A community is defined by the heroes it chooses to celebrate. We invite you to join the EECS department in recognizing a previously overlooked hero, Berkeley EE Prof. Joseph T. Gier, the University of California’s first tenured Black professor. Raised in Oakland by a single mother, Gier came to Berkeley as an undergraduate in 1930, […]
Lee Julian Purnell (1896-1983), Berkeley’s earliest known Black EE student
Lee Julian Purnell is the first Black student known to have graduated from the EECS department. He was born in Washington, D.C. in 1896, graduated from Berkeley High in 1915, earned a B.A. from Cal in 1919, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from MIT in 1921, and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Berkeley in 1929. He settled into a career at Howard University where he eventually became Dean of Engineering.
The 2021 EECS Distinguished Alumni
Berkeley EECS has established a Distinguished Alumni Award to recognize the valuable contributions of its most distinguished alumni. The 2021 Distinguished Alumni Awards were presented at the Berkeley EECS Annual Research Symposium (BEARS) on February 11, 2021. Electrical Engineering Hsing Kung Ph.D. 1975, advisor: William OldhamManaging Partner of Acorn Campus Ventures For the foundation of […]
Women in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering: A Network of Our Own
Since the late 1970s, WICSE has pursued the goal of increasing the number of women in those disciplines and supporting their academic progress. WICSE has become a permanent force in EECS, and, indeed, is the first such group in an American university with a disciplinary focus on computer science or electrical engineering. Since then, women’s groups have been created in most computing departments. The establishment of WICSE created peer support and a strong voice for women graduate students, and the faculty has relied on WICSE to monitor the climate for women ever since.
The 2019 EECS Distinguished Alumni
Berkeley EECS has established a Distinguished Alumni Award to recognize the valuable contributions of its most distinguished alumni. EE alumnus Sharad Malik (M.S. ’87/EE Ph.D ’90, advisor: Robert k. Brayton), currently chair of Electrical Engineering at Princeton, was recognized for excellence in teaching, and groundbreaking research on design methodologies for future computing systems. EE alumnus […]
The 2018 Distinguished EECS Alumni
The 2018 Distinguished EECS Alumni awards were presented to Prof. Marie desJardins, Prof. Andrea Goldsmith, Richard Ruby, and EECS Prof. Emeritus Eric Brewer, at the at the Berkeley EECS Annual Research Symposium (BEARS) on February 8, 2018. CS alumna Marie desJardins (Ph.D. ’92), currently a Professor of Computer Science & Electrical Engineering, and Associate Dean […]
Fall ’17 Alumni Spotlight: Estela Llinás
40 years ago, Estela Llinás (née Soria) graduated from Berkeley with a Ph.D. in EECS. One of an elite group of women during her era, she looks back on her childhood, her experiences as a woman engineer, her role as a mother, and a career that spanned three continents. Dr. Llinás was born in Córdoba, […]
Fall ’16 Alumni Spotlight: Diane Greene
Diane B. Greene (M.S. CS 1988) is ranked #1 of the 26 most powerful female engineers in 2016 by Business Insider. Diane was a founder and CEO of VMware in 1998 and is currently the Senior Vice President of (cloud) Enterprise Business at Google, one of the most influential roles in the technology industry. Diane […]