1/3/2012 Bloomberg - Civil engineer Juan Carlos de la Llera, president and co-founder of the engineering company Sirve, designed the quake-resistant technology that helped save Santiago's tallest skyscraper, the 52-story, $200 million Torre Titanium La Portada office building, during the 8.8-magnitude Chilean quake in February 2010. De la Llera earned his doctorate in civil engineering from UC Berkeley.
Honors & awards
12/16/2011 California Alumni Association - Dr. Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, has been named 2012 Alumnus of the Year by the California Alumni Association. Schmidt, who earned a master's degree in 1979 and a Ph.D. in 1982 in electrical engineering and computer sciences from UC Berkeley, is being recognized for his global leadership in technology and information.
12/16/2011 - Berkeley Bioengineering Professor Luke Lee has been selected to receive a Point-of-Care Diagnostics grant through Grand Challenges in Global Health, an initiative created by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The project goal is to develop a microfluidic Universal Sample Preparation (USP) module that is relevant for parallel diagnostics of infectious diseases. The grant will provide $1.47 million in research funding over three years.
11/30/2011 San Francisco Chronicle - With the goal of giving people precious seconds to run for their lives before the Big One hits, three West Coast universities will share a $6 million grant to improve an earthquake early warning system already being tested, UC Berkeley announced Tuesday. Berkeley and Caltech are currently testing ShakeAlert, a warning system that is supposed to open a pop-up alert on personal computers at the first sign of a major quake.
11/29/2011 Energy.gov - Today President Obama announced his nominations to several key administration posts, including professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and engineering Arun Majumdar as Under Secretary of Energy. Dr. Majumdar has served as the Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) since 2009.
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.
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.
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.
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.