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HackFSM
Apr 18, 2014 UC Berkeley NewsCenter Student hackers design new ways to research the Free Speech Movement
A student team that included EECS undergrads Kevin Casey and Craig Hiller took first place in HackFSM, a 12-day hackathon organized by the Bancroft Library and Digital Humanities@Berkeley that shared the Free Speech Movement’s aim to create a free marketplace of ideas.
Transcendence poster
Apr 18, 2014 UC Berkeley NewsCenter Neuroengineers bring science cred, Berkeley feel to ‘Transcendence’ film
When Hollywood knocked on the doors of UC Berkeley engineering professors Michel Maharbiz and Jose Carmena, the researchers answered. Director Wally Pfister tapped the researchers’ expertise in neural engineering and brain-machine interfaces during the filming of his movie, “Transcendence,” which opens in theaters Friday, April 18.
Researcher
Mar 19, 2014 UC Berkeley NewsCenter Corporate-funded academic inventions spur increased innovation, analysis says
Academic research sponsored by industry has a strong track record of leading to innovative patents and licenses, challenging assumptions that corporate support skews science toward inventions that are less accessible and less useful to others than those funded by the government or non-profit organizations, according to a new analysis.
Skydeck
Mar 19, 2014 UC Berkeley NewsCenter New ideas and technology spreading from campus faster than ever
Backed by a vibrant startup culture that serves as the engine of economic growth for much of the Bay Area, UC Berkeley has established several new programs that support the translation of university research into real-world solutions. One key element is the SkyDeck startup incubator, a collaboration of Berkeley Engineering, the Haas School of Business and the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Research.
Herdding cells
Mar 11, 2014 UC Berkeley NewsCenter Scientists 'herd' cells in new approach to tissue engineering
Berkeley engineers have found that an electrical current can be used to orchestrate the flow of a group of cells. This achievement sets the stage for more controlled forms of tissue engineering and for potential applications such as “smart bandages” that use electrical stimulation to help heal wounds.
Energy backpack
Feb 28, 2014 UC Berkeley NewsCenter Berkeley team takes its energy innovation to Capitol Hill
A research team from Berkeley Engineering and the Berkeley Lab appeared on Capitol Hill Thursday to show off their innovation in energy efficiency: a backpack-mounted system for quickly mapping energy use throughout a building and identifying ways to reduce it.
David Sedlak
Feb 18, 2014 UC Berkeley NewsCenter Time is now for a new revolution in urban water systems
As California grapples with what state water officials have called a drought of “epic proportions,” UC Berkeley urban-water expert David Sedlak, a professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been watching for signs that people are ready for a water revolution.
PhD students
Feb 13, 2014 UC Berkeley NewsCenter Berkeley, Stanford, UCLA, Caltech unite to boost number of minority Ph.D. students, faculty
An unprecedented alliance formed among four elite West Coast universities aims to remedy a seemingly intractable nationwide problem: Too few underrepresented minority Ph.D. students in the mathematical, physical and computer sciences and in engineering are advancing to postdoctoral and faculty ranks at top-tier research universities.
NAE members Daganzo, Hedrick and Moehle
Feb 06, 2014 UC Berkeley NewsCenter NAE adds three Berkeley faculty to its ranks
Three Berkeley Engineering faculty — Carlos Daganzo (CEE), J. Karl Hedrick (ME) and Jack Moehle (CEE) — are among 67 new members and 11 foreign associates elected Thursday to the National Academy of Engineering.
Wave carpet demonstration
Jan 28, 2014 UC Berkeley NewsCenter Seafloor carpet catches waves to generate energy
UC Berkeley mechanical engineers are developing a seafloor carpet system to capture ocean wave energy and convert it into usable electricity. The system could eventually help lower the cost of converting seawater into fresh water, easing the pressure during periods of drought.
Turkeys
Jan 21, 2014 UC Berkeley NewsCenter Turkeys inspire smartphone-capable early warning system for toxins
UC Berkeley bioengineers looked to turkeys for inspiration when developing a new type of biosensor that changes color when exposed to chemical vapors. They mimicked the way turkey skin changes color to create easy-to-read sensors that can detect toxins or airborne pathogens.
Cleantech program heat-powered fuel cell
Jan 10, 2014 UC Berkeley NewsCenter Symposium spotlights clean-technology solutions
Through the Cleantech to Market program, UC Berkeley students work with campus and Berkeley Lab scientists to bring new, environmentally friendly innovations to the world via commercialization.
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