Akamai People

Lisa Hunter

Lisa Hunter

Director

As the Director of ISEE, Lisa oversees and actively participates in the development and implementation of ISEE programs, including the Akamai Workforce Initiative. Lisa has served as the Director of Akamai since inception, and has remained actively involved in developing, managing, and evaluating Akamai. She serves as the principal investigator on Akamai’s grants and contracts, through her position as ISEE Director at University of California, Santa Cruz. Lisa spends a lot of time fundraising, leading, and managing, but is still deeply involved in the curriculum, and works closely with Akamai interns every summer.

Jerome Shaw

Jerome Shaw

Associate Director/Instructor/Advisor

Jerome is Associate Director for Research & Development with the Akamai Workforce Initiative. His multi-year involvement with the initiative includes leading the development of the ISEE-Akamai mentoring program, developing new tools for supporting and assessing student projects in the STEM workplace, serving as an instructor for both the Akamai PREP course and communication course. Jerome is Associate Professor Emeritus of the UCSC Department of Education and serves on ISEE’s faculty advisory committee.

Austin Barnes

Austin Barnes

STEM Workforce Development and Education Manager

Austin’s primary responsibility is managing the Akamai Workforce Initiative program. As the program manager, he is an instructor in the annual ISEE-Akamai Mentor Workshop, a co-lead instructor for the internship’s PREP course that kicks off the summer program, a co-lead instructor for the internship’s communication course, and responsible for overseeing many of the smaller details throughout the program. Austin is also an instructor for ISEE’s Professional Development Program and is involved in some of ISEE’s other projects and initiatives. Austin is an Akamai alumnus from 2009, works full time for ISEE and is based in Hawai‘i, where he is from.

Nicole Mattacola

Nicole Mattacola

Program and Event Coordinator

Nicole coordinates all events big and small that support the programmatic goals of ISEE. She implements and synchronizes the logistics of the many program workshops, symposia, retreats, conferences, presentations, faculty meetings, and partnership activities both on and off campus, and provides event support. Nicole facilitates ISEE program application and selection processes, and serves as the point of contact with participants from registration through wrap-up. She provides the main administrative support for ISEE with scheduling meetings, processing travel reimbursements and assisting with procurement functions. Nicole works full-time for ISEE as a UCSC staff member.

Rafael Palomino

Rafael Palomino

STEM Workforce Development and Program Manager

Rafael is the program manager for the Akamai Mentor Workshop, and is a communication course instructor for the Akamai internship program, working with interns throughout the summer. Rafael is also the program manager for the Workshop for Engineering and Science Transfers program (WEST), overseeing program announcement, recruiting, evaluation, and providing support for the instructional teams. Rafael is also a core member of ISEE’s Professional Development Program instructional team. In addition to supporting programs, he is involved in other ISEE projects and initiatives, particularly those aimed at workforce development for graduate students and post-docs at UC Santa Cruz.

Nicholas McConnell

Nicholas McConnell

STEM Workforce Development and Program Manager

Nicholas is one of the Akamai internship program’s communication course instructors, working with interns during the PREP course and through the summer. Nicholas also provides year-round support for ISEE’s Professional Development Program (PDP) and is a core member of ISEE’s instructional team.  Additionally, he is developing resources for PDP participants and alumni across North America to collaborate, innovate, and apply ISEE’s approach to their long-term teaching endeavors.  Nicholas draws from several years’ experience in astrophysics research to connect ISEE’s workforce development goals with the broader astronomy and physics communities, including large international research and instrumentation projects.  He is a member of ISEE’s full-time staff and contributes to multiple initiatives to build an equitable STEM workforce.

Cindy Giebink

Cindy Giebink

Information Technology & Management

Cindy Giebink works on ISEE’s information management systems, including websites, databases, and online applications. She is also involved in Akamai as a mentor, and has mentored a number of interns in software projects. Cindy works part-time as a contractor for ISEE. She lives on Maui where she works for the University of Hawai‘i Institute for Astronomy where she writes software for instrument control and database development.

Tamara Ball

Tamara Ball

Research Associate

Tamara Ball is a Research Associate at ISEE, and uses her doctoral degree in science education to ground ISEE’s programs and projects in the learning sciences. She plays an active role in disseminating ISEE’s work through publications and contributes to grant writing. Tamara works part-time for ISEE and also works on the Sustainable Engineering and Ecological Design (SEED) collaborative in the Baskin School of Engineering at UCSC. Tamara has been closely involved in analyzing and disseminating the Akamai internship program outcomes.

Mike Nassir

Mike Nassir

Akamai Communication Course Instructor

Mike Nassir has been involved with the Akamai internship program since 2009, serving as an instructor for the communication course. He currently assists with the mid-point check-ins, site visits, and final symposia coaching. He is an Instructor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.

David Harrington

David Harrington

Akamai PREP Instructor

Dave Harrington has been with Akamai for many years, serving primarily as one of the lead instructors for the PREP course. He also helps to recruit the projects from mentors before the program begins, participates on the selection committee, and leads one of the inquiry activities during the PREP course. He is now the Polarimetry Scientist at the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope.