Pioneers in Engineering

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PurposeAcademic development
HeadquartersO'Brien Hall, University of California, Berkeley
Coordinates37°52′18″N 122°15′39″W / 37.871766°N 122.26080819°W / 37.871766; -122.26080819
Region served
San Francisco Bay Area
Parent organization
Tau Beta Pi

Pioneers in Engineering (PiE) is a student-run organization that promotes the study of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, collectively known as STEM fields. The organization was established in 2008 as a non-profit corporation by University of California, Berkeley student, Xiao-Yu Fu. The University provides training and mentorship opportunities for local high school students to improve their technological skills, by participating in a robotics competition, during which each student team designs, builds, and programs functional robots.[1][2][3] Since 2008, over 20 schools have participated in the program.


Pioneers in Engineering was founded in 2008 by University of California, Berkeley student and Tau Beta Pi member, Xiao-Yu Fu. The organization's office is in UC Berkeley's O'Brien Hall. Staff members, including University of California undergraduates and graduates, design and assemble robotics starter kits for the competition, develop mentors for the program, and oversee public relations and internal communications.[4] As of 2013, the organization has expanded to include 106 staff members.[citation needed]

In preparation for the annual competition, robotic kits are distributed to groups of high schools students, who are paired with undergraduate mentors who assist the teams during the competition. A final tournament is held at the end of the season, allowing the student teams to reveal their work, for which awards are presented.[5]


  1. ^ "Green Elementary School Science Fair Inspires Student Scientists". 2012-04-01. Retrieved 2013-04-05.
  2. ^ "SFUSD: Galileo and Balboa High Schools Team up to Win Robot Competition". Retrieved 2013-04-05.
  3. ^ Crawford, Amy. "Robotics spark youths' math, science interests". SF Examiner. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Join PiE Staff · Pioneers in Engineering". Retrieved 2013-04-05.
  5. ^ "Robotics Competition · Pioneers in Engineering". Retrieved 2013-04-05.