The SIAM Activity Group on Control and Systems Theory (SIAG/CST) awards the SIAG/CST Prize every two years to an early career researcher for outstanding research contributions, as determined by the prize committee, to mathematical control or systems theory. This year's award goes to UC Berkeley Assistant Professor Javad Lavaei in recognition of "his work on the design of computationally efficient methods solving a broad class of nonlinear optimization problems arising in systems theory and control".
Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology Chief Scientist and IEOR professor Ikhlaq Sidhu has just been awarded a $2.2 million grant on behalf of the leading centers and programs that accelerate the innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of California, Berkeley.
President Obama has just named IEOR alum Kory Hedman (Ph.D. '10) as one of 102 people to receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.
Right now if you have a smartphone and an interest in living a more active lifestyle there are literally tens of thousands of fitness apps available that can help you track every step, set activity goals, and even play (or compete) with a friend. Surprisingly, despite the popularity and wide range of fitness apps — there isn’t a whole lot of scientific research out there showing that they actually work.
In November, Ferdinand Leimkuhler, Professor Emeritus, Purdue University, visited Cal to deliver a talk titled "The Ingenuity and Courage of Lillian Gilbreth." Gilbreth can be seen as one of Cal's first industrial engineers (before there was an IEOR department), and was the first woman to speak at Cal graduation in 1900.