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.
Steve Wozniak receives top alumni honor
6/29/2015 Cal Alumni Association - The Cal Alumni Association presented Steve Wozniak ('86 EECS) with its most esteemed honor, the 2015 Alumnus of the Year award, at a gala event at Memorial Stadium's University Club.
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.
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.
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.
To teach the world robotics
6/17/2015 - An electrical engineering professor and a graduate researcher designed a massively open online course to teach an intro to hacking electronics course.
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.
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.
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.