Berkeley Physics Partners (BP2) Launched

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

As part of our effort to strengthen career development opportunities and research partnership for our students and faculty, in Spring 2017, Berkeley Physics has launched a new program enhancing collaboration with industry. This new program, Berkeley Physics Partners (BP2) offers students and faculty significantly better exposure to potential career and research opportunities.

BP2 includes two components, BP2: Recruit and BP2: Access, focusing respectively on student recruitment and support for faculty collaboration and department priorities.
Industry-university partnerships are essential for our students’ career readiness. Through this program, employers will be able to provide much needed industry context and help students prepare to enter the workforce. In turn, BP2 will provide a platform for industry to communicate future workforce needs, so Berkeley Physics can continue to be empowered to deliver a skilled workforce.

Additionally, the prosperity of Silicon Valley’s technological economy has intensified the need for strategic partnerships that go beyond the traditional funding of discrete research projects. World-class research departments, like Berkeley Physics, are at the forefront of pioneering such partnerships. They are designed to run longer, invest more, look further ahead, and hone the competitiveness of companies, universities, and the Bay Area.

As vibrant university-industry collaborations have been ongoing at UC Berkeley for a long time, BP2 will be a great addition to all the existing research collaboration at Berkeley, and prove to be a vital hub to bring together students, researchers, and industry, tackling science challenges, fostering innovation, and driving economic growth.

If you are a student interested in collaborating with the department through industry sponsored events, or if you are faculty member interested in working with industry, please contact Rachel Schafer at rschafer@berkeley.edu.

Download the BP2 Brochure.