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

Jesse Valva

Director

Julie Lum

Director of Education

Chad Wakamiya

Director of Programs

Jonathan Lee

Director of Engineering (EECS)

Miyuki Weldon

Director of Engineering (Mechanical)

Project Managers

James Hulett

Education

Matthew Harrigan

Shepherd

Charles Hong

Shepherd

Ryan Searcy

Mechanical Team

Jessica Au

Mechanical

Brose Johnstone

Infrastructure

Jerome Wei

Web

Karen Lee

Game Design Committee

Aliya Kusumo

Game Implementation Committee

Lawrence Chen

Dawn

Steven Lu

PieSens

Adilet Pazylkarim

PiEDB

All Staff and Bios

Rafael Ostrea

Intended Computer Science (L&S)

Mark Zhang

CS

Jialin Li

CS

Ryan Koh

Intended Computer Science

Lizhi Yang

EECS

Seiya

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Armen Phelps

Intended MCB, considering CS

Kevin Gao

EECS

Victor Huang

cs

Kunal Gupta

Data Science, Minor Computer Science

Matthew Xie

Computer Science

Michael Aydin

Computer Science

Ben Liao

Undeclared Engineering

Matthew Wang

Mechanical Engineering

Bob Dai

Computer Science

Xavier Balladarez

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Michael Wu

CS

Dixun Cui

Mechanical Engineering

Chad Wakamiya

IEOR

Alan Zhang

CS + Ling

Vivien Nguyen

Computer Science

Kevin Lu

CS *intended*

Claire Ko

Engineering Mathematics and Statistics

Michael Aydin

Computer Science

Ben Wefers

Mechanical Engineering

Scott Numamoto

EECS - tbh just CS

Andrew Wan

Computer Science

Steve Cao

Computer Science

Jeanney Keo

geography & society and environment

Julie Tran

Computer Science

Kirsten Nguyen

MCB + Edu minor

Jonathan Lee

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Alice Mo

Bioengineering

Jesse Valva

Applied Math

Julie Lum

MEB/EEP

Albert Wen

Mechanical Engineering

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 foundation@pioneers.berkeley.edu 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

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)