EECS Announcements 9/11/08

General Events
EECS night of theater games!, Blum Center Faculty Speaker Series

Upcoming Infosessions, Lectures and Workshops
Teach For America, Tata International Social Entrepreneurship Scheme, Grad School Workshop #2 Today!, Citadel Investment Group Presentation, Panasonic, View from the Top Lecture Series, SanDisk Student Recruitment, 5th Year Masters Program

Career/Job Information
CA$HSTREAM, EE-Lab Helper, Videographer

General Events (Back to Top)

EECS night of theater games!

On Thursday Sept 25th from 7-9pm in 306 SODA

EECS is sponsoring of a night of theater games, sketch comedy and music as a mixer for faculty and students. We are looking for participants.

Also please pass along if you know someone who might be interested! We are also looking for audience so hope to see you there!


The Global Food Crisis: Challenges and Opportunities
Noon – 1pm, 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

The Blum Center for Developing Economies presents a newly-created faculty speaker series. Each semester, the lectures and discussions will focus on a pressing issue facing developing economies.

The Fall 2008 series is entitled “The Global Food Crisis: Challenges and Opportunities.” As food supplies become scare, the price of food skyrockets, and consumers take to the street in protest, faculty speakers will provide their research and perspectives on the causes, challenges and opportunities of the food crisis. The series is open to all students, faculty, staff and the general public. Light refreshments will be provided.

Monday, September 15, 2008 “The Global Food Crisis: A World Development Report Perspective”
Professor Alain de Janvry
Co-Author of the World Development Report Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley

The world food crisis has increased attention to the role of agriculture for development. But will this make a difference? Or will agriculture continue to be neglected by governments and international development agencies, falling back into business as usual with extensive rural poverty and recurrent food crises? This presentation discusses what could be done to induce business as UNUSUAL.

Monday, October 20, 2008 “What is Behind the Recent Jump in Agricultural Commodity and Food Prices?”
Professor Daniel Sumner Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis

This discussion will help clarify what has happened to food commodity and food prices over the past few years and months by assessing suspected drivers such as oil price increases, biofuels policy, weather problems, demand increases in rapidly growing economies, and food import and export policies.

Monday, November 3, 2008 “An Agroecological Strategy to Taking Back Our Food System”
Professor Miguel Altieri Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, UC Berkeley

World agriculture appears to be approaching a crossroads. The globalized economy has placed a series of conflicting demands on existing croplands. Not only is this land required to produce food for a growing human population, but it also must meet the increased demands for biofuels; and it must do so in an environmentally sound way that preserves biodiversity and reduces greenhouse emissions, while still representing a profitable activity to millions of farmers. These pressures are setting in motion a global food system crisis of unprecedented scope that is already signaled by food riots in many parts of the world. This crisis, which threatens the livelihoods of millions more than the current 800 million hungry people, is the direct result of the dominating industrial farming model, which is dangerously dependent on fossil fuels and has also become the largest source of human impact on the biosphere.

For more information or questions, email


Upcoming Infosessions and Workshops (Back to Top)

Teach For America Information Session
Wednesday, September 17th VLSB 2040 6pm

Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates and working professionals - of all academic majors, backgrounds and career interests - who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders for expanding educational opportunity for all children. Please join us for an information session and learn how you can join the movement to end educational inequity. Free pizza will be served.

Information Session:
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Time: 6:00-7:00pm
Location: Valley Life Science Building (VLSB) 2040

First application deadline for the 2009 corps: Friday, September 19, 2008 Full salary and benefits. All academic majors. We seek outstanding individuals who possess the leadership skills and experience that will enable them to change the prospects of students growing up today and, ultimately, to effect the fundamental change in our society that will make it a place of opportunity for all.

We encourage you to apply to the 2009 Teach For America corps. Application Deadline: Friday September 19th, 2008

To learn more, visit or contact .

Tata International Social Entrepreneurship Scheme
2009 Summer Fellows Program Launch Event
Wednesday, September 17, 2008 Noon – 1:00 pm
Stephens Lounge, MLK Student Union

Join Tata Group and UC Berkeley staff to learn more about this exciting program. Applications will be available beginning on September 17th at Program


The Tata Group, one of India's largest private sector conglomerates and a global leader in innovative corporate social responsibility initiatives, launched the Tata International Social Entrepreneurship Scheme (TISES) earlier this year. The primary objective of TISES is to provide international students with opportunities to contribute to community initiative projects of Tata Group companies in India and in so doing to promote international understanding. University of California Berkeley and Cambridge University in the UK are the first two participating universities. Berkeley will identify up to five upper division undergraduate or graduate students for 8-week summer TISES internships with Tata Group's community initiative programs.

The internships will begin o/a June 1, 2009. Competitively selected interns will join Tata community development teams working on the economic and social empowerment of communities surrounding the company's operating units. Intern assignments will involve participation in on-going activities/projects with Tata Group companies. Selected students will participate in a pre-departure orientation program at Berkeley and be provided with introductory language training in Gujarati or Hindi. They will be provided with additional orientation by Tata in India prior to traveling to their individual assignments. On-the-job translation assistance will be provided by Tata staff. Students will be asked to make presentations on their findings and recommendations to Tata Corporate Sustainability Services management team prior to departure from India. Interns will also participate in a Berkeley-Tata Student Symposium on the program following their return.

Tata will cover all in-country travel and living costs and provide interns with a modest daily stipend for incidental costs. Interns will be housed in guest accommodations operated by Tata. Interns are expected to cover 1/3 of their air fare expenses to India (approximately $700). The TISES program is open to UC Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students whose expected graduation is no earlier than December 2009. Selection is competitive based on academic record and information provided in the application. Given the cultural exchange aspect of the program preference will be given to students who have not previously spent more than one month in India.

For more information or questions, email .

SUBJECT: EECS Grad School Workshop #2 Today! 5-6pm

Interested in graduate school? Check out the second EECS Grad School Workshop tomorrow 5-6pm! Professor Amin Vahdat, who has run graduate school admissions at UCSD for the past 4 years, will be speaking about "Why Go to Graduate School and How to Get into the Program of your Dreams" including:

Thursday September 11th
310 Soda Hall
5 pm to 6 pm

Free food and refreshments! Courtesy of Intel Co-sponsored by IEEE, HKN and AWE

If you're interested in getting more information about graduate admissions, visit the following websites:

Citadel Investment Group Presentation
Zachary’s Chicago style pizza will be served following the talk !!
Cory Hall – Hogan Room (521)
Monday, September 15 5:30 p.m.
Cutting Edge Technology to Solve Financial Problems

Stop by to meet our Global Energy COO and learn about our Financial Technology Associate and Financial Technology Summer Associate positions

Panasonic Infosession

Date: Tuesday, September 16
Time: 5pm
Location: Hughes Room (Cory 400)
Pizza and drinks will be provided

Please join us to hear Panasonic’s Dr. Peter Veprek and Mr. Ravi Pathak talk about Panasonic’s Universal Design Group. Don’t forget to bring your resume! Panasonic is hiring students for internships and full-time opportunities. We are seeking students with backgrounds in: Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Industrial Design, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. Please see our website for further details at: Panasonic’s San Jose Laboratory (PSJL) is leading research in the convergence of audio-video, sensing, and networking technologies to develop the next generation of Panasonic products. The laboratory focuses on enhancing the user experience of existing Panasonic products, through rapid prototyping and collaboration with the best-in-class research in the Silicon Valley.

The PSJL Universal Design Group is responsible for developing technologies for intuitive user interfaces for future networked CE devices to improve the user experience and offer new functionality at home, in the car, and on-the-go. Our focus is on developing context-aware interaction where context awareness includes awareness of other devices, available services, and presence and identity of users.

View from the Top Lecture Series:

Sanjay Mehrotra: A Coversation with Innovative Leaders Lecture:

BEAR Event | September 17 | 4-5 p.m. | Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center
Speaker/Performer: Sanjay Mehrotra, President & COO, SanDisk
Refreshments: Refreshments will be provided
Sponsor: Engineering, College of The View from the Top lecture series brings distinguished leaders in technology and industry to the College of Engineering.
View from the Top is sponsored by the Berkeley Engineering Fund.

SanDisk Student Recruitment Infosession

Information Session | September 17 | 5:30pm | The /Garbarini/ Lounge
Sponsors: Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS), SanDisk Corporation

Interested in The Five Year Bachelor/Master's Program in EECS? Come to our infosession!
When: September 12th, 3pm
Where: 521 Cory Hall


Career/Job Information (Back to Top)

Hi all,

We're looking for exceptional and passionate engineers proficient in parallel programming to join an early stage startup working on a platform for accleration of financial applications through multi-core hardware. We have an excellent team, a working prototype, early customers and a funding/incubation deal with a prominent San Francisco based hedge fund.

The ideal candidate should have experience in programming for multi-core architectures, an interest in quantitative finance and most importantly, an entrepreneurial spirit. Compensation and equity will be based on experience and credentials. True superstars will have an opportunity to become a co-founder.

Ballpark salary: $70-100k
Bonus: Participation in the upside of the fund

Check out our description below and email me for more details.

Best, Adi Bittan (Stanford GSB '08)

CA$HSTREAM is developing a high performance computing platform to accelerate numerical routines for financial applications by 20-100X compared to currently available products. The CA$HSTREAM solution utilizes energy efficient multi-core GPU hardware and does NOT require rewriting legacy code originally written for traditional x86 CPU architectures. Initial applications for the platform include derivative security pricing, market models, Monte Carlo simulations and automated trading algorithms. CA$HSTREAM was founded by three Stanford EE PhD students and a Stanford MBA and is currently operating under funding from Lightspeed Venture Partners.

For more information contact Adi Bittan at: , 650-521-4843

Assistant II (EE Lab-Helper)
Employer: U.C. Berkeley Computer Science Division
Division: N/A
Title: Assistant II (EE Lab-Helper)
Qualification: Must be a registered UC Berkeley student who has taken EE lab courses or is taking EE lab courses.
Description: Instructional lab support and development in the Electrical Engineering Department.
Location: Location City Berkeley State California Country United States
Position Type: Part-time, Campus Job, Paid
Job Function: Engineering
Job Duration: Academic year 2008- 2009
Approximate Hours Per Week: 10 - 20 hrs/week; prefer chunks within M-F 8-5
Number of Openings: 1
Desired Start Date: September 9, 2008
Salary Level: $12.00/hour
Travel Percentage: No Travel
Applications Accepted Until: Sep 30, 2008
Contact Information Please apply to: Attn: Mr. Ferenc Kovac ESG Manager 380 Cory Hall Berkeley, California 94720-1770 United States (510) 642-6952

Assistant I - Videographer
Employer: U.C. Berkeley Computer Science Division
Division: N/A Title: Assistant I - Videographer
Qualification: Must be a registered UC Berkeley student who has taken EECS hardware labs. EECS major preferred. Familiarity with and interest in audio/video.
Description: Videographer to videotape and digitize Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences classes.
Location: Location City Berkeley State California Country United States
Position Type: Part-time, Campus Job, Paid
Job Function: Engineering
Job Duration: Academic year 2008- 2009
Approximate Hours Per Week: 5 -10 hrs/wk
Variable Number of Openings: 1
Desired Start Date: September 8, 2008
Salary Level: $12/hour
Travel Percentage: No Travel
Applications Accepted Until: Sep 30, 2008
Contact Information Please apply to: Attn: Mr. Ferenc Kovac ESG Manager 380 Cory Hall Berkeley, California 94720-1770 United States (510) 642-6952