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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

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

Career development

Internship application strategy

Employer engagement

M.E.T. outreach

Community/industry outreach

Admissions

Dawn Kramer

Associate Director

Coursework advising/navigation

4-year academic plans

Faculty integration

Berkeley resources facilitation

Admissions

Althea Escalante

Marketing Manager

Program outreach initiatives

Marketing & Communications

Student Data Analytics

Admissions 

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