College of Engineering Cal Day events
Learn more about how Berkeley Engineering could be the right place for you to earn your undergraduate degree.
We invited our students to share stories of their favorite campus spots and what makes them stand out. We invite you to check them out, see where they are on the map and learn how our students have started to build their community.
Immerse yourself as a future Berkeley Engineer through the Society of Women Engineers’ New Admit Orientation Host Program (OHP). During this week-long program, you’ll bond with prospective and current students at socials and through a pen pals program, explore the vast opportunities in engineering and get honest perspectives to all your Berkeley Engineering questions. Register to attend by Friday, April 14. Email SWE with questions.
Berkeley Engineering is home to dozens of student organizations and competition teams that help members hone teamwork and leadership skills, foster a diverse community, provide cultural support and give students the opportunity to pursue something they’re passionate about. See some of the highlights from past years.
Congratulations and welcome to our newest Berkeley engineers! Cal Day this year is only for newly admitted students and their families. Which means we are looking forward to getting to know you and helping you get to know us.
Cal Day invites newly admitted undergraduate students and their families to discover campus, learn about our resources and meet members of the community in interactive ways in person. Cal Week provides students an opportunity to ask questions, dive virtually into the Berkeley adventure and share their excitement with the community from anywhere!
Can’t make it to Cal Day? Join us for an April Info Session offered in-person and online throughout the month of April.
Saturday, April 22
10:30–11:30 a.m. | College of Engineering Welcome for Admitted Students
Bechtel Engineering Center Terrace
Start your College of Engineering Cal Day journey with a welcome address by College of Engineering Dean Tsu-Jae King Liu. In addition to meeting Dean Liu, you’ll also meet engineering faculty and student leaders, as you begin your day on the Northside.
11 a.m.–3 p.m. | Engineering Student AMA Stations
McLaughlin Hall & Bechtel Engineering Center
Want to know what a day in the life of a Berkeley Engineer is like? This is your chance to talk directly with undergraduate students who will be on hand to answer your questions. Ask them anything about their first-hand experience in the College of Engineering.
11 a.m.–3 p.m. | Engineering Academic Advising Information Table
McLaughlin Hall Patio
Did you know that as a Berkeley Engineer you are automatically assigned an Engineering Academic Adviser that will work with you throughout your entire undergraduate journey? Come meet your future adviser and talk to our team of ESS advisers who are here to answer questions about how to optimize your undergraduate experience.
11 a.m.–3 p.m. | Engineering Programs and Services Information Table
McLaughlin Hall Breezeway
Did you know that Berkeley Engineering has a suite of programs and services that support you with everything from tutoring, mentoring, and building community? Come learn about programs we offer such as the Berkeley Mentorship Cohort, The Pre-Engineering Program (PREP), and the Center for Access to Engineering Excellence. Meet our professional staff and student representatives from these programs.
11 a.m.–3 p.m. | Engineering Student Organizations
Bechtel Engineering Center, front lawn
With dozens of engineering student organizations you’ll see Berkeley engineering’s mission statement in action. Whether it be competition teams, honor societies, or identity based chapters of national engineering societies there’s truly a group to match every interest. Come visit our student leaders who will be tabling and providing demonstrations.
11 a.m.–3 p.m. | I’m a Berkeley Engineer Photo Booth for Admitted Students
Bechtel Engineering Center Terrace
You’re a Berkeley Engineer! Come visit our photo booth to capture and celebrate your acceptance to the College of Engineering with a picture with your family, friends and future peers.
Ask Us Anything Webinar with Engineering Student Services Advisers
Ask Us Anything webinar with ESS Advisers | Wednesday, April 26, 5 – 6:30 p.m. | Zoom
Please join our Engineering Departments for events scheduled on Cal Day and throughout the month of April. We will be updating these regularly.
- Info Session | Thursday, April 27, 5 p.m. | Zoom
Meet your ESS adviser, Joey Wong, and get all your questions about being an engineering undeclared major answered.
- Aerospace Engineering Facility Tour in Hesse Hall | Saturday, April 22, 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m. | meet tour guides in Etcheverry Breezeway
- Welcome and Information Session | Saturday, April 22, 12:30–1:30 p.m. | 310 Jacobs Hall Please RSVP
Presented by Professor Panos Papadopoulos, Faculty Director, Aerospace Engineering Major. Learn about the Aerospace Engineering major and hear an overview of the aerospace program’s focus on emerging technologies, including sustainable aviation, autonomous flight and space exploration. Also, hear from a panel of current Aerospace Engineering students about their first-year experience in the major Q&A session to follow.
- Bioengineering Cal Day webpage
- BioE Info Table | Saturday, April 22, 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m. | Location TBD
Stop by our info table to learn more about the major from our department adviser, Marisela Loza. Energetic current students will also be happy to share tips and perspectives from their undergraduate experience.
- Current BioE Student Q+A | Saturday, April 22, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall
What’s it like to be a Bioengineering student? Get the scoop on the major from current students in the department about academics, student life and extracurriculars, and more!
- Meet a few BioE faculty | Saturday, April 22, 12:30–1:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall
Come and listen to our faculty and learn about their areas of research, what their labs are doing, and get a sense of the culture in the classroom directly from them!
- Civil Engineering Info Table | Saturday, April 22, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. |Bechtel Engineering Center Terrace
Please stop by our information table to connect with faculty and current students and learn more about our department, research opportunities, student life, and more!
- ASCE Student Competition Teams Table | Saturday, April 22, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. |Bechtel Engineering Center Terrace
Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences
- EECS Chairs Welcome, Virtual Programming and Pre-Recorded Sessions
- The Beauty and the Joy of Binary Numbers | Saturday, April 22, 9–10 a.m. | 306 Soda Hall
Professor Dan Garcia will teach you some basic Computer Science through an interactive example, a magic trick, and show you the secret behind a very famous game so you’ll never lose again!
- GamesCrafters Demonstration | Saturday, April 22, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. | 380 Soda Hall
The UC Berkeley GamesCrafters research and development group was formed by Dr. Dan Garcia in 2001 to explore the fertile area of combinatorial and computational game theory. At the core of the project is GAMESMAN, a system developed for solving, playing and analyzing two-person, abstract strategy games (e.g. Tic-Tac-Toe, or Chess). Come check out in Soda Hall on Cal Day! We look forward to seeing you there!
- EECS and CS Advising Table | Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. | Soda Breezeway
- EECS and CS Student Organization Presentations | Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. | 306 Soda Hall
- Machine Learning at Berkeley Meet and Greet | Saturday, April 22, 10–11 a.m. | 430-438 Soda Hall Learn more about Machine Learning at Berkeley!
- Computer Science Upper Division Showcase with Upsilon Pi Epsilon | Saturday, April 22, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. | 430-438 Soda Hall
- Association of Women in EECS (AWE) Meet and Greet Social | Saturday, April 22, 12–1 p.m. | 430-438 Soda Hall
- CS Kickstart Q&A | Saturday, April 22, 1 p.m.–2 p.m. | 430-438 Soda Hall
Learn more about CS Kickstart, a one-week introductory class in computer science designed for incoming freshman women at UC Berkeley.
- EECS and CS Student Panel (Hosted by Eta Kappa Nu Honors Society) | Saturday, April 22, 2–3 p.m. | Pimental Hall Room 1
- Engineering Science info Table | Saturday, April 22, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center Terrace
Meet Engineering Science Chair Professor Scott Moura and current Engineering Sciences students from the four majors. Learn more about this unique set of majors, opportunities to get involved in the Society for Engineering Sciences, and more!
Industrial Engineering & Operations Research
- IEOR Faculty Overview and Student Panel | Saturday, April 22, 12–1:30 p.m. | 3106 Etcheverry Hall
- Resource Fair (Booth 121) Hearst Mining Circle. T-Shirts for IEOR Majors!
- Welcome Session | Saturday, April 22, 2–2:45 p.m. | 310 Jacobs Hall | RSVP
Learn about exciting research in mechanical engineering, hear an overview of the undergraduate program, and discover why mechanical engineering is such a dynamic, versatile discipline.
- ASME Q&A Panel with Mechanical Engineering Students | Saturday, April 22, 2:45–3:30 p.m. | 310 Jacobs Hall
- Mechanical Engineering Student Access Machine Shop Tour Saturday, April 22, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1–3 p.m. | Etcheverry Hall
- Check ME’s website for more events throughout the month of April and experiences available on Cal Day.
Materials Science & Engineering
- Materials Discovery | Saturday, April 22, 12–4 p.m. | Hearst Mining Building Lawn
Materials scientists demonstrate the wonders of their world. Learn about superballs, super conductors, super liquid nitrogen ice cream, and more! Stick around for our demonstrations.
- Materials Science and Engineering Association Student Panel | Saturday, April 22, 1–2 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building
MSE students from all years will be available to answer all your questions about Berkeley and the Materials Science and Engineering Department. What is materials science? What’s life like as a Berkeley MSE Student? What do materials scientists research? Where do materials scientists work? We’ll go through all of these common questions (and more) in this session.
- New Materials for a Sustainable Energy Future by Professor Joel Ager | Saturday, April 22, 2–2:30 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building
Since the industrial revolution, human activities have caused the atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration to rise, causing warming of the planet and changes in the weather. Learn how new materials are converting carbon dioxide into chemicals and fuels in processes which will provide a sustainable chemical and energy economy in the future.
- Department of Nuclear Engineering Faculty and Students | Saturday, April 22, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. | Etcheverry/Soda Breezeway
Department information from faculty and students available to answer questions.
- Nuclear Engineering Student Group: American Nuclear Society (ANS) | Saturday, April 22, 9 a.m.– 3 p.m. | Etcheverry/Soda Breezeway |
American Nuclear Society students will be able to answer incoming student questions about life as an engineering student at Berkeley.
- Dosenet, Berkeley’s International Dosimeter Network | Saturday, April 22, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. | Etcheverry/Soda Breezeway
Come learn about Berkeley international dosimeter network Dosenet, a radiation sensor network that helps to illustrate naturally occurring background radiation. Dosenet is a public educational outreach program that teams Berkeley students with local high school student to build understanding of scientific and technological thinking while engaging and informing the community. Dosenet representatives will be available to answer questions about the public educational outreach program.
- Department of Nuclear Engineering- Etcheverry Hall Lab Tour | Saturday, April 22, 1–2 p.m. | meet at tables on the Etcheverry Breezeway
Please note: Due to safety regulations, visitors planning to attend the tour must wear flat, closed toe shoes (no high heels), visitors must also wear long pants or skirts (no shorts). No exceptions. Also please be mindful and careful of tripping hazards on the tour.