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 and Technical Staff

  • Stephanie Bianco

    Director of Career Development
    Jacobs Hall 210C

    Stephanie Bianco is a career educator with years of experience working in higher education. She has a passion for supporting students as they prepare for their future careers, and is responsible for building a program emphasizing equity, inclusion, and access, and which best meets the unique needs of the Master of Design students at the Jacobs Institute.
  • Amy Dinh

    Director of Academic Affairs
    Jacobs Hall 103

    Amy manages student services and academic affairs for the Jacobs Institute, including oversight/coordination of the undergraduate and graduate programs, student leadership groups, and DEI committee. Contact her regarding questions, comments, or suggestions regarding your student experience.
  • 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 or book office hours appointment.
  • Cody Glen

    Design Specialist
    Jacobs Hall 110

    Cody is a designer, fabricator, and roboticist whose work centers around surface rationalization and computational solutions for complex facade and enclosure problems. His interests are 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. Book office hours appointment.
  • Joey Gottbrath

    Technical Lab Director
    Jacobs Hall 110B

    Joey Gottbrath oversees the fabrication facilities and equipment curricula and leads the technical team. His interests are woodworking and furniture design that integrates both recent and traditional methodologies, and he has managed  experimental fabrication spaces for artists, engineers, and designers in the Bay Area for over two decades. Gottbrath serves on the board of International Symposium of Academic Makerspaces and on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee of the Student Shop Manager’s Consortium.
  • Janrey Javier

    Student Engagement Manager
    Jacobs 103

    As Student Engagement Manager, Janrey serves the broad community of students in the Jacobs community. He is responsible for supporting student access & participation through outreach, advising, program management, and partnership with student groups and leaders.
  • Gwynne Keathley

    Executive Director
    Jacobs Hall 210A

  • Aleta Martinez

    Administrative Officer
    Jacobs Hall 110A

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

    Information Systems Analyst

  • Sabrina Merlo

    Senior Director of External Affairs

    Jacobs Hall 210B

    Sabrina leads marketing and communications at Jacobs Institute and works strategically to advance external partnerships including community, corporate, and government connections and collaborations.
  • Nicole Panditi

    Design Technician

    Nicole is a design technician with a focus on 3D printing. She enjoys woodworking and permaculture. Contact her for help on your print, the Jacobs Self-Service Printing service, or to chat about sustainability
  • 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 or book office hours appointment.
  • Tyshon Rogers

    Assistant Director of Academic Affairs
    Jacobs Hall 103

    Tyshon is responsible for enrollment management and student services for the Berkeley Certificate in Design Innovation (BCDI) and the Master of Design (MDes). Contact him for any questions about scheduling, enrollment, and other student resources, including MDes electives, requirements and course eligibility for BCDI, and student group support.
  • Erik Sandall

    Operations Manager
    Jacobs Hall 110A

    Erik Sandall is a system administrator with a background in libraries and the software industry. He oversees makerspace digital infrastructure, including the Maker Pass access system and online material store. Contact Erik for all makerspace questions. To troubleshoot makerspace access issues, please try our online fix tool. To report that you have a new Cal 1 Card, please fill out this form.

Student Staff

  • Zeping (Phyllis) Fei

    Creative Catalyst

  • Julie Hoang

    Student Supervisor

    I am a third year student studying Mechanical Engineering. I have lived in the Bay Area my entire life but want to try out the East Coast after graduation. In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors: swimming, volleyball, or hiking.
  • Albert Senyo Hodo

    Creative Catalyst

  • Hyun Jie Jung

    Creative Catalyst

  • Jennifer Li

    Student Supervisor

    Jennifer Li is a first-year student planning to major in Mechanical Engineering
  • Kelly Liu

    Student Supervisor

  • Aashray Manchanda

    Student Supervisor

    Aashray is currently a freshman studying Mechanical Engineering and EECS from Fairfax, Virginia. At Jacobs, he enjoys helping other students with their projects in the Makerspace, and helps facilitate the Jacobs Project Support (JPS) system as well. In his free time, Aashray loves playing chess, working on Berkeley's Battlebot "Glitch", and playing on the Ultimate Frisbee team.
  • Ananth Nayak

    Creative Catalyst

  • Eldon Schoop

    Project Lead & Principal Engineer, Maker Pass

  • Grace Thompson

    Creative Catalyst

  • Aaron Wu

    Creative Catalyst

Faculty, Lecturers, and Mentors

Industry Advisory Board

  • 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

  • Paul Jacobs

    Chairman, Jacobs Institute Board
    Inventor / Investor

  • Dean Kamen

    Founder and President
    DEKA Research & Development Corp.

  • Tsu-Jae King Liu

    Dean, College of Engineering
    UC Berkeley

  • Zexiang Li

    Co-Founder, DJI, and Professor

  • Sonita Lontoh

    Global Head of Marketing, 3D Print & Digital Marketing

  • Jack McCauley

    ROR3 Devices

  • Jon Sigerman

    Co-founder, Summation Legal Technologies, Inc.

  • James Truchard

    Chairman of the Board
    National Instruments

  • Cher Wang

    Chairwoman, CEO, and President

  • Yael Zheng

    Board Director
    Poly and Board Director, Splashtop

Student Advisory Board

  • Alexa Alcala

  • Cameron Chaney

  • Victoria Lee

  • Miles Nash

  • Adit Roychowdhury

  • Khushi Sancheti

  • Luke Seybold

  • Rushabh Shah

  • Niki Shakouri

  • Drew Singer

  • Lingke Song

  • Wilson Torres


In Memoriam