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The Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation


a space where design conversations, classes and clubs collide.


in one of our walk-in spaces with all the tools you need to tinker.


design by doing design. Take a class, join a team, find a project.

Project Spotlight

Maker Labs

Jacobs Hall Artist Residency Launched

With the aim of encouraging novel usage of its space and equipment, the Jacobs Institute has launched an artist residency program. Open to all Berkeley students, the program invites artists and experimenters to propose projects that push the boundaries of what can be made in a makerspace.

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Young makers build prosthetic hands for children in need

Berkeley Engineering — At Jacobs Hall, middle school-aged participants in Berkeley Engineering’s Girls in Engineering program build kid-size prosthetic hands from 3D-printed parts to donate to children in need.

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06.01.2016 - 09.15.2016


This exhibit at Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design showcases furniture designs from collections in the Environmental Design Archives as well as designs from students who participated in a recent chair design competition.

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At this public event, presented by CITRIS & the Banatao Institute and the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, leaders and champions of women in technology will offer their thoughts on challenges to achieving gender diversity at all organizational levels of industry, academia, and the public sector.

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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, crowd-sources 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 292: 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