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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  • Laura Waller
    Waller honored with Packard Fellowship

    10/20/2014 Packard Foundation - The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has named Laura Waller, professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences, as a recipient of the 2014 Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering. The fellowship was awarded to 18 innovative early-career scientists. Waller will receive a grant 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.

  • Laura Waller
    Waller, others gain funding for interdisciplinary big-data research

    10/2/2014 - EECS assistant professor Laura Waller, who hopes to use new computational tricks to turn simple microscopes into cutting-edge imaging machines, is one of 14 researchers who will receive $1.5 million over the next five years as part of the the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s Data-Driven Discovery Initiative.

  • Cellphone photographers in Cairo during the Arab Spring
    Cybertools offer new channels for free speech, but grassroots organizing still critical

    10/2/2014 - Scholars from CITRIS, the Blum Center and EECS assess the ways the Internet and online tools have changed how social movements operate and communicate in the 50 years since the Free Speech Movement.

  • Mechanical engineering's bright future

    9/29/2014 CBS SF Bay Area - Mechanical engineering chair David Dornfeld is interviewed by San Francisco’s CBS affiliate station about the state of the field and industry. “The future is bright for mechanical engineers,” says Dornfeld. “Most importantly, you’ll be amazed at how exciting and meaningful mechanical engineering can be.”

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