By Nathan Hurst June 8th, 2015 8:30, Originally posted on makezine.com
In the future, we’ll all live in “Live Cubes,” tiny homes that restrict your energy and water use, meaning hackers will generate their own energy and filter their own water, according to the exhibit, Live Cube, by Jason Anaya, Michael Emono, and Richard Rizzo, students from Cal State East Bay.
The trio built the cube around the idea that the Department of Energy Regulation Protocols (DERP) repossessed the home of an electricity bandit. Within, picking up objects or interacting with the environment triggers audio/visual displays that clue the viewer in to the former owner’s story. It’s mostly powered by embedded LightBlue Beans, and each item is tagged as evidence. An Adafruit Flora embedded in a jacket, for example, asks the wearer to jump up and down, powering LED strips; the video talks about how useful that particular garment would have been during the “energy riots.”
“This project developed from our shared passion in speculative fiction,” the creators write. “We hope to show people a version of how the world could be if we do not change our behavior in respects to the environment and natural resources.”
To see the project in action check out the Graduate Thesis Project Reception.
June 11, 2015
6:30PM - 9:30PM
CSU East Bay, Valley Technical and Business Building
Originally posted on makezine.com
Congratulations to all of our graduating seniors this quarter. Here is a "lighthearted" comic from xkcd.com
A web comic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language.
Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) CLUB
April 09, 2015
Institute of Industrial Engineers or IIE is the global association of productivity and efficiency professionals specializing in industrial engineering, healthcare, ergonomics and other related professions. The mission of IIE is to advance engineering student’s professional experience through networking, training and knowledge sharing. IIE has a chapter here at CSU East Bay. The student organization is comprised of engineering majors dedicated to peer improvement and growth. I interviewed Shivani Chand, the president, about IIE and her role as president.
Q: What type of people does the organization work with?
A: Professionals, company representatives, advisors, professors, alumnus, and engineering students from all around The United States.
Q: What events does this organization do?
A: Welcome Day, Transitional Job Panels, Guest Speaker Events, Resume Building, Movie Nights, Regional Conferences, Weekly meetings, and Company Tours (i.e. Tesla Tour).
Q: How do you get others to become involved?
A: We make sure that we can get the word out as much as possible. We advertise about our events via Facebook pages: CSUEB Engineering and Institute of Industrial Engineers CSUEB
We also speak about the benefits of being in the club in freshman engineering courses all year long.
Q: How often do you hold meetings?
A: We hold weekly meetings. Every Friday from 1-2 pm, VBT 223
Q: How many big events do you hold each year?
A: At least 2 big events per year
Q: What is the importance of this organization?
A: The essence of The Institute of Industrial Engineering Organization is for engineering students to get involved and network. It is meant for students to gain experience that would help guide them in college and with their careers. Being a part of this organization as a member or even taking on a role will convey responsibility and accountability. Furthermore, this an academic organization meaning it is focused on education and knowledge, it is there for students to enjoy their academic experiences more!
Q: How did this team come together this season?
A: This quarter has been one of the toughest because of all of the officers’ schedules. A majority of the officers are seniors; therefore they are doing their best to try to fit in time for the events and weekly meetings. However, so far we have maintained a good communication and connection with one another.
Q: How long have you been in this organization?
A: Currently I am the president of the organization “Institute of Industrial Engineers” CSUEB Student Chapter and I have been a member of this organization for 4 years
Q: Has your role changed since you’ve been here?
A: I joined the club as a regular member, and was given the role as a webmaster/ historian for the club during my freshman year of college. Since then I ran for Vice President in my junior year, and currently I am the president of the club.
Q: Were you involved in any other organization before joining this one?
A: Yes, I was involved in SHPE – Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, CSUEB student chapter. I heard about IIE through SHPE members
Q: What made you interested in being a part of this specific organization?
A: I became interested in this specific organization because it is more focused on industrial engineering rather than engineering as a whole. They held specific conferences to network with fellow industrial engineers from all around the world
Q: What did you have to do to obtain your position?
A: · Hold strategic planning meeting to determine chapter goals, objectives and strategies
· Create (with input from officers) annual Chapter Plan document and coordinate activities of all other officers
· Plan and run monthly board meetings
· Develop, assist, motivate, and recognize all other officers
· Coordinate election of officers for next year
· Train President-elect turn over all records and documents
· Create (with input from Board) annual Chapter Plan document and communicate to board, members, and Region Vice President (RVP).
· Maintain ultimate responsibility for ensuring that all chapter requirements are met and that the chapter is operated according to the specifications of the IIE and chapter
· Constitution & By-laws Serve as primary point of contact with IIE leadership, Headquarters staff, and all outside companies, organizations, and individuals.
· Process mail from Headquarters and forward to appropriate board members
· Attend Leadership Training either in Region or at annual conference
Q: What is your favorite part of this position?
A: My favorite part of this position is to be able execute ideas and events and make students network and bring themselves out. Students get their future jobs by networking, and knowing that I made a difference in someone’s life by simply assisting them by holding events where they can mingle, learn, and meeting companies feels great!
Q: What attracted you to this role?
A: I ran for president because I noticed the advisors were upset that the previous year the President did not hold any events for this club, which made me want to stand up and take the role and make the department proud! I also took on this role, because taking out time and being involved in an academic based organization conveys leadership in a person’s resume. Companies tend to look for academic involvement.
Q: What kind specific habits and practices do you have? How do you apply them?
A: After every meeting we debrief and log those down for future reference, we call them meeting templates. Also at the end of every meeting I tend to establishing due dates and deadlines, this has become a habit of mine to know what we should focus on for time being and give ourselves a deadline to meet.
Q: What’s the best part of the next thing you’re doing?
A: NETWORKING!! The next event we are holding is a Transitioning to the Professional Environment Panel, where Engineering Alumnus and professionals from AMAZON, UPS, NUDESKINCARE, THERM-X, BENCHMARK ELECTRONICS, and UC DAVIS MPB will be coming to give students their insight and experiences about post-graduating experiences. They will also advice about what companies looks for in employees. This will be a great opportunity for professors and students to network and learn!
By interviewing Shivani Chand I have learned the importance of this student organization and what it does for CSU East Bay’s engineering majors. If you are interested in IIE and would like to learn more about this student organization visit IIE’s Facebook page: Institute of Industrial Engineers Facebook page
Written by: Mathew Granados, PfC Student Leader
On March 21, 2015, I volunteered at a Science Resource Fair hosted at Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, CA. The event invited elementary school educators to collect information on beneficial resources and projects from STEM-based organizations. Our table, representing the Institute for STEM Education, program manager, Janiene Langford provided attendees with information on the Institute, while two service-learning interns, Jennifer and Stephen, helped me engage attendees in hands-on science experiments.
Our experiments dealt with concepts of water molecules and surface tension. Surface tension deals with the elasticity of liquids and we wanted people to experience this elasticity firsthand. For our first experiment we used two pennies and liquid filled pipettes. One pipette contained water, the other contained alcohol. We gave attendees the pipettes and told them count how many liquid drops they could fit at the top of a penny in order to compare the molecules of both liquids. For our second experiment we had plastic ties and plastic bowls filled with water. Attendees engaged in the experiment were told to shape their plastic tie in a way that would make it float in the water bowl to figure out which shapes float the best. Our ultimate goal for the experiments was to promote interest in the sciences by asking attendees to channel their scientific knowledge, give a hypothesis, and add to their knowledge by perceiving results. The experiments were translatable to middle school/elementary school levels so children and teenagers casually visiting with their families got involved in the hands-on experiments. The simplicity of the experiments showed educators that they could be applied in their classrooms and curriculum.
Attending the Science Resource Fair was an exciting experience that enhanced my critical thinking and networking skills. While working with Stephen and Jennifer we would think of more creative and new ways to engage visitors and encourage them to think about science. Through collaboration and engagement we were able to take away many ideas from experiments deemed predictable. While the experiments were being done, Janiene would exemplify how to properly network and offer resources in order to initiate STEM-related business. I will take the skills I enhanced that day and apply them to my future networking experiences. I also hope to continue my academic career thinking more critically about the sciences.
Written By: Victoria Grijalva, PfC Student Leader
March 5, 2015 I attended the STEM Winter Mixer, hosted by the Institute for STEM Education. When one entered, there was a table where you signed in and received a raffle ticket. After, you were able to grab a refreshment and some pizza. Many students sat down at the tables with their food and began to speak to others about the courses they were were currently taking and what there major is. The environment was very comfortable and there was no pressure of an agenda. Two separate professionals came at different times during the event to speak to students and offer their professional insight. Students enjoyed the two guests speaker. Several students asked great questions to each of the professionals.
Anything from how they got into their field to what internship/job opportunities were available at their company. One of the special speakers who came, James E.T Jackson from Alameda Health System, was helpful because he was very opened with his personal experiences in his career. He answered every questioned asked of him and gave students his business card so they could contact him in the future. He also offered to make connects between the students and his colleagues who can help in other areas of student interests. During the mixer there was raffles where students we able to win a STEM bag filled with goodies. Bags included post-it booklet, notebook and a water bottle, which encouraged the students to stay longer. Students dropped in and out of the mixer which went from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. It was a great experience to converse with other students. I was able to connect and learn about students that had majors outside of my own and learn about different careers paths of people with science degrees. It was great to speak to other students that I have never met and get their opinions on things that I lacked experience in Overall the mixer was a great and I would attend another one in the future.
Missed the last mixer. Sign up for the Spring STEM Mixer Here!
Kizzy Preston, Contributor
Originally posted on Fastweb.com March 02, 2015
When students first begin their undergraduate degrees, they may think that obtaining their degree will be enough to have the kind of career they want. While earning a degree is a huge accomplishment, often other factors play into getting a first job.
A few months after graduation, some students find themselves tired of searching job ads to no avail. New graduates often have no idea where to find the job they really want. This is where networking comes in.Often a person in student’s network can help with job leads, introduce a student to an important person, or open doors to new positions.
Here are some tips for building a network while you are in school.
Join a group -- Most colleges have student organizations or groups that students can join. Everything from marketing, and business clubs, to the drama club, and sororities or fraternities are available for students to connect and share a common goal. While in the groups the students get to learn about and discuss ideas that are important to them. The people in these group often form bonds that last well beyond the college years, and can be useful in the future.
Intern -- During an internship, a student works for a company, usually for free, in order to gain real world experience in their chosen field. A student would learn what really goes into having the type of career they want to have. While working in the internship, it is possible to develop friendships and contacts that would be helpful later during a job search.
The manager of an internship would also be a great resource when the student needs a professional reference. The manager would be able to speak to the student’s ability to work in the real world, have good attendance, and excel on the job.
Volunteer -- Volunteering is a fast way to meet like-minded people who share similar goals. There are many volunteer opportunities from animal care to literacy tutoring. Through volunteering a student is able to make a difference in the world, while making connections that may last a lifetime.
If the director of an organization sees how passionate a student is about working for an important cause, they will be sure to remember that when the student is seeking work.
Attend Networking Events -- There are many networking events that are held outside of school that a student could attend. Based on what interests a student, they can attend events that focus on various subjects. Everything from public speaking, to creative writing, and business, can be studied outside of school through networking events and conferences.
These networking events usually have hundreds of people involved. This offers the student the opportunity to meet, and get to know people from various career levels. When it is time for the student to begin looking for work, they can reach out to their contacts for job leads.
Network Online -- Social media has made it possible to network with people in all types of industries all over the world. A student should always use social media wisely. Be careful about what is posted online. The online presence should be one that is professional, and speaks to a student’s good qualities.
Following people who work in the field they want to be in, is a good way to build up a network. The student can learn so much just from following people already in the field. When the time is right the student can even reach out to people online for job leads.
There are many ways to network. A student will get much further in their career search if they have many options for job leads, and professional references.
Try one of these networking ideas today!
Written by Brandy A. Hyatt, CSU STEM*VISTA
Chris Martin became the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Pandora March 18, 2014. At Pandora he manages engineers, developers and customer service representatives. In total he manages 250 people and roughly 140 of them are engineers. Martin has not always been what we know him to be, an incredible engineer with an eye for innovation. He at one point was a college student trying to figure out his career path. Martin came back to his Alma Mater, UC Berkeley (CAL), for a question and answer session for Engineer’s week. This event was put on by CAL's Engineering Student Council (ESC).
Martin grew up in Berkeley, where he attended Berkeley High School. He then pursued his undergraduate degree at UC Santa Cruz. He soon realized that UC Santa Cruz was not a good fit and transferred to CAL to get his Bachelor of Sciences in Mathematics. Soon after, he joined a tech start up running errands and answering phone calls in customer service. He always took full advantage of every position to sharpen his skills. "I would try to take the every technical phone calls," Martin stated. During his time at the start up, he was able to learn and develop skills outside of his job position. This made him a well rounded worker.
"...its not always about working on a long term goal, its about setting short term goals."
Chris Martin on goals
Before joining Pandora, Martin would spend three year spans at each job he did. Martin's positions were mostly variations of QA Analysts. In 2004, his then supervisor and current mentor was leaving and asked Martin to join him. Later that year he started at then Savage Beast (now Pandora) to become their Director of Software. He said having a mentor, or as he called it a "champion" was important in his path. If it was not for his mentor pushing him and giving him guidance, he may not be where he is today at Pandora. He said that mentors can come from anywhere. It could be your supervisor, a person you meet in class or at a conference. One has to be willing to reach out to someone and take initiative, the worse thing they can say is no.
Martin worked as the Director of Software for five years before being promoted to Vice President of Engineering. Martin felt that he was finally in a place he enjoyed and saw that there was room for movement. Pandora was the first company he stayed longer than three years. In the spring of 2014, Pandora, then CTO and mentor, Tom Conrad stepped down and Martin became his successor.
"The thing she regretted was that she didn't have something outside of work to identify with, "
Chris Martin on an engineering friend.
Martin left aspiring engineers with these words of advice:
To see more photos and other highlights of Engineers Week at UC Berkeley visit the Engineers Week Page.
Interested in an internship with Pandora, visit Pandora Road Crew
Written by Matthew Granados, PfC Student Leader
On Thursday, February 19, 2015, I served as a student ambassador for the STEM Career Expo and it was a great opportunity. At the expo, the high school students had an opportunity to speak with STEM-focused employers and on-campus departments. As an ambassador, I had an experience that was both fun and rewarding. I had to guide the visiting students from table to table as they received information from STEM organizations and employers.
At the very beginning, I began to converse with my assigned group to ease their comfort level before entering the Expo. I started by introducing myself and they followed with questions about campus life at CSUEB. Being a resident of the Campus for 2 years I was able to answer their questions to satisfaction and they were ever more excited to enter the Expo. This was great test of my interpersonal skills, as I needed to make sure my group felt comfortable with me and their environment. During the event, I was glad to see my group engage the STEM organizations with a plethora of questions ranging from everyday job experience, personal opinions, and prospective analysis of professions in the future.
There were times I had to facilitate the attention of my group and make sure they were paying attention to the STEM representatives. When my group’s attention seemed diverted, I simply told them to pay attention in a collective manner and ask any questions that may stir their interest. They cooperated easily and again became more interested and excited of STEM Careers. Overall, the event went smoothly and my group and I had an enjoyable time. The students within my group engaged themselves to network and were able to gain a different perspective on what they may want to do in the future. My group happily befriended me from start and by the end of the event gave me praise for being their leader.
The Institute for STEM Education is fortunate enough to have four wonderful students working in the Institute this year.The Pioneer for Change (PfC) Student Leaders are working with the Institute to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) on and off campus. PfC Student Leaders projects include: STEM outreach, teaching hands on science for an after school program in Emeryville, working STEM focused events on and off campus, and creating marketing tools for the Institute. Here is a bit about the PfC STEM Track Student Leaders.
Biological Science (Option Forensics)
Hobbies: Watching movies, playing different sports, watching my favorite teams, putting on make up, dancing, working out, baking, decorating, crafting, playing card games, listening to music, and volunteering.
There is no place like home. This school has the major that I want, which is biological science with an option of forensics. I ended up at CSUEB because I didn't want to leave the Bay Area. This is my favorite place to be because I know where everything is, I love drinking the best water, and I love this bipolar weather. It is not too close or too far from home.
Right now, I am in the Pioneers for Change: STEM track. Honestly, I was not sure if this is what I wanted to do. Then I went to the workshop to see what it was about and I fell in love with it. It sounded like a great opportunity and I went for it because I really like to teach and inspire middle school students that science is interesting and fun. I love every little minute of it and I knew that I would.
As for my future, I am not really sure what I want to do. I want to see where my path is going to take me. The main goal is to get my bachelors. Possibly, get a masters, maybe becoming a police officer, then start working on what I really want to do.
I want to do something related to crime scene investigation or criminalist work. I know that with all this comes with hard work, training, and more hard work, but I cannot wait.
Having grown up in the Bay Area, I have always loved being a part of the culture and the vibrancy of the local communities that compose it. I knew that I wanted to study along with those who have grown up in the area, but I also wanted a fresh perspective, and to meet new people from other parts of the country and even the world. I have found all of those things at Cal State East Bay, and over the past year have become a part of CSUEB’s community through the Pioneers for Change program in a way I previously thought not possible.
As a Biology major, choosing to become a part of the STEM track seemed to me an easy decision, and once I came to know my coworkers and the nature of the work we would be doing, I was extremely happy with my decision. Learning that I would be co-teaching science at an after school program under the supervision of many who teach professionally, I feel very blessed. As a teacher in the local community who is working to spread the love of science I have to children who are in the position I was in not long ago, I feel as though I am not only gaining work experience, but the confidence to pursue a career in education and academia. It is the STEM program which has been the inspirational catalyst for me to actively pursue a teaching credential, which I plan to take underway in the coming spring. Under the tutelage of those in the STEM department, I am now actively working toward a career which I am already excited in being a part of.
Communications (Media Production)
Hobbies: Poetry, Audio Production, Cinema-Film
I have always wanted to move out of East Los Angeles and start a new life in the Bay Area, so California State University, East Bay was a great choice for me. I became a PfC Student Leader for the Institute for STEM Education because I believe it is essential for the minds of all people to be interested in the concepts of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. We experience these concepts every waking hour and to understand them in depth gives us a better understanding of ourselves and the universe. Following graduation, I plan to pursue entrepreneurial venture by encompassing my major and hobbies.
Hobbies: Swimming, dancing, traveling
I chose to attend CSUEB because I’m from Southern California and wanted to go away for college but not too far away from home. When I started looking into attending colleges in Northern California, CSUEB is one of the schools I applied to. After applying, I started attending community events where CSUEB staff and students were present. I decided to attend CSUEB because the people were friendly and the campus was diverse. I wanted to become a pioneer for change STEM track leader because it would give me an opportunity to mentor and teach youth STEM. As psychology major, this opportunity would allow me to develop skills such as communication and interacting with people from various ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. My goal is to become either a marriage and family therapist or a school psychologist/therapist. I have a bucket list of things I want to accomplish that include traveling the world.
If you are interested in the Pioneers for Change Program, hiring for Fall 2015 will be starting soon. For more information, please visit: Center for Community Engagement Website