Anne Zepecki for ASUC Senate
Anne Zepecki is a second year undergraduate student majoring in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and minoring in French. Anne first became involved in the ASUC in Fall 2016 as an intern in the Office of the External Affairs Vice President, and since then, has worked as Campaign Manager and Chief of Staff for Senator Megha Torpunuri. She is excited to bring all that she’s learned to address and remedy existing problems within the College of Engineering. Anne is excited to run for ASUC Senate because she sees issue with centralization of resources, funding of student organizations, and college culture and she believes that working with the ASUC and its resources will make an impact in improving student experience. On campus, Anne is a member and officer in her sorority, Tri Delta; is a Product Manager for student-run tech nonprofit Archer; and works as a researcher in the School of Public Health analyzing Google search data.
I. Engineering & STEM Career and Research Opportunities: Revitalizing the Job Search
UC Berkeley provides a plethora of resources to aid students in finding internships, full-time jobs, and research positions including Career Center mock interviews and career counseling, career and research symposiums, and meet-and-greet sessions with some of the nation’s premier companies. However, few students within the College of Engineering regularly utilize the services the Career Center offers, and from personal experience, company info-sessions are usually so crowded that it’s difficult to find a place to stand in the back of the room, let alone talk to a recruiter. Therefore, it’s no surprise that though UC Berkeley is one of the premier universities in the world in science and engineering, many students are dissatisfied with the research and career opportunities they are able to find. I plan to work with the Career Center to add an additional Career fair in the Spring that occurs after the “Just in Time Job Fair”, and is similar in concept to the Startup Career Fair, but hosts all types of engineering startups.
I would also like to work with the Career Center and the Engineering Student Services (ESS) to reorganize the way that information about career-related events is displayed. It is currently very difficult to find all of the available engineering career-related events on the ESS website.To solve this issue, I would like to develop a calendar on the ESS main website wherein students can filter for their major or majors to find more specific events, as well as have the option to see all of the engineering events in general in one place. Additionally, I would like to work with Handshake, Piazza and the Career Center to create a feature on the Handshake events page to filter events by major or field, and would also like to work with these organizations to better publicize these resources that students often do not take advantage of. Many events at the university hosted by clubs are often career-oriented, so my overall endeavor would be to create an online portal so that companies, clubs, and administrators can submit events. Then, these events will easily be able to be synced to the ESS calendar.
My final endeavor would be in continuing to strengthen and popularize the Beehive research platform. Beehive is an ASUC, student-run research platform which emphasizes in providing STEM research opportunities for undergraduate students. Once functional, I hope to inform Berkeley students about research opportunities on campus and streamline their search for a research position through Beehive. I believe that undergraduate research at Berkeley still has room for improvement. Therefore, I wish to work to improve the accessibility and availability of research positions for undergraduates, while simplifying the recruiting process for professors. In the future, Beehive has the potential to be integrated with the Office of Undergraduate Research (OURS) with its presence already known by the administrators of the OURS.
II. Engineering Student Organizations: Creating Communities, Clubs & Coalitions
The lack of diversity in engineering is no secret. To pride this diversity, I would like to create a coalition of student groups that represent underrepresented minorities within the engineering community and connect and empower these groups. The coalition would host social, research, and industry related events. Additionally, I plan to organize a consistent monthly town hall meeting within the engineering community as a forum for faculty, students, and community members to address the issues we face in regards to diversity and inclusion, and create an open and continuing dialogue of attempting to remedy these issues in any manner possible.
One of the issues that many engineering groups face is a lack of funding and thus longevity, access to meeting space, and finding faculty advisors. I would like to work with the Grants Department of the Academic Affairs Vice President and the Engineering Student Council to create a grant specifically geared to funding and sustaining smaller engineering organizations, as well as would like to advocate within the ASUC to ensure that sufficient funding for student groups is being allotted to the Engineering Student Council (ESC). Additionally, I would like to work with ESS and the ESC to create a standardized method of reserving all engineering building rooms for club meetings similar to the system that is currently used in Soda and Cory Hall, and finding club advisors (preferably through some sort of form/matching system).
Finally, I would continue the work started by ASUC Senator Yamamoto in creating a mentorship program within the undergraduate and graduate communities, as well as would take her place as a liaison between the Engineering Student Council and the ASUC by attending ESC meetings to ensure that the engineering community is included in all ASUC initiatives.
III. Academic Resources: A Hub for Help
Thanks to student clubs and organizations, staff, and administration, many resources exist online for students taking engineering classes. However, past exams, review session slides, syllabi, and tutoring information is spread out across many platforms: CSM, CAEE, TBP, and HKN, to name a few. Many students are not familiar with all these resources and are unable to easily find them, so I would collaborate with the Academic Affairs Vice President to create an online, centralized database. This database will break down the resources by department and by courses, and will include links to these existing online resources. This initiative will help to centralize information that students are looking for, while not taking anything from the role that these resources play. I want to use this project to understand and determine the best ways to try and create a database for other departments at UC Berkeley beyond engineering, as a lack of knowledge of online resources can be experienced in every department at Cal.
Chief of Staff, Office of ASUC Senator Megha Torpunuri (2017-2018)
College of Engineering Representative, Undergraduate Academic Commission (2018)
Representative, EECS Student Leadership Council (2018)
Product Manager, Archer International Corporation (2017-2018)
Campaign Manager, Megha Torpunuri for ASUC Senate (2017)
Treasurer, Tri Delta Pi Chapter (2016-2017)
Former Lobby Core Intern, EAVP (2016)
Katya Yamamoto, Current ASUC Senator
Adnan Hemani, Current ASUC Senator
Andrew-Ian G. Bullit, Current AAVP and previous ASUC Senator
Tyler Heintz & Anjali Banerjee, COO & CSO of Archer
Sarah Goldberg, President of Berkeley Hyperloop
Sarah Cook, President of Cal Steel Bridge Team
Felix Su, President of Launchpad
Wynter Daggs, President of Tri Delta, Pi Chapter