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.
Cynthia Nelly Carrion

Cynthia Nelly Carrion

Program Manager

Cynthia is an ISEE Program Manager and works on the team that runs the Akamai Internship Program. She was an instructor in the Akamai PREP course in 2017, as part of ISEE’s Professional Development Program (PDP), and continues to build on that experience as a part of the Akamai instructional team. Cynthia is involved in managing Akamai in a range of ways, including application and selection, communication, and evaluation of program outcomes. In addition to Akamai, Cynthia is also the program manager for the AstroTech Summer School, as well as being a supporting member of other ISEE programs and initiatives.

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.
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 Instructor

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

Austin Barnes

Austin Barnes

Akamai Instructor

Austin Barnes has a long history with Akamai, beginning in 2009 when he was an Akamai intern, and continuing in many leadership roles including serving as Akamai’s program manager from 2015-2019. In his role as an ISEE program manager he has been a key member of the teams that developed and taught ISEE’s Mentor Workshop, Professional Development Program, and other training activities aimed at early career scientists and engineers. Currently, he is working toward his PhD at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California, San Diego, studying the coastal impacts of sea level rise, and is in the pool of instructors that Akamai draws from for the Mentor Workshop, PREP course, and communication course.

David Harrington

David Harrington

Akamai 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.
Stacey Sueoka

Stacey Sueoka

Akamai Instructor

Stacey Sueoka is from Kauai and has been involved with the Akamai Program since 2007 when she participated as an intern, completing her internship at Textron on Maui. She is now an optical group manager for the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope, and is an active member of Akamai’s instructional team, and serves as an Akamai mentor. She teaches in the PREP course and communication course, assisting in mid-point check-ins and coaching interns for presenting their findings at the final symposia.