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CalDay 2017

Saturday, Apr 22nd 2017
3107 Etcheverry Hall



The weather in Berkeley (and the Bay Area) can vary greatly throughout the day.  It is best to dress in layers, bring a sweater/sweatshirt, a hat and/or sunglasses, apply sunscreen (and bring it with you to re-apply during the day).  The campus is quite large and comfortable walking shoes are a must for exploring. 

All events will take place in 3107 Etcheverry Hall, unless otherwise noted

Is Radioactivity from Fukushima a problem for the U.S.?

Location:  3107 Etcheverry Hall

Time:  10am-10:50am

Department:  Nuclear Engineering

Speaker:  Jasmina Vujic, Professor


The accident at the Fukushima nuclear reactor complex caused a large amount of radioactivity to be dispersed into the environment.  This produced serious contamination in and around the Fukushima area of Japan.  There has been a great deal of concern about the extent to which this radioactivity could be transported to the U.S. and potentially cause health problems here.  This talk describes a series of ongoing measurements done at UC Berkeley to address this issue.


Nuclear Engineering:  What’s That?

Location:  3107 Etcheverry Hall

Time:  11am - 11:50am

Department:  Nuclear Engineering

Speaker:  Massimiliano (Max) Fratoni, Assistant Professor

Description:   “Nuclear Engineering” – What does that mean?  Nuclear engineers – what do they do?  Have you ever wondered?  The answers to these questions may be more varied than you expect.  Come hear about all of the different things nuclear engineers do, and what these career options look like.

Nuclear Engineering Information and Q&A Session

Location:  3107 Etcheverry Hall

Time:  1pm - 1:50pm

Department:  Nuclear Engineering

Speakers:  Karl van Bibber, Professor and Chair + Nuclear Engineering Graduate Students

Description:  Get all of your questions answered about the Nuclear Engineering Major and Department. 


Nuclear Engineering Student Group:  American Nuclear Society (ANS)

Time:  10am-2pm

Department:  Nuclear Engineering

ANS students will be available to answer incoming students’ questions about life as an engineering student at Berkeley.  They will also demonstrate irradiation and different types of shielding.

Nuclear Engineering Laboratory Tours

Time:2pm - 2:50pm

Meet outside of 3107 Etcheverry Hall for laboratory tours.  Safety requirements for tours: long pants/skirts, closed toe shoes, no high heels

Nuclear Engineering Student Projects

Location:  Trefethen Terrace, Bechtel Engineering Center (in the case of rain, please meet on the 3rd floor of Etcheverry Hall)

Time:  10am-3pm

Department:  Nuclear Engineering

Hosted by:  American Nuclear Society Students

Category:  Nuclear Engineering (Engineering, for Children and Youth)

Description:  A backyard nuclear reactor?  A mousetrap fission chain-reaction model?  See what students have made, and use a Geiger counter to test Fiestaware!


Department of Nuclear Engineering Information Table

Location: Etcheverry/Soda Breezeway

Time: 9:30AM – 2:30PM

Department:  Nuclear Engineering

Description: Meet the staff of the Nuclear Engineering Department, ask questions and meet students from the department.


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