Lavanya Jawaharlal


View Lavanya’s Senate blog here.

Class: Class of 2016
Major(s): Mechanical Engineering
Minor(s): None
Hometown: Diamond Bar, CA


Office Hours

Days: Monday
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Location: 114 Hearst Gym


1) Increasing STEM Outreach Within Our Communities

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) is of the utmost importance in this technological day and age. Yet, there is a decreasing amount of students in these fields. While UC Berkeley is the top public university in the world, there is still room to expand and grow. I believe every student, regardless of gender, race, or financial background, should have the opportunity to learn and experience STEM in an exciting fashion. As an ASUC Senator, I will actively work with STEM outreach groups to reach students in K-12 grades. I will set aside funding for groups that wish to work with local children and for events that focus on STEM awareness. In addition, I will also work with advisers to disaggregate and communicate enrollment data for underrepresented communities in STEM majors.

2) Ensuring a Smooth Transition into the College of Engineering

Junior transfer students, undeclared majors, and those that wish to transfer into the College of Engineering are repeatedly faced with issues including the process of applying, the complexity of switching majors, and the uneasy settlement into a new environment. I believe this system should be renewed to make the transition into the College of Engineering as simple as possible. I will collaborate with the Engineering Student Services to create specific adviser hours that focus on helping transfer students and undeclared majors. In addition, I will work closely with Engineering Transfer Unions to create a workshop series in which students are introduced to the Berkeley campus and classes at the beginning of each semester. This will allow students to create study groups ahead of time, and get a head start of class material. Several engineering groups have expressed interest in participating in the transfer workshop series. I hope to use this as a way to reach out to all engineering departments and their new students. Furthermore, several workshops will allow transfer students to meet engineering professors. Through this interaction, professors will give advice on how to adapt to the rigor of Berkeley engineering courses.

3) Uniting Engineers & Entrepreneurs

As an engineer and entrepreneur myself, I am a strong advocate of creating opportunities for different majors to meet and exchange ideas. UC Berkeley is a powerhouse for start-ups, and many people here have amazing ideas! I would like to promote these ideas by furthering the collaboration through networking events and large scale meetups. These events will not only offer a safe, open environment for minds to interact, but also provide the necessary resources on how to bring an idea to life. I will work with engineering, business, and entrepreneurship groups to bridge this gap and create the Engineering Entrepreneurship Expo (EEE). Students of all majors will come together and be able to speak with one another, share ideas, and listen to company founders share their experiences. I envision the EEE to unite this campus by reaching out to every college and its students. So whether you are an engineering, business, or science major, you can put your ideas on the table and find someone with a similar interest! We will bring together all majors and aspects of this campus, and strengthen the start-up name that Berkeley has built itself, through a system of continued engineering and entrepreneurship collaboration.

What’s your favorite thing about Cal?

My favorite thing about Cal is the opportunity for students to take part in a vast array of organizations and groups on campus. There is a support system for students to not only study but also become part of a family. Many students can find a group in which they can lean on. This, I find, is unique to Cal. 

What inspires you to serve the student body at Cal?

Since coming to Cal, I have been inspired by the students around me. I was able to join several clubs on campus which introduced me to the culture and people in the College of Engineering as well as in the business organizations. I was welcomed in as a freshman, and since have grown to love the campus, the people, and the unique motivations of every student. With friends in both places, I am inspired to reach out to my fellow engineers and entrepreneurs and create a way to network and follow our passions. As a female in engineering I have seen the lack of diversity within the CoE, which I would like to see changed. As a representative, I will be able to reach out to more students and share my experiences – thus creating a future atmosphere that will benefit new students.

I am very passionate about Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) outreach, and would like to express this passion throughout the campus. I want to serve the student body as way to give back to this campus, and create a space that works to increase STEM awareness for our students and surrounding cities by creating specific STEM outreach events. I believe Cal has so much to offer to our students and I look forward to working with the campus in this next year!