Berkeley Engineering

Spring 2003

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Chang-Lin Tien (1935-2002): a chancellor's extraordinary legacy

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Myers joins College faculty following work on human genome

> Popular scientific press cites College faculty
> Engineering alum selected for Haas award
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Cal stuns Stanford in Big Game

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Let there be light: Berkeley library top-ranked

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Two Cal engineers stump "Gimpy" bot blocker

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Ruzena Bajcsy
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Popular scientific press cites College faculty

At year-end 2002, three faculty in the College’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) hit the top pick lists of three popular science magazines, all singled out for a wide range of achievements in the field of information science and computer technology.

Ruzena Bajcsy, director of the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), was recognized by Discover Magazine in November as one of the 50 "most important women in science." John Kubiatowicz was named by Scientific American in December to its list of the "Scientific American 50," a select ranking of both individuals and organizations who have made major contributions. David Wagner, the youngest member of the College’s faculty, was chosen by Popular Science in January for its "2002’s Brilliant 10," an index of the 10 most promising researchers from all scientific disciplines.

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John Kubiatowicz
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Bajcsy came to Berkeley in 2001 as CITRIS director and professor in EECS. Her 30-year career has combined the traditionally discrete fields of cognitive science, applied mechanics and computer science. A member of both the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine, Bajcsy was previously on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania and served as assistant director of the National Science Foundation’s Computer Information Science and Engineering Directorate.

The Discover list selected 50 women internationally known for their "spectacular" successes in the "intensely male world" of science. Bajcsy was recognized for her work on robots that respond to their environment and for her direction of the "innovative" CITRIS, which is currently researching the development of smart low-power sensors capable of computing and communicating.

Kubiatowicz, professor in EECS, is a specialist in computer architecture, hardware, operating systems, and compiler issues for parallel multiprocessing. His invention, OceanStore, is a massively distributed hard drive that copies data fragments and saves them in many locations around the world, making it difficult to destroy or lose the information. He holds a Ph.D. from MIT and joined the Berkeley faculty in 1998.

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David Wagner

Scientific American compiled its list of 50 top contributors for the first time this year, recognizing accomplishments that demonstrate a "clear, progressive view of the technological future." As chief architect of the OceanStore system, Kubiatowicz was recognized for "work that could lead to an Internet scale grid computing system linking processing and storage capabilities of millions of computers."

Wagner joined the EECS faculty in 2000. His work focuses on computer security in large-scale systems, cryptography, and operating systems. He advises government agencies and industry on how to improve security in everything from wireless networks to digital cell phones. With an A.B. in mathematics from Princeton, he completed his Ph.D. in EECS in 2000.

The Popular Science "Brilliant 10" list, also new this year, celebrates scientists "who are shaking up their fields and whose work will touch your life." In recognizing Wagner, the magazine acknowledges his extraordinary skill as a computer scientist as well as his investigations into security holes in software, particularly software that safeguards large amounts of money or information relevant to national security.



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