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  • Dean Sastry with Jack and Eileen McCauley
    Modern-day Edison creates design innovation fund

    7/27/2015 - Jack McCauley’s (B.S.’86 EECS) has been a lifelong tinkerer, inventor and modern-day Edison whose inventions have spanned several disciplines and industries.

  • Checking machinery in Bolt Threads lab
    Improving the work of silkworms and spiders, with yeast

    7/23/2015 - Where some people see mere cobwebs, David Breslauer sees nature’s most robust fiber. Now the bioengineering Ph.D.'s company, Bolt Threads, has learned how to mimic spider silk in the lab — without spiders.

  • Rendering of early Americans during the last Ice Age
    Genes yield clues to arrival of first Americans

    7/21/2015 - Statistical models, including one created by EECS and statistics associate professor Yun Song, confirm that the original Americans crossed a land bridge from Siberia in a single wave no more than 23,000 years ago, at the height of the last Ice Age.

  • 3D-printed 'smart cap' uses electronics to sense spoiled food

    7/20/2015 - UC Berkeley engineers, in collaboration with colleagues at Taiwan’s National Chiao Tung University, have expanded the range of 3D printing technology to include electrical components, successfully printing a wireless “smart cap” for a milk carton that detects signs of spoilage using embedded sensors, .

  • Panasonic exoskeleton
    The exoskeletons are coming

    7/16/2015 MIT Technology Review - Workers could soon strap on a power-assist suit to maneuver heavy objects, as several companies are working toward commercially available exoskeletons, including Ekso Bionics, cofounded by Berkeley mechanical engineering professor Homayoon Kazerooni.

  • Campers experimenting with a robit they built
    Camp gives middle school girls hands-on experience in engineering

    7/16/2015 - At UC Berkeley’s Girls in Engineering summer camps, middle schoolers go from robots to cow legs to edible juice caviar, all in one whirlwind week.

  • Center for Technology, Society and Policy promotes graduate student and postdoc involvement

    7/16/2015 - The UC Berkeley School of Information is launching the Center for Technology, Society and Policy, established with seed funding from Google, to focus on engineering ethics, technology and well-being, standards and governance, and digital citizenship.

  • Alice Agogino
    Alice Agogino: ME trailblazer

    7/15/2015 Blum Center - When historians get around to investigating the trials and triumphs of women scientists in the late 20th century, they would do well to spend some time looking at the career of Alice Merner Agogino, a pioneer in mechanical engineering, development engineering and STEM gender equity.

  • Heart muscle cells (red) and connective tissue (green) grown from stem cells.
    Researchers create model of early human heart development from stem cells

    7/14/2015 - Berkeley bioengineers, in collaboration with scientists at the Gladstone Institutes, have developed a template for growing beating cardiac tissue from stem cells, creating a system that could serve as a model for early heart development and a drug-screening tool to make pregnancies safer.

  • Process behind the Volta phone-charging rocking chair
    Rock on: Student-designed chair generates energy to charge phone

    7/13/2015 California magazine - The Volta, a chair that harnesses the rocking motion of the sitter to generate energy, has won a National Maker Faire award for its inventors — four Berkeley undergrads taking part in the interdisciplinary Interactive Seating Design Competition sponsored by the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation.


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