Berkeley Engineering

Honoring Stellar Faculty & Alumni to Inspire Future Leaders

10:00am - 4:00pm
March 10, 2016

Sutardja Dai Hall
University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley Engineering Stars in Technology (BEST) is a new annual workshop that brings together prominent Berkeley Engineering faculty, alumni and students who aspire to become leaders in technology, for information exchange and mutual inspiration. Invited speakers will share their personal experiences as well as their perspectives on challenges and opportunities in technology today, and offer advice to undergraduate and graduate students, particularly for overcoming barriers to professional success for underrepresented minorities.

The objective of the workshop is to showcase the accomplishments of outstanding Berkeley Engineering alumni and to encourage and support students from diverse backgrounds to pursue careers in engineering. The inaugural workshop of this series will celebrate the accomplishments and discuss challenges for African-American engineers.


Invited speakers will include technology industry executives as well as university educators with experience in government and/or administration. Undergraduate and graduate engineering students from UC Berkeley and other universities in the San Francisco Bay Area are invited to attend. Please RSVP at by February 29, 2016.








Kvamme Atrium, Sutardja Dai Hall

Plenary Session (invited technical talks)
Welcome & Oral Presentations
Debbie Senesky, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
Mark McKelvin, Aerospace Corporation
Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall

Career Panel
Omotayo Olukoya, Software Engineer, Twitter
Grace O'Connell, Department of Mechanical Engineering, UC Berkeley
Gary May, College of Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall

Lunch and panelists/alumni breakout discussion with students
Wozniak Lounge (Rooms 430-438), Soda Hall

Kuh Distinguished Lecture: Dean Gary May (Georgia Tech)
Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall

Kvamme Atrium, Sutardja Dai Hall



Black Graduate Engineering and Science Students (BGESS)

Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences (EECS)

College of Engineering

•  to increase the visibility of diverse alumni and their contributions
•  to inspire the next generation of engineering leaders
•  to increase awareness of issues (and solutions) for underrepresented minorities
•  to foster support for underrepresented minority students in engineering