EPIC Staff

EPIC Team

Maria Manzano

EPIC Program Director

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I have 16 years experience in higher education of which the last ten 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 12, Victor 11, Aleena 6, Emma 2 and Edward who turns 1 in September!  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. 

 

 

Summer Rutherford

Co-Head Counselor

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Major: Electrical Engineering

 
Why did you choose your major?
I enjoyed math and science in H.S. and I wanted to learn more about how electronics work!
 
What are you looking forward to most about working at EPIC?
I'm looking forward to seeing students learn about and have fun with engineering.
 
Fun Fact:
Despite my name, my favorite season is winter!

Daniel Sanchez

Counselor

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Major: Aerospace Engineering

 

Why did you choose your major?

I have always enjoyed figuring out how things work and I have always had a passion

for planes. I am concentrating in aeronautics, so I will be working with planes. Improving efficiency really interests me.

 

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

Having fun working on the labs and support all the campers and counselors.

 

Fun fact:

I’m left handed and all my fingers are double jointed.