Berkeley Engineering in the News

Eli Yablonovitch honored with Optical Society award

2/8/2019 - The Optical Society, the leading global professional association in optics and photonics, announced that the 2019 Frederic Ives Medal/Jarus W. Quinn Prize will be presented to Eli Yablonovitch of Berkeley Engineering. Yablonovitch is honored for “diverse and deep contributions to optical science including photonic crystals, strained semiconductor lasers, and new record-breaking solar cell physics.”

EECS professor Claire Tomlin elected to NAE

Claire Tomlin

2/7/2019 - The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has elected EECS professor and alumna Claire Tomlin (Ph.D. ’98 EECS) to its ranks. Tomlin was cited for her “contributions to design tools for safety-focused control of cyberphysical systems.”

Solve the Bay Area housing crisis, fight climate change and more, all while earning college credit

UC Berkeley students, from left, Ben Truong, Surabhi Yadav, Erik Phillip, Zachary Chao and Andre Balthazard, talk about solutions in the

2/6/2019 Mercury News - The 25 students enrolled in UC Berkeley’s newest class are shooting for more this semester than a good grade. In addition to earning an “A,” they intend to help solve the Bay Area’s housing shortage, prevent wildfires in the East Bay hills and slow climate change. In any other setting, such lofty ambitions might seem foolish. But in the university’s new “Hacking4Local” class, those goals and more are part of the syllabus.

UC Berkeley launches accelerator to support blockchain startups

1/29/2019 - The University of California, Berkeley has just announced the formation of a new blockchain-focused accelerator, the Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator. The new accelerator will help entrepreneurs pursue ventures in the blockchain space, tap into the vast resources of UC Berkeley and Silicon Valley, and receive expert industry guidance to create high-value blockchain startups.

Clever clumsiness: Self-taught walking robot

Thumbnail of video: SAC on Minitaur - Training

1/9/2019 Wired - Researchers from the Berkeley AI Research Lab and Google Brain have taught a robot to teach itself how to walk, through trial and error, in just two hours; the results "are as awkward as they are magical."

Minority STEM PhDs fare better with clear expectations, acceptance

Ph.D. graduates taking a selfie at commencement

1/9/2019 - Women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields are more likely to advance professionally, publish more research and secure postdoctoral and faculty positions if their institutional culture is welcoming and sets clear expectations, according to a new study.