Paul Wright
Director of the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute & A. Martin Berlin Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering
+1 510 207 6573

Research Expertise and Interest

Mechanical and electrical engineering design, 3D-printing, manufacturing, energy systems, wireless sensor networks, sensors/MEMS/NEMS, IT systems, automated manufacturing & inspection


As a mechanical engineering professor, Paul Wright’s personal research takes place in the Advanced Manufacturing for Energy (AME) laboratory. Funds from industry, foundations, the federal government, and the California Energy Commission (CEC), support an integrated research program on the resilience & analytics of energy systems. Individual PhD projects cover a broad spectrum: Communicating MEMS-sensors for advanced electrical-grids and gas distribution systems; Energy harvesting; 3D printing of storage systems; Demand Response, and Condition Based Monitoring (CbM) of energy systems. These projects are the catalysts for many recent start-ups such as Imprint Energy and Wireless Industrial Technologies. Paul Wright was born in the UK and holds degrees in metallurgy from the University of Birmingham, England. Prior to UC Berkeley he held academic positions at the University of Auckland, New Zealand; Cambridge University in England; Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh PA, where he was co-founder of the Robotics Institute; and the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University. His books and journal articles focus on mechanical engineering design, materials science, information systems, and manufacturing for energy. He is a Fellow of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and a member of the ‘Industrial, Manufacturing & Operational Systems’ Section of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

In Research News

Jasper Rine
December 15, 2015

The National Academy of Inventors has elected three UC Berkeley faculty members to its ranks in honor of their innovation and creativity leading to patented inventions that have made a tangible impact on society.

Paul Wright
June 5, 2015

Paul Wright is the first  director of the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute (BECI) at UC Berkeley.

January 24, 2014

Costas Spanos, the Andrew S. Grove Professor and Chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, will become the fourth Director of CITRIS (the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society).

June 8, 2011

CITRIS and Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute have entered into a collaboration aimed at developing new solutions to help users better deal with the huge amount of data now being generated with increasing complexity.

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