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Ask an M.E.T. student

Aashi Jhawar (EECS + Business, 2021) is from Seattle, WA. Last summer, she interned in Seattle doing digital marketing at a startup called Enlyft and also worked part-time as an intern at a YC start-up called The Buttermilk Company. In her free time, she enjoys paintballing, trying new food, and discovering music. Aashi chose to come to Berkeley because she loved how the M.E.T. program allowed her to pursue her interdisciplinary interests. She loves how the Berkeley campus is positioned to provide unique opportunities in entrepreneurship throughout the Bay area. Her email is: ajhawar@berkeley.edu

Amy Guo (EECS + Business, 2022) is from Irvine, CA. Since coming to Berkeley, Amy has spent much of her time supporting Berkeley founders as an investment partner for Arrow Capital, a student-run VC fund on campus that invests exclusively into Berkeley-affiliated startups. Through Arrow Capital, Amy has been able to forge relationships with many different entrepreneurship-focused organizations on campus and meet all kinds of interesting founders. Amy enjoys exploring the Bay Area, playing board games, watching movies, and singing karaoke songs with her friends. Her email is: amyguo@berkeley.edu

Andrew Kirillov (EECS + Business, 2022) is from Stony Brook, NY.  He’s always had a passion for enabling others to attain their goals. In high school, Andrew started a club that tutored Syrian refugees in English language arts, so that they could pursue higher education. He went on to build a startup around the online tutoring technology that he and a friend had developed.  This got him interested in the entrepreneurial opportunities surrounding technological innovation.  Andrew’s EECS and Business degrees provide the technical knowledge and business intuition to pursue his goals as well as a nuanced understanding of the interplay between the two. His email is: akirillo@berkeley.edu

Bhargavi Goel (EECS + Business, 2021) is from New Delhi, India. As an international student, Berkeley was a world apart from anything Bhargavi knew.  Bhargavi knew she needed a community like M.E.T. to keep her anchored. Bhargavi says, “M.E.T. is a great fit for me academically and professionally, but it’s so much more. The opportunities we’ve had in the program are unparalleled, and it’s beyond encouraging having people with similar ambitions, goals, and struggles to talk to, work beside, and socialize with.” Aside from her M.E.T. community, Bhargavi is involved with other campus organizations such as FieldVision, The Daily Californian, and Opportunity through Data. Her email is: bhargavi@berkeley.edu

Deepshika Dhanasekar (EECS + Business, 2021) is from Ashburn, VA. Berkeley M.E.T has provided Deepshika a great opportunity to combine her passion for technology with her interest in user-centered product development and design.  She’s really enjoyed the close-knit community and cohort-style learning that all M.E.T. students experience.  Deepshika believes that the activities, events, and professional development opportunities offered through the program have opened many doors for her.  She previously interned at Apple last summer and is currently involved with Voyager Consulting, Cal Bhangra, and EECS Course Staff. Her email is: ddhanasekar@berkeley.edu

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: j.singh@berkeley.edu

Kai Chorazewicz (ME + Business, 2022) is from Simi Valley, CA.  Kai enjoys exploring areas in between the lines, seeking to unite multiple disciplines to resolve issues that have long been in existence. In Simi Valley, Kai led an initiative in which he recycled scrap metal and forged it into jewelry. At Berkeley, Kai organized a free food newsletter to assist those with food insecurity. Kai’s latest project is with the Berkeley National Lab where he is conducting research on energy storage solutions. Kai hopes to use his dual degrees to engineer this technology while also bringing it out of the lab and into the market. Kai’s email is: k.chorazewicz@berkeley.edu

Michelle Lu (IEOR + Business, 2021) is an expat kid. She grew up both in China and the U.S. moving from coast to coast. Through M.E.T., Michelle has found a diverse group of individuals who support her creative drive and ambition. The blend of technology and business give her a unique knowledge, the proximity to Silicon Valley places her at the forefront of innovation, and the supporters of the program offer access to amazing resources. When she is not planning professional development events for M.ET. or working as an Undergraduate Researcher in AUTOLab, she enjoys traveling, exploring museums, and challenging her friends to games of SET. Her email is:  mjlu@berkeley.edu

Ryan Chen (ME + Business, 2022) is from Los Angeles, CA.  Ryan is someone who thrives at the intersection of business and technology. Prior to coming to UC Berkeley, he explored this domain extensively, focusing on the aerospace sector by pursuing an internship at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as well as serving as Chief Business Officer for a miniaturized-satellite project.  He chose Berkeley M.E.T. because of its ability to synthesize top-ranked programs in engineering and business into a single, cohesive curriculum. Ryan hopes to continue this trajectory and eventually begin a career in product management or as a pilot in the United States Air Force. His email is: ryanwchen@berkeley.edu

Ryan Scholes (IEOR + Business, 2021) is from Charlottesville, VA.  Ryan came to the M.E.T. Program from a small town on the east coast unsure of the direction he wished to take in life. However, through the university, he has had the opportunity to travel and study across Europe and Jordan, while meeting with, and learning from, local people in order to craft a unique perspective on the world. His education through the M.E.T. program has opened doors that have provided him the flexibility to pursue whatever he so desires. His email is: ryanscholes@berkeley.edu

Saam Zahedian (EECS + Business, 2021) is from Bethesda, MD. Saam came to Berkeley without computer science experience. In two semesters, he found his passion for computer science theory,  the math underlying computation, and saw the field of natural language processing as the point where CS theory intersected his long-standing interest in language and literature. Outside of M.E.T., Saam is involved with Net Impact Berkeley, CS Mentors and works as a lab assistant for Electrical Engineering 16B. His email is: saam.zahedian@berkeley.edu

Sameer Annamraju (IEOR + Business, 2021) was born and raised in rural suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He believes in using technology to help the masses. Sameer worked on his high school’s farm and realized the power of green engineering in the global food system. This drove him to come to the west coast, and at Berkeley, he’s developed a passion for design and entrepreneurship. Studying IEOR + Business gives him the quantitative tools to solve problems and the leadership nous to drive change. Through consulting for responsible innovators, founding a company, and serving in student government, Sameer is taking steps towards reaching his goal. His email is: sameer.annamraju@berkeley.edu.