Winter Wk 5 Announcements



Guest Speaker in MATE 210-04  |  Feb 14  | 6-8 PM  |  Bldg 186-C100 - NEW!

Eric Paton – MATE alumni and newest part-time MATE lecturer – has seats for 30+ students to join his 2/14/18 class to hear his father, Dr. Neil Paton, speak.  Check out his resume and come join the MATE 210-04 lecture if you’re free!

MATE Clubs: Dr. Paton might be available to also come speak at club meetings.


Former Disneyland Imagineer Tony Baxter to speak at Cal Poly  |  Feb 9  |  7 pm  |  sPANOS tHEATRE - NEW!

Former Disneyland ride designer Tony Baxter, whose work helped shape the modern theme parks, will speak at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, in the Spanos Theatre on campus. A Disney fan since his youth, Baxter was hired in 1970 as field art director for the Magic Kingdom’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea attraction. Baxter, the former senior vice president of creative development in Walt Disney Imagineering, assisted in the design and construction of popular Disneyland attractions, including Splash Mountain, Star Tours and the Indiana Jones Adventure. He will speak about his experience in ride design at Disney theme parks, including the ways art and storytelling meet with engineering and architecture to create entertainment attractions. The talk, part of the CLA Speaks series, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Todd J. Pierce at ext. 6-2585 or


February Diversity and Inclusion Events - NEW!

  • “Taste of the World" | Feb 7 | 1PM - 3PM | Campus Market: The CP International Center is hosting a free festival to give Cal Poly students a "taste of the world" with international foods and performances
  • International Symposium | ATL Bldg 007 | 11AM - 12:30PM: Featuring Mohamed Abdel-Kader, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for International and Foreign Language Education at the US Department of Education.  Come learn from his address on Why International Education & Languages Matter!
  • Lunar New Year Celebration | Feb 12 | 7PM - 9PM | Chumash: This is a family fun event that strives to encourage awareness on Lunar New Year across Asia, through fun pamphlets, various crafts, and food. The Multicultural Center are excited to honor and recognize this great holiday!
  • "Exposing Hidden Bias" Training | Feb 14 | 2PM – 4PM | Bldg 36-105: This workshop brings attention to the unconscious biases we all possess and provides some strategies for overcoming the impact in our work and relationships. Learn about diversity and inclusion at Cal Poly, how to recognize areas where unconscious bias may surface, identify strategies for avoiding bias, and learn about resources available for additional learning and involvement. Register on Skillsoft

For more information and events, visit the Office of Diversity and Inclusion website!


LSAMP Research Scholars Program – Apply by FEB 9NEW!

Looking to fund your summer undergraduate research experience? LSAMP has the opportunity to fund up to three LSAMP participants for summer undergraduate research. Participants will be select to receive a $3000 stipend for summer 2018.

The Cal Poly LSAMP Program provides financial support & assistance, advising, networking & community building, professional development, and various other opportunities for its students. To help with LSAMP's Research Scholars Program application process, LSAMP will be hosting a URE Stipend Drop-in Info Session on Wed. 1/31 from 1-5:00p in offices 25-121, 25-122, & 25-129.  You are welcome to stop by at your convenience or request an appointment here. Check out the website for more details!


Innovation Quest 2018 – Apply by March 23New!

Have an idea that's been keeping you awake at night and been looking for some motivation to turn it into a reality? 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.

People working on teams that need additional help will have an opportunity to present their project and recruit people. If you don't have an idea, but want to join a team, you'll have a chance to network with teams and tell them about how you can help them win this competition. Come stop by the information session and check out the flyer for more details!

  • iQ Information Session: Jan 30 | 6 PM | Bldg 02-210


CPConnect Project Funding Opportunity – Apply by Feb 5 - NEW!

The Cal Poly Interdisciplinary Projects Program (CPConnect) facilitates donor sponsored interdisciplinary projects for faculty and students. The mission is to provide a link between donors and resources that are available at Cal Poly to ensure that projects are properly funded and have the technical expertise required for completion. All projects that enable students to explore the integration of technologies to solve problems will be considered. Proposals can include funding for equipment, materials/supplies, and travel to conferences and competitions. The typical range for requested funds should be in the $500 to $5,000 range. For more details, see the attached Request for Project Proposals, or go to the CPConnect website.  Please note that proposals must be submitted using the "Proposal Template”, which can be found on the website. If you have any questions, please contact the Director of Interdisciplinary Projects, Dr. Lily Laiho (



Project Meetings | Mondays | 7PM - 9 PM: Feel free to try out different project teams and be sure to introduce yourselves to the PMs if you’re new to EWB! Here are the team room locations: Fiji (Room 14-249), Malawi (Room 14-247), Local Projects (Room 26-123), Nicaragua (Room 192-224), Thailand (Room 186-C200)

Sustainability Task Force (STF) | Mondays | 6PM - 7PM | Bldg 26-104: STF is open to everyone and is a space to identify problems in EWB and collectively create solutions to improve our club. 

Tea Time | Mondays | 11AM - 12PM | Library by Fishbowls: Tea Time is a time to chat with the president and vice president about anything and everything. It’s basically open office hours and we’d love to see you! Look out for our EWB shirts/boxes of tea!

IMPACT | Tuesdays | 11AM - 12PM | Library 216Q (fishbowls): IMPACT organizes volunteering events that unite EWB members and fellow Cal Poly students with local nonprofits dedicated to the community EWB Cal Poly knows and loves.  

1st Officer Board Sit-in| Wednesday | 6PM - 7:30PM: Interested in taking a leadership role in EWB? If so, EWB invites you to sit in an officer board meeting so you can see how the club is run and if it is something you might be interested in doing! If you're interested, sign up here! The following days are available for sit in: Wed 2/7, Wed 2/28. 

Post Disaster Community Resettlement Talk | feb 9 | 10AM - 11:30AM | Bldg Kennedy 111H: Ryan Alaniz, the Nicaragua Team's long term mentor, will be discussing his book exploring post-disaster community resettlement and the differences in outcomes according to the variety of relief aid given. 



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. 

We have applications opening for a team building a Filament Reclaimer for our 3D printers. We are also planning a multi meeting Arduino workshop beginning 1/30! This will go over everything you need to know to program and build basic Arduino projects. If you’re interested in either, please email us to sign up!.

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

Check out our newsletter!


Fulbright Workshop | March 8 | 11:10AM - 12PM | Bldg 52-E46 - NEW!

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program includes fully funded international opportunities for graduate study, research, creative arts practice, teaching assistantships in English, digital storytelling projects, public policy fellowships, and ethnomusicology research. Join us to learn about Fulbright awards for graduating seniors and graduate students. We will discuss the application and selection processes and provide advice on how to submit a competitive application. The workshop is open to all students and is best suited for juniors, seniors, and current grad students. If you are unable to attend, contact Dr. Cari Vanderkar (, and for more info visit the CP Study Abroad website!




The Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Fellowship – Apply by FEB 23

In 2017-18, the California Pre-Doctoral Program will award funds to approximately 73 juniors, seniors and graduate students in the CSU. These funds are designed to enable current students to explore and prepare to succeed in doctoral programs in their chosen field of study. Awards are based on competitive review of student applications and are given to students who demonstrate academic excellence while having experienced economic or educational disadvantage, as well as committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level. All matriculated students enrolled on a CSU campus are eligible to participate.

Please keep in mind that students graduating Spring 2018 will not be eligible for this award. Students must have a faculty mentor to apply for this program.  The student will work directly with the campus coordinator on the Cal Poly SLO campus, Dr. Richard Savage (, and their faculty mentor. Dr. Richard Savage will be able to give the student access to the online application.


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!




UCSD Engineers for Exploration Summer 2018 REU – Apply by Feb 16NEW!

The University of California, 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 flyer and website. Please feel free to email if you have any questions.


NAVAIR Recruiting Opportunity - NEW!

MATE alumni David Arenas is directly hiring for the NAVAIR Engineer Scientist Development Program (ESDE). This program is geared towards entry-level engineer and science professionals interested in becoming full-performance level engineers. If you are interested, contact David ( directly about your interests, qualification, and availability.


College of Engineering Peer Advisor Opportunity – New!

Are you looking for an on-campus job that allows you to interact with students, staff, and faculty, allows you to be innovative and creative, and looks great on a resume? Engineering Student Services is hiring peer advisors! It's a great on-campus job for students who like supporting other students. The peer advisor position serves as the first contact for students, parents, or university faculty/staff. For more information, take a look at the flyer and online on Handshake!


MRSEC Summer Research Programs – Apply by Feb 15 New!

The University of Minnesota MRSEC will provide up to 25 full-time summer research positions to undergraduate students during the summer of 2018. Program benefits include: $5000 stipend, $1000 research supply fund, independent research project, professional development activities, hands-on access to world-class instrumentation facilities, visits to industrial partners and academic/national labs, travel grants for post-participation conference attendance, exposure to wide variety of research projects and diverse participant base. The program takes place from June 4-August 10. Students in all STEM majors are encouraged to apply. Additional information and applications for all of the programs can be found on the website.  Check out the programs:


University of Louisville REU - Apply by FEB 15NEW!

The University of Louisville J.B. Speed School of Engineering welcomes students this summer to join their research experience for undergraduates Micro/Nano Manufacturing program called “Interdisciplinary Micro/Nano Manufacturing Program Addressing Challenges Today (Impact)”. The goal of IMPACT is to recruit and train next-generation students into the interdisciplinary field of advanced micro/nano-manufacturing through exciting hands-on research projects which demonstrate how this remarkable miniaturization technology can be used to create new devices and systems capable of "impacting" the grand challenges of today in energy, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, security and the environment. For more info, take a look at the poster and visit the website!


University of Houston Materials for sustainability in energy and manufacturing reu - Apply by march 9NEW! 

The University of Houston is offering an REU during the Summer of 2018. Spend ten weeks this summer performing research in sustainability in the Cullen College of Engineering at UH — and earn a $5,000 stipend! For more info, check out the flyer and visit the website!


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

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!


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


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!



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!




College of Engineering and Computer Science at University of Central Florida (UCF) Ph.D. Opportunities - NEW!

The College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Central Florida (UCF) will be adding 100 new funded PhD students across 6 Departments including Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) in Fall 2018. They are looking to recruit high quality students for this program. If you are interested in applying, take a look at the flyer and application website for more info.


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


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:

  • 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:




Semester at Sea Info Session |March 1 | 11:10AM - 12PM | Bldg 52-E46

This program achieves a global comparative approach to study abroad using a ship as its traveling campus and sailing to multiple ports around the world. Students take a full load of courses aboard the ship, which is equipped with classrooms, lecture halls, a library, cafeterias, study lounges, fitness center, swimming pool, and more. During each semester-long program, the ship stops at 10-12 ports around the world, allowing students to have a truly international and global opportunity that is incomparable to any other study abroad experience. Check out the flyer and stop by the information session if you are interested!



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.




NSERC CREATE Quanta Program

The NSERC CREATE program, called Quanta (Quantum Nanotechnology Training in Alberta), is held jointly between the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary. This program is specifically designed for incoming graduate students that have an interest in developing the next generation of quantum technologies. Students can work with truly state-of-the-art equipment, such as dry dilution refrigerators, ultra-cold atom machines, Canada's best nanofabrication facilities, and a metropolitan fiber network. In addition to a rigorous academic education, graduate students will receive enhanced professional development training, to ensure that they are ready to excel in industry. For more information and to apply, see the attached poster and brochure and visit the website!  


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


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