Honors & awards

Two Berkeley engineers win presidential early-career awards

12/23/2013 White House Press Office - Four young Berkeley professors – including Benjamin Recht of electrical engineering and computer science and Junqiao Wu of materials science and engineering – were among 102 researchers named Monday by President Obama as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers.

David Culler to receive the Okawa Prize, 2013

12/5/2013 CITRIS - EECS Department Chair and Director of the CITRIS Energy Initiative David Culler has been selected as a recipient of the 2013 Okawa Prize, which is awarded annually by the Okawa Foundation for Information and Telecommunications.

George Leitmann receives French Legion of Honor

11/19/2013 - George Leitmann, professor of the Graduate School and professor emeritus of Engineering Science, has been awarded Knight of the Legion of Honor, France’s highest tribute recognizing military and civil service on behalf of the French nation.

New UCSD dean

11/1/2013 Albert P. Pisano, a distinguished member of the mechanical engineering faculty for 30 years, has been named dean of the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego.

Randy Schekman awarded 2013 Nobel Prize

10/7/2013 - Randy W. Schekman, professor of molecular and cell biology, has won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his role in revealing the machinery that regulates proteins in our cells. He shares the prize with James E. Rothman of Yale University and Thomas C. Südhof of Stanford University.

Dean Sastry appointed to United Nations scientific advisory board

10/4/2013 UNESCO - On Sept. 24, the first day of the UN General Assembly, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced his decision to create a Scientific Advisory Board to inform international decision-making on sustainable development. Dean S. Shankar Sastry will serve as one of two U.S. representatives on the 26-member board, which includes leading figures in the natural, social and human sciences. “We must strengthen the interface between science and policy,” said Ki-moon, “so that the latest scientific findings are reflected in our high-level policy discussions.” Ki-moon made the announcement during the inaugural meeting of the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, a platform created to realize the vision adopted at the UN’s Rio+20 conference in 2012. He has entrusted UNESCO’s Director-General to establish the advisory board.

Berkeley’s computer science major places first in new ranking

9/6/2013 Daily Californian - UC Berkeley won the top spot for computer science majors’ return on investment in a new ranking compiled by Affordable Colleges Online, surpassing second-place Stanford in the comparison pitting lifetime earnings against educational costs.

8 Berkeley Engineers among 2014 Siebel Scholars

9/6/2013 Siebel Foundation - The Siebel Scholars Foundation has named 85 talented graduate students to its Siebel Scholars class of 2014, including five bioengineering students and three computer science students from UC Berkeley.