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Avanthika Ramesh

Avanthika Ramesh, M.E.T. ’21

Major: EECS + Business

Home Town: Alpharetta, GA

High School: Milton High School, Milton, GA

Internship: NCR Corp., Atlanta, GA

From designing a prototype of a robotic submarine to learning how to secure banking systems through ethical hacking, Avanthika Ramesh likes knowing how things work.  “I have an innate curiosity to explore and a passion for taking things apart,” she says. That curiosity has led to a strong interest in cybersecurity, as well as entrepreneurialism, a combination she thinks will be well-served by her simultaneous degree in EECS and Business from the Berkeley M.E.T. program.

“One way the members of the cohort get to know each other is through the M.E.T. Special Topics course we take our first semester. We meet every week and do a lot of group activities through the class. We also get together socially, for example, the M.E.T. women meet for Sunday brunches.”

 Why M.E.T.

“I’ve learned how important it is, especially in Silicon Valley, to have both technical and business skills. The M.E.T. program is a really good bridge connecting the two. In the future I want to manage a team and I may eventually start a company in the field of cybersecurity. To innovate a product and become an entrepreneur, I will really need this combined background.”

Activities at CAL

Citris Foundry accelerator, biosensor project

Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology, Nanotechnology and Healthcare Collider Sprint

DiversiTech student consulting group, market analysis for Linked In

Cal Hacks hackathon

Haas Business School Association (HBSA), technology and communications committee


High School Accomplishments

  • HiFive Tutoring, founder
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, Nanotechnology Laboratory and Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory research intern, Tom Morley Calculus Award
  • (ISC)2 Women’s Information Security Scholarship Recipient
  • Foundation for Hospital Art, mural painting
  • National Center for Women & Information Technology, Award for Aspirations in Computing
  • National Federation of Music Clubs Competition, national gold cup winner, piano

What I Like Most About Berkeley

“If you are a woman and are passionate about technology, look into the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT). They have an annual award for students who want to make an impact with technology, and a lot of women I have met at UC Berkeley are part of this community.”

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