Engineering News

May 11, 2007 Vol. 77, no. 13S

NUMBER ONE: From left, Eng. Physics senior Frank Dollar, ChemE senior Elena Perez and ME senior Artemio Navarro celebrate their Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers’ Academic Olympiad win in January. The three beat teams from across the nation in a game show­style competition that tested their knowledge of everything from statics to organic chemistry to Hispanic history. PHOTO COURTESY OF HES

Senior moments from Engineering News
Class of 2007 takes the proverbial spotlight and makes College headlines

A remote Chilean village without reliable water got help from CEE seniors Ben Huie, Lauren Huey, Tim Roller, Matt Vaggione and James Stuekerjuer-gen this semester. The team analyzed alternative water systems for the village in CEE 180 Engineered Systems. “It feels good to be doing something real that will improve people’s lives,” says Vaggione.

EECS senior Jeff Chou is an actor and producer for Theatre Rice, an Asian American theater group that performs improv, sketch comedy and other modern pieces. “It’s about breaking down external walls and finding out what makes you, you,” Chou says.

In the new DeCal course, “Technological Innovation for Underserved Communities,” students are researching ways to filter arsenic from drinking water in Bangladesh and redesigning Darfur cook stoves so they use less fuel. Started by Berkeley’s chapter of Engineers for a Sustainable World, the course was cofacilitated by CEE senior Kate Ming.

BioE senior Charles Yong
created “Below the Mean,” a comic strip about Cal student life, which debuted in the Daily Cal in January.

ME seniors Mary Asperger and Jim Gariffo are helping to create the Internet-based Total Environmental Assessment Rating, which analyzes products like microwaves for their environmental footprint. “The small decisions consumers make can have a fairly big impact when enough people do it,” said Gariffo. “Maybe someday this will have an impact on global warming.”


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