Vacuum chamber used to test heat transfer

Heat energy leaps through empty space, thanks to quantum weirdness

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 thanks to invisible quantum fluctuations, a discovery that could have profound implications for the design of computer chips.

Heat energy leaps through empty space, thanks to quantum weirdness

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 thanks to invisible quantum fluctuations, a discovery that could have profound implications for the design of computer chips.

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Female students viewing a laptop screen as part of CS KickStart

Diversity initiatives help change the face of computer science

12/9/2019 Berkeley’s population of burgeoning computer scientists has recently grown a lot more diverse, thanks in part to a series of programs that were launched to support women and underrepresented minorities in computer science.

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Sustainable sand gives pollution a one-two punch

12/5/2019 UC Berkeley engineers have developed a mineral-coated sand that can soak up toxic metals like lead and cadmium from water.

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Mineral-coated sand

Commencement date: May 19

Master's graduateBerkeley Engineering's 2020 graduate (master's and Ph.D.) and undergraduate commencement ceremonies will be held on Tuesday, May 19, at the Hearst Greek Theatre. Initial details are on our Commencement page; registration and ticket information will be available in early March.

Commencement, seen from backstage

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