Meet the members of the Math Department Undergraduate Advising Team!

Staff Advisors

Thomas Brown
Undergraduate Advisor (Last Name "A-L" students)

965 Evans Hall
thomasbrown [at] berkeley [dot] edu
+1 (510) 643-9292
Drop-In Advising:  Mon – Fri 10 AM-Noon & 1-5 PM


Blaine Jones
Undergraduate Advisor (Last Name "M-Z" students)

964 Evans Hall
blainejones [at] berkeley [dot] edu
+1 (510) 643-4148

Drop-In Advising:

Mon - Fri: (9:30AM-Noon & 1-4PM)

Appointments can be booked HERE




Jennifer Sixt Pinney
Curriculum Analyst & Honors Program Advisor

966 Evans Hall
jensixt [at] berkeley [dot] edu
+1 (510) 642-2479
Drop-In Advising:  Mon – Fri 9:30-Noon & 1-4 PM
Contact Jennifer for questions about enrolling in Math classes or planned Math Department course offerings, the Honors Program for Math/Applied Math, and the Putnam Competition.
Appointments for the above matters can be booked HERE


*Please use e-mail only for quick questions and not for in-depth advising. (For in-depth advising, please make an appointment.)

Information on declaration procedures and eligibility to declare the major can be found here. The Staff Advisors in 964 and 965 Evans Hall also provide information on requirements, policies, procedures, resources, opportunities, untying bureaucratic knots, developing study plans, attending commencement, certifying degrees and minors. The student is strongly encouraged to see one of the Undergraduate Advisors as soon as problems arise. 


Faculty Advisors


Students are assigned a faculty advisor when they see a staff advisor to declare the major in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, or Mathematics with a Concentration in Teaching.


The current Faculty advisor office hour list


The faculty advisor counsels students on the academic content of the Math or Applied Math major programs. The Faculty Advisor's signature is required to confirming approval of courses that are not already pre-approved to be used for the major electives. Appropriate questions for the faculty advisor include selection of electives and preparation for graduate-level courses in a specific mathematical area. Be sure and let him/her know if you are considering graduate work in or related to mathematics, and solicit help in how best to prepare.


Peer Advisors


All peer advising office hours are held in 762 Evans Hall.   The Peer Advisors also have a blog, which can be found at


Spring 2019 Office Hour Schedule (chronological order) *Office hours will begin February 11, 2019*

Mondays: 11-1 (Sameer), 1-2 (Winnie) 
Tuesdays: 11-1 (Akhil), 2-3 (Janice), 3:30-4:30 (Lakshmi)
Wednesdays: 2-3 (Borong), 3-4 (Janice) 
Thursdays: 11-12 (Winnie), 3:30-4:30 (Lakshmi) 
Fridays: 2-3 (Borong)


Akhil Jalan
Peer Advisor

Spring 2019 Office Hours: Tuesdays 11-1 (Starting February 12th)
Completed Math Courses: 53, 54, 55, 104, 110, 113, 128A, 185, 202A
Other Technical Courses: Stat 134, 135, 150, 159; Comp Sci 61A, 61B, 170, 189, 194-129 (Neural Networks)
In Progress Courses: Math 196 and 202B, Comp Sci 172
Message from Akhil: "Hi there! I am a senior majoring in Applied Mathematics, with emphases in statistics and machine learning. Outside of classes I’m involved in a few research projects in the EECS department, on neural networks in communications, and fairness in facility location optimization. During the summers I’ve done internships in software engineering and data science. In my free time I enjoy distance running, standup comedy, and vegan cooking. Feel free to email me or stop by my office hours to ask questions, or just hang out."


Borong (Eric) Zhang
Peer Advisor

Spring 2019 Office Hours: Wednesdays 2-3 & Fridays 2-3 (starting February 13th)
Completed Math Courses: 53, 54, 55, 104, 105, 110, 113, 125A, 128A, 128B, 170, 185, 191, 202A, 228A
Other Technical Courses: CS 61A, 61B, 170, 188, 189, 194; EE 16A, 126, 127
In Progress Courses: Math 140, 160, 202B
Message from Borong: "Hello! I am Borong, a junior studying Applied Math and Computer Science. I spend a significant amount of my time doing my coursework and research. In my free time, I enjoy playing clarinet and swimming. After graduation, I plan to pursue further studies in mathematics or CS. I'm super excited to be a peer advisor this year, so please come by if you have any question or concerns."


Janice Lai
Peer Advisor

Spring 2019 Office Hours: Tuesdays 2-3 & Wednesdays 3-4 (starting February 12th)
Completed Math Courses: 55, C103, 104, 110, 113, 125A, 128A
In Progress Courses:  Math 115 & 135
Message from Janice: "Hey there! I am a senior transfer majoring in Pure Mathematics. I transferred from Mt. San Antonio College and was originally from Hong Kong. I enjoy doing math problems and solving logic riddles. Other than school, I enjoy reading mangas, watching anime, hiking, singing and listening to music. I am also a plant and dog lover. Feel free to visit me during my OH to talk about my transfer experience at Cal or just anything in general!"


Lakshmi Ramesh
Peer Advisor

Spring 2019 Office Hours: Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 & Thursdays 3:30-4:30 (starting February 12th)
Completed Math Courses: 53, 54, 55, 110, 113, 104, 125A, 136, 172, 185
Other Technical Courses: Stat 133, 134, 135, IEOR 151, 162, 166
In Progress Courses: Math 128A
Message from Lakshmi: "Hi! I am a senior majoring in Applied Math and minoring in Statistics and Industrial Engineering. I spend most of my time doing math and dancing, and when I'm not focusing on schoolwork I enjoy running, hiking, and being an active member of the greek community! After graduation, I hope to pursue a career in industry. I would love to get to know you, so come by and say hi!"


Sameer Reddy
Peer Advisor

Spring 2019 Office Hours: Mondays 11-1 (starting February 11th)
Completed Math Courses: 53, 54, 104, H110, 113, 125A, 185, 202A
Other Technical Courses: EE 16A & 127, Stat 134, CS 70, CS 170
In Progress Courses: Math 160, Comp Sci 164
Message from Sameer: "Hi! I am a senior majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science. Other than math, I love music and analyzing TV shows. I hope to pursue a Master's degree in machine learning after I graduate. I love teaching and talking about math, so please come by if you want to talk or need any help!"


Winnie Yan
Peer Advisor

Spring 2019 Office Hours: Mondays 1-2 & Thursdays 11-12 (starting February 11th)
Completed Math Courses: 53, 54, 55, 104, 110, 113, 128A
Other Technical Courses: Stat 133 & 134, IEOR 130, 151, 162 & 165, EE 120, DS 100, CS 61A
In Progress Courses: Math 185, IEOR 173
Message from Winnie: "Hi! I'm a senior majoring in Applied Math with a concentration in data science and minoring in IEOR. Like most math majors, I spend a lot of time doing problem sets, but other than that, I also do research in Haas and enjoy running, chilling with my friends, and watching New Girl. I hope to pursue career in data analysis, so feel free to come talk to me about that or math or anything else! I look forward to meeting you during my Office Hour."