ME News 2013

ME NEWS - 2013


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.




December 20, 2013

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.


Haas Achieves


December 20, 2013

ME Professor Emeritus Charles W. Radcliffe dies at age 91.


December 20, 2013

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

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

 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.


Daily Californian


December 9, 2013

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.


College of Engineering News Center


December 4, 2013

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.


November 8, 2013

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.


Berkeley Engineering


MIT Technology Review

November 4, 2013

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


October 28, 2013

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

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

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


October 2, 2013

ME Professor Al Pisano receives the Berkeley Citation.


September 20, 2013

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

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.


August 26, 2013

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


August 26, 2013

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.


UC News Center


August 20, 2013

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

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


July 15, 2013

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

ME Professor Xiang Zhang's graduate student Jun Suk Rho wins the Optical Society's 2013 Incubic/Milton Chang Travel Grant.


June 21, 2013

ME PhD student Christopher Ategeka receives fellowship from Echoing Green for his CA Bikes Uganda Project.


June 13, 2013

Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau and Vice Chancellor for Research Graham Fleming select ME Professor Lydia Sohn as one of the participants in the Bakar Fellows Program.


May 28, 2013

Berkeley's Human Powered Vehicle Team Finishes in Second Place at ASME's 2013 Human Powered Vehicle Competition West.


May 28, 2013

The U. C. Berkeley Chapter of the Engineering Honors Society, Tau Beta Pi,
has awarded Professor Oliver O'Reilly their 2013 Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year award for excellence in teaching. The award was presented at the Society's annual banquet on May 3, 2013.


May 7, 2013

ME Professor Masayoshi Tomizuka receives the International Federation of Automatic Control’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the Symposium on Mechatronic Systems held in Hangzhou, China. The award is presented triennially to a researcher who has an exceptional history of participation in and contributions to the Federation’s mechatronic systems activities, and who has made enduring research contributions in mechatronics, either of a fundamental or applied nature.


Mechanical Systems Control Lab (MSC)


April 18, 2013

ME PhD student Danny Wilson wins Fulbright Fellowship Award and will use the award funds to conduct doctoral research in India.


April 2, 2013

ME third-year student and UC Berkeley Ambassador Jared Karp discusses Cal's Design Engineering Collaborative at the Smithsonian Museum of American History as part of a six-speaker event, Spaces of Invention.


April 2, 2013

ME PhD students Xu Chen and Zhichao Song win The Chinese Government's Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad.


April 2, 2013

ME and BioE Associate Professor Mohammad Mofrad and his graduate student Mehrdad Mehrbod (BioE) discuss how cells interact with their environment in the March 2013 issue of PLoS Computational Biology.


LBL News Center


March 21, 2013

ME PhD student Jennifer Wang has been awarded the American Society for Engineering Education's (ASEE) Mara H. Washburn Early Educator Grant. Wang, whose award was based on doctoral research she conducted under ME Professors Alice Agogino and Lisa Pruitt, received a $2,000 travel grant to attend the 2013 ASEE Annual Conference.




March 20, 2013

ME Professor Xiang Zhang's graduate students have won two major educational awards. Anna Labno received the Raymond Davis Award in Imaging by the Society for Imaging Science and Technology and Ziliang Ye received the Chinese government's Outstanding Overseas Graduate Student Award.


March 20, 2013

ME PhD student Changliu Liu's video wins second place in the Graduate Division's 2013 Distinguished Fellows Video Contest.


March 14, 2013

ME Professor Lisa Pruitt and her book Horse of Fire featured in The Daily Californian's blog, The Daily Clog.

March 13, 2013

ME Professor Reza Alam discusses wave cloaking strategies in COE's March 2013 edition of Innovations.


March 7, 2013

ME Professor Homayoon Kazerooni and his team at the Berkeley Robotics and Human Engineering Laboratory featured in NBC's Science of Innovation: Bionic Limbs (funded by NSF and the US Patent Office).

February 21, 2013

ME Ocean Engineering alumnus Christophe Cochet's paper, Hydrodynamic Performance of a Compound Cylinder Extracting Ocean-Wave Energy, wins the 2012 SNAME Graduate Paper Award.


February 21, 2013

Professor Liwei Lin’s Postdocs, Dr. Ryan Sochol and Dr. Fatemah Nazly Pirmoradi, have been named Outstanding Oral Paper Finalists by the 26th Annual IEEE Micro Electro Mechanical Systems Conference in Taipei, Taiwan. Dr. Sochol authored Cells on Arrays of Microsprings: an Approach to Achieve Tri-Axial Control of Substrate Stiffness and Dr. Nazly Pirmoradi authored Controlled Delivery of Antiangiogenic Drug to Human Eye Tissue Using a MEMS Device.

February 13, 2013

The ME Department is ranked #2 by U.S. News College Compass


February 8, 2013

ME Chair David Dornfeld has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for his “contributions to sustainability in advanced manufacturing, sensors, and precision material processing.”


February 7, 2013

ME Professor Alice Agogino receives the 2012 Lifetime Mentor Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).


UC Berkeley News Center, "The making of a 'lifetime mentor award' winner


January 22, 2013

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