Master of Design Alumni
As graduates of the Berkeley MDes program, you remain integral to our creative community. The career paths you follow and the lives you lead after the program embody the broad reach and impact of the MDes beyond the walls of the University. We are so proud of you for taking the next steps to pursue exciting opportunities after the program.
The many MDes cohorts to come will be inspired by you and the examples you set as you launch, advance, or pivot your career. We are excited to see you emerge from the program as leaders and innovators in design and emerging technologies, and can’t wait to see your positive impact in a broad spectrum of industries, organizations and social contexts. We know you will continue to make an extraordinary difference in the world around you.
We hope that you’ll use this site to stay connected to the MDes community and continue to take advantage of our career resources. Remember, we are here to support you for the remainder of your career.
Resources for MDes Alumni
As an MDes alumnus, you will continue to have access to all of the same resources that were available to you as a student, including the MDes job board, opportunities to meet 1:1 with a career coach, and our broad collection of career resources that can bolster you in any phase of your career exploration and job search. Check out the links below to access these resources or to schedule a coaching session.
It’s incredibly important to the MDes leadership to keep in touch with you after you graduate. We want to hear about the amazing things you’re doing as alumni. It’s also a priority for us to provide a platform for you to stay connected with one another and future generations of MDes students so you can continue growing in your careers.
- Update your Slack profile. All of the fields (job title, employer, location, etc.) are searchable and will be really helpful for ongoing communications and connecting with people in companies and roles you’re interested in. Edit your profile by clicking on your icon in the top right hand corner of the MDes Slack Workspace, then select Profile > Edit Profile, and fill out all of the fields.
- Join our alumni channels.
- #alumni – a place for MDes alumni to connect. You’ll be joined there by the next cohort in December, and by lots of wonderful humans in the years to come.
- #jobs-and-internships – post any relevant opportunities you come across here, and check in if you’re searching for a new role.
Please also make sure you join our MDes Alumni LinkedIn Group using the link below. We will be sharing job postings, invitations to events and workshops, and providing other opportunities to stay connected to the MDes community via this group.
You’re now also part of a broader community of UC Berkeley Alumni who you can connect with. Please take some time to explore the UC Berkeley LinkedIn company page linked below, where you can look up the 645,600+ alumni and search by job title, keyword, or company.
Another way to stay connected is to register your @berkeley.edu email address with the @Cal Alumni Network so that you can continue to use the same email address after graduating. You can learn more about the process to claim your email address here. If you don’t claim your account, it will be deactivated nine months after graduation, and you’ll lose all emails and files.
Where MDes Alumni Are Now
The MDes prepares students to work in creative and technical roles for designing products, services and environments. As the world sees rapid change enabled by emerging technologies, our graduates are finding their place in work environments in an expanding set of roles at the intersection of design, policy, and activism.
Some of the places that are alumni are working are listed below. (Work in Progress)
MDes Alumni News
You can learn more and connect with the MDes Alumni community by contacting the MDes Director of Career Development.
MDes Student Cohort Spring 2022
We are pleased to highlight the profiles of the MDes Spring 22 Student Cohort and share our excitement for the diverse backgrounds and dynamic experiences each student brought to the MDes program.
As an overview, this cohort was 50% men and 50% women with experience in a diverse range of fields and practices including architecture, cognitive science, design, economics, engineering, entrepreneurship, information management, interdisciplinary studies and mathematics. With an international population of 64%, this cohort represented five different countries including China, Germany, India, Greece, and Mexico. Ethnic diversity among the US students is Black/African American (5%), Chinese/Chinese-American (14%), Korean/Korean American (9%), and White (9%).
- Abhijeet Ghavalkar (Abhi)
- Adam Huth
- David Zhou
- Effie Jia
- Elijah Lee (Eli)
- Franklyn Bucknor
- Georgios Grigoriadis (George)
- Jan-Simon Veicht (Jan)
- Jiaxuan Ren (Xuan)
- Kailin Li
- Mercedes Saldana
- Peipei Lin (Penny)
- Shuyang Yu
- Susanne Pierce Maddux
- Titus Ebbecke
- Xiaobai Ji
- Xingtai Huang (Ted)
- Xinyi Zhu
- Yiying Wu (Mata)
- Yu Cheng
- Zhiyue Wang (Luna)