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2 Engineering Student Services 230 Bechtel Engineering Center (510) 642-7594 Hours: Monday-Thursday: 8am-5pm Fridays: 10am-5pm

3 Engineering Student Services (ESS) Academic Advising (including Peer Advising Program) Academic Learning Center (Tutoring) Drop-In Career Counseling Counseling & Psychological Services Satellite Office Leadership and Professional Development Programming Student Recruitment & Retention Broadening Participation to Leadership and Academic Excellence Student Organization Advising

4 An exciting field with opportunities to make the world a better place by solving real-life problems such as… Working in space Developing better mobility devices What is Engineering? Designing bridges Building dams Designing freeways Improving business processes Developing new medical technologies Making nuclear power safer Making structures safer in earthquakes Create cutting-edge computer hardware and software Inventing machines to explore other planets

5 What is Engineering? (con’t) Developing plastics Developing renewable energy sources Designing technologies to make life easier Building amazing structures Improving national security Creating electric vehicles Creating tourist attractions Developing pharmaceuticals Developing mind-controlled objects Improving transportation Creating video games & components Developing new methods of delivering medications

6 See themselves as designers, builders, researchers, and managers of technical enterprises Like to be challenged while also having fun! Are analytical thinkers who want to solve problems Have a solid foundation in math and science! Enjoy figuring out how things work work! Enjoy utilizing technology while developing efficient ways to improve quality of life with it

7 STEM Jobs Grow Faster, Pay Better STEM jobs grew at 3x rate of non-STEM jobs over past decade and are expected to continue to grow at higher- than-average rate over the next decade. (Business Journals as reported in ASEE “First Bell”, July 26, 2011) STEM workers earned 26% more than non-STEM workers. (Business Journals as reported in ASEE “First Bell”, July 26, 2011) “Over 1 million jobs in science & technology will open up in America this year, but only 200,000 new graduates will have the skills to fill them”. (CEO of Dow Chemical in The Economist, July 2011) 50% of Boeing engineers will be at retirement age in next 5 years (reported Boeing Senior VP during visit to Cal September 2011) President Obama’s Council on Jobs & Competitiveness will partner with academia & corps to yield 10,000 more engineering graduates per year in US (Announced early 2012)

8 Median Earnings with Bachelor’s Degree Source: Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (May 2011)

9 Median Earnings with Graduate Degree Source: Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (May 2011)

10 Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences75,833 Chemical Engineering67,300 Mechanical Engineering65,119 Civil Engineering60,502 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research59,885 Business Administration56,793 Economics56,784 Bioengineering54,143 Applied Mathematics53,925 Interdisciplinary Studies53,722 Integrative Biology53,500 Political Economy of Industrial Societies51,667 Political Science49,202 Environmental Economics & Policy48,563 Spanish & Portuguese48,000 Anthropology47,740 Mass Communications & Media Studies46,929 Cognitive Science46,333 Legal Studies42,357 Pyschology41,667 Molecular and Cell Biology40,123 History39,100 English38,718 Environmental Sciences29,330 Engineering Sciencen/a Material Science and Engineeringn/a Nuclear Engineeringn/a Average Starting Salaries of UCB Graduates Source: UCB Career Center annual survey 2009

11 Enrollment: 4,705 (3052 undergrads & 1653 graduate students) –Fall ‘11/Spring ‘12 freshmen class 35 states & 25 other countries: Bahrain, Canada, Chile, China, France, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Korea, Malaysia, Morocco, Myanmar (Burma), Oman, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom Faculty: 216 Departments: 7 Undergraduate majors: 17 Minors: 10 Berkeley Engineering Overview

12 Why Berkeley Engineering?  One of the best engineering schools (national and international reputation)  An outstanding education (courses taught by faculty) and excellent prep for grad school/work  Cutting edge research (brought to classroom, research money = opportunities for students) Excellent job placement in all majors with great salaries

13 #3 in the nation! 10 programs nationally ranked: –#1 Environmental Engineering –#2 Civil Engineering –#2 Chemical Engineering –#2 Mechanical Engineering –#3 Materials Engineering –#4 Electrical Engineering –#4 Industrial Engineering –#4 Nuclear Engineering –#5 Computer Engineering –#13 Bioengineering Why Berkeley Engineering? Our Rankings Source: US News & World Report 2011

14 Why Berkeley Engineering? Our Faculty 208Faculty 58Endowed chairs/distinguished professorships 80Members of the National Academy of Engineering 33Recipients of UCB’s Distinguished Teaching Award 3Recipients of the Turing Award in Computer Science

15 Attend Graduate School at:  28 UC Berkeley  18 Stanford  11 UCSD  10 UCLA  7 MIT  4 Columbia  3 Michigan  2 Harvard  2 Cornell Work at:  Microsoft  Google  Yahoo  Cisco  Cal Trans  Hewlett-Packard  IBM  Intel  Jet Propulsion Lab/NASA  Oracle  Boeing  Facebook Why Berkeley Engineering? Our Graduates…

16 40+ Engineering Student Organizations Engineering Competition Teams Leadership and Professional Development Summer Internships Research Opportunities Why Berkeley Engineering? Our Co-Curricular Learning & Professional Development Opportunities

17 Why Berkeley Engineering? Our Majors Bioengineering Civil Engineering Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences Engineering Science majors: –Energy Engineering –Engineering Mathematics & Statistics –Engineering Physics –Environmental Engineering Science Industrial Engineering & Operations Research Materials Science & Engineering Mechanical Engineering Nuclear Engineering Joint Majors: –Bioengineering/Materials Science & Engineering –Electrical & Computer Engineering/ Materials Science & Engineering –Electrical & Computer Engineering/ Nuclear Engineering –Materials Science & Engineering/ Mechanical Engineering –Materials Science & Engineering/ Nuclear Engineering –Mechanical Engineering/Nuclear Engineering Note: Chemical Engineering offered through College of Chemistry, Computer Science offered through College of Letters & Sciences

18 56,696 alumni 100 countries, 50 states Accomplished alumni including: – Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple – Diane Green, the co-founder of vmware – Andy Grove, the co-founder of Intel – Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google – Teresa Meng, co-founder of Atheros Communications – Bill Lester, former NASCAR driver Why Berkeley Engineering? Our Community

19 Why Berkeley Engineering? Our 5 Year Bachelors/Masters Degrees In addition to the 5-year BS/MS degree, we now have a 1 year professional graduate degree: Master’s in Engineering (M.Eng) through Coleman Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership (16 concentrations) Students make application for both the M.Eng. and BS/MS during their senior year The M.Eng. prepares graduates for career paths that lead to management and executive positions For the first M.Eng cohort we received ~350 applications, 155 were admitted, and 88 accepted (goal 60)

20 Why Berkeley Engineering? Our Research Development of CellScope Using compressive sensing technology to improve MRI machines Exoskeleton lets UC Berkeley grad take a huge step

21 Why Berkeley Engineering? Our Research (con’t) Airport Design Class Team Wins FAA Competition Berkeley Lab Takes Fuel Efficient Cook stoves to Ethiopia Magnetic memory & logic could achieve ultimate computer energy efficiency

22 Why Berkeley Engineering? Our Research (con’t) Almost 40 multidisciplinary research centers Advance understanding, student education, and create technological innovations to improve society Range from earthquake science to synthetic biology

23 The Center of Integrated Nanomechanical Systems (COINS) is a $12 million research center funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Research: After major disasters, collapsed buildings are dangerous for rescue teams making it difficult to locate people safely. COINS is working on a remote mobile device for search and rescue services (i.e. sending robot made of recycled cell phone parts into collapsed buildings to search for survivors rather than sending rescuers) Research Opportunities: Nanoexperience for Students. Aimed at second year Berkeley students to give them hands on paid research experience in a lab to expose them to nanotechnology Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU). Aimed at community college and other undergraduates to spend the summer in a nanotechnology research lab. Stipend, housing and travel included Research Experience for Teachers (RET). Open to high school and middle school teachers who wish to work in a hands on lab and develop a curriculum based on their research experience. Stipend included Why Berkeley Engineering? Our Research (con’t)

24 The Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science (E3S) is a new NSF-funded Center Goals of education and outreach: –To train an engaged, skilled and diverse technical workforce by providing a pipeline from secondary school to college –To increase the number of students from historically underrepresented groups in engineering who attends university and graduate programs in electrical engineering E&O for HS Students: Summer High-School Apprenticeship Research Program (SHARP) –Joint program with The Nanoscale Science and Engineering (NSE) Graduate Group –4-week non-residential program, gain first-hand experience in how science and engineering research is conducted, $1,000 education stipend, applications due in early spring E&O for Community College Students: The Transfer-to-Excellence Program (TTE) –Research Experience for Undergraduates: 8-week residential program, hands-on scientific investigations in a dynamic research environment at UCB, one-on-one advising about transfer to 4-year institution, $3200 stipend and transportation stipend, applications due in early spring –Summer Course Offering: take one engineering prerequisite course, summer BART pass, $250 educational stipend, applications due in early spring Why Berkeley Engineering? Our Research (con’t)

25 There’s no secret of how to get into engineering We utilize the same screening process for all applicants regardless of major Students should apply for the major they’re interested in We’re looking equally for competitive candidates for engineering and the likelihood of admission depends upon the quality of the applicant pool and the number of spaces available in the program For additional information please visit our web site or attend an Admit Info Session (offered weekly in April) Admissions “Secrets”

26 Have a solid foundation in math and the sciences Are analytic thinkers who want to solve problems/ develop efficient ways to improve quality of life Like to figure out how things work Enjoy utilizing technology See themselves as designers, builders, researchers, and managers of technical enterprises Are able to attend full-time We’re Interested in Students Who…

27 1456 Applications received 864 Applications reviewed for required courses: 2011: 3.3 GPA & higher; 2010: 3.4 GPA & higher 509 Applications read: those with 100% completion of required courses 264 Applicants admitted : 2011: 16% of apps (ave. GPA 3.82) ; 2010: 18% of apps (ave. GPA 3.79) 200 Applicants accepting admission Transfer Admission Stats Fall 2010 1611 Fall 2011 1020 445 256 240

28 Transfer Admissions Criteria 60 transferable semester units Minimum 3.0 GPA 100% completion of “required” courses prior to transferring: –Reading & Composition included in 100% completion (we require both the 1 st and 2 nd half of R&C) –Fall 2010: primary reason applicants denied admission was lack of R&C completion (due to following IGETC instead of –Fall 2011: 78% of reviewed applicants who did not have 100% completion were missing R&C requirement (due to following IGETC instead of –Fall 2011: Many of the applicants did not complete one or both of the Prerequisite and Work In Progress forms in January as instructed on the MyBerkeleyApplication web site and on the transfer applicant checklist despite email reminders Students encouraged to take as many "strongly recommended" articulated courses as possible so they are stronger candidates for admission and better prepared for success in engineering

29 100% Course Completion Required for Berkeley Engineering! It is critical that students check for requirements specific to their intended major All courses listed as “Required Courses” must be completed As many courses as possible listed as “Recommended Courses” should be completed Courses must be completed by the end of the spring semester of the year in which you will transfer (summer courses are not counted)



32 COE Personal Statement  How did you become interested in engineering?  Why are you interested in the major to which you’re applying? What excites you about studying this major?  What experiences influenced your decision (i.e. job experience, discussions with faculty, professional engineers or engineering students, related projects, courses, etc.)?  What other experiences, such as co-curricular activities, have you had that relate to engineering? What non-engineering related activities have you participated in? What skills did you learn from these experiences that will help you in engineering (i.e. leadership, time management, teamwork etc)?  What are your goals, aspirations, and plans for after graduation?

33 Major, Course & Degree Info Follow the curriculum for the year admitted using: COE Guide Book: Degree Worksheets: Department Websites: Admissions Info: Sign up at

34 Contacts for Transfer Applicants Admissions Questions, Decisions & Appeals: Edwina Taylor Office of Undergraduate Admissions Transfer Course Equivalencies: Genie Foon Engineering Student Services

35 Cal Day Saturday, April 21, 2012 Annual campus-wide Open House with presentations, workshops, demonstrations, and entertainment! For more info sign up @

36 Questions?

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