SCET Bylaws

Presented in this document are the Bylaws of the Pantas and Ting Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET) within the College of Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley.  This is a living document, which can be changed.  The processes of changing the bylaws are outlined in this document.

Scope of the Center

The Pantas and Ting Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET) is UC Berkeley Engineering’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology with the mission of empowering innovators to positively change the world. SCET believes that mindsets and behaviors matter, everyone can benefit from innovation training, diversity adds value and innovators should be responsible for what they create.

SCET emphasizes hands-on learning and offers a suite of courses and programs for students, professionals, and academics.  Through its programs, SCET brings together students from the College of Engineering to share perspectives with students from majors and degree programs across campus as well as students from around the world. 

SCET’s Innovation X initiative allows students and professionals to discover the "Future of X."  Applied research topics in our labs focus on emerging new economy areas such as data analytics, autonomous cars, blockchain, cybersecurity, plant-based meats and many more. Results from our labs create knowledge and inform the Sutardja Center's undergraduate, graduate, professional, and executive courses and programs.

SCET fosters an innovation environment by facilitating "collisions" of people and groups that can make unique contributions by bringing diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences. Our Innovation Collider brings together students, faculty, investors, alumni, professionals, executives, firms, and global institutions to connect through our programs, courses, and X-Labs. Through these collisions, SCET can create new ventures, corporate innovations, social impact and help entrepreneurs discover what's next.

Center Structure

SCET reports directly to the Dean of the College of Engineering. Similarly, SCET’s financial reporting structure and management is housed within the College of Engineering’s Institutes and Centers and managed by the SCET Faculty Director in coordination with the College of Engineering Executive Assistant Dean for Administration.

People

The SCET Faculty Director and Chief Scientist position is appointed by the Dean of the College of Engineering and reports directly to the College of Engineering Executive Associate Dean. The individual fulfilling the SCET Faculty Director position may have a concurrent faculty appointment in another unit which does not impact the reporting structure for SCET and the SCET Faculty Director position. 

The SCET Managing Director and Chief Learning Officer is a career staff position reporting to the Faculty Director. 

The SCET Chief Marketing Officer is a career staff position reporting to the Faculty Director.

The SCET Academic Director is a rotating position (min 2 years) appointed by the SCET Faculty Director, Managing Director and SCET Advisory Board in coordination with the College of Engineering Dean.

The SCET Leadership Team is appointed by the Faculty Director and Managing Director and is composed of SCET C-Suite and Director-level staff and academic positions. The Faculty Director and Managing Director chair the Leadership Team. The Leadership Team serves as the thought leadership of the Center with each member overseeing a significant core program and/or operation within the Center.

SCET Staff and Academic positions are standard positions within the university system.  The Leadership Team, in coordination with the Faculty Director, Academic Director, and Managing Director assess staff and academic position needs with the Faculty Director, in coordination with the College of Engineering Dean, provide approval for position additions, reductions and/or changes.

SCET instructor positions are standard positions within the university system. The Leadership Team provides recommendations to the Faculty Director and Managing Director for approval in coordination with the SCET Advisory Board and College of Engineering Dean. SCET hires a number of qualified professionals and academics to hold temporary, part-time lecturer appointments to lend variety and subject matter expertise to our core topics. Preferred qualifications include experience starting and growing new technology ventures, investing, and/or executive experience - and exhibiting entrepreneurial mindsets and behaviors to transfer innovation culture as part of the instructional experience.

Additional titles and appointment structures overseen by the SCET Leadership Team under the guidance of regular university policies include Industry, Academic, Affiliated Faculty, Innovation and Program Development Fellows, Researchers and Scientists, Visiting Scholars, Ambassadors, and Volunteers.  

Boards

The SCET Advisory Board is selected by the College of Engineering Dean in coordination with the SCET Leadership.

The SCET Faculty Council is selected by the SCET Leadership. The chair of the Faculty Council is appointed by the SCET Faculty Director. 

The SCET Industry Advisory Board is selected by the SCET Leadership. The chair of the Industry Advisory Board is appointed by the SCET Faculty Director.

Meetings

Leadership Team Meetings

Regular meetings of the Leadership Team shall be held at least once per month. The Leadership Team may meet at such times as it may determine, or at the call of the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology Director of Operations.

Strategy Review Meetings

Regular meetings of the Leadership Team shall be held at least once per month focusing on a rotating SCET core program. In addition to the Leadership Team, attendees may include SCET staff, academics and affiliates. Adjustments to the frequency, timing, and program of focus are permissible based on business needs. 

Board Meetings

Regular meetings of each Board (Advisory, Faculty, and Industry) shall be held at least twice a year. Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology Faculty Director shall host the meetings with coordination support from the Director of Operations and the College of Engineering Dean. 

Budget

SCET’s budget aligns with the university timeline of the fiscal year (July 1 - June 30). Each core operation has a Program Lead within the SCET staff and academic team. 

SCET Program Leads are responsible for developing an annual budget for approval by the SCET Faculty Director. Budget review and approval may be delegated by the Faculty Director to another member of the SCET Leadership Team. SCET Program Leads are responsible for generating revenue to cover their direct expenses as well as their portion of the indirect expenses of the Center. SCET Program Leads are responsible for maintaining their budget with extensions of core operations and/or experiments and/or research projects not originally covered in the approved budget to be approved in advance by the SCET Faculty Director or designee. Extensions of core operations and/or experiments and/or research projects are expected to be financially supported by the Program Lead budget.

SCET implements a revenue share model for all revenue streams in order to support the core operations and indirect costs of the Center. Revenue share shall not be more than 25% for each revenue stream and will be reevaluated by the Leadership Team on an annual basis to support financial stability and sustainability of the Center and its core programs.  

Process for changes to the By-Laws

A change of the by-laws must be done through mutual consent of the leadership of the center.