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volume 8 spring 2011

Engineers Week Newsletter celebrating the 36th annual Engineers Week at the University of California, Los Angeles

Above: SAE Baja Project, Engineers Without Borders, Society of Women Engineers. See inside for more! Welcome to the 36th annual Engineers Week! The Engineering Society of UCLA (ESUC), with the help of other engineering student organizations on campus, is proud to present an amazing week where engineers with different specializations gather together in order to show our passion for what we do. We have a diverse range of organizations ready to support and guide students throughout their studies here at UCLA. We will have activities everyday and all clubs will be showcasing so that we all can see how fantastic their organizations are. Come and join us throughout the week and learn what engineering is all about. ESUC serves mainly to unite all engineering organizations. We help guide engineer students, especially freshman and transfers, throughout their studies at UCLA with our mentorship program. We also host information sessions where companies, like Yahoo, Kaplan, Accenture, and others, come to talk about what they do and the opportunities available for us. We offer a comfortable lounge where students can come to talk, play, eat, and study just like at home. Large scale events like Engineers Week (E-Week) in the spring and the Engineering Welcome Day (EWD) in the fall are organized in order to unite all clubs on campus and link them to current and new engineer students. We hope everyone will be able to come and learn all the exciting activities and opportunities provided by outstanding engineering clubs on campus and see what they offer. We, at ESUC, recommend all engineers to join the organizations because the experience and memories built as a result can’t be found anywhere else. Please come and join us in our celebration!

Inside this newsletter: 2 — HKN 3 — UPE, ISPE 4 — IEEE 5 — SWE, MRS 6 — Baja SAE 7 — LUG 8 — Feature: EWB

10 — TBP, AISES 11 — AIChE 12 — E-Week Schedule 13 — ESUC Mentorship 14 — Games: KenKen 15 — Crossword, xkcd 16 — ESUC Board

Sincerely, Bin Chan Winter and Spring 2011 President Engineering Society of UCLA

April 4th to April 8th, 2011


Eta Kappa Nu Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) is a unique organization dedicated to encouraging and recognizing excellence in the electrical and computer engineering fields. Members consist of students, alumni, and other professionals who have demonstrated exceptional academic and professional accomplishments. Student members are selected on the basis of scholastic standing, character, and leadership. Through a variety of service programs and leadership training, student members develop lifelong skills that earmark them for prominent positions in industry and academia. Members are much better prepared for the postcollege world and are especially valuable and attractive to employers. They are recognized as extremely capable, both technically and professionally. For more than 100 years, the national honor society of Eta Kappa Nu has embraced excellence. UCLA’s own chapter, the Iota Gamma Chapter, was founded on March 24, 1984

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by Professor Alan Willson, who still serves as our faculty advisor today. At UCLA, membership in HKN is extended to undergraduates in the top fourth of the junior class and the top third of the senior class in EE and CSE. Prospective members then participate in projects and social activities that demonstrate their dedication to serving fellow members of the Electrical and Computer Engineering community, the ultimate goal of HKN. Because of the strict scholastic nature and the rigorous induction requirements of HKN, membership is only extended to a small portion of UCLA’s junior and senior EE/ CSE classes. As a member of HKN, students are immediately welcomed into an organization of motivated and topperforming students who share the same passion for electrical and computer engineering. They are also privileged to many benefits and closed events put together by the Iota Gamma Chapter. Although this selective group accounts for only a portion of UCLA’s undergraduate EE/CSE students, the Iota Gamma Chapter also prides itself in hosting a variety events open to the entire EE community. Examples of open events include Corporate Infosessions, Professor Talks, MATLAB tutorials, and joint events with other engineering student groups. These events are specifically geared and tailored to the needs of the EE/CSE community, regardless of their membership to HKN.

Upsilon Pi Epsilon Upsilon Pi Epsilon is the first, and only, existing international honor society in the computing and information disciplines. Founded at Texas A&M university in 1967, it was not until recently that a chapter was refounded here at UCLA. As an organization, it is Upsilon Pi Epsilon’s goal to promote the computing sciences, as well as offer exciting corporate and social networking opportunities to our members. Upsilon Pi Epsilon offers admission to any UCLA computer science, computer science and engineering, or electrical engineering student that has a GPA of at least 3.5, has obtained at least junior standing, and completes our requirements to join. However, Upsilon Pi Epsilon does offer many different programs and events to both members and nonmembers alike. Currently, we are offering several exciting programs. Our organization currently holds a tutoring program with Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi, which provides academic assistance to students that need help with their studies.

We also provide a mentorship program with ESUC which aims to introduce freshman computer science students to upperclassmen for guidance with their academic careers and college life. Also, last year we held our first ever outreach event at a local middle school with the intent of promoting the computing sciences to young students. Recently, we held a corporate mixer which brought our members together with recruiters from many companies, including Yahoo, Google, and Blizzard Entertainment. We also offer class planning workshops, infosessions with companies, real talks with professors, and social events with our members. Membership in Upsilon Pi Epsilon is a great way to make connections with many different companies and computer science students. If you would like to know more about Upsilon Pi Epsilon please visit our website located at http://upe.seas. There you will find everything you need to know about our organization, including information about our programs, members, and upcoming events. Please look out for our many events in the future.

International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) started the UCLA Student Chapter in Winter 2009. ISPE is the premiere student organization for those interested in the biotechnology, biomedical, and pharmaceutical fields. Engineering and science majors of all types are encouraged to join. Members of ISPE aspire to become physicians, researchers, pharmacists, CEOs, and industry professionals. Our goal is to educate members professionally and boost your career through 1) Networking 2) Resume and interview workshops 3) Infosessions for pharmacy, graduate and business schools 4) Company visits

5) Internship, job and research opportunities 6) Industry tours ISPE is housed in the UCLA Department of Bioengineering. Our faculty advisors are Professor Timothy Deming and Professor Bill Tawil. We are currently sponsored by Biokinetics and Bio-Rad Laboratories. ISPE also has connections with the UCLA School of Engineering, UCLA Anderson School of Management, and other healthcare and life science companies.v Our past events have included MBA, pharmacy school, and graduate school infosessions, resume workshops, visits from companies such as Amgen, St. Jude, Baxter, and an undergraduate lab fair. ISPE is currently accepting officer applications for the 2011-2012 school year. Applicants can visit for further information. ISPE UCLA can also be found on Facebook.

April 4th to April 8th, 2011


The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers is a national organization comprised of students, professionals, and researchers in the fields of electrical and computer engineering and the sciences. Join our branch to be a part of hands-on, field-related events and workshops, as well as to attend beneficial forums and corporate info-sessions–all of which will help you in your path towards a career in the field of electrical engineering and computer science-engineering. The student branch conducts regular General Meetings throughout the quarter in order to help the students actively

NATCAR, Micromouse, and Open Project Space. Starting this year UCLA IEEE has started a brand new program called Open Project Space (OPS). OPS is designed to educate and expand the practical skill sets of EE/CE students on campus. This year long program is tasked with preparing prospective IEEE members in the many skills that are useful for internships and research opportunities, as well as expose them to the many student groups and undergrad research positions on campus. During the fall quarter IEEE hosted a regional Southern

participate in the IEEE student branch at UCLA. General meetings are usually held once every two weeks with the aim of helping students get the most out of their engineering experience. Some of the topics of previous General Meetings include a Resume Workshop, an Internship Panel, a Pathways workshop, and a Class Planning Workshop. Student participation in the general meetings nearly doubled this year, reflecting their enthusiasm. To facilitate student interest in engineering topics, we conduct year-long projects designed to link theory learnt in classes with practical applications. These projects include

Area Meeting, a Townhall Meeting, 4 General Meetings, IEEE Xtreme, and a number of academic social events. In the winter quarter we hosted S-PAVe, our biggest annual event. Ever since our successful fall general meeting, we have been able to maintain a healthy turnout(40-50 students) at our events. Last year UCLA IEEE won the ‘Most Improved Student Group of the Year’ award. To join our mailing list, visit . You can also Join our facebook page (UCLA IEEE), and follow us on twitter (uclaieee).

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Society of Women Engineers Evening with Industry (EWI) is the signature annual event hosted by SWE-UCLA at Covel Commons’ Grad Horizon Ballroom during winter quarter. This year, our 34th Evening with Industry took place on January 25th, 2011 and was a great success. Over the past few years, EWI has been sold out with over 250 engineering students and more than 30 companies. A private career fair, open exclusively to students attending EWI, follows this dinner reception. Our event is open to all UCLA engineering students, so the companies attending come from a wide range of industries. This way, not only do you get to talk personally with company representatives at dinner, you also get the chance to network with all the other companies at EWI. Almost all these companies are usually recruiting for full time positions as well as summer interns so it’s the perfect place and time

to network with companies that you wish to work for in the future. An integral part of our event is also a keynote speech by an inspiring female engineer. This year, we were fortunate enough to have Siddika Demir, the current president of SWE national, as our keynote speaker as she shared with us her exciting and challenging experiences she encountered as a woman engineer. In addition to all this, all EWI attendees are given a delicious dinner and dessert as well as raffle tickets for a chance to win amazing prizes generously donated by our sponsors. Gift cards, vide games, I-pods, notebooks, TV subscriptions are only some of the prizes that we usually give away at EWI. This event is only one of many that SWE puts on in order to help engineering students network with companies, develop professional skills, and create connections in school and in industry for the future.

Materials Research Society Greetings from Materials Research Society of UCLA! MRS is a group that connects materials science and engineering students at UCLA together with faculty, alumni, and companies who look for students with a materials science background. This past fall, we hosted a liquid nitrogen ice cream social as well as a California Steel Industries infosession. In January, MRS members partook in a California Steel facility tour in Fontana, CA where students got an inside look at one of the largest steel production plants on the West Coast. We also invited students and UCLA materials engineering alumni to our 3rd annual Alumni Panel where alumni from a wide range of graduation years spoke to current undergraduate, graduate and PhD students about their career experiences. Attendees enjoyed free Jersey Mike’s sandwiches and snacks during the panel. The alumni had many different professions,

including process engineering for aerospace companies, production management, and patent law. Students were free to ask any questions ranging from their concerns for their own college and future career choices to what the alumni do in their jobs and spare time. All of these events helped materials science students to connect with each other and to learn more about what a materials engineer can do after graduation. We are currently having an MRS t-shirt contest, and we plan to have a t-shirt fundraiser. MRS will be hosting more events in the future including a chat with materials engineering professors, an MRS barbeque, and officer elections (all positions will be open). So stay tuned by joining our MRS-UCLA Facebook group and looking out for e-mails!

April 4th to April 8th, 2011


Baja SAE The UCLA Baja SAE project draws on a group of students primarily of mechanical, electrical and aerospace undergraduate engineering students. The core group members set up a range of hours each week as open shop hours. During this time, any student is welcome to help with the project. This ranges from learning part of the design process to physically creating parts. Former knowledge is not required of the students as the team leaders provide instruction and guidance as necessary. There are no minimum hours or commitments required, however, the amount of time a student contributes into the project returns in skills acquired. A dedicated student may learn all the complexities involved with the Baja car, but even a student that comes in for just one hour for the whole year can still benefit from the skills to be gained working in a real project room. Once trained, members can continue with their own projects, and reach out to other university students. Most importantly, team members can spread technical knowledge that can be used to create and manage more efficient, robust systems on campus and in the industry. The Baja project provides students an opportunity to expand upon theories taught in class and apply them in a practical manner. Even more impressive, they will carry out these theories for real world applications. Seeing applications of classroom topics helps beginning students since they will be familiar with the material before taking the classes. This introduction enhances understanding and allows team members to tutor classmates for the improvement of the undergraduate engineering program. Students will experience computer-aided design and drafting, systems analysis, machining and fabrication techniques, assembly of a project, testing, budget management, business proposals, project management and teamwork. The club makes use of purchased and donated raw materials to affect these ends. Each component designed by team members is used as a teaching aid in the student machine shop. A team leader will guide members as well as any interested students through the processes necessary to arrive at the final product. Not only does the group design and fabricate components, we use the Baja vehicle as a test platform to verify the quality of the design and manufacturing

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process. Many parts are broken throughout the testing process, only to be replaced throughout the season and at the beginning of each year. This process is documented to create a knowledge base for future students. If a student is to be successful in the transition from university to field work, a solid understanding of the engineering design process is necessary. All engineering students review these skills; however those involved with this program become much more proficient. Consequently, they can mentor other UCLA students and represent the university in the professional environment. Just this past year, our president went on to Caltech’s Ph.D. program and many members interned at companies such as Scandia National Laboratories, SpaceX, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, and many others. We take all of the skills learned in industry and apply them directly to the project and teach our members critical thinking skills that most engineering students may not acquire or experience during their undergraduate program. This past year, the UCLA SAE Baja team placed 16th overall at a competition among 85 top universities from around the world. Individually, we placed 9th in design, 5th in the sales presentation, 15th in acceleration, and 16th in the four-hour endurance race. This past year was the best UCLA has placed in its history and we are excited to progress even better in the years to come. This year we are focusing on weight reduction to increase our power to weight ratio and maneuverability with a new gearbox differential, suspension set up and braking system. We are excited as our new vehicle is coming together for competition this May.

Linux Users Group The Linux Users Group office, in Boelter 3820, is home to volunteers who provide software and hardware assistance to students and faculty in need. Every quarter, we hold quarterly Installfest, where members provide free Linux installations for students required to have it for class or those curious about how Linux works. Our group members will give instruction on the basics of the operating system, and for those wary of putting a new operating system on their computer, we will put the system on a USB drive, if provided. Linux is really prevalent in academia, and it is free. We want to make for a better understanding of the open source nature of Linux. Many computer science classes require the Linux operating system because it is open source versus a propriety system, which allows for creativity in expanding on the code rather than simply using an already set one. Our main goal is to provide a community that is easily accessible and much more personal than people are used to, since you can’t underestimate the importance of human contact. Our group runs solely on donations of computers, books and other tools from software companies and publishers, in order to sustain its support system for students in need of technological assistance of all types. The office is open to all students on the weekdays, as long as someone is in the office, typically until 6 p.m. but those hours are almost always extended if someone is in the office. Although it may seem like strictly a computer science group, there are people from different majors including history and linguistics. Our group is loosely organized, but everyone’s welcome here whether you have questions about computers or just want to hang out. Anyone who is interested in joining the group, learning more about Linux, or discussing computer related topics is welcome to attend events or walk into Boelter 3820.

For more information about UCLA’s engineering and technical student groups, visit the ESUC website at or contact the ESUC secretary by emailing April 4th to April 8th, 2011


Engineers Without Borders

Engineers Without Borders – UCLA (EWB-UCLA) is a student-run organization that partners with disadvantaged communities around the world to improve their quality of life through sustainable engineering projects. Established in 2005 as one of the first student chapters of the national organization, EWB-UCLA has served numerous communities locally and abroad since its inception. Our past projects have included: the construction of a health clinic in Samli, Thailand, the installation of solar panels in Jocotenango, Guatemala, and the construction of a schoolhouse in No Lae, Thailand. Just last year, the group completed construction on composting latrines in Kukra River, Nicaragua and this project is currently in its follow-up and post-implementation stages. At present, the group is focusing its efforts on three projects: constructing a schoolhouse in Kukra River, Nicaragua, building rainwater catchment systems in Chocantariy, Guatemala, and providing computer refurbishment and education to inner-city Los Angeles schools. Each of our projects is planned and implemented by UCLA students from start to finish, under the supervision and mentorship of a professional engineer. This means that every project that we work on is founded in the hard work and ingenuity of UCLA students. Each year, group members travel to project sites around the world to aid in the construction of projects as well as perform site assessments and community follow-ups. As a non-profit organization, our projects rely on funding provided by external grants, both from university-affiliated sources and other charitable foundations and non-profit organizations across the nation and world. As such, our projects are the result of a closeknit support system that extends far beyond UCLA. Every project that we successfully complete is the product of a united vision for a better and more sustainable world. EWB-UCLA consists of a diverse collection of both undergraduate and graduate students, from all majors and disciplines, working hard to construct projects that will improve standards of living on a local and global scale. Following is a brief overview of three projects we are currently focused on.

Boot Up:

Refurbishing Computers for Local Public Schools This ongoing project in the local area involves the refurbishment of used computers to be donated to Los Angeles public schools serving disadvantaged communities. Many of these schools lack a computer lab that students can use, so EWB-UCLA seeks to provide these schools and their students with usable and reliable computers that group members refurbish themselves.

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Kukra River, Nicaragua:

Project S.E.D. (Sanitation, Education, and Development) This ongoing project in Southeastern Nicaragua involves the construction of a schoolhouse with an adjoining rainwater collection system in the agrarian community of Las BreĂąas, along the Kukra River in Nicaragua. There are currently a large number of children in the community that do not attend school simply because the only schoolhouse within the area is located over an hour away by foot. The location of the school also requires that the children cross a bridge that passes over the Kukra River, and this bridge is often destroyed or flooded during the wet season, making the journey to school extremely dangerous and often times impossible. Project members are currently finalizing designs for the schoolhouse, and a trip is planned for summer 2011 to begin construction on the building foundation. A second component of this project involves the construction of an adjoining rainwater catchment system that will provide a clean, year-round water supply to members of the community. The idea is that families will be able to take their children to school and retrieve clean water from the rainwater catchments to take back to their homes for personal use. Above all, education is a priority in the community, as it will provide community members with the tools to combat sanitation problems and the knowledge to improve their communities. In previous years, EWB-UCLA members constructed composting latrines in the neighboring community of San Sebastian, in an attempt to combat the sanitation issues due to human waste runoff into the local river. As a continuation of this, Project SED will focus on monitoring the impacts that these latrines have had on local sanitation standards, particularly on the incidence of diseases like kidney problems, headaches, fever, diarrhea and flu.

Chocantariy, Guatemala:

Water Sustainability Project (Rainwater Catchment Systems) This ongoing project involves the construction of household-scale rainwater collection systems for the purpose of collecting and storing clean drinking water during the rainy season (May – December) for use during the dry season (January - April). In addition to providing a clean source of water to community members year-round, this project also provides training for local masons and creates jobs within the community, helping to improve the local economic resources of Chocantariy. Each water catchment system uses a cast-in-place concrete tank (for water storage), with PVC piping connected to existing tin roofs (for rainwater collection). Two designs have been implemented on past trips: an above-ground design, and an in-ground design. Depending on the soil conditions and water table levels of the selected site, project members decide which design is best to implement.

April 4th to April 8th, 2011


Tau Beta Pi Tau Beta Pi is an intercollegiate engineering honor society. But what makes us different from other honor societies? We are simply an Engineering Honor Society; not an Electrical Engineering honor society or a Chemical Engineering Honor Society. Only in Tau Beta Pi will members be able to meet, network, and form lasting friendships with students in other engineering disciplines. In order to join Tau Beta Pi, candidates must have either junior or senior level class standing and be ranked either in the top eighth of their class (if junior class standing) or in the top fifth (if senior class standing). There is also an application process in which candidates have to fulfill certain requirements, such as partaking in two hours of community service, tutoring other UCLA students, and bonding with fellow candidates and other members through social events. At first these requirements may seem tedious but they are employed to make sure new members uphold our organization mantra: “Integrity and Excellence in Engineering.” Candidates already proved their academic

excellence by placing in the top of their respective classes, but Tau Beta Pi is more than just a group of people with high GPA’s. We strive to not only make excellent engineers, but also excellent people who will exercise integrity in their work and beyond. As an organization, we provide various services to members and other UCLA students. Free drop-in tutoring for most lower division engineering classes is available on a daily basis in our tutoring room in Boelter Hall 6266. We also have a mentorship program which allows younger students to get advice about classes and career from older, more experienced members. Partnering with other engineering clubs on campus, we also organize events for students to get information and meet with industry representatives to help them get internships or jobs after they graduate. These are just a few of the prominent services we provide; there are a lot of other events and opportunities available to members and other students. Best of all, all of these are free! Interested in becoming a part of Tau Beta Pi? Initiation quarters are in the Fall and Spring, and you will be notified by mail or e-mail if academically eligible. Once all the other requirements are fulfilled, you will become a part of the Tau Beta Pi family! And once in, you do not have to worry about keeping fees up; membership in Tau Beta Pi is lifelong after a one time fee when you initiate.

AISES “Plant a tree, build a forest.” Cultivate education in the youth, extend the hand of friendship to those far from home, develop strong professional leaders. AISES (The American Indian Science and Engineering Society) at UCLA, as a nationally recognized and award winning student chapter, makes great strides in continuing

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its strong legacy in community outreach, strengthening its professional development, and cultivating its membership family atmosphere. As a community outreach organization one of AISES’ primary objectives is to increase the number of Native American and other minority students in the science and math fields. AISES participates in weekly tutoring sessions at John Adams Middle School, an middle school in downtown Los Angeles with a large population of ethnicities which are underrepresented at UCLA. Our tutors take great pride in helping the children at this school with their weekly

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AISES: continued from previous page homework and challenging, critical thinking tasks given to them in their AVID, pre-college preparatory class. Our members are always looking towards their futures and where they can go post graduation and AISES goes to great lengths to provide every networking and professional development opportunity available. AISES maintains several strong industry contacts and hosts several workshops and industry info sessions throughout the year. We also attend several conferences throughout the year including the AISES National Conference, where this past year AISES at UCLA was awarded not only the Outstanding Professional Development Award but also AISES National Chapter of the Year. One of AISES’ largest priorities is creating a feeling of family amongst all of its members. It is important to us that our membership has a community that they can rely on for support and guidance. We host social events throughout the year to allow our members to interact with one another outside of their rigorous studies, and we have also instituted

our Ohana mentorship program where new members get paired with older members to welcome them into our organization and to give them support early. AISES is committed to its outreach and to its closeknit membership, and as premier organization at UCLA we are planting the seeds today to make a better future for our members.

American Institute of Chemical Engineers Who are we?

When are our future events?

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) is a professional organization for chemical engineers. AIChE was established in 1908 with the purpose of establishing chemical engineers as a profession independent from chemists and mechanical engineers.

3rd Week – April 13th – Boelter Penthouse – Your Career Workshop • FREE for AIChE @ UCLA members! Brush up on your interview skills and resume with alumni and professionals in industry, and plan for after graduation

What do we offer? AIChE @ UCLA offers a lot of benefits for being a member! 1. Soar into your future career by learning how to be professional in front of companies and making connections with a wide variety of people 2. Learn about AIChE by taking advantage of the conferences and meet up with other student groups all over the U.S. 3. Participate in infosessions and workshops to stay ahead of the crowd 4. Have fun with your ChemE classmates at our events!

To Be Announced – AIChE @ UCLA BBQ • FREE for AIChE @ UCLA members! Chat with your fellow ChemEs, professors, and alumni as you eat awesome barbeque and play sports.

Remember! Show any officer your membership card at 10 AIChE events to get a FREE T-Shirt!

April 4th to April 8th, 2011

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E-Week Schedule

all events held in the Court of Sciences from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM unless otherwise stated

Monday, April 4th AIChE — liquid nitrogen ice cream ESUC — book sale ISPE —DNA extraction MRS — material demos PIE — pie eating contest AIAA, Baja SAE, BMES, HKN, IEEE, TBP — showcase

Tuesday, April 5th AIAA — paper airplane contest (11:00 am - 2:00 pm) AIChE — chem e car contest ESUC — book sale MRS — material demos PIE — pie eating contest SOLES — egg drop competition Baja SAE, BMES, HKN, IEEE, TBP — showcase

Wednesday, April 6th — Kid’s Day (Wilson Plaza) AIAA — paper airplane contest AIChE — liquid nitrogen shatter show AISES — straw towers workshop BMES — kids day workshop ESUC —orientation EWB — kids day workshop HKN —Van de Graff generator IEEE —bristle bots PIE — pie eating contest TBP — cornstarch demo

Thursday, April 7th AIAA — showcase (11:00 am - 2:00 pm) AIChE — liquid nitrogen ice cream ESUC — BBQ ISPE — DNA extraction

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Engineering Society of UCLA Mentorship Program The Engineering Society of UCLA hosts a fun, helpful Mentorship Program that connects clueless underclassmen with their more experienced and insightful peers. First and second year engineers come to UCLA with many questions regarding choice of major, major requirements, classes, faculty, research, and general college life—and who better to ask than those that have been through it all before? At college, and especially in a discipline as demanding as engineering, a mentor is invaluable. You may have a faculty advisor, a professor, or counselor to help—but there is a special insight that comes from a peer. Promoting this insight through conversations between students, the Mentorship Program arranges events that open campus resources and opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate engineers. At every event, students learn from mentors who understand the opportunities and challenges presented by the first two years of undergraduate engineering; students are connected to juniors, seniors, or graduates of the same major, while undeclared students are free to explore their interests with mentors. The program’s mentors gain valuable experience showing the ropes to younger peers; volunteering as a mentor is a respectable undertaking. And events are fun and beneficial—just this year, the program has held a scavenger hunt, jeopardy game, game night, and resume workshop. The most a mentee has to do at an event is come to their mentor with questions. These events also allow students to socialize, usually over food. At

our most recent event, the resume workshop, Career Center representative John Coate and Engineering 98, 183, and 185EW professor Rob Silverstein offered their views and assistance with resume writing. In addition to enormous amounts of pizza, students received tips on writing an engineeringspecific resume and became familiar with resources such as the UCLA Career Center and BruinViewTM. So how do you join? The Mentorship Program benefits from a small group of committed mentors and mentees. To become a part of the program, fill out a form with difficult questions such as “What is your major?” and “What is your favorite type of music?” You can pick up a form from the ESUC office in Boelter 5800E or request one from Hear about mentorship opportunities through ESUC as well.

April 4th to April 8th, 2011

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Games: KenKen Like Sudoku, even though difficulty may vary from puzzle to puzzle, the rules for playing KenKen are fairly simple: For a 4x4 puzzle, fill in with numbers 1-4. For a 5x5 puzzle, fill in with numbers 1-5. For a 6x6 puzzle, fill in with numbers 1-6. Etc. Do not repeat a number in any row or column. The numbers in each heavily outlined set of squares, called cages, must combine (in any order) to produce the target number in the top corner of the cage using the mathematical operation indicated. Cages with just one box should be filled in with the target number in the top corner. A number can be repeated within a cage as long as it is not in the same row or column.

for more puzzles and information, visit

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ACROSS 3. first words in CS (2 words) 7. misnomer in a car engine 9. coffee source in Boelter Hall 10. velocity, not speed 12. first multiply by e^(-2πωt) then integrate (2 words) 14. engineering dean Vijay 15. linux command prompt 16. UCLA’s first dean of engineering


crossword created at

DOWN 1. electrical unit 2. a rude one, or the derivative of acceleration 4. two phases at once 5. measured by tiny discrete amounts 6. a graduate student’s calling? (2 words) 8. law of pressure-velocity relation in fluids 11. tire after 10^6 cycles 13. entrepreneur Henri by Randall Munroe

April 4th to April 8th, 2011

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Engineering Society of UCLA

Bin Chan

Stanley Ku

Derek Liu

Franklin Yu


Internal Vice President

External Vice President


Yongxin Fei

Richard Sambasivam

Siddarth Rao

John Lin


Mentorship Chair

Coorporate Outreach

Event Chair

Luke Liao

Jennifer H. Wang

Alan Wong

Ian Rustandi




Senior Advisor

Special thanks to the following article authors and photographers for their contributions to the ESUC E-Week Newsletter:

Jennifer L. Wang Newsletter Editor

HKN: Robert Phung UPE: Brian Garfinkel ISPE: Victoria Su IEEE: Siddarth Rao SWE: Ramita Sawhney MRS: Erica Chen Baja SAE: Anthony Tyson LUG: Dmitriy Vinogradov

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EWB: Tonia Zhao and Julie Pasternack TBP: Justin Tran AISES: LisaMarie Quinene AIChE: David Chung ESUC: Bin Chan, Richard Sambasivam, Jennifer H. Wang and Luke Liao

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Engineers Week Newsletter 2011  

Annual publication from the Engineering Society of UCLA, celebrating Engineers Week 2011.

Engineers Week Newsletter 2011  

Annual publication from the Engineering Society of UCLA, celebrating Engineers Week 2011.