‘Rayce’ down under

11/29/2011 - For the first time since its founding in 1990, CalSol, Berkeley Engineering’s solar car team, competed in the international World Solar Challenge (WSC). Held in October in Australia, the WSC drew 37 solar-powered cars to a weeklong “rayce” crossing 3,000 kilometers of the barren Outback from Darwin to Adelaide. CalSol’s Impulse team members posted these reports from the field.

Airport design class team wins FAA competition

7/22/2011 Institute of Transportation Studies - The Federal Aviation Administration awarded four undergraduates from Dr. Jasenka Rakas' airport design class a first prize for their proposal to improve airport efficiency. Their paper, "Collaborative Gate Assignment," suggests airlines and airport operators share gates as well as real-time information on gate utilization in order to reduce the time, fuel and emissions that are wasted when an arriving aircraft must wait on the tarmac for a gate to open.

2011 Big Ideas Contest winners announced

5/3/2011 Big Ideas@Berkeley - UC Berkeley's annual "Big Ideas" prize competition inspires innovative and high-impact student projects aimed at solving the world's most pressing problems. By seeking out novel proposals and then supporting efforts to help them succeed, Big Ideas has produced remarkable results, in categories such as Social Entrepreneurship, Global Poverty Alleviation, Energy Efficient Technologies and Green Chemistry.

Engineers stick together

4/8/2011 - Take a big concrete wall, a few rolls of duct tape and what do you get? A networking opportunity that bonded Berkeley engineering students in more ways than one. To the cheers, applause and overall amusement of scores of onlookers, nine teams of undergraduates affixed one of their peers to a decidedly nonadhesive wall outside the Bechtel Engineering Center with yards of sticky, silvery stuff. The occasion was a first-ever Duct Tape Competition, one of a series of science and socially themed events celebrating UC Berkeley’s EWeek.

Businesses born on campus: Students pitch start-ups

4/7/2011 Berkeleyside - Six student teams, made up largely of Cal post-grads, who pitched their start-up concepts to a panel of veteran entrepreneurs and potential sponsors were finalists in Cal's Venture Lab program, part of the university's Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology founded by UC Berkeley engineering Professor Ikhlaq Sidhu. The event, called "Entrepreneurship in the Global Marketplace," promised winners either a $5,000 grant from or a $10,000 Acceleration Award from the Plug and Play Tech Center.

Engineers applaud as Watson beats humans in Jeopardy!

2/17/2011 New Scientist - In the battle between human and machine, our silicon opponents just notched up another victory. The new digital champ is Watson, a supercomputer designed by IBM to play Jeopardy!, a US quiz game famous for its strangely worded clues. The 200 or so engineers who watched the final show in an auditorium at UC Berkeley revealed in a show of hands that around three-quarters of the audience were rooting for Watson. "It's fun to see a computer beat a human," said one student. IBM was represented by Jean Paul Jacob, a computer scientist who spent 42 years at the company and who also holds a position at CITRIS at Berkeley.

BMIC holds first University Mobile Challenge at the GSMA Mobile World Congress 2011

2/15/2011 GSMA - Berkeley Mobile International Collaborative, a non-profit dedicated to creating strategic relationships between mobile companies, innovative universities, and entrepreneurial students, today held the finals of the first annual University Mobile Challenge at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The winning team 2011 challenge is UC Berkeley (Taylor Griffin, Karthik Lakshmanan, Apoorva Sachdev, Aaditya Sriram and Jade Trinh) for its "Noodle" app, a cloud-based college notes program.

Uncommon in every way: Engineers in intercollegiate sports

12/14/2010 - Consider these numbers: Of 35,838 students at Berkeley this year, 4,665 are engineers. Of 800 athletes in intercollegiate sports, only a handful—fewer than five at any one time—are working toward an engineering degree. The combination is rare because any sane, reasonable person would wonder: How on earth do you pursue one of Cal’s most difficult academic programs while playing for its most demanding teams? In their own distinct way, three members of this rarefied circle, Richard Fisher, Sati Hsu Houston and Dustin Muhn, have managed to do it successfully. Read about them and watch them in action in a dynamic slideshow.

VIDEO FEATURE: Rube Goldberg returns and wackiness ensues

9/8/2010 - What's the best device for dispensing a dollop of hand sanitizer? At Berkeley, it's one that also prompts the famous Bellagio fountain to erupt, Evel Knievel to crash his motorcycle and a house of cards to spring up before your eyes. The magic and mayhem were part of a winning, Las Vegas-themed contraption built by a team of engineering students for Berkeley's first-ever Rube Goldberg Machine Contest in April. The competition challenged Cal student teams to build a six-foot by six-foot machine in the spirit of popular cartoonist Rube Goldberg, a 1904 Berkeley Engineering graduate who died in 1970 and is best known for his comic drawings of outrageously complicated machines performing simple tasks.

Boy Meets Twirl, a Bollywood Romance

11/13/2009 - Bollywood is in the building! Bioengineering undergraduates Nickesh Viswanathan and Anwesh Thakur are two of the male dancers in red who shook up NBC-TV’s America’s Got Talent this summer with their showstopping routine to “Jai Ho” from Slumdog Millionaire. Their group, Ishaara, was the first Bollywood dance group to advance in the show’s history, making it all the way to the quarterfinals before they were eliminated.