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Berkeley IEOR Virtual Info Session: Student Panel
Tuesday, November 14
5:30 PM -- 6:30 PM PST
Meet our Panelists
Jelo Francisco is a fourth-year student at UC Berkeley, where he is pursuing a bachelor's and master's degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. He transferred to Berkeley with the prestigious Regents' and Chancellor's scholarship after earning two associate's degrees at De Anza College. Jelo is actively involved in campus life, serving on the course staff for two upper-division IEOR courses (Decision Analytics and Engineering Economics) and as the Director of Development and Outreach for the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers. He's also the Transfer Representative for the Pilipinx Association of Scientists, Architects, and Engineers. With a strong interest in cross-functional collaboration and data-driven process improvements, he interned as a project manager for a Fortune 400 company and established his team's first-ever data analysis framework, which remains in use today. Upon completing his master's, Jelo intends to utilize his background in operations research and pursue a career in finance.
Xenia Chen is a second year student originally from Fort Collins, Colorado studying Industrial Engineering and Operations Research with a Minor in Data Science. Outside of the classroom she is involved in IISE – an on-campus student organization specifically for IEOR and ORMS majors, where she serves as a Director of Programs and Events. Her department is responsible for planning and executing the social events of IISE such as the monthly Lunches with Faculty, October Pumpkin Event, and other smaller events like ice skating, mini-golf, and etc. She is passionate about sharing her appreciation for the IEOR department at Berkeley, and can be found on instagram @ieorberkeley if you would like to learn more about her day in the life as an IEOR undergraduate student. In her free time you might find her climbing at Mosaic, studying in Moffitt with her fellow IEOR’s, or getting some treats downtown at U-dessert. One thing she loves about IEOR is the community, which she says has been the driving force behind her involvements at Cal, and she looks forward to speaking about her experiences at this panel.
Abhigyan Biswas is a fourth-year student pursuing his bachelor's in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at UC Berkeley. He transferred to Berkeley from Ohlone College after graduating Summa Cum Laude with three associate's degrees. He is currently an Alpha Pi Mu honors student, an Innovation Fellow at the Sutardja Center of Entrepreneurship and Technology, a Form+Fund Fellow at the Bakar Fellows Program, a BASE Fellow at Ballard Spahr LLP, and a Leadership Award finalist. For the last few months, he has been working as the Co-Founder and COO of Helio 8, a startup backed by NASA, spearheading innovations in space food systems and resource-efficient crop production systems. His past entrepreneurial pursuits include NewHire, a dominant college community-based recruitment platform; OMG Parking which provided data analytics solutions to address urban street parking; Plots, a one-stop software solution for event hosting, and DA Tutoring, a 1:1 virtual tutoring and note-taking service for college students. He has previously worked at the IEOR department as the Strategy and Operations Specialist, and at GIG CarShare as a Technical Consultant. Outside of entrepreneurship, he has been deeply involved in the campus community, serving as the VP of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, the Engineering Success Ambassador, and the Mentor for various programs such as T-Prep, Prep, Kids Teach Tech, and the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program. He currently serves on the academic staff for the upper-division IEOR course Engineering Economics, nurturing his interest in the intersection of engineering, entrepreneurship, economics, and operations. Passionate about entrepreneurship, he aims to leverage the variety of technical and non-technical skills he has honed at Berkeley IEOR to innovate and scale technology for transformative impact.