Ride-sharing forces automakers to rethink how they sell cars
6/30/2015 Los Angeles Times - Every vehicle that goes into a full-time car-sharing service, such as short-time rental company Zipcar, supplants four to six new car sales and postpones the purchase of up to seven more, says Susan Shaheen, a transportation sustainability researcher and adjunct professor of civil and environmental engineering.
Environment takes big hit from water-intensive marijuana cultivation
6/24/2015 - A new study from the Nature Conservancy, co-authored by environmental engineers and other researchers from UC Berkeley, highlights the toll that the illegal cultivation of thirsty marijuana is taking on the environment, particularly on fragile watersheds.
New Sandia director will be first woman to lead national security lab
6/23/2015 Sandia National Lab - Jill M. Hruby (M.S.'82 ME) has been named the next president and director of Sandia National Laboratories, the country’s largest national lab. She will be the first woman to lead a national security laboratory when she steps into her new role July 17.
Engineer says balcony appears small for load
6/17/2015 Sacramento Bee - Discussing the deadly collapse of a local apartment building balcony, Berkeley structural engineer Grace Kang says the balcony appeared too small to hold the 13 partygoers that officials said had gathered on it.
Bioengineers build bridges — between the clinic and the lab, between engineering and medicine, between pioneers and practitioners. This summer, the Biodesign Immersion Experience (BIE) will help prepare UC Berkeley juniors and seniors to bridge engineering innovation and unmet clinical needs.
Conceived and led by Professor Amy Herr, and funded by a 5-year NIH grant, the BIE puts 8-10 students through an intensive training to identify areas where bioengineering invention is needed.