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Dec 13, 2013 UC Berkeley NewsCenter Big turnout for launch of big-data center
It was standing room only in Sutardja Dai Hall’s Banatao Auditorium, with many more watching monitors in the overflow section, at Thursday’s high-energy launch of the Berkeley Institute for Data Science.
Dec 12, 2013 MIT Technology Review Do-it-yourself cellular coverage for remote places
With Swedish telephone numbers, a tree-bound base station, and help from a team of Berkeley engineers, a remote Indonesian village is running its own telecommunications company.
Dec 10, 2013 New York Times Beyond Rube Goldberg's machines
Rube Goldberg's reservoir of elaborate contraptions that mutated simple tasks into madcap feats of ingenuity made him rich and famous. But the Berkeley-trained engineer (B.S. 1904 MSE) was also an all-around cartoon man and artist — the Thomas Edison of the newspaper comics pages — as the new book ‘The Art of Rube Goldberg’ makes clear.
Sculptor and Berkeley alumnus Bruce Beasley’s “Rondo II” sculpture is now a permanent part of the UC Berkeley landscape, thanks to a gift that will keep it in the reflecting pool in front of the Hearst Memorial Mining Building.
Dec 09, 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Cal football to be played on Kabam Field
Kabam, a San Francisco-based mobile-gaming company, has secured naming rights for the playing field at Memorial Stadium. Three of Kabam's founders, including Michael Li, B.S. ’01 EECS, are Berkeley graduates, as are 10 percent of the company's 700 employees worldwide.
When Yashraj Khaitan traveled to remote villages in India in 2009 as a member of Engineers without Borders, he came back with the idea for Gram Power, a company that provides remote areas with on-demand, reliable electricity through affordable prepaid purchases modeled on cellphone recharge plans.
While some mechanical engineers use their supercomputers to build airplanes and vehicles, assistant professor Shawn Shadden uses his to map the inner workings of the human heart, and to improve its man-made replacement parts.
EECS Department Chair and Director of the CITRIS Energy Initiative David Culler has been selected as a recipient of the 2013 Okawa Prize, which is awarded annually by the Okawa Foundation for Information and Telecommunications.
Stanley A. Berger, Montford G. Cook professor emeritus of mechanical engineering and bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and a renowned expert in fluid mechanics, died on Nov. 25, 2013. He was 79.
Susan Graham, professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences, was appointed by President Obama to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).
Students are busy in the CITRIS Invention Lab, on the bottom floor of Sutardja Dai Hall. The lab, which is co-directed by Bjoern Hartmann and Eric Paulos, both EECS professors, houses new rapid prototyping equipment, such as 3D printers and laser cutters. Hartmann teaches an interactive device design class, while Paulos teaches a class called Critical Making. Both classes emphasize design thinking and hands-on learning.
Nov 26, 2013 UC Berkeley NewsCenter Kevin Healy named AAAS Fellow
Kevin Healy, professor of bioengineering, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an honor bestowed upon the association’s members by their peers. Healy was cited for his distinguished contributions to the fields of bioengineering and biomaterials science, particularly for the understanding and development of bioinspired materials.
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