• SEAS WEEKLY 2-21-22


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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

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” – Michael Jordan

Highlights for the Week

  • Penn Engineering Student Learning and Engagement (PESTLE): The goal of PESTLE is to provide an opportunity for all Penn Engineering students to engage with the Philadelphia community.  There are multiple opportunities for engagement, whether they are one-time service events or ongoing commitments, student organization activities, school initiatives, or university partnerships with local community centers.  Learn more at https://pestle.seas.upenn.edu/



  • Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) are available as direct grants to students with financial need and on student public health initiatives related to COVID-19. Find out more here: https://srfs.upenn.edu/heerf


  • Integrity Matters: As we return to campus we invite all members of the Penn community to affirm their commitment to  integrity, honesty and academic excellence. We are invested in adhering to the tenets of Academic Integrity both in the classroom and in our own private domains. We value the experience of learning as an opportunity to better ourselves, our community,  and the world around us. We strive to work hard in order to earn our successes while also learning from our failures. As we launch a campaign to raise awareness about  Academic Integrity, we—faculty, staff, and students alike—vow to partner together in communicating our mutual expectations and in fostering a shared sense of responsibility and support for each other. We, the Penn community, believe that integrity matters.


  • Student Health and CAPS Are Available for Students Remember to call first!
    • SHS: https://shs.wellness.upenn.edu/
    • CAPS: https://caps.wellness.upenn.edu/ 
    • In-Person Visits
      • Monday through Friday, 9:30a – 1:30p
    • Telehealth (phone or videoconferencing)
      • Monday through Friday, 9:30a – 4:30p
    • After-hours
      • On-Call Clinician for Urgent Issues (SHS): 215-746-3535, Option 3
      • 24/7 Access to a Clinician (CAPS): 215-898-7021, Option 1

Important Dates:

Date Event
February 21 Drop Period ends
March 5-13 Spring Term Break – No Classes
March 18 Grade Type Change Deadline
March 28 Last day to withdraw from a course

Engineering Activities


  • RAS Academic Advising
    • Access important updates on RAS Academic Advising here: https://ras.seas.upenn.edu/staff-advising-information-hours/
      • Undergraduate Walk-in Advising resumes in person on February 21, 2022.  Walk-in Advising is available Mondays – Thursdays 2PM – 4PM.  Please find more information on the RAS Advising website linked above.


SWE Hot Chocolate Social (February 21, 2022)

SWE Hot Chocolate Social | February 21st, 3:30 – 4:30 PM | Levine 512

Come and join SWE for free hot chocolate and donut holes! With midterm season coming up, this will be a great opportunity to destress and meet fellow engineers! We would love to see you on Monday, February 21st, at 3:30 PM in Levine 512.


Perry Wood House Student Fellows Program (Deadline February 25, 2022)

Description: https://global.upenn.edu/perryworldhouse/news/applications-open-2022-23-world-house-student-fellows-program 

Perry World House is seeking applications from rising Penn sophomores, juniors and seniors for its 2022-2023 class of World House Student Fellows. This competitive program is intended for undergraduate students from any school or department who have demonstrated a serious interest in exploring global affairs in depth during their time at Penn. World House Student Fellows will participate in a series of seminars, projects, and activities oriented around critical global inquiry. They will receive unparalleled access to, and direct interaction with, faculty and distinguished visitors, along with unique opportunities and activities oriented around global affairs. Between new and returning fellows, we plan to have a class around 30 students for the 2022-2023 academic year.

What the program will offer:

Core experiences

The World House Student Fellows Program will offer students leadership opportunities and the chance to tackle global issues through four different types of engagement:

·       Policy Project: Directed by faculty and staff, fellows will work in teams on a year-long project. Each group will develop a policy-relevant research question linked to the themes and priorities of the Global Innovation Program, the think tank wing of Perry World House. The group will explore this topic over the course of the year under the guidance of World House postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and visiting fellows. At the end of the academic year, each group will present its work to policymakers, practitioners, and affiliated Perry World House faculty and scholars. This research will also be published, as appropriate, by Perry World House. Check out our website to learn more about last year’s projects. 

·       Unique access to faculty and visitors: World House Student Fellows will explore and analyze pressing global issues in regular seminars facilitated by Perry World House faculty, staff, and visitors. These seminars will also be used to teach students skills to translate research into policy-relevant output. 

·       Research and career mentorship: World House Student Fellows will receive research mentoring from affiliated faculty and/or visiting scholars, postdocs, or distinguished visitors. Hands-on collaboration with experts will hone research and critical thinking skills. Thesis research and internship funding may be available on a competitive basis to students working in areas related to Global Innovation Program priorities. Exclusive career development events with alumni and other guests will also be held during the year, including two field-learning experiences visiting organizations in New York City during the fall semester, and Washington, D.C. in the spring. All World House Student Fellows will also learn how to produce and publish various types of products aimed at influencing government, international, and/or NGO policy communities in the U.S. and around the world. 

·       Special Events: World House Fellows will have preferential access to small-group conversations with World House Distinguished Visiting Fellows and guest speakers over the course of their fellowship. 

Additional opportunities

While the World House Student Fellows program is intended primarily to offer student leadership, research, mentoring, and publication opportunities, it also seeks to build the community of students interested in international affairs. Thus, a range of unique professional and social opportunities will be made available to World House Student Fellows, some of which will be added to the program throughout the year based on student interest and institutional capacity. Each class will have an orientation at the start of the school year. The fellows will also participate in an annual to Washington, D.C. in the spring, and New York City, in the fall, to meet with policymakers, alumni, and academics. Finally, there may be opportunities for funding for thesis research and/or summer internships for those Student Fellows with demonstrated engagement in the program over time.


Fellows are expected to be full participants in all elements of the Fellowship experience and will spend around 4-5 hours per week involved in the program, on average. This time would include meetings with faculty/visitors, project meetings, research, and other activities at Perry World House. The goal of the World House Student Fellows Program is to complement students’ existing academic experiences at Penn by adding further elements of interactive global inquiry. Becoming a Student Fellow is a one-year commitment with potential to renew based on your performance in the program and continued interest.


This program is open to any student that will be a sophomore, junior, or senior at the University of Pennsylvania at the beginning of the fall 2022 semester.

Application Instructions

The application deadline is February 25th, 2022. For the full details and to please click here: http://apply.interfolio.com/101219.


Student Choice Awards Nominations (February 28, 2022)

Many of us can think of one professor when we hear the phrase “this teacher shaped my career.” Professors carry an immense responsibility to educate and inspire us every day — it’s important they know we appreciate that.

To that end, the Engineering Deans’ Advisory Board is seeking nominations for the Student Choice Awards, which recognizes outstanding faculty. Please nominate your favorite professors for one (or all!) of the awards below at this link by February 28th at 11:59PM: https://upenn.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5ihnPkk3KcVvL0O.


The Hatfield Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Lecturer and Practice Professor Track will be given to a full-time lecturer, senior lecturer or practice professor in Penn Engineering. The award recognizes outstanding teaching ability, dedication to innovative undergraduate instruction, and exemplary service to the School in consistently inspiring students in the engineering and scientific profession.


The Ford Motor Company Award for Faculty Advising recognizes dedication to helping students realize their educational, career and personal goals.


The S. Reid Warren, Jr. Award is presented annually by the undergraduate student body and the Engineering Alumni Society in recognition of outstanding service in stimulating and guiding the intellectual and professional development of undergraduate students at the School of Engineering and Applied Science.


Register Now for Spring 2022 Master in Law Courses


EDAB Coffee Chats Signup Now!

The Engineering Deans’ Advisory Board (EDAB) is a student board that works directly with deans and faculty to implement initiatives that enrich the learning and welfare of engineers.

Pair up with a current EDAB member to discuss all things related to our work, life on campus and just hang out!

EDAB Coffee Chat Signup form is available here: https://forms.gle/1Q6gNDcSrnVdjdC97

Check us out through our website: https://www.edabpenn.com/ 


The MBA Fund - Fall 2021 Recruiting - APPLY NOW!

The MBA Fund invests primarily at the pre-seed/seed stage in companies with founders from the Stanford, Harvard, and UPenn ecosystems. In the last year, we’ve backed >30 startups, many of which have gone on to raise capital from top funds (e.g., Sequoia, Accel, Lightspeed, Founders Fund, YC).Our LPs include both founders (Doordash, Trulia, etc.) and VC firms (like Crosslink, NFX, Contour, Bessemer, and others). We’re also imminently closing a fresh multi-million dollar dedicated fund!

We’re looking for new Campus Investment Partners to join our Penn/Wharton team! This is a great way to get meaningful VC experience across sourcing, diligence, and execution – especially for those with ambitions to break into or continue within the industry (can attest the MBA Fund was instrumental in my own recruiting process!) Please find additional detail on the application form linked HERE; we will be interviewing candidates on a rolling basis.


Register to vote!

Register to vote! Encourage others to participate in the democratic process!

Penn Engineering is in a friendly competition with the other UG Schools in how many Penn Engineers will participate in the Motivote voter drive. You can register to vote and take other actions to earn points. Not a citizen? No problem. You can still earn points for the School!

Participants should first sign up at http://upenn.motivote.us and then can join the Engineering Team: Undergraduate https://upenn.motivote.us/t/penn-engineering-1/overview/


Penn Activities

eMED presents: Taci Pereira: CEO of Allevi (February 24, 2022)

With bioprinting being a growing field in the industry for biomedical engineering, Allevi was founded by Penn alumni in bioengineering and was recently acquired by 3D Systems. Bioprinting involves the process of 3D printing products for a variety of different applications, such as building tissues and organs. Join us on Thursday to chat with Taci Pereira, CEO of Allevi, discussing her experience in Allevi, bioprinting, and what 3D Systems is currently achieving in the bioprinting sector. At the end of her talk, the floor will be open for any questions you may have for her in regards to bioprinting, Allevi, 3D Systems, or anything else that comes to mind.

This event will take place over Zoom at 5pm: https://zoom.us/j/4132304801?pwd=dktpd3p5WmdlZzJFdFRXdVBXTzM0QT09


Penn HKN PhD Panel (February 24,2022)

Penn HKN PhD Panel – A chat with alums currently pursuing PhD

Wondering whether to get a PhD? No idea how to apply for a PhD? Curious what classes could help with applying to PhD? Come join us virtually on Thursday Feb 24 5:30PM – 6:30PM to learn about the experiences of current/incoming Ph.D. candidates who were once in your shoes!

Zoom meeting link: https://upenn.zoom.us/j/99482964007?pwd=aTBxbnJPYkxmcCtiYlV4YTJvWENxZz09

Google Calendar link: https://calendar.google.com/event?action=TEMPLATE&tmeid=YWJ1aDJwMjY1NTFqMDZlOXFjOGI0M2YxaDQgaGtuQHNlYXMudXBlbm4uZWR1&tmsrc=hkn%40seas.upenn.edu

Current panelists include:

Alexandre Amice (Class of 2020 EE/Math/Robo): PhD candidate at MIT focusing on optimization and controls

Celine Lee (Class of 2020 EE/CIS): PhD candidate at Cornell focusing on natural language processing

Brandon Joel Gonzalez (Class of 2021 CIS/Robo): PhD candidate at CMU focusing on electronic design for embedded systems

Lakshay Sharma (Class of 2021 CMPE/Robo): PhD candidate at MIT focusing on multi-agent robotics and meta-level planning

Zhiyao Tang (Class of 2022 CMPE/EE): Incoming PhD candidate at Penn focusing on FPGA-enabled acceleration platform



ISSS OPT Workshops - Spring 2022 Semester

We hope the beginning of your semester is going smoothly.

We would like to remind you that ISSS will be hosting a number of webinars/Q&A sessions on Optional Practical Training (OPT) and Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for F-1 students. These virtual workshops will provide a thorough overview of topics such as timelines, eligibility, and documents required to apply for these work authorization types. Members of the ISSS advising team will be online to respond to questions.

Please see below for the full schedule. Details and information about additional upcoming events can be found at https://global.upenn.edu/isss/events.

* January 31, 11:00AM-12:00PM (OPT)

Register: https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/register/asvdduvy

* February 15, 11:00AM-12:00PM (OPT)

Register: https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/register/czyreqkz

* February 24, 1:00-2:00PM (OPT)

Register: https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/register/pypagsaj

* March 22, 1:00-2:00PM (OPT)

Register: https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/register/uqwcqpzk

* April 5, 11:00AM-12:00PM (CPT)

Register: https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/register/hptyayfh 


Sunday Check-In Series

On behalf of the Penn Engineering Communications Team, I’d like to invite you to participate in our “Sunday Check-In” series.

Our Sunday Check-In project is about catching up with students, staff and faculty across our School. Here’s the link to a Google form with several questions. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out at ebonej@seas.upenn.edu. Thanks so much for participating!


Wellness at Penn presents: I SHARE: Connection, Healing, and Hop

Wellness at Penn launched a video this semester called I SHARE: Connection, Healing, and Hope about the power of sharing and ways to get support for students experiencing stress, distress, or crisis. We would love to have student feedback!

It’s easy: just WRITE, WATCH & WIN!

WRITEwrite in your responses to a 2-minute I SHARE Survey.

WATCHwatch an awesome video by Penn students (video link provided at the end of the survey)

WINwin a prize raffle by completing one final survey! (portable electronics, smartwatch, yoga kit, and more!)

Students can learn more about I SHARE on Instagram @WellnessAtPenn.


Penn Leads the Vote (PLTV)!

Penn Leads the Vote encourages you to make updating your registration part of your back-to-campus to-do list.

Right now: take two minutes to update your voter registration address or register for the first time online. Live in a College House? Make sure you specify your mailing address and residential address, learn more here.

Visit us at our new website for more information – https://vote.upenn.edu

Opportunities to get involved:

We are looking for students, faculty, and staff to join us in making Penn a more civically engaged campus.

Consider joining us through one of the following opportunities (ordered from least to most commitment):

  1. Volunteer: This is a high impact, low commitment opportunity for those who want to multiply your impact. Volunteers receive free PLTV swag and get priority access to events like National Voter Registration Day.
  2. Fellowships: If you are looking for a longer, more professionally-oriented opportunity to support voting and civic engagement on campus, a fellowship is for you! Fellows work closely with PLTV staff to complete high impact projects over the course of the semester.
  3. Paid Positions: PLTV is hiring an undergraduate partnerships coordinator and diversity and inclusion coordinator. These are paid positions open to students who are passionate about civic engagement and are able to commit 10 hours a week for the remainder of the year. Learn more on our website.




James Dyson Award

James Dyson Award.

What is the James Dyson Award?

The James Dyson Award is an international design award that celebrates, encourages, and inspires the next generation of design engineers. The challenge is simple: design something that solves a problem.

Who can enter?

It is open to current university students of engineering, product design, and industrial design – and those who have graduated in these subjects in the last four years. We’ll ask to see official documentation that proves it.

What can you win?

Students that enter have the opportunity to win $2,500 as a national winner and $35,000 as an international winner, along with a donation of $6,000 to the departments that supported them. New this year! We will offer an additional $35,000 prize for the sustainability award winner, which is the best entry that addresses an environmental issue. The award not only provides an opportunity for students to commercialize their ideas through funding, it also provides an international media platform and exposure which has allowed previous winners such as MarinaTex, a home compostable material designed as an alternative single-use plastic film, to develop into businesses. Be sure to also check out our US National Winner, Thipok Cholsaipant, who is the inventor of Aerolyze, the world’s first breath glucometer for prediabetics. By replacing blood with a breath, the design eliminates the pain and inconvenience of pricking your finger altogether.

Learn more about the James Dyson Award here: https://www.jamesdysonaward.org/en-us/home/ 


Dept. of Defense (DoD) Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship

The Department of Defense (DoD) SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program is a combined educational and workforce development opportunity for STEM students.

For more information and the application process please visit DoD – SMART Scholarship 

Paid/Unpaid Opportunities

ESAP Hiring RTAs! (Deadline February 25, 2022)

We are now recruiting Residential/Teaching Assistants (RTA) for this summer’s premier high school program: Engineering Summer Academy at Penn!

ESAP is an intensive 3-week residential, for-credit summer program for over 200 selective high school students.

Entering our 17th year, ESAP has become a widely recognized engineering enrichment program for high schoolers, both nationally and internationally. Penn Engineering undergraduates and master’s students play a vital role as RTAs. Learn more about ESAP here: https://esap.seas.upenn.edu/

Applications are now OPEN!   https://esap.seas.upenn.edu/rta/

The application deadline is Friday, February 25, 2022

Please direct any questions to: esap@seas.upenn.edu


Participate In NSF Funded Study: Discover How Network of Developers / Mentors Can Impact Professional Identities in Engineering!

Here is an exciting opportunity of participating in a study that can help you discover how Network of Developers/Mentors can impact your professional identities in Engineering !

This study is funded by National Science Foundation (NSF). See attached the Flyer giving participant criteria, benefits including monetary incentive, & Sign-up link.

Here is the Sign-up Link as well: https://drexel.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3n6NdYC1cFp4nAO 


Tech Jobs @ SEAS! (work-study not required)

We’re Computing and Educational Technology Services (CETS), the tech support team for Penn Engineering, and we’d like to invite you to apply for one of our student positions. Why consider joining the best computing staff on campus? See what CETS offers…


At CETS you’re *never* on call, so work doesn’t interfere with your study time. In fact, you customize your schedule to fit your needs and you have the option of making changes as often as you like.

Great Pay/Consistent Pay:

Our positions *start* at $11.00 an hour and our hours are consistent *throughout* the semester, so you never need to worry about slow work weeks affecting your pay.  Work-study is NOT required for this position.


Our students have a team of professionals to back them up, however, our Help Desk is essentially staffed and managed by students.

Nurturing environment:

Our students work with computing professionals who aren’t afraid of giving them real responsibilities while providing encouragement and guidance. Yet, many of our students initially came to us with very little experience.

Engineering is a very demanding curriculum requiring frequent use of our labs. As an Engineering student you will be spending a lot of time in CETS labs using software not found anywhere else on campus. Why not get paid for sharing what you learn?

If you haven’t applied to CETS yet and you want to make the most of your college career, slots are limited so apply today.

Please apply here…



Penn Libraries are hiring students! Apply

The Penn Libraries is now hiring students in a variety of roles. Daytime, evening, and weekend hours are available at library locations across campus.

Applicants should search “Library” in Workday for open positions.

Learn more: https://www.library.upenn.edu/about/hr/students

All students are eligible for employment in the libraries.          

Penn Libraries Hiring Students – January 2022


Red & Blue Engagement Center is hiring non-work study students

The Red & Blue Engagement Center is looking for enthusiastic students (both undergraduate and graduate level) who love Penn or freshman who are learning to love Penn and want to connect with alumni and parents about the great things happening at the University! The center is open year-round and always hiring for the fall, spring, or summer semesters.

The job is posted to Handshake but students can also apply directly at  https://upenn.theengagementcenter.com/


Platt House is seeking an App Designer

Platt House is seeking a designer to create a user friendly app where student artists can connect with other student artists for projects and independent work. We would like to call it Debut or something similar and a description is below.  Compensation will be provided and determined before work is started.

Debut is an app for student artists looking to connect on short term projects. Debut provides a platform for student artists to connect, portfolio-build, and gain experience. This role would require the ability to program an app and would provide creative development and leadership opportunities.

Contact Laurie McCall, Platt House Director (lmccall@upenn.edu) for more information.


Airport Cooperative Research Program's University Design Competition (DEADLINE for submissions: May 13, 2022)

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.

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 Operation and Maintenance
  • Airport Management and Planning
  • Airport Environmental Interactions
  • Runway Safety/ Runway Incursions/Runway Excursions Including Aprons, Ramps, and Taxiway

A variety of multidisciplinary topics are suggested, but students can come up with their own relevant topics for their design solution.

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.

Competition runs from August 16, 2021 to May 13, 2022.  Find more information here: ACRP Design Competiton .  Access guidlines here