Meet the staff

We are very excited to teach you this fall! Please email cs61a@berkeley.edu if you have any logistical questions or concerns. Otherwise feel free to email any of the staff members below.

Instructor

John DeNero

John DeNero

Teaching Assistants

Albert Xu

Albert Xu

  • albertkx@berkeley.edu
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  • Hi everyone! I'm Albert, and some of my skills include planning naps but failing to set alarms, doing binge reads of irredeemable young adult fiction, and having neat conversations with my uber drivers. Excited to teach 61A!
Alex Stennet

Alex Stennet

  • alexstennet@berkeley.edu
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  • Asphalt, the most recycled material in the world (99% recycled, ~62mil tons/yr), is a liquid with a viscosity 230 billion times water's, it can be melted out of roads. This was measured via the pitch drop experiment, which started in 1927 (it's actually live streamed). My pronouns are he/him.
Annie Ro

Annie Ro

  • anniero@berkeley.edu
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  • Hi! I’m a third-year EECS major from the 626 area in LA. I love Asian food and am super excited to be studying abroad in Hong Kong next spring! My favorite Facebook sticker pack is Yarukizero ( ´ ▽ ` ) and on Sundays I go to church. Looking forward to a great semester with y'all (:
Annie Tang

Annie Tang

  • annietang@berkeley.edu
  • Office Hours TBD
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  • Heya pals! I'm a third year studying CS from the Bay (pronouns: she/her), and I'm excited to be back teaching 61A again this Fall ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ I love listening to music, and I honestly probably drink way too much water for my body size :^) Looking forward for another Exciting™ semester with y'all!
Audrey Thompson

Audrey Thompson

  • audreythompson@berkeley.edu
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  • Hi there! I'm a junior majoring in CS and this is my first semester TA'ing 61A. I love playing/making video games and in the future I want to be a game engineer, so talk to me if you want to work in the games industry! I also like skiing, eating lots of food, and playing tabletop and board games.
Catherine Cang

Catherine Cang

  • catherinecang@berkeley.edu
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  • Hello! My name is Catherine and I'm a CS + Stats major from San Diego. I like cats, card games, and all-you-can-eat food. Also, I have a bad sense of direction, so please point me towards Soda Hall if I look lost. I love teaching and I love CS61A, so I look forward to meeting you this semester!
Chae Park

Chae Park

  • pchae97@berkeley.edu
  • Office Hours TBD
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  • Hi! I am Chae, and I am a third-year CS major from Carlsbad, CA! In my free time, I enjoy baking, cafe hopping, and drinking boba. My pronouns are she/her. Excited to meet all of you!
Charles Hong

Charles Hong

Chris Allsman

Chris Allsman

  • callsman@berkeley.edu
  • Office Hours TBD
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  • Hi there! I'm a 4th year Computer Science major from Fresno, CA and my pronouns are they/them. 61A was my first experience programming, and I've been in love with it ever since. Outside of teaching, my interests include cooking, (computational) biology, and 20th century avant-garde music.
Christina Zhang

Christina Zhang

  • czhang51@berkeley.edu
  • Office Hours TBD

  • Hello, friends! Besides teaching, some things I love to do include dancing, visiting the botanical garden and art museums, and going to church. I adored taking CS 61A, so I look forward to teaching and getting to know you all! My pronouns are she/her.
Dalton Omens

Dalton Omens

  • daltonomens@berkeley.edu
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  • Did you ever hear the tragedy of John DeNero The Wise? I thought not. It's not a story the 61B TAs would tell you. It's a CS legend. DeNero was a Professor of the EECS Dept, so powerful and so wise he could use the Python interpreter to influence computers to create... Programs! (I prefer he/him)
Danelle Nachum

Danelle Nachum

Derek Wan

Derek Wan

  • derekwan@berkeley.edu
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  • Hello, I'm Derek, and I'll be one of the head TA's this semester. Feel free to reach out especially if you're pre-med and interested in CS. I get lonely sometimes.
Derrick Xiong

Derrick Xiong

Ellen Luo

Ellen Luo

  • ellen.luo@berkeley.edu
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  • Hello! I'm Ellen, a third-year EECS major from Canada (eh) and this is my third semester TA-ing 61A! Besides teaching, you'll probably find me climbing, snowboarding or petting random strangers' dogs. I also have an identical twin sister so if you say hi to me and I ignore you-it's probably not me.
Erica Kong

Erica Kong

  • waikeikong@berkeley.edu
  • Office Hours TBD
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  • Hey everyone!! I'm a second year CS major from San Francisco. Besides teaching, I love to go city hunting and museum browsing. I also like listening to various genres of music (chill, edm, kpop, cpop, hip hop, r&b, etc)!
Farhan Toddywala

Farhan Toddywala

Griffin Prechter

Griffin Prechter

  • griffinprechter@berkeley.edu
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  • Hi, I'm Griffin. I'm a Junior from Los Angeles, CA. It's my goal to share all the excitement that the wonderful world of Computer Science has to offer. I like cooking, baking, Shiba Inus, and maximizing gains. My pronouns are he/him.
Hans Zheng

Hans Zheng

Janaki Vivrekar

Janaki Vivrekar

  • janaki.vivrekar@berkeley.edu
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  • Hello, I'm a third-year CS and Applied Math double major, and this is my fourth semester on CS 61A course staff! I love when people ask questions, and I enjoy talking about how we can learn with growth mindsets.
Jason Xu

Jason Xu

Jason Zhou

Jason Zhou

Jennifer Tsui

Jennifer Tsui

  • jtsui@berkeley.edu
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  • Hi I'm Jennifer :D Let me know if anyone's down to open a tea shop or a cat cafe! My pronouns are she/her.
Jerry Chen

Jerry Chen

Jonathon Cai

Jonathon Cai

Joyce Luong

Joyce Luong

  • jsluong@berkeley.edu
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  • Hi! I'm Joyce. and I'm old and a fan of birds. I've been climbing rocks for 3 months and I love it; currently v3/v4. This semester, I'm trying to learn how to cook "real food" so we'll see how that goes. In my free time, I do homework. (she/her)
Karthik Bharathala

Karthik Bharathala

  • krbharathala@berkeley.edu
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  • Hi! I'm Karthik and I'm a 3rd year CS major from Fremont, CA. This is my fourth semester TA'ing CS61A and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. In my free, time you can find me binging The Office (again) or watching clips the 49ers on YouTube.
Kartik Kapur

Kartik Kapur

  • kapurkartik@berkeley.edu
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  • "I'm Kartik, a third year studying Computer Science and Cereal Consumption (unofficially). I'm a fan of social interactions, witty (and non witty) puns, taking photos with fruits, swimming, and the NBA in general. ""I'm a Walking Talking Engima"" ~Larry David ~Kartik Kapur"
Kavi Gupta

Kavi Gupta

  • kavi@berkeley.edu
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  • Hi! I'm Kavi, a fourth year EECS major interested in machine learning, security and theory. Outside of CS, I'm interested in scientific skepticism, science, and science fiction. "I refuse to be bound by an abstraction" -Most 61a quote I could get from Star Trek. [he/him]
Kelly Chen

Kelly Chen

Keon Tsang

Keon Tsang

  • keonktsang@berkeley.edu
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  • Hey there! I'm a fourth year CS major that switched over from English in my second year after taking 61A. When I'm not teaching, you'll probably find me napping, gaming, or singing poorly to Cantonese music. My pronouns are he/him.
Kevin Li

Kevin Li

  • kevintli@berkeley.edu
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  • I'm a sophomore EECS major from Cupertino, CA. As a kid, I used to draw silly comics with friends (Calvin and Hobbes was my inspiration) - the reason I first got into CS was to bring my stories to life through games! I love skiing, tennis, piano, board games and spicy food. My pronouns are he/him.
Kevin Wang

Kevin Wang

Lillian Du

Lillian Du

  • lilliandu@berkeley.edu
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  • Hi, I'm Lillian! I'm a third year EECS major from Pleasanton, CA. CS61A was one of my favorite classes and I hope it will be one of yours too! If you send me cute pics of dogs I'll send you some back :)
Lindsay Yang

Lindsay Yang

  • lindsay.yang@berkeley.edu
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  • Hi! I'm a third year CS/Cog Sci major, and a big part my life at this point is how much I like boba and memes. I'm also involved in CSM 61A and UPE here at Cal, and you'll probably catch me karaokeing my heart out one of these days.
Marc Khoury

Marc Khoury

Marquita Ellis

Marquita Ellis

Mehrdad Niknami

Mehrdad Niknami

  • mniknami@berkeley.edu
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  • Hi, I'm Mehrdad! I used to be a good student. ;) I was an undergrad here four years ago, and I've taken 20+ EECS courses so far, so ask me questions beyond 61A! I love learning & teaching, coding (only on Windows), hiking, badminton, squirrels, and humor. And puns. Puns that are organically groan. Also, see: https://xkcd.com/242
Michael Gibbes

Michael Gibbes

  • mgibbes@berkeley.edu
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  • My name is Gibbes, and this is my fifth semester teaching 61A. Talk to me if you're interested in video games! Fun fact: Half Life stole our logo.
Nancy Shaw

Nancy Shaw

  • nshaw99@berkeley.edu
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  • Hi! I'm a 2nd year CS major from Texas. When I'm not studying, weebing out, or gaming, I enjoy trying the hottest restaurants in town, launching rockets, and long naps. I look forward to meeting y'all and hope we have a great semester together :) (My pronouns are she/her.)
Naomi Jung

Naomi Jung

  • naomi.jung@berkeley.edu
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  • Hi! I’m Naomi (pronouns: she/her)! I enjoy dancing, hiking, and listening to music! I also like friends so please feel free to reach out to me about anything CS-related or not!
Neil Kulkarni

Neil Kulkarni

Nick Titterton

Nick Titterton

  • nicktitterton@berkeley.edu
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  • Hello! I am a CS senior from Colorado. I am especially interested in CS theory. For fun, I enjoy hiking, biking, and light gaming. He/him
Nipun Ramakrishnan

Nipun Ramakrishnan

  • nipun.ramk@berkeley.edu
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  • Hey everyone, I'm a senior and this is my second semester TAing for 61A. I’m an avid NBA fan and also enjoy playing chess and poker. I'm involved in AI research here at Berkeley, so if you're interested in that, come talk to me! Looking forward to getting to know all of you this semester!
Paul Bitutsky

Paul Bitutsky

  • pbitutsky@berkeley.edu
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  • Hi! My name is Paul and I'm a 4th year CS + Business (Haas) double major. This is my 3rd time TAing 61A. Besides teaching, I love watching Netflix, going to the gym, and exploring SF with friends. I'm also heavily involved with Computer Science Mentors so talk to me if you have questions about CSM.
Ryan Moughan

Ryan Moughan

  • rmoughan@berkeley.edu
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  • Hey, I’m Ryan! I'm a 3rd year Computer Science and Statistics double major from Fort Mill, SC and my pronouns are he/him. 61A was my first true experience programming, and I've been in love with it ever since. Outside of teaching, my interests include neural engineering, working out, and cooking.
Samee Ibraheem

Samee Ibraheem

  • sibraheem@berkeley.edu
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  • Hello! I am a third-year PhD student doing research in Natural Language Processing (NLP). I like learning languages (mostly Japanese at the moment), singing and listening to music (if you're curious: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpVvoPcrZWU), and doing logic puzzles. My pronouns are he or they.
Sequoia Eyzaguirre

Sequoia Eyzaguirre

  • sequoia@berkeley.edu
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  • Howdy, I like playing in the rain and programming (often simultaneously). Click on my name to see the textbooks I'm writing, which are hopefully useful. I also teach CS 370, which you should talk to me about if you want to teach someday! :^)
Shea Conlon

Shea Conlon

  • sheaconlon@berkeley.edu
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  • Hi there! I'm a senior CS major and this is my 6th semester on course staff. Ask me about CS, life, anything!
Shreya Sahoo

Shreya Sahoo

  • shreyasahoo@berkeley.edu
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  • Hi! I’m Shreya, a third year Computer Science student. I love trying new food and practicing brush calligraphy! :) My pronouns are she/her.
Tim Foster

Tim Foster

  • tfoster@berkeley.edu
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  • Hi y'all! My name's Tim and I'm a 4th year Computer Science and Celtic Studies major. Feel free to reach out to me if you have questions about balancing CS courses and your interests in other departments or about studying abroad!
Yannan Tuo

Yannan Tuo

  • ytuo@berkeley.edu
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  • "when nothing goes right, go left" :^)
Yichen Sun

Yichen Sun

  • yichensun@berkeley.edu
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  • hello! i'm a junior CS major from the Bay Area & some of my favs are cats, makeup, and boba. generally when i'm not Struggling™ through school-related things you can find me sleeping, napping, or dozing off :-) if you ever need anyone to talk to about anything, please feel free to shoot me an email!