EPIC Staff


Maria Manzano

EPIC Program Director

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I have 18 years experience in higher education of which the last 12 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. 

Emma Stringer

Day Assistant Director

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I'm a proud Cal Poly alumna with a B.S. in Liberal Studies and a Multiple-Subject Credential. I have 8 years of experience in supporting students in their learning. I am eagerly looking forward to sharing my love of learning and watching our campers' excitement for S.T.E.M. grow. I am passionate about hands-on education and I'm a teacher for Grover Beach Elementary, on the Central Coast of California! I can't wait to share my love for Cal Poly with everyone I meet ~ Ride High Mustangs! 

Madeline McKay

Day Logistics Coordinator

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Major: Liberal Studies


Why did you choose your major?

I grew up with a single parent who was a teacher so I got to spend a lot of extra time at schools allowing me to see all the hard-work, dedication, and love teacher’s put into their work and the effects they have on kids. I want to spend my life inspiring students to be bravely empathetic, thoughtfully opinionated, troublingly curious, and genuinely confident in themselves and their education. Liberal Studies was the perfect major for that!


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

Through EPIC, I’m most looking forward to getting to meet kids from all over and connecting them with other kids their age who share their passions!


Fun fact 

A fun fact about me is that I volunteer at Woods Humane Society as an Educational Embassador so I get to take dogs into classes to teach kids about adopting and how to be kind to animals!