• 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.

Several members of the ERSO team safely gathered at Cesar Chavez Park to enjoy each other's company for the first time in one year. It was also a way to commemorate the upcoming César Chávez Day.

Team members met, for the first time in person, some new employees and enjoyed seeing old colleagues. We had a couple of special visits by two retirees as well. It was a beautiful day at the park with the perfect amount of wind to fly kites. We never knew we had an expert kite flyer on the team. She showed us how to perfectly fly kites. It was a lovely afternoon and we all agreed that we will need to do it again soon.

Thanks to everyone who came out and spent the afternoon together.


Leslie Goldstein, our expert kite flyer!


HR safely gathers to enjoy each other's company.

Sarah and Angela meet their colleague Hannah in person for the first time.

Colleagues enjoy the sunshine and their friendships.

Two office mates reunite for the first time in one year.

So nice to see these beautiful smiles. (All covid-vaccinated!)

Welcome back to our retiree, Gus! What a wonderful surprise.

ERSO is observing the annual closure of campus to conserve energy which will occur this year between Wednesday, December 23, 2020 and Monday, January 4, 2020.

ERSO is adhering to the Berkeley Regional Service Curtailment 2020 Deadlines.

ERSO Receiving deadlines:

  • Shipments received at 266 Sutardja Dai Hall by Friday, December 19th will be delivered on Monday, December 22nd.
  • Any shipment received on Monday, December 22nd will be delivered on Tuesday, January 5th.
  • Contact with questions.

If you have any questions regarding ERSO internal deadlines, please contact the respective functional Team using their email alias:

Other important deadlines for campus:

SPO Proposal Submission:

Supply Chain Management (SCM) will have reduced staffing from December 23, 2020 through January 4, 2021 for the winter break.

  • The BearBuy system will remain up and available to campus users during this period.
  • Turnaround time will be slower than published Service Levels due to limited staff availability. They strongly advise that departments submit purchase requests for services and high-value orders (over $10,000) no later than 12/02/2020 for any goods or services required for research and operational continuity between 12/20/2020 and 01/08/2021.
  • If you have an emergency during this time, please email your assigned buyer and copy with the subject line "Emergency Acquisition" and be sure to include a description of the business need. A buyer will contact you as soon as possible during regular business hours. As a reminder: Only those emergencies necessary to protect the life-safety of the campus community will be processed. Departments must plan to obtain sufficient safety stock to maintain Research continuity.
  • Report any service issues or unscheduled down time to

In light of the shelter in place directive, ERSO staff are working remotely. Although working remotely, we remain fully operational, including onboarding employees. You can continue to submit requests to us as you normally would.

Please continue to refer the COVID-19 campus web page for more information about remote telecommuting, administrative leave and other campus updates.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us. We hope you are all safe and well.