EPIC Staff

EPIC Team

Maria Manzano

EPIC Program Director

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I have 17 years experience in higher education of which the last eleven have been with Cal Poly. I’m also an alumna from Cal Poly with a M.A. in Educational Leadership and Administration. I’m really excited to be able to work with you all and promote engineering.  This year I celebrate my 15th year wedding anniversary.  I have five amazing children Cevina, Victor, Aleena, Emma, and Edward who!  I'm one busy Mom to say the least.

Sigrid Derickson

Logistics Planner

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Major: Mechanical Engineering

 

Why did you choose your major?

I chose this major because it has classes from so many different aspects of engineering. I get to learn computer programming, I get to learn about welding and metal pouring, I get to learn about air conditioning, I even get to learn about robotics! I love mechanical engineering because I have endless possibilities with this degree.

 

What are you looking forward to most about working at EPIC?

I’m looking forward to meeting all the students who come to camp, and sharing all the cool things about engineering with you, but most importantly I am looking forward to driving the EPIC golf cart around campus, if you see me zooming by don't be shy, wave and say hi! 

 

Fun fact:

I attended EPIC in 2011 as a camper, and I am building an electric skateboard. 

 

 

Valerie Kettering

Night Head Counselor

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Major: Aerospace Engineering

 

Why did you choose your major?

I chose my major because I have always had a passion for air travel and airplanes, so paired with my love of science and math, Aerospace Engineering seemed like the perfect fit.

 

What are you looking forward to most about working at EPIC?

I am looking forward to meeting all of the wonderful campers and sharing my passion for both engineering and Cal Poly with them! EPIC is going to be amazing!

 

Fun Fact:

I am a barista at Starbucks and a HUGE coffee lover.

Emma Stringer

Logistics Planner

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Major: Liberal Studies

 

Why did you choose your major?

I chose to be a liberal studies major because I am passionate about education and teaching. I am looking forward to inspiring a new generation of life-long learners and supporting them in their discovery of their educational passions!

 

What are you most looking forward to at EPIC?

I am most looking forward to meeting all the campers and watching their passion for STEM grow. I also can't wait to share my love for Cal Poly with everyone I meet ~ Ride High Mustangs!

 

Fun Fact!

A fun fact about me is, I was on Cal Poly's dance team and Logging team. Come and ask me about competing in collegiate timber sports :)