While a grad student, I co-founded Building Engineers and Mentors (BEAM) at UCLA—a STEM outreach program that mentored 300 K-8 students in Los Angeles over 3 years. In that time, I also advised 30 student officers, and helped secure $10,000 in annual funding from UCLA. To further support our program, I established partnerships with the UCLA Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department, TANMS (an NSF-sponsored engineering center), and UCLA CenterX.
In 2013, I co-created a student-run 2-unit course for BEAM at UCLA called Communicating Science to K-8 Students, which aimed to improve the science communication and teaching skills of the 20 undergraduates who enrolled.
BEAM at UCLA continued the work that I started earlier through BEAM at UC Berkeley.