Management Team

The San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering is produced by Generation STEAM, Biocom California’s 501c3 nonprofit committed to K-12 science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) education.

Meet the Team

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Sara DW Pagano

Managing Director

Sara is responsible for the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering and K-12 STEM outreach initiatives with the goal of empowering the next generation of innovators and future talent of San Diego. Sara has over a decade of non-profit and event experience, including executive leadership positions with USO San Diego and Discover Pacific Beach – Business Improvement District. She graduated from Westfield State College with a Bachelor of Science in Education and also holds a certificate from University of San Diego’s Event Management Program. Her personal interests include: chasing her toddler around, her best furry friend Miles and getting outdoors.

Silvana DelPiccolo

Director of Community Relations

Silvana DelPiccolo is the Director of Community Relations at Biocom and the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering, working with local STEM companies to create employee engagement opportunities and make an impact in the community. She’s a bona-fide believer in the power of corporate social responsibility, and values the opportunity to serve corporations and community simultaneously—a matchmaker between the company, its employees, and the “greater good.” She has over a decade of nonprofit experience and holds a degree in International Relations from the University of San Diego.

Dolores Flores

Project Coordinator

Dolores Flores is the Project Coordinator for Generation STEAM and the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering. She is a strong advocate for more impactful and authentic learning experiences for the K-12 STEM education system. She studied Biology at Fresno State where she focused on curricula development, project based learning, and Next Generation Science Standards research. Her interests include: knitting, spending time with family, and enjoying the outdoors with her dogs.

Julie Lupo

EXPO Day Event Director

After years of assisting to organize San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering, Julie Lupo is proud to step in to lead in partnership with Generation STEAM. As a California Multiple Subject Credential holder, she works from an educator's heart and organizes with many years of event planning experience. Her event planning skills have been used for many non-profit and for-profit organizations. She has also served in the past on boards for the YMCA, La Mesa Parks and Recreation Foundation, and Steele Canyon High School Board of Managers. Outside of this work she enjoys time with her children, her dogs, at the beach, fishing, real estate, writing and reading. She's excited for the return of this amazing, hands-on opportunity for the kids in our community!

Sadie Gray

Development Coordinator

Sadie Gray is a contracted Development Coordinator for Generation STEAM, where she is assisting with the 2022 San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in Global Development and has a personal interest in all things sustainability and outdoors.

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