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Engineering Peer Advising Program

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.

Students in the 2020 Peer Advisor group photo.

A staff of fifteen 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 Jordan Randleman.


Mandatory Fall Advising Sessions

All new engineering students (first-years and new transfers) are required to meet with their faculty advisor in the fall and spring mandatory advising periods prior to course registration. The fall quarter mandatory advising period takes place from November 1-12. To prepare for these faculty meetings, all first-year and new transfer engineering students must participate in advising sessions, facilitated by our Engineering Peer Advisors which run from October 25-November 5. During these sessions, Peer Advisors will assist students in identifying courses for their winter schedule. Upon completion of a session, Peer Advisors will share a completed advising form with your faculty advisor in preparation for your meeting with them. Your assigned faculty advisor can be found on eCampus. Students who do not complete the Mandatory Fall Advising process may have a hold on their eCampus preventing them from registering for winter courses until it is completed.

Undergraduate Programs and your Peer Advisor will be in contact with students in mid October to share information on how to sign up for these advising sessions. 

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!

Valeriya Chulyukina

Valeriya Chulyukina

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minor: Mathematics
Pronouns: she/her
Year: Senior
Hometown: Portland, OR
InvolvementsAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, DeNovo Research Fellow, and Intern for Northshore
Terrin Cramer

Terrin Cramer

Major: Electrical Engineering
Pronoun: they/them
Year: Junior
Hometown: Granite Bay, CA
Involvements: Xavier Community Facilitator, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Kendall Defelippi

Kendall Defelippi

Major: Bioengineering
Minor: Political Science
Pronoun:
she/her
Year: Senior
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Involvements: Society of Women Engineers, Undergraduate Research, Biomedical Engineering Society
Madeleine Doi

Madeleine Doi

MajorComputer Science and Engineering
Pronoun: she/her
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Involvements: Society of Women Engineers, Association for Computing Machinery-Women's Chapter, Association for Computing Machinery, Intern at Hutchinson and Walter PLLC, Women Advancing Tomorrow's Technologists.
Neena Ekanathan

Neena Ekanathan

Major: Computer Science and Engineering
Pronoun: she/her
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Portland, OR
InvolvementsSociety of Women Engineers
Nicholas Gallo

Nicholas Gallo

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minor: Aerospace Engineering
Pronoun: he/him
Year: Senior
Hometown: Boston, MA
InvolvementsAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, University Honors Program, Intramural Soccer, and Intern at Northrop Grumman
Anoushka Gupta

Anoushka Gupta

Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Pronoun: she/her
Year: Senior
Hometown: Bangalore, India
Involvements: Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Association for Computer Machinery, Association of Computer Machinery-Women's Chapter
Nidusha Kannan

Nidusha Kannan

Major: Computer Science and Engineering
Minor: Technical Innovation, Design Thinking, and the Entrepreneurial Mindset
Pronoun: she/her
Year: Senior
Hometown: Bangalore, India
Involvements: Association for Comping Machinery - Women's Chapter, Society of Women Engineers, Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society), University Honors Program, Alpha Sigma Nu
Joy Ku

Joy Ku

Major: Bioengineering
Pronoun: she/her
Year: Junior
Hometown: Singapore 
Involvements: Korean Student Association, Alpha Phi Omega, Language Learning Club
James Mertke

James Mertke

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Pronoun: he/him
Year: Senior
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Involvements: American Society of Mechanical Engineering, Forge Garden Club, SCU Art League, SCU Sunrise, Maker Lab, Associated Student Government
Webster Mertke

Webster Mertke

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Pronoun: he/him
Year: Senior
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Involvements: American Society of Mechanical Engineers, SCU Esports Club 
Jordan Randleman

Jordan Randleman

Major: Computer Science and Engineering
Minor: Mathematics
Pronoun: he/him
Year: Senior
Hometown: Los Altos, CA
Involvements: Tau Beta Pi - Engineering Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Nu - Jesuit Honor Society
Claire Russon

Claire Russon

Major: Civil Engineering
Pronoun: she/her
Year: Senior
Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
Involvements: American Society of Civil Engineers
Siddharth Venkatesh

Siddharth Venkatesh

Major: Computer Science and Engineering
Minor: Mathematics
Pronoun:
he/him
Year: Senior
Hometown: Sunnyvale, CA
Involvements: Engineering Tour Guide, Researcher for Frugal Innovation Hub, Commuter Student Union, Intandesh
Mia Vlaming

Mia Vlaming

MajorCivil Engineering
Pronoun: she/her
Year: Junior
Hometown: Napa, CA
InvolvementsAmerican Society of Civil Engineers, University Honors Program, Camp Kesem, Associated General Contractors

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Engineering Undergraduate Programs
Santa Clara University
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Santa Clara, CA 95053

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408-554-4468