Mechanical engineering

Is spaghetti the key to building a better robot?

1/22/2020 - Studying how spaghetti reacts to water might offer clues to how robots built from flexible materials can better mimic human movement, according to Oliver O'Reilly, professor of mechanical engineering.

Tarek Zohdi named 2019 AAM Fellow

Tarek Zohdi

1/2/2020 American Academy of Mechanics - Tarek Zohdi, professor of mechanical engineering, has been named the 2019 Fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics, an honor accorded to only one person per year in the country.

Heat energy leaps through empty space, thanks to quantum weirdness

Vacuum chamber used to test heat transfer

12/11/2019 - In a surprising new study, Berkeley researchers led by Xiang Zhang, professor of mechanical engineering, showed that heat energy can travel through a complete vacuum due to invisible quantum fluctuations, a discovery that could have profound implications for the design of computer chips.

Jupiter's Great Red Spot not dying


12/3/2019 NBC News - After studying the behavior of Jupiter's famous Great Red Spot with computer simulations, Berkeley researchers, led by mechanical engineering professor Philip Marcus, say there is no evidence that the giant storm is dying, despite observations over the past decade suggesting it is shrinking.

Mass-producing biomaterials

Illustration detail of human cisculatory system

10/25/2019 A new 3D printing technique may allow whole organs, living tissue, bone and blood vessels to be printed on demand.

Roach-inspired robot

10/25/2019 Engineers have created an insect-sized robot that can move as fast as a cockroach and withstand the weight of the average human.

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

Engineering students pose with Oski

9/9/2019 U.S. News & World Report - Berkeley Engineering's undergraduate program was again ranked third overall and the top public engineering school by U.S. News & World Report. Eight individual engineering programs were ranked among the top 5 in their respective fields, and all were in the top 10.