The objective of the BIRC is to bring together industry and University researchers to collaborate of topics of industrial relevancy. The research is to be performed at TRL1-TRL9 levels.


BIRC is comprised of a federation of nine laboratories that span a wide range of applied and fundamental research of direct industry interest. The BIRC Board Members manage the consortium.


The advantages for corporate members are that they will be able to view all of the pre-competitive (nonsensitive) conducted research each year at an annual consortium meeting, as well as have access to all of the research reports and student graduates. This provides an advantage over simply narrowly funding the faculty directly. We also will consider joint academia, government and industry projects on a case-by-case basis.

BIRC Coordinator: Professor Tarek I. Zohdi
Graduate Student Coordinator: Maxwell Micali

Scope of Projects

In order to put the activities in the proper context, we outline the following scenarios of interest to companies and faculty:

Scenario #1: A company has encountered a timely challenging problem with a short turnaround time.
  • Option 1: BIRC taps the rolodex of institute experts as consultants to advise the company.
  • Option 2: BIRC facilitates a short-term joint project between the company and faculty.
Scenario #2: A faculty member has a good idea. They seek company involvement.
  • Option 1: BIRC finds industrial partners for the faculty.
  • Option 2: BIRC helps provide seed funding for a startup.
Scenario #3: A company has a confidential project that needs experts, but does not want the information disseminated.
  • Option: BIRC will provide targeted advice from a set of experts working as consultants, who will sign an NDA.
Scenario #4: Company is interested short courses, ranging from a few hours to a day of very cutting edge technology-post B.S. level.
  • Option: BIRC collects the topics of interest and finds experts within its consortium.
Scenario #5: Company is interested in training technicians on new types of processes.
  • Option: BIRC taps of expertly trained technicians in the consortium and makes the connections.
Scenario #6: BIRC puts up a series of “courses” and “training” available upon request. Scenario #7: Faculty member has a grant to leverage and is looking for a partner.
  • Option: BIRC looks for industry partners to increase the value of the grant and BIRC’s partner’s interests.
Scenario #8: Students come with startup projects.
  • Option 1: BIRC makes an investment for a share in the company.
  • Option 2: BIRC provide SBIR support for startups and hook them with larger companies.

Founding Board Members and Steering Committee

3D Printing and Computational Manufacturing Lab of Professor Zohdi


  1. Modeling and simulation of:
    • Advanced manufacturing processes
    • 3D printing processes
    • high-strength fabric
    • particulate/granular flows
    • multiphase/composite electromagnetic media
    • the dynamics of swarms and UAVs
  2. Micro-structural/macro-property inverse problems-optimization and design of new materials
  3. Discrete Element, Finite Element and Finite Difference methods
  To learn more about Professor Zohdi's research, please visit the  Computational Manufacturing and Materials Research Lab website.  

Controls Lab of Professor Borrelli


  • Author of more than one hundred publications in the field of predictive control.
  • Winner 2012 IEEE Control System Technology, winner of the 2017 Industrial Achievement Award from the International Federation of Automatic Control Council.
  • Research Interests:
    • Cloud-computing optimization for autonomous systems
    • Integrated Vehicle Safety Systems and Control at UC Berkeley.
    • Model Predictive Control
    • Robotics
    • Distributed and Robust Constrained Control
    • Automotive Control Systems
    • Energy Systems

Combustion Lab of Professor Frenklach


Chemical kinetics; Computer modeling; Combustion chemistry; Pollutant formation (NOx, soot); Shock tube; Chemical vapor deposition of diamond films; Homogeneous nucleation of silicon, silicon carbide, and diamond powders; Interstellar dust formation.  
For more information on Professor Frenklach's research, please visit The Combustion Laboratory website.

Heat Transfer Lab of Professor Grigoropoulos


Laser processing of materials, ultrafast laser micro/nanomachining, nanotechnology, nanomanufacturing, fabrication of flexible electronics, laser electronic materials processing, microscale energy devices, heat transfer, electronics cooling, microfluidics, laser interactions with biological materials.
To learn more about Professor Grigoropoulos' research, please visit the  Laser Thermal Lab website.

Controls Lab of Professor Horowitz


Adaptive, learning and nonlinear control, control of robot manipulators, computer mechatronics systems, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), intelligent vehicle and highways systems (IVHS). Modeling, simulation and control traffic networks. Automated highways and autonomous vehicles.
To learn more about Professor Horowitz's research, click here.

Multiphase Flow and Nondestructive Testing Lab of Professor Makiharju


One of the central objectives of Professor Mäkiharju's research is to advance the physical understanding of high Reynolds number single- and multiphase flows primarily through experimental research, and through the development and use of advanced experimental techniques. Multiphase flows are encountered in almost every aspect of modern life, including additive manufacturing, biological flows, energy production, and naval hydrodynamics. Specific topics Professor Mäkiharju has worked on include the reduction drag on marine vehicles, mitigation of damage and noise caused by cavitation in naval and industrial applications, and efficient handling of single- and multiphase flows in energy production applications. The high-speed X-ray based measurement techniques Prof. Mäkiharju has developed for multiphase flows, can also be utilized for rapid non-destructive testing.
To learn more about Professor Mäkiharju's research, please visit the FLOW Lab website.

Structural Analysis Lab of Professor Mosalam


Program: Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials (SEMM)
Research Summary: Concrete, masonry, and wood structures; Fracture and damage mechanics; Earthquake engineering; Finite element analysis; Large scale testing; Hybrid simulation; Structural Health Monitoring; Sensor Systems; Energy-efficient structures http://www.ce.berkeley.edu/people/faculty/mosalam/research  
Research on Energy efficient buildings: BRIGHT: Building with Radiant and Insulated Green Harvesting Technology
Mosalam is also the director of the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER) Center, a large scale multi-institutional research and education center with headquarters at the University of California, Berkeley: http://peer.berkeley.edu/

Design for Nanomanufacturing Lab of Professor Taylor


The invention, modeling and simulation of micro- and nano-manufacturing processes, materials-testing techniques operating down to the nanoscale, and applications of polymeric materials in micro- and nano-fabrication—including for tissue scaffold engineering.  
To learn more about Professor Taylor's research, please visit the  Design for Nanomanufacturing website.

Manufacturing Lab of Professor Wright


Energy scavenging and storage; Smart materials; Design and manufacturing for micro-integration of 'intelligent objects'; Design of wireless sensor systems. Application areas include: Energy efficiency and demand response; First responder applications; Medical products. Previous research on Internet-based manufacturing & open-architecture control.  
To learn more about Professor Wright's research, please visit the  Advanced Manufacturing for Energy website.

Materials Lab of Professor Hoseman


Material science; Metallurgy; Structural materials microstructure characterization; Structural materials development; Ceramic fiber composites; CerMet’s; Microscopy; Materials mechanical properties; Damage in structural materials; Failure analysis of structural materials; Ion beam processing of materials; Radiation damage of structural materials; Materials in extreme environments; Corrosion of materials at high temperatures; Nanostructured alloys; Advanced materials; Materials optimization for industrial applications.  
To learn more about Professor Hosemann’s research, please visit his website.

Supply Chain & Decision Making Lab of Professor Kaminsky


  • Supply Chain Optimization
    • Inventory planning and optimization
    • Risk measurement and mitigation
    • Contract design
    • Robust expansion planning
  • Logistics modeling
    • Network design
    • Resource planning
    • Logistics collaboration strategies
  • Facility planning
  • Production planning and scheduling
  • Tools for making infrequent, strategic, high-impact decisions
    • Applied optimization modeling
    • Discrete event simulation
    • Simulation optimization
To learn more about Professor Kaminsky's research, please visit his  website.

Robotics Lab of Professor Mueller


Control of agile autonomous robotic systems, unmanned aerial vehicles, state estimation, localization, sensor fusion, fault-tolerant and failsafe control.  
To learn more about Professor Mueller's research, please visit the Mueller Lab website.