Nuclear Engineering 24, Section 1

Professional Orientation for Freshmen Engineers (1 unit, P/NP)

Professor Karl van Bibber
Monday 11:00-12:00, 3111 Etcheverry Hall, Class number: 39761

What does it mean to be a professional? Why should you think of yourself and act as a professional engineer already from the beginning of your freshman year? This seminar will deal with topics that are extraordinarily important for you to be familiar with, but are almost never presented in today's fast-paced specialized undergraduate curriculum: professional respect and demeanor, time management and organization of your work, professional ethics and research integrity, intellectual property, effective technical speaking and writing, federal legislative and budget processes, lifelong learning, professional societies, project management, etc. This will prepare you to be not only a highly productive professional later on, but a much more successful student right now.

If there is sufficient interest, there will be a follow-on Freshman Seminar in Spring 2018, which will give more in-depth focus and practice in technical communication, both writing and speaking.

Instructor Bio

Karl van Bibber received his BS and PhD from MIT in experimental nuclear physics. After postdoctoral work at LBNL, he served as an Assistant Professor of Physics at Stanford. He joined LLNL where he founded and led the High Energy Physics and Accelerator Technology Group, and was LLNL Project Leader for construction of the SLAC-LBNL-LLNL PEP-II B Factory project. His institutional service includes positions as Chief Scientist for the Physics and Space Technology directorate, and Deputy Director of the Laboratory Science and Technology Office. In 2009 he became Vice President and Dean of Research of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. In 2012 he joined the faculty of UC Berkeley as Professor of Nuclear Engineering, and acceded to Department Chair in July 2012. He also serves as Executive Director of the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium, a DOE Office of Non-Proliferation center-of-excellence comprising eight universities and five national laboratories. His research focuses on basic and applied nuclear science, particle astrophysics, and accelerator science and technology. He is the recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, the DOE Deputy Secretary Award for the B Factory, and the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award for the establishment of degree and executive education programs in Energy, the first within the DoD. He is a fellow of the APS and AAAS.

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This seminar is intended to be useful for all freshmen, primarily but not exclusively engineers.<br>

This seminar is part of the following programs

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