“We forget just how painfully dim the world was before electricity. A candle, a good candle, provides barely a hundredth of the illumination of a single 100 watt light bulb.” – Bill Bryson

Michelle Fisher (IEOR ‘86) is the CEO and Founder of Blaze Mobile, a 10 year-old Berkeley company developing mobile commerce, health care, banking, and advertising solutions. She has successfully raised millions of dollars in private financing for Blaze and has nearly fifty patents pending. Michelle has always had an innovative spirit – she sent a company her first product sketch when she was just 10 years old – and brought her entrepreneurial mindset to large companies before launching her own successful startup.


I graduated from UC Berkeley with a BS in IEOR in 2008. After deciding to continue studying the field, I pursued a MS at Stanford University and graduated in June 2009. My coursework at Berkeley sparked my interest in Decision and Risk Analysis, the field I concentrated in while at Stanford.

B.S. IEOR 2007
Currently: U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer at The White House

What was your first job ever?
I picked up coding and designing pretty early on thanks to my Dad. I remember building small web and multimedia projects for people who were willing to pay a middle schooler..

M.S. IEOR ‘99
Currently: Director of Streaming Science & Algorithms at Netflix

What was your first job ever?
Math tutor, MESA (http://mesa.ucop.edu), at Albany High School.

What did you do after graduation?
After graduating from IEOR I returned to full time work at Inktomi Corp. (one of the early search engine companies) which was founded by Prof. Eric Brewer from UCB.

What was your first job ever?
IBM, Staff Engineer responsible for implementing global logistics operations and optimizing finished goods inventory across JIT distribution centers.

What are you currently working on?
Heading up marketing analytics and platform strategy for BrightEdge.

After graduating with an B.S. in IEOR in May 2007, I began working with Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) in Everett, Washington as an Industrial Engineer under the 767 & 747 Airplane Programs. I have been at Boeing for two years, working with the Seal, Functional Test and Paint organization in scheduling, resource and capacity management and forecasting/budgets.

I am starting my 6th week of teaching Geometry to mostly juniors and seniors at Crownpoint High School. Before my 6 weeks here in New Mexico, I was in Phoenix for Teach For America's institute which is an intensive training program crams the basics of teaching and the TFA program in only 5 weeks! Institute has been, by far, one of the most intense experiences of my life. I don't think I have ever experienced such a lack of sleep for such a long time period.

I recently started work at PG&E in the Energy Procurement department. It is a rotation program where I've the opportunity to work in different functions of the procurement process. My first rotation is working in integrated resource planning where I am working on several different projects regarding the reliability, cost and emission factors with renewable resources in light of AB-32 also known Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.