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

  • Emily Rice

    Director, Programs & Operations
    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
    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.
  • Robert Kett, PhD

    Public Programs & Communications Officer
    Jacobs Hall 103

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

    Student Services & Programs Manager
    Jacobs Hall 103

    Amy manages student services and academic affairs for the Jacobs Institute; she creates and shares resources to help students and instructors. Contact her for advising about courses, programs, and other opportunities for exploring design or to suggest new resources for the Jacobs community.
  • Roland Saekow

    Special Projects
    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
    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.
  • Tyshon Rogers

    Student Services Advisor
    Jacobs Hall 234

    Tyshon manages student services and academic affairs for the Berkeley Certificate in Design Innovation (BCDI) and provides student services support for the Jacobs Institute. Contact him for any questions about student resources, including certificate requirements and course eligibility for BCDI, scheduling, enrollment and advising.
  • Gary Gin

    Design Specialist
    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. Learn more.
  • Cody Glen

    Design Specialist
    Jacobs Hall 120

    Cody is a designer, fabricator, and roboticist whose work centers around surface rationalization and computational solutions for complex facade and enclosure problems. His interest is in computational design and digital fabrication and their roles within the greater discourse of design. Contact him about CNC fabrication, PCB fabrication, robotics, computation, optimization, and general design questions.
  • Adam Hutz

    Design Specialist
    Jacobs Hall 110

  • Chris Parsell

    Design Specialist
    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. Learn more.
  • Mary Catherine Richardson

    Design Specialist
    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. Learn more.
  • Drew Mason

    Information Systems Analyst

  • Ben Appenzeller


  • Emily Au


  • Yoon Bahk


  • Chris Myers


  • Purin Phanichphant


  • Kuan-Ju Wu



Student Staff

  • Gibson Chu

    Student Repoter

    Gibson is a cognitive science and economics student, interested in social design and product management. He can't wait to share the innovative stories and projects made at Jacobs. When he's not snapping photos, he loves collecting hats and playing board/card games.
  • Madalyn Miles

    Student Reporter

    Madalyn loves all things science, creativity, and journalism, and she's thrilled to be able to tell Jacob's stories as part of the creative team!  She is also an avid tree-climber & peanut butter enthusiast and occasionally breaks out into dance moves.
  • 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.
  • Nicholas Injo

    Student Supervisor

    Nick is a mechanical engineering student who is interested in robotics. Aside from working at Jacobs Hall, he enjoys playing racket sports, snowboarding, and getting lost in YouTube. He loves learning about all the cool projects going on throughout the makerspace.
  • Joelene Latief

    Student Supervisor

    Joelene Latief is an Engineering Undeclared student passionate about the intersection of design and tech. In her free time, she likes to play with her cats, make things, explore the city, and read new books.
  • 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.
  • Katherine Qiu

    Student Supervisor

    Katherine is a CED Individual Major who is interested in creating well thought out experiences.  When not in prototyping at Jacobs, she loves drawing in her sketchbook, cooking with friends, reading the New Yorker, and tending to her many plants.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • Taylor Lee

    Program Assistant

    Taylor is currently a freshman studying Bioengineering and absolutely loves it here at Jacobs. As a program assistant, her role is to help organize everything that goes on in the building. When she's not here she's probably napping or watching The Office.  
  • Eldon Schoop

    Project Lead & Principal Engineer, Maker Pass

  • David Zhang

    Maker Pass Software Developer


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

  • Robert J. Full

    Faculty Director's Council

    Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

  • Kosa Goucher-Lambert

    Faculty Director's Council

    Assistant Professor, Mechanical 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

  • Grace O’Connell

    Faculty Director's Council

    Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

  • Ikhlaq Sidhu

    Faculty Director’s Council

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

  • Hannah Stuart

    Assistant Professor

    Embodied Dexterity Group (EDG)
    Department of Mechanical Engineering

  • Hayden Taylor

    Faculty Director’s Council

    Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

  • Mark Hatch

    Entrepreneur in Residence

    General Partner, Network Society Ventures

  • Jack McCauley

    Innovator in Residence

    President, ROR3 Devices

  • Sara Cinnamon

    Design Fellow

    Technical Lead, LUNAR

  • Drew McPherson

    Design Fellow

  • Eric Weinhoffer

    Design Fellow

    Prototype Engineer, Bolt


Industry Advisory Board

  • Tsu-Jae King Liu

    Dean, College of Engineering
    UC Berkeley

  • Paul Jacobs

    Chairman, Jacobs Institute Board
    Inventor / Investor

  • Liam Casey

    Founder and CEO

  • Bran Ferren

    Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer
    Applied Minds

  • Maria Giudice

    Rise of the DEO

  • Charles Huang

    Indigo 7

  • Dean Kamen

    Founder and President
    DEKA Research & Development Corp.

  • Zexiang Li

    Co-Founder, DJI, and Professor

  • Bert Lubin

    UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital

  • Jack McCauley

    ROR3 Devices

  • Isabel Rhee

    UC Berkeley Foundation Board of Trustees

  • James Truchard

    Chairman of the Board
    National Instruments

  • Cher Wang

    Chairwoman, CEO, and President


Student Advisory Board

  • Bryant Bettencourt

  • Darcy Burnham

  • Cameron Chaney

  • Ruby Chen

  • Tejal Gala


  • Payton Goodrich

  • Eric Jacobs

  • Neha Nagabothu

  • Edward Yang





In Memoriam