Honors & awards

Berkeley Engineering professor Lisa Pruitt wins A. Richard Newton Educator Award

10/12/2011 Marketwire - The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology announced today the 2011 A. Richard Newton Educator Award, which recognizes teaching practices, techniques or innovative and new education approaches that attract girls and women to math, computing, and engineering. The first winner of the new award is Lisa Pruitt, professor of mechanical engineering at UC Berkeley. Lisa Pruitt is deeply committed to ensuring the technological prowess of our society and economy, and works tirelessly and enthusiastically to invite and inspire a full spectrum of participants to pursue engineering endeavors.

ACM, IEEE Computer Society honor UC Berkeley professor Susan L. Graham for software development tools

9/29/2011 Association for Computing Machinery - Susan L. Graham of the University of California Berkeley will receive the ACM-IEEE Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award for contributions to computer programming tools that have significantly advanced software development. Graham's research covers many areas of software, including human-computer interaction, programming systems, and high-performance computing. Her research collaborations have led to the construction of several interactive tools to enhance programmer productivity as well as programming language implementation methods that foster performance and software quality.

Ali Javey wins APEC Science Prize for Innovation Research and Education

9/13/2011 Business Wire - U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu has awarded the 2011 APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education to Dr. Ali Javey, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences at UC Berkeley. The ASPIRE Prize recognizes young scientists who have demonstrated a commitment to both excellence in scientific research, as evidenced by scholarly publication, and cooperation with scientists from other Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation member economies.

Eight Berkeley Engineering graduate students among 2012 Siebel Scholars

9/7/2011 Siebel Foundation - The Siebel Scholars program was established to recognize exceptional students at the world's leading graduate schools of business, bioengineering and computer science. From UC Berkeley's College of Engineering, five students from the bioengineering program and three from the computer sciences program have joined a diverse community of young scholars aiming to solve some of society's most pressing issues.

Airport design class team wins FAA competition

7/22/2011 Institute of Transportation Studies - The Federal Aviation Administration awarded four undergraduates from Dr. Jasenka Rakas' airport design class a first prize for their proposal to improve airport efficiency. Their paper, "Collaborative Gate Assignment," suggests airlines and airport operators share gates as well as real-time information on gate utilization in order to reduce the time, fuel and emissions that are wasted when an arriving aircraft must wait on the tarmac for a gate to open.

ATIC and UAEU appoint Berkeley Engineering's Bernhard Boser to inaugural ATIC Professorship for Semiconductor Research

6/29/2011 Al Bawaba - ATIC and United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) have today announced the appointment of Professor Bernhard E. Boser from the University of California, Berkeley to the newly created ATIC Professorship for Semiconductor Research. Extending Abu Dhabi's collaboration with internationally recognized academic institutions, the first incumbent of the ATIC Professorship for Semiconductor Research, Prof. Boser joins UAEU from the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley.

Engineering graduate students recognized as outstanding instructors

6/23/2011 Graduate Division - UC Berkeley's 2011 crop of nearly 300 recipients of the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, given for effectiveness in teaching undergraduates, includes 55 engineering graduate students. Bioengineering grad student Neil Switz also received the Teaching Effectiveness Award, presented to a subset of Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award winners whose innovative methods have enhanced the ways their students learn.

Graduation walk, reinvented

6/7/2011 - Last month, on May 14, my faculty colleagues and I watched with great pride as more than 1,100 graduates crossed the Greek Theatre stage and walked into the world. Some will go on to more schooling, others to new careers, but all shared a cool, dry Saturday afternoon to mark this major milestone in their lives.

2011 Big Ideas Contest winners announced

5/3/2011 Big Ideas@Berkeley - UC Berkeley's annual "Big Ideas" prize competition inspires innovative and high-impact student projects aimed at solving the world's most pressing problems. By seeking out novel proposals and then supporting efforts to help them succeed, Big Ideas has produced remarkable results, in categories such as Social Entrepreneurship, Global Poverty Alleviation, Energy Efficient Technologies and Green Chemistry.