Advising and Academic Support for Undergraduates

Welcome to the College of Engineering! Notre Dame and the College offer many resources to support you in pursuit of your academic, professional and personal development and goals.

Two Associate Deans oversee undergraduate programming in engineering.

Associate Dean Michael Ryan oversees the engineering curriculum and academic advising.

Associate Dean Kerry Meyers focuses on support for success beyond the classroom, including professional programs and clubs, undergraduate research, the NAE Grand Challenges Scholars Program and engagement with the Notre Dame Career Services.

Professor Michael Ryan
Michael Ryan, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Academic Affairs
Professor Kerry Meyers
Kerry Meyers, Associate Dean for Student Development

Your first year

Incoming students to Notre Dame are assigned a First-Year Advisor, who will meet with you the summer before you begin and throughout your first year, helping ensure a successful transition to college life.

The minute you set foot on campus, you have access to the University’s Learning Resource Center, which offers tutoring assistance for first-year courses.

First-year students who indicate an interest in engineering become part of the First Year of Engineering program, which features a 2-semester course sequence that focuses on discernment. The First Year of Engineering program will help you make an informed decision about your major by the end of the first year. You’ll be exposed to the range of engineering disciplines through hands-on activities, alumni and student panels, lab tours and other engaging activities. During your first year, the courses also will focus engineering design and engineering computing.

Andrew Bartolini is the Director of First Year of Engineering.

Andrew Bartolini
Andrew Bartolini, Director, First Year of Engineering

Engineering Advising (sophomore – seniors)

Once you’ve declared your major, you’ll be assigned an academic advisor in engineering, who will meet with you (sophomores through seniors) to help plan your major and support you on your academic journey. Advisors also work closely with transfer students and students in one of the engineering dual-degree programs.

Engineering Advisors for students in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (AME), Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE), Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences (CEEES), and Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) are located in 204 Cushing Hall of Engineering.

Julia Qian
Julia Qian

Advisor to students in AME and CEEES whose last names begin with A-K.

Aaron Burdin
Aaron Burdin

Advisor to students in AME and CBE whose last names begin with L-Z.

Leonor Wangensteen
Leonor Wangensteen

Advisor to students in CSE and CBE whose last names begin with A-K.

Cindy Santana Cubillo
Cindy Santana Cubillo

Advisor to students in CSE and CEEES whose last names begin with L-Z.

Students in Electrical Engineering (EE) are advised by Bob Stevenson, director of undergraduate studies.

ELITE Engineers

All students are invited to engage with ELITE (Enhancing Leadership through Intentional and Transformational Experiences) Engineers, a program designed to help you feel at home at Notre Dame and the College of Engineering. ELITE programming emphasizes four pillars — building community, professional development, academic excellence, and wellness. 

Yvette Rodriguez coordinates ELITE. She also is available for individual meetings with students in engineering for additional advising and support.

ACES – Engineering Study Rooms and Tutoring

Academically Collaborative Engineering Spaces (ACES) is a new academic support program
that offers study rooms and tutoring to engineering majors.

ACES Study Rooms are drop-in weekly services facilitated by peer mentors — typically junior or senior engineering majors — in a welcoming and friendly learning environment. You’ll work collaboratively with peer mentors on homework and gain extra help and support.

ACES Tutoring services are offered for small groups when requested through a registration process that pairs participants with qualified tutors. 

Leonor Wangensteen, Director of Academic Support Programs, coordinates ACES. ACES times and locations are digitally displayed in engineering buildings as well as on this page.