Department Chairs

Prof. Claire Tomlin

Claire Tomlin

EECS Department Chair

Claire Tomlin holds of the Charles A. Desoer Chair in Engineering at Berkeley. She earned degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo (BS ’92), the Imperial College, London (MS ’93), and Berkeley EECS (PhD ’98). Her research interests include hybrid systems, distributed and decentralized optimization, and control theory, with an emphasis on applications, unmanned aerial vehicles, air traffic control and modeling of biological processes. She taught at Stanford University from 1998 to-2007 where she was a director of the Hybrid Systems Laboratory and held joint positions the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Department of Electrical Engineering. She was awarded a MacArthur Genius grant in 2006 and the IEEE Transportation Technologies Award in 2017 “for contributions to air transportation systems, focusing on collision avoidance protocol design and avionics safety verification.”

Prof. Clark Nguyen

Clark Nguyen

EE Division Chair

Clark T.-C. Nguyen graduated from Berkeley EECS (BS ’88, MS’91, PhD ’94) and taught at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, from 1995 to 2006, before returning to join the Berkeley faculty.  He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center (BSAC) and explores micro electromechanical systems (MEMS), particularly integrated micromechanical signal processors and sensors, merged circuit/micromechanical technologies, RF communication architectures, and integrated circuit design and technology.  He was a member of NASA’s New Millennium Integrated Product Development Team on Communications in the late 1990s, which roadmapped future communications technologies for NASA,  and founded Discera, Inc. in 2001, the first company to commercialize MEMS-based timing products using the very vibrating micromechanical resonators pioneered by his research.


David Wagner

CS Division Chair

David Wagner earned an A. B. in Mathematics from Princeton (’95), and M.S./Ph.D. degrees from Berkeley EECS (1999/2000) where he was advised by Eric Brewer. His research interests include computer security, systems security, usable security, and program analysis for security. He has previously worked on security for wearable devices, smartphone security, software security, electronic voting, wireless security, sensor network security, and applied cryptography.   He is part of Berkeley’s security research group, was a PI for the Intel Science and Technology Center for Secure Computing, an active member of the TRUST and ACCURATE centers, and is part of the Science of Security project. His software includes: OpenCount, a tool to help with auditing of elections conducted using optical-scan paper ballots; Joe-E, a Java-based programming language for secure programming; html-sanitizer-testbed, a suite of tests to probe the security of a HTML sanitizer; and CQual++, a tool for type inference analysis of C and C++ code.

External Relations Group (XRG)


Borivoje Nikolic

EE Division Vice-Chair, External Relations

Bora Nikolic received Dipl.-Ing. and MS degrees in EE from the University of Belgrade, Serbia, in ’92 and ’94, respectively, and a PhD from UC Davis in 1999. He taught at the University of Belgrade from 1992 to 1996, and spent two years with Silicon Systems, Inc. working on disk-drive signal processing electronics, before joining the faculty of Berkeley EECS.  Previously affiliated with the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC), his research interests include digital and analog integrated circuit design and VLSI implementation of communications and signal processing algorithms.  He is the co-author of a book titled Digital Integrated Circuits: A Design Perspective, and is a fellow of both the IEEE and EDS.

Prof. in Residence Trevor Darrell

Trevor Darrell

CS Division Vice-Chair, External Relations

Trevor Darrell received his BSE in CS from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988, and his graduate degrees (MS ’92, PhD ’96) from MIT.  He taught at MIT from 1999-2008, where he directed the Vision Interface Group. He founded and co-leads the Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research (BAIR) lab, the Berkeley DeepDrive (BDD) Industrial Consortia, and the BAIR Commons program in partnership with Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and others. He is the Faculty Director of the PATH research center, and previously led the Vision group at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI). His research group develops algorithms for large-scale perceptual learning, including object and activity recognition and detection, for a variety of applications including autonomous vehicles, media search, and multimodal interaction with robots and mobile devices. His areas of interest include computer vision, machine learning, natural language processing, and perception-based human computer interfaces.


Bennett Agnew

Director, External Relations

Bennett Agnew earned his BA in Political Science and Government from Berkeley in 2011.  He served as assistant to the Berkeley EECS Chair, and as an administrative analyst at UCLA, before joining the EECS External Relations Group (XRG) as the Corporate Relations Manager.  He was promoted to Director in 2018, and now handles alumni relations and industrial partnership development for the department.