Supporting Underrepresented Students in STEM/Engineering

Sponsored by the Cal Alumni Association with Chevron

Take a break from studying for finals to hear/meet a panel of current professionals in engineering discuss their journeys through college, the hurdles they overcame, and their perspectives on how to thrive in this field.

College of Engineering staff will also discuss free resources available to support student success. Dinner will be provided!

Thursday, May 4 | 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
B110, Blum Center, UC Berkeley

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Deadline to Register: Monday, May 1 at 11:59 p.m.


image Chris Ategeka ’09
Chris is an award-winning, Ugandan-born engineer, serial entrepreneur, and investor. He is a ​founder​ of Upshot, a pioneer global design company that creates solutions for the unintended consequences of technology in AI, VR, and international development. In addition, he founded Hourglass Ventures, a platform that supports future visionaries with funding and resources they need to create positive change around the world, as well as Health Access Corps, an organization that works to create sustainable health systems on the African continent. He also currently serves as the president of Health Access Corps. Chris has received international recognition for his work, most recently as a TED2017 Fellow. He was named one of World Economic Forum’s 2016 Young Global Leaders and one of Forbes magazine’s 2014 30 Under 30, and is an Ashoka Fellow and Echoing Green fellow. Chris’s work has been featured by major local and international media outlets, including BBC, Forbes, and NPR. Chris holds a B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley and is a former Achievement Award Program (TAAP) Scholar.

image Jovy Estremos ’07
Born in Manila, Philippines and raised in Los Angeles, Jovy graduated from UC Berkeley in 2007 with a B.S. in civil and environmental engineering. While at Berkeley, Jovy was a Achievement Award Program (TAAP) Scholar. In 2008, Jovy began working at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works as a civil engineering assistant for the Water Resources Division, which aims to promote flood control and water conservation throughout Los Angeles County. For more than nine years, Jovy has worked in the Dams section of this division, executing various dam safety and improvement projects from their concepts to their designs and construction. Jovy has worked on hydraulic valve repairs and improvement, access road re-pavement, grouting dam cracks and leakage, eroded slope repairs, drainage improvements, utility upgrades, post-tensioned anchors, dam safety monitoring and investigations, environmental permitting, construction management, and others. Jovy currently lives in Pasadena and works as an associate civil engineer. She is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), California Association of Professional Employees (CAPE), and American Society of Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO).

image Betsy Lim
Betsy graduated from UC Davis in 2012 with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. She interned with Chevron and was hired full-time after college as a design engineer at the Chevron Richmond Refinery. Betsy’s role consisted mostly of writing instructions for routine maintenance and shutdown activities. She also helped order equipment and worked on interdisciplinary teams with chemical and electrical engineers, inspectors, operators, and maintenance representatives. After three and a half years, she became a reactor design engineer at the Technology Marketing (TEMA) department, the hydroprocessing and refinery technology commercialization center of excellence for Chevron, and sells licenses to other companies within the U.S. and internationally. Betsy uses 3D modeling to design high-pressure reactors and perform inspections at fabrication shops and client sites.

image Praneil Prasad ’04
Praneil graduated from UC Berkeley in 2004 with a B.S. in mechanical engineering and materials science. His focus during and after college included materials testing. During his time at school, he worked part-time as an intern for Caltrans, and after graduating, he was hired full-time at the Hexcel Corporation. Praneil moved to Chevron in late 2005 as a design engineer, a role focused on mechanical engineering. The job primarily involved writing instructions for maintenance activities on existing equipment. After about three and a half years, he spent a year as a rotating equipment engineer, working on equipment reliability and energy-saving projects, before moving into his current position, a longer-term materials engineering role, which he has held for more than six years. In this role, Praneil is working with materials selection, mitigating damage mechanisms, and performing failure analysis.

Please note: Although all students are welcome, this event is primarily intended to support low-income, first-generation students and students of color in STEM/engineering.