Penn Engineering Weekly

Current Issue: 5/2/22

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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

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.” —J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan


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
May 2-10 Final Examinations
May 10 Spring Term ends
May 10 Baccalaureate
May 14 Alumni Day

Engineering Activities

Announcements:

RAS Academic Advising

 

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/

 

Calling All Engineering Students -Summer Job Opportunity for ALL Engineering students!

Summer plans still up in the air?  Not sure what you want to do this summer?

Join us!!!

It’s that time of year again. Penn GEMS is happening this summer: June 27 – July 1, 2022  We need counselors. This is a Co-Ed week long summer camp, for middle school students.

Are you going to be in Philly June 27 – July 1? Do you like to talk to young people about engineering? Advancing Women in Engineering is looking for counselors (all engineering students welcome to apply!) for our Penn GEMS summer camp. From June 27-July 1, middle school students will be on campus to learn more about engineering and we need your help.

Counselors are needed from 8:30-4:30pm each day and will be paid for their time and provided lunch.

There will be a tentative training for counselors who are selected in June. Training will be no longer than 2 hours and you will be paid for it.  Dates and times/format to be determined.

We are looking for energetic, enthusiastic, creative and fun students who like working with preteens and teens. The middle school students who are coming to this camp really look up to you and are intrigued and excited about engineering. Help AWE introduce engineering as a possibility for their futures.

Please send in your resume and complete the form below as soon as possible. A resume is required. Please upload to the Google form.
https://forms.gle/USLrWMdsnKJiHdmu6

For more information about the Penn GEMS program, check out:
http://www.seas.upenn.edu/awe/gems/index.php

 


Penn Activities

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!

 

Penn Leads the Vote (PLTV)! Spring Primary Election

This spring, our campus community will join the rest of Pennsylvania in voting for candidates for a wide range of political offices including Governor, United States Senate, the House of Representatives, and State Legislature. 

While the election is not until May 17th, you can make a plan TODAY to ensure your vote is counted.

Live in New Jersey? Click here for information pertaining to your primary election

Since this is a closed primary election, you must be registered with a party to vote for office candidates in the primary. Take two minutes to register to vote or confirm your party affiliation. If you do not select a party affiliation, you will be allowed to vote on ballot measures.

Right now: Find your polling location,  make a plan to go on election day, and block out time on your calendar to vote

  • If you prefer to vote by mail, request your mail-in ballot online and make a plan to return it when received. Your ballot request must be received by May 10th, and your voted ballot returned by May 17th. However we suggest you complete the mail-in voting process as soon as possible.

  • If you live in Philadelphia and prefer to vote early in-person at City Hall, block out time during business hours in your calendar to visit the County Board of Elections Office between April 18th and May 10th.

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.

If you want help registering to vote or have questions about anything else voting related, PLTV can help:

 

Lavender Graduation 2022

Graduating from Penn and LGBTQ+? Then we want to celebrate you! Attend the LGBT Center’s Lavender Graduation where the focus is on you, your triumphs, and your hard work. Being involved with the Center is not required. Plus, we have gifts for you. Registration must be received by Sunday, May 1,2022. Register here if you’re graduating.

Please invite friends, family, mentors, or anyone else you would like to help recognize your achievement. If they cannot come in person, they can attend via zoom.

Not graduating, but want to cheer for our grads? Attend in person or virtually! The ceremony will be at the LGBT Center (3907 Spruce St) and current Penn COVID protocols will be in place.  If you cannot attend in person, you can join us virtually at this zoom link.

 


Scholarships

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

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…

Flexibility:

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.

Autonomy:

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…

http://www.seas.upenn.edu/cets/student-employment/apply-online.php

 

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

 

Hospitality Services Hiring for Summer 2022

Hospitality Services is hiring for Summer 2022! We have a number of student positions available.  Please see below for list of summer positions and brief description.

 

This Summer we have the following roles available:

Guest Services Attendant:

The Guest Services Attendant will share in the responsibility of making each student, conference, and program participant feel welcome on Penn’s campus. They serve as front-line customer service representative and central service provider for residential and visiting guests. Provide administrative support to the Guest Services Manager and the Residential Services Manager in the management of access, emergency room assignments, and daily report logs. Work in cooperation with the Information Centers to support move-in/move-outs, facilities issues, and coverage for other Information Centers as needed. This individual will assist with all phases of Information Center operations including, but not limited to, providing excellent customer service, creation of move-in materials, access management, and providing prompt follow-up on facilities and housekeeping concerns. The Guest Services Attendant supports and fosters the customer service goals of Hospitality Services. Compensation for this role will be $12.00 per hour.

Guest Services Manager:

The Guest Services Manager will play a vital role in presenting Penn as a hospitable, service-oriented institution. The Guest Services Manager assists the Residential Services Manager in providing overall management for the day-to-day operation of the Information Center. They serve as the buildings primary contact for Hospitality Services staff, FRES and Building Operations group, residential program leaders and additional university partners. This role will manage the building Information Center and train, supervise, and assign work to the Guest Services Attendants in conjunction with the Residential Services Manager. They will assist RSM with documenting, evaluating, and following up on facilities requests. Assists with front-line management of emergency response to events (fire alarms, facilities emergencies, etc.). Coordinates response with appropriate staff. This role will participate in an on-call rotation during evenings and weekends and communicate on-call activity. The Guest Services Manager required duties include, but are not limited to, managing student staff, communicating guest & conference information to Hospitality Services, leading weekly staff meetings, ensuring Guest Services Attendants are successful in their positions, and providing front-line service on a regular basis. Compensation for this role will be $13.00 per hour.

Hospitality Intern:

The Hospitality Intern serves in a cross-functional capacity and is responsible for assisting in the operations of Hospitality Services. This position reports directly to the Associate Directors, Program Manager, and Coordinators. Each intern will have an area of focus (events, operations, front-line) but will support the entire Hospitality Services team. Each Hospitality Intern must have very flexible work availability; some weekend work is required. The hospitality Intern required duties include, but are not limited to, answering main phone line & email account, & responding to customer inquiries. Perform data collection and entry, communicate with clients and participants, check individual/program content for accuracy, double check information, & assist in the preparation and distribution of materials Communication with internal partners including Housing, Dining, Catering, Transportation, PennCard, and others. Perform additional duties as assigned & provide support for other areas as needed. Compensation for this role will be $13.00 per hour.

Hospitality Operations Assistant:

The Hospitality Operations Assistant will play a vital role in the various ‘behind the scenes’ projects that create a seamless & customer-focused operation and present Penn as a hospitable, service-oriented institution. The Operations Assistants perform varied physical, facilities-related, and logistical tasks in support of summer operations including, but not limited to helping guests with move-in & move-out processes. They will provide set-up, breakdown, parking & traffic control support for large program events and move-in/move-out days. Perform inspection of facilities to identify life safety issues, housekeeping issues, and condition of facilities. The Operations Assistant will be responsible for distribution of guest amenities, inventory management, floating Information Center coverage, and maintaining clean storage areas as needed. Compensation for this role will be $12.00 per hour.

Hospitality Operations Manager:

The Hospitality Operations Manager will lead in the responsibility of making each student, conference, and program participant feel welcome on Penn’s campus. This individual will train and supervise a team of Operations Assistants; together the team will play a vital role in the various ‘behind the scenes’ projects that create a seamless & customer-focused operation and present Penn as a hospitable, service-oriented institution. The Operations Manager will oversee logistical and operational projects including, but not limited to; signage, staffing & payroll, move-ins & move-outs, parking control, cart management, amenity delivery, facilities inspections, storage organization and inventory. As a project leader in the field the Operation Manger schedules and assigns work to inspection teams, responsible for quality control of inspections (safety issues, housekeeping issues, and condition of facilities), and makes sure inspections are handled in a responsible, appropriate, and timely manner. This person will lead weekly Hospitality Operations staff meetings and set a positive and professional tone for his/her staff. This individual is also responsible for maintaining data on the status of facilities projects in summer buildings. Compensation for this role will be $13.00 per hour.

Information Technology Assistant:

The Information Technology Assistant (ITA) will share in the responsibility of making each student, conference, and program participant feel welcome and acclimated on Penn’s campus. This individual will assist guests with their technical needs including accessing the Penn Network and monitoring the computer labs to make sure the university’s equipment is properly maintained. The Information Technology Assistant required duties include but are not limited to; monitor and aid during computer lab shifts, ensuring that labs schedule is strictly followed and that the university’s equipment is monitored or always secured. According to conference move-in calendar, participate in “mini-crushes” (patches, scans, etc.) and AirPennNet connection sessions (laptops, mobile devices, gaming systems). Maintain excellent communication with the ITA Manager to make them aware of guest’s problems and needs. Compensation for this role will be $12.00 per hour.

Information Technology Manager:

The Information Technology Manager will supervise a team of Information Technology Assistants (ITAs). The ITA Manager has the overall responsibility for the open labs and will work to create seamless & customer-focused operational processes. This person will lead weekly ITA staff meetings and set a positive and professional tone for his/her staff. This position participates in staff orientation and in an on-call rotation during evenings and weekends and communicate on-call activity via written report. The Information Technology Manager will oversee computer labs in summer buildings and ITA staff, including but not limited to setting lab and staff schedules, leading ITA staff meetings, implementing staff training, and working with the ADO to submit staff payroll. They Participate in covering lab shifts and according to conference move-in calendar, schedule staff for “mini-crushes” (patches, scans, etc.) and AirPennNet connection sessions (laptops, mobile devices, gaming systems).

Compensation for this role will be $13.00 per hour.

Summer Community Advisor:

The Summer Community Advisor (SCA) will share in the responsibility of making each student, conference, and program participant feel welcome on Penn’s campus. The Community Advisor acts as a university liaison and campus resource for approximately 30-60 students residing in on-campus housing during the summer months. This position requires administrative, programming, and judicial duties pertaining to your residents. The Summer Community Advisor reports to the Summer Residential Director. This position serves in the On-Duty rotation for after-hours student issues. This is a live-in position and free on-campus housing is provided. The Summer Community Advisor required duties include but are not limited to establish and maintain relationships with residents by meeting on a weekly basis. Be sensitive and aware of potential issues and how to address them in a supportive manner. Create programming that supports the needs of your residents. Respond to residents’ academic, social, and personal concerns/questions in a timely manner. Serve as an advocate for the students’ needs and concerns. Balance the student voice with the institutional needs. Compensation for this role will be $12.00 per hour.

Senior Summer Community Advisor (SrSCA):

The Senior Summer Community Advisor (SSCA) will share in the responsibility of making each student, conference, and program participant feel welcome on Penn’s campus. The Sr. Community Advisor acts as a university liaison and campus resource for approximately 30-60 students residing in on-campus housing during the summer months and manages Summer Community Advisors. This position requires administrative, programming, and judicial duties pertaining to your residents. This is a live-in position and free on-campus housing is provided. The Senior Summer Community Advisor reports to the Summer Residential Director. This position serves in the On-Duty rotation for after-hours student issues. The Senior Summer Community Advisor required duties include but are not limited to working with the Summer Residential Director to oversee the Summer Community Advisors. Establish and maintain relationships with residents by meeting on a weekly basis. Be sensitive and aware of potential issues and how to address them in a supportive manner. Create programming that supports the needs of your residents. Respond to residents’ academic, social, and personal concerns/questions in a timely manner. Serve as an advocate for the students’ needs and concerns. Balance the student voice with the institutional needs. Compensation for this role will be $13.00 per hour.

 

2022 ExxonMobil LOFT Fellowship Program (App Due May 15)

ExxonMobil LOFT Fellowship

ExxonMobil Corporation, the largest publicly traded international energy company, has partnered with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) to create fellowship opportunities in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) for Hispanic college students. Through HHF’s Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT) program, ExxonMobil seeks to nurture motivated college students across the country, with a passion for Engineering and Science.

Selected students will be exposed to a top-quality company by participating in this signature mentoring program. Each student will be paired up with an ExxonMobil professional to learn how their knowledge and skills are applied in a corporate setting.

Fellowship Components
The Fellowship consists of five 1-hour meetings with a mentor (virtual or in person), participation in the Harvard-certified ExxonMobil mentee program (on-line), an exclusive curriculum to introduce Fellows to ExxonMobil and career opportunities, and a $1,000 educational grant. In addition, there exists the possibility to interview for ExxonMobil positions (internships/full-time) upon successful completion of the Fellowship.

Fellowship Requirements
This opportunity is highly competitive and open to rising sophomores, juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students attending a 4-year college or university.
Fellowship applicants with the following majors will be given priority:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geoscience
  • Material Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Applicants with these majors will be considered also: Chemistry, Computer Science Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mathematics, Petroleum Engineering, and Physics.

Other Requirements:

  • Must plan to pursue a career in the fields/majors listed above
  • Have a GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States with a valid Social Security Number at the time of application. All legal permanent residents must submit a copy of their valid permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551 (not expired).

Please Click Here For Fellowship Application

If you have questions, please contact Julian@hispanicheritage.org. Please use “ExxonMobil LOFT Fellowship” in the subject line.

The 2022 ExxonMobil LOFT Fellowship Application will close May 15, 2022, @11:59 p.m EDT.This opportunity available through the LOFT program are for Hispanic students. Others interested should contact the company’s website directly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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