Environment

Engineering social justice

Khalid Kadir

5/1/2014 In a new course, “Engineering, the Environment and Society,” Khalid Kadir is challenging his students to build more just and equitable systems by rethinking the role engineers play in social issues.

Fukushima radiation near Half Moon Bay? Not so fast...

Fukishima Daiichi nuclear plant

3/24/2014 Contra Costa Times - Japanese radioisotopes aren't lurking in the sand at Miramar Beach, the California Department of Public Health said in a final report debunking suggestions that the beach contained radioactive material from the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. "Nuclear radiation is something you can't smell, see and feel; it tends to scare people" said UC Berkeley nuclear engineering professor Kai Vetter, leader of the school's Rad Watch project, which has tested West Coast air, rain, milk and fish without finding any evidence that Fukushima-related contamination poses a health threat.

UC Berkeley taps its old mine shaft to study Hayward Fault

Lawson Adit

3/17/2014 San Francisco Chronicle - More than 70 years after UC Berkeley's mining school was absorbed into the College of Engineering, earthquake researchers studying the Hayward Fault plan to install seismographs and high-frequency microphones inside the Lawson Adit -- a rocky mine shaft stretching east from Hearst Memorial Mining Building that was built by Berkeley students a century ago.

AMA brings nuclear engineers to Reddit

Ad for reddit Ask Me Anything with Berkeley nuclear engineers

3/14/2014 Daily Clog Science - In an Ask Me Anything session this week on Reddit, six professors from UC Berkeley’s department of nuclear engineering answered questions ranging from concerns about thorium reactor design to environmental monitoring in Fukushima.

Indian company licenses invention for arsenic-free water

Girl in India pumping water

3/10/2014 Berkeley Lab - Berkeley researchers, led by Ashok Gadgil and Susan Amrose of civil and environmental engineering, have developed technology that uses electricity to remove arsenic from groundwater, where it can be a silent killer. More importantly, they have created a business model and partnered with a company in India to improve the technology's chances for longevity.

Gadgil's inventions win him spot in hall of fame

Ashok Gadgil with his Berkeley-Darfur stove

3/4/2014 National Inventors Hall of Fame - Ashok Gadgil, professor of civil and environmental engineering, had been inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Gadgil was honored for two inventions that have helped millions of people in remote areas: UV Waterworks, a low-powered water disinfection system that uses UV light to kill pathogens, and the Berkeley-Darfur Stove, which reduces fuel demands of those in displacement camps.

Time is now for a new revolution in urban water systems

David Sedlak

2/18/2014 - As California grapples with what state water officials have called a drought of “epic proportions,” UC Berkeley urban-water expert David Sedlak, a professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been watching for signs that people are ready for a water revolution.

Seafloor carpet catches waves to generate energy

Seafloor carpet design

1/28/2014 - UC Berkeley mechanical engineers are developing a seafloor carpet system to capture ocean wave energy and convert it into usable electricity. The system could eventually help lower the cost of converting seawater into fresh water, easing the pressure during periods of drought.

CEE's Sally Thompson on NSF-funded team studying watershed's critical zone

Sally Thompson

1/15/2014 - A team of UC Berkeley scientists, including Sally Thompson of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will receive $4,900,000 from the National Science Foundation to study the Eel River watershed in Northern California and how its vegetation, geology and topography affect water flow all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

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