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

Project Spotlight

Maker Labs

Rock On: A Student-Designed Rocking Chair Generates Energy to Charge a Cell Phone

California Magazine - Volta, a rocking chair that generates energy, is the invention of four Berkeley undergraduates as part...

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Jacobs Hall Opening Celebration

Chancellor Nicholas Dirks and Dean Shankar Sastry invite you to join us as we celebrate the opening of Jacobs...

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Happy National Week of Making

Berkeley Engineering - With support from the National Science Foundation and the Jacobs Institute, Berkeley students marked this year's...

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WATCH: Don Norman on The San Diego Design Lab

Dr. Norman discusses the origins and current status of the newly formed UC San Diego Design Lab with its...

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Courses: Fall 2015

BioE 192: Senior Design Projects

This semester-long course introduces students to bioengineering project-based learning in small teams, with a strong emphasis on need-based solutions for real medical and research problems through prototype solution selection, design and testing.

Hayley Lam, W 1-5pm

CEE 186: Design of Cyber-Physical Systems

Design and prototype of large-scale technology intensive systems. Design project incorporating infrastructure systems and areas such as transportation and hydrology; for example, watershed sensor networks, robot networks for environmental management, mobile Internet monitoring, open societal scale systems, crowd-sources applications, traffic management.

Scott Moura, MW 2-4pm

NWMEDIA 190-1: Critical Practices: people places participation

A hands-on, studio design course where students work at the intersection of technological innovation and socially engaged art. Students integrate digital fabrication tools with social design methods to create work that engages in cultural critique. Working with innovative technologies and radical, new art practices, this course explores hybrid art forms, critical design for community engagement, interventions in public spaces, tactical media and disobedient objects. 

Eric Paulos and Jill Miller, MW 10am-12pm

CS 294/ME 290: Interactive Device Design

This course teaches concepts and skills required to design, prototype and fabricate interactive devices — physical objects that intelligently respond to user input and enable new types of interactions. Half of the semester will be dedicated to a survey of relevant techniques; in the remaining weeks, students will propose and carry out a significant design project in groups.

Paul Wright, Björn Hartmann, MW 10:30am-12pm