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STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

A pipeline from high school, through LMC, and into four-year colleges and universities


contact us


STEM Grant Personnel


Ryan Pedersen

Director and Interim Dean of Mathematics and Sciences

(925) 473-7404
Email: rpedersen@losmedanos.edu


Ryan serves as Director for the STEM grant and main grant contact with the Department of Education. He has leadership responsibility for all grant related initiatives.


Contact Ryan for management related matters.


DR. Nicole Trager

MESA Director and STEM Scholarship Coordinator: (925) 473-7685
Email: ntrager@losmedanos.edu


The MESA Director oversees planning and implementation of the MESA Program as they pertain to STEM and state sponsorship. Nicole also oversees all NSF S-STEM Scholars Program related matters, including the tracking and implementation of program requirements and activities, organization of the STEM mentoring program, and recruitment of new scholars.


Contact Nicole for all S-STEM scholarship related matters.


Contact MESA for enrollment or MESA partnership related matters.




Initiatives Connector,


The STEM Initiatives Connector is responsible for developing a comprehensive knowledge of activities and needs that exist at both Los Medanos College (LMC) and the community with regards to STEM education and student success. The Connector position links LMC initiatives with the external community, with special connections to local high schools and industry partners in the East County.


Call the number above to find out about STEM involvement and programs that include the community at-large.


melissa pon

Counselor: (925) 473-7464
Email: mpon@losmedanos.edu


Melissa is the STEM Counselor responsible for meeting with STEM/MESA students regarding their educational and transfer planning, career direction and transfer applications.


Contact Melissa for STEM/MESA counseling matters.



STEM Office


abbey duldulao

Administrative Assistant III: (925) 473-7684
Email: aduldulao@losmedanos.edu


The STEM Office staff is responsible for record and bookkeeping, publications, and correspondence within the grant. The office staff assists the STEM and MESA Directors and other staff as needed with the operations and administration of programs and services.


Contact the STEM Office for documentation and paperwork processing matters including project purchasing, travel, and payroll.







Interim Dean of Mathematics & Sciences

Office of Instruction: (925) 473-7404
Email: rpedersen@losmedanos.edu