MDes Cohort

Roland Saekow


Hello! I love taking things apart and seeing how they work. I like to imagine all the the design decisions that went into a product and dream up how they can become even better! I grew up in San Diego and came to Berkeley for my undergrad. I majored in Interdisciplinary Studies focusing on product design. After graduation I founded a company specializing in long range Wi-Fi hardware. Around the same time, I also had the good fortune to turn my senior thesis into a Microsoft Research product called ChronoZoom with Professor Walter Alvarez. I then worked at the Jacobs Institute helping to build software infrastructure for the makerspace. During the pandemic, I founded a company to build modular outdoor spaces called Nimble Spaces. We build outdoor dining areas and outdoor learning environments to aid in the recovery and the transformation of the future of urban life! We are part of Sky Deck, UC Berkeley’s startup accelerator, and a finalist in the Big Ideas and The Green Initiative Fund programs. I enjoy collecting vintage Apple hardware and working with robotics. Join me for a race with my high powered racing Roombas!

What are you most looking forward to in the MDes program?

Late nights in the studio brainstorming ideas to address the issues of the future!