The Demilune walker team with their prototype

Ninja walker

One team in Professor Amy Herr’s senior capstone bioengineering course came up with an elegant solution to improve on walkers for the elderly and infirm that don’t fit into tight spaces: the Ninja Walker.

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  • Schematic of an electrochemical cell, with a gold electrode and water electrolyte
    Study reveals molecular structure of water at gold electrodes

    10/24/2014 Berkeley Lab - In a research first, a team led by Miquel Salmeron, Berkeley Lab senior scientist and MSE professor, has observed the molecular structure of liquid water at a gold surface under different charging conditions.

  • Rachel Slaybaugh
    Nuclear Engineering's Slaybaugh to receive ANS Young Members Excellence Award

    10/24/2014 - Rachel Slaybaugh, assistant professor of nuclear engineering, will be awarded the American Nuclear Society's 2014 Young Members Excellence Award for her exemplary leadership in and contributions to the field of nuclear engineering.

  • prototype robot developed by engineers at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    Scientists consider repurposing robots for Ebola

    10/23/2014 New York Times - Robotics scientists, pondering the intriguing possibility of repurposing existing search-and-rescue robots to help contain the Ebola epidemic, are planning a nationwide series of brainstorming meetings, including one Nov. 7 at UC Berkeley.

  • Laura Waller
    Waller honored with Packard Fellowship

    10/20/2014 Packard Foundation - The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has named Laura Waller, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences, as a recipient of the 2014 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering. The Fellowship was awarded to 18 innovative early-career scientists. Waller will receive a grand of $875,000 over five years to pursue her research.

  • Ashok Gadgil
    American Physical Society honors Gadgil

    10/14/2014 Berkeley Lab - The American Physical Society has given its 2015 Leo Szilard Lectureship Award to Ashok Gadgil, professor of civil and environmental engineering, "for applying physics to a variety of social problems and developing sustainable energy, environmental and public health technologies."

  • Creation of protein-based polymer brush
    New biomaterial has some nerve

    10/14/2014 - Berkeley bioengineers have taken proteins from nerve cells and used them to create a “smart” material that is extremely sensitive to its environment. This marriage of materials science and biology could give birth to a flexible, sensitive coating that is easy and cheap to manufacture in large quantities.

  • Bay Bridge new and old
    More Bay Bridge woes may validate concerns of span’s #1 critic

    10/9/2014 California magazine - Civil engineering professor Abolhassan Astaneh-Asl, one of the earliest and most vocal critics of the new Bay Bridge design, has been portrayed as a Cassandra, but these days he merely seems prescient.

  • The Demilune walker team with their prototype
    Ninja walker

    10/7/2014 - One team in Professor Amy Herr’s senior capstone bioengineering course came up with an elegant solution to improve on walkers for the elderly and infirm that don’t fit into tight spaces: the Ninja Walker.

  • Lina Nilsson and Dean Shankar Sastry
    Engineering improvements for the world

    10/6/2014 Washington Post - A new generation of development engineers, “dedicated to using engineering and technology to improve the lot of the world’s poorest people,” is emerging around the world, write Dean Shankar Sastry and Lina Nilsson, innovation director of the Blum Center for Developing Economies, in a Washington Post op-ed article.

  • Water faucet
    Our cities' water systems are becoming obsolete. What will replace them?

    10/6/2014 Vox - In an extensive interview with Vox , civil engineering professor David Sedlak, co-director of the Berkeley Water Center, discusses the challenges facing urban water systems, which evolved in response to three major crises but are now facing a fourth.

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