Tell us about your Berkeley IEOR experience. What were some of the best memories you had here?
Berkeley IEOR has given me the unique skill of bridging the gap between business and engineering. Often in Industry, there is a huge gap in communication between departments which leads to inefficiencies of the company overall. Berkeley IEOR has trained me in both technical and interpersonal skills which allow me to create a sense of unity within a company and optimize operations. From my internship experiences at SpaceX, Startups, and the Navy, I have directly applied these skills and seen critical impacts on organization within just one summer.
Why did you choose Berkeley IEOR?
Geographically, UC Berkeley is located at the heart of technological innovation. While we have access to large corporations in the bay area, there are also many startups based within Berkeley and accelerators such as SkyDeck. The city of Berkeley has a personality of its own, rendering the Berkeley experience incomparable.
What was your favorite IEOR class and why?
Human factors was by far my favorite class. This course not only taught us the technicalities of design, but did a deep dive into how to design a user centered products and how changes as small as a centimeter could have major impacts on ergonomics.
What are your post-graduation plans? How do you see your skills from IEOR being used in the future?
I will be attending the 5th year Masters in IEOR at UC Berkeley. My subsequent plans are yet to be confirmed, but I am confident that UC Berkeley has taught me to be successful in any field.
What advice do you have for younger IEOR students?
Growth Mindset is definitely the most important skill that anyone can have. I view myself as a company and the first four years of college are the development stage. At this time, it is important to take in as many resources and alternate perspectives as possible to yield the most success upon graduation. Rather than focusing on graduating early, I would recommend fully integrating yourself into the Berkeley experience and working at startups to understand the power of technological innovation.