In Memoriam: Professor Emeritus Gareth Thomas

Professor Emeritus of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering Gareth Thomas (1932-2014) passed away on the 6th of February, 2014 in Oegstgeest, the Netherlands, at the age of 81. Professor Thomas was born in Maesteg, Wales, UK.  He earned his PhD in metallurgy from Cambridge University, and joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 1960. […]

Professor Junqiao Wu Receives Presidential Early Career Award

Congratulations to Professor Junqiao Wu on his receipt of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers.  This  award represents “the highest honor bestowed by the United States  Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages  of their independent research careers.”  This is a truly outstanding  recognition of Professor Wu’s achievements.  More […]

Professor Kevin Healy Named AAAS Fellow

Kevin Healy, UC Berkeley professor of bioengineering, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an honor bestowed upon the association’s members by their peers. Healy was cited for his distinguished contributions to the fields of bioengineering and biomaterials science, particularly for the understanding and development of bioinspired materials. […]

Professor Robert Birgeneau awarded Arnold and Barbara Silverman Distinguished Chair Award

Last week, Bob Birgeneau was awarded the Arnold and Barbara Silverman Distinguished Chair Award here at Cal. This chair is intended to recognize a faculty member who “has achieved great distinction and recognition,” and whose work “should form an integral part of important campus initiatives that build UC Berkeley’s preeminence.” 

In Memoriam: Professor Emeritus Jack Washburn

Professor Emeritus of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of UC Berkeley and former Principal Investigator of the Materials Science Division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Jack Washburn (1921-2013) passed away on the 26th of October 2013 in his Berkeley home at the age of 92. Professor Washburn was born in Mt Vernon, […]

Haimei Zheng joins Berkeley MSE

Dr. Haimei Zheng joined the Department in July 1, 2013, as an Adjunct Assistant Professor.  

Jie Yao joins the MSE faculty

Dr. Jie Yao joins faculty of Berkeley MSE on August 15, 2013.

Professor Devine on Bay Bridge Corrosion Issues

Professor Devine was consulted by the Sacramento Bee in their recent investigation concerning potential corrosion problems facing the new Bay Bridge.  The problem concerns the corrosion of the steel tendons that structurally support the bridge.  The Sacramento Bee investigation was published on May 18.

Rob Ritchie Awarded 2014 Acta Materialia Gold Medal

Rob Ritchie has been awarded the 2014 Acta Materialia Gold Medal Award.  This international award is given in recognition of research contributions and leadership in materials science.

Professor Ritchie on Bay Bridge Bolt Failure

MSE faculty member Professor Robert Ritchie was interviewed recently about the Bay Bridge bolt failures, and how a tougher standard of testing could have led to the discovery of the fracture problems before installation.