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Michelle Lu

Michelle Lu, M.E.T. ’21

Major: IEOR + Business

Home Towns: Edina, Minnesota and Shanghai

High School: The Agnes Irwin School, Rosemont, Pennsylvania

Michelle Lu took her first steps into entrepreneurship early, and it wasn’t long after founding her first startup in 9th grade that she knew her higher education needed to support her creative drive and ambition. With Berkeley’s dual-degree M.E.T. program, she found the academic and entrepreneurial opportunities she was looking for, but she also found something equally important: a small, friendly cohort to help her along the way.

“M.E.T. is truly like a private school within a larger public school. Berkeley’s Engineering program and the Haas School of Business are both so strong, so we have access to these amazing resources, and we also have a lot of personal help from our advisors.”

 Why M.E.T.

“We are a very cooperative and welcoming group,” says Lu of her fellow M.E.T. students. “When you walk into the M.E.T. office, there are usually people working on projects together, and you can always ask someone to read over your essay or help you debug some code. Everyone is always willing to help.”

Activities at CAL

M.E.T. Student Board, Vice President of Professional Development

Venture Strategy Solutions, a student-run strategy consulting group working with startups

Society of Women Engineers

High School Accomplishments

  • Young Entrepreneurs Academy, national semi-finalist (founded iChina, a startup focused on student education/exchange)
  • Enterprising Women Foundation National Mentorship Program
  • Penn Social Media and Health Innovation Lab, research intern
  • Bel Cantos a cappella group
  • Model United Nations, president
  • Ursinus College, programming intern

Advice for M.E.T. Applicants

“Everyone has their own way they hope to apply their business and engineering degree. Let your passion and your interests shine through. Come visit—we can’t wait to hear about it.”

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