ME News 2014

ME NEWS - 2014


The deadline to apply for the tenure track, Assistant Professor position in Mechanical Engineering with emphasis on Offshore Systems, has now been extended to February 2, 2015.

December 16, 2014

ME Professor Xiang Zhang was awarded the Nancy DeLoye Fitzroy and Roland V. Fitzroy Medal by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Zhang was honored for his "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." 

December 15, 2014

ME Professors fill the pages of the latest issue of Berkeley ENGINEER. Click through to see articles featuring ME Professors Xiang Zhang, Alice Agogino, Grace O'Connell and ME Vice Chair Lisa Pruitt.

December 10, 2014

Today is the BIG GIVE- UC Berkeley's first-ever 24-hour online fundraising event to support students, faculty, and research. Today we ask you to make a BIG difference by giving now to the school, program, or giving area of your choice, and helping them win additional prize money in a variety of contest categories.

November 20, 2014

Graduate students in ME Professor Alice Agogino's Dev Eng C200 class delve into a Cookstove case study, gathering observational data and practicing data analytics.

November 13, 2014

ME alumna Tami Bond receives MacArthur 'Genius Grant,' an annual honor given to professionals across various disciplines, recognizing researchers and scholars who have shown originality in and dedication to their accomplishments.

September 24, 2014

ME Professor Lydia Sohn was recently recognized by the White House, placing in the top five of finalists in a competition championed by the Obama Administration to identify breakthrough life science research technologies.

September 24, 2014

ME Chair David Dornfeld was featured by CBS in an article discussing the bright future for mechanical engineers.

September 24, 2014

ME Professor Hayden Taylor has been granted an Instructional Improvement Grant, which provides funds for small-scale projects to improve existing courses, develop new courses, evaluate instruction, and assess curricular needs. The grant funds also support larger innovative projects that will directly and significantly affect teaching and learning, such as developing materials for new and existing courses and developing new modes of instruction.

September 24, 2014

ME Professor Alice Agogino is chair of the new development engineering graduate group, a designated emphasis for doctoral students this fall.

September 16, 2014

A recent Popular Science article discusses ME Professor Alice Agogino's BEST Lab tensegrity robot project with NASA Ames.

Also, check out this video on the Discovery Channel featuring the project, with ME undergraduate students Aliakbar Toghyan, Borna Dehghani, Laqshya Taneja, and Ian Matthew Krase, graduate students Andrew Sabelhaus and Kyunam Kim, and recent ME graduate Deaho Moon.

September 8, 2014

ME Professor Xiang Zhang has been appointed the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Materials Sciences Division Director.

September 8, 2014

ME alumnus George Ban-Weiss was named on the 2014 MIT Technology Review's "35 Innovators Under 35" list. Ban-Weiss, currently a USC professor, is developing reflective roof technology to help keep urban areas cool.

August 28, 2014

ME Professors Panayiotis Papadopoulos and Tarek I. Zohdi have been appointed as Chancellor's Professors for the UC Berkeley campus. These professorships were established in 1996 by then Chancellor, and former ME Department Chair, Chang-Lin Tien to recognize faculty for "distinguished achievement of the highest level in research, teaching and service."

August 27, 2014

ME undergrad Lavanya Jawaharlal was among 100 guests invited to meet Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, who praised them for their work “to inspire the next generation of STEM leaders.”

August 27, 2014

ME PhD Graduate Nathan Tom receives OMAE Subrata Chakrabarti Young Professional Award.

August 27, 2014

ME Student Machine Shop scheduling begins August 28, 2014. To schedule your training, please see Gordon, Mick, Dennis, Jesse, or Scott in room 1166 Etcheverry Hall. Training must be completed by October 24, 2014.

August 20, 2014

The Shipping & Receiving/Faculty Support office has moved to 2120 Etcheverry. Delivery and pick-up hours are from 9am-12pm and 1-4pm.

August 19, 2014

ME Professor Mohammad Mofrad, along with his colleagues in the Department of Bioengineering, has received a 2014-2015 Presidential Chair Fellows Curriculum Enrichment Grant. This program provides the opportunity for faculty teams to transform core areas of the undergraduate curriculum. A unique aspect of the Curriculum Enrichment Grant Program is its foundation of scholarly exchange in the form of a year-long learning community for grant recipients. Monies awarded through the program provide support and a pathway for graduate student researchers to refine and hone skills in conducting evaluation and participating in program-level curriculum dialogue.

August 19, 2014

ME Emeritus Professor Chieh-Su Hsu passed away on July 25 at the age of 92.

August 19, 2014

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

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

July 10, 2014

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

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

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

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

May 29, 2014

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

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

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

ME Professor Lydia Sohn Wins Identifying Revolutionary Platform Technologies for Advancing Life Sciences Research Competition

April 24, 2014

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

ME Professor Liwei Lin's research advances on-chip inductor technology.

March 24, 2014

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

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

NASA Astronaut and ME alumnus Rex Walheim discusses his time at Cal and his time in space.

March 7, 2014

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

New applications for NASA robot design created in ME110.



March 7, 2014

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

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

February 18, 2014

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

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

January 15, 2014

ME alumnus Christopher Ategeka named to Forbes 30 Under 30.

January 8, 2014

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