About Us


Pioneers in Engineering (PiE) promotes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education through an exciting, mentorship-based process. PiE is a student outreach organization based in UC Berkeley and was founded in 2008 by members of Tau Beta Pi led by Xiao-Yu Fu. We strongly believe that no student should be denied a quality STEM education experience.



Vivien Nguyen


Briana Niu

Director of Business

Alan Zhang

Director of Programs

Brandon Lee

Director of Engineering

Scott Numamoto

Director of Education

Project Managers

Angela Kwon

PM of E.D.You

Jesse Valva


Miyuki Weldon

PM of Mechanical Kit

Sam Zhou

PM of Shepherd (Field Control)

Jerome Wei

PM of Web Ops

All Staff and Bios

Averal Kandala

EECS '20

Jesse Valva

Memeology and Mathology '20

Alan Zhang

Computer Science '19

Nick Werblun

EECS '18

Seiya Ono

EECS '19

James Hulett

EECS, Applied Math '19

Brandon Lee

EECS '19

Niraj Ganesh

Material Science and Engineering '20

Kevin Ma

EECS '19

Jonathan Lee

EECS '20

Scott Numamoto

EECS '19

Hong Jun Jeon

EECS '19

Brose Johnstone

CS '19

Angela Kwon

Applied Math '19

Margo Oka

Math '19

Grant Emmendorfer

ME '18

Bob Dai

Computer Science '19

Chad Wakamiya

IEOR '20

David Xiong

L&S Computer Science '20

Julie Lum

MEB & EEP 2017 (jk i'm a sophomore)

Lily Bhattacharjee

EECS '21

Youqi Chen

Undecided '21

Calvin Choi

Mechanical Engineering '18

Wayne Li


Kirsten Nguyen

Undeclared Second

Jehan Yang

Mechanical Engineering '19

Rahul Tirumalareddy

Computer Science '19

Andrew Wan

CS '21

Sebastian Lam

Nuclear Engineering '21

Arnav Raha

BioE '21

Jessica Au

IEOR '21

Arjun Sridhar

EECS '19

Michael Wu

Intended Computer Science '21

Rene Lee

Computer Science Intended '20

Rene Gamino Jr

Intended B.A. in Computer Science, perhaps sociology later. '19

Sam Zhou

Computer Science 3

Max Lee

Mechanical Engineering '21

Kevin Chien

EECS '20

Jeanney Keo

Undeclared '21

James Fong

Computer Science '20

Tiffany Chiang

Computer Science '19

Alex Welty

Math and Computer Science '20

Ashwarya Srinivas

Cognitive Science '20


Comp Sci '21

Aliya Kusumo

Mechanical Engineering '21

Charlie Friesen

Mechanical Engineering '18

Karen Lee

Cognitive Science '21

Faculty Advisors

Pieter Abbeel

Associate Professor

Terry Johnson

Associate Professor

George Anwar



Xiao Yu Fu

Founder | Univ. of Calgary

Matthew Chang


Amy Fu


Samuel Fung


Vanathi Ganesh

Advisor | Microsoft

Humphrey Hu

Carnegie Mellon

Douglas Hutchings

Advisor | UC Berkeley

Ryan Julian

Advisor | University of Southern California

Huda Khayrallah

Johns Hopkins

Nikita Kitaev

Advisor | UC Berkeley

William Li

Advisor | Sparks

Allen Li

Advisor | Facebook

Winston Long


Robert Luan

Advisor | Apple

Peter Nakamoto

Think Surgical

Jared Porter


Dennis Wai

Advisor | Jet Propulsion Laboratory

John Wang

May Mobility

Or Weizman


Baladitya Yellapragada

UC Berkeley

Daniel Lee

Advisor | Google

Tomoya Ogura

Advisor | Captricity

PiE Foundation


The Pioneers in Engineering Foundation is an independent, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Its mission is to promote STEM education through an exciting, mentor-based process.

Donations to PiE are tax-deductible subject to federal and state charitable giving rules. If you would like to make a donation, please donate online now or email [email protected] to arrange your gift.

Board of Directors and Executive Officers

The PiE Foundation is led by a board of current and former PiE members.

Executive Officers

  • Douglas Hutchings
  • Winston Long
  • Tommy Ogura

Board Members

  • Xiao-Yu Fu
  • Ryan Julian
  • Nikita Kitaev
  • Aravind Kumaraguru
  • Daniel Lee
  • Jonathan Lee
  • William Li
  • Julie Lum
  • Jesse Valva
  • Dennis Wai
  • Andy Wong


In 2015, Pioneers in Engineering obtained 501(c)(3) nonprofit status with the help of Michael M. Rosen of Fish and Richardson.



Contact Us

Pioneers in Engineering Foundation 1862 Arch St Apt 4 Berkeley, CA 94709

Annual Reports

For more information about the participants of our past season, take look at our annual reports.

Title Date posted Download
Annual Report 2015 October 11, 2015 PDF
Annual Report 2014 PDF
Annual Report 2012 PDF
Annual Report 2011 August 23, 2011 PDF

PiE Annual Data

Year Participants Schools Mentors
2009 44 6 18
2010 60 8 27
2011 102 9 35
2012 265 20 90
2013 260 24 107
2014 276 20 86
2015 350 24 76

Quick Facts on PiE's RC Participants (in 2016)

Annual Household Income

Family Income Total Percent
below $10,000 14 5%
$10,000 - $30,000 46 17%
$30,000 - $50,000 68 25%
$50,000 - $70,000 45 16%
$70,000 - $90,000 26 9%
$90,000+ 78 28%

47% of our participants live below the US median wage of $51,939 (US Census Bureau).

Some of our participants live below the US household* poverty line of $20,090 (US Dept. of Health and Human Services).

*household of 3 members

Gender Demographics

Gender Total Percent
Male 187 68%
Female 88 32%

1 in 3 of PiE's RC participants are female. This is doing better than most colleges in participation of females in robotics or computer science.

(Data: National Girls Collaborative Project)