By Alison Huh

Berkeley MEng presents the 2021 Capstone Showcase: Innovating Across the Globe

Marked by a record-high number of over 700 registered attendees, students, faculty, and guests gathered online in our virtual auditorium to celebrate the 10th annual Berkeley MEng Capstone Showcase on Thursday, May 6, 2021. As attendees spawned into the space, 30 Berkeley MEng teams took the stage in the exhibition-style showcase, presenting their year-long capstone projects to guests from around the world.

During the showcase, MEng students engage with a variety of stakeholders—new admits and alumni, faculty, advisors, and industry partners—using the opportunity to not only to promote their projects and research, but also to foster new connections within the…

This Saturday, June 19, 2021 marks Juneteenth, a commemoration of the moment the last enslaved people in the United States learned of their freedom on June 19, 1865. We remember and honor this moment by continuing to educate ourselves and fighting for racial justice.

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Over the past year, our student affairs teams have undergone efforts to better support our Black students both in the United States and abroad.

Last year, the Master of Engineering (MEng) program launched “You Belong Here,” a new admit web resource highlighting Experience Diversity 2021, a series of diversity initiatives and events at Berkeley hosted by…

On Thursday, May 20, 2021, the UC Berkeley College of Engineering hosted a virtual Celebration of Graduates in lieu of the traditional in-person ceremony due to pandemic restrictions.

The Treasure Exchange or TreasureX is an online marketplace intended to connect buyers and sellers within the UC Berkeley student community to encourage resale of working, functional items and to alleviate problematic waste during move-out season.

Left to right: Prateek Sahay, Maggie Zhang, Menson Li, Rebecca Sung, Charles Cui.

In her undergraduate career at Wake Forest University, Maggie Zhang, MEng ’21 (EECS) was troubled by the amount of waste students would build up. At the end of each semester, she saw students throwing out furniture, clothes, and other items in front of the student dorms, creating annual waste that could easily be directed for reuse. From there, she thought of the possibility of creating a student-based marketplace for finding and selling items.

Once she arrived at Berkeley, she was given the opportunity to pitch her solution to fellow peers in the Entrepreneurship Affinity Group, where she met the rest…

Alumnus Shreyas Bhayana on developing his passion for engineering and wanting to make tangible impact

Shreyas graduated from the Berkeley MEng program in 2019 with a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering and concentration in product design. Here, he shares about his journey through the MEng program, his current work, and his advice for future students.

Shreyas stands smiling in front of a city skyline.
Shreyas stands smiling in front of a city skyline.

What did you study and why did you choose it?

Early in my childhood I developed a fascination for cars, especially the good-looking fast kind (yes, Italian ones) which I think I picked up from my father and was later further encouraged by other tinkerers — more commonly known as engineers—that I grew up around.

That fascination grew beyond just cars to other machines and working systems in general as I…

The Graduate Division and Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) Teaching and Resource Center recently presented Alexa (Ally) Zimbalist with the Outstanding GSI Award in Engineering. The Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor (OGSI) Award honors over 200 UC Berkeley GSIs each year and recipients are nominated from within their teaching department. She received this award for the E295 Communications for Engineering Leaders course.

Ally is a second year Master of Science (MS) student in Epidemiology at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health. Her research interests include maternal mental health and environmental health. She received her BA in Public Health from UC Berkeley in…

On Tuesday, May 4, 2021, campus leaders gathered to recognize over 80 recipients at the 2021 Excellence in Management (EIM) Awards Ceremony hosted by the Berkeley Staff Assembly. Stephany Prince, executive director of the Fung Institute, was among the recipients who were awarded an Excellence in Management Award. This year’s theme is Leading in Difficult Times, highlighting leadership which demonstrates and encourages resilience, inclusiveness, compassion, adaptiveness, work-life balance, well-being/morale.

An excerpt from Stephany’s nomination reads:

Stephany Baker-Prince has had the unenviable task of leading our team during periods of great adversity to our community and globally. …

On pursuing a career in technology and her motives to become a data science for social good

Ruila Puskas-Juhasz is a current Berkeley MEng candidate studying Industrial Engineering & Operations Research with a focus on Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship Strategy. For her undergraduate degree, she studied Signal Processing for Artificial Intelligence at Télécom Paris. Here, she shares her aspirations to become a data science for social good.

What do you study and why did you choose it?

I’m studying Industrial Engineering and Operations Research after a Master’s in Signal Processing for Artificial Intelligence from Télécom Paris. Pursuing a career in tech hasn’t been an easy choice. I’ve always been interested in the business and social implications of a technical solution, and scientific and managerial training are traditionally…

Hear from our celebrated UC Berkeley and Fung Institute faculty, staff, and alumni on why the Berkeley MEng program is a valuable and unique experience.

The Master of Engineering (MEng) program at UC Berkeley combines a breadth of topics in business and engineering management, applying them to a depth of study in your technical concentration. As an MEng student, you’ll learn under our world-class Berkeley engineering faculty. Here’s what our UC Berkeley faculty and staff in each department had to share about the MEng program.


“Berkeley Bioengineering offers a wide range of technical concentrations for the MEng program, with lots of flexibility for students to select whichever courses fit their interests. Whether you’re passionate about medical devices, therapeutics, or biomedical imaging, the faculty in Berkeley…

On his vision for innovation and inclusivity in the medical device space

Ricardo Juarez Martinez is a current MEng candidate studying Bioengineering with a focus on Biomaterials and Medical Device Design. He studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota for his undergraduate degree and has also received an MS in Engineering Management from Tufts University. Ricardo is currently a Senior Catheter Manufacturing Engineer at Intuitive Surgical. Here, he shares about his current capstone project, professional goal to move into an R&D leadership role, and passion for continuous learning.

What do you study and why did you choose it?

I’m currently pursuing a Berkeley MEng degree in Bioengineering with a focus on Biomaterials and Medical Device Design. I chose this field in…

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