Lawrence Zhao, M.E.T. ’21
Home Town: Rockville, Maryland
High School: Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring, Maryland
Internship: Immortals, Los Angeles, CA (currently part-time, summer 2018: full-time
When Lawrence Zhao speaks about online gaming, it is clear he is more than an avid player. Lawrence recognizes that esports are expanding into mainstream entertainment—and through his EECS + Business simultaneous degree from the Berkeley M.E.T. program he has an opportunity to grow with and influence the industry.
“It’s great being here in the Bay Area. We bring in top industry leaders to speak, and I am also in an industry networking program where we go visit companies in Silicon Valley or San Francisco—we get to see what they are doing and get to know them.”
“There are so many challenges within the esports industry that are either tech or business related—you need technology advancements to push the boundaries of where esports can go, but you also need to find new marketing opportunities, like expanding into new demographics. The M.E.T. dual degree trains me for both.”
Activities at CAL
Accel Scholars, a mentoring program for EECS undergraduates founded by top venture firm Accel and Amit Kumar, EECS 03, and an Accel Investor.
The Daily Californian, staff writer covering collegiate and professional esports
Cal Men’s Club Volleyball, team manager and statistician
Inside Berkeley / M.E.T.
“One of the greatest parts of the M.E.T. program is that there is a sense of community and togetherness. I have a small network of people that I can be close friends with, and I am still part of the larger Berkeley campus community.”
High School Accomplishments
- Science, Mathematics, and Computer Science Magnet Program
- Debate Team
- Boys Varsity Volleyball Team
- Chess Club, President
- League of Legends High School Competitive Team, Founder