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Meet the team

The M.E.T. program team works to support students’ academic and professional achievement. Our team bridges the resources offered by Berkeley-Haas and the College of Engineering to provide a seamless undergraduate experience for M.E.T. students. We are here to assist students as they navigate through a uniquely challenging workload by offering personalized support, dedicated recruiting opportunities, and by empowering students to make informed career-based decisions.


Dr. Saikat Chaudhuri

Faculty Director

Saikat Chaudhuri is the inaugural Faculty Director of the Management, Entrepreneurship, & Technology (M.E.T.) Program, a flagship dual-degree program in engineering and business at the University of California at Berkeley. He holds the Grimes M.E.T. Chancellor’s Chair at the university, with a joint faculty appointment in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation as well as Management of Organizations groups at the Haas School of Business, along with the department of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering. 

Prof. Chaudhuri’s research specializes in corporate growth and innovation strategies, particularly high-tech mergers and acquisitions, high-value outsourcing and partnerships, and technological innovation in dynamic environments. His publications span both scholarly and managerial outlets, and his work has been recognized from the field’s leading professional associations including the Academy of Management and Strategic Management Society.

An award-winning educator, Prof. Chaudhuri has taught and led undergraduate, MBA, and executive education courses on corporate strategy, management of technology, and innovation, all while advising leading global corporations and governments worldwide.

Prof. Chaudhuri came to Berkeley in 2021 from the University of Pennsylvania, where he served on the faculty of The Wharton School for over 16 years, holding leadership positions including Executive Director of the Mack Institute for Innovation Management, and Interim Director of the Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology. His prior professional experience includes corporate development at Mannesmann AG, in addition to stints with Citibank, McKinsey and Company, and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants.

Prof. Chaudhuri earned his Bachelor’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Multinational Management from the University of Pennsylvania, Master’s degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Stanford University, and Doctoral degree in Technology and Operations Management from Harvard University.    

Chris Dito

Executive Director

Chris Dito is the Executive Director of the Management, Entrepreneurship & Technology Program at UC Berkeley where she oversees the strategic and operational functions of the inchoate program, including student engagement, admissions, employer interface, career development, outreach and campus partnerships. 

She came to Berkeley from UC Davis where she served as the Director of Career Services for the Graduate School of Management working with MBA, Master of Professional Accountancy and MS in Business Analytics students, and prior to that was the Assistant Director of Employer Partnerships for the UCD Internship & Career Center.  Chris is thrilled to be working with and learning from the M.E.T. community – donors, students, staff, and campus colleagues – and our new newly minted alumni. 

Dawn Kramer

Associate Director

Dawn led the launch team for the M.E.T. program back in 2016 and as a result, has developed strong relationships in the College of Engineering and Haas. She is the go-to for all academic-related inquiries for the program including advising, degree planning and progress checks, study abroad, department policies, and more. She helps facilitate connections for academic and wellness support and demystifies the complexity of navigating 2 degrees from 2 different colleges and 6 different engineering majors. Dawn helps our students stay informed about what they need to do to graduate on time while having an enriching academic experience. 



Althea Escalante

Marketing Manager

Althea handles all marketing, communications, and data analytics for the program. She joined the team in 2017 and led the design of M.E.T.’s brand collateral. Althea launched M.E.T. ‘s social media presence and works closely with M.E.T. student leaders to create engaging content across all platforms. Althea is the go-to for all things M.E.T. data. She uses it to plan and improve program initiatives related to: outreach, admissions, and yield. 





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