People

February 11, 2016 | 1:38 pm

The Jacobs Institute is an interdisciplinary hub on Berkeley’s campus, and our diverse team reflects this. From our network of faculty and industry leaders to our in-house team of makers and mentors, we’re here to help you explore all things design. Meet the team. 

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Faculty Leadership
Program, Technical, and Teaching Staff
Student Staff
Affiliated Faculty and Mentors
Industry Advisory Board
Student Advisory Board
Alumni
In Memoriam

Faculty Leadership

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Program, Technical, and Teaching Staff

  • Emily Rice

    Director, Programs & Operations

    emilyrice@berkeley.edu
    Jacobs Hall 210A

    Emily leads the Jacobs Institute’s programs and all operations in Jacobs Hall. Contact her regarding teaching, design initiatives, and partnerships.
  • Joey Gottbrath

    Technical Lab Lead

    joeygottbrath@berkeley.edu
    Jacobs Hall 110B

    Joey leads the technical team and is Jacobs Hall’s building manager. Contact him for safety and technical issues. For equipment service requests, please open a ticket.
  • Laura Mitchell

    Communications & Programs Officer

    lauramitchell@berkeley.edu
    Jacobs Hall 103

    Laura manages the Jacobs Institute’s public programs, communications, and external relations. Contact her regarding events, outreach, online and print content, and press inquiries.
  • Amy Dinh

    Student Services Advisor

    amydinh@berkeley.edu
    Jacobs Hall 103

    Amy manages student services and academic affairs at the Jacobs Institute. Contact her for questions about student resources, including courses, co-curricular programs, and advising.
  • Roland Saekow

    Special Projects

    saekow@berkeley.edu
    Jacobs Hall 110A

    Roland works on special projects and operations at Jacobs Hall. Contact him regarding bCourses, General Workshop Safety training, and Jacobs Hall AV questions.
  • Aleta Martinez

    Administrative Officer

    aleta@berkeley.edu
    Jacobs Hall 234

    Aleta serves as executive assistant to the Faculty Director and provides administrative and operational support. Contact her regarding building tours and upcoming events.
  • Gary Gin

    Design Specialist

    garygin@berkeley.edu
    Jacobs Hall 120

    Gary focuses on electronics and robotics. Contact him regarding Jacobs Hall’s spaces and tools for electronics-based making or to hear about his BattleBots experiences.
  • Chris Parsell

    Design Specialist

    cparsell@berkeley.edu
    Jacobs Hall 120

    Chris brings broad experience in digital fabrication, from 3D modeling to laser-cutting. Contact him about high-end 3D printing or to hear about hacking shopbots to draw.
  • Mary Catherine Richardson

    Design Specialist

    mcrichardson@berkeley.edu
    Jacobs Hall 120

    Mary Catherine is a practicing glass artist with a background in managing shop operationsContact her to optimize design aesthetics, function, and fabrication.
  • Kent Wilson

    Design Specialist

    kent.wilson@berkeley.edu
    Jacobs Hall 120

    Kent designs architecture, brand, package, and product, fueling his passion for 3D digital fabrication. Contact him to optimize design aesthetics, function, and fabrication.
  • Matt Wolpe

    Design Specialist

    mwolpe@berkeley.edu
    Jacobs Hall 120

    Matt brings a background in design/build, from furniture to designing chicken coops. He is particularly interested in public interest design. Contact him to learn about wood fabrication.
  • Emily Au

    Lecturer

    emily.au@berkeley.edu

  • Alan Cooper

    Lecturer

    mralancooper@berkeley.edu

  • Chris Myers

    Lecturer

    chrismyers@berkeley.edu

  • Purin Phanichphant

    Lecturer

    purin@berkeley.edu

  • James Pierce

    Lecturer

    pierjam@berkeley.edu

  • Lauren Ruiz

    Lecturer

    laurenruiz@berkeley.edu

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Student Staff

  • Adam Castiel

    Student Supervisor

    Adam is a mechanical engineering student. Apart from this, he enjoys playing tennis, mountain biking, and getting way too excited about cars.
  • Tiffany Cheung

    Student Supervisor

    Tiffany loves hearing about ongoing projects at Jacobs Hall, as well as completing DIY projects herself. Her favorite project from DES INV 22 was her LED nameplate and drawing machine. Talk to her about anything!
  • Alice Chin

    Student Supervisor

    Alice is a second-year intended computer science major. When she’s not studying, you can find her playing tennis, sleeping, or looking for her next project to create at Jacobs.
  • Sabrina Hua

    Student Supervisor

    Sabrina is a mechanical engineering major, hoping to specialize in medical devices. She loves all things DIY and enjoys running, yoga, and corgis.
  • Sangyeon Lee

    Student Supervisor

    Sangyeon takes interest in anything that involves creativity. When not in the makerspace, you might find her around campus building RC airplanes, logging specimens to the Essig Museum, or teaching a DeCal on drawing comics.
  • Gresshaa Mehta

    Student Supervisor

    Gresshaa is a business student passionate about enhancing the user experiences by combining marketing and design. She's also interested in empowering non-tech students to dive into the tech industry. Talk to her if you love prototyping, marketing, or dogs!
  • Joshua Mouledoux

    Student Supervisor

    Joshua works with laser-cutters, electronics lab, and 3D printers, and he has experience in CNC subtractive machining. In his free time, he loves doing parkour, building random projects, and watching Netflix.
  • Tony Ngo

    Student Supervisor

    Tony is a Mechanical Engineering student, who is interested in robotics, UAVs, and racecars! He enjoys working on his own DIY projects, using equipment such as 3D printers, laser cutters, and water jets.
  • Arianna Ninh

    Student Supervisor

    Arianna is a cognitive science major and professional couch potato, and she's interested in art, design, and sustainability. Aside from working on creative projects in Jacobs Hall, you can find her jamming out at concerts, doodling and painting on scraps, and exploring the Bay Area.
  • Charlene Shong

    Student Supervisor

    Charlene is a mechanical engineering major, interested in UAVs, robotics, and the maker culture. She enjoys playing PC games, working on DIY projects, and laser-cutting and 3D printing at Jacobs Hall.
  • Melissa Su

    Student Supervisor

    Melissa holds the record for most spools of PLA used. She loves to (re)design functional and aesthetic projects. Her goal is to be proficient in all equipment at Jacobs Hall. 
  • Joshua Yuan

    Student Supervisor

    Joshua is studying computer science. You can find him playing ultimate frisbee or spending lots of time at Jacobs Hall as a student supervisor and laser-cutter trainer.
  • Dapree Doyle

    Storytelling Assistant

    Dapree enjoys making videos. In his free time, you can find him adventuring in the hills, listening to music, or finding something random to make a video about. If you want a project to come to life in a video, let him know!
  • Junaid Maknojia

    Storytelling Assistant

    Junaid is a mechanical engineering major with a minor in global poverty and practice. He enjoys making films and videos, tinkering, and sketching/drawing.
  • Franchesca Spektor

    Graphic Design Assistant

    Franky loves doodling, graphic design, and game illustration. She’s interested in learning more about laser-cutters and great books you’ve read. 

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Affiliated Faculty and Mentors

  • Alice Agogino

    Faculty Director’s Council

    Roscoe and Elizabeth Hughes Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Affiliated Faculty, Haas School of Business

  • Sara Beckman

    Faculty Director’s Council

    Senior Lecturer and Earl F. Cheit Faculty Fellow, Haas School of Business

  • John Canny

    Faculty Director’s Council

    Paul and Stacy Jacobs Distinguished Professor of Engineering

  • Amy Herr

    Faculty Director’s Council

    Lester John and Lynne Dewar Lloyd Distinguished Professor, Bioengineering

  • Dennis Lieu

    Faculty Director’s Council

    Professor, Mechanical Engineering

  • Scott Moura

    Faculty Director’s Council

    Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • Ikhlaq Sidhu

    Faculty Director’s Council

    Chief Scientist and Founding Director, Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology

  • Hayden Taylor

    Faculty Director’s Council

    Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

  • Paul Wright

    Faculty Director’s Council

    A. Martin Berlin Chair in Mechanical Engineering

  • Mark Hatch

    Entrepreneur in Residence

    General Partner, Network Society Ventures

  • Jack McCauley

    Innovator in Residence

    President, ROR3 Devices

  • Euiyoung Kim

    Postdoctoral Design Fellow

    Disruptive Design Postdoctoral Scholar, Mechanical Engineering

  • Eric Weinhoffer

    Design Fellow

    Prototype Engineer, APROE

  • Renato Verdugo

    Course Mentor

    User Experience Researcher, YouTube

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Industry Advisory Board

  • Paul Jacobs

    Chairman, Jacobs Institute Board
    Executive Chairman, Qualcomm

  • Liam Casey

    Founder and CEO
    PCH

  • Bran Ferren

    Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer
    Applied Minds

  • Charles Huang

    CEO
    Indigo 7

  • Dean Kamen

    Founder and President
    DEKA Research & Development Corp.

  • Zexiang Li

    Co-Founder, DJI, and Professor
    HKUST

  • Bert Lubin

    CEO
    UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital

  • Jack McCauley

    President
    ROR3 Devices

  • Isabel Rhee

    Member
    UC Berkeley Foundation Board of Trustees

  • Shankar Sastry

    Dean, College of Engineering
    UC Berkeley

  • James Truchard

    Chairman of the Board
    National Instruments

  • Cher Wang

    Chairwoman, CEO, and President
    HTC

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Student Advisory Board

  • Kloey Battista

  • Bryant Bettencourt

  • Elva Chen

  • Linda Du

  • Fiona Duerr

  • Nour Eldien Eldifrawy

  • Tejal Gala

  • Payton Goodrich

  • David Dominguez Hooper

  • Alyssa Li

  • Christina Pappas

  • Advaita Patel

  • Joshua Price

  • Edward Yang

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Alumni

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In Memoriam