Prospective EECS Women Students

WiSE Residence
Theme Program

A Message from the Executive Associate Dean:Fiona Doyle

photo of Prof. Doyle Electrical engineering and computer sciences (EECS) is one of the most exciting and most rapidly developing technical disciplines of the day. The University of California, Berkeley is generally acknowledged as the best school for graduate study in the country, and Northern California is the electronics and computing technology capital of the world. If you want to be a student of electrical engineering and computer science in a first-rate undergraduate department, at the best school, in the best region in the world to be, then our program is for you! We cherish how Berkeley's research developments have had direct and positive impact on people's lives, from the surface acoustic wave (SAW) filters found in every television, radio, and cellular phone, to the standard algorithms for floating point calculations found in every modern microprocessor chip. Berkeley as a campus and as a community is world renowned for its progressive sensibilities. We believe that our department has an environment friendly to women. Berkeley is the place for you to come to grow as an engineer, as a professional, and as a person. Just find out more about us, and I am sure you will want to join us!

Messages from our Faculty

Tsu-Jae King, Electrical Engineering Division Chair and Associate Chair

photo of Prof. King Engineering involves the creation and development of scientific knowledge for practical application. Because of the ever-increasing complexity of electronic devices and systems, research in this exciting field has come to involve a lot of interdisciplinary team work. It is a rewarding field, because your inventions and innovations are ultimately used to build new products.

The best part of being a professor is interacting with the students, teaching them as well as learning from them, challenging them and, in turn, having them challenge me. They are an invigorating source of enthusiasm and creativity.

Kathy Yelick, Professor of Computer Sciences

photo of Prof. Yelick I was hooked on computer science with my first programming course as a freshman. Now I get to relive that experience with each new crop of students. For me, the best part of being a professor is working with the students. They have so much energy and enthusiasm and are a constant source of new ideas.

People don't always realize how broad engineering is. My research, for example, has included simulation of a human heart to improve the design of artificial heart valves. Although most people associate engineering with math and science, it also involves a lot of creative design and team work. There's a great feeling of satisfaction in seeing other people use something that you built.

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Messages from our Students

Judy Hoffman, Fourth year

Being a woman in engineering is always difficult. However, Berkeley has been amazing at offering support and guidance. In my freshmen year, when I hardly knew anyone in EECS, I was invited to join all the women in the department for a luncheon. Here I met upper-classmen who advised me on everything, from which Professors to take to where to take a nap in Cory Hall. Specific outreach programs like this helped me feel at home in what is one of the largest departments on campus.

Lifan Zhang, Third year

Coming to Cal is the best decision I've ever made in my whole life. I have met amazing people from all sorts of background here. When I was a freshman, I was worried about being the only girl in my 20 people class and constantly getting pick on. However, Cal proved me wrong. Even though the situation of being one of the three girls in my class does happen once in a while, I did not feel so awkward as I expected. Everyone here is treated as equals and the border between man and woman EECS students is gradually dissolved as the students worked together on homework and projects. I have also joined AWE where I received valuable advice from upperclasswomen. They have guided me through my first two years at Cal, and I can't wait to become a source of information for the incoming freshwomen.

Doris Hung, Fourth year

Upon my acceptance into Cal, one of the first few comments I heard about EECS and engineering was the extreme ratio of girls vs boys. I was intimidated about this, but I soon found out that this worry was unnecessary. There is little, if any, discrimination against women engineers, and the support from the EECS department for women engineers is an awesome experience. My three years so far here at Cal has been filled with challenges brought by my academic life, but AWE has brought me out of the misery of plain studying. AWE has been a second home to me; not only did social events relief my academic stress, AWE also has been the link between my closest friends here at Cal and me. The advice from other women in EECS, the studying groups, and the friendships formed and support between the girls are only the few things great about AWE. For my remaining year, I am sure I will be facing interesting yet challenging upper-division courses, but I am even more sure that the girls from AWE will support me to the end.

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Organizations for Women EECS Students

Student organizations in EECS play a vital role in providing academic and social support at Berkeley. The largest EECS women's organization is the Association of Women EECS (AWE). All EECS women are automatic members of AWE upon admission. Activities organized include hiking trips, musical events in San Francisco, and other social events around the bay area. AWE dedicated to recruiting women undergraduates in CS and EE, facilitating support through weekly "Breaktime" meetings, and fostering academic and professional careers.

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) offers peer advising, social activities, and a chance for women leaders to work together. Berkeley SWE is a group of women and men who work to support women in engineering. SWE provides an outlet to have fun, meet other people, and learn how to prepare yourself for the real world once you graduate.

The EECS Center for Student Affairs organizes several events throughout the year to help orient new women to the EECS department, as well as assist student organizations with forming community among students. The Big/Little Sister Mentoring Program provides new women students a "big sister" with whom she can write, e-mail, or talk on the phone about any questions concerning starting college. The Center also organizes a New Women Open House at the beginning of each year, as well as many lunches, dinners and guest speakers throughout the year.

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Women in Science Engineering (WiSE) Residence Theme Program

WiSE Group The Women in Science Engineering Theme Program located in the Foothill complex aims to provide a living and learning environment for women students with a strong interest in math, science and engineering. Its goal is to maximize WiSE students' awareness and understanding of their potential fields. In the classroom, WiSE students will likely be taking common, basic courses in mathematics, chemistry, computer science, and physics together. Outside the classroom, WiSE students will continue to learn from their peers, and receive specialized advising and mentoring that will assist them in their transition to Cal. Continuing WiSE students serve as peer mentors for incoming freshmen and transfer students.

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Extracurricular Activities

Many EECS students have broad interests and participate in extracurricular activities. There are over 350 student organizations (over 30 EECS-related) registered on campus, leaving something for everyone. EECS women are involved in all kinds of activities ranging from Cal Marching Band, Indian dance, and a cappella singing groups, to volunteer community work, Model United Nations, intramural sports, and campus sororities.

Engineering Education Service Center

Pre-Engineering Summer Camps!

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Women Faculty in EECS

The UC Berkeley Virtual Development Center (VDC)

(, in collaboration with the Anita Borg Institute for Women in Technology ( engages undergraduate women in the design of technology for women.

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