Chris Cartland

Class of 2012
Electrical engineering & computer sciences

When did you know that you wanted to become an engineer?
I have always been fascinated by problem solving. Engineering stood out as the obvious endeavor for learning skills that provide insight into the complex world. I decided to focus on computer science during my first year at Cal after realizing that computing is the most beautiful and powerful concept invented by humans. It’s as close as you can get to magic — it makes the impossible practical.

What do you like most about Berkeley Engineering?
Chris CartlandChris Cartland (Photo by Preston Davis)Every day I am surrounded by brilliant people who are poised to do impactful things. Learning is a pleasure amongst the smartest students and most experienced professors.

What are you working on?
I have been working on an educational software project to create a powerful tool for automated education at scale for classroom questions and answers. I am interested in this project because of its potential to improve education for students and instructors by removing technological barriers.

What else do you do?
As the team lead for CalSol, Berkeley’s Solar Vehicle Team, on our pioneering journey across Australia for the 2011 Veolia World Solar Challenge, I had the pleasure of working with the most capable, passionate group of engineers that I have ever met, and we were able to accomplish a lofty goal that less than three years ago seemed impossible.

What are your future plans?
I will be working on the developer relations team at Google until I feel that I can enact greater change on the world by switching to something new. I will always work to improve our life by inspiring others or creating technology to make our world better.

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