Best of SCET Series

The Series

At the Sutardja Center, we are committed to creating positive change, and we do this with the support of a group of highly talented instructors and mentors.

The Best of Series will feature some of the brightest minds teaching at SCET. These virtual series will serve as an introduction to our courses, where students from all over the world can gain insights into who we are and what we do.

From new technologies to healthcare, to plant-based foods, each video will focus on a topic that’s relevant to innovation and society. Our instructors will take you on a journey of discovery through their areas of expertise as they address some of the big questions of the moment.

Featured Speaker: Shomit Ghose

Crisis as Catalyst: The COVID-19 impact on healthcare innovation

The scope of the COVID-19 pandemic has brought a new set of requirements to healthcare practice worldwide.  Curve-flattening and non-pharmaceutical intervention have now entered the lexicon and reflect healthcare’s broader need to become more scalable and virtualized.  Data-driven technology innovations will not only help address COVID-19’s short-term needs but will also catalyze the development of virtualized solutions for a range of healthcare conditions for our post-COVID future.  Innovations in non-contact, data-driven healthcare will be among the most impactful and longest-lasting legacies of the COVID-19 crisis.


Shomit Ghose

Shomit Ghose is a longtime Silicon Valley entrepreneur with deep experience in software start-ups, both as a venture capitalist/board member, and as an operating executive. 

He started his entrepreneurial life as a UC Berkeley-trained software engineer and has served in every operating role in a variety of successful start-ups: board member, CEO, COO, VP Marketing, VP Sales, VP Engineering, VP Services.

Currently, a managing director and partner at ONSET Ventures, Shomit is active in supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs through deep involvement at UC Berkeley College of Engineering.

Upcoming Topics


Naeem Zafar

No crisis should go to waste

Disruption means new rules and new opportunities

Mike Kyriacou

The Unicorn in the Room

 Positive deviance and the wisdom of outliers


Ken Singer

Thriving in the Storm

Innovating in the era of disruption

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Mark Searle

Don’t Stop Starting

Startup acceleration and how to deliver value to customers.

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Pamela Induni

Startup Ideas

Innovative ideas and the journey from concept to in-market.


Luke Kowalski

Emerging Technologies

How to make social impact possible


Ricardo San Martin

Developing Plant-based Foods

The approach to animal welfare and human health


Victoria Howell

The Best of Newton

How to talk to an angel investor and most successful failures