Mechanical Engineering

Berkeley Mechanical Engineering is the top ranked public mechanical engineering program in the nation and consistently ranked as one of the top mechanical engineering departments in the world. Our teaching and research laboratories are among the most active, innovative and productive in the nation, and our faculty and students represent the best, the brightest and the most diverse.

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A team of researchers led by ME Professor Xiang Zhang is developing new technology that could soon give bomb-sniffing dogs some serious competition.

July 22, 2014
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Congresswomen and Cal Alumna Barbara Lee visits ME Chair David Dornfeld's Laboratory for Manufacturing and Sustainability (LMAS).


July 10, 2014
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Team Cal Simraceway, UC Berkeley’s Formula SAE Team places 8th overall out of 80 teams in the annual Formula SAE competition in Lincoln, Nebraska.

July 1, 2014
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ME Professor Andrew Packard has been appointed to the FANUC Chair of Mechanical Systems.

ME Professor Francesco Borrelli has been appointed to the new Howard Penn Brown Chair in Mechanical Engineering. This new chair is to “support the career development of a gifted faculty member in ME” and is to be “held by a professor who is early in his/her career such as an assistant professor, an associate professor, or a full professor who recently received tenure.” 

July 1, 2014
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ME Professor Xiang Zhang has been selected to receive the 2014 Nancy DeLoye Fitzroy and Roland V. Fitzroy Medal "for pioneering contributions in metamaterials and the creation of the first optical superlens to overcome the fundamental diffraction limit in imaging; and for the invention of plasmonic lithography technology that enabled nanoscale manufacturing, which is important for microelectronics and data storage applications."

June 2, 2014
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ME Professor Shawn Shadden receives Bakar Fellowship for his project, Image-Based Modeling for Acute Stroke Diagnosis.

May 29, 2014
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Dr.  Debanjan Mukherjee (UCB),  Zeyad Zaky (UCB),  ME Professor
Tarek Zohdi (UCB), Dr. Amgad Salama (KAUST) and Professor Shuyu Sun (KAUST)  won best poster for their piece entitled  Investigation of Non-
invasive Healing of Damaged Piping System Using Electro-Magneto-Mechanical Methods
at the SPE International Oil Field Corrosion Conference and Exhibition, May 12-13, 2014, Aberdeen, UK.

May 13, 2014
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ME Professor Grace O’Connell has been named a Rose Hills Innovator for her work Personalized Healthcare: Developing Large-Scale Engineered Cartilage Surfaces. The Rose Hills Innovator program supports distinguished early-career faculty at UC Berkeley who develop highly innovative research programs in STEM fields.

May 12, 2014
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ME Professor Tarek Zohdi was appointed by the United States National Academy of Science and the National Research Council as a member of  the US National Committee for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (USNC/TAM) representing the United States Association for Computational Mechanics for the term April 15, 2014 through October 31, 2018.

April 30, 2014
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ME Professor Lydia Sohn Wins Identifying Revolutionary Platform Technologies for Advancing Life Sciences Research Competition

April 24, 2014
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The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics  (AIAA) will present the 2014 Thermophysics Award to ME Professor Van P. Carey at the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition in June. The award is presented to recipients for their outstanding contributions to understanding of the behavior of liquids and gases in motion as related to needs in aeronautics and astronautics. Professor Carey’s award reads, "For seminal and sustained contributions to the field of liquid-vapor phase change thermophysics, particularly near-interface nano-scale and micro-scale phenomena, and transport in liquid-vapor systems."

April 23, 2014
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March 24, 2014
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ME Professor Reza Alam and visiting student Marcus Lehmann discuss how their research team’s wave carpet can deliver energy and fresh water.

March 11, 2014
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ME and BIOE Professor Mohammad Mofrad and his lab investigate how bacterial adhesions lead to Staph infections and research which surfaces are immune to these adhesions for use in medical implant devices.

March 11, 2014
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NASA Astronaut and ME alumnus Rex Walheim discusses his time at Cal and his time in space.

March 7, 2014
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ME Professor Xiang Zhang's postdoctoral scholar, Hamidreza Ramezani, won the "Biruni" 2014 Graduate Student Research Award given to promote and recognize outstanding research by a physics graduate student of Iranian heritage currently studying at an institution of higher education in the US.

March 7, 2014
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New applications for NASA robot design created in ME110.

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March 7, 2014
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ME Professor Xiang Zhang's former student, Volker Sorger, now a faculty member at George Washington University, won the AFOSR Young Investigator Research Program Award. This award is given to conduct research on nanophotonics devices with capabilities beyond classical photonics limits.

Shaomin Xiong, a current graduate student advised by Zhang and ME Professor David Bogy, won the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad. The award is presented by the Chinese Ministry of Education to recognize outstanding academic achievement of self-financed Ph.D. students abroad.

February 25, 2014
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Ekso Bionics Inc.,  a company founded in 2005 by ME Professor Homayoon Kazerooni and ME graduate Nathan Harding (MS ’93), that specializes in designing, developing and commercializing exoskeletons, went public on January 15, 2014.

Design to Improve Life

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February 18, 2014
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ME Professor and James Marshall Wells Academic Chair Karl Hedrick has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering for his contributions to "analysis and control methods for nonlinear systems and applications to practical problems.

February 6, 2014
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ME Professor Emeritus Boris Rubinsky’s new technology, Cerebrotech, improves the monitoring and care of stroke and traumatic brain injury victims.

January 15, 2014
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ME alumnus Christopher Ategeka named to Forbes 30 Under 30.

January 8, 2014
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George Leitmann
, Professor of the Graduate School and Professor Emeritus of Engineering Science, has been awarded  Knight of the French Legion of Honor (Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur). The award is France’s highest tribute recognizing military and civil service on behalf of the French nation.

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Students from the fall 2013 class Managing New Product Design, taught by ME Professor Alice Agogino and Haas Lecturer Jonathan Propp, showcased their projects on December 15.

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December 20, 2013
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ME Professor Emeritus Charles W. Radcliffe dies at age 91.

December 20, 2013
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ME Ph.D. student Hyuk-Jun Kwon studying under Professor Costas P. Grigoropoulos has been selected to receive the Best Poster Award at the Materials Research Society Fall 2013 meeting in Boston. 

December 11, 2013

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Professor Costas P. Grigoropoulos's graduate student Hyuk-Jun Kwon wins the Gold Award (sponsored by LG Display) at The 13th International Meeting on Information Display based on his research paper titled: Selective Contact Laser-Anneal Effect for High-Performance Flexible Multilayer MoS2 Thin-Film Transistor


December 11, 2013

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ME Professor Shawn Shadden, with Robert Schwartz, cardiologist at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, discuss their research on the flow and characteristics of stroke causing particles.

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Stanley A. Berger, Montford G. Cook professor emeritus of mechanical engineering and bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and a renowned expert in fluid mechanics, died on Nov. 25, 2013. He was 79.

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David Horsley, ME alumni and UC Davis Associate Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, discusses the ultrasound chip designed by graduate student Richard Przybyla at the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center.

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November 4, 2013
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The Human-Powered Gym (HPG) scheduled to deploy at RSF on November 5, 2013.

October 28, 2013
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ME Professor Tarek Zohdi, along with co-editors Eugenio Oñate and Peter Wriggers, is launching a new journal, Computational Particle Mechanics, that publishes full-length original articles addressing the modeling and simulation of systems involving particles and particle methods. The goal is to enhance communication among researchers in the applied sciences who use "particles" in one form or another in their research.

October 24, 2013
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ME Professor David Steigmann is awarded the 2013 Levi-Civita Prize.

Università Degli Studi Dell’Aquila—Tullio Levi-Civita Prize

October 2, 2013
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ME Professor Al Pisano receives the Berkeley Citation.

September 20, 2013
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BEST Labbers win "Reviewers' Favourite Award" at the 2013 International Conference on Engineering Design. The award is in recognition of a paper that was uniformly rated excellent (top 10%) by all reviewers. Euiyoung Kim was the lead author (with Prof. Alice Agogino and undergraduate researchers Victoria Stanton Kocsik and Cecile Eren Basnage) on the paper titled: Human-Centric Study of Digital-Paper Transitions: Framing Design Opportunity Spaces.

September 17, 2013
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ME Professor Xiang Zhang and Physics Professor Hartmut Haeffner have been awarded $1 million by the W. M. Keck Foundation for their project Creating a New State of Matter: Space-Time Quantum Crystals.

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ME Professor Liwei Lin received the 2013 College of Engineering Outstanding Alumnus Award from National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan.

August 26, 2013
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In Physical Review Letters, ME Professor Philip Marcus discusses how variations in gas density generate whirlpool-like vortices, or zombie vortices, needed to form stars.

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August 20, 2013
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Ryan Sochol, a postdoc in ME Professor Liwei Lin's group, was nominated as a 2013 "Outstanding Poster Presentation Award Finalist" by the 17th International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems in Barcelona, Spain, for his work Single-Layer Microfluidic Spring Diodes via Optofluidic Lithography

August 20, 2013
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ME Professor and former ME Department Chair Al Pisano named dean of engineering at UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering.

July 15, 2013
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ME doctoral student Jessica Vechakul’s paper, A Comparison of Two Transdisciplinary Human-Centered Design Approaches for Poverty Alleviation, won the Best Presentation Award at the International Workshop on the Future of Transdisciplinary Design, held in Luxemburg, June 2013. Vechakul’s paper, co-authored by ME Professor Alice Agogino, is based on her research with the International Development Design Summit (IDDS).

July 8, 2013
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The Department of Mechanical Engineering
Berkeley Fluids Seminar Presents:

The Impact of Plunging Breaking Waves on a Partially Submerged Cube

Professor James Duncan
Mechanical Engineering, Maryland

Monday, June 23, 2014
12:00 PM
3110 Etcheverry Hall
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ME Student Machine Shop scheduling begins January 21, 2014. To schedule your training, please see Gordon, Mick, Dennis, Jesse or Scott in 1166 Etcheverry.

Training must be completed by March 21, 2014.

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The Fall 2013 ME Alumni Newsletter is now online
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Summer 2014 ME Student Machine Shop Orientation Information.

Sessions start on June 11, 2014



ME seeking temporary lecturers for regular and summer courses

 

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See class projects from Professor Homayoon Kazerooni's Mechatronics Design Course (ME102B), Spring 2014


Berkeley Energy Symposium 2012 video


Lead Mechanician Gordon Long discusses how students use the equipment in the ME Student Machine Shop to design and create prototypes


Professor Carlos Fernandez-Pello and graduate studens discuss ongoing projects in the Combustion Processes Lab


Senior Lab Mechanician Mick Franssen leads a tour of the Mechanical Engineering Student Machine Shop

Professor Dave Dornfeld discusses manufacturing and sustainablity research in the LMAS Lab


Professor Francesco Borrelli describes the research and undergraduate opportunities in the Predictive Control Lab


Professor Alice Agogino and students discuss the research and projects in the Berkeley Energy and Sustainable Technologies (BEST) Lab