MSE PhD student, Nathan Velez, is being honored as a Distinguished Fellow

Graduate Division and the Office of Equity & Inclusion have announced that MSE student, Nathan Velez will be amongst the students honored at the upcoming “Celebration of Distinguished Fellows.” This celebration is honoring Berkeley’s outstanding graduate students and their supporters.

Professor Jie Yao Receives the SPIE Early Career Achievement Award

Professor Jie Yao has been named the 2016 recipient of the Early Career Achievement Award from the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE).  Professor Yao has received this award in recognition “of his contributions to the investigation of light matter interaction at deep subwavelength scale and development of optical materials for nanophotonic applications.”  Professor […]

Mingxi Zheng is a finalist in the Berkeley Grand Slam Championship!

Congratulations to MSE student, Mingxi Zheng for advancing to the finals of Berkeley’s Grad Slam Championship! Mingxi’s video entry is one of the ten that have been selected by our first-round judges to enable you to move on to the next round! The campus-wide competition will take place on Monday, March 28, 2016, 3:00-5:30 p.m. at […]

Megan McClarty: Hyperloop Design Weekend Inspires New Innovation

A few hundred years ago, if you wanted to get from San Francisco to Los Angeles, your best bet would be to take a horse-drawn wagon. The journey would take you days of arduous jostling over uneven terrain in the hot sun. Heading to Los Angeles meant you were probably going to stay in Los […]

Paul Alivisatos awarded Dan David Prize for nanoscience research

Paul Alivisatos, UC Berkeley’s newly appointed vice chancellor for research and the outgoing director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has been awarded the international Dan David Prize for his contributions in the field of nanoscience. Read more here.

Dean Fiona Doyle Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

Dr. Fiona Doyle, Donald H. McLaughlin Professor of Mineral Engineering in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and Dean of the Graduate Division at UC Berkeley, has been elected into the National Academy of Engineering.  Dean Doyle joins 80 new members and 22 new foreign members, announced by the NAE on February 8, 2016.  […]

Professors Ramesh, Martin and Colleagues identify novel “polar vortices”

As winter sets in across the country, scientists in MSE at Berkeley have proved that even sunny California can experience a polar vortex now and then. In this case, however, those polar vortices are only a few nanometers wide and could represent a hot new direction in materials science. In a recent report in the […]

Density Functional Theory: The State of the Art

Professor Persson’s group recently published a paper detailing case studies in which density functional theory (DFT) has led to a paradigm change in computational materials science, whereby theorists are not only able to help explain and interpret the properties of materials but also have an active role in predicting completely new materials with specific properties […]

Professor Alivisatos Appointed Vice Chancellor for Research

Professor Paul Alivisatos will assume the position of Vice Chancellor for Research (VCR) at UC Berkeley on March 1.  This appointment follows Professor Alivisatos’ service for seven years as the Director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  In his role as VCR he will oversee the campus research portfolio, which generates approximately $700 million in grants […]

Professor Alivisatos wins National Medal of Science

On December 22, 2015 the White House announced that Paul Alivisatos was awarded the National Medal of Science.  Professor Alivisatos is the Samsung Distinguished Chair in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science & Engineering, Director of the Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute, and Director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  The award recognizes […]