College of Engineering loses two professors, Karl Hedrick and James Hunt

The College of Engineering this week announced the deaths of Karl Hedrick, a professor of mechanical engineering, and James Hunt, a professor of civil engineering.

Karl Hedrick

Professor Karl Hedrick (Photo by Andrew Alleyne)

Karl Hedrick

Karl Hedrick held the James Marshall Wells Academic Chair in mechanical engineering and was best known for the development of nonlinear control theory and its applications to transportation, including automated highway systems and power train controls.

He was 72 when he passed away on Feb. 22 after a long battle with lung cancer.

An obituary for Professor Hedrick can be read on the Department of Mechanical Engineering website.

James Hunt

Professor James Hunt

James Hunt

Jim Hunt, an emeritus professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and expert in groundwater transport of organic contaminants, served on the faculty there for 33 years. Age 66, he died on Feb. 20 after a brief illness.

Professor Hunt joined the Berkeley faculty in 1980. He is best known for his work on contaminant transport in porous media such as groundwater aquifers.

He was widely admired for his fairness and selflessness, and for being supportive and kind to students, staff, and faculty colleagues.

More about Professor Hunt can be read on the Civil and Environmental Engineering website.