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 advice do you have for students?
Do something (as long as it’s legal) that you are afraid 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 favorite TV Shows?
Game of Thrones, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,  Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and way too many political talk shows.

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.

Monica Bernal

Chaniqua ButscherMonica Bernal
monicab@berkeley.edu
EECS Last Name K-O; Materials Science & Engineering
 

 

Where did you go to college?
I went to UC Santa Barbara for my undergraduate studies and Santa Clara University for my law degree.

How long have you been with the College of Engineering?
I joined ESS in June 2017

What are your interests?
Books! I’m always reading something and usually have a book in my bag. Today it’s Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist. I’m also super into podcasts. Favorites include: Another Round, The Read, Death Sex & Money, and Nancy. Seriously, let me know your favorite podcast! I live near Lake Merritt and love being able to run the lake. Running at sunset and just clearing your head. I’m about it.

What advice do you have for students?
Your time at Berkeley is a time to chase your passions, learn more about yourself, and try new things. Don’t limit yourself by basing your experience off of anyone else’s journey. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, or express interests in different things, or even decide to change paths. We’re here to support you and trust, you’re all pretty amazing.

What are your favorite TV shows?
MASTER OF NONE! It’s so good. You should all binge watch it. I also adore the Great British Bake-Off. I’m also feeling Issa Rae’s Insecure on HBO.

What is your favorite song, band or type of music?
Right now my running mix has a lot of Rihanna, Beyonce, and Kendrick Lamar. However I’m all about the 90s R&B.

Is there anything else that you would like to add?
One of my favorite quotes is from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho  “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” Now is your time to achieve those things even if you don’t know what they are yet we’re here to help you.

 

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 a Master’s in Education from Cal.

What is your favorite part of your job?
Seeing students develop in confidence.

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 enjoy trying out new flavors in food, playing golf, wine tasting, and spending time with my kids.

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?
Game of Thrones & a shameful variety of reality TV

What is your favorite song, band or type of music?
I love all types of music. Currently, I’m in to Jidenna, Kendrick Lamar, & John Mayer

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. Go Slugs!

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

What is your favorite part of your job?
The students! Going beyond the academics to really learn who my students are.

What advice do you have for students?
Always take that crucial step back to acknowledge what you have accomplished especially during times when you feel all you see are speed bumps in front of you. ESS is here for you!

What are your interests?
I enjoy volunteering, Yelping as an excuse for eating tons of yummy food, hanging out with family and friends.

What are your favorite TV shows?
I like Friends, Big Bang Theory, Rosewood, Bones and Modern Family.

Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Despite my youthful appearance, I have been advising students for over 10 years!

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 19 years.

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. If any issues or problems come up please make an appointment to see your ESS adviser right away. We are here to give you guidance and support.

What are your favorite TV shows?
I love to watch sports, travel channel and 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 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 for undergrad and University of San Francisco for graduate school.
 
How long have you been with the College of Engineering?
I started here in December 2015. Before COE I was an academic adviser in the College of Chemistry.
 
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, etc.
 
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, Big Bang Theory, Sherlock BBC, Master of None, Sense8, 3%, American Gods, The 100, Shark Tank, etc.
 
What are your favorite books or authors?
I like SciFi literature. One of my favorites is the Codex of Alera series by Jim Butcher. It's 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...