Competitions

Student-built solar home places third in national contest

UC Berkeley graduates Brenton Kreiger and Sam Durkin stand with seniors Ruth McGee and Joan Gibbons after their solar house won third place.

10/23/2017 - A joint Berkeley/University of Denver team's prototype for a stackable solar home took third place in the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon, a collegiate competition to design and build full-size, solar-powered houses.

Berkeley-Denver team comes in third in Solar Decathlon

Berkeley student descending a staircase outside the RISE house

10/18/2017 Denver Post - A collaboration between UC Berkeley and the University of Denver took third place in the Solar Decathlon 2017, a challenge for student teams to build and operate highly energy-efficient and innovative solar houses. The team's RISE house was designed specifically for the city of Richmond, Calif.

Student-designed medical device wins Fast Company award

Tabla device being used on a patient

9/12/2017 - Tabla, a low-cost medical device to diagnose pneumonia, has won the student category of Fast Company's 2017 Innovation by Design Awards. Tabla was created by a trio of mechanical engineering and bioengineering students as a classroom project for the Jacobs Institute's Interactive Device Design course.

CalSol finishes 1st at Formula Sun Grand Prix

Victorious CalSol team members surround their car, Zephyr, at the track in Austin, Texas.

8/17/2017 Daily Californian - The CalSol student team has won the Formula Sun Grand Prix, an annual solar vehicle track race for college teams from around the nation. CalSol’s four-year-old Zephyr took first place in the July race in Austin, TX, completing 228 laps with zero penalties.

Plant-based seafood lab report

Vegetables in a fish-shaped design

4/27/2017 SCET - Moving on from its plant-based meat course last semester, the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology is now tackling the challenge of creating plant-based seafood alternatives to combat the environmental problems caused by overfishing.

A superfast lane for self-driving cars?

Sketch of Hyperlane concept

3/22/2017 Fortune - Imagine a future where self-driving cars zip beside interstates at 120 mph, with absolutely zero congestion. That future could exist as soon as 2050, according to grad students Baiyu Chen (B.S.'14 CEE, M.S.'15 CEE, M.S.'17 EECS) and Anthony Barrs, whose Hyperlane idea was awarded top prize and $50,000 at the Infrastructure Vision 2050 Challenge.

Meat substitutes on the curriculum at Sutardja Center

Berkeley  By Jonathan Kauffman, San Francisco Chronicle January 24, 2017      0      Good Food Institute Senior Scientist Christie Lagally speaks during a January session of UC Berkeley's Plant-Based Meat Challenge Lab, a class where students will compete to innovate new meat substitutes. Photo: Scott Strazzante, The Chronicle  Photo: Scott Strazzante, The Chronicle Image 1 of 2 Good Food Institute Senior Scientist Christie Lagally addresses the Plant-Based Meat Challenge

1/25/2017 San Francisco Chronicle - Most UC Berkeley students will tell you that they’re shooting for an A. But the 45 young men and women enrolled in the “Challenge Lab” at the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology are pursuing more ambitious goals: saving the world, and perhaps winning $5,000 in the process.

Eco-friendly tiny house

Diagram of tiny house systems

11/1/2016 A team of Berkeley students took two years to build a 171-square-foot eco-friendly house for a statewide alternative housing competition. The tiny house integrates advances in sustainable and affordable design.

Whooshing into the future

Sketch of bLoop's hyperloop pod model

6/21/2016 California magazine - Aiming to make speed-of-sound commutes a reality, the bLoop team, made up of 40 UC Berkeley students and faculty, is heading into the final round of the hyperloop competition sponsored by Elon Musk's SpaceX company.

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