Skip to main content

Leah Kochendoerfer

Leah Kochendoerfer, M.E.T. ’21

Major: IEOR + Business

Home Town: Piedmont, CA

High School: Piedmont High School, Piedmont, CA

Leah Kochendoerfer likes systems—especially when she is improving them. As an industrial engineering intern for a San Francisco baking startup, she streamlined and automated workplace and kitchen procedures. Today she is contemplating how to apply those skills on a larger scale—perhaps to address worldwide food inequity. She believes her IEOR + Business dual degree from the Berkeley M.E.T. program will help her get there.

“Coming into Berkeley as a freshman, I wasn’t expecting to be able to talk to industry leaders and entrepreneurs who have so much experience and success in their fields—that’s definitely something I am thankful for.”

 Why M.E.T.

“The combination of industrial engineering and operations research with business is very specialized, and no other schools I looked at had that unique, complete integration. The M.E.T. program team really understands what you need to get a solid, core understanding of both areas.”

Activities at CAL

Cal Women’s Club Soccer

Engineers Without Borders

Regent’s & Chancellor’s Scholar

Inside Berkeley / M.E.T.

“Recently I was studying in the M.E.T. lounge and found myself stuck on a math concept. I asked some of my peers from our cohort if they understood it and they came over and took half an hour of their time to explain it to me. Having a group that is so willing to help each other really makes a big school feel like a friendly community.”

High School Accomplishments

  • Girls Varsity Soccer, captain
  • Hispanic Merit Scholar
  • Three Babes Bakeshop, Industrial Engineering Intern
  • Honors Thespian
  • Alameda eSoccer, volunteer coach for special needs children
  • Honors Society

What I Like Most About Berkeley

“If you are looking to do something fun on the weekend, you don’t have to just stay on campus. You can easily explore Berkeley and San Francisco. Even though I’ve lived near this area for much of my life, I still find new places I have never been to.”

NoticeRead the latest campus information on coronavirus (COVID-19) here