Honors & awards

Alumni and corporate partners say thank you to Berkeley

10/16/2012 Graduate Division - VMware could have honored software architect Michael Nelson (B.A.’83 CS, Ph.D.’88 EECS) with a gold watch and a handshake for his groundbreaking contributions to cloud technology. Instead, the firm endowed an $800,000 fellowship at Berkeley. In all, the Graduate Fellowships Matching Program has set up more than 60 funds campuswide – 13 of them in the College of Engineering alone.

Barbara Simons discusses electronic voting on Charlie Rose

10/10/2012 Charlie Rose - In an interview with TV journalist Charlie Rose, computer science alumna Barbara Simons (Ph.D., 1981) discusses her new book on electronic voting, Broken Ballots: Will Your Vote Count? In 2005, Simons became the first woman to receive the college's Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award.

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.

C.D. (Dan) Mote Jr. nominated to be next National Academy of Engineering president

9/12/2012 National Academy of Engineering - The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) 2013 nominating committee has unanimously recommended C.D. (Dan) Mote Jr. to stand as the sole candidate for the NAE presidency. Mote received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Berkeley, where he served on the faculty for 31 years and held positions as chair of the department of mechanical engineering, president of the UC Berkeley Foundation, and vice chancellor.

2013 Siebel Scholars announced

9/10/2012 Siebel Foundation - Nine Berkeley Engineering graduate students have been named 2013 Siebel Scholars. This year’s cohort of 85 graduate students in the nation’s leading business, bioengineering and computer science programs join a group of almost 800 in the program, which fosters leadership and academic achievement. Honorees receive $35,000 to complete their final year of study. Congratulations to this year's winners: In Bioengineering: Lukasz Jan Bugaj, Laura Rose Croft, Timothy Lamont Downing, Alex James Hughes and Debkishore Mitra; and in EECS: Yunlong Li, Antonio Lupher, Brandon Wang and Wei Wu.

Fox named academic director of online-education center

8/31/2012 - Professor Armando Fox has been appointed to serve as academic director of the Berkeley Resource Center for Online Education, a new unit dedicated to supporting online-education initiatives and research. Working under the guidance of the Online Education Steering Committee, Fox will collaborate with BRCOE’s executive director, Diana Wu, to build an infrastructure to support the campus’s numerous and varied online-education initiatives — from offerings for the public good to professional certificate programs.

NSF awards $2 million to develop flexible bioelectronics systems

8/30/2012 - The National Science Foundation has awarded $2 million over four years for a UC Berkeley project to develop flexible bioelectronics systems. The research would support the development of electronic materials that could not only be implanted into the body for medical applications such as wound healing, but that could also be safely resorbed into the body.

$2.5 million grant to improve traffic safety

8/24/2012 ITS - California’s Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) has awarded nearly $2.5 million in grants to two research and education centers affiliated with the Institute of Transportation Studies to improve safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and drivers. The Safe Transportation Research & Education Center (SafeTREC) and the Technology Transfer Program (Tech Transfer) will use the funds to study better ways to prevent crashes and to help local agencies identify potentially hazardous surface roadway conditions.

Bioengineers get NIH award for on-chip models of human heart and liver

7/24/2012 NCATS - Bioengineering professors Kevin Healy (pictured) and Luke Lee and collaborators have been awarded a two-year, $1.7 million boost to develop on-chip models of living human heart and liver tissue from the NIH. The grant is part of the Tissue Chip for Drug Screening program, an initiative to help predict the safety of drugs more quickly and cost-effectively, and thereby speed the development of effective therapeutics.

UC Berkeley leads nation in tech CEO graduates

7/5/2012 Network World - The University of California at Berkeley is the number one university for producing U.S. tech industry CEOs. Graduates include Paul Jacobs, CEO and chairman of Qualcomm, who holds three degrees from Berkeley: bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering. Another graduate of Berkeley is Paul Otellini, CEO and president of Intel, who holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business, as does Shantanu Narayan, CEO and president of Adobe.