Celebrating World Toilet Day, reinventing sanitation

Thumbnail of video: Berkeley student turns urine into fertilizer to feed the world

11/16/2015 - United Nations World Toilet Day on Nov. 19 is environmental engineering doctoral student William Tarpeh’s main chance — a time to proselytize about all things sanitation. For mechanical engineering grad student Emily Woods, it's a boost for Sanivation, the company she co-founded to convert human feces into charcoal for a poor community in Kenya.

Pocket-sized docent tours

Arthur Bart-Williams

9/24/2015 - For years, Arthur Bart-Williams (B.S.’88 CE) had plans to build better tour-guide technology. Now he’s done just that.

Photos of ruptured oil pipeline provide clues of spill cause

Corroded and cracked pipe

6/17/2015 Washington Post - Photos of the pipeline that spilled oil on the Santa Barbara coast in May show extensive corrosion and suggest that a pressure leak tied to the restart of failed pumps caused the break, said Robert Bea, a civil engineering professor emeritus.


David Lu and Clarity monitor

5/1/2015 Clarity is a wearable air pollution monitoring and reporting device.

Mobile tour tells campus story via trees

London plane trees on the Campanile esplanade

3/30/2015 - A free, smartphone-based guided tour, developed by CNR experts in partnership with a Berkeley Engineering alum’s software company, highlights the campus’s landscape and cultural history through 16 exemplary trees.

Ashok Gadgil: The humanitarian inventor

Ashok Gadgil

3/9/2015 IEEE Spectrum - Named one of IEEE Spectrum's Engineering Heroes for 2015, the civil and environmental engineering professor's work on water purification, cookstoves and arsenic removal has helped tens of millions of people worldwide.

KQED e-book explores engineering through cookstoves

Engineering is: Saving the world with cookstoves

3/2/2015 KQED Quest - KQED’s new Engineering Is… e-book series launches with the Berkeley Darfur cookstove, developed by environmental engineering professor Ashok Gadgil to improve the lives of refugees in the war-torn Darfur region of Sudan.

Greener blue jeans

John Dueber (right) and bioengineering graduate student Zach Russ examine a culture of indigo-producing E. coli bacteria.

2/23/2015 Berkeley Research - The indigo that dyes your favorite pair of jeans blue is wildly popular, but very "dirty" to synthesize chemically. Bioengineering professor and Bakar fellow John Dueber thinks he has found an environmentally green way for industry to churn out the dye without toxic compounds.