Winter Wk 1 Announcements



Volunteer at the VEX Robotics Competition  | Jan 26-27

Cal Poly Society of Women Engineers is looking for volunteers for the annual VEX Robotics Competition on January 26-27, 2018. We will welcome 40+ robotics teams to compete in this year's game, "In the Zone."

Complete this form to be put on the volunteer list. An official sign-up link to volunteer will be emailed in December. If you have any additional questions, please contact


Cal Poly Packaging Career Fair | Feb 21 | 4PM – 7PM | Chumash Auditorium (Bldg 65)

Registration opened December 1 through MustangJOBS. This 2nd annual event offers you the chance to network with highly sought-after students from Cal Poly's prestigious packaging program, who are specifically seeking full-time, part-time, internship and summer opportunities in packaging industry.

We look forward to your participation and helping you meet your recruitment needs. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or if we may help in any way.



QL+ SA is a multidisciplinary student run association dedicated to improving the lives of those in need. General meetings are every Tuesday from 6-7 PM in our lab in building 192.

If you have any questions please feel free to email us at

Check out our newsletter!




CFMA Engineering Scholarship - Apply by Jan 31 

The Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) is welcoming applications for a $2,500 per year, two year scholarship to be awarded to a Cal Poly engineering major.  The scholarship is for a junior who is a declared engineering major with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.  It will be awarded in the second half of the school year (likely sometime in Q1 of 2018.) 

Each applicant is asked to complete a two page essay discussing why he or she chose to major in engineering and plans for post-graduation.  Each applicant should also provide a copy of a current transcript. 

Complete applications must be received by January 31, 2018.

Applicants should send all information via email or postal mail to:

Mr. Kevin Re, CFMA Scholarship Chairman

1255 Battery Street, Suite 450 | San Francisco, CA 94111

415.288-1636 | m415.391.1500| f415.391.1869


The Materials Handling Education Foundation Scholarship - Apply by March 31 

The Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. ( is an independent charitable organization established in 1976 with a mission to promote the study of material handling, logistics and supply chains by exposing students and educators to the industry through financial support. The Foundation will offer scholarship award opportunities to students who are committed to studying material handling, supply chain and logistics for the 2018/2019 academic term. Scholarship awards range from $1,500 to $6,000 and are made up of funds from the Foundation and the Howard Bernstein Industrial Distribution Scholarship Program.

See the attached flyer for more information!




Summer Internship with HP 3D Printing - NEW!

Rachael Donovan (MATE Class of 2015) will be representing HP 3D Printing at the Career Fair on Jan. 24. HP is looking for a 3rd or 4th year student – a  background in polymers and understanding of different analytical tools is a big plus – to do a summer internship with them.

Get dressed up and take your resume to Rachel on the 24th!

Job Description for 3D Materials Intern:

  • Contribute to the development of 3D Printing materials for HP's Multi Jet Fusion technology.
  • Work with existing materials and product team to develop and implement technical solutions to customer problems.
  • Develop printer "recipes" to apply agents and fusing energy to materials to improve part quality.
  • Develop unique 3D applications tailored for specific markets/customers.

Education and Experience Required:

  • High School Degree + 3rd Year of University completed in an Engineering field: Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, or Materials Science.


Job Opening with LeFiell Manufacturing - NEW!

LeFiell Manufacturing, an ESOP company, has an opening available for a candidate who would like to work with  Aerospace alloys making forgings and specialty tube products in the Los Angeles area. We have captive heat treat and NDT facilities, along with our primary business of forming; forging, roll forming, swaging and extruding. We are experiencing extensive growth in our technical process areas and need an individual who wants to grow as we grow.

The candidate could have no experience to 5 years’ experience in the Materials or Metal Processing industries, enjoys customer interaction with Boeing, Pratt & Whitney and most primes. Must be organized and have very good communication skills.

To apply either call or email a resume to:

Ed Martinez (MATE Class of 1979), Director of Quality

13700 Firestone Blvd

Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670

Phone: (562) 921-3411 ext. 330

Fax: (562) 926-1714


CHEM Learning Assistant Jobs for Spring - Applications Due Jan 19 - New!

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry will be hiring over 40 Learning Assistants for Spring term. A Learning Assistant is more than just an ISA or a grader. Learning Assistants work with faculty to facilitate student discussion and problem solving while they receive training in working with students, and significant experience in teaching in a college classroom. This experience would be particularly useful for those of you who are considering secondary or university teaching as a career. In addition, most graduate students, regardless of career path, will spend some of their graduate career as teaching assistants, and this experience will also be invaluable preparation.

The duties of the Learning Assistants will be to:

1) attend 6 hours of CHEM 110, 124, 125, 127, 128 studio per week, 
2) assist the instructor in class with course activities,
3) grade lab reports (~1.5 hrs/week) with the other assistant in your section, and
4) attend a Monday Evening, 6-8PM weekly group meeting with all the instructors and other learning assistants to discuss course teaching objectives, go over the nuts-and-bolts of the next week's lab activities, and discuss issues in facilitating student learning.

Step 1:  Go to and use the arrows in the upper right hand corner to navigate to the Spring 2018 schedule.  Then, look up the classes you plan to take and their times. It is CRUCIAL that you accurately let us know when you will NOT be available in the Spring. Failure to accurately tell us your schedule may exclude you from the program.

Step 2: Fill out the application, by January 19 at the following URL: and attend an informational meeting on 1/18 or 1/19 at 11AM in 180-338.  In the SPRING, you must be available on Mondays from 6-8 PM for our CHEM 466 required weekly meetings.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Alan Kiste.


Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering REU - Apply by FEB 15 - NEW!

The Vanderbilt Institute for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE) brings ten students each summer to campus to work closely with VINSE faculty on research projects in cutting edge areas of nanoscale science and engineering.  This summer program is funded by the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) program.  Participation in the program provides students with a true interdisciplinary research experience in an environment where physicists, chemists, biologists, and all engineers collaboratively solve problems and create new scientific understanding. Each student works directly with VINSE faculty members and their research groups and has access to the VINSE laboratories, which are shared facilities available to all authorized users. For more info, visit the website!



The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is now accepting application for its Summer Research Program. This 10-week residential summer research experience that provides mentoring and research participation while allowing scholars to preview graduate school life at a Research1 university. Participants all receive competitive stipends, room and board, travel/transport, graduate school preparation workshops, social and networking activities, and more. For more information, visit their website and apply here!


HERE at ORNL for Undergraduates – Apply by Feb 1 

Higher Education Research Experiences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (HERE at ORNL) provides research opportunities and associated activities for undergraduate students. The program is designed to complement academic programs by utilizing the unique resources of ORNL to enhance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, encourage careers in science and technology, and improve scientific literacy, while at the same time contributing to the Laboratory mission. For more information, check out the website!


SURE 2017 with USC Viterbi School of Engineering - Apply by Feb 5 - NEW!

This REU program allows talented students completing their Sophomore or Junior year the opportunity to spend summer break working alongside USC’s world-class faculty on cutting-edge research in engineering and computer science. Participants will gain valuable research experience and receive a stipend for living expenses in Los Angeles. Housing and transportation will also be provided.

Interested students are encouraged to visit our SURE webpage to review available research projects for 2018 and to start an application:


Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates at Northwestern University – Deadline 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 matched with leading research professors in science and engineering fields. Research areas include ceramics, polymers, nanocomposites, photonics, nanoparticles, molecular electronics and biomaterials. The program dates for 2018 are June 18 to August 17. Participants are paid a $4500 stipend, receive a travel allowance, and are provided with on-campus housing. Visit the website to apply and direct any questions to


US Department of Energy Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) - Deadline Jan 12

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.

The SULI program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s, Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) in collaboration with the DOE laboratories/facilities. For more information about this opportunity, visit the website!


aBBOTt Materials Engineering Co-op 2018

Abbott is seeking a hands-on, proactive, high caliber Materials Technology co-op student to support full time engineers and scientists in the execution of materials-focused, medical device research and development. The candidate will utilize engineering concepts and processes to perform assignments of various scope and complexity towards developing and implementing solutions for routine to complex problems. For more information, download the co-op full description!



Johns Hopkins University is offering a few opportunities for students to apply for paid summer research programs at the Institute for Nanobiotechnology for Summer 2018. Here are some of the programs they are offering:

REU in Nanotechnology for Biology and Engineering - Students majoring in the STEM fields participate in research projects in the exciting and rapidly growing area of nanobiotechnology, a place where biology, medicine, and nanotech meet. Students receive hands-on graduate level laboratory research experience and guidance from faculty and graduate student mentors.

Rosetta Commons REU - Interns in this geographically-distributed REU program have the opportunity to participate in research using Rosetta Commons software. The Rosetta Commons software suite includes algorithms for computational modeling and analysis of protein structures. It has enabled notable scientific advances in computational biology, including de novo protein design, enzyme design, ligand docking, and structure prediction of biological macromolecules and macromolecular complexes. Students learn the inner details of the Rosetta C++ code and community coding environment. Students research in a molecular modeling and design laboratory, developing new algorithms and discovering new science.



Applied Materials is actively recruiting upcoming graduates for our Engineering Rotation Program and Direct-Hire Positions in the Santa Clara, CA office. Interested candidates are directed to email a PDF copy of their resume to with the subject line “Cal Poly New Grad Applicant.” Any questions about the company or positions may also be directed to this address.

We are also actively recruiting summer 2018 interns! The official summer 2018 internships will be opening between January – March, however candidates can already submit an application online to their pipeline requisition (listed on the attached flyer). Any questions can again be emailed to

Here are some of the open positions:

For more information, take a look at this flyer!




UC MERCED MACES Graduate Recruitment

With the help of a $5 million award from NASA, UC Merced has established MACES (Merced nAnomaterials Center for Energy and Sensing), a nexus for promoting functional nanomaterial-based research and education. MACES faculty members are looking for highly motivated students with strong academic performance to join us for Ph.D. graduate study. Students who participate in our program would benefit from multidisciplinary research training, guidance by two mentors, usually from multiple majors (sometimes even from NASA), and access to state-of-the-art facilities. Furthermore, students who are U.S. citizens will have an opportunity to participate in NASA internships by working at NASA Research Centers. This will help further develop their research skills and serve as a stepping stone for future employment at NASA. For more info, check out the brochure, cover letter, and flyer! If you have any further questions, please contact


Tufts M.S. in Innovation and Management Program - APPLY BY JAN 15

Are you passionate about science, technology, engineering or math? Do you want to be an innovator or entrepreneur? Tufts M.S. in Innovation & Management program is for people who want to make things happen and who believe new solutions will solve our toughest challenges – and make this a better world. This one-year accelerated M.S. in Innovation and Management program is designed for STEM graduates who have a strong desire to innovate and are interested in gaining additional business, new product development, design thinking and leadership skills. For more information, take a look at the MSIM website, alumni profiles, and brochure.


USC Campus Previewing EVents - Apply by Feb 15

The Viterbi School of Engineering welcomes students from across the U.S. and Canada to explore graduate programs at the USC campus. These events provide students the opportunity to:

  • Tour the USC campus and the engineering facilities
  • Meet current students to learn about graduate student life
  • Interact with faculty and department staff for in-depth program details
  • Receive an application fee waiver to apply for graduate programs at the Viterbi School

Events include:

  • Master’s Preview Day  | Nov 10: Students with a background in engineering, math or science are welcome to attend to learn about Master’s degree programs offered by the Viterbi School. Travel grant stipends are available for highly qualified students. Learn more and register here
  • REACH Graduate Engineering Preview  April 12-13: Sophomores and juniors with a background in engineering, applied mathematics or physical science are invited to apply to REACH to learn more about graduate study (MS and PhD) at USC. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or Canadian citizens.This program is particularly geared toward students from backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in the field of engineering: African-American, Latino and Native American. Travel expenses to and from Los Angeles, lodging, and meals are subsidized by the Viterbi School.

Apply by February 15 at:




Engineering in China Information Session 

Interested in studying engineering in China? Attend one of these information sessions to learn more:

  • Jan 11 | 11:10 AM – 12 PM | Bldg 192-240
  • Jan 25 | 11:10 AM – 12 PM | Bldg 192-240

For additional information, check out the flyer!



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.




People of Color First Generation College Students Discussion Group: Winter - NEW!

Gain support, a sense of community, empowerment, resources, & validation through staff, guest speakers, & peers with similar experiences. Cultivate a new understanding of how your culture, race/ethnicity, and other identities affect your college experience and potentially your future professional career.

Get connected to other students who have shared similar experiences. Discover your strengths, personal attributes, power, and resources!

PSY 251-06: Mon 2:10-4 p.m. Location 27-139 Class# 8935

PSY 251-05: Tues 2:10-4 p.m. Location 27-139 Class# 8630

For permission codes please contact: Jeff Alexander


Study Sessions Available for Winter - NEW!

Study Session is committed to providing a supportive, non-lecture, collaborative group learning environment in STEM subjects, whereby students of all learning styles engage to thrive in their classes.  (Learn more here.)

Check out the Winter Study Session schedule


Lehigh Microscopy School CourseS SUmmer 2018 

Lehigh Microscopy School is offering courses this coming summer from June 3-8. There will also be a limited number of half-tuition scholarships available for full-time graduate students attending the microscopy courses in 2018. Some of the courses include:

  • Scanning Electron Microscopy and X-Ray Microanalysis
  • Introduction to SEM and EDS For the New Operator
  • Focused ION BEAM (FIB): Instrumentation and Applications
  • Problem Solving: Interpretation and Analysis of SEM/EDS/EBSD Data
  • Quantitative X-Ray Microanalysis: Problem Solving using EDS and WDS Techniques

For more information, visit their website


Innovation Quest 2017-2018 | Nov 15 | 6 PM - 7:30 PM | Bldg 2-210 - Deadline MarcH 23 

Have an idea that's been keeping you awake at night and been looking for some motivation to turn it into a reality? Been tinkering with a project and want to start building it into a potential career? Want to know more about the Innovation and Entrepreneurship scene at Cal Poly? Sign up for the 2018 Innovation Quest! There will be $30,000 in cash prizes for startups!

The first information session for the 13th annual Innovation Quest Competition is just around the corner. Join the growing community of Cal Poly students that used iQ as a springboard to turn a passion project into an entrepreneurial journey and took Learn By Doing to a whole new level. Apply by midnight on March 23! Check out the flyer for more information!

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