• Mandy Bratton - Executive Director

    Mandy Bratton - Executive Director

    Dr. Mandy Bratton is the Executive Director of Global TIES - Teams in Engineering Service and a Lecturer in the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. She earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996. Prior to joining the Jacobs School, Dr. Bratton served as a senior faculty member in Psychology and Human Development and Interim Associate Dean at Prescott College for the Liberal Arts, the Environment, and Social Justice.

    Since 1986, Dr. Bratton has enjoyed an affiliation with the Semester at Sea Global Studies program that has included three academic voyages around the world, visiting more than twenty countries. She is a founding member and affiliate of UC San Diego's Center for Research on Gender in the Professions and Center for Global Justice.

    Her scholarly interests include international education and development, the impact of global and community engagement on students and the organizations and communities with which they work, and gender and diversity issues in academic and professional settings. Dr. Bratton is the Principal Investigator on SISTERS: Sustaining Interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Research in Society, a three-year, NSF-funded intervention project that aims to ignite and sustain the STEM-related interests of 5th and 6th grade girls from under-served communities.

  • Barb Donovan - Program Specialist

    Barb Donovan - Program Specialist

    Barb has been with the Global TIES program for seven years now. She handles the operational side of the house including all reimbursements and team purchases. She also works with the Registrar in building the schedule and preauthorizing students for class.

    Barb has worked with UC San Diego for eight years and her other roles within Engineering Student Services have been as a Student Recruitment Officer and a COSMOS Teacher Fellow. She enjoys cycling, body boarding and yoga and owns a small ice cream business across from campus named Lil' Dipper.

  • Brandon Reynante - Lecturer

    Brandon Reynante - Lecturer

    Brandon is a Lecturer in the Global TIES program and a licensed professional engineer in the State of California. An alum of UC San Diego and Global TIES, he led the K-12 team in its early days and served as a teaching assistant in the Education Studies Department while earning a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He then obtained an S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow studying sustainable materials and design, and subsequently spent four years working as a design engineer and project manager for an engineering consulting firm where he designed space vehicles and theme park rides.

    Brandon currently teaches ENG 100D and co-advises the Philippines team. He also serves as a faculty advisor for the UC San Diego chapters of Engineers Without Borders and Engineers for a Sustainable World. He strives to empower his students to tackle ambiguous design challenges in a culturally-sensitive, socially-responsible, and environmentally-benign manner.

  • Jamie Bradley Steck - Lecturer

    Jamie Bradley Steck - Lecturer

    Jamie is a Lecturer in the Global TIES program.  She received her BS from the United States Naval Academy and her MS in Computer Science from UCSD.  Jamie served in the US Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer onboard USS BONHOMME RICHARD and USS ESSEX.  Prior to joining Global TIES, she taught Algebra and Computer Science at Lanier High School in Austin, Texas.  Jamie currently teaches ENG100D as well as an Intro to Java course at Grossmont Community College.  Teaching is her passion, and she feels blessed to work with so many inspiring students! When she isn’t teaching, Jamie enjoys dancing and spending time with her young daughter, Madeline.

Student Advisors

  • Christina Aguila - Graduate Fellow

    Christina Aguila - Graduate Fellow

    Christina is a graduate student in Chemical Engineering at UCSD. In the fall of 2013 while working towards her undergraduate degree, she began her Global TIES journey with the Fiji Kindergarten Project. She spent two years on the team designing the roof and fundraising for material and travel costs, then she spent a year as their Undergraduate Advisor. Her favorite part of this project was collaborating with people from different majors and diverse backgrounds. In the past, she has worked as a Resident Assistant in Warren College and Outreach Officer for the Society of Women Engineers. Her passions include learning about sustainability and encouraging young girls to explore STEM fields. If not in class, you can probably find her running around campus (literally running around with a backpack) or in The Zone taking a nap. She is excited to continue being involved with the Global TIES program as the Graduate TA.

  • Gabri Di-fiore

    Gabri Di-fiore

    Cruz Roja (Tijuana), ENG 100D

    Gabri is a fourth year Chemical Engineering undergraduate student. His journey began at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year when he transferred to UCSD from Berkeley City College, and in the winter of 2015 he joined Global TIES where he played a role in designing an RNA extraction chamber for the EWH TIES team. He has been the undergraduate project adviser for Cruz Roja Tijuana since winter 2016. The Global TIES program has inspired him to do great things with his engineering background to help those in need, and he has gained a tremendous amount of satisfaction by learning how to contribute beyond himself. Outside of TIES, Gabri has been involved with UCSD ChemE Car where he was a part of the Thermoelectric generator sub team.

  • Kirk Hutchison

    Kirk Hutchison

    Open Viral Load, ENG 100D

    Kirk is a Biology major at the University of California, San Diego. In Global TIES he works with the Open Viral Load team to develop affordable healthcare technologies. He is also the Business Lead for Yonder Dynamics, an undergraduate robotics team. Kirk loves to learn, travel, and cook.

  • Brooke Ryan

    Brooke Ryan

    Digital Vision Screening, K-12 Environmental Education

    Brooke is a fourth year Mathematics-Computer Science major, and has been actively involved in Global TIES for most of her college career.  In her sophomore year, she worked on the San Diego Coastkeeper team, where she developed a mobile web application for volunteers to record data during the organization's beach cleanup events.  In her junior year, she continued her involvement by serving as an advisor for 100D and 100L project teams.  Brooke worked as a Software Engineering intern this summer at Intuit where she gained valuable technical skills and industry experience to impart to her students.  In her spare time, Brooke enjoys learning new songs on the guitar, hanging out at La Jolla Shores, and watching Futurama reruns.  Brooke is passionate about the potential of social innovation and empowering students with invaluable leadership and technical skills from working with real-world clients in Global TIES.  She looks forward to advising her students in the Digital Vision Screening and K-12 Education teams.

  • Dohwan Kim

    Dohwan Kim

    Solar Water Heater (Baja), ENG 100D

    Dohwan Kim is a senior undergraduate student majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Economics. Originally from South Korea, Dohwan had worked with the Republic of Korea Army as a sergeant/fuel manager for two years. The opportunity inspired his interest in renewable energy as the current society uses enormous amount of fossil fuels. His long term professional goal is to support the transition of the society into one that uses sustainable energy. To achieve this vision, he plans to pursue a PhD program in Mechanical Engineering specializing in thermal science. He also share a strong belief in equal opportunity for education and accessibility for energy. Through Global TIES program, he looks forward to continuing both his academic passion in engineering and his personal mission to serve our community.

  • Alan Duong

    Alan Duong

    ENG100D, Fiji Kindergarten

    Alan is an undergraduate student majoring in mechanical engineering. He joined the Fiji Kindergarten Team at the beginning of winter quarter where he joined the design sub-team. During his time with the Fiji Kindergarten team, he researched and designed the shear wall structure. He was also in charge of modelling the SolidWorks model for the project. In Global Ties, he now is a teaching assistant for the Fiji Kindergarten team in order to help the team continue their progress towards building the structure in the year 2017.Outside of Global Ties, Alan enjoys spending his time rock climbing, snowboarding, eating, and spending time with friends. 

  • Lin Hein

    Lin Hein

    One Village Philippines, Triathlon Green Trainer 

    Lin is a third year electrical engineering student with special interest in alternative energy and power engineering. He joined One Village Philippines team Fall of 2015, stayed for a whole year, and now he is the Undergraduate Adviser for the team. He likes to learn new things, travel, eat, and binge on Netflix shows. He prefers room temperature water. He dislikes super sweet foods, and if you bring him banana bread, he'll be your friend c: Lin's favorite quote is by Gandhi: "the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others

  • Jackie Palma

    Jackie Palma

    Jackie Palma, 4th year graduating in winter quarter, International business, focus studies on Project Management in Tech, Interned as a Program Management intern with Akamai Technoligies in Boston (leading Content Delivery Network), currently a TA for two 100L teams Town and Country and Earthlab, currently working as a Product Management Intern with Textron Greenlee and an Operational Consultant with a local San Diego Real Estate Firm JN Financial, and im also Pledge Mom for Kappa Kappa Gamma! :) I love puppies and hanging out in the sun and going out 2 eat so hang out or message me if you have any questions about TIES or just wanna talk!