Wahl means Choice, Election and Vote


Building a Better Berkeley ....

Engineering a Better Government

I have always been a strong believer in the U.S. Constitution, but I our political system could use improvement. I feel honesty and integrity are good principals to follow, coupled with a healthy dose of common sense and engineering problem solving. I believe that American innovation will need to continue if we are going to remain a great nation. This will need to be done in government too, not just in industry or the academic community.

I have several passions, theses include solving complex problems, starting fun innovative companies, teaching entrepreneurship, research chaos theory and fractal geometry , jungle and volcano trekking, sailing, photography, telling stories about computer history, and reading (I plan to read Mark Twain's autobiography). I am currently in a race -- with a colleague – to visit 100 countries and all seven continents. I am only 45% of the way there. I hope one day to visit the Wahl Glacier in Antarctica named after my father for his research work there. I am a strong abdicate of our National Parks, in 1994 I helped create their first web site. I plan to use scientific principles to address our city's civic issues with a touch of imagination in planning what it could be.


Current Academic and Professional Work:

U. C. Berkeley (Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology)

U. C. Berkeley CET Startups

IEOR 190 C - CET: Web 2.0    Class Projects

Factle Maps



Personal Background:

Bernt Wahl's Personal Web site (2010)

Bernt Wahl's Original Personal Web site (1995)


Selected Publications:

Fractal Explorer online version

Fractal Explorer - Addison-Wesley   printed 


Awards: Fulbright Fellowship (2002-2003), MapWorld Meridian Prize (2006), Technology Breakthrough Competition - UC Berkeley Finalist (2006), UC Berkeley Lecturer Teaching Fellow (2009-2010), Red Cross Service Recognition (1989) - Earthquake


Certificates: Management of Technology (2007) U.C. Berkeley, Business Energy Sustainability (2008) U.C. Berkeley, Malaysian Ambassador Service Certificate (2003), Knowledge Revolution (2000) Stanford, Technology Information Management (2009) UC Santa Cruz (Candidate), Travel and Tourism (2008) – Berkeley City College (2008) (Candidate), Solar Hot Water (PG & E)


Professional Organizations: AAAS, ACM, IEEE, Berkeley Macintosh Users Group, Bootstrap Inst., and Computer History Museum


Professional Licenses: California State Real Estate Broker License (01322509), FCC Broadcast Element - 9, HAM Tech Plus (N6XQS)

Hobbies: photographer of the Olympic Games, building alternative energy systems and inventing gadgets, writing books on Chaos Theory and Fractal Geometry, making documentaries, traveling and lecturing, visiting new lands.

Something About the Candidate's Life...

  People who made a difference:


World's First Computer Mouse

Doug Engelbart is showing his wooden mouse in my IEOR 190C class. I call the photo "Celebrity Mouse".In 1969, Doug Engelbart 's group showed what computer collaboration could be. He help invent the Internet, the mouse, hypertext and many other inventions. Dr. Engelbart received his PhD from UC Berkeley and went out to change the digital world.



Friends at 1st Presbyterian Church of Berkeley working to provide solar power to remote hospitals

There is a group "We Care Solar" run by two friends Dr. Laura Stachel and Melissa Ho bring solar lighting and power to remote African hospitals. Berkeley is the home to many organizations that are having a global impact.


Fractal Geometry

Benoit Mandelbrot and 3 other pioneers of modern fractal geometry. Their work made great contributions to science. Fractal mathematics help launch Pixar and my first company Dynamic Software. I learned a great deal spending time with them. Berkeley is home to MSRI, the nation's Mathematical Sciences Research Institute.



Berkeley Macintosh Users Group

While at UC Berkeley we started a computer group BMUG that grew to be 13,000 members worldwide. Reese Jones (center) would go on to found Farrell and Netopia, and Eric Brewer (right) would found Inktomi (Yahoo's search engine). We are still all active at the university.


Dean Kaman and Bernt Wahl

Dean Kaman is a prolific inventor. Besides inventing the Segway, he created the first insulin pump, a bionic arm and many other inventions. Here he is hitting me up to try to recruited our best engineering students to work for his firm DEKA.



Solar Panel and N-H Battery Inventor

Stanford R. Ovshinsk is the modern father of nickel-metal hydride battery and several solar technologies. His work has made great contributions to science, especially in reducing our carbon footprint.


University of California Faculty

California's economic strength has in large part come from our commitment to education, especially higher education. One of life's great joys is having your past teachers (some from decades past) want to hang out with you. I am often invited back to give talks for the physics and mathematics student at my undergraduate calamander UC Santa Cruz.



Internet Search Engine Researchers

From left to right: Ray Larson, built Inktomi's engine, Sergey Brin co-founded Google, Marti Hearst was involved in PowerSet (Bing) and Wahl tried to take over Infoseek . Many search engine companies were founded in the Bay Area including several from Berkeley.


America's Cup Team - Heart of America

In 1985, I was part of the America's Cup sailing team, Heart of America. We were trying to win the Cup back from the Australians. A few years later the team as America 3 would reclaim it. There is a good chance that the America's Cup will come to the SF Bay. It would be a boom to our local economy.



Pixar Studio Movie Buddies

On occasion I hang with some friends from the film studios too. Here I am at Pixar Studios in Emeryville. Pixar provides jobs to many that live in Berkeley, as well as great enjoyment with their movies.


Jimmy Wales and the Globe

Jimmy Wales started Wikipedia. I had him pose with a statue at the base of the U.C. Berkeley campus as we walk to BART, it reminded me of the Wikipedia Globe. It is great how popular the online encyclopedia has become.



Three UC Berkeley Graduates

Here is a picture of three UC Berkeley graduates
who like to dance (Steve Wozniak, Bernt Wahl, and Doug Engelbart) and in their spare time work on computers. Woz was on "Dancing with the Stars" and co-founded Apple computers.


Frankie Manning and Swing

Frankie Manning inventor of the swing dancing "Ariel" in 1927. It was always a treat for us at the N.C.L.S. when he would come to the Bay Area to show us some cool " Lindy Hop" moves. Here Mr. Manning is at Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center a long time Berkeley landmark.



NASA Vehicle

As a boy I always had a fascination with space exploration. Here is one of NASA's planetary rovers that was displayed at the Presidential Inauguration. Scientific research employees many in Berkeley and is crucial to developing future technologies.


Cal Football - Go Bears

It is always fun to cheer for the home team, especially at the Big Game. These games also bring in many alumni and others to see the games that helps our local economy.




Entrepreneurs at Tech Crunch

M. C. Hammer (Dance Jam), Bernt Wahl and Guy Kawasaki (Garage Technology Ventures). Each has been involved Silicon Valley startups.The future for growth in the economy is innovation. UC Berkeley's CET helps bring some of that innovation to help start local companies.


Francis Collins, Charles Townes and Frances Townes

Collins lead the Human Genome Project and Townes invented the laser. The Townes Family live and teach in Berkeley and contributed greatly to our community.



Wahl, Mao and Cheng

Cheng Ming Yu uses economic principles to help the developing world. On our recent trip to China, Dr. Cheng attended the Young World's Leader Forum while while I lectured on IT entrepreneurship at Singhua University's Marxism School of Economics. Shared collaborations help bring global ideas to Berkeley.


Jack Dangermond, GIS Pioneer

Jack Dangermond is great guy, he has been trying to convince the world that GIS could really help manage the earth's resources. I think the world is beginning to listen. GIS can be useful in providing city services (citizens could use their smart phones to report items from pot holes to crime).



Computer Controlled Planter

This planter is one of my favorite student projects. A computer can control the amount of light, water and nutrients a plant gets. It can also give you time-lapsed images that get put on your Facebook page. Berkeley startups are a good source of new jobs.


Something We Could Use More Of

LOVE and ART make you think and feel. Used properly it can greatly benefit us all. Our downtown with its arts and theater district have been a fine city asset.



Gordon Moore and the Microprocessor

Dr. Moore saw the advantages of enhancing technology. He founded Intel and predicted that computing power would more than double every 18 months. His idea would be known as Moore's Law. He is also a graduate from UC Berkeley and his firm Intel has a research lab downtown.


World Classic Rockers

I still am a classic Beatles Fan, but growing up I also like Boston, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Journey, Steppenwolf, Toto and Santana. It was big thrill for me to hear these band's lead singers on stage all at once. Near the end even had the chance to get on stage and sing two songs with them. The Bay Area continues to enjoy a strong music scene.



Books, Books and More Books

I have always enjoyed reading. There is just something about sitting down with a good book. It is sad that Berkeley has lost several great bookstores recently. Berkeley is however still blessed with strong public and university library systems.


Volcano Trekking in Java, Indonesia

I enjoy adventure travel, I have visited 45 countries so far. I took this picture in Java as the sunset hit. Our areas enjoys a high concentration of adventure travel companies providing good jobs.


View of Berkeley, California

Berkeley, California is a great place to live and learn. In 1972, the Lawrence Hall of Science provided my first real exposure to computers, a rare event for a 6th grader back then. What memerable technologies can we showcase to our children? Perhaps we show a house powered by the sun and wind, that catches rain water, built from sustainable materials. Who knows whom this may inspire to build the future world?




Industry Positions:

Factle, CEO

Datahunt, CEO

Infoseek/Disney, Manger

YellowGiant, CCO

Dynamic Interactive, CEO

Dynamic Software, CEO



Nations Development Program, Jhane Barnes, PacBell, United Quantal, MAVCAP Venture Fund, Olympic Games (1984, 1996) and America’s Cup Team- Heart of America (1986) ...


Faculty Positions:

University of California, Berkeley (2005-Present)

California State University, Hayward (2001-2003)

Multimedia University, Cyberjaya (2002-2003)

Golden Gate University, San Francisco (2000-2001)


Masters, School of Information (2008)
University of California, Berkeley

Certificate, Energy Business Sustainability (2008)
University of California, Berkeley

Certificate, Knowledge Services and Enterprise Management (KSEM) (2010)
University of California, Santa Cruz

Certificate, Management of Technology (2007)
University of California, Berkeley

Certificate, Travel and Tourism (2007) Candidate Berkeley City College, Berkeley

A.A., Real Estate Degree (2007)
Candidate Merritt College, Oakland

Masters, Multimedia (2002)
California State University, Hayward

Certificate, Knowledge Revolution (2000)
Stanford University, Palo Alto

M.B.A., Business Administration (1999)
University of California, Davis

B. S., Physics (1986)
University of California, Santa Cruz

B. A., Mathematics (1984)
University of California, Santa Cruz

Ph.D., Computer/Business Engineering (2013) Candidate
University of California, Santa Cruz

Masters, TIM Engineering (2011) Candidate
University of California, Santa Cruz


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