Summer Springboard Success Stories

Meet our instructors at UC Berkeley

January 15, 2019

Summer Springboard courses are taught by accomplished and passionate faculty recruited from many area colleges, universities and professional forums. Each faculty member is selected for their subject area expertise and proven ability to both challenge and captivate students.

See below for more information on the Summer Springboard instructors at UC Berkeley!

Medicine & Healthcare

Dr. Andrea Tenner, MPH, MD and Dr. Carol Chen, MPH, MD

Both Drs. Tenner and Chen have developed and implemented educational curricula for teaching emergency care around the world.

Dr. Andrea Tenner serves as faculty at the Department of Emergency Medicine at University of California, San Francisco where she is also the Director of the Global Health Fellowship. She has developed and implemented educational curriculum for teaching emergency care in all around the world.

Dr. Carol Chen serves as faculty at the Department of Emergency Medicine at University of California, San Francisco where she specializes in pediatric emergency medicine as well as global health. She chairs the department’s continuing medical education course entitled “Building a Career in Global Health and Emergency Medicine”.

Engineering & Innovation

Reza Alam, Ph.D

Reza is an associate professor of Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley as well as the American Bureau of Shipping Chair in Ocean Engineering. His research areas include ocean wave power, underwater wireless communication and underwater drone technology. Born in Yazd, a small historic city at the geographic center of Iran, Reza received his BSc in Mechanical Engineering and MSc in Applied Mechanics from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. He then joined the Mechanical Engineering program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. He received his Master of Science and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, and then served as a Postdoctoral associate and Lecturer at MIT.

Computer Science

Leon Tynes, JD, MBA, MS

Leon has flipped his classroom to maximize learning in his 3D Modeling, Digital Media, Mobile App Development, and Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles courses for the past five years. He has also won many teaching accolades including the 2017 Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship, 2017 ISTE Technology in Action award, the 2016 Henry Ford Teacher Innovator award & 2016 PBS Digital Innovator award, and is a MobileCSP Master Teacher, an Apple Teacher and a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert. He has a MBA, JD, and a Master’s in Education.


Diane Guerrazzi, MA

Diane Guerrazzi is an associate professor of journalism at San Jose State University.  She is an Emmy-Award winning reporter, working in television news in California and Florida for 30 years before teaching full time at SJSU.  She has won a national award from the Broadcast Education Association for “Opening Oman,” a documentary about changing attitudes toward tourism in the Middle East. In addition, she served as principal investigator and director of two, $1 million journalism partnerships between SJSU and Afghan universities, sponsored by the US Embassy in Kabul. She holds a Master of Arts in Print Journalism from University of Southern California.

Global Health

Laura B. Rapoport, MPH

Laura is a recent graduate of Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She has a unique multidisciplinary background in public health, anthropology, and innovation. As a consultant with Save The Children, she designed and conducted a root cause analysis using the World Bank Approach for Health System Reform on the mental health challenges facing stranded refugee and migrant children in Athens, Greece. In addition, she has conducted research identifying barriers to HIV treatment adherence for preventing mother-to child transmission (PMTCT) for pregnant and postpartum women in Africa.

Business & Entrepreneurship

Stephen Fant, MA

Stephen has over nineteen years of experience teaching business and management courses for several major universities. In addition, he has over twenty-two years of experience as a high level civilian executive for the United States Army where he led and managed all aspects for the Army’s Installation Management Command (IMCOM) safety and health program. IMCOM is a worldwide organization with over 80 Army installations throughout the United States, Korea, Japan, Europe and South America. He holds a Master of Arts in Management from Webster Institute.