Nicholas Foo

I'm a Berkeley EngineerClass of 2020
Industrial engineering and operations research

Why did you choose Berkeley Engineering? I choose Berkeley Engineering because of its unparalleled academics and vast array of opportunities for students both inside and outside the classroom. The simple fact that I am surrounded by some of the brightest minds in the world pushes me every day to strive to be better.

What do you like most about Berkeley Engineering? The people within Berkeley Engineering. They have helped me along the way from mentorship to academic support. They are largely the reason why I am here today because of their selfless guidance and support.

What are you working on (projects/research)? Last semester, a couple IEOR majors and I worked on a case for Sunrun, a solar company. We had the opportunity to apply our classroom knowledge to discover ways to optimize solar market saturation in the U.S.

Nicholas FooNicholas Foo (photo by Laura Vogt)What else do you do outside of class? I am part of the International Students Association at Berkeley (ISAB), a member of the Institute of Industrial and System Engineers (IISE) and I am also involved with the Chinese Students Association (CSA) on campus.

Have you had a memorable “aha” moment (yet) at Berkeley Engineering? I would say that my experience in the LeaderShape Institute made me reconsider how I went about living my life, and how can I best align my actions with my values. This program gave me a different perspective as to what world I would like to see and how I can best utilize my current skills to achieve that vision.

What are your future plans? I am currently experiencing a dichotomy of what I would like to pursue after college, being pulled by either working in the education sector or the aviation industry. Coming out of college I would like to work within the aviation industry, working as an industrial engineer in tackling transportation issues from the management of traffic flow to forecasting passenger loads. Further down the road, I also hope to attend graduate school within IE.