SEAS Weekly 8-30-22

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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

“Hold fast to your dreams, for without them life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.” — Langston Hughes

Highlights for the Week

  • Secular and Religious Holidays Policy In accordance with the policy “no examinations may be given and no assigned work may be required” on these specific holiday dates during the 2022-23 academic year. You can also find the 2022-23 holidays calendar on our website. The full text of the policy can also be found in the Pennbook:

*Sunday 9/25 (sunset) to Tuesday 9/27 – Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)

*Tuesday 10/4 (sunset) to Wednesday 10/5 – Yom Kippur (Jewish)

Tuesday 11/8 – Election Day (Secular)

Sunday 12/25 – Christmas (Christian)

*Wednesday 4/5 (sunset) to Thursday 4/13 (9 days) – Passover (Jewish)

No exams or assigned work may be required from the evening of 4/5 through 4/7

Friday 4/7 – Good Friday (Christian)

* – indicates holiday begins at sunset on the first date given

In addition students may request alternate arrangements for any other holiday of importance to them as explained in section 3 of the policy. Students must make these arrangements at the beginning of the semester; within the first two weeks of classes is recommended.


  • 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


  • 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:
    • CAPS: 
    • 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
August 30 First Day of Classes
September 5 Labor Day (no classes)
September 13 Course Selection Period ends
October 6-9 Fall Term Break

Engineering Activities

RAS Academic Advising


New Course - ESE3600 TinyML Machine Learning for Embedded Systems

ESE3600 Tiny Machine Learning is all about taking a small computing device and enabling it with machine learning smarts.

This is a very exciting course that first introduces you to the fundamentals of machine learning.

You will develop applications to process and understand images, speech and motion gestures

– All on battery-operated embedded hardware that costs less than a dollar.

This enables interactive and useful sensor-based systems to solve real-world problems.

Think of this as a first course in both machine learning and embedded systems – you don’t need any background in either.

TinyML brings AI into the Internet of Things to create modern applications at the edge of the internet.

Watch the short intro lecture to learn more – TinyML Intro Lecture

Register here –


Engineering Deans' Advisory Board Coffee Chat Sign Up & Info Session (9/7)

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.

We meet weekly to research and develop our initiatives, which can range from leading crash courses to pushing for syllabus and grading clarity. We then present on our projects in semesterly Deans’ meetings, where we meet with Dean Kumar, Associate Dean Composto, and many others!

We’d love to pair you with a current EDAB member to discuss all things related to our work, life on campus and just hang out!

The Quad-Board Info Session will be September 7 at 7:00 pm in the Wu & Chen Auditorium.

Check us out through our website:

Sign up for Coffee Chats here:


Workshop: How to Apply to Graduate School & NSF GRFP Fellowship (App Due 9/5)

Are you interested in a graduate education in science and engineering? If yes, then please consider attending a hands-on workshop to walk you through applying to Ph.D. programs and funding opportunities. The “Pathway to Ph.D.” (PPP) program is sponsored by The Internet of Things for Precision Agriculture (IoT4Ag) Engineering Research Center, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The program will take place virtually on September 10th 2022. 

Read on for more information!


IoT4Ag seeks motivated undergraduate students who wish to (1) learn about the graduate school admission process and factors that contribute to a strong graduate school application, (2) gain an understanding of the components of fellowship opportunities like the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program application, and (3) write a personal statement and a research plan for select program funding opportunities. Due to the intensive, hands-on nature of the workshop, interested students must apply. Selected students will participate in a virtual workshop where they will be mentored by NSF-ERC-affiliated faculty members and graduate students, many of whom are former and/or current NSF Fellows.

Pathway to Ph.D. Program (PPP) Workshop Details


  • Juniors and seniors (as of fall 2022) interested in pursuing a Ph.D.
  • Majoring in engineering, agricultural science, or a related discipline.
  • Interest in IoT technologies in agricultural settings.

How to Apply

We strongly encourage applications from American Indian or Alaskan Natives, Asians, Black or African Americans, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, Hispanics, Veterans, Women, and people with disabilities. Our organization does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability or veteran status.

A link to the application can be found here. Applications are due by Monday, September 05, 2022. 

Accepted Students

Students will be notified via email regarding their acceptance into the program.


If you have any questions, please contact:


Accelerated Master's Webinar Recording

Dear Penn Engineering Undergraduate Students,

Thank you to those who joined us at the Accelerated Master’s webinar. Here is the link for the recording:  (Passcode: 8yX.=ai0).

Any questions should be directed to or you can reach out directly to the graduate program.


Boon Thau Loo (Associate Dean for Graduate Programs)

Alyse Edwards, Tori Frew, Courtney Johnson (Graduate Academic Affairs)

Christina Burton (Graduate Admissions)


Penn Activities

Penn Abroad Fair (9/9)

The Penn Abroad Fair will be Friday, September 9th from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Perry World House. For more information click on the flyer below!

Penn Abroad Fair Flyer


Journeying into Civil Rights History with Herman Beavers and Bryan Stevenson (10/6 - 10/9)

Penn’s inaugural Alumni Civil Rights Trip will happen this fall (October 6-9, 2022). This program was modelled from a program GIC has been offering students for 25 years.

Participants who choose this trip will have the wonderful opportunity to journey with Dr. Herman Beavers as the faculty host and Sherisse Laud-Hammond as the staff host from Alumni Relations. An additional highlight will be Bryan Stevenson, Founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, who will speak about his work with the Equal Justice Initiative. This is a thought-provoking experience for those eager to delve into history and movement work in the South.

For more information and instructions on how to sign up, please click on the following flyer: Alabama 2022 TOUR Brochure


Paid/Unpaid Opportunities

Non work-study positions available at Red & Blue Engagement Center

The Red & Blue Engagement Center is looking for enthusiastic student ambassadors (both undergraduate and graduate level) who 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.

Students earn up to $13.50/hr with the opportunity for incentive based rewards and prizes. The center offers flexible scheduling (open 7/days a week) to allow students to work around their academic schedules.

The center is typically open:

   Sundays | 12:00 – 8:00pm

   Mondays | 6:00 – 9:00pm

   Tuesdays | 6:00 – 9:00pm

   Wednesdays | 6:00 – 9:00pm

   Thursdays | 6:00 – 9:00pm

   Fridays | 2:00 – 5:00pm

   Saturdays | 12:00 – 6:00pm

Additional hours, including late night hours (9:00 – 11:00pm) and weekday hours, are available periodically as well.


To apply, visit the Red & Blue Engagement Center’s website at

For more information, contact the Center’s manager, Emma Burns at:

Email |

Phone | 215.573.5231

Check out PennCalling here:

Flyer: Engagement Ambassador 


Tech Jobs at Penn Engineering! (Deadline to apply 9/2)

We’re Computing and Educational Technology Services (CETS), the tech team that supports 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 welcomed, but 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.

Deadline:  Friday, September 2nd.  Apply here…