Class of 2013
Electrical engineering & computer sciences
When did you know that you wanted to become an engineer?
Since a young age, I was obsessed with building things, and in high school I realized that I wanted to apply math and science to design cool things.
Why did you choose Berkeley Engineering?
As one of the top universities in electrical engineering in the nation, I was amazed at the number of resources and world-class faculty at this school. It was mind-boggling to see the vast number of connections Berkeley has with industry and other schools and the number of researchers who were leaders in their fields. On Cal Day, I met a number of students, including members of the Association of Women in EECS (AWE), and saw that AWE provided a strong support network for women in the field.
What are you working on?
In the Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center, I worked on power monitoring and energy scavenging for wireless sensor networks. I designed an energy scavenger that uses solar power to charge batteries while powering a wireless sensor network system. I’ve also worked on a cost-effective plug-through energy monitor that will enable dense and accurate measurement of power consumption throughout a building.
What else do you do?
I was the co-president for AWE and worked with undergrads and grad students to improve mentoring and support networks. I’ve also been involved with outreach programs for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and CS Kickstart. I especially enjoy teaching electronics workshops to middle school girls and incoming freshmen. I enjoy playing ultimate frisbee, rock climbing, snowboarding and photography, and I’m learning to play the ukulele.
What are you passionate about?
I’m passionate about electronics, building and designing gadgets and understanding how things work. But more importantly, I am passionate about applying technology to make a positive impact on the world around us. Everyone deserves an opportunity to learn and be engineers, regardless of whether they’re in an area of dense technological resources or not. Berkeley provides each of its engineers a toolbox of powerful, fundamental knowledge and skills, and trains them to overcome obstacles and challenges thrown at them. As Berkeley Engineers, we have an obligation to use these tools to give back to our community.