Executive education for engineers, by engineers

April 4, 2014 by Dean Shankar Sastry

I am delighted to announce the launch of Berkeley Engineering’s newest offering: Executive and Professional Education. This program extends the College’s educational mission by providing non‐degree engineering and leadership education to executives and engineering professionals.

Our professors have been consulting with and providing education to industry for decades. Our Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership has a four-year track record with its Engineering Leadership Professional Program (ELPP). This six‐month program, held one night a week in Silicon Valley, cultivates the leadership, innovation management and entrepreneurial skills of senior engineering professionals at such companies as Applied Materials, Google, NetApp, Qualcomm, SanDisk and Yahoo!.

In the words of graduate Komal Mangtani, Box’s vice president for engineering, “ELPP enables engineering leaders to broaden their thinking from various aspects, including sales, channel management, basics of accounting and driving customer satisfaction. At the same time, we learn how to accelerate engineering innovation and maintain an entrepreneurial culture even as our organizations become large.”

We have just announced ELPP for fall 2014 and are seeking additional partner companies.

In addition, the Dado and Maria Banatao Center for Global Learning and Outreach from Berkeley Engineering (GLOBE) has designed and delivered many successful custom programs for international partners, addressing such topics as entrepreneurship, innovation, strategy and sustainability.

We have expanded the College’s executive and professional education programs to meet increased demand for professional education in the workforce. We are working closely with partner companies, locally, nationally and internationally, to design customized programs. These offerings range from short workshops and longer programs offered on the Berkeley campus to multisession programs offered at a location of the company’s choosing, scheduled throughout the year.

With our rich knowledge base in novel and emerging technologies as well as entrepreneurship, we are able to address a wide range of topics, from opportunity recognition, ideation in design innovation and disruptive technologies to sustainable manufacturing, supply chain engineering and large-scale project management.

If you would like to learn more about our Executive and Professional Education offerings and how they can meet your needs, I encourage you to contact Don McCrea in the College at dmccrea@berkeley.edu or (510) 643.6908.

As always, we welcome your ideas on this topic or on others of interest at dean_sastry@berkeley.edu.

S. Shankar Sastry
Dean and Carlson Professor of Engineering
Director, Blum Center for Developing Economies