Environment

Quake model aids in fault studies

11/5/2012 - A new civil engineering study reveals that the more time an earthquake fault has to heal, the faster the shake it will produce when it finally ruptures. Because the rapidity and strength of the shaking are what causes damage to major structures, the new findings could help engineers better assess the vulnerabilities of buildings, bridges and roads.

Rerouting behavior

Chart showing info collected by Quantified Traveler app

11/1/2012 Associate professors of civil and environmental engineering Raja Sengupta and Joan Walker created the Quantified Traveler app to quantify what influences travel behavior and to encourage more sustainable travel.

Arsenic water filter recognized with international prize

10/9/2012 Berkeley Lab - A team led by Ashok Gadgil, Berkeley Engineering professor and head of LBNL’s environmental energy technologies division, has received the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water. The prize recognizes his team’s advances in developing an effective and economical way to treat arsenic contamination in groundwater.

Cal Energy Corps working worldwide on smart solutions

9/24/2012 - Launched in 2011, the Cal Energy Corps provides undergraduates with practical research and experiential-learning opportunities through internships with partner organizations across the academic, corporate and nonprofit sectors. Modeled on the U.S. Peace Corps, the program aims to engage Berkeley students tackling alternative energy, climate change and sustainability issues around the world. This summer, 13 of the 32 Cal Energy Corps interns were Berkeley Engineers

The year of the ApoCALypse: Steel Bridge Team wins nationals

6/26/2012 - Berkeley’s Steel Bridge Team, based in the civil and environmental engineering department, won the 2012 national steel bridge title on May 25 and 26. Roughly 600 students from 47 engineering schools from across the country gathered to compete and test their steel structure design, fabrication and construction skills during this year’s competition at Clemson University.

UC Berkeley Steel Bridge Team takes first place at Nationals

5/31/2012 - The CEE Steel Bridge team and their entry, ApoCALypse, took first overall at the 2012 ASCE/AISC Student Steel Bridge Competition held at Clemson University, South Carolina over the Memorial Day weekend. "We held our breath when they announced third place (Cal Poly), and when MIT got second, we started cheering like crazy--for them--and for us, because we knew we were first," said Sabrina Odah, bridge project manager.

Floating robots provide insight into Delta waters

5/15/2012 ABC News - UC Berkeley engineering researchers have developed floating robots that may help California in a number of scenarios. The sensors are equipped with GPS receivers and cellphone technology that provide data showing their exact movements in the waterway in real time. They can also deliver information on pollution, salinity and other variables. "The goal here is to be able to show the currents on a scale that was previously unknown, so we can understand better how the Delta works," UC Berkeley electrical engineer Alex Bayen said.

It starts with a stove

Diagram of how Berkeley0Darfur stove improves lives

5/1/2012 The Berkeley-Darfur Stoves project addresses the needs of families displaced by violence in western Sudan.

Putting water online

Launching water monitoring sensor into the Sacramento River

5/1/2012 In spring 2012, the Floating Sensor Network project, led by associate professor of EECS Alexandre Bayen, launched a flotilla of 100 robots down the Sacramento River to provide data on water movement and pollutant spread.

Smart sensors in the woods

3/19/2012 - About 60 percent of the water used in California comes from Sierra Nevada snowmelt. Monthly measurements help water managers estimate the amount of water held in the snowpack and allow them to allocate the state’s most precious resource. Now, the Sierra Nevada is going high tech. Wireless sensors developed by Steven Glaser, professor of civil and environmental engineering, are being tested in an ambitious pilot project at the UC Merced Sierra Nevada Research Institute.

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