Meet the peer advisers

Aditya ArunHello everyone, I am Aditya Arun, a junior Engineering physics and EECS major, from Bangalore, India. In the past two years, I have been I involved in research with the Crommie lab in the physics dept. As a freshman, I was also part of the Global Environment Theme Program (GETH). Apart from that, I have also been a lab tutor for EE16A/B for the past couple of semesters. In my free time, if I find any, I love to cook, sketch and read up on cool tech. Please feel free to hit me up if you have any questions.  

Joann AtienzaHello! My name is Joann Atienza and I'm a fourth year studying civil engineering! I've moved a lot in my lifetime so I don't have just one hometown - but at least for now, home is Los Angeles, CA. During my time here at Cal, I've worked as a CalSO leader, done research, joined civil engineering clubs and competition teams. This year, I'll be serving as the External Vice President of the American Society of Civil Engineers, working to bring in industry affiliates to meet and recruit my fellow students. As an engineering student, I'm primarily interested in structural engineering, engineering and project management, data analysis and engineering law. In my free time, I like exploring the city, binge-watching TV shows, listening to music, hiking, ice skating, kickboxing, boxing, and Muay Thai. I am very excited to give back to my engineering community and serve as a peer adviser, so please stop by and ask away! 

Emmanuel Akowuah BonsuHello! My name is Emmanuel Akowuah Bonsu, a senior year Mechanical Engineering major from Ghana, West Africa. I am currently a member of the Black Engineering and Science Students Association here at Cal and I'm looking forward to exploring other extracurricular organizations in the upcoming semesters. Apart from these, I've been involved in educational outreach in remote areas in Ghana where, I, together with four other students form Santa Clara University, organized and taught basic electronics to high school students and how to implement their own solar lamps. In my free time, I love going on trips with friends, playing basketball, trying out new things and meeting new people. I am really excited to be serving you as a peer adviser and I can't wait to meet you all. Feel free to stop by anytime and have a chat about anything from choosing classes to preventing squirrels from stealing your lunch.

Gustavo De LeonHey there! I'm Gustavo De Leon, and I'm a junior studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science here at Berkeley. I was born in Mexico City, and moved to sunny San Diego when I was 10 or so. Here at Berkeley, I'm involved in UCBMUN, CS education research, and the CS Scholars program. You'll probably find me haunting the bowels of Soda, or working on homework in Moffitt or the Engineering Library, so feel free to say hi or ask questions! I always welcome the opportunity to procrastinate on my work for a few minutes to chat with new people.

Joy GuHi there! My name is Joy Gu, and I'm a senior majoring in Engineering Mathematics and Statistics and minoring in EECS. I grew up in Illinois and have also lived in Florida and Kentucky before calling Petaluma, CA my new hometown. At Berkeley I'm involved in the Society of Women Engineers and Society of Engineering Sciences, and I also work as a campus ambassador giving campus tours to visitors and prospective students! Some of my other experiences include being an undergraduate student instructor for EE16A, studying abroad at the University of Cambridge in England, and interning at Northrop Grumman this past summer. I love hiking, trying new foods, and most importantly petting all the dogs I see on campus (you can definitely find me at Pet Hugs events at Sproul Plaza!). I'm very excited to be one of your peer advisers this year, so feel free to come by with questions or if you want a new friend to chat with!

Jasper KanHello! My name is Jasper Kan and I am a senior majoring in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. I was born and raised in Hong Kong, and moved to Toronto, Canada when I was 14 for high school. I have been part of Cal Dragon Boat since my first semester here and if you haven’t heard of the sport before, you should definitely look it up! I was previously involved in the International Students Association at Berkeley (ISAB), the ASUC Student Government, and CMG Strategy Consulting. I took last semester off to intern at The Walt Disney Company and have also had internships at Sungevity and Walmart Global eCommerce before. Feel free to stop by and say hi! I look forward to meeting you.

Ashish SamaddarMy name is Ashish Samaddar and I am a third year Bioengineering major and EECS minor concentrating in biomedical devices. I have unlimited energy and love to meet new people and make them smile. While you will see me anywhere and everywhere, I hover between my two homes: Bechtel Engineering library and the RSF. Looking forward to meet new incoming Cal engineers and don't be afraid to ask anything. Also, come be workout buddies with me I always have room for more!

Jorelle VelascoHello! My name is Jorelle Velasco and I am a third year Mechanical Engineering student excited and ready to serve you all as a peer adviser!  I am a Filipino American from Santa Maria, a small town on the central coast of California, but the Bay Area and Berkeley has become my second home.  I love skateboarding, playing guitar, and finding great food around the bay area in my free time!  As an engineering student I have great interest in product design and will also serve as the Community Outreach Director of EnableTech, a project-based organization here at Cal which aims to design and build assistive technology for people with disabilities.  I am passionate about technology that betters communities and solves every-day problems.  Anyways, I am excited to be an adviser and look forward to meeting many fellow engineering students.  Stop by and say hi if you want to talk about anything at all!