Undergrad Academic Advising

The mission of the engineering advising team is to create opportunities for engineering exploration, to foster intentional community, and to empower students to make thoughtful decisions to maximize their experience at the University of Washington.

Meet the advisers

Loew Hall entrance from Stevens Way

Advising options

Who can make an advising appointment?

Only undergraduate students currently enrolled at the University of Washington can attend drop-ins or schedule appointments with our advisers. We are currently unable to provide appointments for prospective students. If you are an incoming freshman, you must wait until you have officially started classes to make an appointment.

If you are a prospective transfer student, you should attend the Transfer Thursday drop-in hour.

If you are a graduate student, you should contact the graduate adviser in your department or the Graduate School.

Should I drop in or schedule an appointment?

10 minute drop-in session
Come to drop-in hours to talk about
30 minute scheduled appointment
Schedule an appointment to talk about
Course registration Long-term educational planning
Adding or dropping a class in the first two weeks of the quarter Academic or personal concerns
Changing in or out of pre-engineering Admission to majors
Co-curricular opportunities and ways to get involved Hold due to 105 or more credits + 5 quarters completed and no major
Transfer credit (refer to UW course equivalency guide first) Dropping a course starting the 3rd week of the quarter or withdrawing from quarter
VA forms Changing grading of course to S/NS
  Continuation policy concerns (sub 2.5 pre-engineering GPA)
  Academic or personal concerns
  ROTC 4-year planning form

Drop-in advising

Tuesday & Thursday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Wednesday & Friday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

No drop-in hours during summer quarter or school breaks. (Times when classes are not in session. Visit the Academic Calendar to learn more about these dates.)

Drop-in appointments last 10 minutes. Advisers meet with drop-in students on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you have a question that is complex, such as which major you should pursue, you should schedule an advising appointment instead of dropping in. If you are unsure whether to drop in or schedule an appointment, refer to the advising topic table above, or call the advising office at 206-543-1770.

Advising appointments

Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Advising appointments last 30 minutes. To schedule an appointment, you can call 206-543-1770 or stop by Loew 301, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. When you call or come in to schedule an appointment, we will need the following information:

  • Name
  • Student ID number
  • Phone number
  • Desired appointment times
    • Never schedule an appointment during class.
    • Plan to arrive 5 minutes in advance.
  • Reason for scheduling an appointment

We do not schedule same day appointments. You must schedule an appointment at least 24 hours in advance. Call as far in advance as possible to schedule, especially during busy times, like registration, when appointments quickly fill up.

Late appointment policy

If you are more than 15 minutes late to your scheduled advising appointment, you will be asked to reschedule.

This policy serves as a reminder to be respectful of fellow students’ time. Advising appointments are in high demand and can be difficult to schedule. A "no-show" deprives another student the opportunity to meet with their adviser and takes away from advisers' time to assist students.

Canceling appointments

If you need to cancel a scheduled appointment, please give 24 hours advance notice.

How should I prepare for my appointment?

To make the most of you advising appointment, arrive on time and bring:

  • Your proposed schedule for next quarter (if you are looking for feedback on your academic plan)
  • A writing utensil and paper
  • The list of questions or concerns you want to address

Transfer Thursday

Thursday, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Prospective transfer students can visit the College of Engineering every Thursday to learn more about the transfer process. This drop-in advising hour with the pre-engineering advisers takes place following the UW-wide Transfer Thursday session. Some individual engineering departments also hold Transfer Thursday drop-in hours, which are separate from the pre-engineering drop-in hour (see below).

Departmental Transfer Thursday drop-in advising

Department Time Location
Aeronautics & Astronautics 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Guggenheim Hall 211
Bioengineering 1 to 3 p.m. Foege Building N107
Chemical Engineering Call for appointment Benson Hall 105
Civil Engineering Call for appointment More Hall 201
Computer Science & Engineering Call for appointment CSE Building AC 101
Electrical Engineering 2 to 4 p.m. EE Building
Human Centered Design & Engineering Call for appointment Sieg Hall 428
Materials Science & Engineering Call for appointment Roberts Hall 302

Email questions

Email the advising team for answers to simple, close-ended questions. If you have a more complex question, or you need immediate assistance, call 206-543-1770. Note that during busy advising periods, such as during registration, the response time to emails will be longer.

In your email, include your:

  • Name
  • Student ID number
  • Year
  • Intended major
  • Your close-ended question or concern

Student responsibilities vs. adviser responsibilities

Academic advising is a collaborative educational process where students and their advisers are partners in planning to achieve students’ personal, academic, and career goals. This partnership requires active participation of both the advisers and the students.

Student responsibilities

Pre-engineering advisers expect you to:

  • Regularly utilize department requirement sheets, MyPlan, the course catalog, and your degree audit.
  • Become knowledgeable about and gather necessary information for majors of interest.
  • Take thoughtful steps to explore majors of interest and reflect on those experiences.
  • Know your curriculum requirements and track your progress towards graduation.
  • Follow UW academic policies, procedures, and deadlines.
  • Schedule and attend advising appointments when needed.

Adviser responsibilities

You can expect a pre-engineering adviser to:

  • Assist and encourage you in discerning your educational goals.
  • Work with you on developing an educational plan.
  • Communicate the curriculum, graduation requirements, and university policies and procedures.
  • Provide you with information about and strategies for utilizing available resources and services.
  • Adhere to FERPA confidentiality standards.

Departmental advising directory

The College of Engineering Academic Advising team works primarily with pre-engineering students. Once you have entered a major, you should contact your departmental adviser to plan your curriculum path and learn more about the options available to you in that department.

Department Adviser Directory

When mailing information to the individuals listed below, for all departments, the rest of the mailing address is:

University of Washington Seattle, WA 98195-_ _ _ _ (use last four digits of campus box number)

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William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics


Stanley Choi,
Academic Adviser, Undergraduate Programs
211B Guggenheim Hall, Box 352400
(206) 616-1115


Danyel Hacker,
Academic Adviser, Graduate Programs
211C Guggenheim Hall, Box 352400


General Inquiries
3720 15th Ave. NE
Box 355061
Seattle, WA 98195-5061


Clay Schwenn,
Director of Academic Services
(206) 685-2022

Holly Williams,
Academic Counselor, Undergraduate Programs
(206) 616-2423

Kalei Combs,
Academic Program Coordinator
(206) 221-5448


Peggy Sharp,
Academic Counselor, Graduate Programs
3720 15th Ave. NE, Box 355061
Seattle, WA 98195-5061
(206) 685-3494

Chetana Acharya,
Academic Counselor, Master’s Programs
3720 15th Ave. NE, Box 355061
Seattle, WA 98195-5061
(206) 221-6695

Chemical Engineering


Dave Drischell,
Academic Services Director
349 Benson Hall, Box 351750
(206) 543-2252

Nicole Minkoff,
Undergraduate Adviser
105 Benson Hall, Box 351750
(206) 685-1634


Allison Sherrill,
Adviser, Graduate Programs
259 Benson, Box 351750
(206) 685-9785

Civil & Environmental Engineering


Mariko Navin,
Undergraduate Program Adviser
201G More Hall
(206) 543-5092

Brian Kinnear,
Undergraduate Program Adviser
201 More Hall
(206) 221-2181


Melissa Pritchard,
Graduate Program Adviser
201E More Hall
(206) 543-2574

Online Graduate programs

Dayna Cole,
Online Graduate Program Adviser,
Master’s in Construction Engineering
Master’s in Sustainable Transportation

(206) 685-2312
103 Wilson Ceramics Lab

Katie Ward,
Online Graduate Program Adviser,
Supply Chain Transportation & Logistics
(206) 221-6407
105 Wilson Ceramics Lab

Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering


Crystal Eney, Director of Student Services
Raven Avery Alexander, Assistant Director for Diversity and Outreach
Chloe Dolese, Undergraduate Adviser
Jenifer Pesicka Hiigli, Undergraduate Adviser
Maggie Ryan, Undergraduate Adviser
AC101 Allen Center, Box 352350
(206) 543-1695


Elise DeGoede Dorough,
AC132 Allen Center, Box 352350
(206) 685-1369

Professional Master's

Dave Rispoli,
Professional Master's Program Adviser
(206) 543-5848

Electrical Engineering


Stephanie Swanson,
Academic Counselor
AE 100R Paul G. Allen Center, Box 352500
(206) 221-5782


Brenda Larson,
Graduate Program Adviser
MSEE and PhD programs
AE142 Allen Center, Box 352500
(206) 616-1351

May Lim,
Professional Programs Manager
Professional Master's Program
AE144 Allen Center, Box 352500
(206) 543-9667

Human Centered Design & Engineering


Alex Llapitan
Academic Counselor
428B Sieg Hall, Box 352315
(206) 221-6230

Graduate & Certificate

Kathleen Rascon
Academic Counselor, Professional Master’s and Certificate
428 Sieg Hall, Box 352315
(206) 543-4257

Patricia Reilly
Student Services Manager, PhD
428C Sieg Hall, Box 352315
(206) 543-1798

Industrial & Systems Engineering

Undergraduate and Graduate

Jennifer Tsai
Academic Adviser, Undergraduate and Ph.D.
G7 ME Building, Box 352650
(206) 543-5041

Sheila Prusa
Academic Adviser, Master's Degrees and Certificate Programs
G15 ME Building, Box 352650
(206) 616-6719

Interdisciplinary Engineering

Undergraduate and Graduate

Academic Advising
301 Loew Hall, Box 352180
(206) 543-1770

Materials Science & Engineering


Sandra Maddox
302A Roberts Hall, Box 352120
(206) 616-6581


Karen Wetterhahn
302B Roberts Hall, Box 352120
(206) 543-2740

Mechanical Engineering


ME undergraduate advising email:

Lynn Girardeau
Undergraduate Adviser
143B ME Building, Box 352600
(206) 685-0908

Kendra Burdett
Undergraduate Program Coordinator
143A ME Building, Box 352600
(206) 616-5844


ME graduate advising email:

Wanwisa Kisalang
Graduate Academic Adviser, Ph.D.
143C ME Building, Box 352600
(206) 543-7963

Kate Gayle
Counseling Services Coordinator, Master's Programs
145 ME Building, Box 352600
(206) 616-0981

Bioresource Science and Engineering

Michelle Trudeau,
Director of Student & Academic Services
116 Anderson Hall, Box 352100
(206) 616-15338


Lisa Nordlund,
Undergraduate Counseling Services Coordinator
116 Anderson Hall, Box 352100
(206) 543-3077


David Campbell,
Graduate Counseling Services Coordinator
116 Anderson Hall, Box 352100
(206) 543-7081