Glad you could make it here today! My name is Jonathan Murata, but I go by Jon since most people (myself included) are too lazy to say the full thing. I just graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Yes, it's quite the mouthful every time I have to say it, so I usually just say I'm CS (haha).
If you're interested in learning more about me, you've come to the right place! Scroll down to see some cool stuff. If you just want an overview, this box should suffice! I was born and raised in Hawaii, but you probably couldn't tell given my poor pidgin and surfing skills. I'm currently living in Berkeley, CA and will soon move to South Bay to start a new chapter of my life working at Apple!
In the past year, a lot of my time has been devoted to teaching CS classes. In the little free time I have, I like to do the basics: eat good food and take long naps. When that gets a little too boring, I bake (mostly cookies), hang out with friends, play videogames, and think about how I should be coding or something instead of watching youtube videos.
I usually give out the direct links to these pages, but if you are here searching for my course resources or are interested in what I teach, links are below.
Teaching CS is the most rewarding thing I've done at Berkeley! I put 110% into my work to ensure students have a positive experience with the class. GSI's may grade exams and assignments, but students grade us with course feedback. Below are some stats and comments about my teaching. Having it here is a nice visual for me to see how I improved and what I still need to work on!
CS 61C: Fall 2018 (97 Student Repsonses)
It was really evident that Jon cared a lot about his students, and I appreciate that he took the time to thoroughly answer my questions, especially when my questions seemed redundant or basic. Often it was his attention to detail when answering these questions that helped me fix misconceptions I had.
I think Jon was a great GSI. He was really helpful in Lab when my partner and I got stuck in a few places, and his discussions allowed me to understand the material being taught in 61C at a greater depth. There were times when I was really confused by what went on in lecture, and Jon's discussions often left me with a clearer understanding of how to interpret the material.
Jon was my lab and discussion TA. I loved having him as an instructor. He felt super approachable and taught really well. I enjoyed seeing how much he prioritized assisting those who needed help in lab. He runs his discussion sections well paces, with a good balance of mini lecture and having us try out problems.
He was always prepared, and he was really good at explaining concepts/answering questions. He was encouraging, and you could tell he genuinely cared about his students. You made 61C a little less painful, thank you so much!
Jon is an amazing GSI! His discussions are incredibly helpful, and I really like how he devotes the time in discussion to going through nearly all the problems and explaining the material. I felt like he went at a really good pace and out of the multiple discussions I tried I ultimately felt like I learned the most/ended up going to his. 10/10 would recommend
Jon has really helped clear up concepts presented in lecture, and without a GSI as involved and invested in his students as Jon, I think my experience in 61C would be completely different.
One of the best GSIs I've ever had. Explains concepts very well, writes notes on the projector in a very clear fashion. Very logical and precise, good at time management, I learn a lot in each class session, both for discussion and lab. Thank you!
CS 61C: Summer 2018 (43 Student Repsonses)
- 3-Stage automatic boba dispenser. Tapioca Pearls -> Milk Tea -> Creamer.
- 1 raspberry Pi, 1 arduino, 1 DC motor, 2 DC pumps, 1 servo, lots of boba.
- Programmed motor synchronization and server in Python.
- More information (video demo).
- Find the least cost conquering tour (travel + conquering time) of a given graph.
- Converted to ILP and used Gurobi Optimization software to solve. Programmed in Python.
- Competition Rank #4 out of 230 Teams (CS 170 Spring 2018).
- 2-camera security tower system. Bottom camera watches belongings. Top camera tracks and records thief.
- Sounds an alarm when items leave the selected area. Deactivated with special key.
- Programmed in LabVIEW.
My academic journey is really a story to tell. I am currently am a senior at the University of California, Berkeley studying Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering & Computer Science. I didn't always have this long of an introduction, though; I started out as a MechE but eventually discovered the beauty of Computer Science. I became a part of the Berkeley CS community, taking hard courses, meeting great people, and even joining course staff as a TA. In typical Berkeley MechE fashion, a flowchart is shown below to illustrate this (stressful) journey.
As you can probably guess, this schedule was no walk in the park. Lots of classes :(.
Eventually I would like to return to graduate school, but I am putting that on hold for now. On the MechE side, my interests involve heat transfer and controls. On the EECS side, my interests involve systems, computer architecture, and parallel computing. I have done research in biomechanics and heat transfer. I have not done research related to CS, but I hope to pursue a graduate degree in a CS-related field at some point in my life.
There's More Coming!
This website is currently a work in progress. There will be more sections in the future!