Honors & awards

Grigoropoulos awarded continuation funding by DARPA

2/25/2010 UC Berkeley Mechanical Engineering Department - Continuation funding over the next three years, bringing the total to $5M, has been awarded by DARPA to Professor Costas Grigoropoulos of the Mechanical Engineering Department for research on "Nanofabrication by Tips coupled with Lasers."

Tim Sands, Berkeley Engineering alum and former faculty member, appointed executive vice president and provost at Purdue

2/11/2010 Purdue University - The Purdue University board of trustees has ratified the appointment of Timothy D. Sands as the university's next executive vice president for academic affairs and provost. A native of California, Sands earned a bachelor's degree with highest honors in engineering physics and a master's degree and doctorate in materials science from UC Berkeley, where he was also a professor of material science and engineering prior to coming to Purdue.

Arun Sarin named Knight of the British Empire

2/6/2010 United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office - Berkeley Engineering alumnus Arun Sarin (M.S.'78 MSE), former CEO of Vodafone and recipient of the Berkeley Engineering Innovation Award, has been named a Knight of the British Empire by the Queen of England for services to the communications industry.

Professor Alper Atamturk named DoD National Security Fellow

1/25/2010 Department of Defense - Alper Atamturk, professor of industrial engineering and operations research at UC Berkeley, was named by the the U.S. Department of Defense as one of 11 distinguished university faculty scientists and engineers forming the 2010 class of its National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship program. NSSEFF provides grants to top-tier researchers from U.S. universities to conduct unclassified, basic research that may transform DoD's capabilities in the long term.

Asian Pacific Fund awards engineering dean S. Shankar Sastry

1/8/2010 San Francisco Business Times - The San Francisco-based Asian Pacific Fund on Friday named two recipients of the fourth annual Chang-Lin Tien Education Leadership Awards, which recognize the accomplishments and leadership of Asian Americans working in higher education. S. Shankar Sastry, dean of the College of Engineering, UC Berkeley, and Meredith Jung-En Woo, dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia, each will receive an unrestricted grant of $10,000.

A Recipe for Success

2/2/2009 - Baking a French-inspired strawberry tart and running engineering calculations for a building project make a perfect pairing for Anita Chu (B.S.'98, M.S.'99 CEE). The San Francisco engineer is a pastry chef, an award-winning dessert blogger and photographer, and recently published her first cookbook. "I think there are a lot of similarities between engineering and pastry," Chu says. "Pastry is all about very precise measurement and technique, and that applies to engineering, too."

New Beginnings

6/2/2008 - On May 24, I participated in my first commencement as dean of Berkeley Engineering. It filled me with pride to watch 1,045 excited and rain-soaked graduates walk, dance or otherwise cross the Greek Theatre stage to celebrate their success in completing some of the most difficult majors UC Berkeley has to offer.

Wired for Success

5/2/2008 - For Berkeley-trained Sung-Mo "Steve" Kang, the work of a university chancellor is a lot like engineering. "Think of integrated circuits," says Kang (Ph.D. '75 EECS), who in March began his second year at the helm of UC Merced. Just as a chip relies on a network of connections to operate smoothly, so does a college campus. With that in mind, Kang is taking a collaborative approach to building his young institution into a world-class research university.

A Search Giant

4/2/2008 - It’s no surprise that a Google search for Peter Norvig turns up tens of thousands of hits. Norvig (Ph.D. ’86 EECS) literally wrote the book on artificial intelligence, coauthoring a bestselling textbook on the subject with Professor Stuart Russell in 1995. As the senior computer scientist at NASA Ames Research Center, he led the team that developed the remote artificial intelligence software that flew aboard the Deep Space 1 spacecraft in 1999. And today, as Google’s director of research, Norvig is transforming the way information is organized and accessed on the Web.

A Doctor in the (Jazz) House

4/2/2008 - George Ban-Weiss will soon have a new title to accompany his growing fame in Bay Area jazz circles. The professional bass player is about to become a Ph.D. Having performed at such venues as Yoshi’s in Oakland, the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles, and Smalls in New York City, Ban-Weiss expects to receive his doctorate in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley in May. The 27-year-old is wrapping up research exploring emissions from gas and diesel vehicles and their respective impact on air quality.