The Ripple Effect – 2016

Thomas DiJulioPortrait of Thomas DiJulio

The Appreciation of Macrofungi

Thomas DiJulio is a 4th year manufacturing engineering major at Cal Poly Pomona. His fondness and appreciation of the natural world stems from his childhood. Hikes with his father and fascination with the world of fungi inspired him to pick up mushroom foraging. Outside of school and foraging, Thomas enjoys cooking, playing guitar and hiking.


Haley EsparzaPortrait of Haley Esparza

The Secret Superhero

Haley Esparza is a young entrepreneur and recent graduate of Cal Poly Pomona, where she received her B.S. in Business Administration. During her time at Cal Poly she held many leadership positions, including president of the Equestrian team, and won awards in competitions, such as the university’s Hackathon and Start Up Challenge. Haley accomplished all of this and more while her health was severely impacted by a hidden illness. Juggling doctor’s appointments, surgeries, and calculus, she has accomplished more than most healthy people her age. There is one term that many of Haley’s physicians use to describe her: “Not the garden variety.”


Michi FuPortrait of Michi Fu

Birds and the Bees 2.0: From Sexually Risky Behaviors to Sex Positivity

Dr. Michi Fu is a licensed psychologist and Interim Director of Counseling Services at Cal Poly Pomona. She is an educator who has been studying ethnic minority youth and sexuality with her research lab of graduate students. Classes she has taught tend to be immersive experiences, including studying abroad in Asia to see how others promote healthy living through integrated methods. She enjoys collaborating with allies to encourage wellness across various spectrums. She has a private practice, which offers telemental health services, and provides culturally responsive treatment to those who can benefit from her Taiwanese/Mandarin language skills. She serves as a consultant to provide trainings regarding wellness, cross-cultural psychology, and healthy relationships. Dr. Fu publishes in the areas of multicultural mental health, advocacy, women’s issues, and positive psychology. She wishes to thank her team of graduate students who help her to embrace the true meaning of being a lifelong learner.


Casey HokePortrait of Casey Hoke

Peace within the Brush Strokes: A Talk on Growing Up Transgender

Casey is a transgender artist and activist who moved from his home in Louisville, Kentucky to study graphic design at Cal Poly Pomona. After coming out during sophomore year of high school, he began speaking out as a Gay/ Straight Alliance officer, peer mentor, and National Student Ambassador for GLSEN (The Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network). In 2014, Casey began “Art, Identity, & You”, a workshop series for the LGBT youth that focuses on LGBT art history and empowerment through the arts. During this time, he also began writing for the Huffington Post, MTV News, and Teenlife Media. Through these channels, Casey challenged a Kentucky Senator on his anti-­transgender “Bathroom Bounty Law” and discussed of positive transgender coverage and narratives in media. He is currently an LGBTQ Wells Fargo Point Foundation Scholar and works as a designer with the Office of Student Life and Cultural Centers.


Jason HowarthPortrait of Jason Howarth

Adding Value by Thinking Different

Jason graduated in 2002 from Cal Poly Pomona with a degree in Construction Engineering Technology. He has worked his way from an intern in the industry to a contributing member of the executive leadership team at Tilden-Coil Constructors. He currently serves by planning commercial construction projects and provides oversight in building construction. In 2009 he started to pursue his passion of leadership with the purpose of adding value to others. He enjoys sharing simple insights with those he influences so they could have more success in life and also helping those interested to find their purpose.


Mariappan “Jawa” Jawaharlal (Dr. Jawa)Portrait of Mariappan “Jawa” Jawaharlal (Dr. Jawa)

Becoming a Better Teacher

Dr. Mariappan “Jawa” Jawaharlal (Dr. Jawa) is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Dr. Jawa is recognized as an outstanding educator for his innovative and engaging teaching pedagogy. He has received numerous honors including the Northrop Grumman Award for Excellence in Teaching and Innovative Educator Award. Dr. Jawa is well known for his hands-on, guided discovery approach. He is the founder of Robotics Education through Active Learning (REAL), a unique K-12 outreach program, which reaches thousands of students each year. Dr. Jawa helped develop the Femineer program that inspires young women about engineering and empowers them with real skills. Dr. Jawa has over 20 years of industrial, academic and entrepreneurial experience, ranging from starting new engineering programs to product development and commercialization. Dr. Jawa is passionate about education and writes education columns for Huffington Post. Dr. Jawa is also a Fellow of the Biomimicry Institute.


Shayda KafaiPortrait of Shayda Kafai

The Language of Madness

Dr. Shayda Kafai is a lecturer at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona’s Ethnic and Women Studies Department. She earned her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from Claremont Graduate University. Her dissertation titled Re-inscribing Disability: The Performance Activism of Sins Invalid explores the performance art and disability justice work of Sins Invalid, a San Francisco Bay Area based performance project. As a queer, disabled woman of color, she is committed to exploring the numerous ways we can reclaim our bodies from intersecting systems of oppression. Shayda lives in Los Angeles with her wife, Amy.


Marc ScarcelliPortrait of Marc Scarcelli

The Dangers of Islamophobia

Marc Scarcelli is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Cal Poly Pomona. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis, his B.A. from Purdue University, and he previously taught at both Ohio University and Bowdoin College. Dr. Scarcelli teaches international relations and comparative politics, offering courses on a broad range of security topics, including war, terrorism, and ethnic conflict, among others.


Ming TaiPortrait of Ming Tai

Evolution of Motion in Communication Design

Ming Tai is the Assoc. Professor and Director of Motion Design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He has over 14 years of experience as a teacher and mentor. Ming is also the founder of Ming Tai Consultancy and former co-founder of the award winning design agency MFactor, Inc. Over the past 20 years, Ming has designed/directed projects for the NFL, FOX, NBC and other American networks as well as documentaries and commercials. He’s a multiple EMMY and Promax/BDA award winner and was the recipient of the 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award here at CPP representing the College of ENV. Since becoming director of Motion for both Graphic Design and Illustration in 2010, the program has become well known in the creative industry to produce the finest motion designers in the world. Motion students have won numerous awards. They include Type Directors Club, Art Directors Club, Promax/BDA, Adobe Achievement Awards.


Rosanne WelchPortrait of Rosanne Welch

The Importance of Having a Woman’s Voice in the Room

Dr. Rosanne Welch teaches Humanities courses in the IGE Department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; screenwriting in the California State University, Fullerton RTVF Department; and film history and screenwriting courses for the MFA in Screenwriting program of Stephens College. Welch began her professional life as a television writer/producer on Beverly Hills 90210, Picket Fences and Touched by an Angel. In 1998 she researched, wrote and co-produced Bill Clinton and the Boys Nation Class of 1963 for ABC NEWS/Nightline.

Welch has done presentations based on previously published works including a chapter in Torchwood Declassified: Investigating Mainstream Cult Television; an essay in Doctor Who and Race: An Anthology; and her forthcoming book Why The Monkees Mattered (2016 McFarland Publishing). In April she will publish the 4-volume Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection (ABC-CLIO) a project she co-edited with her IGE colleague, Dr. Peg Lamphier.


Progress – 2015

Kevin LymanKevin Lyman

The Walmartization of music festivals

Kevin Lyman graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 1984. He has shaped youth culture for over 35 years with his award winning expertise in the music and entertainment industry as well as business and philanthropic ventures. Lyman is best known as the creator of the Vans Warped Tour, which can be considered one of the most socially influential music tours in the United States.

He pioneered the successful integration of corporate sponsors with the extreme lifestyle, creating a blueprint for sponsorship integration widely duplicated in the marketplace today. Kevin’s production agency, 4Fini, uses this blueprint to produce some of the most influential events in the world including branded festivals and custom events.

For his philanthropic efforts, Lyman was recognized as the Billboard Touring Awards Humanitarian of the Year (2009), an honoree at the Grammy/MusiCares MAP Fund gala (2011 and 2014), and was inducted into the Top Dog Touring Hall of Fame at the Tour Link Conference (2012).


Tom Soderstrom – Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at JPLTom Soderstrom

The 80-year startup: transforming IT at JPL 

Tom is the IT Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He leads a collaborative, practical, and hands-on approach with JPL and industry to investigate and infuse emerging IT technology trends that are relevant to JPL, NASA, and large enterprises. Tom has led remote teams and large scale IT best practices and tools development and change efforts in small startups, large commercial companies, in international venues, and in the US Government arena. Tom is a frequent speaker on the future of IT. He is currently working on defining The Next IT Decade as it applies to enterprises like JPL. He is consulting with industry and government leaders on what we can do about Social media and consumerization, Mobility, Analytics / Big Data, Cloud computing, and Key IT Disrupters, and how to transform IT into Innovating Together.


Suketu P. Bhavsar, PhD.Suketu P. Bhavsar

The Theory of Relativity in 18 minutes

Suketu Bhavsar is the director of the Kellogg Honors College at Cal Poly Pomona and a professor in the Department of physics and astronomy. His discovery of self-similarity in the clustering of galaxies, part of his Princeton University dissertation, demonstrated a fractal hierarchy for structure in the universe. He and his student Nigel Ling were the first to quantitatively demonstrate the reality of filamentary structure in early galaxy red-shift surveys. His research has involved numerical simulations, pattern recognition and statistical methods to quantify structure in the universe. In addition to problems in cosmology his interests include investigating the nature of time and consciousness.


Laida AguirreLaida Aguirre

The future of camping

Laida Aguirre comes from a background in activism and education. Schooled in the Basque Country and Mexico, Laida moved to the USA to earn a BA in International Affairs from Northeastern University. After having worked in non-profits internationally she settled in Los Angeles where she currently resides. As an educator, Aguirre developed curricula and led courses in Environmental design and transportation policy. Currently, she is pursuing a Master’s in Architecture from California State Polytechnic University. Her interest is in process-driven modern and contemporary architecture, art and design which she explores through writing, exhibitions and printed matter. Aguirre sees architecture as a medium for not just creativity but critical analysis. This interest often leads her to develop research projects as well as multidisciplinary collaborations. In 2013, Aguirre was the recipient of the Dangermond Scholarship as well as the Chapman Technology Award, and in 2015 she will be the artist in residence of, Stockholm.


Jot CondieJot Condie

Robots in the workplace

Joined the California Restaurant Association in 1999 as the association’s Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Policy, serving as restaurant industry’s chief lobbyist and strategist in California. Promoted on May 17, 2004 to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of the CRA and its Educational Foundation.

Currently serving as Vice Chairman of Operations for the California Tourism Commission. Appointed to “Dream Big Initiative” task force charged with maintaining California’s competitiveness as a global travel destination. Board member, California International Relations Foundation. California State University Chancellor’s Hospitality Advisory Board.


Dave GuinDave Guin

Why do we fear public speaking?

Professor Guin has an AA in liberal studies, a BA in Communication Theory and Process – Interpersonal and Intercultural communication, and a MA in Human Communication – Performance Studies and Communication in the Classroom. Guin is a popular and well liked Professor at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in the Department of Communication. Guin has been doing public speaking for almost his entire adult life. He spent 13 years in business before coming back to school to get his degrees. He started as a trainer in business and was a national level trainer in Cub Scouts, training other leaders such as Woodbadge and Roundtable. Guin has been a professor of human communication for over twenty years. He describes himself as having “a (self described) mental disorder, with a neurotic need to be omniscient.” This has led him to being a voracious reader, with particular interests in communication, the human brain, and psychology.


Araya DixonAraya Dixon

How My Belief In A Higher Power Inspired Success

Araya Dixon will be graduating from Cal Poly Pomona with a BA in Political Science in the Spring of 2015.
She plans to teach in China and Taiwan upon graduation and attend law school in the near future. Araya is currently the captain of Cal Poly Pomona’s Track and Field team. She has volunteered with the Prison Education Project locally and in Uganda, Africa.
When she was middle school, Araya survived a near-fatal car accident. She was told that she would be mentally and physically impaired, yet overcame her obstacles to become an outstanding student athlete. Araya’s current goal is to be an Olympian, a spokesperson for the Paralympics and to start a nonprofit organization for disabled children.


Christopher BatesChristopher Bates

 The future of the past

Christopher Bates is one of the most popular lecturers in the Department of History at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. His research focuses on the place of the Civil War in American culture, and he is currently at work on a study of Civil War re-enactors entitled “What they Fight For: The Men and Women of Civil War Reenactment.”


Jeffrey WeintraubJeffrey Weintraub

Engineering Trends to Keep Your Eye On

Jeff Weintraub is the head of technology development for theAmplify, a marketing agency based in Culver City, CA specializing in data-driven, influencer-based advertising on Instagram. He holds dual degrees in Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, a law degree from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, CA and a technician’s certificate in Nanotechnology from the Donald F. Averill Applied Technology Training Center and the Bourns College of Engineering at University of California, Riverside.