Mechanical engineering

Berkeley Engineering is #3 in U.S. News rankings

Engineering students pose with Oski

9/9/2019 U.S. News & World Report - Berkeley Engineering was again ranked the number three program overall and the top public engineering school, in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report annual list of “America’s Best Colleges.” Eight individual engineering programs were ranked top 5 in their respective fields, and all were in the top 10.

You can’t squash this roach-inspired robot

Thumbnail of video: This robot has some eerie similarities to cockroaches

8/1/2019 - A new insect-sized robot created by Berkeley researchers can scurry across the floor and squeeze into tight spaces like a cockroach, a big advantage in search-and-rescue missions.

Berkeley professors named innovators under 35

6/25/2019 - Two Berkeley Engineering professors — mechanical engineering’s Grace Gu and EECS’ Raluca Ada Popa — were included in MIT Technology Review’s list of “innovators under 35” today. This honor is given annually to technologists whose work has great potential to change the world

Cassie Cal makes campus moves on hovershoes

Cassie Cal

6/12/2019 TechXplore - A new video by the Hybrid Robotics Group shows bipedal robot Cassie Cal riding in hovershoes down a few stairs, on uneven outdoor terrain, up and down steep inclines and leaning into a turn to navigate corners.

Are we on the cusp of frictionless mechanical systems?

Casimir effect

6/6/2019 - Machines often require expensive maintenance or replacement because the physical contact of their moving parts creates friction that wears these components down. Now, Berkeley engineers have developed a novel approach to eliminate friction in mechanical systems.