Faculty Supporters

Berkeley has a long history of world-changing innovations borne from the research and scholarship of its best-in-class faculty. The faculty members below — some of whom have founded companies of their own — have made the Founders’ Pledge to promote the ethos of supporting Cal’s innovator ecosystem and to inspire the students, postdocs, and researchers with whom they work to make the Pledge too.

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Joseph Hellerstein M.S. ’92
Professor, EECS, UC Berkeley; Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Trifacta
Pledge fulfilled in 2022
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Scott Shenker
Professor, EECS, UC Berkeley; Co-Founder, Nicira and Databricks
Pledge fulfilled in 2020
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James Olzmann
Assoc. Professor, Molecular & Cell Biology, UC Berkeley
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Randy Katz M.S. ’78, Ph.D. ’80
Former Vice Chancellor for Research, UC Berkeley
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Shuonan Chen ’13
Lecturer, College of Engineering, UC Berkeley; Partner, Innovation Overflow
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Roya Maboudian
Professor, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, UC Berkeley
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David Teece
Chairman & Principal Executive Officer, Berkeley Research Group LLC
Pledge fulfilled in 2017
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Rebecca Abergel Ph.D. ’06
Assistant Professor, Nuclear Engineering, UC Berkeley; Co-founder, HOPO Therapeutics
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Boubacar Kante
Associate Professor, EECS, UC Berkeley
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N. Cecilia Martinez-Gomez
Assistant Professor, Plant and Microbial Biology, UC Berkeley
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Jay Keasling
Professor, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, UC Berkeley; Founder, ResVitaBio
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Joseph Gonzalez
Professor, EECS, UC Berkeley; Co-founder, Spiral Labs
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Michael Yartsev
Assistant Professor, Bioengineering, UC Berkeley
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Junqiao Wu Ph.D. ’02
Professor, Materials Science & Engineering, UC Berkeley; Co-founder and Chairman, DeepRed Technologies
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Steve Conolly
Professor, Bioengineering, UC Berkeley; Co-founder, Magnetic Insight
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Richard Lyons ’82
Chief Innovation & Entrepreneurship Officer, UC Berkeley
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Polina Lishko
Professor, Molecular & Cell Biology, UC Berkeley; Co-founder, YourChoice Therapeutics
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Rikky Muller Ph.D. ’13
Professor, EECS, UC Berkeley
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David Schaffer
Professor, Bioengineering, UC Berkeley; Co-Founder, 4D Molecular Therapeutics and IGNITE Immunotherapy
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Gordon Rausser
Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley; Co-Founder, OnPoint Analytics
Pledge fulfilled in 2020
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Ming Wu M.S. ’86, Ph.D. ’88
Professor, EECS, UC Berkeley
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Amy Herr
Professor, Bioengineering, UC Berkeley; Investigator, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
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Jaijeet Roychowdhury M.S. ’89, Ph.D. ’92
Professor, EECS, UC Berkeley
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Markita Landry
Assistant Professor, Chemistry, UC Berkeley
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Maria Paz Gutierrez
Associate Professor, Architecture, UC Berkeley
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Homayoon Kazerooni
Professor, Mechanical Engineering, UC Berkeley; Cofounder, Ekso Bionics and SuitX
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Raluca Ada Popa
Professor, EECS, UC Berkeley; Co-Founder, PreVeil
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Anita Balaraman M.P.H. ’98, M.B.A. ’08
Adjunct Faculty, UC Berkeley; Founder, Epixego
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Arash Komeili
Professor, Plant & Microbial Biology, UC Berkeley
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Niren Murthy
Professor, Bioengineering, UC Berkeley
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Alessandra Lanzara
Professor, Physics, UC Berkeley
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Kristofer Pister M.S. ’89, Ph.D. ’92
Professor, EECS, UC Berkeley; Co-founder, Dust Networks
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Stephen Torres ’07
Industry Fellow & Lecturer, UC Berkeley; Founder, Sunible (acquired by Domino)
Pledge fulfilled in 2015
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Lee Fleming
Faculty Director, Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership, UC Berkeley
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Ting Xu
Professor, Materials Science & Engineering and Chemistry, UC Berkeley
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Kenichi Soga Ph.D. ’94
Professor, Geomechanics, UC Berkeley
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Norman Yao
Assistant Professor, Physics, UC Berkeley
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Russell Vance Ph.D. ’00
Professor, Immunology and Pathogenesis, UC Berkeley