Jul 03, 2013 New York Times Douglas C. Engelbart, inventor of the computer mouse, dies at 88
Douglas C. Engelbart, 88, a visionary scientist and Berkeley electrical engineering Ph.D. whose host of inventions — among them the computer mouse — became the basis for both the Internet and the modern personal computer, died July 2 at his home in Atherton, Calif.
Jul 01, 2013 New York Times On nuclear waste bill, senators look to public for help
A pending Senate bill would solicit input from the public about where to bury the nation's nuclear waste. Per F. Peterson, professor of nuclear engineering, praised the action as "something highly unusual" in the creation of public policy that “establishes a strong foundation for the legislation to be successful" if passed by Congress.
Jul 01, 2013 Royal Society of Chemistry Promising cost analysis for thermoelectricity
Scientists, including Berkeley mechanical engineering Ph.D. candidate Shannon Yee, have derived a metric to analyze the cost of power generation using thermoelectric technology. The metric shows that thermoelectric devices have greater potential in large-scale power generation than previously thought.
Jun 26, 2013 Information Week The hidden cost of free apps: Mobile ads drain batteries
The advertisements in a typical mobile app consume almost a quarter of the energy used by the app, according to research by Berkeley computer science graduate student Prashanth Mohan and his colleagues at Microsoft Research.
Jun 24, 2013 Daily Cal A new design for engineering education
In an op-ed article, Dean Shankar Sastry and Executive Associate Dean Fiona Doyle write about how a recent $20 million gift from the Jacobs Foundation will pave the way for a complete reinvention of engineering education at Berkeley, providing all students — especially undergraduates — with opportunities to design and build early and often.
Jun 21, 2013 Wired Spark, born in Berkeley's AMPLab, 'rewrites future of big data'
Teaming with a particularly ambitious group of computer scientists from UC Berkeley, Yahoo is installing a new data crunching platform called Spark, which is about 100 times faster than the mighty Hadoop — an open source software creation that underpins a Who’s Who of the internet, including Facebook and Twitter — and could very well replace Hadoop as the stuff that fuels the modern web.
Jun 20, 2013 College of Engineering Sastry reappointed to second term as dean of engineering
S. Shankar Sastry has accepted reappointment as dean of the College of Engineering, effective July 1, 2013, the campus has announced. Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George Breslauer said Sastry’s "accomplishments as a leader have been exemplary, as have his research, scholarship, and professional reputation."
Jun 19, 2013 Royal Society Yablonovitch elected to membership in Royal Society
Eli Yablonovitch, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, is one of two Berkeley scientists elected as 2013 foreign members of the United Kingdom's distinguished Royal Society, a fellowship of eminent scientists, engineers and technologists.
Jun 19, 2013 Los Angeles Times Student hacker wins award for wearing a 'white hat'
Berkeley computer science junior Skyler Rojas has been awarded $2000 by the Information Systems Security Association at the Cornerstones of Trust conference for choosing a career in cybersecurity. Rojas, who is interning this summer at Symantec, says his dream job would be "penetration tester" — someone who works from the inside to find network vulnerabilities.
Jun 13, 2013 Berkeley Engineering $20 million Jacobs Foundation gift to launch design innovation institute
A $20 million gift from the Paul and Stacy Jacobs Foundation, announced Thursday at the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting in Chicago, will underwrite a new institute for design innovation at the UC Berkeley College of Engineering that will expand the role of design in engineering education, emphasizing rapid design and prototyping for manufacturability.
Jun 13, 2013 Contra Costa Times Cal EECS professor receives prestigious international award
Electrical engineering and computer science professor Eli Yablonovitch is one of two recipients of the 2012 Harvey Prize, a prestigious international award for his "pioneering discoveries in photonics, optoelectronics, and semiconductors."
Jun 12, 2013 Berkeley Engineering Hyundai Center of Excellence dedicated at UC Berkeley
The Hyundai Center of Excellence in Integrated Vehicle Safety Systems and Control was dedicated on Wednesday at Berkeley's Hesse Hall. Engineers from Hyundai and Berkeley will collaborate “to design the car of the future,” said Dean Shankar Sastry.