Director of Student Services6187 Etchevery Hall
For more information see:
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Professor of Nuclear Engineering
Chair, Department of Nuclear Engineering
E.S. Kuh Chair of Engineering
Professor Peter Hosemann received his MS (2005) and PhD (2008) in Material Science from the Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria. He conducted his PhD research on lead bismuth eutectic corrosion, ion beam irradiations and microscale mechanical testing at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He continued his research at Los Alamos National Laboratory as post doc and joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 2010. Professor Hosemann has authored more than 200 per reviewed publications since 2008. In 2014 he won the best reviewer of the journal of nuclear materials award, the ANS literature award and in 2015 he won the TMS early career faculty fellow award and the AIME Robert Lansing Hardy award. In 2018 he became the chair of the nuclear engineering department and in 2020 he was named as the E.S. Kuh chair of engineering. In 2021 he became associate editor of the journal of applied physics. While being dedicated to his research and teaching he also leads the UC Berkeley Bladesmithing team which won the title of “best example of a traditional blade” for UC Berkeley and is the lead faculty for the CalSol solar car racing team which won the American Solar challenge for Berkeley in 2017.
Professor Peter Hosemann’s research is centered around materials in extreme environments and materials processing. His focus lies in mechanical performance and microstructural characterization of structural materials as well as in environmental degradation of materials in extreme environments. Multi scale mechanical property quantification and their implications for engineering performance as well as corrosion in unusual environments are part of the research. Furthermore, professor Hosemann is interested in the manufacturing of materials (from ore to product) and most recently in micromanufacturing of geometries using short, pulsed lasers.
To view a list of Professor Hosemann’s publications, please click here.
Dr. Kiyonori Inaba is Director, Executive Managing Officer and General Manager of the Robot Business Division of FANUC Corporation, a global leader in factory automation, industrial robots, and advanced technologies used in manufacturing.
As General Manager of the Robot Business Division, he oversees robot business operations in both product development and sales/marketing. Dr.Inaba joined the Company in 2009 and spent his initial career in developing robot control software, pioneering the development of “learning robots”, robots which optimize their own motion to increase throughput and path accuracy. In 2013, Dr. Inaba was promoted to General Manager of the Robot Laboratory, and was elected as a member of the Board of Directors, and currently serves as a Senior Managing Director.
Dr. Inaba earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering in 2008 from University of California, Berkeley.
Faculty Director, Management, Entrepreneurship, & Technology Program
Grimes M.E.T. Chancellor's Chair
Teaching Professor of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering
Teaching Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation and Management of Organizations, Haas School of Business
Saikat Chaudhuri is the inaugural Faculty Director of the Management, Entrepreneurship, & Technology (M.E.T.) Program, a flagship dual-degree program in engineering and business at the University of California at Berkeley. He holds the Grimes M.E.T. Chancellor’s Chair at the university, with a joint faculty appointment in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation as well as Management of Organizations groups at the Haas School of Business, along with the department of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering.
Chaudhuri’s research specializes in corporate growth and innovation strategies, particularly high-tech mergers and acquisitions, high-value outsourcing and partnerships, and technological innovation in dynamic environments. His publications span both scholarly and managerial outlets, and his work has been recognized from the field’s leading professional associations including the Academy of Management and Strategic Management Society.
Chaudhuri has designed and taught popular undergraduate and MBA courses on corporate strategy, management of technology, and innovation. He has also led and delivered customized executive education programs to a myriad of top firms around the world. He has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards and accolades at all levels across his academic career.
Chaudhuri’s work has been cited by leading media outlets, and he is often interviewed or quoted by the global press on contemporary business affairs. He is regularly invited to speak at corporate forums, industry events, and academic conferences across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Based on his research and experience, he advises leading global corporations and governments worldwide, including providing expert legal testimony.
Chaudhuri came to Berkeley in 2021 from the University of Pennsylvania, where he served on the faculty of The Wharton School for over 16 years, holding leadership positions including Executive Director of the Mack Institute for Innovation Management, and Interim Director of the Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology. His prior professional experience includes corporate development at Mannesmann AG, in addition to stints with Citibank, McKinsey and Company, and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants.
Chaudhuri earned his Bachelor’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Multinational Management from the University of Pennsylvania, Master’s degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Stanford University, and Doctoral degree in Technology and Operations Management from Harvard University.
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Ho-Shang and Mei-Li Lee Faculty Fellow
Alexis Kaminski is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Alexis received her BSc (2010) and MSc (2012) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta, and her PhD (2016) in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics from the University of Cambridge. Prior to joining UC Berkeley in 2021, she worked as a postdoc in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University and at the University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory.
November 2021 – update for graduate recruitment: I am recruiting PhD students to start in fall 2022! For more information, please see https://akkaminski.github.io
Stratified flows, hydrodynamic instabilities, transition to turbulence, mixing and entrainment, internal waves, non-normal stability, upper-ocean dynamics, physical oceanography, geophysical and environmental fluid dynamics.
AK Kaminski, KR Helfrich, and J Pedlosky 2020 An experimental investigation of the Rossby two-slit problem. Journal of Fluid Mechanics 893, A4.
J Tu, D Fan, Q Lian, Z Liu, W Liu, A Kaminski, and W Smyth 2020 Acoustic observations of Kelvin-Helmholtz billows on an estuarine lutocline. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 125(4), JC015385.
AK Kaminski and MR Flynn 2020 Modal decomposition of polychromatic internal wave fields in arbitrary stratifications. Wave Motion 95, 102549.
AK Kaminski and WD Smyth 2019 Stratified shear instability in a field of pre-existing turbulence. Journal of Fluid Mechanics 862, 639-658
AK Kaminski, CP Caulfield, and JR Taylor 2017 Nonlinear evolution of linear optimal perturbations of strongly stratified shear layers. Journal of Fluid Mechanics 825, 213-244.
RM Sahuri, AK Kaminski, MR Flynn, and M Ungarish 2015 Axisymmetric gravity currents in two-layer density-stratified media. Environmental Fluid Mechanics 15(5), 1035-1051.
AK Kaminski, CP Caulfield, and JR Taylor 2014 Transient growth in strongly stratified shear layers. Journal of Fluid Mechanics 758, R4.
CJ Prend, GR Flierl, KM Smith, and AK Kaminski 2021 Parameterizing eddy transport of biogeochemical tracers. Geophysical Research Letters 48, e2021GL094405.
AK Kaminski, EA D’Asaro, AY Shcherbina, and RR Harcourt 2021 High-resolution observations of the North Pacific transition layer from a Lagrangian float. Journal of Physical Oceanography 51, 3163-3181.
Associate Adjunct Professor6163 Etcheverry Hall
Professor Vassilia Zorba is the Group Leader for the Laser Technologies Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, CA. She is also an Associate Adjunct Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on the development of the next-generation of laser tools for advanced sensors and laser-based manufacturing. Her research interests include ultrafast laser-material interactions, non-linear optics, remote sensing, laser-induced plasma chemistry, and laser ablation-based chemical analysis in electrochemical energy storage, with emphasis on next-generation Li-ion batteries. Her work has also focused on femtosecond laser surface structuring technologies and biomimetic material functionalization. Professor Zorba’s credits include 72 publications in peer-reviewed journals, more than 40 invited, keynote and plenary talks and a 2011 R&D 100 Technology Award. She serves as a senior editor for the Springer-Nature journal Applied Physics A and is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, Applied Spectroscopy and Spectrochimica Acta Part B.
To view Professor Zorba’s CV, please click here.
Energy Science & Technology; MEMS/Nano; Materials
More information about Professor Zorba’s research can be found on her group website, teamd.lbl.gov.
To view a list of Professor Zorba’s publications on Google Scholar, please click here.
Vice President and Chief Engineer
Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Howard McKenzie was named vice president and chief engineer for Boeing Commercial Airplanes in August 2021. He is responsible for effectiveness and efficiency of the engineering function across Commercial Airplanes and leads engineering design, safety and customer support activities for all commercial airplane models.
Most recently, McKenzie was vice president and chief engineer for Boeing’s Global Services business unit. While there, he led the alignment of 7,000 engineers into one cohesive engineering function that supports commercial and government customers worldwide. Focusing on safety and first-time quality, his team provided design engineering, aircraft modifications and conversions as well as engineering support and services.
Prior to that assignment, McKenzie was vice president and general manager of Boeing Test & Evaluation, where he led a team of engineers, pilots, mechanics and technicians responsible for the testing, evaluation and certification of Boeing commercial and defense products.
Previously, he served as vice president, chief project engineer for the 777 program where he was responsible for product integrity and safety for the 777 worldwide fleet. He has also served as director of engineering for the 777 program, responsible for the engineering design functional organizations as well as ensuring product compliance to regulatory standards and requirements including product integrity and safety. Also, McKenzie was chief engineer of Airplane Level Integration on the 777 program, chief engineer of Airplane Systems on the 777 program, and chief engineer for BCA Environmental Systems Engineering. McKenzie worked at McDonnell Douglas Corporation prior to his assignments within Boeing.
McKenzie graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1988. He is also Boeing’s Executive focal for the University of California at Berkeley.
Lecturer6163 Etcheverry Hall
Ala Moradian is senior member of technical staff, scientist at Applied Materials inc. He is also an instructor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Moradian joined Applied Materials in 2012 at the Varian Semiconductor Equipment in Gloucester, MA where he worked on the development of complex ion implanter systems, crystal growth technology and furnace development, and led multiple initiatives in advanced computational physics-based simulation capabilities for product development. He has held multiple technical roles in developing products for semiconductor manufacturing at Applied, including epitaxy thin film systems as well as III-V materials chambers and the development of processes. Some of other areas of his research/work has been high temperature materials processes, in-situ metrology technology development, novel heating, cooling, and thermometry technologies, use of sensors and algorithms to enable fault-detection and auto-correction.
Dr. Moradian led development of concepts for next generation of surgical ophthalmic equipment at Bausch & Lomb (now Bausch Health) 2008-12 in St Louis, MO. He developed an R&D lab equipped with the state-of-the-art testing, analysis, and prototyping capabilities and spearhead competitive benchmarking of products and proposed multiple new products, several of which were successfully launched to the market.
During a postdoctoral fellowship funded by NSERC strategic grant, he led the multi-scale and multi-physics modeling of a novel method for large scale production of carbon nanotube at the University of Sherbrook QC and University of Toronto (joint development).
Dr. Moradian has published more than 20 archival journal papers and conference proceedings. He holds more than 13 patents in the area of medical devices, crystal growth, semiconductor processing equipment, equipment for thin film deposition, and temperature measurement. He is passionate about technology and engineering education. Dr. Moradian has been a program evaluator (PEV) for ABET (accreditation board for engineering and technology) since 2013 and served on multiple program reviews as a PEV, representing ASME. He has served as the section chair, vice-chair, and secretary of ASME, ECLIPE intern at the ASME center for education and global outreach, as well as ASME global scholarship and awards committee. He has been serving on NSF proposal review committees both in technical and commercial capacities (small business grants) since 2015.
Dr. Moradian has B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. (U of Toronto, 2007) in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in business/management from Harvard (2020).
Dr. Moradian’s primary research interests are product development, advanced materials processing, semiconductor manufacturing, computational methods for process modeling and virtual fabrication, digital twin, and multi-physics modeling for product design optimization and manufacturing.
To view a list of Dr. Moradian’s publications, please click here.
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Deb Faculty Fellow
Dr. Michael Gollner received his B.S. (2008), M.S. (2010) and Ph.D. (2012) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego. He was a faculty member in the Department of Fire Protection Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park from 2012-2019. He is broadly interested in fire science problems, utilizing experiments and combustion and fluid dynamics theory to solve problems related to fire spread, material flammability, and smoke transport. Much of his work is focused on applications to wildfires, including their spread through vegetation, ignition of structures in the wildland-urban interface (WUI), transport of embers, fire whirls, and emissions from wildfire smoke.
Dr. Gollner is active in professional society leadership, serving as Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors for the International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF), Chair of the Research Advisory Board of the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) Fire Protection Research Foundation, and as a member of the Management Committee of the International Association for Fire Safety Science. He also serves as Associate Editor for the journal Fire Technology and serves on the boards of the Fire Safety Journal and the International Journal of Wildland Fire. He is a principal member of the NFPA Technical Committees on Spaceports and Wildland and Rural Fire Protection. He is also a recipient of the NSF CAREER award, Proulx Early Career Award in Fire Safety Science, and the Fire Protection Research Foundation Medal.
To view Dr. Gollner’s CV, please click here.
Combustion, Fire Dynamics, Wildland Fire, Fluid Mechanics
To view a list of Dr. Gollner’s publications, please click here.
Dr. Kon-Well Wang is the Stephen P. Timoshenko Professor Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1985, worked at the General Motors Research Labs as a Senior Research Engineer, and started his academic career as a faculty at the Pennsylvania State University in 1988. During his Penn State years, Professor Wang has served as the William E. Diefenderfer Chaired Professor in Mechanical Engineering, Director of the Structural Dynamics and Controls Lab, Co-Founder and Associate Director of the Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence, and Group Leader for the Center for Acoustics and Vibration. Dr. Wang joined the University of Michigan in 2008 and served as the Department Chair of Mechanical Engineering from 2008 to 2018. He has also been the Division Director of the Engineering Education and Centers Division at the National Science Foundation for two years, 2019 and 2020, via an Executive Intergovernmental Personnel Act appointment.
Professor Wang’s main technical interests are in adaptive structural systems and structural dynamics & controls. He has received various recognitions for his accomplishments, such as the Pi Tau Sigma-ASME Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award, the ASME J.P. Den Hartog Award, the SPIE Smart Structures and Materials Lifetime Achievement Award, the ASME Adaptive Structures and Materials Systems Prize, the ASME N.O. Myklestad Award, the ASME Adaptive Structures and Material Systems Best Paper Awards, the ASME Rudolf Kalman Award, the NASA Tech Brief Award, and the SAE Ralph Teetor Award. His major leadership activities in the professional community include being Chair of the ASME Technical Committee on Vibration and Sound, Chair of the ASME Mechanical Engineering Department Heads Executive Committee, General Chair of the SPIE Damping and Isolation Conference and of the ARO Workshop on Smart Structures. Dr. Wang has been the Editor in Chief for the ASME Journal of Vibration & Acoustics. He is currently an Editorial Board Member or an Associate Editor for five journals and/or book series, and is a member of the ASME Technical Committee on Publications and Communications, which has supervision of activities concerning the dissemination of technical information associated with all ASME Transactions Journals, Conference Publications, and Books. Dr. Wang is a Fellow of the ASME, AAAS, and IOP.
Lecturer5116 Etcheverry Hall
Professor Emeritus of Hydromechanics and Ocean Engineering5104 Etcheverry Hall
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1973. Joined faculty in 1982.
Professor of Hydromechanics and Ocean Engineering, 1982-
Inaugural American Bureau of Shipping Endowed Chair in Ocean Engineering, 2012 – 2017
Visiting Professor, Center of Excellence for Ship and Offshore Structures (CESOS), Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway, Spring 2007
Humboldt Professor, Institut fu¨r Schifftechnischen, Gehardt Mercator University of Duisburg, Germany, 1998
Visiting Professor, Research Institute of Applied Mechanics, Kyushu University, Japan, 1998
Chair, Naval Architecture & Offshore Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, 1989 – 1997
Humboldt Professor, Institut fu¨r Schiffbau, University of Hamburg, W. Germany, 1988
Fulbright-Hayes Senior Scholar, University of Adelaide, Australia, 1981
Principal, R. W. Yeung – Consulting Naval Architect and Ocean Engineer, 1976-
Assistant / Associate Professor of Naval Architecture, Mass. Inst. of Tech., 1974 – 1982
Naval Architect, Litton Ship Systems, Advanced Marine Technology Division, CA, 1970 – 1971
Instructor, Long Beach Naval Shipyard, UCLA Extension, 1970 – 1971
Hydromechanics, naval architecture, ship hydrodynamics, mathematical modeling, numerical fluid mechanics, offshore mechanics, ocean processes, separated flows, wave-vorticity interaction, vortex-induced vibrations, ocean-wave energy, tidal current energy, two-layer fluid flow, hydroelasticity, multi-hull optimization, moonpool resonance, vortical flow for slender hulls in forward motion, wave-to-wire conversion, model-predictive controls, micro-scale turbine, unsteady ship interactions
To view a list of Professor Yeung’s publications, please visit Professor Yeung’s website.
Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering5104 Etcheverry Hall
Professor Paul Wright is internationally recognized as a leader in design, 3D printing and manufacturing. His recent research has focused on the creation of self- powered wireless nodes for the Internet of Things (IoT). The Advanced Manufacturing for Energy (AME) lab has extensive experience in the design and manufacture of energy harvesting, including devices that utilize thermal electric generators (TEG), vibration energy harvesting, thin film solar cells, thin film batteries and super capacitors. 3D-dispenser printing and screen-printing allow us to create fully functioning IoT nodes with a wide set of performance characteristics. A detailed modeling tool on the performance of harvesters, batteries and super-capacitors allows an analysis of the various load-demand scenarios. Professor Wright joined the faculty of the Mechanical Engineering Department in 1992 and he holds the A. Martin Berlin Professorship. From 2007 to 2013 he was the Director of the Center for Information Technology for Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS). Most recently he was the Director of the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute (BECI) and a co-director of the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC).
Energy scavenging and storage; Smart materials; Design and manufacturing for micro-integration of ‘intelligent objects’; Design of wireless sensor systems. Application areas include: Energy efficiency and demand response; First responder applications; Medical products. Previous research on Internet-based manufacturing & open-architecture control.
To view a list of Professor Wright’s publications, which are included in his CV, please click here.
Professor Emeritus of Energy
During his fifty-year career at the University of California, Berkeley as a professor of mechanical engineering, Dr. Sawyer’s teaching and research included rocket propulsion, energy conversion, combustion, air pollution, and regulatory policy. He has authored or co-authored more than 360 publications including two books. He chaired the Energy and Resources Group and was selected to be the first Class of 1935 Professor of Energy at Berkeley. From 2003-2005 he headed the University of California Education Abroad Program in London. In January 2006, Dr. Sawyer left the University of California to accept the appointment by Governor Schwarzenegger to head the California Air Resources Board, a position he held through June 2007. Currently he is the Class of 1935 Professor of Energy Emeritus at UC Berkeley. He is a graduate of Stanford and Princeton universities, a fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers, and a member of the United States National Academy of Engineering.
To view Dr. Sawyer’s CV, please click here.
Air pollutant formation and control, motor vehicle emissions, energy and environment, regulatory policy.
To view a list of Dr. Sawyer’s publications, please click here.
Professor Emeritus of Fire Safety Engineering Science6165 Etcheverry Hall
Fire safety engineering science: fire physics, fire modeling, compartment fire growth, flamespread, flame shapes and heights, excess pyrolyzates, soot formation, backdrafts, glass breaking in compartment fires, explosions, gravity currents, salt water modeling, self-heating to ignition, brand lofting, urban/wildland intermix and post-earthquake conflagrations.
Lecturer5106 Etcheverry Hall
Lecturer6173 Etcheverry Hall
Lecturer5106 Etcheverry Hall
Model Predictive Control, Distributed and Robust Constrained Control, Automotive Control Systems, Energy Efficient Building Control Systems
Will C. Hall Family Chair in Engineering
Will C. Hall Endowed Chair
Chair of the UCB Computational & Data Science & Engineering Program
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Associate Dean for Post Baccalaureate Programs, College of Engineering
Tarek I. Zohdi http://www.me.berkeley.edu/people/faculty/tarek-i-zohdi/ received his Ph.D. in 1997 in Computational and Applied Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany from 1997 to 1998 and then a lecturer (C2-Oberingenieur) at the Gottfried Leibniz University of Hannover in Germany from 1998 to 2001, where he received his Habilitation in General Mechanics (Allgemeine Mechanik). Approximately one out of every twenty doctoral degree holders in Germany is allowed to proceed with a Habilitation. It is the highest academic degree in Germany and is usually required to obtain the rank of full Professor there and in other parts of Europe. In July 2001, he became an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He was promoted to Associate Professor in July 2004 and to Full Professor in July 2009. He has held a number of administrative posts at UC Berkeley, including:
and recently (2021) he has started serving as Academic Director of the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET), at UC Berkeley ( https://scet.berkeley.edu/scet-names-tarek-zohdi-as-new-academic-director/). From 2014-2020, he was a Chancellor’s Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Since 2016, he is the holder of the W. C. Hall Family Endowed Chair in Engineering. He also holds a Staff Scientist position at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs and an Adjunct Scientist position at the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute. His main research interests are in modeling, simulation and optimization of nonconvex multiscale-multiphysics problems for industrial applications. He has published over 180 archival refereed journal papers and eight books: (1) Introduction to computational micromechanics (T. Zohdi and P. Wriggers, Springer-Verlag), (2) An introduction to modeling and simulation of particulate flows (T. Zohdi, SIAM), (3) Electromagnetic properties of multiphase dielectrics: a primer on modeling, theory and computation (T. Zohdi, Springer- Verlag), (4) Dynamics of charged particulate systems: modeling, theory and computation (T. Zohdi, Springer-Verlag) (5 and 6) A finite element primer for beginners-the basics (T. Zohdi, Springer- Verlag, 2 distinct editions), (7) Modeling and simulation of functionalized materials for additive manufacturing and 3D printing: continuous and discrete media (T. Zohdi, Springer-Verlag) and (8) Modeling and simulation of infectious diseases: microscale transmission, decontamination and macroscale propagation (T. Zohdi, Springer-Verlag), as well as eight handbook/book chapters and five encyclopedia chapters. In 2000, he received the Zienkiewicz Prize and Medal, which are awarded once every two years, to one post-graduate researcher under the age of 35, by The Royal Institution of Civil Engineers in London, to commemorate the work of Professor O. C. Zienkiewicz, for research which contributes most to the field of numerical methods in engineering. In 2002, he received the Best Paper of the Year 2001 Award in London, at the Lord’s Cricket Grounds, for a paper published in Engineering Computations, pertaining to modeling and simulation of the propagation of failure in particulate aggregates of material. In 2003, he received the Junior Achievement Award of the American Academy of Mechanics. The award is given once a year, to one post-graduate researcher, to recognize outstanding research during the first decade of a professional career. In 2008, he was elected Fellow of the International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM) and in 2009 he was elected Fellow of the United Stated Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM). The USACM is the primary computational mechanics organization in the United States and the International Association for Computational Mechanics is the primary international organization in this field. In 2011, he was selected as “Alumnus of the Year” by the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Louisiana State University (LSU), where he did his undergraduate studies. In 2017, he was awarded the University of California, Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award. The Distinguished Teaching Award is a campus-wide recognition for faculty that have established a sustained and varied record of teaching excellence. This is the highest award for teaching in the University: http://teaching.berkeley.edu/node/240 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntzkn71r2Sg. In 2019, he was selected to give a Lindbergh Lecture, by the University of Wisconsin in honor aviation pioneer (and engineer) Charles Lindbergh (a 1924 graduate of UW). In 2019 he was elected as Fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics (AAM)-only one new Fellow is inducted in the nation and the Americas into the AAM each year: https://medium.com/the-coleman-fung-institute/tarek-zohdi-named-2019-aam-fellow-d4df374246e1. In 2020, he received the prestigious Humboldt-Forschungspreis (Humboldt Research Prize). The prize, given by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of the German Government, recognizes renowned researchers outside of Germany whose “fundamental discoveries, new theories or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future.” He received it in the area of Mechanics in recognition of lifetime achievements https://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/humboldt-award.html, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humboldt_Prize and https://www.uni-due.de/2020-07-21-humboldt-forschungspreistraeger-tarek-i-zohdi-kommt). He is an editor of two leading journals in his field, namely an editor of Computational Mechanics and managing editor of Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and serves on 11 editorial boards of international journals. He is also the co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of the relatively new journal, Computational Particle Mechanics (CPM), as well as an editor of the Computational Mechanics book series (Wiley). He has organized or co-organized over 30 international conferences and workshops and been appointed/invited to the Scientific Advisory Boards of over 40 international conferences. He was elected President of the USACM in 2012, and served from 2012 to 2014. Since 2009, he has served as a representative of the USACM on the General Council of the IACM, which is the governing committee of the primary international organization in his field of research and was elected to the Executive Council of IACM in 2020 (seven were elected worldwide in 2020). In 2014, he was appointed by the United States National Academy of Science (NAS) and the National Research Council (NRC) as a member of the US National Committee for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (USNC/TAM) representing the USACM (4/15/2014-10/31/2018): https://www.nationalacademies.org/our-work/us-national-committee-for-theoretical-and-applied-mechanics-usnc-iutam. USNC/TAM is the primary national governing body for Mechanics in the United States. This committee operates under the auspices of the US Board on International Scientific Organizations (BISO) and the Policy and Global Affairs Division of the NRC. Furthermore, he is the national coordinator for the NAS and USNC/TAM for AmeriMech Symposia, which are intended to promote interactions among researchers in an area of contemporary interest in the mechanics of fluids and solids http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/biso/iutam/pga_086043. These symposia are designed to encourage participation of young researchers, and to promote interdisciplinary ideas and discussions. This format allows for in-depth discussions and close interactions between participants. Such symposia are renown to help assess the state-of-the-art and chart new directions for the future. In 2018, he was elected to Member-at-Large status of the USNC/TAM by the National Academy of Sciences: http://www.me.berkeley.edu/about/news/me-professor-tarek-zohdi-appointed-member-large-us-national-academy-sciences-and-national. Overall, he has been a plenary speaker at each of the three major conferences in his field: (a) The World Congress for Computational Mechanics (Sao Paulo , 2012), (b) The United States National Congress for Computational Mechanics (Montreal, 2017) and (c) The International Conference on Particle-based Methods (Stuttgart 2013, Hannover, 2017, Hamburg 2021) and given more than 200 other plenary, keynote and contributed lectures at conferences, universities and other research institutions worldwide. In addition to his academic credentials, he has been active in five main industrial areas:
Remark: For overall record, see the CV provided for lists of papers and similar data.
Pro bono as an engineering consultant for the ABC news on spontaneously shattering car sunroofs. Located here:
Pro bono as an engineering consultant for the ABC news on exploding shower doors made of tempered safety glass. Located here:
Pro bono as an engineering consultant for the ABC news on a faulty baby zipper device from a sleeping bag. Located here:
(1) Modeling and simulation of advanced manufacturing and 3D printing systems
(2) Modeling and simulation of multiphase/composite material behavior
(3) Modeling and simulation of fire propagation and control with the Fire Research Group
(4) Modeling and simulation of UAVs and swarms
(5) Modeling and simulation of biological systems
(6) Modeling and simulation of ballistic fabric shielding
Methods of analysis:
(1) Discrete Element Methods
(2) Finite Element Methods
(3) Finite Difference Methods
(4) Computational Optics
(5) Machine-Learning Algorithms
(6) Agent-Based Methods
A set of “summary” slides on the above topics can be found here https://cmmrl.berkeley.edu/
Related papers and books on the above topics can be found here: https://cmmrl.berkeley.edu/zohdi-publications/
Editor, Computational Mechanics: http://www.springer.com/materials/mechanics/journal/466
Editor-in-Chief, Comp. Particle Mechanics: http://www.springer.com/engineering/mechanics/journal/40571
NAS-USNC/TAM AmeriMech Coordinator: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/biso/iutam/pga_086043
Chief Technology Officer, Fung Institute: https://funginstitute.berkeley.edu/about-us/our-people/staff/
Chair, UC Berkeley Computational Data Science and Eng. Prog: http://citris-uc.org/decse-organization/
Faculty Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab: http://www.lbl.gov/
To view a list of Professor Zohdi’s publications, please visit the Computational Manufacturing and Materials Research Lab website.
Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering
Ernest S. Kuh Endowed Chair, in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (2009-2019)
Professor Xiang Zhang is the inaugural Ernest S. Kuh Endowed Chaired Professor at UC Berkeley and the Director of NSF Nano-scale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC). He is the Director of the Materials Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), as well as a member of the Kavli Energy Nano Science Institute.
Professor Zhang is an elected member of US National Academy of Engineering (NAE), Academia Sinica (National Academy in Republic of China), and Fellow of five scientific societies: APS (The American Physical Society), OSA (The Optical Society of America), AAAS (The American Association for the Advancement of Science), SPIE (The International Society of Optical Engineering), and ASME (The American Society of Mechanical Engineers).
Professor Zhang received Ph.D from UC Berkeley (1996) and MS from University of Minnesota and MS/BS from Nanjing University, PR China. He was an assistant professor at Pennsylvania State University (1996-1999), and associate professor and full professor at UCLA (1999-2004) prior to joining Berkeley faculty in 2004.
Professor Zhang’s current research focuses on nano-scale science and technology, materials physics, photonics and bio-technologies. He has published over 240 journal papers, including over 50 publications in Science, Nature series, PNAS and Physical Review Letters. He has given over 280 Keynote, Plenary and Invited talks at international conferences and institutions. He served as a Co-Chair of NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Annual Grantee Conferences in 2004 and 2005, Chair of Technical Program of IEEE 2nd International Conference on Micro and Nano Engineered and Molecular Systems in 2007, and current Chair of Academic Advisory Board for Research Center for Applied Science (RCAS), Academia Sinica, Taiwan, ROC.
In 2008, Professor Zhang’s research was selected by Time Magazine as one of the “Top Ten Scientific Discoveries of the Year” and “50 Best Inventions of the Year”, Discover Magazine’s “Top 100 Science Stories” in 2007, and R&D Magazine’s top 25 Most Innovative Products of 2006. His research has frequently been featured by international media including BBC, CNN, ABC, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal.
Professor Zhang is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award (1997); SME Dell K. Allen Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award (1998) and ONR Young Investigator Award (1999). He was awarded the Chancellor’s Professorship by UC Berkeley (2004-2009), Distinguished Lecturer by University of Texas at Austin in 2004 and SEMETECH in 2005, respectively, Rohsenow Lecturer at MIT (2009) and William Reynolds Lecturer at Stanford (2012). In 2011, he was awarded Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship by Materials Research Society (MRS), Miller Professorship by UC Berkeley, and Distinguished Visiting Scientist (DVS) by the University of Toronto. In 2014, he was awarded the Fitzroy Medal for pioneering contribution in metamaterials and superlens.
Micro-nano scale engineering, novel 3D fabrication technologies in microelectronics and photonics, micro and nano-devices, nano-lithography and nano-instrumentation, rapid prototyping, bio-MEMS, and semiconductor manufacturing.
To view a list of Professor Zhang’s publications, please visit the Zhang Lab website.
Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering
B.S. (1970), Keio University
M.S. (1972), Keio University
D. Eng. (1975), Keio University
Mechatronics, microprocess control of machines, CNC machine tool design and control, 3-D coordinate measurement and probing, CAD/CAM, sculptured surface machining, plastic injection molding, powder sintering, network based manufacturing automation integration.
Cheryl and John Neerhout Jr. Distinguished Professorship
Cheryl and John Neerhout, Jr. Distinguished Professor
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Masayoshi Tomizuka received his B.S. and M.S. from Keio University in 1968 and 1970, respectively. He received his Ph. D. from MIT in 1974, after which he joined the ME Department at UC Berkeley. Here, he served as the Vice Chair of Instruction from Dec. 1989 to Dec. 1991, and as the Vice Chair of graduate studies from Jul. 1995 to Dec. 1996.
From 2009 to 2011, he was the Executive Associate Dean for the College of Engineering at UC Berkeley. He also served as Program Director of the Dynamic Systems and Control Program at the National Science Foundation from Sept. 2002 to Dec. 2004.
To view Professor Tomizuka’s CV, please click here.
Adaptive control, computer-aided manufacturing, control systems and theory, digital control, dynamic systems, manufacturing, mechanical vibrations.