People

  • Mandy Bratton - Executive Director and Lecturer

    Mandy Bratton - Executive Director and Lecturer

    Dr. Mandy Bratton is the Executive Director of the Global Ties and Grand Challenge Scholars Programs at the University of California San Diego. These programs focus on inspiring students to collaboratively design innovative solutions to the challenges represented by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges. Dr. Bratton earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996 and 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. She is a founding member and senior affiliate of UC San Diego's Center for Research on Gender in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine, Center for Global Justice, and Cross-Border Initiative. She is one of four Ashoka U Change Leaders on campus and was instrumental in making UC San Diego an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus – one of only 45 worldwide. She has completed three academic voyages around the world as part of the Semester at Sea Global Studies program and serves as past president of its alumni association and an ex officio member of its Board of Trustees. Dr. Bratton holds the academic appointment of Lecturer and her primary interests as a scholar and practitioner include global sustainable development, ethics, gender, and creating positive social and environmental change.

  • Barb Donovan - Program Specialist

    Barb Donovan - Program Specialist

    Barb has been with the Global TIES program for nine 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 twelve 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 owned a small ice cream business across from campus named Lil' Dipper.

  • Ryan Mancinelli - Lecturer

    Ryan Mancinelli - Lecturer

    Ryan has served as an HR Leader at IBM for a number of years and in his current roles, leads Global Talent Acquisition for IBM's Mergers & Acquisitions. In addition to his full-time role at IBM, Ryan is a lecturer in UCSD's Global TIES (Teams in Engineering Service) program which partners interdisciplinary teams of UC San Diego students with nonprofits and NGOs to co-create solutions to socially urgent problems in San Diego and the developing world. Ryan is a graduate of IBM's Human Resources Leadership Development Program (HRLDP), a multi-year global rotational program dedicated to accelerating the skill development and leadership capability of select individuals. Ryan is also an alumnus of IBM's Corporate Service Corps (deployed to Jujuy, Argentina in May-June 2017) which selects top management prospects and then trains and dispatches these leaders to emerging markets around the world. Participants spend four weeks in country; helping solve economic and social problems of their selected communities, working with local governments, universities, and business groups on a variety of initiatives.  Ryan is currently earning his Ed.D. in Organizational Change & Leadership from the University of Southern California (expected 2021 graduation) and holds an M.A. in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University in the City of New York and a B.A. in Psychology, Marketing, & English from the University of Miami. Ryan is passionate about giving back to the community and improving outcomes at a local level. He is deeply interested in human resource management, sustainable development, organizational and team dynamics, leadership and talent management.
  • Anh-Thu Ngo - Lecturer

    Anh-Thu Ngo - Lecturer

    Dr. Anh-Thu Ngo is a Lecturer with Global TIES. She became involved with service learning as a college student through Princeton’s Community-Based Learning Initiative. She studied Anthropology, which has been a natural conduit for direct community-based research and learning. After college, she participated in a six-week, hands-on irrigation project with Engineers Without Borders in rural Arsi Negele in southeastern Ethiopia. She then earned her Ph.D. at Harvard in Social Anthropology, where she conducted field research as a Fulbright grantee in Vietnam. As a doctoral student, she was a teaching assistant for Dr. Paul Farmer’s popular undergraduate course on Global Health and later developed her own at The College of New Jersey. She has worked with a variety of education nonprofits and has sustained engagement with the public interest sector. Anh-Thu recently re-settled to California from the New York metro area, by way of Austin, Texas. 

Graduate Project Advisors

  • Michelle Bautista Layton

    Michelle Bautista Layton

    Michelle is a Graduate Student Fellow for Global TIES completing her Master’s degree in Nanoengineering for nanomedicine, energy and the environment. 

    She enjoys her research in 3D bioprinting, being  graduate captain of the UCSD Surf Team, and sailing every weekend with her family.

  • John Davis

    John Davis

    John is pursuing his M.S. in aerospace engineering. He currently supervises the Baja Del Sol solar water heater project. Prior to graduate school, John worked as a product development engineer focusing on vaccine supply chain equipment for low-and-middle-income countries. In his spare time, John enjoys listening to music, exploring the outdoors, and traveling.

Undergraduate Project Advisors

  • Cristina Barney

    Cristina Barney

    Cristy is a 4th year Bioengineering: Biosystems student minoring in Design.  She joined Global Ties in the Spring Quarter of her Sophomore year through ENG 100D and moved on to join Schoolhouse Ghana Team for the following three quarters. Currently, Cristy is the TA for the One Village Philippines team and the Schoolhouse Ghana Team. Besides being part of Global Ties, she is a College Ambassador for the Triton Center, one of the project team leads for Engineering World Health and part of the UCSD Ski and Snowboarding Team. In her spare time she likes to read fantasy novels, do sports, travel, spend time with friends and family, and do arts and crafts.

  • Anahita Dasgupta

    Anahita Dasgupta

    Ana is a 4th year Mechanical Engineering student, minoring in Design. She took ENG100D her freshman year in Spring and worked on Schoolhouse Ghana for its first 2 quarters in the Global TIES program. Because of the Human Centered Design process she learned through Global TIES, she has since become passionate about designing for social good and the people-centric approach, taking on several Human-Centered Design and social innovation projects throughout her college career. In her spare time, you can find her enjoying new foods, grooving to music or traveling.
  • Stephanie Le

    Stephanie Le

    Stephanie is a senior undergraduate studying Bioengineering: Biotechnology. She joined Global TIES in Fall 2018  through ENG 100D and went on to join the One Village Philippines/Sulo team. Here, she developed a passion for renewable, clean energy and is currently pursuing a career in environmental sustainability. She serves as the TA for ENG100D and K-12 STEM Education. In her spare time, she is fostering dogs and/or hanging out with her own at the dog beach or park.
  • Candice Mallari

    Candice Mallari

    Candice is a 3rd year mechanical engineering student with a minor in design. She joined Global TIES in the winter quarter of her 2nd year through ENG 100D (her favorite class) and then went on to join the One Village Philippines team the following quarter. She currently serves as the TA for Diabeatit. Because of the Global TIES program, she developed an even greater passion for human-centered design and social innovation and hopes to do work related to that in the future. In her free time, you can find her spending time with family, playing the ukulele, or watching a rom-com.
  • Eric Richards

    Eric Richards

    Eric is a senior undergraduate studying Cognitive Science (HCI) and Design for Social Innovation, an individual major that examines how human-centered design can create social impact. He joined Global TIES in Fall 2017 through ENG 100D and went on to join the One Village Philippines/Sulo team. Last year, Eric served as the TA for ENG 100D, Cruz Roja Tijuana, and K-12 STEM Education. In addition to Global TIES, he is the co-president of Design for America (DFA) at UCSD and co-founder of Atutu. Eric ultimately hopes to use design thinking and social innovation to create positive, equitable, and sustainable impact both locally and abroad. Aside from school, he enjoys traveling, coffee, and astrophotography; he also spent four summers performing nationwide with a drum and bugle corps. 

  • Mayuki Sasawaga

    Mayuki Sasawaga

    Mayuk is a senior student studying Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Design for Development. He joined Global TIES in Spring 2017 through ENG 100D and went on to join the Baja Del Sol water heater team the following quarters. Inspired by the Global TIES class and program - Mayuki joined the Global TIES faculty the following year. Mayuki is currently serving as the undergraduate advisor for both Baja Del Sol and Birch Aquarium project. In the future, Mayuki hopes to make a great technological breakthrough concerning environment sustainability. In his free time, he enjoys surfing and playing basketball.

  • Daniel Vazquez

    Daniel Vazquez

    Daniel is a 4th year studying Physics with a Specialization in Computational Physics. He joined Global TIES fall quarter his second year working on the One Village Philippines project. He has represented and traveled with the team to the Philippines, Berkeley, Washington D.C. and recently London. He currently TA’s the ENG 100D sections and is looking forward to working with the teams to rapidly prototype a solution for the partner NGOs. His other passions include salsa dancing, the outdoors, and traveling.