Berkeley Engineering in the News

A constantly updated archive of press clippings about Berkeley engineers and the College of Engineering.

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  • Ernie Kuh
    Ernest Kuh, professor and dean emeritus, 1928-2015

    6/29/2015 - Ernest S. Kuh, who greatly expanded the College of Engineering’s partnerships with its alumni and industry networks while serving as dean in the 1970s, died June 27 at age 86. A complete obituary will be published shortly.

  • Robot design inspired by cockroach
    Cockroach robot squeezes though cracks

    6/23/2015 Discovery - Berkeley robotics engineers hope their new cockroach-inspired bot will be able to crawl through tiny spaces to find people buried in the rubble of collapsed buildings.

  • Collapsed balcony in Berkeley
    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.

  • London buses
    Why do buses always come in bunches?

    6/17/2015 CityMetric - Lewis Lehe, a transport engineering Ph.D. candidate, has built a game of sorts to demonstrate the math behind the unfortunate truth that city buses serving the same route tend to arrive in clumps, one right behind the other.

  • Corroded and cracked pipe
    Photos of ruptured oil pipeline provide clues of spill cause

    6/17/2015 Washington Post - Photos of the pipeline that spilled oil on the Santa Barbara coast in May show extensive corrosion and suggest that a pressure leak tied to the restart of failed pumps caused the break, said Robert Bea, a civil engineering professor emeritus.

  • Illustration of molecular key
    Scientists use molecular ‘lock and key’ for potential control of GMOs

    6/17/2015 - UC Berkeley bioengineers have developed an easy way to put bacteria under a molecular lock and key in order to contain its accidental spread. The method shows promise as a practical method of biocontainment to safeguard advances in synthetic biology and genetic engineering.

  • Eve Andersson
    Google engineer Eve Andersson working to empower people with disabilities

    6/10/2015 EFE/Fox News Latino - Eve Andersson (M.S.'98 ME) leads the Google team tasked with developing new products for the disabled, and dreams of helping those with disabilities "work at whatever they want, study what they like, travel wherever they wish, feel free and empowered."

  • Robot in a library
    Teaching robots to be moral

    6/10/2015 California magazine - As robots and other machines controlled by artificial intelligence are getting more sophisticated and more widely used, calls have gone out to try to instill morals in their decision-making pathways. But how? Computer science professor Stuart Russell weighs in.

  • Lab techs at Bolt Threads
    Bay-Area startup spins lab-grown silk

    6/4/2015 Bloomberg Business - David Breslauer (Ph.D.’10 BioE) is the chief scientific officer of Bolt Threads, a startup company developing technology to genetically modify yeast to produce silk-like proteins — a potentially revolutionary development for the apparel industry.

  • Stuart Russell
    Beyond drone warfare: Prof warns of ‘automated killing machines’

    5/28/2015 - In an op-ed piece for the science journal Nature, Stuart Russell, an expert in artificial intelligence, outlines the debate over the use of AI weapons systems, and notes widespread agreement on the need for “meaningful human control” over targeting and engagement decisions. “Unfortunately,” he adds, “the meaning of ‘meaningful’ is still to be determined."