Tuesday’s 250 Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley

FEM Tech Talk      

<Meet the Speakers – Spring 2016>


Melisa Lin

Melisa Lin, Founder Nommery

January 26th

Melisa graduated from UC Berkeley with a self designed major- Sustainable Food Business. She is the founder of Nommery, a mobile friendly site that gathers diners at restaurants for shared meals with new friends. Nommery is one of the most successful dining communities in the world. Initially started as a hobby group on MeetUp, her foodie community now spans 15 cities in America and has had 2,000+ events over the course of the last three years.




Emmanuel Onyeador    Computer Academy Director, OUSD

February 2nd

WIth a background in Computer Science, Emmanuel Onyeador is used to building networks that manage the needs of people. He launched a computer science academy in Oakland Technical High School 12 years ago and by doing so he created  network of Oakland tech students.  Emmanuel is currently one of 40 teachers in the country piloting new CS Curriculum with universities such as Harvard, Stanford, and MIT. He believes that new partnerships between OUSD and Tech Companies such as Intel will help expand CS opportunities for Oakland students.  



Ruzena Bajcsy, EECS Professor UC Berkeley

February 9th

Ruzena Bajcsy is a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley  where she is also the director of CITRIS (Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society). Professor Bajcsy has done research in Artificial Intelligence, Biosystems and Computational Biology, Control, Intelligent Systems and Robotics, Graphics, Human Computer Interaction, Computer Vision, and Security. Previously she has been Chair of Computer Science and Engineering at University of Pennsylvania where she was the founding director of  GRASP ( General Robotics and Active Sensory Perception) She has also headed The National Science Foundation’s Computer and Information Science and Engineering Doctorate, with authority over a $500 million budget.



Mai Le, Search Engineer Leader, Yahoo

February 16th

Mai Le is a successful technology leader in business and cultural transformation. She is a Six Sigma Black Belt with over 20 years of experience managing, building, implementing, and integrating enterprise scale applications and solutions across multiple lines of business. She has played a key role in the completion of 30+ mergers and acquisitions with expertise in complex business process integration. Ms. Le has extensive business and systems experience in Engineering, IT, Operations and Finance environments. She has a successful track record of creating frameworks, strategies, plans, and processes to consistently meet profit and margin targets. Her areas of expertise include eCommerce, Business Performance Management and Intelligence, Master Data Management and Metrics. Ms. Le has successfully worked with Executive Management and effectively uses her planning and execution skills to deliver world-class solutions to her partners and customers.



Doreen Bloch, Founder and CEO Poshly

February 23rd

Doreen Bloch is the Founder & CEO of Poshly Inc., the consumer intelligence company honored with Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Big Data Companies 2015, InStyle Magazine’s “Best of the Web” and L’Oreal’s NEXT Generation Award. Doreen is one of Inc.’s “30 Under 30” CEOs in 2015 and a member of the Young Entrepreneur Council. Her work is regularly featured by press such as WSJ, The New York Times, Inc., Mashable, Forbes, Women 2.0, Feministing, Fortune & more.

She has previously worked in Yahoo, founded BARE Magazine and was an analyst at SecondMarket. If that’s not good enough she is a fellow Golden Bear and won the 2009 Oski Award for Outstanding Student Leader.



Sophie Charlotte Moatti

CEO Products that count & Board Member at Opera Software

March 1st

Sophie had been an executive for Facebook, Opera, Truila and Nokia. She launched and monetized mobile products that are used by billions of people and has received prestigious awards such as an Emmy nomination. Currently, she runs Products That Count, a company that helps businesses of all size become mobile. She also serves on the board of Opera Software (OPERA:Oslo), a publicly-traded mobile giant with over 1 billion users.  

She has a Stanford MBA and an MS in electrical engineering, and is fluent in 4 languages.



Blanca Gordo, Principal Investigator at International Computer Science Institute

March 29th

Dr. Gordo holds a doctorate in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Gordo writes about: 1) emerging problems and obstacles facing low-income populations vis-à-vis institutional change and economic restructuring with the integration of technology into society’s productive development processes; the structure of civic programs and public policy interventions addressing the effects of social change on the poor under institutional crisis and lack of planning in connecting low income places and people for social inclusion in evolving development processes underway

She has taught related courses in the departments of City and Regional Planning and Ethnic Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, department of Sociology at the University of San Francisco and Department of Mexican American Studies at San Jose State University.



Anca Dragan, Assistant Professor EECS Berkeley

April 12th

Anca is an Assistant Professor in the EECS department at UC Berkeley. Her research lies at the intersection of robotics, machine learning, and human-computer interaction. She is interested in enabling robots to work with and around people, and she employs a combination of optimal control, machine learning, and cognitive science techniques to make robots more and more capable of this end-goal.

She completed her PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University


FEM Tech Talk

Meet the Speakers – Fall 2016


Stephanie McLean, CEO Founder Trendy Treat

September 13th

Stephanie McLean has always been a lifelong lover of travel and style. After law school, she combined her passions, launching  Trendy Treat  a socially conscious lifestyle portal for globally glamorous modern women.

The Jamaica Business Observer named Stephanie as one of its business leaders honored as a Mogul In The Making, and highlighted Trendy Treat’s contribution to revitalizing the Caribbean’s apparel manufacturing sector. Featured by various outlets including Business Rockstars, Impakter, Loop & Cacique magazine, Trendy Treat has blossomed from an idea to a growing start up.

Trendy Treat’s success inspired Stephanie to launch her own clothing label, which debuted at San Francisco Fashion Community Week. The label offers contemporary fashion ethically manufactured by women.



Tenaya Hurst, Education Accounts Manager at

September 20th

The Arduino Woman Tenaya Hurst is an Education Accounts Manager for dog hunter LLC and She wears wearable tech to show what’s possible and how Arduino took a passion of hers to the next level. She has worked with hardware which uses WiFi, Bluetooth, and Linux. She’s also the owner and teacher at Rogue Making. Rogue Making offers maker workshops to kids and adults all over the United States. Tenaya teaches students how to sew with electronics, how to solder, and how to program wireless microcontrollers from Linino. If that’s not enough, Tenaya is also a Geo-Anthrop Actress where she uniquely combines Geology, Anthropology and Theatre. All in all she’s a package of awesomeness.



Marti Hearst, EECS Professor

September 27th

Dr. Marti Hearst is a professor in both the EECS department and the School of Information at UC Berkeley. Her studies focus primarily on user interfaces for search engines, information visualization, and improving MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).

Dr. Hearst has won many awards, including the NSF Career Award, the IBM Faculty Award, and four Excellence in Teaching Awards, the latest of which was in 2015 from our very own School of Information. She also has many published works, and wrote the very first academic book on Search User Interfaces.

Here at Cal, Dr. Hearst has taught several interesting courses in her field, including Analyzing Big Data with Twitter, and Technology for Search and Social Media. Definitely check out some of her courses for your next semester schedule!



Kathryn Rotondo, Course Manager Udacity

October 11th

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Cindy Cohn, Executive Director- Electronic Frontier Foundation

October 18th

Cindy Cohn is the Executive Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to defending civil liberties in the digital world. The EFF promotes protection of access to developing technology in order to advance freedom for all.

Ms. Cohn’s passion for these topics has expanded far beyond her involvement with the EFF, as she was a civil litigator handling technology-related cases in the 10 years previous.

In 2007, she was named one of the 50 most influential women lawyers in America, and one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America in 2013 by the National Law Journal.

Some issues Ms. Cohn has worked on in the past include the California reader Privacy Act, Google Book Search and Privacy, and Electronic Voting. Her current focuses are on NSA Spying, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and the National Security Letter, all of which play a prominent role in our privacy and daily lives.



Ashwin Vijayakumar, Lead Applications Architect, Intel

October 25th

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Laura Waller, EECS Professor

November 1st

Laura Waller is an Assistant Professor of EECS and a Senior Fellow at the Berkeley Institute of Data Science (BIDS), with affiliations in Bioengineering and Applied Sciences and Technology.

Previously, Laura was a Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer of Physics at Princeton from 2010-2012 and has received a BS, M.Eng, and PhD degrees from MIT. She is a Moore Foundation Data-Driven Investigator, Bakar fellow, Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring awardee, NSF CAREER awardee and Packard Fellow.

Professor Waller also heads the Computational Imaging Lab, which develops new methods for optical imaging. By developing software to work with existing hardware, she and her group has worked on ways to see what would otherwise be transparent, and to digitally bring images into focus. These discoveries and developments have amazing variety of applications, including X-rays, microscopes, and iPhone cameras.