017 Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science Summer Research Institute Applications due Jan 17

The Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science (E3S). E3S is a Science and Technology Center (STC) funded by the National Science Foundation and is a consortium of world class academic institutions (University of California, Berkeley, MIT, Stanford, The University of Texas at El Paso, and Florida International University). We’re hosting the 2017 E3S Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates.  

Research Areas: Nanoelectronics, Nanophotonics, Nanomechanics, Nanomagnetics

9 weeks of research experience, graduate school advising, guest speakers, lab tours, field trips, $4000 stipend plus room and board, and travel allowance

For more information and link to apply:


Florida State University High Performance Materials Institute Summer 2017 REUs – Applications due Jan 30

The Florida State University High Performance Materials Institute and supporting FAMU-FSU College of Engineering is pleased to announce that application to our two concurrent summer Research Experience for Undergraduates programs for students pursuing STEM related degrees is now open:

  • Diversity in Research and Engineering of Advanced Materials (DREAM)
  • Retaining Engineers Through Research Entrepreneurship and Advanced-Materials Training (RETREAT)

Program will be held from May 29 to August 4, 2017.These programs offer an excellent opportunity for students to extend their research experience as an undergraduate.


  • Undergraduates from all STEM disciplines who are US citizens or permanent residents can apply.
  • Women & minority students are especially encouraged to apply.

View more information at: and


University of Michigan C-PHOM REU Program – Applications due Feb 1

The Summer 2017 C-PHOM REU Program will run from June 4 to August 11, 2017. The program provides undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents with an opportunity to conduct ten weeks of summer research with faculty and students in the fields of nanophotonics, nanomaterials, and nanophysics. Opportunities are available in experiment, theory, and computation. Applicants are required to provide transcripts and 2 letters of recommendation.

Fill out the on-line application at C-PHOM REU Application.

For full consideration, applications should be received by February 1.

Learn more at:


Northwestern University 2017 Summer REU in Nanotechnology Applications due Feb 2

Women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

IIN REU participants engage in full-time research over an eight-week period in the summer, attending regular group meetings that provide an opportunity to share their progress and gain a broad overview of a wide array of scientific projects. Additional activities include special lectures, a field trip to Argonne National Laboratory, an individual writing workshop, a public speaking seminar, and a summer picnic. At the end of the summer, each student completes a substantive research paper and presents their research accomplishments at a Closing Symposium.

REU participants receive a $4,200 stipend, round-trip airfare, a meal plan, and housing in Northwestern dormitories.  Apply by Feb 2.

Learn more at:


UC San Diego REU  – Applications due Feb 15

UC San Diego is currently taking applications for a 10-week paid summer undergraduate Engineering internship! The UC San Diego Engineers for Exploration program is a full-time research experience that provides the unique experience of developing technology to drive future exploration. You will be working and collaborating with explorers and conservationists at organizations such as the San Diego Zoo, National Geographic, El Zotz Maya Archaeological Site, Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute, California Wolf Center, and Scripps Institution of Oceanography. For more information, please visit our website:

Application website:

Email jmatsuda@eng.ucsd.eduif you have any questions.


Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates at Northwestern University Applications due Feb 15

The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at Northwestern University offers a 9-week, paid summer research experience for undergraduates. Students are paired up with some of the leading research professors in science and engineering fields. Research areas include ceramics, polymers, nanocomposites, photonics, nanoparticles, molecular electronics and biomaterials. While there are many REU programs, the NU-MRSEC stands out in offering students an interdisciplinary research experience.

Students currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in science or engineering who are US citizens or permanent residents are eligible. The program dates this year are June 19 to August 18. Applications are due Feb. 15. Participants are paid a $4500 stipend, a travel allowance, and on-campus housing is provided.

For more information, please visit our website:

If you have any questions, contact us at


University of Minnesota Materials Research Science and Engineering Center Summer Programs Applications due Feb 15

The University of Minnesota is offering 10 week summer programs that provide outstanding educational and research experience in materials science and engineering to faculty and students from undergraduate institutions. MRSEC faculty represent six departments within the College of Science and Engineering which makes the MRSEC uniquely able to match students from varying backgrounds with appropriate faculty mentors and research projects. Students in all STEM majors are encouraged to apply for these summer programs.

Lean more at:

All applications and application materials should be submitted electronically through the web site


Caltech Amgen Scholars Applications due Feb 15

Caltech's Amgen Scholars Program is geared towards students in biology, chemistry, and biotechnology fields. Some of these fields include biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering, and chemistry.

Eligibility: Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors, must be attending a four-year university in the US, and must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required.

Learn more:


University of Nebraska Summer Research Program Applications due Mar 1

The University of Nebraska’s summer program offers research opportunities in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields in addition to an interdisciplinary Minority Health Disparities program aimed at converting cutting edge social and behavioral research into an understanding and reduction of health disparities among minorities.

During the Nebraska Summer Research Program, students receive first-hand exposure to research and the experience of graduate school. They work closely with faculty mentors and research teams of graduate students and other summer scholars. Priority review begins February 1 and all applications must be completed by March 1.

Learn more:




DOE NNSA Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship – Applications due Jan 11

Applications are being received for the Krell Institute’s Dept. of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship.  Learn more at:


ACS Southern California Undergraduate Research Conference  |  4/29 |  UCLA

The UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is hosting the 2017 ACS Southern California Undergraduate Research Conference on April 29! This is a great opportunity for undergraduate students to present their research and receive recognition. If you have any questions, please direct them to Dr. Thomas Cahoon at:




Study in China with IME: Summer 2017 - Info Session on 1/13 (F)  |  3-4 PM  |  192-220

Students will take three courses: IME 326, IME 430, and IME 471. IME 326 is one of MATE support courses and IME 430 and IME 471 are approved technical electives.

Tour manufacturing companies in China including Boeing Co. in Shanghai, which makes Boeing 737, plant tour of Sunny Optical Technologies, the No. 2 cellphone camera manufacturer in the world, and others.Five days of excursions are integrated in this program including majors sites in Hangzhou, Shanghai, and Suzhou.

The Engineering in China 2017 study abroad application is open and available at The application deadline is Feb 1.

We will review each application as it is completed and an admission recommendation will be made soon after. The final admission decision will be made by the International Center no later than Feb. 15, 2017.


Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST): TC Graham Prize – Applications due Jan 21

AIST sponsors an annual competition called the T.C. Graham Prize, which awards a US$20,000 cash prize to an individual or team (up to four people) for a good idea . . . make something new out of steel. Students from any academic discipline are eligible to participate.


AIST’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition: Free conference registration for students – Register by Apr 17

AISTech (annual meeting and exhibition) will be held May 7–11 in Nashville. It’s the largest annual gathering of steel industry personnel in the world! Conference registration is free for full-time students who register by 17 April.

All full-time students who register by 1 April will automatically receive a US$250 travel grant (paid onsite at the conference).

The student events include contests with great cash prizes, a plant tour, and a reception with recruiters from the major steel companies. The AIST Foundation also underwrites a 50% discount on conference registration for faculty members (deducted when you register online).


Winter 2017: BRAE/HNRS 450Solar Photovoltaic System Engineering

Lecture: MWF 2:10-3:00 PM,  Lab: F 11:10 AM -2:00 PM

Taught by Dr. Art MacCarley:   (along with guest lecturers)

Course topics include the physics of solar energy, solar site planning, electrical and mechanical design, regulatory approval and permit processes, government and utility incentives, financial return-on-investment analysis, component specification and practical installation experience.

The project-based laboratory will involve the students in the installation of a residential or commercial (community service) system and/or an on-campus grid-tie system.  No textbook. Library and web research will be required.

Course is open-enrollment at discretion of the student. Basic engineering knowledge and some prior hands-on project experience will be expected.


Winter 2017: IME 427 – Design of Experiments

This is a very useful course for improving processes (both in manufacturing industry and service industry through process characterization and optimization), that will enable you to design effective and efficient experiments, analyze experimental data correctly, and draw valid and objective conclusions.

Lecture: WF 12:10 to 1:30pm , Lab:  M 9:10am - 12:00pm
Course descriptions: Experimental design principles. Simple comparative experiments. One-way ANOVA. Randomized block design. Factorial designs and the 2k factorial design. Fractional factorial designs. Response surface methodology. Design projects using real world problems. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory.
If you have any questions, contact Dr.
Nian Cheng:


Winter 2017:  IME 458 – Microelectronics and Electronics Packaging

Materials, processes, and reliability of microelectronics and electronics packaging, surface mount assembly and printed circuit board fabrication. Organic substrates and ceramic substrates. Mechanical design, thermal, and electrical considerations in electronic packaging. Design for manufacturability. Overview of optoelectronics packaging and other emerging technologies in microelectronics and electronic packaging. Project on design and manufacture of an electronic device. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory.

Cross-listed as CPE 488 / IME 458/ MATE 458   |   Prerequisite: EE 112 or EE 201. Recommended: MATE 210   |   4 units

Winter 2017:  Tech Breadth Electives for MATEs

If you still need to fulfill your Tech Breadth Electives, Cal Poly is currently offering 3 under-enrolled WGS courses during Winter 2017 that will count towards this requirement:

WGS 401-01: Intimate Partner Violence & Sexual Assault -- Theory, Research, Policy, Advocacy  | MW 8:10-10am

This course may count towards a portion of the hours necessary to become a California Certified Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Crisis Counselor with RISE. The Instructor will provide additional information.

Contact Kayley for a permission number.

ART/WGS 316: Women as Subject & Object in Art History  |  TR 9:10-11am

Students who do not meet course prerequisites should contact to discuss enrollment options.

HIST/WGS 435: U.S. Women's History from 1870  | MW 4:40-6pm

Students who do not meet course prerequisites should contact to discuss enrollment options.



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