Meet the Staff


Darren Lipomi, PhD
Faculty Director | | Faculty Page | Research Page

Darren is responsible for leading and managing the IDEA Engineering Student Center team to deliver student developmental services across the entire Jacobs School of Engineering student body. He provides strategic planning and leadership to fulfill the overall goals of the IDEA Engineering Student Center, including the development, diversity, enrichment, inclusion and retention of engineering students.


Gennie Miranda 
Director of Operations | | 858-822-2086

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.

Office Hours    
Monday 9:00AM - 5:30PM Remote
Tuesday  8:00AM - 4:30PM Remote
Wednesday 8:00AM - 5:00PM Remote
Thursday 8:00AM - 4:30PM On Campus
Friday 8:00AM - 5:00PM On Campus


Lisa Trahan
Director of Strategic Initiatives and Assessment | | 858-822-3780

Lisa provides expertise in evaluation and assessment to guide the development of IDEA Engineering Student Center strategic initiatives and to assess the impact of the Center's programs on student retention and success. She provides strategic and administrative leadership to develop, revise, and assess new programs within the Center.

Office Hours    
Monday 8:00AM - 4:30PM Remote
Tuesday  8:00AM - 4:30PM Remote
Wednesday 8:00AM - 4:30PM On Campus
Thursday 8:00AM - 4:30PM On Campus
Friday 8:00AM - 4:30PM Remote


Alejandra Arguelles
Program Coordinator | | 858-822-3778

Alejandra serves as an advisor for the Triton Engineering Student Council (TESC) within the IDEA Engineering Student Center. She coordinates the Jacobs Scholars Program and oversees student organization matching funds, she provides programmatic support to student development workshops, leadership development, and programs for newly admitted students.

Office Hours Click here to schedule an appointment   
Monday 8:30AM - 5:00PM Remote 
Tuesday  8:30AM - 5:00PM On Campus
Wednesday 8:30AM - 5:00PM Remote
Thursday 8:30AM - 5:00PM On Campus
Friday 8:30AM - 5:00PM Remote


Ruben D. Rodriguez
Program Coordinator | | 858-534-9939

Ruben serves as an advisor for student diversity organizations (NSBE, SHPE, SWE, WIC and oSTEM) within the IDEA Engineering Student Center. In addition, he oversees programs that promote inclusion, community engagement, leadership development, and academic success; through newly admitted student programs, student development workshops, commencement events, and summer transition programs.

Office Hours    
Monday 9:00AM - 5:30PM Remote
Tuesday  9:00AM - 5:30PM On Campus
Wednesday 9:00AM - 5:30PM On Campus
Thursday 9:00AM - 5:30PM Remote 
Friday 9:00AM - 5:30PM Remote



Jessica Baldis
Academic Success Coordinator |

Jessica coordinates programs at the IDEA Engineering Student Center that foster proactive academic engagement of undergraduate engineering students to academic services that emphasize student persistence, including summer success programs, learning communities, and specialized workshops on succeeding in engineering.

Office Hours    
Monday 8:00AM - 3:00PM Remote 
Tuesday  N/A N/A
Wednesday 8:00AM - 3:00PM Remote 
Thursday 8:30AM - 1:00PM On Campus
Friday 10:00AM - 1:00PM Remote


Sinai Cota*
Sloan Scholars Program Assistant |

Sinai supports the Sloan Scholar Program with the nomination process of the awarded scholars; and organizes professional development events for the STEM scholars. She also supports graduate student life at the Jacobs School of Engineering through her work with the Jacobs Graduate Student Council, Jacobs Undergraduate Mentoring Program, Engineering Graduate & Professional Scholarly Talks, and diversity graduate student recruitment.

*location: Student Services Center #412, Remote Work 5PM - 7PM

Office Hours    
Monday 5:00PM - 7:00PM Remote 
Tuesday  9:30AM - 3:30PM On Campus
Wednesday 9:30AM - 3:30PM On Campus
Thursday 5:00PM - 7:00PM Remote
Friday 5:00PM - 7:00PM Remote


Sara Eckardt
Operations and Event | 858-246-1556

Sara provides administrative, logistic, and fiscal support for the IDEA Engineering Student Center's programs and activities. This includes many of the programs and events that support student success within the Jacobs School of Engineering.  She oversee the Student Travel Fund and is the advisor to the Jacobs Graduate Student Council. Sara also coordinates the IDEA Center's communications, office operations and courses.

Office Hours Click here to schedule an appointment   
Monday 7:00AM - 3:30PM On Campus
Tuesday  7:00AM - 3:30PM On Campus
Wednesday 7:00AM - 3:30PM On Campus
Thursday 7:00AM - 3:30PM Remote
Friday 7:00AM - 3:30PM Remote 



Student Interns

José Santana-Sosa

Transfer Experience Intern

Kaitlyn Wong

Social Media and Graphic Intern

Rebecca Wong

Publications and Design Intern

Sky Li

Photographer and Videographer Intern

Luis Garcia

Luis Garcia

Design Intern

Cynthia Guzman

ACES/ELC Assistant Intern

Jamie Doan

ACES/ELC Assistant Intern

Emily Brown

Publications & Design Intern

Marie Shimizu

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