Shiyin Lim

Shiyin is a 5th year Ph.D. candidate at U.C. Berkeley, where she studies the biomechanics and material properties of the spine. Prior to attending Cal, she earned her B.S. in Bioengineering at Santa Clara University, where she participated in Engineers Without Borders and did research at NASA Ames Research Center. This connection with NASA grew into a formal collaboration, and now her dissertation research focuses on the effects of spaceflight on the mouse spine, specifically intervertebral disc composition and joint mechanics. Shiyin is passionate about building communities, improving human health, and increasing female representation in STEM. When she’s not in the lab, Shiyin enjoys hiking, backpacking, and skiing.

Pietro Federico Vannucci

My research interest is aerosols, or particulate matter (PM). Up until now, I have been working to understand what has historically driven high PM events in urban spaces with the goal of working towards achieving meaningful reductions in pollution going forward. Specifically, I have been studying the effect of temperature on PM levels, and how the relationship between the two has been evolving over time.

Luis Valencia

I’m Luis! I’m a PhD student in the Berkeley BioE department. I engineer microbes to produce valuable molecules such as antibiotics or fuels from plant-derived feedstocks in the Keasling lab. I have recently become interested in the possibility of using microbes to mine metals from water sources.

Yiming Zhang

I am a 4th year PhD student at the Earth and Planetary Science department. I integrate original field observations with laboratory data sets to reconstruct the history of Earth’s magnetic field and tectonic plate configuration. In particular, I study Proterozoic intrusive rocks to gain new insights into the long-term evolution of the intensity of Earth’s magnetic field. I also set up a Quantum Diamond Microscope at UC Berkeley Paleomagnetism Laboratory which enables us to characterize rock magnetic properties at micron-scale. Currently I am also working on integrating paleomagnetic data with thermochronology data to study the uplift history of the Adirondack Mountains, NY.

Alex Moreno

Why I’m Here I am a Ph.D. EECS student in Professors Kris Pister’s lab. My research area is low power wireless radios. My vision is to make wireless sensors 5 times smaller than a grain of rice while making it reliable and robust enough to use. I believe that our society could benefit greatly from having small affordable sensors to make informed decisions on fires, natural disasters, etc. About Me I am a Ph.D. student in EECS focused on integrated circuit design for low power wireless radios. I enjoy dancing salsa/bachata, biking, running, rock climbing and playing guitar.

Yoon Lee

I am a fifth year PhD candidate in IEOR at UC Berkeley. I received a BS in applied and computational mathematics from Caltech, and a MS in industrial engineering and operations research from Berkeley. Previously, I was a research scientist intern in Amazon – Digital Privacy Team. My research interests include data-driven decision making, with particular emphasis on addressing inefficiencies and inequalities in health systems.

Vamshi Balanaga

I’m a physics student who’s interested in solving climate change. My academic interests range from novel quantum materials to plasma physics. I am a part of Space Enterprise Berkeley, a rocket engineering team on campus. I moved between India and Indiana several times while growing up. I like to spend my free time outdoors, either climbing, hiking, surfing or kayaking.

Chitraang Murdia ⭐️

I’m a Physics Ph.D. student at UC Berkeley, working on Quantum Gravity. I am particularly interested in the black hole information paradox and the cosmological measure problem for the multiverse. I started my undergraduate education as a CS major at IIT Bombay in India. In my freshman year, I realized that I was really passionate about doing physics research, so I transferred to MIT. During my time there, I worked on how the quantum mechanical properties of an electron can be used to create monochromatic and unidirectional radiation. In my spare time, I like to read fiction and cook with friends.

Chi Murdia Research Talk

Quincy Huynh ⭐️

I am a Bay Area native, attending UC Berkeley for my undergraduate degree in EECS, my master’s degree in EECS and now as a PhD candidate advised under Professor Steve Conolly. My research is developing hardware for Magnetic Particle Imaging (MPI). MPI is a radiation-free, positive contrast, tracer imaging modality with great promise for a variety of applications: stem cell and immune cell tracking, as well as lung, gut bleed, traumatic brain injury, and tumor imaging. My project is to design and implement an optimized front end hardware and electronics that I hope will enable even higher resolution, higher sensitivity, and quantitative, robust imaging for the clinic. Outside of research, I enjoy moving heavy things at the gym, running, and trying new healthy recipes in the kitchen.

Quincy Huynh Research Talk

Thomas Krendl Gilbert ⭐️

Thomas Krendl Gilbert is an interdisciplinary Ph.D. candidate in Machine Ethics and Epistemology at UC Berkeley, and an incoming postdoc with the Digital Life Initiative at Cornell Tech in fall 2021. With prior training in philosophy, sociology, and political theory, he designed this degree program to investigate the ethical and political predicaments that emerge when artificial intelligence reshapes the context of organizational decision-making. His recent work investigates how specific algorithmic learning procedures (such as reinforcement learning) reframe classical ethical questions and recall the foundations of democratic political philosophy, namely the significance of popular sovereignty and dissent for resolving normative uncertainty and modeling human preferences. This work has concrete implications for the design of AI systems that are fair for distinct subpopulations, safe when enmeshed with institutional practices, and accountable to public concerns, including medium-term applications like automated vehicles.

Tom Gilbert Research Talk on AI Ethics