Meet our People

10 Teams
124 Members
2016 Founded

10 teams. 1 vision.

  • LEED Training
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Food
  • HVAC
  • Design
  • Technology
  • Marketing
  • Electric Vehicle
  • Development and Relationships

The Leadership Team

President & Founder

Riley is our fearless leader. He founded Bruin Home Solutions to support UCLA’s ambitious sustainability goals, provide an opportunity for students to gain real-world engineering and business experience, and provide value to UCLA’s student body for 20+ years to come. As Editor in Chief of his high school newspaper, Chemistry and Materials Science major at UCLA, and an entrepreneur that has started a video production company, Riley is multi-talented and qualified for the job. On the weekends you can find him out on the golf course, white water river rafting, or cooking up some BBQ Tri-Tip.

Executive Vice President

Bahraam is an LA native studying Economics in his 3rd year at UCLA. He serves as the Executive VP, helping raise funding for the project teams and organized a team to conduct industry analysis on the LEED retrofitting market in LA. He is interested in pursuing management consulting and growing with a company after graduation. He enjoys traveling, basketball, and the beach.

Hydroponics Lead

Eyal Li is a 3rd year at UCLA pursuing an Environmental Science Major and Environmental Engineering Minor. He is particularly interested in air pollution research in developing regions. Outside of Bruin Home Solutions, Eyal enjoys gardening, cycling, and playing music with friends.

Water Team Lead

Matthew Nero is a 4th-year physics major and the lead for the Water Team at Bruin Home Solutions. His goal is to become a physics professor and make an impactful discovery in theoretical physics. In his free time, Matt likes to play rugby, travel, and learn new things.

Electric Vehicle Lead

Joey Meurer is a 3rd-year undergraduate mechanical engineering student leading the Electric Vehicle Conversion Project, specifically the structural mechanics team. He is interested in clean and responsible technology especially in the transportation and space-exploration fields and has had experience in food and beverage manufacturing as well as 3D-printing. Growing up in Germany has instilled in him a love of travel. His favorite past times include skiing and mountain biking. After graduation he plans to work for an electric vehicle company in California.

Director of Marketing

Melody Song is a 3rd-year student at UCLA pursuing a double major in Business Economics and Political Science. At Bruin Home Solutions, she serves as Director of Marketing and manages the website and social media outlets. She is currently working for Soylent’s marketing team as the start-up’s first intern and has previously worked for a subsidiary of the U.S. Department of Energy. She hopes to pursue a career in consulting and will be working for a firm in Downtown Los Angeles in June of 2018. In her free time she enjoys playing soccer and going to live music events.

Director of Development

Vittorio is a third year student at University of California, Los Angeles and is interested in business development, disruptive innovation, and law. A Pittsburgh native, Vittorio is an uncommon communicator with a distinct passion for excellence. On campus at UCLA he spends his time learning, competing as a member of the rugby team, and preparing to pursue a dual JD/MBA. When Riley first brought up the idea of Bruin Home Solutions, Vittorio knew this was the venture he wanted to get invested in. In his free time, Vittorio enjoys playing chess, reading, and traveling internationally.

Director of Technology

Felix Jen is a senior at UCLA and is pursuing a Business Economics major with a focus on Accounting. In the future, he aims to break into the field of corporate law, doing mergers and acquisitions after receiving his CPA license. He is currently the Director of Technology for Bruin Home Solutions, and leads the initiative for smart home as well as smart city product development.

HVAC Lead

Aaron is a 3rd-year mechanical engineering major leading the HVAC team. He enjoys life most when he’s surrounded by nature, playing the piano, or watching a fascinating VICE documentary. He hopes to pursue clean-tech entrepreneurship in the future.

LEED Training Lead

Gabe is a 3rd-year Civil and Environmental Engineering student at UCLA interested in sustainable design and construction. Gabe has experience in the construction industry and recently passed the LEED Green Associate exam. This quarter, Gabe will be teaching fellow UCLA students LEED green building principles as they pursue LEED accreditation.

Solar Water Dispenser Lead

Suryansh Rana is an electrical engineering major at UCLA.  At BHS, Suryansh is the project manager for E-assist bike share program and is leading the R&D for solar water dispensers. He is also a part of the Electric Vehicle Conversion Project. Suryansh is a strong proponent of renewable energy and has interned at a 5 MW solar farm in India. He takes keen interest in electric vehicles and hopes to apply his academia in this industry. Constantly on the lookout for adventure, Suryansh generally prefers outdoor sports such as surfing and snowboarding for his past times.

Director of Human Resources

Renee is a 4th-year Psychology Major earning a certificate in Human Resources Management through UCLA Extension. She currently works as a recruiter at a tech company in El Segundo and conducts research relating to social psychology through the department on the side. Renee became interested in the field of Human Resources a few year ago when she realized that she wanted to use her experience in research to apply psychological principles in the workplace. Renee was born and raised in the Silicon Valley, and in her free time likes to ski, hike, and go to festivals.

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