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Engineering Leadership Professional Program (ELPP)

Held in Silicon Valley

A New Paradigm for Technology Firm Leadership

There is no such thing as a management-only track in Silicon Valley. For technical leaders, the MBA can often be too broad and possibly counter-productive for career development in technology firms. This program builds on the core skills of technical managers, engineers, and scientists. It is focused on technology firm situations and is condensed into only 4 1/2 months. The ELPP program offers career building skills that solve real problems in technology firms specifically for engineering directors, lead architects, technical product managers, business development leads, CTO office members, and other key technical staff.

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“I think each case was selected carefully and I learned a different thing from each one. Using high caliber guest lecturers was very impressive. They not only helped in understanding and analyzing the cases but added their own perspective, vision and experience to the discussion. I specifically enjoyed working on the group project. The opportunity to work on something out of my direct field of expertise with a group highly intelligent and motivated people was invaluable. I can say I found a few very good friends in the process. Sections on the presentation, negotiation, hiring, and career planning were very informative. Each session added a new tool to my toolbox and enabled me to better present my positions and respond effectively.”

- Sr. R&D Manager, VMware

“I was very fortunate to have my manager have had taken this class taken before and he recommended that I should take this. I was coming with a very high expectations based on his assessment and I must say that the course has blown away my expectations. Prof. Ikhlaq brings a sense of calm and listens really well. I was pretty amazed how well he understood the internal project and appreciated his insightful suggestions. I will miss the class.”

- Sr. Engineering Director, Yahoo!

“The guest speakers were amazing and passed on their wisdom crisply. The lean model, business canvas and value-net analysis had a lasting impression on me. In fact I am trying to adopt all three of them in my new product. In summary, Prof Sidhu has created an impressive curriculum that will help managers immensely.”

- Chief Product Architect, Synopsys

“I loved the class, especially the accounting sessions….It was quite an eye opening class, especially for someone like me, pretty tightly entrenched in a building / improving mind-set….The case studies were simply awesome, and the mix of people attending the class was excellent: different companies, in diverse positions in the tech sector. That generated diverse views over the same problems and made the group exercises (and assignments) a learning and discovery experience. Simply awesome! Thank you!”

- Principal Engineer, Google

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Who is involved?

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Industry faculty complement academic faculty
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Ikhlaq Sidhu, Chief Scientist of UC Berkeley's Sutardja Center
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Steve Blank, Author & Entrepreneur
Michael Marks, Industry Fellow & Silicon Valley Executive
Michael Marks, Chairman, SanDisk Corporation
Björn Hartmann, Professor Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Björn Hartmann, CTO Jacobs Institute of Design

Academic and Industry Faculty

Faculty Director: Prof. Ikhlaq Sidhu, Chief Scientist & Founding Director, Pantas and Ting Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology

Associate Instructor: Jocelyn Weber Phipps, Industry Fellow, Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology

  • Steve Blank, Author, Berkeley and Stanford Faculty
  • Charles Huang, Co-Founder, Guitar Hero
  • Jerry Fiddler, Founder and CEO, WindRiver
  • Margret Schmidt, Chief Design Officer, TiVo
  • Charlie Giancarlo, Former Chief Product Officer, Cisco
  • Suneel Udpa, PhD, Accounting, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
  • Bjoern Hartmann, CTO Jacobs’ Institute of Design, UC Berkeley
  • Ram Krishnan, VP Operations, InvenSense; VP/GM Agilent FOPD
  • Holly Schroth, PhD, Social Psychology, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
  • Eshwar Belani, VP, RocketFuel
  • Don Proctor, EVP, Cisco Systems
  • Cosmos Nicolaou, VP Engineering, Google
  • Cort Worthington, Haas Organization Behaviour Group
  • Michael Marks, Chairman of the Board, SanDisk Corporation, Former CEO Flextronics

Additional Information:

FAQ: Follow this link to Frequently Asked Questions about the ELPP Program.

SCHEDULES: This program will next be offered in Spring 2018. Cohorts generally meet once per week on Monday or Wednesday evening when Monday is a holiday from 5:30 to 8:30 PM in Silicon Valley.

The first session for Spring 2018 will be held in mid-January and continue for an additional 21 sessions, including a graduation ceremony at UC Berkeley and a reception at the UC Berkeley Faculty Club in December.

Limited space is available for the upcoming Spring 2018 session. Contact information for new candidates or interested partner firms is available at this link through our College of Engineering, Executive Education staff.

LOCATION: Silicon Valley

TUITION: The fee for the program is $14,300 and includes all materials, course reader and books. This fee also covers a light buffet meal, served at 5:15pm, before each class.


This Executive program is administered by the the College of Engineering.