Honors & awards

Bioengineering professor Amy Herr receives 2012 Young Innovator Award from Analytical Chemistry

6/15/2012 American Chemical Society - Dr. Amy E. Herr of UC Berkeley is the recipient of the Analytical Chemistry 2012 Young Innovator Award, recognizing the contributions of an individual who has demonstrated exceptional technical advancement and innovation in the field of micro- or nanofluidics in his or her early career. Dr. Herr's research interests include use of scale-dependent phenomena to develop new tools for quantifying biomolecules in complex biological fluids.

UC Berkeley announces 2012 Bergeron Scholars

6/12/2012 Wall Street Journal Market Watch - UC Berkeley has announced the 2012 Bergeron Scholars. This year's Scholars are the first women to benefit from the program funded by Sandra and Douglas Bergeron in Fall 2011. The Berkeley Bergeron Scholars Program provides scholarships, program support and mentorships to five undergraduate women each year pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Berkeley Engineering student chosen to carry Olympic torch through England

6/10/2012 Inside Bay Area - Kylan Nieh, a UC Berkeley student from Fremont, is among 22 "inspiring Americans" chosen by Coca-Cola to carry the Olympic torch next month in Oxford, England. Nieh, an accomplished gymnast who once competed in the Junior Olympics, is now working toward degrees in computer science and business administration. He teaches a leadership and public speaking course at the Haas School of Business and is president of Nestle-sponsored Very Best in Youth Foundation, a program that spotlights teens who have affected other people's lives profoundly.

VMware names Berkeley Engineering alumnus as first VMware Fellow to recognize exceptional leadership and technology contributions

6/7/2012 Yahoo Finance - VMware, Inc., the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, has announced the appointment of two VMware Fellows, recognizing the continued and dramatic contributions by outstanding VMware people to its products, the company and the industry at large. As the inaugural VMware Fellows, Mike Nelson (Ph.D.'88 EECS) and Ole Agesen are being honored by endowments in their names of $800,000 each to UC Berkeley and Stanford University, their respective alma maters.

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.

Berkeley wins 2012 National Student Steel Bridge Competition

5/31/2012 American Society of Civil Engineers - UC Berkeley students have been named champions in the 2012 National Student Steel Bridge Competition. The mission of the competition is to supplement the education of civil engineering students with a comprehensive, student-driven project experience from conception and design through fabrication, erection, and testing, culminating in a steel structure that meets client specifications and optimizes performance and economy.

Berkeley Engineering alum Ilesanmi Adesida chosen as University of Illinois provost

5/9/2012 Illinois News-Gazette - The University of Illinois has chosen a noted nanotechnology scholar as its next provost. Ilesanmi "Ade" Adesida, dean of the UI's College of Engineering, is expected to assume the post on August 16. Born in Nigeria, Adesida has made the UI campus his home for 25 years. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering from UC Berkeley.

UC Berkeley wins $60 million for computer center

5/1/2012 San Francisco Chronicle - UC Berkeley has won a $60 million grant to establish a worldwide center for theoretical computer science to explore high-level mathematical algorithms that could help a variety of scientific fields, including health care, climate modeling and economics. The award from the Simons Foundation of New York will be used to start the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, which is expected start operations in July.

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.

Washington calling

5/1/2012 The White House has tapped two of Berkeley Engineering’s own for leadership on critical presidential initiatives.