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Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department


The research of the faculty members of the UC Berkeley - UC San Francisco Graduate Group in Bioengineering falls into ten main areas of focus: Biomaterials; Biomechanics; Biomedical Imaging and Instrumentation; BioMEMS & Nanotech; Computational Biology, Bioinformatics and Genomics; Drug Delivery Systems & Pharmacogenomics; Neural Systems Engineering & Vision Science; Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine; Systems & Synthetic Biology.

The Graduate Program utilizes Berkeley’s strengths in engineering and UCSF’s history of excellence in biomedical science to embrace a diversity of research topics. Research opportunities for our graduate students exist at the intersection of many disciplines including computational biology, cellular and molecular biomechanics, biomedical imaging, BioMEMS/nanotechnology, tissue engineering, stem cell engineering, synthetic and systems biology. Specific recent projects of note include the discover of the role of stem cells in atherosclerosis in Professor Song Li’s laboratory; new techniques to generate electricity from viruses in Professor Seung-wuk Lee’s group; explanation of the conditions leading to fast tumor cell migration from Professor Sanjay Kumar; and progress on an implantable artificial kidney led by Professor Shuvo Roy.

Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

The Department of Chemical Engineering has programs of graduate teaching and research in the following areas: biochemical engineering; metabolic engineering; separations; catalysis and reaction engineering; electrochemical engineering; electronic materials; molecular theory and simulation, complex fluids, including polymers and colloids; biomedical engineering; microelectronics processing and Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS). Individual faculty research programs can be found by following the links at

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Civil and Environmental Engineering
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at UC Berkeley is a worldwide leader in developing engineering solutions to societal-scale challenges. The Department conducts cutting-edge research, in evolving and vital areas that address societal needs for well-designed and well-operated buildings, energy, transportation, and water systems. These critical systems must be reliable and resilient in the face of hazards such as earthquakes and flooding. Extensive efforts will be needed to adapt civil infrastructure to withstand adverse changes in weather and climate. Our research and teaching serve the needs of a growing and increasingly urban world population that requires sustainable improvements in standards of living.

CEE research establishes and advances the intellectual foundations of new fields of study. We develop theory and improve understanding, and provide tools and techniques for solving important new problems. Educational activities of the Department focus on developing future leaders in the engineering profession, in academia, and in the broader societal context. Through individual and collective efforts, the Department serves the needs of our College and University, and provides technical expertise and service to other public, private, and professional entities.

The Department is a place of intellectual vitality and diversity in which all students, faculty, and staff have the opportunity and the impetus to achieve their highest potential. Signs of this vitality and diversity are seen in innovative research conducted by students and faculty; creative, flexible, adaptable, and forward-looking curricula; outstanding classroom teaching; attentive academic mentoring; and a shared sense of a community that is inclusive and respectful of all members. We are proud of our contributions to the public mission of the University of California, as demonstrated for example by our role in providing access to higher education for students from low and middle-income families.

Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences

Computer Science research areas include: artificial intelligence; computer architecture and engineering; database management systems; graphics; operating systems; programming languages and environments; scientific software and numerical methods; theory; human-computer interaction; and computational biology; networking; security.

Engineering Science

The Engineering Science Program is multi-departmental and interdisciplinary. This undergraduate program encompasses a variety of closely related areas of the physical and biological sciences, mathematics, and engineering. It is intended to provide a means whereby students, while acquiring knowledge of engineering methods, can pursue their interests in areas of natural science. The options offered within the curriculum prepare students for advanced study in engineering, science, bioengineering, or medicine.

There are four fully structured majors in the curriculum:

Energy Engineering
Engineering Mathematics and Statistics
Engineering Physics
Environmental Engineering Science

Industrial Engineering and Operations Research

Research is conducted on mathematical optimization (including linear and non-linear programming, integer programming and combinatorial optimization), stochastic processes, queuing models, quality control, simulation modeling, risk analysis, production planning and scheduling, distribution and transportation planning, supply chain management, electric utility planning, energy systems, healthcare systems, robotics, stochastic control and financial engineering.

Materials Science & Engineering

Materials Science and Engineering is a discipline that encompasses all natural and synthetic materials -- their extraction, production, processing, properties, characterization, and development for technological applications. Advanced engineering activities that depend upon optimized materials include the medical device and healthcare industries, the energy technologies (harvesting, conversion, storage, and transmission), electronics, photonics, transportation, communication, and sports and recreation. Students in materials science and engineering augment their foundation in mathematics, chemistry, physics, and engineering with sophistication in the synthesis, processing, properties, and performance of materials, employing computational and experimental methods for design and analysis. Their fields of expertise include a growing population of novel materials for biological, electronic, magnetic, optical, and structural applications

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineers serve society by solving problems in transportation, energy, the environment, and human health. The activity of mechanical engineers extend from investigation of physical phenomena governing the behavior of our surroundings to the manufacture and evaluation of products. The technical domain of the mechanical engineering profession encompasses topic areas, including acoustics, automatic control, bioengineering (biomechanical and biomolecular), control theory, combustion, cryogenics, design, dynamics, energy conversion, engines, environment, heat transfer, lubrication, mass transfer, manufacturing, materials processing, mechanics of solids and fluids, mechanism, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), nanoscale engineering, ocean engineering, petroleum, plasma dynamics, propulsion, thermodynamics, vibration, and wave propagation.

Nuclear Engineering

The Department of Nuclear Engineering was established in 1958. There are currently about 70 graduate students in the Department. Graduates find opportunities for employment and professional careers in the United States and abroad. Recent graduates are employed in academia, industry, national laboratories, and state and federal agencies.

The Department has strong relations with the nearby Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory. A number of faculty and students collaborate with researchers in these laboratories, and use the facilities of these laboratories in their research projects.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Berkeley Center for New Media

The Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM) is a focal point for research and teaching about new media, led by a highly trans-disciplinary community of 120 affiliated faculty, advisors, and scholars, from 35 UC Berkeley departments,
BCNM catalyzes research, educates future leaders, and facilitates public discourse through courses, lectures, symposia, and special events. BCNM has established cross-disciplinary faculty positions and a special program for masters’ and Ph.D. students. The BCNM supports academic modes of scholarship while encouraging unorthodox artworks, designs, and experiments. By reaching out to students, researchers, industry figures, and the broader public, BCNM stimulates new perspectives on contemporary new media.

Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing

BISC Program is the world-leading center for basic and applied research in soft computing. The principal constituents of soft computing (SC) are fuzzy logic (FL), neural network theory (NN) and probabilistic reasoning (PR), with the latter subsuming belief networks, evolutionary computing including DNA computing, chaos theory and parts of learning theory. Some of the most striking achievements of BISC Program are: fuzzy reasoning (set and logic), new soft computing algorithms making intelligent, semi-unsupervised use of large quantities of complex data, uncertainty analysis, perception-based decision analysis and decision support systems for risk analysis and management, computing with words, computational theory of perception (CTP), and precisiated natural language (PNL).

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute (BNNI)

The UC Berkeley/Stanford/CalTech/UC Merced NSF-NSEC Center of Integrated Nanomechanical Systems (COINS), operating under the umbrella of the Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute, has made significant progress in advancing its technology, science, outreach, and education missions. The Center has achieved important results in the interdisciplinary research projects at the heart of its vision; for example, in the understanding and application of nanotube resonators, thermal transport and dissipation, controlled synthesis, mobility, and device integration. The Center has leveraged the rich nanosciences, nanoengineering, societal, and educational environments at the participating institutions to achieve these advancements.

The mission of the Center is to inspire and realize applications involving molecular transport, replication, and energy conversion using nano-mechanical technology, integrated with suitable societal implications studies and educational, outreach, and knowledge transfer programs. Specifically, the technical focus of COINS is to develop the means for realizing its two major technology applications - personal and community-based environmental monitoring (PACMON) and tagging tracking and locating (TTL). A key to our success in achieving these application visions lies in the unique COINS nanoscience environment (embedded in the larger California �nano-ecosystem�), which brings together highly interdisciplinary teams to solve problems and bridge technology gaps in new ways.

To realize efficiently the goals of COINS, the research is divided into six distinct thrusts, each with numerous overlaps with the others. These enabling thrusts are Society, Systems, Instrumentation, Characterization, Simulation, and Synthesis. Important technical achievements during the past year include the ability to tune the thermal conductance of nanotubes, the development of nanofluidic circuits and field effect transistors, the development of energy storage for nanoscale mechanical mobility, a new detection system based on dielectric relaxation spectroscopy, deep insight into diamondoids � a new form of carbon, the ability to control nanotube and nanowire alignment for assembly and integration, the ability to tune resonant frequencies in nanotubes up to GHz, new insights into our understanding of nanomechanical energy transfer, and the synthesis and integration of silicon nanowires for photovoltaic applications. In addition, a host of other technical advances have been achieved along all six thrust lines, from design and implementation of piezoresistive force sensors to the demonstration of high-accuracy �pick-and-place� assembly for nano/micro integration. Working within the COINS framework of the programs of societal implications, education and human resources, and outreach and knowledge, a number of exciting developments have been accomplished, from new nanoscience courses to new partnerships to new web-based nanoscience learning programs for children.

Berkeley Nuclear Research Center

The University of California Berkeley Nuclear Research Center (BNRC) was formed in January 2009 with financial support through the UC Office of the President. The principal focus of the center is to address critical sustainability issues for the nuclear fuel cycle

Berkeley Quantum Information & Computation Center

Quantum information processing investigates fascinating issues at the foundations of computer science and quantum mechanics. Revolutionary research at the intersection of computer science and quantum physics has led to a realization that computers operating according to quantum mechanics can be exponentially faster than classical computers. In particular, quantum computers provide exponential speedups for computational tasks such as integer factorization and properties of quantum bits can be used to achieve secure communication. These advances have also changed our understanding of the relation between information and quantum physics, with significant implications for a broad range of subjects including quantum phases, metrology, quantum nanosystems and measurement and control of quantum systems. The Berkeley Center for Quantum Information and Computation brings together researchers from the colleges of Chemistry, Engineering and Physical Sciences to work on fundamental issues in quantum algorithms, quantum cryptography, quantum information theory, quantum control and the experimental realization of quantum computers and quantum devices.

Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center (BSAC)

This center conducts industry-relevant, interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research on micro- and nano-scale sensors, moving mechanical elements, microfluidics, materials, and processes that take advantage of progress made in integrated-circuit, bio, and polymer technologies: MEMS/NEMS (Micro/Nano Electro Mechanical Systems), BioMEMS, RF MEMS, MicroPhotonics/Adaptive Optics, Micropackaging, and related areas. BSAC is the largest of nearly 50 National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers and the only one focused on Microsensors and Microactuators. BSAC has brings together in one center 23 primary and affiliate faculty from across the UC Berkeley and UC Davis campuses with affiliates from UC San Francisco, and 120 researchers, primarily from Electrical, Mechanical, Bio, and Chemical Engineering. BSAC is supported by 47 major industrial organizations.

Berkeley Stem Cell Center

Basic and translational research emphases of the Berkeley Stem Cell Center include molecular mechanisms of pluripotency; hematopoietic stem cell development and differentiation; neural differentiation and neurodegenerative disease; cardiovascular and skeletal muscle differentiation; cancer and cancer stem cells; tissue engineering for stem cell culture and transplantation; and design and fabrication of instruments for stem cell isolation, biochemical analysis and imaging. Clinical research is focused on the use of cord blood stem cells in treatment of inherited and malignant blood disorders.

Berkeley Water Center

The Berkeley Water Center takes a comprehensive approach to water resources research and management that reflects the conditions of the 21st Century: variable and uncertain supply, increasing demand and inadequate structural and institutional infrastructure. We seek to develop and demonstrate the application of new concepts, information and engineering technology and computational tools that serve diverse water interests.

Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC)

Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC) provides an environment for research into the design issues necessary to support next generation wireless communication systems and expand the graduate research program in the wireless segment. The research focus is on highly-integrated CMOS implementations with the lowest possible energy consumption and advanced communication algorithms. Components are fabricated using state-of-the-art processes and evaluated in a realistic test environment.
BWRC is supported by 22 of the world's leading electronics companies and Federal and State research agencies. The Center's research team consists of 12 faculty and over 60 graduate students.

BID: Berkeley Institute of Design

The Berkeley Institute of Design (BiD) is a proposed research/teaching unit that fosters a new and deeply interdisciplinary approach to design for the 21st century: The design and realization of rich, interactive environments which are shaped by the human activities they support.
Objectives of BiD
Educate students on the breadth of topics that are important for 21st century design
Develop students' skills in team-work, communication, and creativity
Promote excellence in the practice of design within and across professions
Expose students to real-world design problems and bringing concepts to reality
Cultivate students' ability to express, evoke and shape experience through design
Foster critical reflection on technology and the contexts that shape its use
Create a generation of designers who lead product development in large companies

Blum Center for Developing Economies

The Blum Center for Developing Economies was established in March 2006 to improve the well-being of the three billion people in the world who live on less than two dollars a day. Spanning UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC San Francisco, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, its mission is to improve the well-being of poor people in developing countries by designing, adapting and disseminating scalable and sustainable technologies and systems and by educating and inspiring a new generation of global citizens. The Blum Center addresses the needs of the poor in developing countries by leveraging UC and LBNL expertise and preparing students with the theoretical understanding, applied skills and experiential learning that enable them to become agents of change in the struggle against global poverty.

The Center uses a rigorous, multi-disciplinary approach that corresponds to the complex nature and the intricate web of factors that cause poverty. It integrates innovation and social entrepreneurship to develop appropriate, sustainable solutions to the toughest poverty challenges. The Blum Center brings real-world issues faced by the poor to classroom, the lab and into the field. With its combination of unrivaled disciplinary depth and breadth, cutting-edge thinking and the University of California's unique culture of global engagement, research and reflection are translated back into real-world applications that solve real problems.

The Center’s focus on partnership, capacity building of local partners and on factors affecting decision-making and behavioral change improves outcomes, increases efficiency and enhances the chance of long-term sustainability. Rigorous monitoring and evaluation methodologies promote responsive implementation and maximize both short-term results and long-term impacts.

California Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Research (QB3)

QB3 Mission - During the last half-century, molecular genetics revolutionized biomedical research and gave rise to the biotechnology industry. During the next half-century, the application of the quantitative sciences - mathematics, physics, chemistry and engineering - to biomedical research brings about a second revolution that promises to improve human health and create dynamic new technologies.

To catalyze these changes, the California Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Research (QB3), a cooperative effort among three campuses of the University of California and private industry, harnesses the quantitative sciences to integrate our understanding of biological systems at all levels of complexity - from atoms and protein molecules to cells, tissues, organs and the entire organism. This long-sought integration allows scientists to attack problems that have been simply unapproachable before, setting the stage for fundamental new discoveries, new products and new technologies for the benefit of human health.

The Institute builds on strengths in the engineering and physical sciences at UC Berkeley, engineering and mathematical sciences at UC Santa Cruz, and the medical sciences at UC San Francisco, as well as strong biology programs at the three campuses.

In addition to the creation of fundamental new knowledge and potent new technologies, a major goal of the Institute is to train a new generation of students able to fully integrate the quantitative sciences with biomedical research.

The Institute involves more than 100 scientists to be housed in a new building at Mission Bay in San Francisco, the new UCSF campus that will be part of a public/private biomedical research park, in a new building at UC Berkeley and in two new facilities at UC Santa Cruz.

QB3 Initiatives

Synthetic Biology Initiative: Synthetic biology involves the design and creation of new biological entities such as enzymes, genetic circuits, and cells. This emerging field has extraordinary potential to improve health care, boost energy production, and protect the environment. The University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory recently established the Berkeley Center for Synthetic Biology (BCSB), the first center of its kind, to foster development of the field of synthetic biology and to make Berkeley a leader in the field.

The Center is working with Michael Nacht, Dean of Public Policy to develop an education and outreach program on Bioethics and Biothreats. We are working with UCB's Development Office to develop program components to submit for funding to several foundations.
Computational Biology Initiative � Center for Computational Biology is undergoing a profound transformation enabled by simultaneous revolutions in experimentation and computation. Joining these twin revolutions together has resulted in an explosion of advances in biotechnology, agriculture, environmental quality, and medical practice. It is becoming possible to characterize biological systems with heretofore unimaginable detail and scope. Most remarkably, the sequences of complete genomes including our own have placed voluminous data on the desktop of every biological researcher. At the same time, increasing computer speeds are enabling more sophisticated quantitative modeling and computational methods. These computational approaches will define the biological sciences for the decades to come.

There is intense national and international competition to establish institutional prominence in this field. This initiative aims to assemble key faculty and resources in the focus area of genomic analysis and associated areas of mathematics, statistics and systems modeling. This is a direction within biology that presents exceptional opportunities for major advances in the immediate future. Our recruitment will be oriented toward this area, but will be adaptable to the new discoveries and opportunities that will surely come along in the next five years.

Computer Algorithm for T Cell Signaling (CATS) Consortium
Arup Chakraborty, a chemical engineer at UCB, created a consortium to develop computational models that can simulate T cell recognition of antigen and subsequent receptor signaling. This will combine in silico, in vivo, and in vitro studies. Consortium members include scientists from UCB, Stanford Med, NYU Med, Wash U Med and UCSF. QB3-Berkeley has provided a postdoctoral fellow to work on this program.

Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science (E3S)

The Center for E3S is a Science and Technology Center (STC) funded by the National Science Foundation’s Integrative Partnerships Program, and is a consortium of world class academic institutions. We are working in a collaborative and innovative environment to make fundamental and conceptual breakthroughs in the underlying physics, chemistry, and materials science of electronic systems, breakthroughs needed to reduce these systems’ energy consumption by orders of magnitude.

Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (CET)

The CET graduate program provides students with an opportunity to work on real-world problems within emerging industry. The graduate curriculum is comprised of the CET Venture Lab, focused on students' individual ventures, and the CET Industry Lab, which allows students to focus on larger-scale problems. Both labs provide students with real-world environments in which to practice innovation, leadership, entrepreneurship, and technology management.

Center for Environmental Design Research

Center for Environmental Design Research (CEDR)'s mission is to foster research in environmental planning and design. Such research is aimed at increasing the factual content of planning and design decisions and at promoting systematic approaches to design decision making.

The scope of environmental planning and design is broad, ranging from the local environments of people within buildings to region-wide ecosystems, from small details of building construction to large-scale urban planning, from the history of the built environment to the design process itself.

Center for Hybrid and Embedded Software Systems (CHESS)

A cyber-physical system (CPS) integrates computing and communication capabilities with monitoring and / or control of entities in the physical world dependably, safely, securely, efficiently and in real-time. The mission of the Center for Hybrid and Embedded Software Systems (CHESS) is to provide an environment for graduate research in cyber-physical systems by developing model-based and tool-supported design methodologies for real-time, fault tolerant software on heterogeneous distributed platforms that interact with the physical world. CHESS provides industry with innovative software methods, design methodology and tools while helping industry solve real-world problems. CHESS is defining new areas of curricula in engineering and computer science which will result in solving societal issues surrounding aerospace, automotive, consumer electronics and medical devices. The CHESS research team includes 23 faculty and about 50 graduate students at 4 institutions.

Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS)

The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) is a joint venture of four University of California campuses: (Berkeley, Davis, Merced and Santa Cruz), as well as partners in industry and government. CITRIS is one of four California Institutes of Science and Innovation established by Governor Gray Davis to combine the strengths of the University of California and leading-edge businesses in piloting the next generation of technology and educating new generations of technological leaders. The CITRIS partnership is the first to create and harness information technology to tackle some of society's most critical needs. More than 300 faculty members in engineering, science, social science, law, information management, health care, and other disciplines at four UC campuses are collaborating with researchers at more than 60 supporting companies on CITRIS research. CITRIS incubates research on problems that have a major impact on the economy, quality of life, and future success of California, the Nation, and beyond: creating and conserving energy; dramatically improving education at all levels; saving lives, property, and productivity in the wake of disasters; boosting transportation efficiency; advancing diagnosis and treatment of disease; protecting information through more robust tools for cyber-security; and expanding business growth through much richer personalized information services. Solutions to many of these problems have a common IT feature: at their core they depend on highly-distributed, reliable, and secure information systems that can evolve and adapt to radical changes in their environment, delivering information services that adapt to the people and organizations that need them. It is this feature that is at the heart of the research agenda for CITRIS.

Center for Intellient Systems (CIS)

The aim of the Center for Intelligent Systems (CIS) is to relaunch the field as an integrated scientific discipline with solid foundations and ambitious, interdisciplinary applications. The Center will bring together researchers from artificial intelligence, computer vision, speech recognition, robotics, control theory, operations research, neuroscience, adaptive systems, information retrieval, data mining, computational statistics, and game theory. The Center will focus on developing a unified theoretical foundation for intelligent systems, building on the tremendous advances made in various individual disciplines in the last decade. New computational tools will be built and disseminated, and a new generation of researchers will be trained to solve large-scale problems -- problems whose solution will benefit the economy and society.

COINS: Center of Integrated Nanomechanical Systems

The goal of COINS is to develop and integrate cutting-edge nanotechnologies into a versatile platform with various ultra-sensitive, ultra-selective, self-powering, mobile, wirelessly communicating detection applications. The success of this mission requires new advances in nanodevices, from fundamental building blocks to enabling technologies to full device integration. Since 2004, we have set our Center on a path towards achieving this goal by developing four major research thrusts, in the areas of Energy, Sensing, Mobility, and Electronics/Wireless. Each of these programs encompasses research projects spanning the full spectrum of basic through to the applied level, and each program has a set of criteria that has been established for use as a means of determining which projects to support, in order to assure optimal project alignment. In addition to engaging in research within each of the enabling thrusts, we are also integrating the component technologies from each of the thrusts to realize into functioning detection systems.

Coleman Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership

The Coleman Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership, launched in January 2010, prepares engineers and scientists " from students to seasoned professionals " with the multidisciplinary skills to lead enterprises of all scales in industry, government and the nonprofit sector.

Consortium on Green Design and Manufacturing

The Consortium on Green Design and Manufacturing (CGDM) was formed in 1993 to encourage multi- disciplinary research and education on environmental management, design for environment and pollution prevention issues in critical industries.
Together with industry and governmental organizations, we strive to meet the following objectives:

Form multidisciplinary research agendas among engineering, management, public health and policy faculty members to address the inherently cross-disciplinary issues of environmental design, management and pollution prevention.
Integrate green design and manufacturing issues into the curriculum so that students in engineering, business, and sciences are exposed to and learn approaches for solving problems in these areas.
Establish collaborative research with industry partners.
Establish channels of support and information exchange with governmental agencies at the city, regional, state and federal levels.
Serve as a facilitator for dissemination of information on green design and manufacturing for businesses, government, management, and the non-profit sector.

Energy Biosciences Institute

The Energy Biosciences Institute was formed, following an international competition invited by the global energy company BP, in late 2007 and was funded for 10 years and $500 million ($350 million for the public institutions). The quest so far involves two primary areas of bioenergy development " cellulosic fuels (derived from non-food plants) and fossil fuel microbiology. Other applications of biological knowledge to energy solutions, such as biolubricants and biosequestration, may follow. The challenges are huge, but the resources to meet them are vast " expertise and the finest research facilities at three of the world’s most distinguished centers of learning and knowledge, plus the corporate know-how of an experienced international energy company.

Ergonomics Program/UC Center for Occupational and Environmental Health

The Ergonomics Program conducts research to measure risk factors for chronic musculoskeletal disorders of the upper extremities and to evaluate hand tools and other engineering solutions designed to prevent these disorders. A principal focus of research is on understanding hand and arm biomechanics during computer use.

GLOBE: Center for Global Learning and Outreach from Berkeley Engineering

GLOBE creates on- and off-campus customized corporate education programs for business and government leaders in technology-based topics such as entrepreneurship, innovation, product and project management, and industry-specific disruptive technologies.

Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute

The Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at UC Berkeley is an active, collaborative research community that investigates fundamental questions about how the brain functions. Using approaches from many disciplines (including biophysics, chemistry, cognitive science, computer science, genetics, mathematics, molecular and cell biology, physics, and physiology), we seek to understand how the brain generates behavior and cognition, and how to better understand, diagnose and treat neurological disorders.

Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS)

The Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS), one of the oldest and largest transportation research institutes in the country, offers students a chance to participate in a wide range of high-level transportation research projects.

On average, its programs receive $20 million in research funds each year, one of the largest award totals for an organized research unit or academic department on the Berkeley campus. Almost 100 faculty members and staff researchers, plus more than 100 graduate students, participate in ITS research, which crosses a variety of disciplines. Areas of research include aviation planning and operations, intelligent transportation systems, transit planning and operations, traffic safety, transportation economics, infrastructure design and management, traffic theory and operations, transportation policy, logistics, transportation and land use planning, and environmental assessment. .

The Institute currently hosts seven affiliated centers that specialize in different areas of transportation research: PATH (Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways), the nation’s largest program of intelligent transportation systems research which conducts research on traffic operations, transit operations and active traffic safety; CCIT (the California Center for Innovative Transportation), which conducts “last mile” research to facilitate the deployment of new transportation technologies; NEXTOR (the National Center of Excellence for Aviation Operations Research), a Federal Aviation Administration-funded program that examines advanced air traffic management systems, security, air traffic safety, and the performance and productivity of the nation’s aviation system; PRC (the Pavement Research Center), an international authority on pavement design, construction, maintenance and rehabilitation; the UC Berkeley Center for Future Urban Transport, a Volvo Foundations Center of Excellence focused on the mutual interdependence of urban transportation policy and technology and sustainable transportation strategies for the world's cities; TSC (the Traffic Safety Center), a joint venture of the Institute and the School of Public Health that carries out traffic safety research, and the Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC), whose mission is at the intersection of sustainability and transportation.

In addition, ITS is home to the Harmer E. Davis Transportation Library, among the world’s leading transportation libraries.

ITS faculty and students regularly appear in the top ranks of the transportation engineering and planning professions. Institute graduates are leaders in the public and private sectors of transportation. A recent alumni outreach project identified more than 90 graduates who hold academic posts at universities in the U.S. and abroad.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

Laboratory Mission - Berkeley Lab is a multiprogram national scientific facility operated by the University of California for the Department of Energy (DOE). As an integral element of DOE�s National Laboratory System, Berkeley Lab conducts key elements of DOE�s security missions in science, energy, and the environment. In support of these missions, Berkeley Lab:

Performs leading multidisciplinary research in the computer sciences, physical sciences, energy sciences, biosciences and general sciences in a manner that ensures employee and public safety and environmental protection.

Develops and operates unique national experiment facilities for qualified investigators.

Educates and trains future generations of scientists and engineers to promote national science and education goals

Transfers knowledge and technological innovations, and fosters productive relationships among Berkeley Lab�s research programs, universities, and industry.

Scientific Role - Berkeley Lab is unique among the multiprogram laboratories, with its proximity to major research universities, the University of California at Berkeley (UCB) and the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF).

Accelerator and Fusion Research: Fundamental accelerator physics research; accelerator design and operation; advanced accelerator technology development for high-energy and nuclear physics; accelerator and beam physics research for heavy-ion fusion; beam and plasma tools for materials sciences, semiconductor fabrication, and engineering and biomedical applications, and for other advanced detection applications.

CHEMICAL SCIENCES: Chemical physics and the dynamics of chemical reactions; structure and reactivity of transient species; synthetic chemistry; homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis; chemistry of the actinide elements; molecular and environmental chemistry; atomic physics.

MATERIAL SCIENCES: Advances ceramic, metallic, polymeric, magnetic, biological, and semi-and superconducting materials for catalytic, electronic, optical, magnetic, structural, and specialty application; studies of nanoscience, nanodevices, and nanotechnology; development and use of instrumentation, including spectroscopies, electron microscopy, x-ray optics, nuclear magnetic resonance, and analytical tools for ultrafast processes and surface analysis.

PHYSICAL BIOSCIENCES: Integrates the techniques and concepts of the physical and engineering sciences into the investigator of biological challenges requiring large-scale team research in concert with individual exploration. Emphases include macromolecular structure, function and dynamics; rapid automated methods for gene expression optimizations, biochemical reaction networks, cellular machinery engineering; high-throughput determination of protein structure and function; sensory and signaling systems; nanoscale manipulation of molecular architecture; genetics and mechanisms of photosynthesis; operation and development of the Berkeley Center for Structural Biology at the Advance Light Source and the Berkeley Structural Genomics Center.

EARTH SCIENCES: Structure, composition, and dynamics of earth�s subsurface, geophysical imaging methods; chemical and physical transport in geologic systems, including carbon sequestration, isotope geochemistry; physiochemical process investigations; environmental biotechnology; climate modeling; and carbon cycle science.

ENVIRONMENTAL ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES: Energy-Efficient building technologies; indoor air quality; batteries and fuel cells for electric vehicles; combustion, emissions, and air quality; industrial transportation, and electricity reliability and energy use; national and international energy policy studies; aspects of global climate change related to energy.

COMPUTER RESEARCH DIVISION: Applied research and development of computer science, computational science, and applied mathematics, including system architectures, software implementation, mathematical modeling, and algorithmic design, software components that allow scientists to address complex and large-scale computing and data analysis problems in a distributed environment such as the DOE Science Grid; direct collaboration with scientists gain new physical insights and made data more comprehensible.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is a premier research and development institution for science and technology applied to national security. We are responsible for ensuring that the nation�s nuclear weapons remain safe, secure and reliable. LLNL also applies its expertise to prevent the spread and use of weapons of mass destruction and strengthen homeland security.

Our national security mission requires special multidisciplinary capabilities that are also used to pursue programs in advanced defense technologies, energy, environment, biosciences and basic science to meet important national needs. These activities enhance the competencies needed for our defining national security mission.

The Laboratory serves as a resource to the U.S. government and is a partner with industry and academia. Safe, secure and efficient operations and scientific and technical excellence in our programs are necessary to sustain public trust in the Laboratory.

Nuclear Weapons Stockpile Stewardship -- Livermore plays a prominent role in NNSA�s Stockpile Stewardship Program. Laboratory scientists and engineers must assure the safety and reliability of the nation�s nuclear weapons and certify weapon performance in the absence of nuclear testing.

Nonproliferation and Homeland Security -- Nuclear weapons expertise and extensive capabilities in physical and life sciences are applied to meet the challenge of weapons-of-mass-destruction (WMD) proliferation and terrorism. For example, the Laboratory develops advanced technologies such as real-time, portable detectors of nuclear materials and biological agents.

Advanced Defense Capabilities -- Livermore provides the Department of Defense, the intelligence community, and other agencies with analytical support and advanced technologies to meet current and emerging national security needs.

Enduring National Needs -- The Laboratory pursues research and development in areas of enduring importance to the nation. In support of DOE mission priorities in energy and environment, bioscience, and fundamental science and applied technology, Livermore seeks challenges that reinforce its national security mission and have the potential for high-payoff results.

Energy and Environment -- Long-term research is needed to provide the nation with abundant, reliable energy and a clean environment. Livermore�s programs contribute to the scientific and technological basis for secure, sustainable and clean energy resources for the U.S. and to reducing environmental risks.

Bioscience and Biotechnology -- Bioscience research at Livermore is directed at understanding the causes and mechanisms of ill health, developing biodefense capabilities, improving disease prevention and lowering health-care costs. Projects leverage the Laboratory�s extensive physical science, computing, and engineering capabilities.

Fundamental Science and Applied Technology -- Scientists and engineers pursue projects in fundamental science and applied technology that build on the Laboratory�s core strengths and take advantage of the unique research capabilities and facilities at Livermore. Many projects entail collaborations with universities, industry and/or other laboratories.

Marvell Nanofabrication Laboratory

The Marvell NanoLab is a shared research center providing more than 100 Principal Investigators and over 500 academic and industrial researchers a complete set of micro- and nano-fabrication tools.

Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER)

The PEER Center is a National Science Foundation (NSF) earthquake engineering research center located at the University of California, Berkeley campus, Richmond Field Station. The PEER Center is a part of NSF's program to reduce losses due to earthquakes through the National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program (NEHRP). Investigators from over twenty universities and several consulting companies conduct research in earthquake-related geohazard assessment, engineering seismology, risk management, public policy, geotechnical and structural engineering. PEER organizes its research around the concept of performance-based earthquake engineering, in which owners and other decision makers define performance targets in terms of safety, cost and functionality needs. This approach translates these performance targets into engineering criteria that aim to produce facilities that perform to expectations. In addition to conducting research to develop performance-based earthquake engineering technology, the PEER Center's mission is to disseminate its findings to earthquake professionals who ensure the results are useful, useable and used.

PATH: Partners for Advanced Transit & Highways

The California Center for Innovative Transportation (CCIT) merged with the California Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways (PATH) in January 2011 to form California Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology (PATH), reflecting a mission that is foremost concerned with innovation through technology, rather than with any specific mode of transportation. The group is administered by the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) at the University of California, Berkeley, in collaboration with Caltrans, the U.S DOT, other transportation agencies and the private sector.

Simons Institute

The Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing is an exciting new venue for collaborative research in theoretical computer science. Established on July 1, 2012 with a grant of $60 million from the Simons Foundation, the Institute will be housed in Calvin Hall, a dedicated building on the UC Berkeley campus. Its goal is to bring together the world's leading researchers in theoretical computer science and related fields, as well as the next generation of outstanding young scholars, to explore deep unsolved problems about the nature and limits of computation.

Synthetic Biology Institute

The Synthetic Biology Institute at UC Berkeley (SBI) was established in 2010 to clear a path to the widespread production of new biological systems to benefit society. Through the combined effort of its researchers, partners and Industry Members, SBI is developing the standards and technologies needed to create transformative applications in energy, materials, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, food products, security, and other industries that affect our daily liv

Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology (TRUST)

The Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology (TRUST) is a National Science Foundation sponsored Science & Technology Center focused on the development of cybersecurity technology that will radically transform the ability of organizations to design, build, and operate trustworthy information systems. TRUST is one of 17 active STCs and is the only center focused on IT security, privacy, and infrastructure protection. TRUST activities (1) advance a leading-edge research agenda to improve the state-of-the art in cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection; (2) develop a robust education plan to teach the next generation of computer scientists, engineers, and social scientists; and (3) pursue knowledge transfer opportunities to transition TRUST results to end users within industry and the government. Through partnerships with commercial companies, government organizations and laboratories, and research institutes, TRUST results are being transitioned to leading information technology companies, software vendors, system operators, and other commercial companies as well as federal, state, and local agencies.

TRUST is a multi-disciplinary, multi-university partnership led by the University of California, Berkeley with support from Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University, Mills College, San Jose State University, Smith College, Stanford University, and Vanderbilt University. Affiliated with TRUST are over 150 faculty, students, post doctoral scholars, research scientists, and staff from computer engineering, computer science, economics, electrical engineering, law, public policy, and social sciences. More information is available at