Meet the Staff

Dr. Darren Lipomi (he/him/his)

Associate Dean for Students

dlipomi@ucsd.edu | 858-246-1227

Office hours: By appointment

Responsibilities: Darren Lipomi's responsibilities include management of student programs; curriculum organization and content; and management of the instructional infrastructure.

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Gennie Miranda, M.A. (she/her/hers)

Director of Operations

gbmiranda@ucsd.edu | 858-822-2086

Office hours: By appointment

Responsibilities: Gennie has overall responsibility for coordinating, developing and promoting initiatives to advance the diversity, enrichment, inclusion and retention of all engineering students at the Jacobs School of Engineering. She guides staff members in the planning, coordination, staffing, budget, and resources management for all IDEA Engineering Student Center programs.

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Lisa Trahan, M.A. (she/her/hers)

Director of Strategic Initiatives and Assessment

ltrahan@eng.ucsd.edu | 858-822-3780

Office hours: By appointment

Responsibilities: Lisa provides expertise to guide the development of strategic initiatives and to assess the impact of the IDEA Center's programs on student retention and success. She leads pilot programs and manages courses and curriculum offered by the IDEA Center, including ENG 10, ENG 15, and ENG 20.

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Gwen Maley (she/her/hers)

Operations and Events Coordinator

gmaley@ucsd.edu | 858-246-1556

Office hours: By appointment

Responsibilities: Gwen provides administrative, logistic, and fiscal support for the IDEA Engineering Student Center's programs and activities. She also oversees the IDEA Center's communications, office operations and courses. Gwen coordinates the Student Travel Fund, Transfer Prep, Welcome Week Engineering Fair, and Ring Ceremony.

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Ruben D. Rodriguez, M.A. (he/him/his)

Program Coordinator

r1rodriguez@eng.ucsd.edu | 858-534-9939

Office hours: By appointment

Responsibilities: Ruben manages the IDEA Scholars program and serves as the instructor for the ENG 5 course. He coordinates the Engineering Overnight Program for admitted students and co-coordinates the Summer Engineering Institute.

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Jessica Baldis, M.S. (she/her/hers)

Academic Success Coordinator

jbaldis@ucsd.edu | 858-534-6779

Office hours: By appointment

Responsibilities: Jessica coordinates the following academic enrichment programs for the IDEA Engineering Student Center: Engineering Learning Communities, Guided Engineering Apprenticeship in Research, and Academic Achievement Program.

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Alejandra Arguelles, M.A. (she/her/hers)

Program Coordinator

marguelles@ucsd.edu | (858) 822-3778

Office hours: By appointment

Responsibilities: Alejandra serves as an advisor for the Triton Engineering Student Council (TESC) and diversity student organizations NSBE, SHPE, SWE, oSTEM, WIC, and SASE. She oversees resources for engineering student organizations including Matching Funds, Project Spaces, Engineering Leadership Summit, and DEI Requirements. Alejandra also coordinates the Jacobs School Scholars program and WISE Sessions, and co-coordinates the Summer Engineering Institute.

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Sinai Cota, M.A. (she/her/hers)

Sloan Scholars Program Assistant

sicota@eng.ucsd.edu | 858-534-1335

Office hours: By appointment

Responsibilities: Sinai supports the Sloan Scholar Program with the nomination process of the awarded scholar, and organizes professional development events for the STEM scholars. She also promotes community among graduate students at the Jacobs School of Engineering by coordinating the STEM Graduate and Postdoc Professional Talks, Jacobs Undergraduate Mentoring Program, and Transfer Engineering Academic Mentorship program.

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Student Interns

Kaitlyn Wong

Kaitlyn Wong

Social Media and Graphic Intern

Rebecca Wong

Publications and Design Intern

Sky Li

Photographer and Videographer Intern

Emily Brown

Publications & Design Intern

Catherine Tang

Social Media and Graphic Intern

Cynthia Guzman

Student Program Intern

Ethan Adamson

Transfer Experience Intern

Haowei Li

Research and Assessment Intern

 

Research/Assessment Assistant

 


Contact Us

Campus Location: Jacobs Hall (EBU-1), Room 1400 
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Mailing Address:
IDEA Engineering Student Center, UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0429
La Jolla, CA 92093-0429

Phone: (858) 534-6105
Email: idea@eng.ucsd.edu