UC Berkeley College of Engineering
|Type||Public Professional School|
|University of California, Berkeley|
|Dean||Tsu-Jae King Liu|
|227 (fall 2018) |
|Undergraduates||3,648 (fall 2018) |
|Postgraduates||2,153 (fall 2018) |
The College of Engineering (CoE) is one of 14 schools and colleges at the University of California, Berkeley. Ranked third in the world, after the engineering programs at MIT and Stanford, according to U.S. News & World Report, it is considered among the most prestigious engineering schools in the world. Berkeley CoE is particularly well known for producing many successful entrepreneurs; among its alumni are co-founders and CEOs of some of the largest companies in the world, including Apple, Boeing, Google, and Intel. The college was established in 1931 from a merger of the Colleges of Mechanics and the College of Civil Engineering. The College of Mining was integrated into the college in 1942. The college is currently situated in 14 buildings on the northeast side of the central campus, and also operates at the 150 acre (61 ha) Richmond Field Station. There are over 57,000 living graduates of the College of Engineering, living in all 50 states and nearly 100 countries, with the majority living in California.
- Bioengineering (BioE)
- Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)
- Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)
- Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (IEOR)
- Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)
- Mechanical Engineering (ME)
- Nuclear Engineering (NE)
- Other Engineering
The College of Letters and Science also offers a Bachelor of Arts in computer science, which requires many of the same courses as the College of Engineering's Bachelor of Science in EECS, but has different admissions and graduation criteria. Berkeley's chemical engineering department is under the College of Chemistry.
There are approximately 3,200 undergraduates in the College of Engineering, representing all departments. Undergraduate admissions to the College of Engineering is the most selective in the university as a whole. For the 2016-2017 application cycle, the acceptance rate has continued to stay at a low 8.4%, largely a result of increased nonresident interest. The campus as a whole had a 17.5% acceptance rate that year. Applicants apply directly to one of the departments and enter as declared majors within their department. It is also possible to apply as Engineering Undeclared and enter the college; major declaration is required at the end of sophomore year. Once within the college, it is possible to change majors with the approval of Engineering Student Services. It is extremely difficult for undergraduates in other colleges at UC Berkeley to change college into Engineering, as they can only be admitted if a current engineering undergraduate drops. The College of Engineering accepts junior transfer applications for those who have completed at least 60 semester units at another college or university. Preference is given to students at California Community Colleges. Only 9.2% of the over 2,300 junior transfer applicants were admitted for the 2015-16 academic year. Dean Shankar Sastry has stated that the disparity between the college's and the university's acceptance rates is due to the university's failure to respond to the rise in demand for engineering degrees.
85% of undergraduates admitted to the college graduate from the college, and 91% graduate from some college at UC Berkeley. The college has a 4-year graduation policy, with extra semesters approved only in certain cases. Engineering Student Services provides academic advising, peer tutoring, and career services to engineering students. Various student organizations are run in conjunction with the college, including Pioneers in Engineering, Hackers @ Berkeley, Berkeley Engineers and Mentors, and the Open Computing Facility. Many students belong to the student chapters of their corresponding professional organizations (e.g. the American Nuclear Society, American Society of Civil Engineers, or Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers).
Graduate admissions in the College of Engineering is administered by department. In Fall 2015, there were 492.5 master's and 1,337 doctorate students in the college.
The college's enrollment is approximately 26% women. Although the proportion of women has increased over time, issues of gender disparity in the college remain. According to a 2011 survey, female engineers reported a high number of instances of passive harassment, discrimination, and judgment. The college's administration has taken steps to prevent this sexism. The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is one of the student groups representing women in the college.
All research facilities are managed by one of five Organized Research Units (ORUs):
- Earthquake Engineering Research Center - research and public safety programs against the destructive effects of earthquakes
- Electronics Research Laboratory - the largest ORU; advanced research in novel areas within seven different university departments, organized into five main divisions:
- Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center
- Berkeley Wireless Research Center
- Berkeley Northside Research Group
- Micro Systems Group
- Engineering Systems Research Center - focuses on manufacturing, mechatronics, and microelectro mechanical systems (MEMS)
- Institute for Environmental Science and Engineering - focuses on applying basic research to current and future environmental problems
- Institute of Transportation Studies - sponsors research in transportation planning, policy analysis, environmental concerns and transportation system performance
Major research centers and programs
- Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation
- Berkeley Institute of Design
- Berkeley Multimedia Research Center
- Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS)
- Center for Intelligent Systems - developing a unified theoretical foundation for intelligent systems.
- Consortium on Green Design and Manufacturing
- Digital Library Project
- UCSF/Berkeley Ergonomics Program
- International Computer Science Institute - basic research institute focusing on Internet architecture, speech and language processing, artificial intelligence, and cognitive and theoretical computer science
- Intel Research Laboratory @ Berkeley
- Integrated Materials Laboratory - facilities for research in nano-structure growth, processing, and characterization
- Microfabrication Laboratory
- The Millennium Project - developing a hierarchical campus-wide "cluster of clusters" to support advanced computational applications
- Nokia Research Center @ Berkeley
- Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center
- Partners for Advanced Transit & Highways - researching ways to improve the operation of California's state highway system
- Power Systems Engineering Research Center
- BSD (Berkeley Software Distribution)
- Berkeley Astrophysical CFD Results
- Berkeley Lower Extremity Exoskeleton
- Multigate device (FinFET)
- RAID (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks)
- SPICE (Simulation Program with Integrated Circuits Emphasis)
- RISC-V (An open Reduced Instruction Set Computing Instruction set architecture)
- Richard Karp, Turing Laureate for contributions to the field of algorithms
- William Kahan, Turing Laureate for fundamental contributions to numerical analysis
- Stuart Russell, author of Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach
- Ruzena Bajcsy, leader in computer vision and robotics
- Michael I. Jordan, most influential computer scientist in the world in 2016 according to Semantic Scholar
- Lotfi Zadeh, founder of fuzzy mathematics
- Jitendra Malik, leader in computer vision and graphics
- David Patterson, Turing Laureate for contributions to computer architecture, founder of reduced instruction set computing (RISC)
- Ken Goldberg, leader in robotics
- Christos Papadimitriou, leader in complexity theory
- Eli Yablonovitch, founder of the field of photonic crystals
- Scott Shenker, leader in networking research
- Carlo H. Séquin, pioneer in processor design
- Claire J. Tomlin, leader in hybrid systems and control theory
- S. Shankar Sastry, Dean and leader in robotics and control theory
- Homayoon Kazerooni, leader in robotics
- Alice Agogino, leader in engineering diversity
- Paul K. Wright, leader in rapid prototyping
- Ashok Gadgil, environmental policy leader
- Luke Pyungse Lee, pioneer in bionanophotonics and integrated molecular diagnostics systems
- Jay Keasling, pioneer in synthetic biology
- Peidong Yang, leader in nanomaterials
- Ramamoorthy Ramesh, leader in ferroelectric materials
- Paul Alivisatos, authority on the synthesis of nanocrystals
- Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Inc. (B.S. 1986)
- Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel Corporation, originator of Moore's Law (B.S. 1950)
- Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman and former CEO of Google (M.S. 1975, PhD 1982)
- Douglas Engelbart, founder of the field of human-computer interaction, inventor of the computer mouse (M.S. 1953, PhD 1955)
- Rube Goldberg, known for Rube Goldberg machine (B.S. 1904)
- Paul E. Jacobs, Executive Chairman of Qualcomm (B.S. 1984, M.S. 1986, PhD 1989)
- Peter Norvig, Director of Research at Google, co-author of Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach (PhD 1985)
- Andrew Ng, co-founder and Executive Chairman at Coursera, chief scientist at Baidu (PhD 2002)
- Eleven Turing Laureate Alumni (most of any school) -- Barbara Liskov, Butler Lampson, Charles P. Thacker, Dana Scott, Douglas Engelbart, Jim Gray, Ken Thompson, Leonard Adleman, Niklaus Wirth, Shafi Goldwasser, Silvio Micali
- Pioneers in Engineering
- Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics
- Design for America
- Society of Women Engineers
- Robotics @ Berkeley
- Machine Learning @ Berkeley 
- Mobile Developers of Berkeley 
- Engineering colleges in California
- List of engineering programs in the California State University
- List of University of California, Berkeley faculty
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