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Campus Location: Jacobs Hall (EBU-1), Room 1400
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Mailing Address:
IDEA Student Center, UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0429
La Jolla, CA 92093-0429

Phone: (858) 534-6105
Fax: (858) 822-3903

Photo of Michelle Ferrez Michelle Ferrez
Director |
  • Industry & Academic Partnerships (including 4 year/2 year colleges, community colleges, and high schools)
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunities in academia & industry
  • Assessment and Program Evaluations
  • Graduate Student Professional Development (partnership with the Jacobs School Gordon Center)
  • Student Retention Programs and Services
Gennie Miranda , Assistant Director & Retention Coordinator Gennie Miranda
Assistant Director |
  • IDEA Scholars
  • Jacobs Scholarships/Fellowships
  • Student Retention Programs and Services
  • Jacobs School outreach and yield events
Melinda Beyerle, Student Life Coordinator Melinda Beyerle
Student Life Coordinator |
  • Advising for all engineering student organization(s)
  • Jacobs School student outreach and yield events
  • Graduate Student Outreach and Recruitment
  • Communications (website development; publications)
Assistant Student Life and Diversity Coordinator Victor Betts
Student Life and Diversity Coordinator |
  • Advisor for Diversity Engineering Student Organizations
  • Weekly electronic student newsletter (Enews)
  • Jacobs School student outreach and yield events
  • Communication (social media platforms)
Assistant Student Life and Diversity Coordinator Connie Xu
Assistant Student Life Coordinator |
  • Intake Advising
  • Jacobs School Student Programs and Events Support and Implementation
  • Fiscal Operations
  • Office Support
Alex Buitimea, IDEA Student Center Ambassador
Renn Darawali, IDEA Student Center Ambassador
Rocio Peña, IDEA Student Center Ambassador
Susana Burgess, IDEA Student Center Ambassador
Alex Buitimea
Renn Darawali
Rocio Peña
Susana Burgess
IDEA Student Center Ambassadors
  • Assist with IDEA Student Center Events, Activities, and Special Projects
  • Provide General Information about the Jacobs School of Engineering and its Student Programs
  • Prepare Marketing Materials and Update Web Content for the IDEA Student Center
Photo of Carlos CoimbraPhoto of Olivia Graeve Prof. Carlos Coimbra
IDEA Student Center Co-Faculty Director |
Dr. Olivia Graeve
IDEA Student Center Co-Faculty Director |


California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science Pre-college Program (COSMOS)

Phone: (858) 822-4361

Charles Tu Charles Tu
UCSD Program Director |
  • Oversees curriculum, strategic planning and assessment
  • Faculty liaison
  • COSMOS Statewide Advisory Board member
  • COSMOS Statewide Management Council Chair
Becky Hames Becky Hames
UCSD COSMOS Program Assistant Director |
  • Administrates the COSMOS program
  • Supervises COSMOS staff, permanent and seasonal
  • Contact point and liaison for community outreach/alumni programs and events
  • Oversees budgetary and fiscal matters
Diane Lantz Diane Lantz
UCSD COSMOS Program Coordinator |
  • Primary applicant/student contact person, email and phone
  • Coordinates daily office activities and directs Program Assistant
  • Responsible for program purchasing and reservations
  • Program liaison for seasonal staff
Kimberly Woo Kimberly Woo
UCSD COSMOS Program Assistant |
  • Provides administrative support to all COSMOS staff
  • Creates outreach and program materials
  • Processes student applications
  • Works closely with program Residential Life staff


IDEA Faculty Advisory Committee