Suman Tripathy

I'm a Berkeley EngineerClass of 2019
Electrical engineering and computer sciences

Why did you choose Berkeley Engineering? Berkeley's a beautiful mix of hippish, politically charged, and technological people. There's a balance of culture that allows students access to a focused education but a diverse lifestyle and culture. I chose Berkeley Engineering to find incredible teachers and students that I could learn from.  

What do you like most about Berkeley Engineering? Berkeley Engineering has prepared me to deal with challenge, ask for help, and deal with failure. It's not an easy path to success in the real world, and Berkeley engineers learn how to fend for themselves and truly earn success.

Suman TripathySuman Tripathy (photo by Laura Vogt)What programs have you participated in through Engineering Student Services? I participated in LeaderShape this past winter break and learned the necessary soft skills that pair with my technical knowledge to make me a strong and empowered female leader.

Do you often take advantage of programs and offerings of Engineering Student Services? Have they been useful? If so, how? ESS offers tutoring, career advice, peer support, and counseling, all of which are helpful and necessary at some point to every Berkeley engineer.

What are you working on (projects/research)? I'm currently partnering up with a friend to create "piano stairs" on campus to lighten school stress and add some color to our commutes to class.

What else do you do outside of class? I've participated in various clubs like Berkeley Dil Se, the premier South Asian fusion team on campus, and Cal Bhangra, a cultural Indian dance form. Both of these have allowed me to make friends and keep in touch with my roots. They're also amazing stress relievers after long days of class and homework!

What are you passionate about? I'm most passionate about using my Berkeley Engineering degree to create positive change in the world around me. I want to make devices that treat illness and ensure universal healthcare.

Who has been your most influential role model? Here at Berkeley, my peers are my role models. I've seen my friends balance jobs, work, family problems, extracurriculars, and friendships. They truly exemplify the grit and strength Berkeley Engineering fosters in its students.

Have you had a memorable “aha” moment (yet) at Berkeley Engineering? After not doing as well as I'd like in some introductory classes, I finally had my "aha" moment that being a successful engineer didn't require me to ace my classes and never struggle. I realized that the true learning was not the grade but the process — the process of learning, struggling, failing and getting back up.

What are your future plans? I plan to use my degree to pursue a path in data science. In an increasingly technological world, there is infinite data that we can try to gain insights from. I hope to track medical data through devices like Fitbits and iPhones in order to treat illness more accurately and efficiently.