In response to feedback from our partners, we established an Engineering Ambassadors program in August 2022. Our Engineering Ambassadors program consists of Berkeley undergraduate students that support K-12 outreach through a variety of activities, including campus tours, presentations, career panels, and school visits. As tangible proof of their value, our ambassadors are hired as student assistants and paid a competitive wage.
Our ambassador program is part of the Engineering Ambassadors Network, led by Penn State. The Engineering Ambassadors Network (EAN) is an alliance of universities that aims to train a cohort of diverse and technically skilled engineering undergraduates on how to excite K-12 students about engineering. Since 2010, EAN has reached more than 45,000 K-12 students. EAN also provides professional development training for the ambassadors themselves – important soft skills that students can apply in their future careers.
Our school and community partners guide and inform our ambassadors’ outreach activities. We also encourage our ambassadors to suggest activities. Example activities are listed below:
- Developing new presentations that introduce young students to engineering topics
- Leading tours of Berkeley Engineering’s buildings
- Facilitating hands-on activities or leading presentations as part of a class or after-school program in local K-12 schools
- Conducting hands-on activities during community festivals or K-12 school events
- Participating in student panels
- Creating social media posts to share Berkeley Engineering students’ experiences
- Supporting Berkeley Engineering’s K-12 Outreach Team with planning, preparing for events, and our overall activities
Ambassadors also engage in communications training and other professional development activities, including the Engineering Ambassador Network’s communication training program.
Meet our ambassadors
We recruited ambassadors who are passionate about diversifying engineering, and we are thrilled with our first cohort of ambassadors. In future years we expect to move experienced students into leadership positions, making it possible to streamline training and grow our ambassador team.
My name is Jasmine (she/her), I’m from Los Angeles, and I am a junior majoring in chemical engineering and minoring in data science. I decided to major in chemE because I enjoyed my chem, math, and physics classes and engineering club in high school. I thought it would be cool to apply these concepts to create innovations and solve problems. Similarly, I discovered data science at Berkeley, and I decided to add it as a minor because I liked the concept of cleaning and organizing data as well as the statistical aspects. Something that students may want to know about me is that I have a variety of work experience on campus, including positions as a tutor, student library employee, reader, and of course, an engineering ambassador. From these jobs, I’ve gained several skills, and I’d be happy to provide any insight or advice for students who may be interested in working. One common misconception about engineering is that it only involves math and science. This is definitely not the case, as engineering requires creative thinking and incorporates a multitude of other subjects and skills.
Hi! My name is Arihant Choudhary (he/him/his). I’m a sophomore from Kolkata, India studying CS and Data Science. I enjoy working on projects that help create meaningful impact and foster learning and academic growth. I also really like puzzle-solving and playing games. I like talking about failure and want to help de-stigmatize the embarrassment around talking about failing (especially in a highly competitive environment like college and in fields like engineering). I’m always excited to talk to and meet new people!
Hello! I am Alejandro Hernandez (he/him), but you can call me Alex. I grew up in the Central Valley of California, born in Delano and raised in Earlimart. I am currently in my second year here at UC Berkeley with Senior standing, majoring in Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences. Since I grew up in a very rural area of California, I was never really exposed to the wonders of engineering before college. I had no idea what career I wanted to pursue in life and no clue what I was getting myself into! The only thing that I knew was this: I wanted to change the world.
Over the years, I became very fond of the Internet of Things, the electrical and computational devices that interconnect us all. That’s how I blindly decided that electrical engineering was the career path I wanted, but I want you all to know that the takeaway here isn’t to have your life completely figured out before college. The lesson is that to develop a passion for something you have to be willing to learn more about it; it isn’t always love at first sight.
Hi! I am Nadeen Mohamed (she/her), and I am from Sacramento, CA. I am a first-year majoring in Civil Engineering and minoring in Spanish. Growing up in Dubai, I had the opportunity to see one of the most impressive cities in the world come to life. Engineering became a unifying force for me, bringing people from all walks of life together in the city. Over time, I recognized that Civil Engineering would be a fulfilling path for me. Besides coursework, I enjoy learning about different cultures and languages. Currently, my focus is on Spanish, but I plan on continuing my efforts to expand my cultural education in the future. I am a firm believer that the first step to bridging animosity between people is through education and empathy.