EECS Peers

"Peers supporting peers with grad school life."

Our goals are to provide a private, open-minded supportive ear and sounding board for any situation and serve as a resource to other students for navigating grad school issues such as classes, advisors, prelims, stress, and conflicts.

To talk to a peer simply reach out by speaking to us in person or sending an email. All EECS peers are listed below and have a sign on their desk designating them as a peer.

Any other questions can be directed to Kristin Stephens (ksteph [at] cs.berkeley.edu), the graduate student EECS Peers coordinator.

Kristin Stephens
Kristin Stephens

(ksteph [at] cs.berkeley.edu)

Kristin Stephens

Bio:

My research is a cross between information visualization, data mining, and human computer interaction. I've served as WICSE president and am now the main organizer of EECS Peers.

Fun Fact:

In my free time I enjoy swing dancing and crochet.
Justine Sherry
Justine Sherry

(justine [at] eecs.berkeley.edu)

Justine Sherry

Bio:

I am a fourth year in networking; I sit in the NetSys Lab. My research focuses on "middleboxes" -- things like firewalls and proxies. I grew up in and around Seattle and enjoy cooking, reading, nerdy board games, and coffee.

Fun Fact:

I make an awesome chocolate raspberry cake.
Vijay Kamble
Vijay Kamble
(vjk [at] eecs.berkeley.edu)

Vijay Kamble

Bio:

I am a fourth year graduate student in EECS from Mumbai. I am interested in game theory, economics, applied probability and optimization. I have always tried to be a jack of all trades and I am here hoping to be a master of at least one.

Fun Fact:

I can always sense when someone is uncomfortable in a room.
Jake Sadie
Jake Sadie
(j.sadie [at] eecs.berkeley.edu)

Jake Sadie

Bio:

Originally from Ohio, I went to Clemson University to earn my Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering and here at Berkeley I work in the printed electronics research laboratory under Vivek Subramanian. I live in San Francisco and enjoy running the EECS Graduate Student Softball League, traveling the world during summers, and pretending like I know how to play a guitar.

Fun Fact:

By the end of summer 2013 I will have attended 55 Dave Matthews Band concerts. No joke.
Kurtis Heimerl
Kurtis Heimerl

(kheimerl [at] cs.berkeley.edu)

Kurtis Heimerl

Bio:

I am a soon-to-be-graduating 7th year student in Computer Science with a focus on cellular networks, human-computer interaction, and international development. I am originally from Alaska, emigrating through the wonderful University of Washington on his way to Berkeley.

Fun Fact:

Owing to my red state heritage, I have numerous bear stories at my disposal.
Brian Zimmer
Brian Zimmer

(bmzimmer [at] eecs.berkeley.edu)

Brian Zimmer

Bio:

I'm a fourth year PhD student in EECS co-advised by Bora Nikolic and Krste Asanovic, and study architecture and circuit-level techniques for improving energy efficiency in digital systems. I graduated from UC Davis with a BS in 2010.

Fun Fact:

I play on a club ultimate frisbee team.
Matt Spencer
Matt Spencer

(mespence [at] eecs.berkeley.edu)

Matt Spencer

Bio:

I was born in Iowa, educated in Boston, and even more educated here at Berkeley. (5 years so far.) I am fascinated by weird physics, emerging electronic devices, mixed-signal circuits, and breaking all of the above in lab. I'm advised by Elad Alon.

Fun Fact:

My recent hobbies include a Chinese martial art called wushu and salsa dancing. Hilarity ensues when I confuse them.
Shaddi Hasan
Shaddi Hasan

(shaddi [at] cs.berkeley.edu)

Shaddi Hasan

Bio:

I'm a fourth year PhD student in the TIER group, with a systems and networking bent. Originally from Tennessee, did my undergrad at UNC Chapel Hill.

Fun Fact:

I can (probably) identify any bird you come across on campus.
Judy Hoffman
Judy Hoffman

(jhoffman [at] eecs.berkeley.edu)

Judy Hoffman

Bio:

I am a 4th year studying computer vision, though if you include my undergraduate time at CAL I'm in my 8th year here. I was co-president of WICSE last year and now I'm the diversity and outreach officer for the CSGSA.

Fun Fact:

I love hiking and camping!
Scott Beamer
Scott Beamer

(sbeamer [at] eecs.berkeley.edu)

Scott Beamer

Bio:

I am an East Bay native who has so far been unsuccessful at leaving Berkeley. I am studying Computer Architecture and I am currently designing specialized hardware for graph algorithms.

Fun Fact:

I can throw a frisbee at least ten different ways.
Paul Pearce
Paul Pearce

(pearce [at] cs.berkeley.edu)

Paul Pearce

Bio:

I'm a 4th year security PhD student, and current CSGSA co-president. I have a good working knowledge of the department, and have served on several committees. I did my undergrad here at Cal, and I'm originally a Jr College transfer from Southern California. Current obsession: Biking.

Fun Fact:

I'm one of the older grad students in the department.
Samarth Bhargava
Samarth Bhargava
(samarth [at] eecs.berkeley.edu)

Samarth Bhargava

Bio:

I'm a fourth year grad student, studying electromagnetics and optical devices. I was an undergrad at Carnegie Mellon University and am originally from Massachusetts. I love nature, art, music, running, hiking, backpacking, etc. I am most productive and often found and at Berkeley coffee shops.

Fun Fact:

My older brother called me Samartha Stewart when I was little, because I also love arts & crafts, cooking, baking...
Tselil Schramm
Tselil Schramm
(tschramm [at] cs.berkeley.edu)

Tselil Schramm

Bio:

I'm a second year student in the CS theory group, and a current CSGSA co-president. My research interests have not yet converged, but I am interested in graph algorithms, spectral graph theory, and hardness of approximation (and other things too).

Fun Fact:

Outside of research, my hobbies include bouldering, ceramics, reading, and being outdoors.
Gireeja Ranade
Gireeja Ranade

(gireeja [at] eecs.berkeley.edu)

Gireeja Ranade

Bio:

I'm a grad student in EECS from Pune, India and I'm interested in information theory and control theory, neuroscience, and social and economic systems. I love to dance and read.

Fun Fact:

I took time off from grad school to teach Computer Science in Accra, Ghana.
Aaron Bestick
Aaron Bestick
(abestick [at] eecs.berkeley.edu)

Aaron Bestick

Bio:

I'm a 3rd year EE PhD student working on controls/robotics research with Ruzena Bajcsy. Outside of school, I occupy my time with outdoorsy pursuits like camping, backpacking, and skiing (poorly:), along with hacking together electronics projects like drink-mixing robots and wireless beehive-monitoring sensors.

Fun Fact:

The coolest backpacking trip I've ever taken was a week-long, ~70 mile trip through the North Cascades in Washington State.