Former Navarro Mentors

CALEB WEGENER
Caleb Wegener

2021-2022 Academic year

Bio: Bio: Caleb Wegener is an undergraduate in the Environmental Resources Engineering department at  Cal Poly Humboldt and is completing his senior year. He chose the program because of  his love of math and science and passion for public health. After graduation from Humboldt, he is  interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Resource Ecology and Management or a related  field where he can work in Ecological Engineering. Caleb has participated in the NSF’s NHERI  REU program where he conducted field research related to natural hazards engineering in  Miami, FL at FIU. Caleb has just completed a summer internship with Eagle River Water and  Sanitation District in Vail, CO where he was graphing streamflows, modeling wastewater  collection system, and analysing wastewater flow data. Caleb has also worked for Humboldt as a  grader and instructional student assistant. In his free time, Caleb likes to surf or snowboard and during vacations he likes to travel to electronic music festivals. Caleb would like to buy land and  create a sustainability impact center in Colombia where he can show prototypes of composting  toilets, rainwater and energy collection systems, water reuse systems, organic gardening, and  cultivate a living seed-bank of local flora.

HESTER AW
Hester Aw

2021-2022 Academic year

Bio: My name is Hester Aw and this is my third year at Cal Poly Humboldt as a transfer student. I was born and raised in Los Angeles and transferred to Humboldt from a CC near my hometown. I am passionate about the environment and its wildlife which is one of the many reasons why I want to contribute to sustainable and renewable resources as an engineer. Along with being your mentor, I am the Green Workplace Coordinator for Humboldt’s Green Campus. I am also the Treasurer for Society of Women Engineers (SWE) club on campus. Outside of school, I love hiking, music, traveling, gaming, and spending time with friends and family (especially with my two dogs!). I look forward to working with you!

AUSTIN PAYNE
Austin Payne

2021-2022 Academic year

Bio: Hello all! My name is Austin Payne. I am a senior in ERE, Environmental Resource Engineering, and anticipating graduating in Spring 2022. I transferred to Humboldt in Fall 2019 from Modesto Junior College in Modesto, California. I currently have interest in issues relating to water quality and water resource management. I am also involved with the Engineers Without Borders (EWB) club here at Humboldt. Outside of academics I enjoy most things outdoors including hiking, kayaking, and biking. 

MALIA SEELEY

2020-2021 Academic year

Bio: My name is Malia Seeley, this will be my third year attending Cal Poly Humboldt. I grew up in Montana and chose Humboldt for the ERE program and because of the amazing location. I am interested in Renewable Energy. I also am a member of SWE (Society of Women Engineers) and the Women’s Rowing team here at Humboldt. I am looking forward to welcoming students as a mentor this year and assisting in the navigation of online school while building a sense of community.

CLAIRE BAREILLES

2020-2021 Academic year

Bio: My name is Claire Bareilles. I am a fourth year ERE student, this will be my third year at Humboldt. I am a transfer student from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. I am a Humboldt County local. I attended Arcata High School which is on the other side of the highway from Humboldt. I am a senior on the Women's Soccer team here at Humboldt and have been playing soccer my whole life. I have three dogs that I live to spoil. I plan to focus on renewable energy as I progress through my studies. I look forward to working with you all! 

JASON PATRICK REID 

2020-2021 Academic year

Bio: Greetings, I hope you are well. My name is Jason Patrick M. Reid and I am originally from Brooklyn, New York. The 2020-2021 academic year will be my third year in the ERE program and I transferred from Santa Monica Community College (SMC) with an interest in renewable energy. While at SMC I worked as a Supplemental Instructor for General Chemistry one and interned for the UCLA Civil and Environmental Engineering Department (under the management of Jennifer Ayla Jay, Ph.D.) through the SMC/UCLA Summer Scholars Research Program. Throughout my time at Humboldt, I worked as: a student grader for Engr 210 (Solid Mechanics: Statics), a Greenspace Management team member through the Humboldt Energy Independence Fund (HEIF), an intern (under the management of Liza Boyle) analyzing the effects of instructor-led study sessions, and as a mentor through the Jeffrey Navarro Mentorship Program. I also assisted SWALE NYC on the SWALE barge, located in Brooklyn New York, and the Governor's Island location through the efforts of Lonny Grafman. When I am not focused on school I enjoy working on music, painting, swimming, and skateboarding. My goal as a mentor is to help students develop skills that will allow them to surpass students that came before them. 

Cynthia Strouse
Cynthia Strouse

2019-2020 Academic Year

Bio:  My name is Cynthia Strouse and this will be my fifth year attending Cal Poly Humboldt. I am from the Sacramento area and chose Humboldt for the surrounding environment and the ERE program. I plan on working toward a career in water resources and water quality. Although, I also find solid waste management interesting. I am excited to be a mentor for the students in this program because I would love to give my advice and help people succeed in this major. I am also a part of a new committee in the department called ERE Community Advocates (ERECA), so I am looking forward to uniting and supporting our community through this mentor program as well as through ERECA. 

Ernesto Silva
Ernesto Silva

2019-2020 Academic Year

Bio:  Hello my name is Ernesto Silva I am an ERE student originally from Pomona, CA. The 2019-2020 academic year will be my fourth year in the program after transferring from the Business Administration department. My main interest are water treatment and renewable energy systems. My main goal is to work on water treatment projects and also some renewable energy projects after graduation. Outside of school I enjoy fishing and spending time with my family. My goal as a mentor is to help incoming ERE students feel welcomed and provide support that will assist their success in the program. 

Kyle Fisher
Kyle Fisher

2019-2020 Academic Year

Bio:  My name is Kyle Fisher and I am from Crescent City, CA. I am currently in my fifth semester in the ERE program and I came into the program as a transfer student from College of the Redwoods where I attended for five semesters, so overall this is my fifth year in college. My interest in the program was originally renewable energy, but as I progressed through the program water quality/treatment has become my main area of focus. I work for the City of Arcata as an Engineering Intern, as a route setter at the Humboldt rock wall, and as a mentor for the Jeffery Navarro Mentorship Program. Outside of school and work, I spend most of my free time rock climbing and skateboarding. My goal as a mentor is to share the knowledge and experience I have gained with new engineering students so they can succeed in this program too!

Sabrinna Rios Romero
Sabrina Rios Romero

2018-2019 Academic Year

Bio: My name is Sabrinna and this is my third year in the ERE department. I am very interested in renewable energy. This summer I am working at Schatz Energy Research Center as a student research assistant working on the California Biomass Impact Project. I am originally from Fort Worth, Texas. As a mentor, my goal is to help guide students through this program and share my advice from the experiences I have had. 

Tyler Caselitine
Tyler Caseltine

2018-2019 Academic Year

Bio: I'm originally from Redding and this is my fifth year as an ERE major at Cal Poly Humboldt. Some of my interests in engineering include renewable energy and resources, and systems modeling. I enjoy outdoor recreation activities such as backpacking, fishing, and losing discs at the Manila disc golf course. I became a Jeffery Navarro mentor to support students in their early successes in the ERE program. 

Hannah Gidanian
Hannah Gidanian

2018-2019 Academic Year

Bio: Hello my name is Hannah Gidanian and I am a transfer student from LA. I came to Humboldt two years ago because of all the trees! I love nature and to go to a school that is embedded in nature is a dream come true for a city girl like me. As I spent more and more time here I have come to understand that Humboldt is a community, the ERE department is like my adoptive family and Science D (the engineering building) is my second home. What I want to do as a mentor is introduce new students to the ERE department and help them ease their way into this rewarding and challenging program. I wish to make the transfer a bit easier by answering any questions they might have and give positive encouragement when needed. Cheers!

Joshua Steiner
Joshua Steiner

2018-2019 Academic Year

Bio: My name is Josh Steiner and I am originally from Santa Rosa, California, where I received my Associates of Science in Natural Sciences at the Santa Rosa Junior College. This is my third semester at Cal Poly Humboldt as a transfer student in the Environmental Resources Engineering program. I have a strong interest in water quality and with my education at Humboldt, I hope to work on wastewater and drinking water projects along the west coast. When I’m away from school, I enjoy camping, backpacking, snowboarding, and enjoying all the outdoor activities Humboldt has to offer. Succeeding in this program involves teamwork and preparation and as a mentor, I hope to help incoming students have the resources necessary to achieve both of these things.

Tanya Garcia 
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2017-2018 Academic Year

Bio: My name is Tanya Garcia and I'm double majoring in Applied Mathematics and ERE. I'm entering my senior year in the ERE program and am interested in water treatment, water resources and education. This past summer I worked at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission as a design intern in the pipeline group. I'm looking forward to meeting the incoming students and helping them have the best experience they can at Humboldt. 

Chelsea Hernandez 
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2017-2018 Academic Year

Bio:  My name is Chelsea Hernandez and this is my fifth and final year in the ERE program at Humboldt with a minor in chemistry. My main interests are in water quality, chemistry, solid waste management and hydrology. This past summer I spent some time interning for an expanding non-profit organization specializing in composting around the city of Los Angeles to reduce food waste in landfills. As a mentor I hope to use my knowledge and experiences to help guide other students to success in the engineering program.

Benjamin Sheldon
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2017-2018 Academic Year

Bio: My name is Ben Sheldon and this is my third year in the engineering department at Cal Poly Humboldt. My interests include renewable energy systems, grey water and biochar. This last summer I spent time working for The Solar Collection, a solar company based out of Ashland Oregon. I foresee myself helping students come up with new and exciting ways to excel in their studies. 

Emily Klee 
Emily Klee

2016-2017 Academic Year

Bio: I am currently in my fifth and last year of the Environmental Resources Engineering (ERE) program and I am very passionate about renewable energy. My academic experience includes a study abroad program to the Dominican Republic, an REU program for the global waste research institute at Cal Poly, and a student research assistant position at the Schatz Energy Research Center. I became a mentor because I really enjoy helping others and I believe that with my experience and knowledge I can help guide students through the challenging ERE program.

Ahron Cervania 
Ahron Cervania

2016-2017 Academic Year

Bio: I am a senior in the Environmental Resources Engineering department, expecting to graduate in May 2018. My interests in the field of environmental engineering relate primarily to water quality and fluid mechanics. I aim to pursue a graduate degree in environmental or ocean engineering after earning my Bachelor's degree. I participated as a mentee in the first semester of the Jeffrey S. Navarro mentorship program and now, as a mentor, I hope to use my experiences and familiarity with the ERE department to coach younger students to be successful.

Jeff Mosbacher 
Jeff Mosbacher

2016-2017 Academic Year

Bio: I am in my fifth year as an Environmental Resources Engineering student at Humboldt. My interests include renewable energy power systems, distributed energy power generation, and outdoor recreational activities like hiking and backpacking. I became a Jeffrey S. Navarro mentor so that I could use my experiences in ERE to help students successfully find their way through the program.

Cavanaugh Carter 
Cavanaugh Carter

2016-2017 Academic Year

Bio: Hi, I’m Cavie and an Environmental Resources Engineering (ERE) mentor for the 2016-2017 academic year. I became a mentor to help ERE individuals succeed and to build upon the sense of community found within our SCI-D halls. A little bit about me; I’m currently on my second year within the ERE program and my fifth total in university. I started undeclared, spent a year studying abroad in southern France, completed the requirements for a French degree and am now pursuing ERE. I’m an engineering student assistant for Caltrans but I also volunteer with ESL and the on-campus study abroad office.

Jax Gill 

2015-2016 Academic Year

Bio: My name is Jax Gill and I was an ERE mentor in its inaugural year, 2015-2016. I became a mentor to give back to this great ERE community by assisting my peers in their development as humans and engineers. As I write this, I'm a senior slated to graduate in December 2017. I’m involved in two student clubs, Engineers Without Borders and Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. Additionally, I have an internship at the local GHD engineering firm in Eureka. In my free time I like bake treats and to ride my bike to pretty nature spots to look at all the critters and plants.

Jason McMack 
Jason McMack

2015-2016 Academic Year

Bio: I am originally from San Diego and came to Humboldt as a transfer student. I am currently in last semester at Humboldt and will graduate in December 2016. In addition to academic work, I am currently a student research assistant at the Schatz Energy Research Center. After graduation, I plan on attending graduate school to expand my skill set and learn more. I joined the mentor program to help other students navigate the intricacies of the engineering program and help them succeed during their time at Humboldt.

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