Electronic Recommendation Letters

Letters of Recommendations will be collected electronically as part of the Online Application. Paper copies of recommendation letters are not admissible, and will not be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Please be sure to notify your recommenders accordingly.

Your recommenders are asked to give their personal impressions of your intellectual ability, your aptitude in research or professional skills, your character, and the quality of your previous work and potential for future productive scholarship.

Graduate Admissions Deadlines

Admission Cycle: Fall 2019 (IEOR does not offer spring admissions)


MS/PhD Deadlines for Fall 2019:

  • Online application: December 7, 2018
  • GRE: For Fall 2019, test taken before June 2014 will not be accepted
  • TOEFL (if applicable) scores: For Fall 2019, tests taken before June 1, 2017 will not be accepted.
  • 3 letters of recommendation: December 7, 2018


MEng Deadlines for Fall 2019:

Sutardja Center Alums Create "Prynt", A Polaroid Printing Smartphone Case
December 18, 2015

Prynt, a San Francisco-based startup founded by two graduates of a Berkeley Engineering entrepreneurship program, is bringing instant print photography to smartphones. The grads designed a smartphone case equipped with a built-in mini-printer, for printing digital photos on the go.

The founders, Clément Perrot and David Zhang, were schoolmates at École Polytechnique, France’s premier science and engineering university, but it wasn’t until they met again at Berkeley in 2013 that they really got to know each other.

The two attended Learn2Launch, a program hosted by the Technology Transfer Program of the Institute of Transportation Studies in partnership with the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology. As a result of the work they did together in a mobile app course, they decided to become business partners.


Take the QuakeCAFE Quiz: Are You Ready for the Big One?
December 16, 2015

How prepared are you?  No one knows when the next big earthquake will hit California, but most can agree on one thing — it's going to happen at some point. And when it does, it has the potential to cost billions of dollars and shatter the lives of millions of Californians.

QuakeCAFE, a project of the CITRIS Connected Communities Initiative, is an online quiz asking users about their earthquake preparedness. At the end it compares your readiness to that of your neighbors. Through the initiative, CITRIS hopes to gain valuable data, educate users about their earthquake preparedness, and create an open dialogue with government so that they can be ready to support Californians when the big one comes.




Students Present 'Challenge Lab' Projects
December 15, 2015
 Challenge Lab (IEOR 185) is a project of the Sutardja Center of Entrepreneurship & Technology and uses a competition-based format to teach students how to be entrepreneurs by working in interdisciplinary teams to develop a product. The competition categories this year included 'Internet of Things' — an emerging category of connected products that typically focus on solving one issue (e.g. a FitBit) — and 'Smart Cities India' — a special project devoted to studying innovative design, layout, and technologies used to create a more effective city.

'Internet of Things' category

An egg that monitors fertility and texts your partner 'hint, hint' when the time is right, a professional blazer that uses sensors and heating elements to regulate body temperature, a glove that measures rhythm while playing the piano to help students learn — these are just a few of the gadgets invented by students and presented this week for Challenge Lab in the 'internet of things' category.

This year's presentations included:
    • Damara - 1st place winner

      team-damura Delayed child birth, high-cost fertility treatments and other factors can make getting pregnant challenging for many couples. Damara is an egg-shaped assistant that helps women monitor their fertility and ovulation. All the data is stored in a cloud service. When fertility levels are optimal, it texts "hint, hint" to the woman's partner to let them know that the time is right.

    • Surge - 2nd place winner

      The team from Surge The team from Surge Are you a doctor wondering if your patient picked up their prescription? A hospital administrator wanting to check current medical supply stock? Surge is a hospital inventory management system for tracking prescriptions, supplies and other materials in one central database.

    • Duraband - 3rd place winner

      Duraband - Smart Solutions for a Safer World Duraband - Smart Solutions for a Safer World Accidents on construction sites cost developers and insurance companies billions of dollars per year. Duraband is a wristband that helps keep construction workers safe by monitoring body temperature, heart rate, and other indicators that can notify foremen when a worker may be at risk for injury.

    • Nexu

      Team Nexu showcasing product features Team Nexu showcasing product features By 2050 the 65 and older population will grow from 524 million to 1.5 billion people. Nexu is a smartwatch platform that is specifically tailored to help the elderly monitor health and get help quickly when needed.

    • Spor

      Team Spor Team Spor Wasting food is a big issue — it is estimated that 30%-50% of food brought home from the grocery store is never eaten, costing families approximately $2,275 annually. Spor is a system that allows the user to keep track of food inventories by scanning receipts and even uses sensors to track ethylene to sense when fruits and vegetables need to be thrown out.

    • G. Caldo

      team-g.caldo Thinking about checking the weather before heading to work? Don't bother! The G. Caldo blazer senses outside temperature and body temperature to control heating elements hidden in the jacket to keep you just the right temp. all day long.

    • Bloom

      Bloom is a platform for developers in the "internet of things" market Bloom is a platform for developers in the "internet of things" market LinkedIn, GitHub, YouTube, Sketchfab — these are all platforms where creators can showcase their skills. Bloom aims to be a similar platforms where IoT creators can show off their skills, be seen, and get connected to job opportunities.

    • Couplit

      Team Couplit Team Couplit Remember promise rings? Well, don't be surprised if teens in the future wear 'smart' versions of these classic symbols of love and commitment. Couplit is a wristband that just you and your partner wear — and on it you will receive personalized messages that only you and your partner can see.

'Smart Cities India' category

The Smart Cities India initiative is a project that aims to identify and develop 100 cities in India to be 'smart' — i.e. have an innovative, open, and sustainable business model, data-based decision making, working and efficient infrastructure, and an overall dynamic and vibrant community. The initiative represents a $15 billion investment from Prime Minister Narenda Modi's government. Currently, only 31% of India's population live in urban areas. It is projected that by 2050, that 75% of India's population will live in urban areas — making smart cities indispensable for the future. Challenge Lab students are tasked with studying Visakhapatnam — or 'Vizag' for short — a city sponsored by President Obama for USTDA investment and one that will serve as a model for the 100 cities in the Smart Cities India plan. The goal for students in Challenge Lab is to capture the lessons being learned in Vizag, evaluate the cost-benefit analysis of public-private partnerships, suggest open platforms for communication to involve the public in decision-making, and conduct data analysis and mining to suggest ways to lower operating costs, develop technological solutions for safety, security, traffic, telecom, etc. Six groups focused on one aspect of studying Vizag: 1) Energy & Pollution, 2) Food & Water, 3) Housing & Transportation, 4) Communication, 5) Safety & Security, and 6) Education & Entertainment.

Smart Cities Photos

IMG_0329 The Smart Cities India capstone group — this group synthesizes all the research from each smart city area. IMG_0355 'VIZENERGY' - the energy and pollution group IMG_0358 'Vizag One' - the housing and transportation smart city group IMG_0373 'adViz' - the safety and security group IMG_0375 'Sigfox' - the telecommunications smart city group IMG_0376 'Soilsmart' - the food and water smart city group IMG_0378 'Certify' - the Education and Entertainment group.

Students headed to India

The Smart Cities India team will travel to India in early 2016 to present their findings, which will be used to develop Vizag into a model smart city. Good luck team!


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