Why should you choose the Berkeley MEng program? Insight from faculty and staff

Hear from our celebrated UC Berkeley and Fung Institute faculty, staff, and alumni on why the Berkeley MEng program is a valuable and unique experience.

The Master of Engineering (MEng) program at UC Berkeley combines a breadth of topics in business and engineering management, applying them to a depth of study in your technical concentration. As an MEng student, you’ll learn under our world-class Berkeley engineering faculty. Here’s what our UC Berkeley faculty and staff in each department had to share about the MEng program.


“Berkeley Bioengineering offers a wide range of technical concentrations for the MEng program, with lots of flexibility for students to select whichever courses fit their interests. Whether you’re passionate about medical devices, therapeutics, or biomedical imaging, the faculty in Berkeley Bioengineering will provide you with the tools and technical foundations you need to be at the cutting-edge of this rapidly growing field.”
— Stephanie Bianco, Bioengineering Graduate Student Advisor

Civil & Environmental Engineering

“Berkeley CEE Graduate programs are consistently ranked number one among all the Civil and Environmental Engineering programs in the US. The CEE MEng is a technically rigorous degree that will help you advance in your career as a professional engineer. You will gain a deeper knowledge of a specialized field, become proficient in tracking new developments, and have the skills to enable you to change directions throughout your career. It incorporates advanced courses in mathematics, chemistry, physics and the life sciences in a thorough technical program that uses engineering systems approach to analyze problems.”
— Felicia Bautista, Civil & Environmental Engineering Graduate Student Advisor

Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences

“The MEng program has provided me with analytical skills and techniques necessary to identify new/arising technological business opportunities as well as understand the effect of disruptive technologies. More importantly, I learned the best engineering solution may not be the most business savvy or politically favorable. An electronic product can have excellent performance, but if it does not address the need of the user, there is no value to it — no one will buy it. Also, I learned the adoption curve for a new product. All these insights, including many more not mentioned, have helped me become a more well rounded person, equipped to tackle the multi-faceted problems faced by R&D in large corporations.”
— Vincent Lee, MEng ’12 (EECS)

Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

“I think the most exciting thing about IEOR is that students will have limitless opportunities when they graduate. IEOR students work as data scientists, CEOs, CTOs, industrial engineers, researchers, and work in nearly every industry. When you graduate with a degree in IEOR, you aren’t limiting yourself, and will learn a superpower that can be used in any field.”
— Keith McAleer, IEOR Communications Director

“Because IEOR applies rigorous modeling to real world problems. Because it gives you the technical and business insights to be an engineering leader.”
— Lee Fleming, Coleman Fung Chair in Engineering Leadership, IEOR
Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship Strategy

“The FinTech concentration, the first such program in the world, prepares the students for potential jobs from investment banks in Wall Street as well as from tech companies in Silicon Valley.”
— Xin Guo, Coleman Fung Chair Professor in Financial Modeling

“An IEOR MEng degree will prepare you to understand, model, analyze, and implement solutions for complex systems-level problems. UC Berkeley is one of the best institutions in the world, with top-ranked engineering departments, as well as premier departments in hundreds of disciplines. — Rhonda Righter, Professor

Mechanical Engineering

“We offer a world-class MEng program in control, robotic and autonomous systems, which embodies both strong theoretical underpinnings as well as exciting hands-on course work and capstone projects.”
— Roberto Horowitz, Professor and Department Chair of Control of Robotics and Autonomous Systems

“You can take courses where you will learn how to control an aerial robot, and actually do this with real hardware; working through the full autonomy stack starting with what sensors there are, how the dynamics work what an appropriate control algorithm might be, and eventually programming your resulting algorithms in C++ to run on a microcontroller (hopefully ending up with an aerial robot that can hover stably!).”
— Mark Mueller, Assistant Professor of Control of Robotic and Autonomous Systems

Materials Science & Engineering

“MSE lies at the core of technical innovation. Without new materials, there is no new technology. At UC Berkeley, our world renowned faculty explore the cutting edge of new materials developments with applications impacting health care, energy storage and generation, electronics, optics and beyond.”
— Daryl Chrzan, Professor

“MSE teaches core fundamentals while preparing students to solve modern-day materials challenges with every lecture leveraging the substantial expertise of our faculty to educate scientists and engineers who are actively pushing the limits of technology.”
— Lane Martin, Professor

“The MEng program provides a one of a kind opportunity to learn from Berkeley’s stellar faculty, its future leaders, and unique entrepreneurial culture.”
— Mark Asta, Professor

Nuclear Engineering

“Practical engineering training for real life application. It sets you up to keep the innovations coming!”
— Peter Hosemann, Professor

“The field of nuclear engineering is currently evolving and progressing in remarkable ways, both in the United States and around the world. Nuclear engineering holds immeasurable potential by alleviating the adverse environmental effects of other energy sources and by greatly improving human health and welfare. We at NE department strive to position ourselves at the forefront of academia and research, further progressing all fields of nuclear engineering. A Master’s degree is an essential beginning for a long-term career in Nuclear Engineering, but Berkeley’s Master of Engineering program goes beyond technical specialization to offer courses in engineering leadership and a team-oriented capstone project.”
— Kirsten Wimple Hall, Nuclear Engineering Graduate Student Advisor

Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

“Since the Jacobs Institute welcomes students from all degree programs, the design courses that we run and host are a fantastic opportunity to learn about design innovation regardless of your area of concentration. The institute is purposefully designed as a multidisciplinary space; our courses, Makerspace, and other co-curricular resources offer a unique, collaborative experience, where students connect with peers and ideas with which they might not normally cross paths.”
— Lauren Ardis, Public Programs & Communications Officer

We look forward to welcoming our new Berkeley MEng class of engineering leaders in the fall. Accept your offer of admission by Thursday, April 15, 2021.



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