Bio: Before joining the faculty at UC Berkeley, Prof. Ranade was a Researcher at Microsoft Research AI in the Adaptive Systems and Interaction Group. She also designed and taught the first offering for the new course sequence EECS16A and EECS16B in the EECS department at UC Berkeley and received the 2017 UC Berkeley Electrical Engineering Award for Outstanding Teaching. She was also awarded the 2020 UC Berkeley award for Extraordinary Teaching in Extraordinary Times. Prof. Ranade received her PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and her undergraduate degree from MIT in Cambridge, MA.
School closures around the country during the COVID-19 pandemic have a negative impact on student learning and disproportionately impact those with fewer resources. It is important that we mitigate the impact of these closures, these have long-term impacts on the STEM pipeline.
CalMentors is a tutoring program we started which aims to help students navigate distance learning. UC Berkeley undergraduates will be matched with high-school and middle-school students and teachers to provide small group tutoring for students who might not have a parent or other adult at home who can help them with their schoolwork. See more at: https://sites.google.com/view/calmentors/