Honors & awards

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.

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.

Berkeley Engineering professor Ron Gronsky selected as one of Princeton Review's 300 "Best Professors"

4/3/2012 The Daily Californian - Materials science and engineering professor Ron Gronsky is among seven UC Berkeley instructors listed as the country's 300 best professors in a book published by the Princeton Review. "We developed this project as a tribute to the extraordinary dedication of America's undergraduate college professors and the vitally important role they play in our culture, and our democracy," said Robert Franek, senior vice president of content development and publishing at Princeton Review.

Weili Dai named one of "150 Women Who Shake the World"

3/6/2012 The Daily Beast - Weili Dai, Berkeley Engineering alumna (B.S. '84 CS) and co-founder of Marvell Technology Group, has been honored by Newsweek as one of "150 Women Who Shake the World." With her background in computer science and software development, Dai founded Marvell with her husband and his brother in 1995. Today the microchip maker's revenue tops $3 billion annually. Dai is one of the only women to head a top-500 tech company and is a prime example of a leader with an environmental conscience.

Marvell CEO Dr. Sehat Sutardja honored with UC Berkeley Outstanding Alumnus Award in Electrical Engineering

2/24/2012 Wall Street Journal Market Watch - Marvell co-founder, chairman, president and CEO, Dr. Sehat Sutardja, has been named the recipient of UC Berkeley's Outstanding Alumnus Award in Electrical Engineering. The award presentation took place during the Berkeley Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Annual Research Symposium 2012. "Through his engineering achievements, activism and support, Dr. Sehat Sutardja has made invaluable contributions to UC Berkeley and to the field of electrical engineering," said Professor S. Shankar Sastry, Dean of the College of Engineering. Dr. Sutardja received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from UC Berkeley.

Three Berkeley Engineering students named finalists for 2012-2013 Hertz Fellowship

2/9/2012 Wall Street Journal MarketWatch - The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation has announced fifty finalists for the 2012-2013 Hertz Fellowship, chosen from over 600 applicants. Considered the nation's most generous support for graduate education in the applied sciences and engineering, the Hertz Fellowship is valued at more than $250,000 per student, with support lasting up to five years. Berkeley Engineering students David Barth (ME), Nicholas Boyd (EECS) and Sean Lubner (ME) have been selected.