Nicole McIntyre is the inaugural manager of Transfer Success Initiatives for UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering. She also serves as the director of education for the Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science, a multi-campus interdisciplinary research center. Nicole is committed to creating equitable and accessible institutions of higher education, focusing on inclusive environments for underrepresented students in STEM. In both of her roles, she works to improve the community college transfer pipeline and enhance the experiences of both community college students and UC Berkeley junior transfer students. She especially enjoys introducing students to undergraduate research, industry internships, mentorship, and encouraging them to consider pursuing graduate studies.
Prior to her current roles, Nicole served as the lead adviser for UC Berkeley’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. She holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, and a graduate degree in educational leadership from the University of San Francisco. She has studied and written about the experiences of international students, undergraduate researchers, and graduate student mentors within the field of engineering.
How do you contribute to Berkeley Engineering’s equity and inclusion mission?
Community colleges are really important as they can provide a more affordable and accessible path to degree for many students. I manage a suite of programs designed to help community college students transfer to Berkeley Engineering, and to ensure they have a successful and enjoyable experience once they matriculate.
What exciting projects are you working on?
I run the Transfer-to-Excellence Summer Research Program, a paid research internship for community college students. The interns quickly become experts on an advance research topic while building close and lasting friendships. Many later transfer to Berkeley Engineering!
Besides your work, what’s something that you’re passionate about?
I am passionate about enhancing my communities and collaborating for justice. This includes volunteer and activism work related to meeting folks’ basic needs (consistent access to healthy food and shelter). I also enjoy weightlifting, hiking, and surfing.
What is your favorite Berkeley event?
I really enjoy participating in the San Francisco Pride Parade each June with the Gender Equity Resource Center. It’s always a fun day of community and celebration.