SEAS Weekly 10-16-23

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Academic Integrity Reminder

Please remember that all students are obligated to follow the Code of Academic Integrity. As noted, “If a student is unsure whether his action(s) constitute a violation of the Code of Academic Integrity, then it is that student’s responsibility to consult with the instructor to clarify any ambiguities.

Words to think about this week:

“We must use our lives to make the world a better place to live, not just to acquire things. That is what we are put on the earth for.” — Dolores Huerta

Highlights for the Week

  • E-Day 2023

    E-Day 2023 is coming this week! On Friday, October 20th, join ESAC from 3-6 pm in Towne West Lawn to claim your FREE Penn Engineering T-Shirt. Come meet your fellow Penngineers while eating donuts in the refreshing autumn air. The catch? Just follow @penn_esac on instagram.

Important Dates:

Date Event
October 16 Classes Resume
October 27 Grade Type Change Deadline
October 30-November 13 Advance Registration for Spring Term
November 6 Last Day to Withdraw from a Course

Engineering Activities


OAS Academic Advising


Walk-in Advising at the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

ODEI is offering walk-in advising in the Cora Ingrum Conference Room (enter at 211 Towne) from 11am-1pm every Wednesday. Emily Delany (, the Special Programs and Advising Coordinator from Research and Academic Services, would be delighted to meet with you!


Semiconductor Industry Days 10/23 - 10/24

Calling all Penn Engineers — get ready for our first ever Semiconductor Industry Days!

We invite you to join us across two days of activities — Monday, October 23 and Tuesday, October 24, 2023. Registration for Tuesday’s Meet & Greets (similar to a virtual career fair) opens on Tuesday, October 10 at 9am. See the full list of events and more information (including a list of Meet & Greet employers, coming soon!) at


M&T Transfer Student Information Session (10/20)

The Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology is a highly competitive dual-degree program designed for students with interdisciplinary interests in business and technology and a desire to shape their own success. Accepted applicants are dually admitted to the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business and School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Fully matriculated Penn first years are eligible for transfer into the Program. Penn students may only apply to transfer into M&T at the conclusion of their first year.

Transfer Information Session (open to Penn students ONLY) will be held on Friday, October 20, 2023, 5-7 pm ET. Please register in advance for this info session. After you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the virtual meeting. Register here: Transfer Student Info Session Registration (


ODEI's Freshman Coaching Program - For New and Seasoned Students

Ongoing opportunity
Are you interested in studying with peers regularly? Would you like access to ten engineering students who have aced classes you’re currently taking? If a study group appeals to you, please stop by ODEI on Mondays and Fridays from 12 PM to 2 PM to connect with Academic Coaches and peers. The Freshman Coaching Program provides a community of learners that help students establish a rhythm of study throughout their tenure at Penn. The program is not limited to first year students. Everyone is welcome to join us. Coaching covers chemistry, mathematics, CIS, physics, MATLAB, and more. If you would like to participate, please contact Dr. Yulanda Essoka at


Engineering Entrepreneur Fellowship (App Due 11/1)

Engineering Entrepreneurship Fellows
Duration: January through December
Eligibility: Juniors, Seniors, First-Year Master’s students
Deadline to Apply: November 1
The Penn Engineering Entrepreneurship Fellows Program offers an immersive tech startup
experience like no other. This program provides students the opportunity to network with startup
leadership teams.
Learn More


PEC's Academic Mentorship Committee Study Abroad Panel 10/17

PEC’s Academic Mentorship Committee is hosting a Study Abroad Panel for Engineering students. It’s intended to show underclassmen engineering students from each major that it is possible to study abroad and to give them advice. It will be an informal discussion-based event where each major will have their designated table and students can come up and ask questions! Panel is October 17th 6:30-8pm at Towne 327!


AWE First-Year Buddy Program (Form due 10/19)

Hi everyone! Hope the semester has been going well so far. AWE is starting a First-Year buddy program where we will match you with another First-Year engineer based on the info from this form. The goal of this program is to simply give you another person who understands the struggles of freshmen year, engineering at Penn, and anything and everything. The level of engagement you have with your buddy is completely up to you, but we hope you guys have the opportunity to meet up, and we will host an initial kick-off event as well taking place Sunday, October 22nd in the afternoon (time TBA). We will also implement a points system where the buddy pair with the most points will win a prize!

Please fill out this form by Thursday, October 19th at 11:59PM to be matched with a buddy!

Feel free to reach out to if you have any questions or concerns.


VIPER & VIEST Poster Session 10/23

Join us for our third annual Frontiers of Energy Research Poster Session, hosted by the Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER) and the Vagelos Institute for Energy Science and Technology!

Date: Monday October 23

Time: 4:30-6:30PM

Location: Singh Center for Nanotechnology Galleria (3205 Walnut St., Philadelphia PA)

We hope to see you there! RSVP here.


Penn Activities


Wellness and Resilience Workshops

Free workshops open to all Penn students to learn strategies and skills to help you reach your goals, manage stress, and strengthen your relationships. Each 90-minute workshop offers a fun and casual space to meet and build relationships with other Penn students. These tools have been used by leaders in medicine, business, sports, as well as colleges students. Learn more on the poster below or at:

Wellness and Resilience Fall 2023


Mentor Meals: Make your Reservation Today!

NSOAI’s meal-hosting initiative, the Penn Mentor Meals Program is open for booking reservations! This program encourages mentors and students to engage in conversation outside of the classroom and provide them with a meal free of charge!

Members of the Penn Community can initiate a meal with a mentor or mentee including current or past students, professors, teaching assistants, advisors, RAs, PHINS, Peer Advisors, members of Penn’s professional staff, etc. Lunch is served at the University Club at the Inn at Penn on Mondays through Thursdays from 11:30am-2pm.

Learn more about how to make your reservation today! 


Penn Violence Protection: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Please join us for events throughout Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

10/6, 10/20, 10/27, Fridays: Trauma Informed Yoga, 9 AM – 10 AM
10/19, Thursday: Paint Penn Purple Day
10/25, Wednesday: How to Support a Survivor, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

For more information, visit: Penn Violence Prevention – University of Pennsylvania (


Latinx/e Heritage Month

Celebrate Latinx/e Heritage Month with events by La Casa Latina! For more information visit: La Casa Latina: Latinx Heritage Month Events | Global Initiatives (



SUBJ: Funding opportunities for hi-tech projects & ventures – APPLICATIONS OPEN

Looking for funding for your tech project or venture? Penn Engineering is pleased to offer funding opportunities for high-tech project and venture development. We are soliciting proposals for projects and venture concepts that might develop into companies, and these funds are available to help:
  • Berkman Opportunity Fund ($500 or $1,000 per project)The Berkman Opportunity Fund provides support for students (or teams of students) with innovative ideas that might turn into products and companies.
  • Miller Innovation Fellowship ($15,000 per venture)Miller Innovation Fellowships are designed to allow students (or teams of students) that have made use of Penn’s innovation & entrepreneurship resources to further develop ventures based on high-tech products & services and to have focused capital and advising resources to explore a venture.
Please see the Penn Engineering: Entrepreneurship Funding site for more information: Funding is open to all undergraduate and graduate students.
ACRP University Design Competition Open and Offering Expanded Challenges

The FAA-sponsored Airport Cooperative Research Program’s University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs provides an outstanding opportunity for individual students or student teams working under the guidance of faculty advisors to design solutions to real-world issues addressing our nation’s airports and the National Air System.

Please note that we have made a few changes this year to the four challenge areas that students can submit their proposals.  We have combined Airport Operation and Maintenance under a new challenge area titled Airport Safety, Operations, and Maintenance and we have created a new challenge area named Passenger Experience and Innovations in Airport Terminal Design. See the guidelines to see topics that have included and added to the new Challenge areas.

Students win cash prizes ($3,000 for first place, $2,000 for second, and $1,000 for third place) in each of four different broad categories:

  • Airport Safety, Operations, and Maintenance
  • Passenger Experience and Innovations in Airport Terminal Design
  • Airport Environmental Interactions
  • Airport Management and Planning

Airport needs embrace many disciplines including all engineering fields, environmental science, business, data science, computer science, psychology, and many others.  A variety of multidisciplinary topics are suggested, but students can come up with their own relevant topics for their design solution.  The Competition is an excellent open-ended design project for capstone courses and is also frequently used in other courses, for independent study, or as a professional society student chapter project.

First-place winners present their work at an award ceremony at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, D.C., and also at a relevant national professional conference.  All expenses are covered.

Interaction with airport operators and industry experts is required.  The Competition provides access to experts and airport operators through its program website.

The Competition runs from August 17, 2023 to May 10, 2024.  Students can work in either or both academic semesters.  Additional information regarding the ACRP University Design Competition can be found at the Competition website located at  The updated guidelines for submission are attached and can be found on the competition web page.

The Airport Cooperative Research Program is part of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies.  The Virginia Space Grant Consortium manages the Competition on behalf of the ACRP.

We hope you will consider this opportunity which has provided 2,784 students and 175 faculty advisors from 94 institutions with an outstanding educational opportunity immersed in real-world needs and that you will share it with other faculty or students who might have an interest.


Paid/Unpaid Opportunities


Computer Science Pathway Fellow

Open until positions are filled
The Computer Science Pathway Fellow will support students as part of Penn Engineering and Heights CS/Technology pathway programming at the High School of the Future.  This role will start by mid-October, continuing through early May, approx. 8-11 hours/week. This is a new position aimed at supporting 9th and 10th grade students who are enrolled in an introductory Computer Science class at High School of the Future in West Philadelphia.  Over time, Heights seeks to support School of the Future students from 9th – 12th grade and beyond, with a focus on enhancing student interest and success in Computer Science pathway courses through AP Computer Science A, ultimately forging pathways into Computer Science & Tech majors and careers. We are seeking a flexible, innovative individual who will act as a near-peer guide, tutor, and mentor to students, a pioneer figure in our new partnership with this school. Pay: $15 – $20/hr. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Jeremy Heyman ( or Chanda Jefferson ( More Info Here


Blended Learning Initiative (BLI) CS Instructors

Open until positions are filled
Heights Philadelphia, in partnership with Penn Engineering, is hiring students to be computer science instructors ($20/hr, ~2-4 hrs/week, teaching a CS class at Penn or at one of our partner high schools). For more information, please contact Dr. Jeremy Heyman ( or Chanda Jefferson ( More Info Here


Columbia EE Prospective PhD Open House (11/3)

The Electrical Engineering Department at Columbia University would like to invite undergraduate students to our virtual Prospective PhD Open House on Friday, November 3, 2023. We strongly encourage you to attend this event as you’ll have an opportunity to connect with faculty, staff, and students and learn about the exciting opportunities Columbia is offering. To learn more about our Prospective PhD Open House, please click here<;!!IBzWLUs!XKNNyP7KpGkLaGTgZ6u3AAoNtxBRxYZ_3ztGqPNcYACzlPvsLoB6dkFpIATnjSKH9k3lwToXcQOf-Hlh2eTOeA$>. RSVP by October 27, 2023.


University of Washington Graduate Programs Virtual Info Session 11/6

Have you ever considered graduate school?  If so, Electrical and Computer Engineering’s (ECE) MS and/or PhD programs may be of interest to you! Please join us for our upcoming ECE Graduate Programs Info Session; We will have an Academic Advisor participating to discuss ECE’s daytime graduate programs, preparation, application process, research areas and funding. Applications are accepted once per year by our December 15th deadline.

Session 1

Date: Monday, November 6th

Time: 9:00 am (PST)

Held via zoom. Registration required:


Session 2

Date: Monday, November 6th

Time: 5:00 pm (PST)

Held via zoom. Registration required:

Engineers for Exploration (E4E) Summer Research Program at UC San Diego ­- App Due 2/15

UC San Diego’s Engineers for Exploration Summer Research Program is an NSF REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) Site centered around multidisciplinary and collaborative student research with the broad goals of protecting the environment, uncovering mysteries related to cultural heritage, and providing experiential learning experiences.  Our program is a full-time paid research experience from June 24th to August 30th in which students will work in multidisciplinary research teams to aid scientists from the San Diego Zoo, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, and UC San Diego in tackling problems in fields such as ecology, physical oceanography, and archeology.

During this program, students will create and apply technologies in novel ways to aid scientists in their work, and may have opportunities to accompany these technologies on field deployments around the world.  Through these projects, students can expect to learn about embedded systems and software, machine learning, electronics integration, mechanical design, system building, as well as project management and team leadership.  For more information, please visit our website at

Applications are currently being accepted at through February 15.  Applications will continue to be accepted through March 30 if positions are not yet filled.