Jenny Quynn: Staff

Portrait of Jenny Quynn

Graduate Institution: Towson University, Teaching, M.A.; University of Washington, Educational Psychology, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Institution: Washington State University, Mathematics, B.S.
Department: Baskin School of Engineering

“I study what is needed in our division and respond with evidence-based approaches. It often involves building a program, a report, an experience, a communication, or a collaborative meeting to close gaps and help students succeed.”

Erin Busch: Staff

Portrait of Erin Busch

Graduate Institution: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership, M.Ed.
Undergraduate Institution: California State University, Monterey Bay, Film and Television Production, B.A.
Department: Baskin Engineering Career Success

“My hope by building connections with industry is that it will help create pipelines for students and allow me to gain a deeper understanding of what companies are searching for in their applicants so I can better prepare students.”

Aaron McPherson: Staff

Aaron McPherson, senior department manager, applied mathematics and statistics

Graduate Institution: Bowling Green State University, College Student Personnel, M.A.
Departments: Applied Mathematics and Statistics

“Coming from previous positions where I worked almost completely independently, the level of collaboration is one of the things I really enjoy about my department manager role.”

Abigail Kaun: Staff

Abigail Kaun

Department: Baskin Engineering Dean’s Office
Graduate Institution: UCLA, Linguistics, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Institution: UCSB, Linguistics, B.A.

“I’ve worked with students my whole career, in all sorts of settings and with all sorts of objectives in life, but I have never worked with students who were more creative, collaborative, and dedicated than the engineering students at UC Santa Cruz.”

UC Santa Cruz trailblazers featured in Santa Cruz Works 2022 Titans of Tech

2022 Titans of Tech

Alexander Wolf, Baskin Engineering dean, and Becca Fenwick, director of the CITRIS Initiative on Drone Education and Research, are two of the 11 tech professionals selected to be a part of the Santa Cruz Works 2022 Titans of Tech.

Andi Peeters: Staff

Graduate Institution: Loyola Marymount University, M.A. Counseling & Capella University, Ph.D. Education
Undergraduate Institution: Washington State University
Department: Undergraduate Advising

“My two favorite days of the year are the first day of the academic year and commencement. To see students walk across the stage with the world at their fingertips is just rad!”

Zia Isola: Staff

Isola Zia

Graduate Institution: UC Santa Barbara, English Literature and Writing, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Institution: UC Berkeley, English Language and Literature, B.A.

“So many of our students have the challenge of being the first in their family to go to college, the first to consider graduate school, or of being the first to be in a STEM field. It’s intimidating to leave what is familiar and step into new territory. They embrace that challenge with such heart, commitment, determination, and passion. It’s completely inspiring.”

Carmen Robinson: Staff

Carmen Robinson: Staff

Graduate Institution: University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Undergraduate Institution: University of Central Arkansas
Department: Undergraduate Affairs and MEP
Hometown: Little Rock, Arkansas

“It is important to have a community, especially for students of color because it’s easy to feel like you’re erased, that you don’t belong somewhere because historically you’re not a part of that group, but things have to change and things are changing, and it’s so important to have diversity in tech.”