The Designated Emphasis in Development Engineering (DE in Dev Eng) is an interdisciplinary training program for UC Berkeley doctoral students whose dissertation research includes topics related to the application of technology to address the needs of people living in poverty. Through course work, research, mentoring, and professional development, the program prepares students to develop, pilot, and evaluate technological interventions designed to improve human and economic development within complex, low-resource settings. The DE in Dev Eng serves students across engineering disciplines, quantitative social science disciplines (including public health), business programs, information sciences, and natural sciences.
The program builds upon ongoing research in technological innovations, human-centered design, development economics, remote sensing and monitoring, data science, and impact analysis at UC Berkeley. The program is overseen by the Graduate Group in Development Engineering, administered through the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and affiliated with:
- Blum Center for Developing Economies
- Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA)
- Technology and Infrastructure for Emerging Regions (TIER)
- Development Impact Lab (DIL)
This constellation of affiliates, through DIL, is a cornerstone partner in USAID's Global Development Lab. As such, Development Engineering students are connected to an ecosystem of researchers and practitioners at Berkeley and also have access to a dynamic global network. To review the development engineering research projects sponsored by DIL, students are encouraged to explore the DIL Technology Portfolio.
There is no undergraduate program in Development Engineering.
Development Engineering: Designated Emphasis (DE)
Faculty and Instructors
+ Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.
Charisma Acey, Assistant Professor. Water, sanitation, basic services delivery, poverty alleviation, environmental sustainability, environmental justice, urban governance, participatory planning, community-based development, international development, development planning, sustainable development, African studies.
Alice M. Agogino, Professor. New product development, computer-aided design & databases, theory & methods, intelligent learning systems, information retrieval & data mining, digital libraries, multiobjective & strategic product, nonlinear optimization, probabilistic modeling, supervisory.
Joshua Blumenstock, Assistant Professor.
Eric Brewer, Professor. Operating Systems & Networking (OSNT); Energy (ENE); Security (SEC); Developing regions; Programming languages.
Jenna Burrell, Associate Professor.
John Canny, Professor. Computer science, activity-based computing, livenotes, mechatronic devices, flexonics.
Jack Colford, Professor. Public health, epidemiology, infectious diseases, biostatistics, meta-analysis.
Ashok Gadgil, Professor. Fuel-efficient stoves, indoor air quality, energy efficiency, developing countries, drinking water, buildings energy efficiency.
Paul Gertler, Professor. Impact evaluation, health economics.
Maria Paz Gutierrez, Associate Professor. Next-generation building systems, self-regulated facades, biologically inspired technologies, multifunctional materials.
Daniel Kammen, Professor. Climate Change, Engineering, Environment, Energy, Renewable and Clean Energy, Energy Forecasting, Health and Environment, International R&D Policy, Race and Gender, Rural Resource Management.
David Levine, Professor. Organizational learning, economic development, management, workplace, health and education in poor nations.
Kara L. Nelson, Professor. Water and wastewater treatment, water reuse, detection and inactivation of pathogens in water and sludge, appropriate technologies.
+ Kameshwar Poolla, Professor. Cybersecurity, modeling, control, renewable energy, estimation, integrated circuit design and manufacturing, smart grids.
Matthew D. Potts, Associate Professor. Forest management, biofuels, plantation agriculture, land use planning, land use policy, biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services, tropical ecology, environmental economics.
Michael Ranney, Professor. Problem solving, knowledge representation & reorganization, explanatory coherence & inference, conceptual change, societal implications, science instruction, global climate change psychology, numeracy in journalism, naive/informal physics, computational models of cognition, perceptual-cognitive interactions, intelligent tutoring systems, understandings of biological evolution, Reasoning, qualitative & quantitative thinking.
Elisabeth Sadoulet, Professor. Economics, agriculture, labor management & policy.
S. Shankar Sastry, Professor. Computer science, robotics, arial robots, cybersecurity, cyber defense, homeland defense, nonholonomic systems, control of hybrid systems, sensor networks, interactive visualization, robotic telesurgery, rapid prototyping.
+ Laura D'Andrea Tyson, Professor. High-technology competition, US industrial and technology policies, international economy, US trade policy, US competitiveness, emerging market economies, multinational companies in the US economy, gender gap (economic participation, educational attainment, political empowerment and health), research and development tax credit.
Catherine D. Wolfram, Professor. Climate change, energy efficiency, regulation of business, energy and environmental markets.
David Zilberman, Professor. Marketing, biotechnology, water, risk management, biofuels, natural resources, agricultural and environmental policy, the economics of innovation.
Daniel Fletcher, Professor. Bioengineering, optical and force microscopy, microfabrication, biophysics, mechanical properties of cells.
+ Sara Beckman, Senior Lecturer SOE. Business, innovation, management, product development, operations strategy, environmental supply chain management.
Clair Brown, Professor Emeritus. Innovation, management, economics, labor, employment, labor market institutions, semi-conductor industry.
S. Leonard Syme, Professor Emeritus. Social epidemiology, community interventions.
Designated Emphasis in Development Engineering
750 Davis Hall
Chair, Development Engineering Graduate Group
Alice Agogino (Mechanical Engineering)
415 Sutardja Dai Hall (CITRIS Building)
Co-Head Graduate Adviser
M. Paz Gutierrez (Architecture)
331 Wurster Hall
Co-Head Graduate Adviser
Daniel Fletcher (Bioengineering)
QB3 Institute, 608B Stanley Hall
Graduate Student Affairs Officer
750 Davis Hall #1714