Honors & awards

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.

Environmental engineering professor Kara Nelson receives grant for sanitation research

5/2/2011 The Daily Californian - UC Berkeley professor of environmental engineering Kara Nelson has been awarded a five-year $100,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for her unconventional research in sanitation and human waste management. Nelson said she will use the grant money to treat human waste at the point where it is being produced, in an effort to eliminate the amount of contact humans have with fecal pathogens.

UC Berkeley nuclear engineering team to lead National Science and Security Consortium

3/7/2011 - A UC Berkeley-led consortium of seven universities has been awarded a multi-year grant ($25 million for a 5-year period) from the U.S. Department of Energy NNSA Office of Proliferation Detection. The consortium will largely focus on education and hands-on training of undergraduate and graduate students in the core set of experimental disciplines that support the nation's non-proliferation and nuclear security mission: nuclear physics, nuclear chemistry, nuclear instrumentation, and nuclear engineering.

C.J. Chang-Hasnain, laser engineering luminary, receives 2011 IEEE David Sarnoff Award

2/22/2011 IEEE - UC Berkeley professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences Constance Chang-Hasnain, an engineer whose groundbreaking contributions to the physics and design of Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSELs) have shaped their use in modern technology, is being honored by IEEE with the 2011 IEEE David Sarnoff Award. IEEE is the world’s largest professional association advancing technology for humanity.

BMIC holds first University Mobile Challenge at the GSMA Mobile World Congress 2011

2/15/2011 GSMA - Berkeley Mobile International Collaborative, a non-profit dedicated to creating strategic relationships between mobile companies, innovative universities, and entrepreneurial students, today held the finals of the first annual University Mobile Challenge at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The winning team 2011 challenge is UC Berkeley (Taylor Griffin, Karthik Lakshmanan, Apoorva Sachdev, Aaditya Sriram and Jade Trinh) for its "Noodle" app, a cloud-based college notes program.

Bioengineering faculty members Amy Herr and Sanjay Kumar receive NSF CAREER Awards

2/14/2011 - Berkeley Bioengineering Assistant Professors Amy Herr and Sanjay Kumar have received 2011 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program awards. CAREER awards are given to young researchers in science and engineering who have also translated their work into significant educational activities. Herr is a leading researcher in microscale biomarker detection technology, and Kumar is a pioneer in molecular cell dynamics and the mechanobiology of the cytoskeleton.

Charles A. Desoer receives IEEE Gustav Robert Kirchhoff Award

2/9/2011 IEEE - IEEE, the world's largest association for the advancement of technology, has awarded the Gustav Robert Kirchhoff Award to the late Charles A. Desoer, professor emeritus of electrical engineering and computer sciences, for crucial conceptual research contributions to the behavior and the use of electrical circuits and systems.