February 21, 2022

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.

October 22, 2021

UC Berkeley Announces Intel oneAPI Center of Excellence for Deep Learning

Kurt Keutzer (left, photo: Noah Berger) and Joey Gonzalez The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) at the University of California, Berkeley, is happy to announce the launch of the Center for Energy Efficient Deep Learning (CEEDL), a new Intel oneAPI Center of Excellence (CoE). This center will…

March 16, 2021

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…

March 8, 2021

Graduate Spotlight: Xinyun Chen

We are thrilled to spotlight Xinyun Chen, an EECS PhD student under Professor Dawn Song. We had the opportunity to interview her about her research and advice for undergraduate students. Here’s what she had to say! Tell us about your research? My research lies at the intersection of deep…

March 8, 2021

Welcome to EECS Women’s History Month!

Happy March and welcome to Berkeley EECS Women’s History Month (EECS WHM)! EECS WHM is a celebration held during Women’s History Month to recognize women, both past and present, in the fields of electrical engineering (EE) and computer science (CS). The goal of EECS WHM is to facilitate the conversation about diversity and inclusion in the field through a…

September 1, 2020

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.

Two freshmen students hudding around a laptop screen laughing.

November 18, 2019

Hopper-Dean Foundation gift of $2M bolsters EECS diversity initiatives

Advising staff answer student questions during CS KickStart, a free, week-long program for incoming freshman, female-identifying and non-binary students interested in computer science, at UC Berkeley’s Sutardja Dai Hall in Berkeley, Calif. on Aug. 14, 2019. CS KickStart gives participants the opportunity to live in dorms, tour tech companies, learn…

October 4, 2019

Latinx Heritage Month: Prof. Dan Garcia

I grew up as a “Nuyorican” kid in the Woodlawn Reservoir neighborhood of The Bronx. My dad’s parents were from the Eastern side of Puerto Rico (Ceiba and Fajardo), and both came over in the…

September 27, 2019

Latinx Heritage Month: Prof. Armando Fox

I was born and raised in New York City.  Both my parents are from Cuba and fled as political refugees after the Castro government took power. At that time, professionals were simply not allowed to leave the country, but my parents couldn’t live in an unfree society, so they…