Mentor Spotlight: Sandy Seale

A photo of Sandy Seale with Amir and Virgil Elings at the DPEA building ribbon cutting ceremony. A photo of Sandy Seale with Amir and Virgil Elings at the DPEA building ribbon cutting ceremony.

Just like the famous Team 1717 robot, the DPEA is made up of parts that cohesively work together to perform a task.

One big part is the Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy Foundation (DPEAF), which works to create the support needed to provide an enriching learning experience to the students. Sandy Seale is the president of the DPEAF. “As the head of the Foundation, my responsibilities include overseeing all decisions and working with other members of the Foundation to set policy and strategy for the future of the DPEA.”

Sandy has a bachelors degree in civil engineering from Princeton University
and a masters degree and Ph.D in Civil Engineering from MIT. She is also the Director of Development for Special Initiatives at UC Santa Barbara. Her son Luke Seale was in the DPEA Class of 2009 and her daughter Ellen Seale is currently a senior on Team 1717 this year.

Sandy also has many hobbies outside of all the the work she does for the Engineering Academy. In her free time Sandy Seale enjoys “hanging out with my family, cooking, knitting, sewing, and yoga.  I also love to travel.”
She has been a part of the Foundation since its formation in 2007. One of the most significant contributions she and the Foundation made was the Capital Campaign, launched in May of 2008. The goal of the Campaign was to obtain $3,000,000 for the construction of the Dos Pueblos Engineering Building, which was reached with the help of parents, corporations, and others in the community in the Fall of 2011.

Since the fulfillment of the Capital Campaign goal, the DPEA Foundation, lead by Sandy Seale, continues to help by raising the annual funding for the Engineering Academy, organizing the volunteers, mentors, and students who run the Academy like a well oiled Team 1717 robot. Without Sandy Seale and the many people like her dedicating countless hours behind the scenes the Engineering Academy would not be what it is today.