Roland Saekow

MDes Fall 22

I love taking things apart, building BattleBots (250 pound fighting robots) and I’m passionate about the future of transportation! I grew up in San Diego and went to Berkeley for undergrad and loved the Bay Area so much I’ve stayed here ever since. I majored in Interdisciplinary Studies pursuing product design through the Science, Technology and Society program. I was the president of Berkeley Innovation, the student design club. I also taught a student led course about the past, present and future of waste management called “The Joy of Garbage.” After graduation I founded a project with Microsoft Research called ChronoZoom for visualizing all of time from the Big Bang to the present using DeepZoom technology. Around the same time, I founded a hardware company called BearExtender specializing in long range Wi-Fi equipment for Macs and PCs. It is named after UC Berkeley’s Wi-Fi network “AirBears” for which it was originally designed to help extend coverage. Most recently I worked at the Jacobs Institute helping to build software infrastructure for the makerspace.

I am most looking forward to getting to know everyone in the studio and coming up with some beautiful ideas about the future!