A. Richard Newton Distinguished Innovator Lecture Series

This lecture series recognizes the entrepreneurial vision of A. Richard Newton, Dean of UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering from 2000 to 2007, by inviting distinguished innovators to share lessons from their own successes and failures. Hosted by the Pantas and Ting Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology, the lectures will take place in-person or virtually over Zoom. Syllabus and course information will indicate which and is available on bCourses. You can also view our past speaker videos on our main course page.

Starting in Spring 2021, the A. Richard Newton Lecture Series will become an official Berkeley Changemaker course. Berkeley Changemaker is a way to help engineers, humanists, and scientists on campus understand their passion and have the ability to create change and have agency in the world. The A. Richard Newton Series course offers students an inductive learning approach, finding their own patterns from distinguished keynoter insights, to successfully pursue their interests.


Lars Moravy

VP, Vehicle Engineering, Tesla

Pre Kick Off

01.18 (Zoom)


Victoria Howell, Instructor

1st Orientation

01.25 (Zoom)

Cal grad, Surbhi Sarna

Group Partner, Healthtech and Biotech, Y Combinator
02.01 (Zoom)

Cal grad Sean Linehan

CEO and cofounder, Placement.com. Placement provides personalized coaching for your journey with a mission to unlock human potential

02.08 (In-person)

Gioia De Cari

Artist, mathematician and creator of the  award-winning hit show "Truth Values", a serious exploration of the world of elite mathematics and the challenges women face in math and science

02.15 (Zoom)

Cal Grad Vinay Ramesh

Forbes 30 under 30 and co founder and COO, Wildfire (acquired by Opendoor) a social news app used by 200 colleges

02.22 (In-person)

Cal grad Rishi Modi

02.22 (In-person)

Dr. Helen Kim

Co-founder and CEO, NanoSemi developing cutting-edge research into products used in smartphones, Wi-Fi, base stations, satellites and test and measurement industries. Our linearization solution sets a new standard for lowest size and power at the ultimate performance of wireless radio

03.01 (In-person)

Daniel Mouen Makoua

Cal Grad and I-house alum on the year,

Cofounder and Managing Director, Zulu Forest Sciences. Focused on regenerating natural carbon sinks and habitats around the world and become the most trusted provider of Nature-based Solutions

03.08 (In-person)

Connie Chen

MD cofounder Vida Health and COO, Lyra Health, a smarter approach to emotional health

03.15 (In-person)

Dan Hammer

Cal grad and UC Berkeley Professor Dan Hammer, founder and Partner at Earthrise Media and a Climate Fellow and Senior Advisor at X. Winnerr of the inaugural Pritzker Environmental Genius Award the 2019 Mark Bingham Prize for Excellence by a Young Alumnus in conversation with Cal student Peter Grinde-Hollevik 

03.29 (In-person)

Chris Yeh

Entrepreneur, investor mentor and coauthor with Reid Hoffman, Blitz Scaling:  The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies 

04.05 (Zoom)

Cal grad Ben Wanzo

Entrepreneur, partner and cofounder, ESO Ventures - Build Where You Are

04.12 (In-person)

Cal grad Patrick Lee

Cofounder, Rotten Tomatoes a “positive” social media site that won the 2020 Webby People’s Voice Award for Entertainment

04.19 (In-person)

Cal grad Rob Solomon

Board director, GoFundMe.org in conversation with

Diane Dwyer, journalist and UCB Haas faculty

04.26 (In-person)


Diane Dwyer

Journalist and UCB Haas instructor

04.26 (In-person)



INDENG 95 | 195 | 295
Academic Units: 1
Pass/No Pass

For additional questions, please email vhowell@berkeley.edu.