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Engineering Peer Advising Program

Ask a Peer Advisor!

Attention new students! If you have any questions about your fall schedule or anything related to SCU and the School of Engineering over the summer, you can ask our summer Peer Advisors by submitting your question here!

The Engineering Peer Advising program exists to provide additional information and support to our first-year and transfer engineering students as they learn the ropes at Santa Clara University and the School of Engineering.

A staff of eleven returning engineering students serve as Peer Advisors who are trained and readily available to assist new students in understanding their academic requirements (both for the Core and their majors), as well as the many campus resources and engineering opportunities that are available to them.

Each new student is assigned a Peer Advisor in their major for individual mentoring and advising throughout their first year. Peer Advisors reach out to their students during the year to connect and provide assistance as needed. Students are also encouraged to contact their assigned Peer Advisor with any questions they may have about their requirements, the School of Engineering, or Santa Clara University. The Peer Advising resource exists as a supplement to students' faculty advisors, with whom new students will interact regularly as well. If you have questions about which Peer Advisor you have been assigned to, please contact Michael Mehta.

Mandatory Spring Advising Sessions

All first-year engineering students are required to meet with their faculty advisor in the fall and spring mandatory advising periods prior to course registration. The spring quarter mandatory advising period takes place from April 29-May 10. To prepare for these faculty meetings, new students must attend one group academic advising session, facilitated by our Engineering Peer Advisors. There are several sessions scheduled between April 22-May 3 during this mandatory advising period. We strongly encourage students to choose a session led by their Peer Advisor. Click here to register for a Peer Advising session.

During these sessions, Peer Advisors will assist students in understanding their major and Core requirements, navigating the course schedule and registration systems, and identifying courses for their fall quarter. Upon completion of a session, students will receive a signed advising form with their identified fall courses, to take to their faculty advising appointments. Students should also be in contact with their faculty advisor to arrange an advising appointment, to be scheduled after their advising session. Your assigned faculty advisor can be found on eCampus. Students who do not complete this process will be unable to register until they have met with their faculty advisor

Peer Advising Events

Be on the lookout for information about several events each quarter tailored towards first-year and new transfer students hosted by Peer Advisors. Examples of typical events include:

  • Academic Success Workshops
  • Professional Development Workshops (research opportunities, career fair/resume prep)
  • Social Events
  • Study Abroad Info Sessions

Meet Our Engineering Peer Advisors!

Our peer advisors are returning undergraduate students representing many of the degree programs in the School of Engineering. Each Peer Advisor is currently an upper division student who is heavily involved at the School of Engineering, through research and student organizations. They are eager to assist our new students and share their knowledge of Santa Clara University academic requirements, campus resources, and engineering opportunities!

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Kristina Anderson

Major: Computer Science and Engineering
Year: Junior
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Involvements: Association of Computing Machinery - Women's Chapter, Harry Potter Club, French Club, Barkada, Library Desk Assistant, ShadowSCU, Society of Women Engineers, Hawaii Club, SCU Dance Department Ballet 1 TA, Alpha Delta Pi, Girls Who Code

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Fiona Bell

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minor: Aerospace Engineering
Year: Senior
Hometown: Boulder, CO
Involvements: STEM Student Advisory Committee, Club Ultimate Frisbee, Pep Band, People United for Reproductive Rights (PURR), Society of Women Engineers, Study Abroad Program in New Zealand, Internship at AquaHydrex Inc.

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Olivia Figueira

Major: Computer Science and Engineering
Minors: Mathematics & Economics
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Campbell, CA
Involvements: Association for Computing Machinery - Women's Chapter, University Honors Program, Society of Women Engineers, Santa Clara Concert Choir, Campus Ministry's Christian Life Community 

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Rachel Goldstein

Major: Computer Science and Engineering
Minor: Spanish
Year: Senior
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Involvements: Johnson Scholars Program, University Honors Program, Alpha Sigma Nu Honors Society, Association of Computing Machinery-Women's Chapter, Global Engagement Office, Madrid Fall Study Abroad, Buenos Aires Summer Study Abroad, Nicaragua Ignatian Center Immersion, Nepal FAI Immersion, University Orchestra, Intramural Tennis, Jewish Student Union, Intern for Trellis in Tel Aviv, Research Intern at USC Interaction Lab


Delaney Gray

Major: Bioengineering
Year: Senior
Hometown: Murphys, CA
Involvements: Tau Beta Pi, SWE, Women's Club Ultimate Frisbee, Undergraduate Research, Internship at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Study Abroad in Madrid, Spain

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Shiyin Lim

Major: Bioengineering
Year: Senior
Hometown: La Canada, California
Involvements: Engineers Without Borders, University Honors Program, Peer Conduct Board, NASA Ames Space Biosciences Research Associate

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Justin Majors

Major: Computer Science and Engineering
Year: Junior
Hometown: San Jose, California
Involvements: Association for Computing Machinery, Maker Club, Bellarmine College Preparatory Technology

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Michael Mehta

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Year: Senior
Hometown: Chatham, NJ
Involvements: University Innovation Fellows, Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity, Tau Beta Pi, Pi Tau Sigma, Internships at Bestronics and Accenture, Intramural Tennis


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Cyrus Miremadi

Major: Electrical Engineering
Minor: Computer Engineering
Year: Junior
Hometown: Sunnyvale, CA
Involvements: Santa Clara Consulting, Drahmann Advising Center, Internship at NuMedii


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Ashton Politz

Major: Civil Engineering
Year: Senior
Hometown: Metairie, LA
Involvements: American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Associated General Contractors (AGC), Bronco Builders Association, Society of Women Engineers, LEED Green Associate, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Intern at Burk-Kleinpeter Inc., Intern at McCarthy Building Companies, Intern at McCarthy Building Companies, Study Abroad - Cork, Ireland.


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Horatio Xiao

Major: Computer Science and Engineering
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Involvements: Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity, ShadowSCU, Library Technology Help Desk


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