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Undergraduate Programs

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 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 Olivia Figueira.


Mandatory Fall 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 fall quarter mandatory advising period takes place from November 2-13. 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 from October 26-November 6. The process for Spring 2020 will differ from the fall. Instead of physically attending an Advising Session, new engineering students must do the following:

  1. Watch the Fall Advising Session Presentation (coming soon).
  2. Have a one-on-one meeting with their assigned Peer Advisor.
  3. Meet with their faculty advisor during the mandatory advising period.

Each Peer Advisor will have a designated sign-up form with several sessions between October 26-November 6. Your Peer Advisor will provide you with advising appointment sign-ups in October. It is strongly encouraged to attend a meeting with your assigned Peer Advisor. If you are not able to find a time to meet with your assigned Peer Advisor given their availability, please email Olivia Figueira at ofigueira@scu.edu and we will find another Peer Advisor within your major to meet with you.

During these sessions, Peer Advisors will assist students in identifying courses for their winter schedule. Upon completion of a session, Peer Advisors will send the completed advising form to your faculty advisor in preparation for your meeting with them. Student should begin contacting their faculty advisors to arrange an appointment after your advising session. Your assigned faculty advisor can be found on eCampus (advisors will be assigned in the first couple weeks of fall quarter).  

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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Christine Chye

Major: Computer Science and Engineering
Pronoun: she/her
Year: Senior
Hometown: Honolulu, HI
InvolvementsAssociation for Computing Machinery Women's Chapter, Society of Women Engineers, Association for Computing Machinery, Frugal Innovation Hub, Software Engineering Intern at Liberty Mutual Insurance
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Jordan Randleman

Major: Computer Science and Engineering
Minor: Mathematics
Pronoun: he/him
Year: Junior
Hometown: Los Altos, CA
InvolvementsAssociation for Computing Machinery, Internship at Wynd Technologies Inc.
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Katrina Cramer

Major: Electrical Engineering
Pronoun: she/they
Year: Sophmore
Hometown: Granite Bay, CA
InvolvementsInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Solar Regatta Team, Society of Women Engineers, Waste-To-Fuel Research for Technology Crest Corporation, SCU Sustainability Guide, Gap Year in Latvia
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Kristen Hanks

Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Pronoun: she/her
Year: Sophmore
HometownAustin, TX
InvolvementsUniversity Honors Program, Orientation Leader, Women's Crew, Solar Regatta, Club Ultimate Frisbee
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Maggie Hull

Major: Computer Science and Engineering
Minor: Mathematics
Pronoun: she/her
Year: Sophmore
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
InvolvementsAssociation for Computing Machinery Women's Chapter, Intramural Soccer
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Mia Vlaming

MajorCivil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering
Pronoun: she/her
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Napa, CA
InvolvementsAmerican Society of Civil Engineers, University Honors Program, Camp Kesem, Orientation Leader
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Nicholas Gallo

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

Major: Computer Science and Engineering
Pronoun: he/him
Year: Sophmore
Hometown: Tucson, AZ
InvolvementsNational Society of Black Engineers, Orientation Leader, Engineers Without Borders, LEAD Scholars Program
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Olivia Figueira

Major: Computer Science and Engineering
Minors: Mathematics and Economics
Pronoun: she/her
Year: Senior
Hometown: Campbell, CA
InvolvementsTau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, Security & Privacy Research Intern at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Human-Computer Interaction Research Intern at the University of Washington, University Honors Program, Frugal Innovation Hub, Association for Computing Machinery Women's Chapter, Society of Women Engineers
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Sarah Desautel

Major: Bioengineering
Pronoun: she/her
Year: Senior
Hometown: San Rafael, CA
InvolvementsProtein Engineering Research, Research Intern at JOINN Biologics, Christian Life Community, Biomedical Engineering Society, Society of Women Engineers, Head Team Advisor for National Student Leadership Biotechnology Conference
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Valeriya Chulyukina

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minor: Mathematics
Pronouns: she/her
Year: Junior
Hometown: Portland, OR
InvolvementsAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, GIRLSTART Teacher, ESS Tech Research & Development Intern

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