Student Advisory Council

The College of Engineering Student Advisory Council provides a student perspective on planning and budgeting matters for the College of Engineering. The Council, which includes undergraduate and graduate students, meets monthly with the College of Engineering Dean or Associate Dean and select engineering staff. Both the Council and the leadership of the College provide discussion topics for the meetings.

In 2017-2018, key agenda topics included:

  • College of Engineering budget
  • Student space
  • Administrative processes

Student Advisory Council membership and structure


Department Name Level
Aeronautics & Astronautics Eric Wang Undergrad
Bioengineering Leonard Chen Undergrad
Chemical Engineering Michael (Gage) Elerding Undergrad
Human Computer Design & Engineering Melissa Medsker Undergrad
Electrical Engineering Frank Liu Undergrad
Electrical Engineering Ben Robaidek Undergrad
Industrial Systems Engineering Nikita Sharma Undergrad
Mechanical Engineering Karli Berger Undergrad
Materials Science & Engineering Ryan Carlin Undergrad
Aeronautics & Astronautics Brian Katona Grad
Materials Science & Engineering Richard Lee Grad
Civil & Environmental Engineering Steven Tuttle Undergrad
Bioengineering Viashnavi Dhawan Undergrad
Pre-Engineering Vanessa Sanchez Undergrad
Materials Science & Engineering Edward Wei Undergrad
Bioengineering Sharon Ke Undergrad
Mechanical Engineering Elizabeth Rasmussen Grad
Chemical Engineering Chad Curtis Grad

How seats are apportioned

  • 10 undergraduate students (one from each of the 10 engineering departments)
  • 5 graduate students (at large)
  • 2 pre-engineering students
  • Up to 3 additional at large members from the engineering community

Council positions

  • Chair
  • Co-chair
  • Historian
  • ASUW Liaison
  • GPSS Liaison

Students holding leadership positions will be selected from within the Council membership.


The ideal membership of the committee represents students from all backgrounds. Council members represent the College of Engineering and bring viewpoints and perspectives that represent the voices of women; underrepresented minorities; gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, low-income, transfer, residential, and non-residential students; Registered Student Organization (RSO) members, and other groups.

Councilmember duties

  • Councilmembers serve 1-year terms with the exception of the Co-chair who move into the Chair position in their second term.
  • Councilmembers can reapply to participate in the council.
  • The estimated total annual commitment is 35-40 hours, including meeting time, and pre- and post- meeting responsibilities.
  • Councilmembers should expect to meet monthly between October and May.