While the UC Berkeley Campus slows down quite a bit during the summer months, ITS Berkeley professors were still at it in the classroom with the Executive Master Program from École Polytechnique June 10-15, 2018.
Seventeen professionals participating in the executive program, based at École Polytechnique in Paris, France, have been taking modules in France, Europe, Asia and Berkeley over a 14-month program to advance their careers without compromising their professional obligations. The course goal is to provide leaders with the key managerial skills to successfully influence, lead change, and stay ahead of the curve on a global scale and culminates in a group project which threads together lessons learned throughout the course into a growth strategy for an established company, a new business or market development plan within an established firm, or a new company start-up or growth plan.
UC Berkeley, Tech Transfer and ITS hosted the weeklong module combining two days on Transportation Systems, Networks, Vehicles with two days on The Silicon Valley Ecosystem and one day of site visits in June, a result of a growing partnership with École Polytechnique.
During the Transportation portion, ITS Director Alexandre Bayen taught Modeling and Control of Large-Scale Mobility Systems, PATH’s Ching-Yao Chan taught Enterprising Innovations in Automobiles and Transportation, and TSRC Co-Director Susan Shaheen taught the Future of Urban Transport. During The Silicon Valley Ecosystem portion, Learn2Launch Managing Director and Lead Instructor Mark Coopersmith and Senior Fellow at Berkeley Haas’ The Lester Center for Entrepreneurship John Danner taught The Silicon Valley “OS” (Operating System) and The Growth Mindset of Successful Entrepreneurs and Leaders.
In addition to the on-campus coursework, the participants took a field trip to San Francisco to tour entrepreneurial businesses with unique Silicon Valley stories , including Target Open House @Metreon (a space to experiment, purchase products, learn about possibilities and connect with creators), SpotAngels (a parking app startup created by 2013 Learn2Launch alumni), Autodesk (a company that produces CAD software, including urban planning design software and much more) and Lyft (a ridesharing company), before heading to a reception with Bay Area entrepreneurs at the Residence of the Consul General of France