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Adam Arkin
Apr 16, 2014 Berkeley Lab Adam Arkin Wins DOE's 2013 Lawrence Award
Bioengineering professor Adam Arkin, director of Berkeley Lab’s Physical Biosciences Division and a biologist who is recognized as a leading authority on the evolutionary design principles of cellular networks and populations and their application to systems and synthetic biology, has been named one of six recipients of the 2013 Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award, the Department of Energy’s highest scientific honor.
TI lab project
Apr 15, 2014 Texas Instruments Students show off design projects from TI lab
As the first anniversary of the Texas Instrument-funded Electronics Design Lab approaches, TI highlights some of the cool student projects -- from a tic-tac-toe board to an autonomous quadcopter -- that were made possible through this $2.2 million teaching lab and adjoining "maker lounge."
Eric Allman
Apr 09, 2014 Internet Society Email innovator Eric Allman named to Internet Hall of Fame
Software pioneer Eric Allman (B.S.'77 EECS, M.S.'80 CS), whose creation of the sendmail program in the 1980s made possible email as we know it today, has been inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame. Joining him as a member of the class of 2014 is the late Douglas Engelbart (Ph.D.'55 EE), father of the computer mouse.
Ashok gadgil
Apr 03, 2014 International House Ashok Gadgil named an I-House alumni of the year
Ashok Gadgil, a prolific inventor and Berkeley professor of civil and environmental engineering, and philanthropist Wendy Schmidt have been selected as Alumni of the Year 2014 by International House at UC Berkeley.
dissecting collagen from turkey skin
Apr 01, 2014 The Scientist Dermatologically derived
Inspired by turkey skin, bioengineering professor Seung-Wuk Lee’s team has devised a bacteriophage-based sensor whose color changes upon binding specific molecules.
High speed rail
Mar 31, 2014 San Francisco Business Times More woes for high-speed rail
The $68 billion cost estimate for a Los Angeles-to-San Francisco high-speed rail network is far too low, and the system may be eclipsed by emerging technologies before the 30-year project is completed, civil engineering professor C. William Ibbs warned the state Senate transportation committee last week.
Concrete canoe
Mar 27, 2014 California magazine Whatever floats their boat: Cal team designs canoe of concrete
Fish got to swim, birds got to fly, and engineering students got to do wild and wacky things -- like designing, building, and racing canoes made of concrete. And nowhere do they do it better than at Berkeley Engineering, where civil engineering students are working overtime getting this year’s canoe, Calamari, ready for the Mid-Pacific Regional Conference in early April.
 Golden EnergTech team
Mar 26, 2014 Daily Californian Students’ energy-efficiency proposal wins ‘Most Innovative’ in DOE competition
A team of four Berkeley Engineering undergraduates won “Most Innovative” in one of six categories at the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Case Competition for its proposal to improve energy efficiency at universities. Members of the Golden EnergTech team were Nanavati Low (IEOR '16), Daniel Tjandra (ChemE '14), Michael Chang (CEE '15) and Grace Vasiknanonte (MSE '16).
Fukushima Daiichi power plant
Mar 24, 2014 Contra Costa Times Fukushima radiation near Half Moon Bay? Not so fast...
Japanese radioisotopes aren't lurking in the sand at Miramar Beach, the California Department of Public Health said in a final report debunking suggestions that the beach contained radioactive material from the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. "Nuclear radiation is something you can't smell, see and feel; it tends to scare people" said UC Berkeley nuclear engineering professor Kai Vetter, leader of the school's Rad Watch project, which has tested West Coast air, rain, milk and fish without finding any evidence that Fukushima-related contamination poses a health threat.
Liwei Lin
Mar 21, 2014 EE Times Berkeley scientists advance on-chip inductor technology
Berkeley scientists led by mechanical engineering professor Liwei Lin report they have found a way to advance on-chip inductor technology, a breakthrough that could lead to a new generation of miniature electronics and wireless communications systems.
Lawson Adit
Mar 17, 2014 San Francisco Chronicle UC Berkeley taps its old mine shaft to study Hayward Fault
More than 70 years after UC Berkeley's mining school was absorbed into the College of Engineering, earthquake researchers studying the Hayward Fault plan to install seismographs and high-frequency microphones inside the Lawson Adit -- a rocky mine shaft stretching east from Hearst Memorial Mining Building that was built by Berkeley students a century ago.
Nuclear science AMA
Mar 14, 2014 Daily Clog Science AMA brings nuclear engineers to Reddit
In an Ask Me Anything session this week on Reddit, six professors from UC Berkeley’s department of nuclear engineering answered questions ranging from concerns about thorium reactor design to environmental monitoring in Fukushima.
Ben Recht in the AMP lab
Mar 12, 2014 Berkeley Research Making sense of big data
Ben Recht is looking for problems. Recht, an assistant professor with dual appointments in EECS and statistics, develops mathematical strategies that help researchers cut through blizzards of data to find what they’re after, be they urban planners or online retailers.
William Hagen
Mar 11, 2014 U.S. News & World Report Do good, be in demand as an engineer
Berkeley Engineering alum William T. Hagen (M.Eng.'12 ME) is an example of how job prospects in fields that allow engineers to help the world – such as energy, civil and mechanical engineering – are projected to grow.
McLaughlin Hall
Mar 11, 2014 U.S. News & World Report Berkeley Engineering garners four No. 1 rankings
In the U.S. News & World Report rankings of graduate programs released Tuesday, Berkeley Engineering ranked 1st in computer science, environmental engineering, civil engineering, and electrical engineering. Bioengineering moved from 10th to 7th. All programs remain ranked in the top 10.
Pumping water in India
Mar 10, 2014 Berkeley Lab Indian company licenses invention for arsenic-free water
Berkeley researchers, led by Ashok Gadgil and Susan Amrose of civil and environmental engineering, have developed technology that uses electricity to remove arsenic from groundwater, where it can be a silent killer. More importantly, they have created a business model and partnered with a company in India to improve the technology's chances for longevity.
Building collapse
Mar 04, 2014 Contra Costa Times Reducing the risk of earthquake collapse in California cities
In a guest commentary, four California professors, including Berkeley Engineering's Jack Moehle, write about their joint research into the seismic risks posed by older concrete buildings, and the methods and costs of mitigating that risk.
Bacteria on nanostructure
Mar 04, 2014 Berkeley Lab Scientists show which surfaces attract clingy Staph bacteria
Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley researchers are investigating how shapes and surface texture influence the adhesion of infectious Staphylococcus Aureus bacteria. Their work, led by Mohammad Mofrad, a Berkeley Lab faculty scientist and a professor of bioengineering and mechanical engineering at UC Berkeley, could guide the development of bacteria-resistant materials.
Ashok Gadgil
Mar 04, 2014 National Inventors Hall of Fame Gadgil's inventions win him spot in hall of fame
Ashok Gadgil, professor of civil and environmental engineering, had been inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Gadgil was honored for two inventions that have helped millions of people in remote areas: UV Waterworks, a low-powered water disinfection system that uses UV light to kill pathogens, and the Berkeley-Darfur Stove, which reduces fuel demands of those in displacement camps.
Tuxi Tesla
Feb 27, 2014 National Geographic What does an ‘energy transition’ look like?
On National Geographic's Great Energy Challenge blog, Daniel Kammen, professor of energy and society at Berkeley Engineering, talks about first-hand experience with the kind of dramatic transition to a clean-energy economy that he studies as director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory.
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