Berkeley Engineering in the News

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

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  • Karl Hedrick
    Self-driven to solve transportation problems

    11/21/2014 San Jose Mercury News - Mechanical engineering professor Karl Hedrick, director of Berkeley's Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory, has spent decades researching the nonlinear control systems that set the foundation for today's smart cars.

  • Fiona Doyle
    Engineering’s Fiona Doyle named new dean of the Graduate Division

    11/20/2014 - 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. Doyle, the Donald H. McLaughlin Professor of Mineral Engineering, has been at Berkeley since 1983, serving in many leadership capacities.

  • Robotized Prius built by 510 Systems
    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.

  • Exoskeleton
    Ekso Bionics receives first NIH grant for CHORI partnership

    11/12/2014 Today's Medical Developments - Ekso Bionics Holdings Inc., founded by mechanical engineering professor Homayoon Kazerooni and ME graduate Nathan Harding, has been awarded a P20 Exploratory Grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue development of an exoskeleton prototype for children. The work will be done in collaboration with the pediatric rehabilitation department at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland.

  • Artist's concept of space colony
    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.

  • Electric car recharging station
    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.

  • Schematic of a PT symmetry microring laser cavity
    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.

  • Drawing of circuit boards as brain
    AI researchers say Elon Musk's fears 'not completely crazy'

    10/29/2014 Computerworld - Commenting on high-tech entrepreneur Elon Musk provocative statement that artificial intelligence research is a danger to humanity, EECS professor and robotics researcher Stuart Russell says that "If we don't know how to control AI… it would be like making a hydrogen bomb. They would be much more dangerous than they are useful."

  • Proposed high-speed rail station
    Bullet train just a blur in California governor's race

    10/28/2014 Los Angeles Times - Civil engineering professor Robert Bea, a pioneering expert in the field of risk analysis, comments on the relatively small role California's bullet train is playing in the state's gubernatorial election, and how that could become a problem down the line.

  • Dan Kammen presenting SWITCH at Copenhagen sustainability conference
    New tool for clean energy action: “SWITCH”

    10/28/2014 CleanTechnica - A new policymaking tool to better enable the shift to renewable energy has been developed by researchers at UC Berkeley, led by Dan Kammen, Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy.