ERSO team members enjoyed a fun and festive day despite the hot weather on campus. After 17 years, ERSO finally has some swag! Everyone was really proud to gather the fun items and looks forward to proudly wearing the ERSO jackets. Staff enjoyed seeing each other and reconnecting. Hugs were exchanged and smiles were shared. Thanks to everyone who came out to share in the festivities. Special thank you to Julie Tan for coordinating and managing the event. Also, a very special thank you to Erik, Rueben and Ken from our Shipping team who helped so much with transporting all the goodies. They work so hard and are always so pleasant. Even though our out of state colleagues weren't there in person to share the festivities, they received a swag box too and were very excited!

It was a wonderful gathering at Gather for the ERSO team. Colleagues were excited to see each other and spend time on the sun filled outdoor patio. Laughter, hugs, delicious food and vibrant chatter was shared by all. We announced and celebrated our SPOT, Staff Salute and Team High Five Winners. Cynthia provided a business update and overall ERSO is performing very well. It was bittersweet saying goodbye to ADR Karl Van Bibber as he is moving on from the ADR role. We were excited to welcome Tarek Zhodi who will serve as the new ADR starting July 1st.


  • Approved requests are due 07/17/2022
  • Hiring paperwork is due by 08/05/2022 for on time pay
  • Final deadline to complete hiring paperwork is 08/17/2022


  • Requests are due 30 days in advance of the start date
  • Hiring paperwork is due by 08/05/2022 for on time pay
  • Final deadline to complete hiring paperwork is 08/17/2022

Effective January 3, 2022, ERSO welcomes Astronomy, Berkeley Nanoscience and Nanoengineering Institute, Berkeley Seismology Lab, Cal Teach, Center for Integrated Planetary Science, Earth and Planetary Science, Math, Physics, Theoretical Astrophysics Center (TAC), and MPS Dean’s Office to our Community.

Over the past several months, staff from the transitioning Department and Units, ERSO staff, and CHaMPS staff have been working diligently to coordinate the transition.

For any questions on how to access services from ERSO, please contact the appropriate functional team using our functional aliases.

As part of the MPS transition, ERSO is excited and fortunate to welcome former employees from CHaMPS. Please join us in a warm welcome to our newest ERSO staff:

Business Services

  • Anthony Mabanglo

Human Resources

  • Christy Welden
  • Emily Martinez
  • Joel Engin
  • Melissa Ellingson
  • Sila Alvarenga


  • Carol Lee
  • Mattie Lee

Research Administration

  • Chelsea Miller
  • David Elvins
  • David Wemhaner
  • Heather Murthy
  • Helen Vance
  • Janet Vela
  • Maria Perez
  • Raul Luevano
  • Saleem Hasan
  • Taryn Goomishian
  • Weixing Ou
  • Ying Zhang

ERSO held a Meet & Greet on November 9th, 2021 to welcome the employees transitioning from the ChaMPS Region. Existing ERSO colleagues really enjoyed seeing each other since it has been so long since they were reunited on campus.

A fun get to know you team game was played and five prizes were awarded. The winners were Alberto Marcelo, Rebecca Foster, Janet Vela, Vincent Ianniello and Ying Zhang.

The vibe was wonderful and we look forward to having more safe and fun events in the future!


ERSO RA Supervisors! Jennifer Dawson, Derek Johnson, Sarah Gaugler, Veronika Blaira and Sanchita Pal.


The winners! Vincent Ianniello, Ying Zhang, Janet Vela, Rebecca Foster and Alberto Marcelo.


Colleagues having fun with the team game.


Taking a second to pose for a picture while enjoying the team game.


Comparing notes...


It was a full house!


Not even the rain stopped the fun!

GSR Appointment Deadlines

  • Approved requests are due 11/15/2021
  • Hiring paperwork is due by 12/06/2021 for on time pay
  • Final deadline to complete hiring paperwork is 01/11/2022

UCPath does not allow us to accommodate late requests, so it's important to adhere to these deadlines.

Contact with any questions about the hiring process.

Today, the National Science Foundation announced the award of $20M to Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Southern California over five years to establish the National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Institute for Advances in Optimization. The AI Institute for Advances in Optimization aims to deliver a paradigm shift in automated decision-making at massive scales by fusing AI and mathematical optimization, to achieve breakthroughs that neither field can achieve independently.

“UC Berkeley is a leader in AI, machine learning, and optimization. We are delighted to join forces with interdisciplinary research teams at Georgia Tech and USC to advance AI and optimization technologies to address grand challenges in highly constrained settings such as logistics and supply chains, energy and sustainability, and circuit design and control,” says Alper Atamturk, professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research and the campus lead for the new Institute. “The frequent power outages in response to wildfires in the Western United States highlighted the importance of resilient distribution of energy. We saw the challenges in supply chains early in the pandemic when PPEs and medical equipment could not be delivered to hospitals. By unifying data-driven and model-driven approaches at the core of AI and Operations Research, the Institute will help deliver the next generation of control and optimization algorithms for operating electricity grids with distributed renewable generation, and for designing and operating efficient and resilient supply chains.”

To transform decision-making at massive scales, the Institute will move beyond optimized solutions to intelligent agents that can predict and quantify uncertainty, reason and optimize, learn continuously, and coordinate and collaborate. The Institute’s methodology thrusts include a new generation of optimization solvers that learn to optimize, end-to-end learning and optimization to tightly integrate forecasting and decision-making, and novel machine-learning methods based on combinatorial optimization.

A key element of the Institute is a partnership with historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in Georgia and Hispanic-serving community colleges in California to build longitudinal education and workforce development programs. The institute will support the development of new AI education and research programs in these colleges and universities, addressing the widening gap in job opportunities in technology fields.

The Berkeley team of researchers of the Institute includes professors Pieter Abbeel (EECS & IEOR), Alper Atamturk (IEOR), Laurent El Ghaoui (EECS & IEOR), Paul Grigas (IEOR), Dorit Hochbaum (IEOR), Borivoje Nikolic (EECS), Barna Saha (IEOR), Max Shen (IEOR), Raluca Scarlat (NE), Vladimir Stojanovic (EECS). In addition to Georgia Tech and USC, the Institute brings together partners from Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, and the University of Texas at Arlington as well. We also want to acknowledge the ERSO Research Administration team who worked on this proposal effort. Way to go!

To learn more about the AI Institute for Advances in Optimization, visit

ERSO welcomes the Department of Statistics to our Community. Over the past several weeks, staff from CHaMPS, Statistics, and ERSO have been meeting to coordinate the transition of the Department of Statistics from CHaMPS to ERSO effective July 1st. We want to thank our colleagues from CHaMPS for providing their expert knowledge of the transitioning awards and working to resolve issues in progress to make this transition smooth. We also appreciate the Statistics staff for their partnership and collaboration during the transition, we are off to a great start!

For any questions on how to access services from ERSO, please contact the appropriate functional team using our functional aliases.