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Recognizing Alumnae for International Women’s Day & Women’s History Month

By Eugene Pang | March 8, 2017

Today is International Women’s Day (IWD), an internationally recognized celebration and commemoration of women’s rights, and March is Women’s History Month. We recently profiled one of our favorite female historical figures, Lillian Gilbreth, the first woman to speak at Cal graduation and a Cal alumna who can be considered to be one of the earliest industrial engineers. To honor International Women’s…

Alum Kory Hedman Receives Presidential Early Career Award

By Eugene Pang | January 11, 2017

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. Dr. Hedman also recently received the Outstanding Young Engineer…

IEOR alum named to ‘30 under 30′ list

By Keith McAleer | January 7, 2017

IEOR alum Thibault Duchemin (Master of Engineering ‘14) has just been named to the latest Forbes ‘30 under 30′ list for 2017 as cofounder of Ava, a mobile application that translates conversations into text for hearing-impaired individuals. While hearing aids and lip-reading are helpful tools for the nearly 360 million deaf & hard-of-hearing people worldwide, they do not help…

Cal’s First Industrial Engineer?

By Keith McAleer | November 28, 2016

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.  While Gilbreth is most often remembered as…

IEOR Alum Mauricio G. C. Resende Chosen As INFORMS Fellow For Class Of 2016

By Eugene Pang | November 7, 2016

IEOR Alum Mauricio G. C. Resende Chosen As INFORMS Fellow For Class Of 2016 Eugene Pang November 7, 2016 Mauricio G. C. Resende was chosen to be a 2016 INFORMS fellow. Resende received his PhD in Operations Research (’87) at the University of California Berkeley. Currently, he works as a principle research scientist for Amazon.com, Inc. According to…

IEOR Alum Wins Outstanding Young Engineer Award

By Keith McAleer | July 27, 2016

The IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) has just announced its 2016 award winners and Kory Hedman has won the Outstanding Young Engineer Award. He was honored by IEEE PES for his “contributions and leadership in the application of operations research and topology control to electric energy markets and power systems analysis.”  Dr. Hedman was…

Alum Bets On Self-Driving Trucks

By Eugene Pang | May 17, 2016

Otto’s offices in San Francisco.CreditRamin Rahimian for The New York Times IEOR alum and advisory board member Anthony Levandowski was featured in the New York Times today to profile his new startup, Otto, which aims to transform the truck-driving industry by integrating self-driving technology into current big-rigs. Due to the current high cost of self-driving car technology,…

Recent PhD Graduate Paula Lipka Joins PG&E’s Short-Term Electric Supply Team

By Keith McAleer | April 29, 2016

“We forget just how painfully dim the world was before electricity. A candle, a good candle, provides barely a hundredth of the illumination of a single 100 watt light bulb.”– Bill Bryson The electric world is an amazing one:  illuminated screens bring us all the information that humans have compiled thus far on demand, large…

Alumni gather for spring 2016 alumni social

By Eugene Pang | March 10, 2016

Last night, IEOR alumni convened at ThirstyBear Brewing Company in San Francisco to see old friends and professors, meet the IEOR staff, and get re-connected with UC Berkeley. Thanks to everyone who participated! We look forward to seeing you at the next event.

Ben Horowitz Talks Honesty, Failure, and Secrets

By Eugene Pang | February 8, 2016

Be honest with yourself and others (i.e. don’t just say what you think others want to hear). Work hard on a problem to reveal its secrets. Failure is an essential part of the innovation process — but make only new mistakes. This is the advice that businessman and investor Ben Horowitz shared with students last…