09/11/13 — While some educators debate the pros and cons of online learning, we think there's a far more pressing and promising innovation that we need to offer today's engineering students: Immersion in experiential design.
08/21/13 Daily Californian — Berkeley Engineering is planning a new minor in engineering design aimed at giving students more opportunities for hands-on education and experience. The minor, expected to be implemented in fall 2014, will be an expansion of Engineering 10, a hands-on course that focuses on design and analysis.
08/19/13 Daily Californian — Jacobs Hall, set for completion in fall 2015, is part of a plan to make the campus's engineering program focus more on design and hands-on experience.
06/24/13 Daily Californian — In an op-ed article, Dean Shankar Sastry and Executive Associate Dean Fiona Doyle write about how a recent $20 million gift from the Jacobs Foundation will pave the way for a complete reinvention of engineering education at Berkeley, providing all students - especially undergraduates - with opportunities to design and build early and often.
$20 million gift from Paul and Stacy Jacobs Foundation will launch design innovation institute at UC Berkeley
06/13/13 — Campus will begin planning educational activities, studio and workshop facility to expand the role of design in engineering education, emphasizing rapid design and prototyping for manufacturability.
05/01/13 — ITS graduate student Dan Howard re-envisioned the Berkeley campus in the style of the iconic London Underground map.
05/01/13 — Alum Will Drevno and partners created the Dreambox, a vending machine to make 3D printing more accessible.
05/01/13 — “Students are going to understand how to collaborate across disciplines while respecting and appreciating the viewpoints, values and concerns of others about a design,” Eric Paulos says. “I fundamentally believe that this is the future of the practitioner. They will have to know how to co-create things.”
05/01/13 — Many hands-on labs, shops and workspaces around campus allow students to learn by doing.
11/12/12 Fung Institute/CET — Hundreds of researchers, designers and industry leaders gathered at Berkeley on Tuesday, Nov. 13, for the 2012 Global Technology Leaders conference, Engineering Innovation by Design. Sessions explored emerging technologies that meet real-world needs in health care, energy efficiency, sustainability and other fields. (The conference webcast is now online.)
11/02/12 — Step into room 122 of Hesse Hall on a weekday afternoon, and you're likely to see more than 100 freshmen building-and then bending, melting and even breaking-their own product prototypes.
09/05/12 Wired — Electrical engineering and computer sciences professor Eric Brewer is at it again. Known for his contributions to the early Internet architecture that make today's web apps possible, Brewer is now working with Google to develop tomorrow's Internet architecture. Little is revealed in this story about what that future might look like, but it is an interesting read.
06/26/12 — In mailboxes and in kiosks around campus, the college's venerable Forefront magazine, first published in 1970, is now Berkeley Engineer. The new name change, in the works for a year, better defines our sense of place and purpose and celebrates the human values that are at the core of our work.
01/04/12 The Washington Post — What happens when a lizard slips just before leaping into the air? Does the tail go up or down? And what on earth does it have to do with emergency first responders and retaining students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields? The answers start with a study by scientists and engineers at the University of California, Berkeley.
01/03/12 San Jose Mercury News — Zam Zam refugee camp in North Darfur is home to 200,000 refugees fleeing the civil war in Sudan. Women in the camps cook over open fires and then walk for miles through dust and desolation to search for firewood. Every wood-collecting trip exposes women to rape by Sudanese militiamen. UC Berkeley's Ashok Gadgil thought the women of Darfur deserved better cooking technology. So he not only worked with the women to develop a better stove, he also created a local market for it.
05/15/11 San Francisco Chronicle — When Austin Whitney, a paralyzed 22-year-old UC Berkeley student, rose from his wheelchair and stepped across the commencement stage on Saturday to shake Chancellor Robert Birgeneau's hand, the crowd of 15,000 at Edwards Stadium went wild with cheers, as if witnessing a miracle. A team of UC Berkeley mechanical engineers - four doctoral students led by Professor Homayoon Kazerooni - have been developing a computerized body brace called an exoskeleton they believe will be good enough to transform thousands of wheelchair users into walking people in a couple of years, and for an affordable price.
05/04/11 — To build a car powered completely by the sun, a team of Berkeley students is burning lots of midnight oil. A year-and-a-half in the making, a sleek vehicle called Impulse was unveiled at Cal Day and is on track to compete in the world's premier solar car race this October. Behind the effort is the 73-member crew of CalSol, the campus's student-run solar vehicle team. This fall, 15 to 20 students will withdraw from school for the semester to participate in CalSol's first-ever entry in the World Solar Challenge, an 1,800-mile road race across Australia.
04/08/11 — Slated to open in late 2013, the new eastern span of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge is meant to do what the old one didn't: withstand a major Bay Area earthquake, sustain only limited damage and quickly admit emergency vehicles and traffic. It must deliver a performance to match its “lifeline” designation. It's also a lifeline for Marwan Nader (M.S'89, Ph.D'92 CE)-because he's bet his career on it. Read part 2 of our story and watch a slideshow of the new Bay Bridge construction.
10/05/10 — Modern surfboards are made with polyurethane foam, fiberglass and epoxy resin, decidedly unromantic and toxic petrochemicals that can harm workers and the environment during manufacture, then languish in landfills at the end of their life. Many manufacturers are making surfboards greener by switching to natural materials. They're doing the right thing, right? Not necessarily, says 26-year-old Tobias Schultz (M.S.'10 ME), a lightly tanned, blond-ponytailed Santa Cruz native who just graduated with his mechanical engineering master's and a certificate in Engineering and Business for Sustainability. He is also the author of an extensive study on the carbon footprint of the surfing lifestyle.
10/02/08 — What started as a six-week project for freshmen engineering students may create culturally sensitive and energy-efficient housing for a small California Indian tribe. A roundhouse-style design conceived in last spring's E10 Engineering Design and Analysis course has been embraced by members of the Pinoleville Pomo Nation. The tribe plans to submit the UC Berkeley concept when it applies for federal funding to build up to 25 new homes in the Mendocino County community of Ukiah.