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- Director, BEST Lab (1986-present) (Berkeley Expert Systems Technology / Berkeley Energy and Sustainable Technologies / Berkeley Emergent Space Tensegrities) Lab.
- Education Director (2017-present), Blum Center for Developing Economies.
- Chair, Faculty Group in Development Engineering, Designated Emphasis (Ph.D. minor).
- Chair (2005-06)/ Vice Chair (2004-05), Berkeley Division, Academic Senate (100% administrative appointment as Chair; 50% as Vice Chair).The Chair of the Division presides at meetings of the Division and the Divisional Council. Serves, ex officio, as a member of the Assembly of the Academic Senate and on the Systemwide Academic Council, and as Chair of the Divisional Committee on Assembly Representation. Refers matters to the officers or agencies of the Division and of the Administration, as appropriate. Chair of the Systemwide Academic Council Working Group on the California Teach Initiative. Meets regularly with the Chancellor and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost. At UC Berkeley, joins the Council of Deans and other executive committee meetings, as appropriate. Supervises staff of the Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate. Sits, without vote, in deliberations of any committee of the Division. Berkeley Division Senate Committees are: Academic Freedom (ACFR), Academic Planning & Resource Allocation (CAPRA), Admissions, Enrollment & Preparatory Education (AEPE), American Cultures Breadth Requirement (AM CULT), Assembly Representation (AREP), Budget & Interdepartmental Relations (BIR), Committee on Committees (COMS), Computing & Communications (COMP), Courses of Instruction (COCI), Divisional Council (DIVCO), Educational Policy (CEP), Faculty Awards (FA), Faculty Rep to the ASUC (FREP), Faculty Research Lecture (FRL), Graduate Council (GC), International Education (IE), Library (LIBR), Memorial Resolutions (CMR), Ombudsperson for Faculty (OMB), Panel of Counselors (POC), Privilege & Tenure (P&T), Prizes (PRIZ), Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS), Research (COR), Rules and Elections (R&E), Student Diversity and Academic Development (SDAD), Status of Women & Ethnic Minorities (SWEM), Student Affairs (STA), Teaching (COT), Undergraduate Scholarship & Honors (CUSH), University-Emeriti Relations (UER), University Extension (UEXT), Faculty Welfare (FWEL). Operating budget was approximately $3.9M.
- Co-Chair Steering Committee (2006), Working Group (2005), Berkeley Diversity Research Initiative. The initial priority of the BDRI is to strengthen the campus’s research agenda on racial and ethnic diversity. Specifically, we wish to support research that will have a large impact on the ways in which multi-ethnic and multi-racial communities-at the local, state, national and international levels-can flourish as inclusive societies. Eventually, the initiative may encompass other research issues related to diversity. Formed in Spring 2006, the BDRI Steering Committee is charged with guiding the faculty FTE process, speaker series and developing a sustainable organizational structure.
- Co-Chair University Athletics Board, University of California at Berkeley (2005-6). The board has been charged with advising the Chancellor on all matters of policy related to Intercollegiate Athletics, with particular reference to the academic and personal well-being of student athletes and the accountability of the Athletic Department to the educational values and goals of the Berkeley Campus.) The board reports to the Chancellor, University of California at Berkeley.
- Chair, SESAME (Studies in Engineering, Science and Mathematics Education) Graduate Group, 2003-04. Chair of the Graduate Group in Science ad Mathematics Education (SESAME) chairs the SESAME Executive Committee with responsibilities for graduate admissions, awarding of fellowships, monitoring student progress, curriculum offerings, prelilminary and qualifying exams. SESAME offers a graduate program leading to a doctoral degree in science, mathematics, or engineering education. The program is designed to produce graduates who have advanced expertise in a scientific discipline as well as in educational theory and research methodologies. It produces scholars who can communicate well with scientists and engineers as well as with educational researchers and practitioners. The program includes studies that connect human development, cognitive science, and educational technology with the learning of science, mathematics, and engineering.
- President, Association of Academic Women (AAW) at UC Berkeley, 2001-03. Campus organization that amplifies the voice of women faculty and academic associates.
- Faculty Assistant to Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost, Educational Development and Technology (100% administrative appointment; 1999-2001).Provided support to EVC&P Paul Gray in instructional technology, undergraduate education, WASC accreditation, and K-12 Outreach. Responsible for coordinating these activities with Chancellor’s Cabinet, Council of Deans, Vice Chancellors’ Academic Council, Academic Senate, Associate Vice Chancellor of Information Services & Technology and University Librarian. Co-Chair the E-Berkeley Implementation Task Force (1999/01), working with the Administrative and Student Services Computing Subcommittee (ASSCS), the Instructional Technology Subcommittee (IT) and the Information Technology Architecture Task Force (ITATF), to ensure as broad a range of representation as possible as they address policy concerns, guide the development of key projects, and maximize collaboration and resource sharing across the campus concerning enterprise-wide integration of internet services and technologies. Developed the CyberCentral virtual center (http://cybercentral.berkeley.edu) to assist faculty find resources for teaching, learning and educational technology. CyberCentral is organized around key areas of: pedagogy, course web sites, multimedia, classroom technology, intellectual property, recognition awards, grants, training, seminars, and evaluation. Created the Federation of Educational Technology Leaders to coordinate the following units: Berkeley Language Center, Center for Studies in Higher Education, GSI Teaching and Resource Center, Instructional Technology Program, IS&T Microcomputer Facilities, Office of Educational Development, Office of Media Services, Media Resource Center, Multimedia Research Center, Residence Hall Computing, School of Information Management and Systems, and the Teaching Library. Working with the Federation, CCCPB-IT Committee, CUE (Commission on Undergraduate Education), and Academic Senate, developed proposal for a Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology to improve teaching effectiveness and student learning and to promote innovations in the creative and effective use of both new and traditional educational methods, tools, and technologies.
- Director, Instructional Technology Program (1999-2001).Managed personnel, budget and programmatic needs of the Instructional Technology Program. ITP offers seminars, training workshops, consulting, and web-based courseware development services to faculty and their graduate student assistants. ITP provides the online information, training workshops, consulting services, computer resources, and software tools instructors need to establish their course newsgroups, e-mail lists, and web sites. ITP helps faculty create course web accounts and also supports faculty use of online course management tools such as WebCT and CourseInfo.
- Chair, Instructional Technology Committee of the Campus Computing and Communication Policy Board (CCCPB-IT) (1997/01), Co-Chair (1993/97).The CCCPB established the Instructional Technology Committee in September 1994 to provide guidance on instructional technology policy. The CCCPB-IT developed and implemented a four-tier architecture for course websites (1998-2000). Developed Information Literacy Expectations for Effective Use of Instructional Technology (1997-98). In coordination with the Divisional Council of the U.C. Berkeley Academic Senate, the CCCPB-IT conducted a survey of faculty needs regarding instructional technology in the spring of 1998. Initiated CyberSemester ’97, a theme semester built around computation and the Internet in 1996/97. CCCPB-IT reports include:
- Improving Instructional Technology at the University of California at Berkeley: Components of a New Initiative, Report to the University of California Office of the President, Oct. 18, 1996.
- Steps Toward Becoming a Technologically Wise University, Strategic Planning for Technology’s Use In Instruction at the University of California, Berkeley Aug. 25, 1996.
- Instructional Technology at the University of California at Berkeley, Final Report of a Panel Chartered by the Academic Planning Board, April 27, 1994.
- Associate Dean, Instructional Technology/ Distance Learning, College of Engineering (1996/99; 25% administrative appointment)Managed personnel, budget and programmatic needs of instructional technology and distance learning in the College of Engineering. Responsible for management of the BITS and Cal VIEW programs. The Berkeley Instructional Technology Studio (BITS) provides support for faculty in the College of Engineering. The Televised Instruction Program at the University of California at Berkeley – known as Cal VIEW – Video Instruction for the Engineering World – supports Berkeley’s activity as a member school in the National Technological University, NTU, which is a consortium of 51 universities and colleges. UC Berkeley participates as a member school of NTU by videotaping select engineering courses each semester and sending copies of those videotapes to Ft. Collins, Colorado for NTU to offer over a satellite broadcast system. Operating budget approximately $400K per year.
- Associate Dean, College of Engineering, Special Programs (1995/99; 25% administrative appointment).Managed personnel, budget and programmatic needs of the College’s Center for Underrepresented Engineering Students (CUES). CUES is the umbrella for MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science, Achievement Program), MEP (Multicultural Engineering Program), JMEP (Julia Morgan Engineering Program), GrAD (Graduate Academic Diversity) Program, and SUPERB (Summer Undergraduate Program of Engineering Research at Berkeley). Work with student organizations, submit and manage research proposals, and represent the College on affirmative action issues. Serve as faculty representative for the Coalition for Diversity and Excellence in Math, Science and Engineering. Operating budget $1-2M per year, plus extracurricular grants.
- Director, Synthesis Coalition, an NSF Coalition for Undergraduate Engineering Education Coalition, 1994/97.Managed personnel, budget and programmatic needs of the Synthesis Coalition. Responsible for coordinating strategic planning and implementation efforts with over 200 faculty and administrators in the eight institutions of Synthesis: California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, Cornell, Hampton, Iowa State, Southern, Stanford, and Tuskegee Universities, and the University of California at Berkeley. Synthesis Coalition members were well-represented among the nation’s leading institutions: three of the schools were in the top 10% of institutions in number of bachelor’s degrees granted; three were in the top 10% for degrees granted to women; five for degrees granted to African-Americans; and four for degrees granted to Chicano/Hispanics. Synthesis produced computer-based instructional material that integrates the diverse analytic, design, experimental and intuitive skills that are required by a practicing engineer. Synthesis developed and continues to manage the National Engineering Education Delivery System (NEEDS). Operating budget approximately $2M per year with matching funds from industry.
- Director, Curriculum Reform, Synthesis Coalition (1990-94).Responsible for coordinating strategic planning, budgeting, fund raising and implementation of Synthesis undergraduate curricular reform efforts. Synthesis developed new curricular and pedagogical models that emphasized multidisciplinary content, teamwork and communication, hands-on and laboratory experiences, open-ended problem formulation and solving, and examples of “best practices” from industry. The two major interdisciplinary theme areas were: (1) Mechatronics and (2) Architecture/Engineering/Construction. K-12 linkages were built on Synthesis information infrastructures and curricular modules. Synthesis was funded for $15M during its first five years from the National Science Foundation and raised approximately $10M from industry.