Design@Berkeley Engineering

Design Competition: The Responsive Chair

Students! We invite you to tackle the challenge of building smart seating while gaining valuable fabrication lab access! Apply online today for this special 2-unit class being offered during the Spring 2015 semester.

The new Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation at Berkeley Engineering gives you the tools, teams and hands-on learning to turn your creative ideas into solutions that help people and communities. Learn more about the Jacobs Institute, or check out the fact sheet.

A new Minor in Design Innovation is in the works, open to all undergraduates at UC Berkeley. The College of Engineering has approved the proposal, developed by a multidisciplinary team of faculty, and the campus approval process is now underway.

You can also check out Berkeley’s vibrant student network of designers, makers and builders:

Student organizations

Pioneers in Engineering Design for America Hackers at Berkeley DeCal class berkeleyByte Design Engineering Collaborative 3D Modeling Club Innovative Design
  • 3-D Modeling Club: Interested in 3-D printing? Take a workshop, join a team project, enter a competition.
  • berkeleyByte: Join Berkeley’s leading design, innovation, culture and technology blog.
  • Berkeley Engineers and Mentors: Create hands-on lesson plans and teach them at local K-12 schools.
  • Berkeley Innovation: Get hands-on experience with the design process, from conducting user research to building and marketing prototypes.
  • Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology Student Association: Find tools and networks to start your own company. We’ve actually started businesses.
  • Code the Change: Use your computer science skills for social good through nonprofit projects.
  • DeCal: Learn graphic design, web design and just about anything else in a student-led class.
  • Design Engineering Collaborative: A student hub for hands-on engineering design. Interdisciplinary projects launch here, every day.
  • Design for America: Use human-centered design and creative problem solving to tackle big community problems.
  • Engineers Without Borders: We design and implement sustainable engineering solutions in communities that lack access to basic needs.
  • Hackers@Berkeley: Build it, break it, and build it again in workshops on web development, product design and other topics.
  • Innovative Design: Need a website, video, photo shoot or flyer? Teams of awesome Cal student designers can create it for you.
  • Pioneers in Engineering: Every spring, Bay Area high school teams face off in a robotics competition that we craft. We build our own robotics kit for each team, we mentor the teams, we design and build the competition field.

Competition teams

Steel bridge competition team Solar car Concrete canoe racers Cal Seismic Design Human powered vehicle iGEM Formula SAE team

The design ecosystem at Berkeley is a dynamic one, and new projects and teams get launched daily. If you have anything to add to this list, let us know at

Labs and studios

SanDisk Computing Laboratory Cal Design Lab Swarm Lab Civil & Environmental Engineering Lab iLab Supernode CITRIS Invention Lab Biomolecular Nanotechnology Center Marvell Nanofabrication Laboratory TI Electronics Design Lab Mechanical Engineering Student Machine Shop