A simple task

4/22/2015 The Verge - More than a century after his graduation from UC Berkeley with an engineering degree, Rube Goldberg's whimsical machines — symbols of "man’s capacity for exerting maximum effort to accomplish minimal results" — are the focus of national competitions and a loving retrospective.

Lydia Sohn's cellular research gains White House notice

Lydia Sohn and student researcher

9/22/2014 Office of Science and Technology Policy - A post to the White House blog last week recognized mechanical engineering professor Lydia Sohn for her prize-winning submission to a foundation-sponsored competition seeking the most compelling ideas for revolutionary life science platform technologies. Sohn's idea? A low-cost, label-free platform to screen, and subsequently sort, single-cells for multiple surface markers.

8 grad students named Siebel Scholars

9/11/2014 Siebel Scholars Foundation - Eight Berkeley Engineering graduate students — five from bioengineering and three from EECS — have been selected as Siebel Scholars for 2015, joining a class of 83 of the most talented students from the world’s leading graduate schools.

Cal Seismic Design shakes up the competition

Cal Seismic Design team with their winning model

8/4/2014 Daily Clog - The Cal Seismic Design student team finished second in the world in late July's 2014 Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition, held in Anchorage, Alaska.

On the road

Thumbnail of video: CalSol — The UC Berkeley Solar Vehicle Team

6/17/2014 - While working in their garage at the Richmond Field Station, the machine shop in Cory Hall, or the Hackerspace, CalSol — the UC Berkeley Solar Vehicle Team — has completely redesigned their competition vehicle. They will have the opportunity to test their new design in an upcoming endurance race that will take them across eight states, from Texas to Minnesota.

Cal Human-Powered Vehicle team mends, but does not brake

Cal human-powered vehicle crossing the finish line

5/1/2014 California magazine - Things were looking bleak for the Berkeley Engineering Human-Powered Vehicle team last weekend, and the timing couldn’t have been worse. Just a day before the big ASME regional race, their state-of-the-art vehicle, nicknamed Reuben, crashed and broke in two on the first practice run. Then came a bigger surprise.

Devices: Optimal distillation

5/1/2014 Students in the hands-on Interactive Device Design course researched the distillery business to design an elegant solution to an age-old challenge.