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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 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 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 fall quarter mandatory advising period takes place from April 27-May 8. 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 April 20-May 1. 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 Spring Advising Session Presentation.
  2. Have a one-on-one meeting with their assigned Peer Advisor.
  3. Meet with their faculty advisor during the mandatory advising period.

If you do not complete the Mandatory Spring Advising process, there will be a hold on your eCampus and you will not be able to register for fall courses.

Each Peer Advisor has a designated sign-up form with several sessions between April 20-May 1. Your Peer Advisor will provide you with advising appointment sign-ups. 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 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 fall 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. Please begin contacting your faculty advisor in the next couple weeks to arrange an appointment taking place after your advising session. Your assigned faculty advisor can be found on eCampus.  

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
Minor: Dance
Year: Senior
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Involvements: Intern at Pixar, TA for Girls Who Code, Fellow for Rewriting the Code, Harry Potter Club, Association for Computing Machinery - Women's Chapter, Society of Women Engineers, Barkada Filipino Club, Hawaii Club, Santa Clara Dance Coalition, SCU Dance Department Ballet 1 TA, Alpha Delta Pi, CORE Christian Fellowship, Craft Club, ShadowSCU, Library Desk Assistant

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Darran Casey

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minor: Aerospace Engineering
Year: Senior
Hometown: Northridge, CA
InvolvementsEngineers Without Borders, Associated General Contractors, Neighborhood Ambassador, Christian Life Community, Pi Tau Sigma, Internship with Aerojet Rocketdyne, Masters Program in Engineering Management

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Valeriya Chulyukina

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Portland, OR
InvolvementsSociety of Women Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, GIRLSTART teacher

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Sarah Desautel

Major: Bioengineering
Year: Junior
Hometown: San Rafael, CA
InvolvementsChristian Life Community, Head Team Advisor for National Student Leadership Biotechnology Conference, Bioengineering Research

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Olivia Figueira

Major: Computer Science and Engineering
Minors: Mathematics and Economics
Year: Junior
Hometown: Campbell, CA
InvolvementsAssociation for Computing Machinery - Women's Chapter, Society of Women Engineers, Association for Computing Machinery, Campus Ministry's Christian Life Community, University Concert Choir, University Honors Program, Undergraduate Research, GHC 2019 Scholar, CRA-W GHC Research Scholar, Research Intern at the University of Washington's Make4All Lab

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Betty Hou

Major: Computer Science and Engineering
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Redmond, WA
InvolvementsAssociation for Computing Machinery, University Honors Program, Maker Club, Intramural Badminton, Internship at Amazon and University of Washington HCDE

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Justin Majors

Major: Computer Science and Engineering
Minor: Mathematics
Year: Senior
Hometown: San Jose, CA
InvolvementsAssociation for Computing Machinery, Maker Club, Intern at Dasher Technologies

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Cyrus Miremadi

Major: Electrical Engineering
Minor: Computer Engineering
Year: Senior
Hometown: Sunnyvale, CA
InvolvementsSanta Clara Consulting, Undergraduate Machine Learning Researcher, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Data Science Intern at Tractable AI, Strategy Consultant at NuMedii


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Kristen Mosher

Major: Bioengineering
Minor: Spanish
Year: Senior
Hometown: Park City, UT
InvolvementsSociety of Women Engineers, Club Soccer Team, University Honors Program, Internship at Somnology MD, Madrid Study Abroad, East Los Angeles Ignation Center immersion

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Kristi Nguyen

Major: Electrical Engineering
Minor: Computer Engineering
Year: Junior
Hometown: Santa Clara, CA
InvolvementsResearcher in Robotics Systems Lab, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Solar Regatta Team, Researcher in Machine Learning Applications group, Intern at KLA-Tencor, VSA

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Claire Russon

Major: Civil Engineering
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
InvolvementsAmerican Society for Civil Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, SCU Climbing Club, Associated General Contractors Sustainability Team, Intern at Cytozyme Laboratories, Inc.

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