Alumni

Remembering Bill Baker, Berkeley Lab's first electrical engineer

Bill Baker on the grounds of the future Berkeley Lab

7/24/2018 Berkeley Lab - Berkeley Engineering alumnus William R. “Bill” Baker, who died May 4 at age 103, was a lifelong engineer with an unrelenting mind, boundless ingenuity and dozens of patents to his credit. He was the first electrical engineer hired by Ernest O. Lawrence for what would eventually become Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Eric Schmidt calls for greater investment in public universities

Eric Schmidt at commencement

6/4/2018 - In an op-ed published in the Sacramento Bee , Berkeley Engineering alum and former Google exec Eric Schmidt (M.S. '79/Ph.D. '82 EECS) advocates for more government support of public universities, including the University of California. Schmidt, who is a member of the UC Berkeley Board of Visitors, points out that the investment in public universities has paid Californians back many times over.

New & noteworthy

6/1/2018 Professors Pieter Abbeel and Michael Jordan , experts in machine learning, have been appointed as joint faculty in industrial engineering and operations research in addition to their appointments in electrical engineering and computer sciences. Rebecca Abergel has joined the Department of Nuclear Engineering as an assistant professor. She is a world-renowned scientist in actinide chemistry as well as...

Farewell

6/1/2018 Obituaries for Berkeley Engineering faculty and alumni

The hidden social mission behind a trending toy

Marissa Louie with several of her plush friends

3/13/2018 - A herd of stuffed animals with mix-and-match parts paid a visit to a Sutardja Center classroom to help students learn how they can design products to have a social impact — a subject dear to the heart of Animoodles CEO (and industrial engineering alumna) Marissa Louie.

An engineer's guide to sexism

Teresa Meng

2/23/2018 EE Times - It’s not often a female engineer steps before hundreds of male colleagues at a major conference and gives a tutorial on the institutional sexism in their profession. But that's what happened at this month's International Solid State Circuits Conference, where Berkeley alum Teresa Meng (M.S.'84, Ph.D.'88 EECS), Stanford professor and Atheros Communications co-founder, addressed “Winning the game in a male-dominated industry.”

Celebrating diversity in engineering and science

Gary May speaking with students

2/13/2018 - The Black Engineering and Science Students Association and the Black Graduate Engineering and Science Students celebrated milestone anniversaries with a daylong event at Alumni House on Feb. 10, including a keynote address by alumnus and UC Davis Chancellor Gary May.

Taking the stage

Thumbnail of video: Drew's Story @ People Who Usually Don't Lecture

2/9/2018 - Drew McPherson (B.S.’17 ME) recently took the stage in San Francisco to give a talk at “People That Don’t Normally Lecture.” He talked about the accident he had at 19 that left him paralyzed. He also talked about what came next: a desire to design and build things that help people meet a need.

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