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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 sixteen 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 Terrin Cramer.


Mandatory Fall and Spring 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 Oct. 31-Nov. 11. 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 Oct. 24-Nov. 4. 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 will have a hold on their eCampus preventing them from registering for winter courses until it is completed.

More information for how to sign up for a Peer Advising session will be found here in October.

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!

Matthew Becker

Matthew Becker

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minor: Spanish
Pronoun:
he/him
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Highlands Ranch, CO
Involvements: Johnson Scholars Program, University Honors Program
Terrin Cramer

Terrin Cramer

Major: Electrical Engineering
Pronoun: they/them
Year: Senior
Hometown: Granite Bay, CA
Involvements: Lead Peer Advisor, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Latimer Lab Student Researcher, CDT Student Assistant, TCrest International Research Intern
Jerry Chen

Jerry Chen

Major: Computer Science and Engineering
Pronoun: he/him
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Fremont, CA
Involvements: Association for Computing Machinery, Forge Garden Club, TailorED Project
Sophie Criscione

Sophie Criscione

Major: Bioengineering
Pronoun: she/her
Year: Junior
Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Involvements: Engineering Tour Guide, Biomedical Engineering Society, Theta Tau, NSF REU Internship at UC Davis, Society of Women Engineers, CHAARG
Madeleine Doi

Madeleine Doi

MajorComputer Science
Pronoun: she/her
Year: Junior
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Involvements: Intern at Apple, Association for Computing Machinery-Women's Chapter, Association for Computing Machinery, Women Advancing Tomorrow's Technologists.
Neena Ekanathan

Neena Ekanathan

Major: Computer Science and Engineering
Minor: Technical Innovation, Design Thinking and the Entrepreneurial Mindset
Pronoun: she/her
Year: Junior
Hometown: Portland, OR
InvolvementsSociety of Women Engineers, Peer Educator, Intramural Basketball, Intern at CDK Global and New Relic
Jo Espiritu

Jo Espiritu

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Pronoun: she/her
Year: Senior
Hometown: Staten Island, NY 
Involvements: Maker Lab, Maker Club, Tau Beta Pi, Undergraduate Research
 
Rebecca Huang

Rebecca Huang

Major: Civil Engineering
Pronoun: she/her
Year: Senior
Hometown: Bellevue, WA
Involvements: Associated General Contractors, Chinese Students and Scholars Association
Joy Ku

Joy Ku

Major: Bioengineering
Minor: Chemistry, Economics
Pronoun:
she/her
Year: Senior
Hometown: Singapore 
Involvements: Tau Beta Pi, Alpha Phi Omega, Undergraduate Research
Abem Lucas

Abem Lucas

Major: Computer Science and Engineering
Pronoun: he/him
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Addis Abeba, Ethiopia
Involvements: Ciocca Center of Innovation, Undergraduate Researcher at Media Lab, Frugal Innovation Hub, VR/AR Club, IGWE, Inramural Soccer, Intern at CC Tech Consulting
Rikesh Mehta

Rikesh Mehta

Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Minor: Computer Science and Engineering
Pronoun:
 he/him
Year: Senior
Hometown: Santa Clara, CA
Involvements: Redwood Yearbook, Santa Clara Newspaper, Tau Beta Pi
Sudhish Sewpaul

Sudhish Sewpaul

Major: Computer Science and Engineering
Pronoun: he/him
Year: Senior
Hometown: Vacoas, Mauritius
Involvements: Association for Computer Machinery, Theta Tau, Student Research
Zara Shariff

Zara Shariff

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Pronouns: she/her
Year: Junior
Hometown: San Jose, CA
InvolvementsAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Engineering Tour Guide, Santa Clara Community Action Program, Alpha Kappa Psi, Intern at Cisco
Serena Thompson

Serena Thompson

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Pronoun: any/all
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Mountian View, CA
Involvements: Santa Clara Formula SAE, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
Mia Vlaming

Mia Vlaming

MajorCivil Engineering
Pronoun: she/her
Year: Senior
Hometown: Napa, CA
InvolvementsAmerican Society of Civil Engineers, Camp Kesem, Associated General Contractors
Michelle Yavorskiy

Michelle Yavorskiy

Major: Web Design and Engineering
Minor: Studio Art
Pronoun: she/her
Year: Junior
Hometown: Redwood City, CA
Involvements: The Owl - Undergraduate Arts Publication, Society of Women Engineers

Contact Us

Engineering Undergraduate Programs
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053

Heafey-Bergin, Bldg. 202

408-554-4468