Victoria Garcia

Department Manager

6145 Etcheverry Hall


The Department Manager reports to the Chair and is the highest-ranking non-academic authority in the Department and is responsible for performing the highest level of administrative and policy analysis on a broad range of issues for the Chair. Independently responsible for the overall administration of the Department, the Manager provides leadership and management direction within Mechanical Engineering. The Manager is accountable for the following major areas of responsibility: Managerial Leadership, Strategic Planning, Budget & Finance, Academic Administration (including Student Services), Technical & Instructional Support (including IT), Human Resources & Administrative Management, Space & Facilities, and Special Programs.

Debra Chin

Academic Personnel Analyst

6137 Etcheverry Hall


Serves as the Academic HR Supervisor and Liaison for all matters of academic personnel management and administration for the ME Department. Assists the Department Chair, Manager, and Committees in formulating short- and long-range plans involving the academic personnel needs of the Department. Oversees and facilitates the academic personnel process for all academic titles including ladder rank faculty, adjunct appointments, emeritus, recall, professors of the graduate school, lecturers and joint appointments. Manages the faculty recruitment process. Coordinates and processes faculty summer salary appointments. Monitors award announcements, organizes material, and manages submissions for faculty awards. Contact for Human Capital Management (HCM) and APBears transactions for academic personnel.

Emily Higgins

Communications Specialist

6139 Etcheverry Hall


Provides general administrative support for the department, and manages the department website, communications, and various events.

Irma Paz-Viray

Shipping & Receiving/Faculty Support

2120 Etcheverry Hall


Responsible for incoming and outgoing business mail for the department; faculty administrative support, such as: scanning, making copies, etc.; purchasing office supplies; lost and found for Etcheverry Hall; card key checkout for conference room reservations.

Melissa C. Varian

Academic Personnel HR Analyst

Assistant to Department Chair

6141 Etcheverry Hall


Serves as HCM administrator and department contact for staff personnel including, career, limited, work-study and other student appointments. Benefits counselor for staff and student employees. Provides general administrative support for the department chair, and manages the department chair's calendar.




Dan Essley

Facilities/Project Manager

6171 Etcheverry Hall


510-332-8734 (cell)

Responsible for any facilities, lab, or office issues; safety issues; keys/card keys; use of the Etcheverry breezeway and/or roof top.




Johnny Molina

Financial Cluster Manager

6195 Etcheverry Hall


Plans, organizes and implements all policies and procedures concerned with the financial operations of the departments of Mechanical, Nuclear and Industrial Engineering and Organization Research. Provides direction and guidance to the chairman and senior administrative managers of the three departments. Manages all financial cluster activities.

Sheila Caguiat

Financial Cluster Specialist

6195 Etcheverry Hall



Responsible for all financial transactions for Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, and Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation which comprise the financial cluster. Performs BFS and BearBuy reviewer duties as appropriate. Insures that all documents are in compliance with Department, College and Campus policies and procedures. Analyzes and resolves non-routine accounting problems.  Serves as primary liaison to department personnel, other campus departments and outside vendors. Researches and resolves all payroll problems.

Ana Preza-Gregg

Financial Cluster Specialist
6195 Etcheverry Hall


Responsible for financial transactions for Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering and Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation. Performs reviewer duties as appropriate. Insures that all documents are in compliance with Department, College and Campus policies and procedures.




Finsen Chiu
Systems Administrator

Davis-Etcheverry Computing Facility (DECF)
1109A Etcheverry

Responsible for departmental website technical issues (i.e. server down); web server access problems; files stored on Kepler (DECF); research group website setup; network issues; license purchases for Abaqus; email issues for the domain.

Rene Viray
Programmer Analyst IV

2113 Etcheverry Hall


Responsible for CAD labs (1171 & 2107 Etcheverry Hall) operations and maintenance; CalNet activation/re-setting CalNet passphrase; maintenance and operations of audio-visual equipment in conference/meeting rooms; disposal of obsolete/unwanted equipment (excess and salvage).




Donna Craig
Director, Student Services

6187 Etcheverry Hall


The Director of Student Services reports to the Department Manager and Vice-Chairs for Instruction and Graduate Study. In collaboration with the Department Manager and Vice-Chairs, the Director provides leadership and management direction within the area of Student Services.The Director is accountable for the following student services matters and responsibilities: admissions, recruitment, fellowships, block grant awards, scholarships, current student matters and advising, temporary budget, and class scheduling. The Director maintains undergraduate and graduate student statistics.

Yawo Dagbevi Akpawu
Graduate Student Affairs Officer

6189 Etcheverry Hall


Assistant to the Vice-Chair of Graduate Studies. Professional academic counselor in all areas of academic advising to current graduate students and applicants to our graduate program. Assist students in interpreting policies and procedures regarding the preliminary and qualifying exams and progress towards completion of their degrees.

Isabel Blanco
Student Affairs Officer

6189 Etcheverry Hall


Assistant to the Vice-Chair of Instruction and the Vice-Chair of Graduate Studies. Responsible for course scheduling and the coordination of the GSI/Reader hiring. Serves as the primary graduate student services adviser and admissions processor for the M. Eng students/applicants. Advises prospective graduate students and assists with M.S., Ph.D. and bachelors student administrative tasks as needed.

Ricky Vides

Student Services Advisor
6193 Etcheverry Hall


  • The Department of Mechanical Engineering Student Services Advisor (SSA) serves undergraduates and provides special assistance to the Vice-Chair of Instruction in all aspects of the program, including scheduling and undergraduate student affairs. The SSA is an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) advisor and collaborates with the Vice-Chair for EDI to plan, develop, and administer specialized programs designed to enhance student success. The SSA serves graduate students, assist Vice-Chair for Graduate Study and is the admissions processor for 5th year master students/applicants.


121 Hesse Hall | 510-664-9107

Staff members in the Electronics Shop provide resources and guidance to ME students involved in project-based mechatronics classes.


Ben Barron
R&D Engineer II

Tom Clark
R&D Engineer II

1166 Etcheverry Hall | 510-642-4006

Staff members in the Student Machine Shop provide safety training and technical guidance as well as machine operation instruction for the purpose of providing hands on experience which seeks to balance and compliment the strong theoretical education here at UC Berkeley.


Scott McCormick

R&D Engineering Manager

(Etcheverry & Hesse Shops)

Jacob Gallego
Senior Lab Mechanician


Jeff Higginbotham
Senior Lab Mechanician

Dennis Lee
Principal Lab Mechanician


31 Hesse Hall | 510-642-3427

Michael Neufer
Principal Lab Mechanician

Alex Jordan
Principal Lab Mechanician


Daniel Paragas
Senior Lab Mechanician