Honors & awards

MOOC pioneer Armando Fox cited for leadership in education

Armando Fox

5/5/2016 Association for Computing Machinery - EECS professor Armando Fox, a trailblazer in technology-enhanced education and the Massive Online Open Courses field, has been selected to receive the Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award from the Association for Computing Machinery.

Affordable and lightweight suitX design honored

suitX exoskeleton

5/1/2016 The startup company suitX won a Robotics for Good competition this spring for their plan to adapt one of their exoskeleton designs to assist children with conditions such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida or spinal muscular atrophy.

Alumni inducted into national academies

Paul Jacobs, Kirsi Tikka, Tejal Desai and Dennis Discher

5/1/2016 Several alumni have been inducted into the National Academy of Engineering for their contributions to engineering research, practice, or education and the National Academy of Medicine for their contributions to the advancement of medical sciences.

Architects name Jacobs Hall a top green project

Jacobs Hall (Photo © Tim Griffith)

4/22/2016 American Institute of Architects - In an Earth Day announcement, the AIA's Committee on the Environment selected Jacobs Hall as one of ten top examples of sustainable architecture and ecological design projects that protect and enhance the environment.

Birgeneau wins prestigious National Science Board award

Robert Birgeneau

4/22/2016 - UC Berkeley Chancellor Emeritus Robert Birgeneau, professor of physics, materials science and engineering and public policy, has won the National Science Board’s 2016 Vannevar Bush Award. He was cited for his extraordinary public service, scientific leadership, and relentless support for equity and inclusion in higher education.

Two engineering professors elected to AAAS

Jay Keasling and Scott Shenker

4/20/2016 - Professors Jay Keasling (chemical and bioengineering) and Scott Shenker (EECS) are among nine UC Berkeley faculty members elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the country’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers.

Bioengineering's Yartsev among new Searle Scholars

Michael Yartsev and a flying bat

4/15/2016 - Michael Yartsev, an assistant professor of bioengineering, was one of three young UC Berkeley faculty members appointed Searle Scholars this week. He will receive $300,000 for the next three years to support his research into the neural basis of spatial habit learning using free-flying echolocating bats.

Bajcsy, Paxson honored as visionary faculty entrepreneurs

Ruzena Bajcsy and Vern Paxson

3/30/2016 - EECS professors Ruzena Bajcsy and Vern Paxson have been selected as 2016-17 Signatures Innovation Fellows, receiving funding to pursue their commercially promising research to assess personal injury and recovery (Bajcsy) and network cyberattacks (Paxson).

Jacobs Hall honored for sustainability practices

Jacobs Hall (Photo © Tim Griffith)

3/28/2016 Office of Sustainability & Energy - Jacobs Hall, new home of the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, has won a 2016 Higher Education Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Best Practice Award for its efficient use and reuse of energy and water.