• SEAS WEKLY: 11-1-2021

SEAS WEKLY: 11-1-2021

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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

“Difficult times often bring out the best in people.” ― Bernie Sanders

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 after a year that challenged many academic expectations and  norms, 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
November 1-14 Advanced Registration for Spring term
November 8 Last day to withdraw from a course
November 25-28 Thanksgiving Break
December 10 Last Day of classes

Engineering Activities



Friends of Schuylkill River Park - Love Your Park Day (November 13, 2021)

Come join the Friends of the Schuylkill River Park for our fall service day on Saturday, November 13, 2021 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

We will be cleaning up the park, removin weeds, possibly planting trees, and generally make the park sparkle.

You must register for this service opportunity.  Register here


Snack Break with ODEI and EngiQueers (November 11, 2021)

Snack Break with ODEI and EngiQueers

ODEI and EngiQueers are collaborating to host a grab and go snack break, that showcases prominent LGBTQ+ individuals in STEM throughout history. Come grab a snack, and get a fact about a queer individual who played an integral role in the advancement of the STEM field and industry. While learning about queer folks who are making significant contributions to engineering, learn more about the LGBTQ+ resources that are available for Penn students. Representatives from ODEI, oSTEM, and EngiQueers would love to see you!

When: November 11, 2021 from 1PM – 3PM

Where: Levine Lobby 



AWE’s Sophomore Buddy Program (Applications due November 5, 2021)

Hi everyone! Hope the semester has been going well so far. Advancing Women in Engineering (AWE) is starting a sophomore buddy program where we will match you with another sophomore 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 virtual 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 (virtually or in-person).

Please fill out this form by Friday, November 5th at 11:59PM to be matched with a buddy! https://forms.gle/AQLQ7voBbXVJuCXAA

Feel free to reach out to liuannie@seas.upenn.edu and rmetzman@seas.upenn.edu if you have any questions or concerns.


How to Negotiate Salary w/ AWE & Career Services (November 3, 2021)

Getting ready to enter the workforce? Learning how to negotiate your salary once you receive a job offer is often an overlooked but necessary skill to develop. Please join us Wednesday, November 3rd at 7pm to learn more about how to negotiate your salary.

How to Negotiate Your Salary



Caltech Space Challenge 2022 (Applications due November 1, 2021)

The Caltech Space Challenge is a 5-day prestigious event held March 21-25, 2022, in which undergraduate and graduate students from around the world are invited to come to Caltech to compete in designing a space-related mission. The theme for the next challenge is Titan Sample Return.  Students will design a mission to collect, analyze, and return a sample from Titan. They will then present their work in a competitive design review to a panel of industry experts.

Students from a broad range of backgrounds are sought to apply: from engineering and science to graphic design and business/project management. 


More information can be found at our website: Caltech Space Challenge 2022. Applications close on November 1, 2021.

All expenses at Caltech for the event are paid, and a partial to full travel reimbursement will be issued.

You can direct questions to spacechallenge@caltech.edu


Penn Engineering ODEI Opporutnities Portal

Check out the  Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion Opportunities portal!

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

DoD National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG)

The National GEM Consortium Fellowship

Find more opportunites here: https://diversity.seas.upenn.edu/odei-opportunities/  


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

HKUST Research Postgraduate Study Webinars 2021 (November 2, 2021)

Greetings from the HKUST School of Engineering!

You are invited to join us in our Research Postgraduate (RPG) Study Information Webinar which will be held 02 Nov 2021 (HKT). It will cover an introduction on our postgraduate studies, faculty talks on research, and student sharing. Don’t miss out the chance if you are looking for overseas postgraduate learning opportunities! Register for our event now! We hope to see you soon.

For inquiries, please contact sengrpg@ust.hk


Career Industry & Networking Series | Booming & Emerging Fields (November 10,2021)

Wednesday, November 10,2021, 7PM EST

Join Penn Alumni & partners for our Career Industry & Networking Series focused on Emerging & Booming Fields on Wednesday, November 10 at 7 PM ET. The effects on the labor market during the pandemic have led to severe and sudden consequences. Millions of people lost their jobs or were furloughed while many were deemed essential and continued working at great health risks; the rest of the workforce pivoted to remote work. Amid these sudden changes, a new reality that is touching every aspect of the labor market is setting in. In this program we will discuss the current landscape of career and professional development while focusing on the new roles and opportunities that have been created or re-invented because of these changes. The program will feature a moderated panel followed by interactive breakout sessions with our panelists!

Register Today!

 Student Host:

Zöe Patterson, W’23 (she/her)

Student Leader at the Wharton School

Alumni Panelists:

Will Jackson, GEN’16 (he/him)

Management Associate at H-E-B

Steven Tristan Young, W’02 (he/him)

Chief Marketing Officer at Poshmark

Afia Genfi, C’09 (she/her)


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 films, 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 application process please visit DoD – SMART Scholarship 

Paid/Unpaid Opportunities

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 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


At this time, positions are open only to students with Federal Work-Study awards.  See more details here:https://ugrad.seas.upenn.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Penn-Libraries-Student-Employment.pdf 


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