Class of 2019
Industrial engineering and operations research
When did you know that you wanted to become an engineer? I really enjoyed calculus and physics, the foundations of engineering. I thought industrial engineering sounded like an absolutely perfect fit for me
Why did you choose Berkeley Engineering? Walking through the campus for the first time, I was in awe. It was so beautiful, filled with so much history, it felt like where I belonged. I liked everybody that I met, the rankings were excellent, and it was in my favorite state, California.
What do you like most about Berkeley Engineering? I love the resources! And being surrounded by so many intelligent and ambitious people.
What programs have you participated in through Engineering Student Services? My first event with ESS was an interview workshop with the fabulous Director of Student Services, Marvin Lopez. Through this relationship, I've been able to bring ESS's resources directly to my organizations getting LinkedIn workshops, resume workshops, as well as another interview workshop.
Do you often take advantage of programs and offerings of Engineering Student Services? Have they been useful? If so, how? Most recently, I worked very closely with ESS to start a new seminar, Women Invested in Lifelong Leadership (WILL), which has been an incredibly uplifting and inspiring journey. I've been able to hear amazing women share their life lessons, discuss obstacles with my peers, and develop my personal leadership and confidence. I've also gone through an ESS training program called EXCEL to develop engineering leadership skills, which not only helped me define my organization's basis for existence, but launched us into a long=term plan for success and permanence.
What are you working on (projects/research)? I'm working in a robotics lab, AUTOLAB, doing engineering management and seminar facilitation. I'm eager to start research in an interesting project soon. I also have a few group and individual projects to work on through my classes.
What else do you do outside of class? I was the president of the social sorority for women in engineering (Phi Sigma Rho) for 3 semesters, I'm on the executive board for our Greek Council (MCGC), as well as the executive board of a space club (STAC). I participate in a Chamber Ensemble DeCal and am on the communications committee for the my department (IEOR).
What are you passionate about? My greatest passion is women's rights, fighting for equal treatment of women in the workplace, especially the engineering industry.
Who has been your most influential role model? My mom is my most influential role model. She suffered and fought for a long time to give myself and my five sisters everything that we have today. Her resource management instilled my love and ability in industrial engineering and operations research. Her sense of justice and fighting spirit give me the strength to stand up for what I believe in, and believe in my ability to succeed here. Her kindness and generosity inspires me to be a better person every day.
Have you had a memorable “aha” moment (yet) at Berkeley Engineering? The first day of my Nonlinear Programming class was the first time that a professor in IEOR took the time to define what these ominous terms meant, where they originated, and what the difference between them was. I had never known what I wanted to do when I grow up besides "be successful," and for the first time when he described the problems we solve, and the careers we take, and the way that we think, I thought "That's what I want to do," and I've never looked back.