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Two Student Projects Recognized in Innovation by Design Awards

Two student projects — an ecosystem of augmented power tools and a bioinspired water collection device — have been recognized in Fast Company’s 2016 Innovation by Design Awards.

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Now in Residence: Artists at Jacobs Hall

The Jacobs Institute welcomes an inaugural cohort of three artists-in-residence, who will bring new ideas to life in Jacobs Hall during the fall semester.

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Design Field Notes: Misha Cornes

Misha Cornes, Head of Innovation Strategy at LUNAR Design, will speak as part of Design Field Notes, a pop-up series of informal talks.

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Design Field Notes: Amy Wibowo

Programmer and BubbleSort Zines founder Amy Wibowo will speak as part of Design Field Notes, a pop-up series of informal talks.

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Courses: Fall 2016

CE 186: Design of Cyber Physical Systems

This course involves the design and prototype of large-scale technology intensive systems. Possible design projects, incorporating infrastructure systems and areas such as transportation and hydrology, include watershed sensor networks, robot networks for environmental management, mobile Internet monitoring, open societal scale systems, crowdsourced applications, traffic management and more.

Scott Moura | 3 units | Class number: 26687

CS294-84 / ME290U: Interactive Device Design

This course teaches concepts and skills required to design, prototype, and fabricate interactive devices and smart hardware products. The first half of the semester is dedicated to a survey of relevant techniques in 3D modeling and fabrication; electronics and circuit board design; sensing and actuation for interaction; embedded software development, wired and wireless communication with mobile devices, computers, and networks; and user interface programming. In the second half of the semester, students carry out a significant design project of their own choice in groups.

Bjoern Hartmann & Paul Wright | 4 units | Class number: 33264 (CS), 28558 (ME)

DES INV 190-1 / ME 292B: Reimagining Mobility

This project-based course, open to advanced undergraduates and master’s-level students from across campus, will explore mobility futures with a focus on problem-finding and the early stages of the design process. Course participants will envision meaningful interactions between people and new transportation modalities, from car sharing to automation. By the end of the semester, student teams will build on their ideas and produce a concrete prototype. The course will be taught by an expert design instructor from the Jacobs Institute and will feature input, mentorship, and guest speakers from Ford Research and Innovation Center and Berkeley’s Institute of Transportation Studies.

Rob Hennigar | 3 units | Class number: 34151 (DES INV), 34274 (ME)

BioE 192: Senior Design Projects

In this course, advanced bioengineering design theory is accompanied by project-based learning in small teams around need-based solutions for biomedicine. Course content includes solution generation (ideation) and selection, setting specifications, hands-on prototyping, and quantitative testing, as well as aspects of regulation, intellectual property, and project management.

Amy Herr | 4 units | Class number: 26317