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Ground breaking ceremony scheduled for Friday, Oct. 29

26 October 2004

ATTENTION: Higher education and technology reporters

Contact: By Sarah Yang, Media Relations
(510) 643-7741 scyang@berkeley.edu

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Davis Hall North, headquarters of the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), at the University of California, Berkeley. The event, hosted by UC Berkeley's College of Engineering, will launch the construction of the campus's newest classroom and laboratory facility, scheduled to open in 2007.

1:30-4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 29

At 1:30 p.m., Dean A. Richard Newton will give a presentation, "Engineering a Better World," at the Bechtel Engineering Center's Sibley Auditorium on the north side of campus. At 2:30 p.m., the groundbreaking ceremony will be held between Davis Hall South and the Naval Architecture Building. At 3 p.m., there will be demonstrations of CITRIS projects at McLaughlin Hall Plaza, between McLaughlin and O'Brien halls.

Executive Vice Chancellor Paul Gray will preside over the groundbreaking ceremony. Scheduled speakers include Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau, UC President Robert Dynes and David Crane, special advisor to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for jobs and economic growth.

The new CITRIS facility will provide the venue where students and faculty conduct breakthrough research in technology. The research promises to help solve a myriad of challenges in society, ranging from energy and security to health care and the environment. During Friday's demonstrations, visitors can find out how energy can be scavenged from acoustic vibrations, and how sensors are being used to monitor redwood trees and control power consumption in a home.

The building will include a cutting edge nanofabrication laboratory, flexible educational and research facilities, as well as a center for distance learning. CITRIS, a multi-campus institute, will link to the partnering UC campuses at Davis, Merced and Santa Cruz.