Honors & awards

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.

Washington calling

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

Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

5/1/2012 The New York Times - The Simons Foundation, which specializes in science and math research, has chosen UC Berkeley as host for an ambitious new center for computer science. The foundation’s $60 million grant to establish the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing underscores the growing influence of computer science on the physical and social sciences.

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.

Innovation agents: Marvell Technology Group's Weili Dai, semiconductor pioneer

4/23/2012 Fast Company - If there's such a thing as geekdom, Berkeley Engineering alumna Weili Dai, cofounder of Marvell Technology Group, would be queen. As the only female cofounder of a global semiconductor company, Dai built an empire out of those little silicon chips. From humble beginnings in 1995, Dai now presides over an organization that employs 6,000 worldwide and has annual revenues in excess of $3.3 billion. This May, Weili Dai will be the first woman commencement speaker at the College of Engineering, as her son graduates.

Mechanical engineering doctoral student Christopher Ategeka receives Chancellor's Award for Public Service

4/10/2012 Cal Corps - Christopher Ategeka, UC Berkeley doctoral student in mechanical engineering, has received the Graduate Student Award for Civic Engagement, one of the honors offered as the Chancellor's Award for Public Service. Ategeka, who also received his B.S. from Berkeley Engineering, recounted his formidable journey to Berkeley from his rural Ugandan village in a commencement address in May

Berkeley group digs in to challenge of making sense of all that data

4/9/2012 The New York Times - Michael Franklin, a professor of computer science and director of the AMP Lab, talks about the challenges of working with Big Data in the New York Times. Last month, the National Science Foundation awarded $10 million to Berkeley’s AMP Expedition.