The unknown start-up that built Google’s first self-driving car
11/20/2014 IEEE Spectrum - The story behind Google’s innovative self-driving car and the revolutionary Street View camera technology that preceded begins with 510 Systems, a tiny Berkeley start-up launched by IEOR grad (and later Google engineer) Anthony Levandowski and fellow Berkeley Engineering student Bryon Majusiak.
Synthetic biology could be big boost to interplanetary space travel
11/5/2014 - Genetically engineered microbes could help make manned missions to Mars, the moon and other planets more practical, according to a new analysis by UC Berkeley bioengineers and NASA scientists.
Supercharging more electric cars risks crashing the grid
11/4/2014 California magazine - U.S. electrical grids might not be ready for the new wave of electric vehicles expected within the decade. But the Smart Cities Research Center in civil and environmental engineering is working on data-driven ways to prevent a grid meltdown.
Lord of the microrings
10/31/2014 Berkeley Lab - In a significant breakthrough in laser technology, scientists led by Xiang Zhang of Berkeley Engineering and Berkeley Lab have developed a unique microring laser cavity that can produce single-mode lasing even from a conventional multi-mode laser cavity.
Fiona Doyle, Berkeley Engineering's executive associate dean, has been named dean of the Graduate Division for UC Berkeley, a position she will take over Jan. 1. Her appointment was announced Nov. 20 by Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Claude Steele.
Doyle, the Donald H. McLaughlin Professor of Mineral Engineering, has been at Berkeley since 1983. She has served the college and the campus in many leadership capacities, including as chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, as associate dean for academic affairs and as acting dean of the College of Engineering, and as chair of the Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate.