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Shirley Bi (BioE + Business, 2023) is from San Ramon, CA. At Cal, she is pursuing her interests in cellular and genetic engineering through research with professors in the Bioengineering department, and hopes to dive deeper into understanding targeted disease therapy. She is also working on data analysis projects, including visualizing COVID-19 data, and enjoys participating in health-related community service by translating and interpreting for the low-English proficiency community in healthcare settings. In her free time, she loves listening to music, learning new recipes, and going on hikes with friends and family. Her email is:



Matthew Kang (ME + Business, 2024) is from Dublin, CA. With a family history steeped in the law, business and government service, Matthew’s path to STEM was untraditional. However, it was this humanities-based worldview that drove his own “STEMcentric curiosity”. In high school Matthew worked with the Mayor of Dublin, studied brain computer interface technology, and founded a grassroots organization promoting mental health and open mindedness. At Berkeley, Matthew is a part of Net Impact Berkeley and the M.E.T. Admissions and Marketing committee. In his free time, he loves exploring new places with friends, playing poker, and running, having his eyes set for the Boston Marathon. His email is




Aayush Dave (EECS + Business, 2023) is from Houston, TX. In high school, Aayush founded a youth government organization and served in state and national level leadership positions. At Berkeley, Aayush has joined on-campus accelerator Berkeley SkyDeck as an intern and teaches the Berkeley SkyDeck Entrepreneurship DeCal. He is the Business Lead of the Space Enterprise @ Berkeley rocketry team and Co-Founder of Politiq, a software startup that to improves political campaign recruiting through connecting political campaigns with political professionals and volunteers in their areas ( His email is:



Aishwarya (Ash) Mahesh (IEOR + Business, 2023)  is from San Diego, CA. At Cal, Ash found herself deep in Berkeley’s entrepreneurship ecosystem and is currently co-founding a startup of her own with some of her peers in the M.E.T. program. Ash is fascinated by the implications of bias in AI/ML algorithms and has done research in this area at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and  has continued to pursue this research at Cal with professors in the IEOR department. Through her coursework, Ash has also gained an interest in exploring how to develop sustainable supply chains. She believes that her experiences in the M.E.T. will provide her with the intellectual breadth and problem-solving abilities to prepare her for a future as an entrepreneur and technology innovator.Her email is:


Amy Guo (EECS + Business, 2022) is from Irvine, CA. Since coming to Berkeley, Amy has worked as an investment partner for a student-run VC fund on campus and now collaborates with Berkeley’s Chief Innovation and Entrepreneurship Officer to better support entrepreneurship-focused student orgs. Career-wise, she has found her passion combining her dual degree technical and business skills as a product manager, working on early-stage products for industry-leading companies across Silicon Valley. In her free time, Amy enjoys exploring the Bay Area, playing board games, and mapping Berkeley’s tastiest food spots. Her email is:


Ana Cismaru (EECS + Business, 2023) is from Los Gatos, CA. She envisions one day building a company centered around an interdisciplinary approach between machine learning and neuroscience that offers diagnoses and treatments for brain disorders. In high school, she contributed to computational biology research projects and founded a nonprofit to educate high school students about prejudice. Now, she is a part of the Machine Learning at Berkeley and the M.E.T. Admissions and Marketing committee. In her free time, Ana enjoys exploring restaurants in San Francisco, playing the piano, and attending concerts at the Greek Theater. Her email is:


Jessica Yen (MSE + Business, 2024) is from Diamond Bar, CA. She fell in love with materials after reading the book, “Stuff Matters” by Mark Miodownik and is currently pursuing her interests in nanomaterials and crystal photonics in Yao Research Group. To fuel her business passion, Jessica serves as a corporate relations member in MSEA, bridging the gap between industry professionals and the undergraduate body to inspire and prepare students for the workforce. In her free time, she loves to explore the vast world of materials, but also karaoke, hike, craft, and sew! Her email is:


Jaiveer Singh (EECS + Business, 2022) is from Dublin, CA. Jaiveer has always a fascination with both imagining the future and making it happen today.  He’s brought many creations to life, from smart-fridge cameras to Alexa-enabled breakfast robots. Not everything he works on is as outlandish; some of the projects Jaiveer is proudest of include a smartwatch for the visually impaired and a ball-launching device for Special Olympics athletes. His long-term goals are pretty fluid. Whichever path he ends up taking, Jaiveer is confident that the M.E.T. dual degrees will prepare him for what’s ahead. His email is:


Kai Chorazewicz (ME + Business, 2022)is from Simi Valley, CA. Kai enjoys exploring areas between the lines, seeking to unite multiple disciplines to resolve intricate issues. He’s researching crystal antennas at Berkeley National Lab for the next generation of cellular communications, as well as ultrasonic haptics for virtual reality in the Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center. Outside of research, he’s built a fully-automated bartending machine, an affordable indoor climate monitoring system, and recycled scrap metal and forged it into jewelry.  Kai’s email is:


Pedro Pachuca (EECS + Business, 2023) is from Pleasanton, CA. Pedro is very interested in Computer Security, Machine Learning, and Entrepreneurship. He feels that M.E.T. offers the perfect opportunity to operate in each area at the highest level. At Berkeley, he delves into these areas through Machine Learning @ Berkeley, his startup co-founded with another M.E.T. student, and upper-division Computer Security. In the past, Pedro has founded startups, spoken to Congress, and done research in Computer Security and Machine Learning. He was born in Juarez, Mexico and believes in helping the underprivileged exercise their talents and engage with the international academic community. His email is:


Sravya Basvapatri (EECS + Business, 2022) is from Philadelphia, PA. Sravya loves how new ideas come to life at the intersection of business and technology. She’s interested in building process efficiency and growing early-stage programs and startups. On campus, she’s involved in lab course staff for Designing Information Devices and Systems (EECS 16B), helping students learn to build hardware and circuits, and works as a Student Supervisor at the Jacobs Institute of Design, helping students prototype their ideas. In her free time, she loves going on runs around the Berkeley area and exploring creative arts, from crocheting to painting to paper quilling! Her email is:



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