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February ’07 Newsletter

Dear Members and Friends of CITRIS,

New Year began on a very sad note, as we learned of the death of our
colleague and our friend, Richard Newton. …

Feb 11th: Celebration of the Life of Richard Newton

Please join us and the College of Engineering, UC Berkeley, on Sunday, February 11, 2007 as we celebrate the life and
accomplishments of Dean A. Richard Newton. A celebration will take place on the
Berkeley campus from 1:00-2:30 p.m. with a reception to follow. View Video of Richard Newton’s Memorial Sevice held at Zellerbach Hall on January 6, 2007.

ESEM Certificate Program launched at UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley has a new certificate program in Engineering for Sustainability and Environmental Management (ESEM) to train graduate students
to work across boundaries to achieve sustainable
solutions to pressing societal problems.

CITRIS helps Governor by “Leading the Green Dream”

On January 4, 2007, CITRIS professors and researchers attended Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s inaugural celebrations and participated in “Leading the Green Dream.” Dozens of participants, including four from CITRIS@Berkeley, presented their research on environmental causes.


Richard was an inspiration, mentor, and close friend to a
great many of us at HP and elsewhere in the Valley.  He was a large man
with a larger smile, looking every bit the former Australian Rules footballer
that he was.  Nonetheless, his personality was always bigger. 
Richard filled a room just by entering it, and was so comfortable and at ease
with himself and the world that he made everyone, from an undergraduate intern
to the great and powerful, at ease within minutes.  It was this persona as
much as his considerable technical brilliance that let him succeed, seemingly
effortlessly, in so many positions over the course of his 30-year career: as a
professor of electrical engineering, who was a constant winner of awards for
his charismatic classroom style; as one of the
pre-eminent researchers in the field of computer-aided design of integrated
circuits (Kaufman award winner); as a founder of at least two billion-dollar
companies (Cadence and Synopsys) — I’m sure there were others; as a venture
capitalist with Mayfield; as chair of the EECS Department; as the inspiration
behind the Center for Information Technology Research in Society (CITRIS); and,
finally, as perhaps the greatest engineering dean in UC Berkeley’s storied

Davis Powers Up its Energy Research

With a set of major new initiatives and grants, CITRIS campus UC Davis is taking its energy research to the next level.