Meet your ESS advisers

The ESS advisers are here to help you succeed.  Get to know them better!

Kathy Barrett

Kathy BarrettKathy Barrett
kbarrett@berkeley.edu
ME last name S-Z, Joint Majors

 

 

Where did you go to college?
I graduated from UC Berkeley for undergrad and San Francisco State for my master’s. I also graduated from the California Culinary Academy — apparently I like to go to school.

How long have you been with the College of Engineering?
Since November 2012.

What is your favorite part of your job?
It’s great when you see a student who has been struggling in their courses, and then they find their passion or just get into the right set of classes and start to shine — that’s really awesome.

What is your approach to advising?
I like to help students find what they want to do. And, within the somewhat structured engineering programs, I like to help them figure out ways they can do everything they want to do.

What is the most unusual job you’ve had?
I taught English conversational skills at Yonsei University in Korea for a summer.

What are your interests?
I love cooking and eating out, spending time with family and friends, and hiking in our great regional parks.

What advice do you have for students?
Do something (as long as it’s legal) that you are afraid to do.

What are your favorite TV Shows?
Game of Thrones, Modern Family, Sherlock Holmes — I could go on, but that’s probably a good start.

What are your favorite books or authors?
There’s a book of short stories, by Steve Almond, which I love.  Also love Flannery O’Connor, Ellen Gilchrist, Barbara Kingsolver.

What is your favorite song, band or type of music?
I mostly listen to modern rock, but also happy to listen to The Who or some awful 70s music — I grew up in the 70s and there was some pretty awful stuff.

Chaniqua Butscher

Chaniqua ButscherChaniqua Butscher
chaniqua@berkeley.edu
Mechanical Engineering A-R, Nuclear Engineering
 

 

Where did you go to college?
I have remained in the bear family, as a Bruin (UCLA) undergrad and having earned an master’s in education from Cal.

How long have you been with the College of Engineering?
This is my first year.

What is your favorite part of your job?
I love learning from students and hearing about their incredible life experiences.

What is your approach to advising?
Similar to a travel agent, I see myself as a dream agent. I ask questions, provide information and promote resources that support students in arriving at their dreams and goals.

What are your interests?
I recently learned to play golf and do so whenever I have the opportunity. I also enjoy cooking, especially when trying new recipes and spices.

What advice do you have for students?
Students should make the most of their time at Cal by taking advantage of the multiple forms of education available to them (academic, social, culinary, regional, etc.).

What are your favorite TV shows?
I’m on the Game of Thrones bandwagon and also love Scandal.

What is your favorite song, band or type of music?
I love all types of music. If you have any must-listen-to’s, please share.

Olivia Chan

Olivia ChanOlivia Chan
oychan@berkeley.edu
EECS last name P-Z, Energy Engineering, Engineering Math & Stat, Environmental Engineering Science

 

 

Where did you go to College?
I went to UC Santa Cruz.

How long have you been with the College of Engineering?
Since November 2012.

What is your favorite part of your job?
Getting to know my students.

What is your approach to advising?
Holistic and developmental. I want to know who you are in order to better serve you.

What are your interests?
I enjoy volunteering, hanging out with family and friends, shopping and eating.

What are your favorite TV shows?
I like Friends, Big Bang Theory, HIMYM and Glee.

Is there anything else that you would like to add?
I’ve been advising students for over 10 years.

Genie Foon

Genie FoonGenie Foon
eugenia@berkeley.edu
Bioengineering, Materials Science & Engineering

 

 

Where did you go to college?   
I went to Cal State Hayward.

How long have you been with the College of Engineering? 
I have been here for over 25 years.

What is your favorite part of your job?  
I enjoy helping problem solve student issues, and meeting new and interesting young people from different places.

What is your approach to advising?  
Be open minded.

What is the most unusual job you’ve had? 
I worked in a “head” shop on Telegraph Avenue when I was in school, selling smoking paraphernalia.

What are your interests? 
I love music, cooking, movies, photography, reading fiction and non-fiction, hanging out with family and friends, politics and travel.

What advice do you have for students? 
Be open minded, explore your passions, have a strong work ethic, don’t settle for a job just for the money.

What are your favorite TV shows? 
I like Masterpiece Theater, The Office, Friends, Chopped and most things on PBS.

What are your favorite books?  
Anything by Arundhati Roy, Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie, too many to name really.

What is your favorite song, band or type of music?
I love so much music. The Beatles are my all-time favorite. But I love my sons band ATLAS because they are really talented, and I love their pop/punk music.

Bryan Jones

Bryan JonesBryan Jones
bkjones@berkeley.edu
EECS last name A-I, Engineering Physics

 

 

Where did you go to college?
I went to UC Berkeley.

How long have you been with the College of Engineering?
I’ve been here for 15 years.

What is your favorite part of your job?
Working with students.

What is your approach to advising?
Assess the situation and look at all available options. The students should know that you truly do care and want to help them succeed.

What are your interests?
Music and food.

What advice do you have for students?
Utilize all of your resources and get help immediately if you need it. Make use of professors’ and graduate student instructors’ office hours.

What are your favorite TV shows?
Anything on Food Network.

What is your favorite song, band or type of music?
I like jazz and R&B

Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Go Bears!

Jane Paris

Jane ParisJane Paris
jparis@berkeley.edu
Civil, IEOR

 

 

Where did you go to college?
I went to Indiana University (B.A. journalism and political science; M.S. higher education and student affairs).

How long have you been with the College of Engineering?
I’ve been here since September 2013.

What is your favorite part of your job?
Seeing how each student changes in just one year.

What is your approach to advising?
To create a balance of challenge and support for students

What is the most unusual job you’ve had?
Resident director on Semester at Sea — I got paid to hang out with college students on a ship as we sailed around the world, visiting 10 different countries.

What are your interests?
I enjoy clothing, how people adorn themselves, identity development, popular culture, my daily outfit blog (whatjanewore.tumblr.com) and thrift store shopping.

What advice do you have for students?
Set goals each semester for different areas of your life.

What are your favorite TV shows?
I like Mad Men, Orange is the New Black, The Killing and Nashville.

What is your favorite Book?
Democracy by Joan Didion.

What is your favorite song, band or type of music?
Debaser by the Pixies.

Joey Wong

Joey WongJoey Wong
joeywong@berkeley.edu
EECS last name J-O, Engineering Undeclared

 
 
 
Where did you go to College? 
I went to UC Berkeley.
 
How long have you been with the College of Engineering?
Since December 2015. Before COE I was an academic adviser at the College of Chemistry for 10 years.
 
What is your favorite part of your job?
Helping students achieve their academic and personal development goals. Being able to interact with and learn from students on a daily basis.
 
What is your approach to advising?
I take a student-centered approach to advising. I try to provide students with all the necessary tools and available resources to empower them to succeed while understanding each student is unique.
 
What are your interests? 
Some of my interests and hobbies include board games, reading SciFi literature, running, real estate, Netflix binge watching, bike riding and more.
 
What advice do you have for students?
College is much more than a place to earn a degree. Be sure to give attention to your personal growth outside of the classroom. Try to take advantage of the multiple resources UC Berkeley has to offer. Understand that your time here is a journey and there are many roads you can take.
 
What are your favorite TV Shows?
I watch a variety of random TV shows! Some recent TV shows I have been watching include MasterChef Junior, Suits, Big Bang Theory, Sherlock BBC, How to Get Away with Murder, Sons of Anarchy, Shark Tank, Lucifer, The Bachelor, etc.
 
What are your favorite books or authors?
I like SciFi literature. One of my favorite is the Codex of Alera series by Jim Butcher. Its a super fun read and if you are interested in SciFi books I recommend it! 
 
What is your favorite song, band or type of music?
I like all sorts of music and it really depends on what I'm doing. I tend to listen to classical and jazz the most. When I am doing chores around the house the background music is usually today's top hits. Classy I know...