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Innovations Volume 7, Issue 9, April 2014 Archive

Dean’s message

Executive education for engineers, by engineers

Executive education for engineers, by engineers

I am delighted to announce the launch of Berkeley Engineering’s newest offering: Executive and Professional Education. This program extends the College’s educational mission by providing non‐degree engineering and leadership education to executives and engineering professionals.

Our professors have been consulting with and providing education to industry for decades. Our Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership has a four-year track record with its Engineering Leadership Professional Program (ELPP). This six‐month program, held one night a week in Silicon Valley, cultivates the leadership, innovation management and entrepreneurial skills of senior engineering professionals at such companies as Applied Materials, Google, NetApp, Qualcomm, SanDisk and Yahoo!.

In the words of graduate Komal Mangtani, Box’s vice president for engineering, “ELPP enables engineering leaders to broaden their thinking from various aspects, including sales, channel management, basics of accounting and driving customer satisfaction. At the same time, we learn how to accelerate engineering innovation and maintain an entrepreneurial culture even as our organizations become large.”

We have just announced ELPP for fall 2014 and are seeking additional partner companies.

In addition, the Dado and Maria Banatao Center for Global Learning and Outreach from Berkeley Engineering (GLOBE) has designed and delivered many successful custom programs for international partners, addressing such topics as entrepreneurship, innovation, strategy and sustainability.

We have expanded the College’s executive and professional education programs to meet increased demand for professional education in the workforce. We are working closely with partner companies, locally, nationally and internationally, to design customized programs. These offerings range from short workshops and longer programs offered on the Berkeley campus to multi‐session programs offered at a location of the company’s choosing, scheduled throughout the year.

With our rich knowledge base in novel and emerging technologies as well as entrepreneurship, we are able to address a wide range of topics, from opportunity recognition, ideation in design innovation and disruptive technologies to sustainable manufacturing, supply chain engineering and large-scale project management.

If you would like to learn more about our Executive and Professional Education offerings and how they can meet your needs, I encourage you to contact Don McCrea in the College at or 510.643.6908.

As always, we welcome your ideas on this topic or on others of interest at

S. Shankar Sastry
Dean and Carlson Professor of Engineering
Director, Blum Center for Developing Economies

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Upcoming events

April 10: Minner Lecture — Dale Dougherty, founder and CEO of Maker Media, Inc.

April 12: Cal Day/Jacobs Hall groundbreaking — Enjoy Cal Day and the groundbreaking of the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation.

May 18: College of Engineering commencement — Keynote speakers: VMware co-founder Diane Greene (baccalaureate ceremony) and SanDisk co-founder, president and CEO Sanjay Mehrotra (graduate ceremony).

In this issue:

Measuring your DNA health

Sometime soon, Sylvain Costes (Ph.D.’99 NE) hopes that annual medical checkups will include a simple blood test to determine levels of DNA damage. The list of things assaultive to the body’s basic building blocks is long — radiation, ultraviolet light and toxins, to name a few — and errors occur even during normal cell division. The body continually repairs this damaged DNA, but sometimes, the routine repair process can fail. DNA damage and genetic mutations can lead to serious health problems like cancer, immunological disorders, neurological disorders and premature aging.

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Control design at Lift Labs

Anupam Pathak’s (B.S.’04 ME) idea to build a device to assist people with Parkinson’s disease or essential tremor evolved from helping soldiers survive combat. Pathak started his mechanical engineering doctoral research at the University of Michigan at the height of U.S. troop deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan in 2004. Field reports showed that large numbers of freshly minted troops, with little experience in war zones, were facing stress-induced tremors during combat situations. A soldier with shaky hands is dangerous; the situation was so bad that tremor was affecting casualty rates.

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Be the change, Code the Change

Christine Loh first heard of “Code the Change” in a Facebook post as a junior electrical engineering and computer science major in 2012. Shortly after, she and classmate Brian Tseng (Class of 2016) launched a Berkeley chapter of the national organization, began hosting a student-run course, and connected eager classmates with more than a dozen nonprofit organizations in need of technical help.

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Innovations is published online by the Marketing and Communications Office of the UC Berkeley College of Engineering. Innovations is an online update featuring timely reports on groundbreaking research and other innovative projects done by Berkeley engineers.

Editors: Karen Rhodes, Kap Stann
Contributors: Jennifer Huber, Daniel McGlynn, Miranda King

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