The Mechanical Engineering (ME) department at UC Berkeley is a top three-ranked mechanical engineering department by US News and World Report. The “information age,” born in the last century, has already affected every aspect of the discipline—for example encompassing (1) representation of the physical world with computer simulation models (2) extraction and analysis of data electronically via sensors, cameras, etc. (3) prediction, actuation, control of machines using processed data and models and (4) man-machine interaction.
MEng in Mechanical Engineering
The MEng program in ME combines breadth in robotics, miniaturization, automated manufacturing, automated highway systems, biomaterials, computational mechanics, improved efficiency internal combustion engines, and the dynamics and control of both ground vehicles and aircraft. The overarching thesis of these tracks is specialized training in order to fully capitalize on the opportunities that arise in an increasingly digitized world, which blurs/blends computer simulation, sensor technologies, data analysis and machines. The associated teaching and research laboratories are among the most active, innovative and productive worldwide. The MEng technical concentrations in this department are:
- Advanced Energy Technology
- Aerospace Engineering
- Applied Science and Technology
- Control of Robotic and Autonomous Systems
- Fluids and Ocean
- Mechanics and Dynamics
- Modeling and Simulation of Advanced Manufacturing Processes
- Product Design
- Sports Engineering Sciences
This team worked to enable the transition of bipedal robots between legged locomotion and wheeled transportation. Their approach was to develop a full-stack autonomous system with perception to recognize the hovershoe, trajectory optimization for precise foot placement, and a series of inner controllers to realize the trajectory.