Meet the Staff

Joshua Loughman
Director of Development
Engineering Center G Wing 128B (ECG 128B)

Joshua Loughman comes to the EPICS program after spending ten years in the space industry. He is a two-time graduate of Arizona State University with degrees in aerospace engineering and systems engineering. As EPICS Director, Joshua oversees all aspects of the program including teaching multiple section of the EPICS Gold courses. Joshua develops relationships with not for profit agencies, industry mentors and partners to support the EPICS program. He is passionate about the power of engineering to make the world a better place as demonstrated by his 9 years of volunteering with Engineers Without Borders. He looks forward to applying the lessons of systems engineering and his volunteer experiences to the EPICS program.


Stephanie Gillespie
Director of Instruction
Engineering Center G Wing 128

Stephanie Gillespie joined the EPICS program after finishing her Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her multidisciplinary research applied signal processing and machine learning to clinical care to automatically detect depression in adults with aphasia, a language disorder resulting from stroke. During this time, she became focused on solving real problems that directly impact health, as well as applying engineering to solve community problems. She has extensive experience in K-12 outreach and curriculum development, and is passionate about giving students opportunities to make a difference throughout their academic career. As the EPICS Director of Instruction,  Stephanie will lead the EPICS program’s curriculum development, EPICS-Community College program, and program assessment efforts.


Jared Schoepf
Director of Operations
Goldwater (GWC) 428

Jared Schoepf is the Director of Operations for Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) at Arizona State University. Jared received his PhD in Chemical Engineering at ASU, developing a tiered approach to rapidly detect nanomaterials in the environment and consumer products. Jared has been a lecturer of EPICS for 3 years, mentoring over 200 teams. Currently he teaches introduction to engineering, EPICS, and introduction to chemical engineering processes. He has founded 2 starts ups and has 3 patents for water purification, removal of trash from storm water, and Dial’s antibacterial liquid hand soap formula. He has a passion for teaching and mentoring students, aiming to help each student achieve their goals. In his free time Jared loves to go hiking, backpacking, and snowboarding.


Hope Parker
Associate Director- EPICS High
Engineering Center G Wing 252D

Hope is the Associate Director for K-12 Engineering Education and EPICS High. Hope has worked in education for the majority of her life including both elementary and post-secondary. As a teacher, she worked with pre-K through sixth grade and also as a high school coach. Most recently she was at the W. P. Carey School of Business as Assistant Director of Graduate Business Student Services where she oversaw the Full-time MBA program. She has also held several positions on the Graduate Business Student Services Association board concluding her tenure as the chair. Hope has a Master of Higher and Post-Secondary Education from Arizona State University and Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education from Montana State University. Hope’s passion is to help children change their lives and impacting the world around them through meaningful – real world education.