Apply for a Spring 2015 Invention Lab Fellowship

We are continuing our merit-based student fellowship program this semester. The fellowship covers the registration fee for the fall semester. Fellowship recipients and their projects will also be highlighted on our web site and in media coverage of the lab.

We will award fellowships based on a combination of compelling project proposals for this semester and a track record of successful past projects.

To apply, complete our online application form by Friday, Jan 23rd, 5:00PM (You must be logged in with your Berkeley Google Docs account to access this form.)

All current undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at UC Berkeley are eligible to apply. Your award will cover your lab fee for Spring 2015. You can apply individually or as a project team.

Interactive Seating Design Competition in Spring 2015

DES INV 190 (CCN#18403) | 2 units

Spring Semester 2015 | Fridays, 10 – noon
Invention Lab | 141 Sutardja Dai Hall

Greg Niemeyer (BCNM+ART), Robert Full (IB), Björn Hartmann (EECS)

For this class, student innovators from a wide variety of majors (art, design, engineering and more) work in teams to tackle the challenge of building smart seating. A smart chair might proactively improve posture, sense vital signs through the seat, adjust to put couples at eye level, or do something only you imagine. Designs merge physical form and digital function, aesthetics and intelligence; successful projects will combine shape, mechanisms, electronics and software.

Class meets once per week, and students will spend most of their time in a workshop prototyping, fabricating and testing their designs. Students admitted to the class will be issued a free “Maker Pass” (a pilot program integrating fabrication labs across disciplines) granting access and lab resources at the ME Machine Shop, the Invention Lab, CEE/Davis Welding and Machine Shop, EECS Student Shop (Cory), Supernode and the Student Hub for Engineering & Design (SHED). A limited number of paid URAP summer positions will be available for students to complete their projects over the summer and present results at the launch of the Jacobs Institute.

To be considered for the competition apply online by November 10: Students will be notified of acceptance by November 15. For questions contact Emily Rice at emilyrice (at) berkeley (dot) edu.

The competition and “Maker Pass” pilot program are sponsored by the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation in the College of Engineering at UC Berkeley.


The CITRIS Invention Lab @ UC Berkeley supports faculty, student and community innovation by providing the knowledge, tools and support to rapidly design and prototype novel interactive products, embedded sensing systems and integrated mobile devices. The new facility will be a vital piece of the CITRIS pipeline running from the minds of researchers through CITRIS laboratories, and into the markets, industries, and streets of the world.

The 1,700 ft2 Invention Lab is located in 141 Sutardja Dai Hall at UC Berkeley and supports 3 major functions…

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Membership enrollment for SPRING 2015 will OPEN ON TUESDAY JAN 20.

Access fees are $125 per semester for individuals working on personal projects (payable by check or cash), and $350 per semester for sponsored research (payable by chartstring). We also now offer ‘Group’ memberships. Please visit the membership page for more information.




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