Course Description

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. The course features a selection of highly accomplished industry speakers, including Cal alumni, who share their unique insights on industry developments, leadership, and innovation accumulated through experience in their careers. The lecture series serves as a discovery course for topics at the intersection of technology innovation and entrepreneurship and is a requirement for two of the tracks to complete the SCET Certificate in Entrepreneurship & Technology.

This class is a great introductory class for students interested in learning more about technology entrepreneurship and innovation. SCET classes welcome students from all majors and levels.

Beginning in Spring 2021, the A. Richard Newton Lecture series became 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 helps students understand how to pursue their interests and execute them by learning from distinguished innovators.

Note: Starting Fall 2022, all SCET classes will be offered under Engineering course numbers. Prior to Fall 2022, this course was listed under INDENG 95/195/295.

A Richard Newton Series - Vivienne Ming : Finding and Prioritizing Problems to Solve

Fall 2023 Speaker Lineup

Vivienne Ming

Self proclaimed Professional Mad Scientist and Chairperson, Socos.
Topic:  Finding and Prioritizing Problems to Solve

August 29, 2023


Victoria Howell

Instructor and Director, Professional Programs, Sutardja Center.
Topic: Course Orientation - What to Expect and What is Expected

September 5, 2023

Alberto Todeschini

Distinguished Faculty in AI at UC Berkeley.
Topic: AI: It turns out the hype is real.

September 12, 2023


Caleb Boyd

Cal Alum & cofounder Molten Industries, 2022 Breakthrough Energy Fellow | Forbes 30 Under 30
Topic: Cal Founders

September 19, 2023

Kai Koerber

Founder of Koer A.I. and cofounder of the Joy app: the world’s first wellness app that can recognize how a user feels based on the sound of their voice, and then deliver wellness content to meet the emotional needs of the user
Topic: C
al Student Founders and Raising Awareness

September 26, 2023

Sam Chen

Cofounder and CEO of Fetti. Fetti is here to help you build the career of your dreams.
Topic: C
al Student Founders and Raising Awareness

September 26, 2023

Andrea (Annie) Kritcher

Physicist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Time100 for Fusion Research.
Topic: Developing Technologies for Others to Commercialize

October 3, 2023

Dr. Christine Ho

Cal Alum & CEO of Imprint Energy (acquired by CCL Design)
From Founding to Pivoting to Getting Acquired 

October 10, 2023

Razmig Havaghimian

Cal Alum & CEO of Viki (international online streaming site), Sr. Exec Officer of Rakuten (Japanese e-commerce), founder  Hoodline, (acquired by Nextdoor)
Scaling and Selling

October 17, 2023

Optional Class

Note we have an added class on December 6th, during reading week

October 24, 2023


Speaker in process of  finalizing.
IPO, Acquisition or Staying Private

October 31, 2023

Zach Kass

Cal Alum, Head of Go-To-Market, OpenAI
Scaling Technologies

November 7, 2023

Matt Carlson

Cal Alum, Director of User Experience Design, Adobe.
Various Stages of the Start-up Experience from early days of Facebook, Twitter and more

November 14, 2023


No Class

Thanksgiving Break

November 21, 2020

Ed Abbo

President & CTO,
Maintaining Growth

December 6, 2023

Final assignment

Final Individual Assignment or Group Video Due

December 9, 2023


Victoria Howell

Victoria Howell