About Us

Mission

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.

Team

Leadership

Karen Lee

Director

Jessica Au

Director of Corporate & Public Relations

Kirsten Nguyen

Director of Education

Jeanney Keo

Director of Programs

Charles Hong

Director of Engineering (Software)

Steven Lu

Director of Engineering (Hardware)

Project Managers

Ben Liao

Hibike/Runtime

Jesse Valva

Atlas

Ashley Byrne

Education

Rafael Ostrea

DevOps

Kaitlyn Chan

PiE Sens

Ryan Koh

Shepherd

Matthew Harrigan

Shepherd

Sophia Li

Mechanical

Kevin Zhu

Infrastructure

Albert Wen

Mechanical

Edward Choi

Dawn/Infrastructure (Software Coordinator)

All Staff and Bios

Kexin Zhu

CS

Ahllain Santos

public health and data science

Jeffrey Wu

Intended CS

Helen Zhao Chen

Bio somewhere

Samarth Goel

CS + Haas

Bryant La

Mechanical Engineering

Aryaman Jhunjhunwala

EECS

Jennessa Ma

Intended CS

Colin Leung

Mechanical Engineering

Ashley Zhang

Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences

Chad Wakamiya

IEOR

Claire Gantan

EECS

Kyle Zhang

Computer

Sophia Li

Toxicology

Karen Lee

Cognitive Science

Charles Wang

Computer Science

Stephen Wang

EECS

Ruslana Yurtyn

Computer Science

Andy Wang

Data Science intended

David Zhang

CS

Maxime Berenshteyn

Computer Science

Nathan Kelsh

Computer Science

Daniel Molina

EECS

Boyang Li

Math/CS

Asim Biswal

EECS

Maverick Yilong Zhang

Math and Computer Science

Saurabh Narain

Computer Science

Jonathan Lee

EECS

Xavier Balladarez

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Tijmen Sep

Mechanical Engineering

Austin Ralleta

EECS

Justin Shih

Data Science

Erica Zhu

Intended Data Science

Ruohan (Richard) Yan

EECS

zhaoji li

mechanical engineering

Michelle Cheung

Computer Science

Kevin Rubio

Bioengineering

Tiffany Luong

Civil Engineer

Caitlyn Lee

Mechanical Engineering

Norman Chao

Data Science Major & CS Minor :3

Calvin Pham

Intended Computer Science

Kai Chen

Economics & Data Science

Faculty Advisors

Pieter Abbeel

Associate Professor

Terry Johnson

Associate Professor

George Anwar

Lecturer

Alumni

Xiao Yu Fu

Founder | Univ. of Calgary

Matthew Chang

Amazon

Amy Fu

Google

Samuel Fung

ThinkTank

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

Advisor

Robert Luan

Advisor | Apple

Peter Nakamoto

Think Surgical

Jared Porter

Phasespace

Dennis Wai

Advisor | Jet Propulsion Laboratory

John Wang

May Mobility

Or Weizman

Yelp

Baladitya Yellapragada

UC Berkeley

Daniel Lee

Advisor | Google

Tomoya Ogura

Advisor | Captricity

PiE Foundation

Mission

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

  • Secretary: Winston Long
  • CEO: Vivien Nguyen
  • Treasurer: Jehan Yang

Board Members

  • Xiao-Yu Fu
  • James Hulett
  • William Li
  • Karen Lee
  • Kirsten Nguyen
  • Briana Niu
  • Tomoya Ogura
  • Seiya Ono
  • Scott Numamoto
  • Dennis Wai
  • Alan Zhang

Acknowledgement

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

Information

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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)