The founders of Hooktheory

What makes pop, pop?

Three engineers work by day at one of the nation’s premier research labs; by night, they color-code transcriptions of pop songs. It could be the setup to a new prime-time sitcom. Or, perhaps, the wacky backstory of another successful startup.

What makes pop, pop?

Trio stokes 'star-making machinery behind the popular song'

1/13/2015, by Nate Seltenrich Three engineers work by day at one of the nation’s premier research labs; by night, they color-code transcriptions of pop songs. It could be the setup to a new prime-time sitcom. Or, perhaps, the wacky backstory of another successful startup. Chris Anderson, Ryan Miyakawa and Dave Carlton are hoping the...

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The Duchemin family

Breaking the sound barrier in deaf communication

1/20/2015, by Kirsten Mickelwait Although Thibault Duchemin (M.Eng.’14 IEOR) has perfect hearing, he has a deep understanding of deafness — he grew up as the only hearing person in his family. As a bridge between two worlds, the industrial engineer has developed a novel communications tool called Transcense.

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Beyond clean water: A development engineer profile

1/13/2015 Listening to a dry academic lecture on flood prediction while monsoons flooded a fifth of Pakistan sparked a humanitarian drive in Syed Imran Ali, now a Blum Center postdoc pursuing his vision of safe water delivery through development engineering.

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Water treatment station in South Asia
  • Forbes' "30 Under 30" includes Eko stethoscope

    1/20/2015 California magazine - The Skydeck | Berkeley startup accelerator landed two teams on Forbes magazine's "30 Under 30" list of the brightest entrepreneurial stars, including Eko Devices (founded by Berkeley bioengineer Connor Landgraf), which developed the Core digital stethoscope.

  • Mainstreaming science in the movies

    1/13/2015 berkeleyByte - Energy engineering undergrad Alison Ong discusses how Hollywood has been giving STEM fields a boost lately — The Imitation Game, Interstellar, The Theory of Everything — and notes the tension between good science and good storytelling.

  • Identifying Seaborg's lost plutonium

    1/8/2015 Physics Central - A tiny radioactive fleck — rediscovered in a bucket on its way to a disposal site — may well be the first sample of plutonium big enough to be seen by the naked eye, produced in 1942 by the element's discoverer, Glenn Seaborg.

  • The impact of falling oil prices on your wallet

    1/5/2015 WalletHub - In a recent Ask the Experts column, Robert Bea, professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering, discusses the precipitous drop in oil prices and its likely effect on the economy.

Welcome back

The new year ushers in a new semester as well; here are some important upcoming dates. For more academic deadlines, see the Engineering Student Services calendar.

Spring semester 2015

  • Spring semester begins: Jan. 13
  • Spring classes begin: Jan. 20
  • Drop/add deadline: Feb. 20
  • Faculty advising begins: March 16
  • Spring break: March 23-27
  • Cal Day: April 18
  • Tele-BEARS Phase I begins: April 6
  • Spring semester ends: May 15
  • Engineering commencement: May 18

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