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The Mechanical Engineering Department views academic advising as an essential component of the undergraduate experience. Students are assigned a faculty advisor and a professional staff advisor to assist with academic, social and professional needs.

Mechanical Engineering Staff Advisor

Your staff advisor is responsible for implementation of the overall advising program for the department. You should see your staff advisor if you need assistance with course scheduling, academic performance issues, learning community schedules, transfer credit or life at RIT. Staff advisors are available by appointment, or simply by dropping in for a visit to the office during normal business hours. The staff advisors are not engineers, but they understand the RIT registration processes and degree completion requirements. Staff advisors can often answer most logistical questions that you may encounter related to registration. Staff advisors are not in a position to provide technical advice on specific courses, or how those courses may relate to your professional career opportunities. Staff advisors are well aware of the various resources available around the campus, and can help you connect with study centers and assistance resources of both an academic and personal nature. Staff advisors have been trained in numerous details related to semester conversion, and can help make sure that you have the right combination of math, science, and liberal arts courses in accordance with your individual academic plan (IAP) as we go through semester conversion. Staff advisors are not appropriate to list as professional references on job applications (they are not engineers and cannot speak to your professional qualifications) but may in some cases be appropriate to list as a personal reference (they can speak to your demeanor and work ethic). Your staff advisor can coach you and help you to develop a strong professional relationship with your faculty advisor.

Mechanical Engineering Faculty Advisor

Your faculty advisor is your first point of contact for anything that is related to the mechanical engineering field. You should see your faculty advisor for assistance with course selection, co-ops, course content or career choices. Faculty are available during posted office hours and by appointment to discuss your advising questions. Each faculty member is an engineer, and they can help you to put some professional perspectives on your academic studies. In particular, your faculty advisor can help you select the appropriate technical electives and options that will help you achieve the personal and professional goals that you have established for yourself. Your faculty advisor has been through the courses you are taking, and may be able to suggest study skills and approaches to help you be successful. Your faculty advisor can share perspective on what has helped them to be successful, and some of the things that other students have done to succeed in their engineering courses. If you experience any problems related to your coursework, remember that the best time to see your advisor is before problems get big, so that the two of you can decide on a course of action to solve them while they are more easily manageable. Your faculty advisor may be able to serve as a professional reference for you as you look for your first co-op, and apply for full time positions as you near graduation.

Which Advisor for which topic?

You, your faculty advisor and your staff advisor are an important team. As you go through your program of study, starting on your first day of orientation, and all the way through to graduation (and beyond) your advisors are here to help you. The table below provides some guidance on where to go for help with specific kinds of issues. The ● symbol indicates that this adviser probably has the type of information or referral that you need readily available,   while the ○ symbol indicates that this advisor is willing to help if they can, but may not have the most current or timely information for your needs.  If a particular column is blank, that means this advisor is probably not the best resource to rely upon for this topic.

I need help with this kind of topic... who do I go to?

Staff Advisor

Faculty Advisor

I should share information about my career goals and aspirations with this advisor, so that they can help me make informed decisions about my future.

I want to adjust my schedule to take a different math, science, or liberal arts course.


I have AP or transfer credit that is not being accounted for in my records.


I am having trouble adapting to the workload at RIT, and need referrals for study skills.

I am having problems interacting with other students in class, dorms, etc.


I miss my family, and need someone to talk to.


Where can I get tutoring assistance?

Does this particular course satisfy my liberal arts requirements?


Does this particular course satisfy my mathematics requirements?

Does this particular course satisfy my science requirements?

Does this particular course satisfy my minor requirements?


Does this particular course satisfy my honors requirements?


Does this particular course satisfy my M.E. Option requirements?

I just got back from co-op, and need to have my work report reviewed and approved.


Which lower division and upper division electives  are best for my career aspirations?


I need a letter of reference for a job, graduate school, scholarship application, etc.


How does this math or science course relate to my ME program -- why am I studying this?

Will this particular course help prepare me for my career goals?


What attributes should I look for in my first co-op job?


What attributes should I look for in a graduate program?


What is it like to work as an engineer?


I am applying for a security clearance for my jobs, and need to list references as part of the background investigation.


I am applying for licensure as an engineering intern or as a professional engineer, and need to list references as part of my application.


I got an Early Alert in a math, science, or engineering class and have to see my adviser.

I got an Early Alert in liberal arts, wellness, or a free elective and have been told to see my adviser.

I am thinking about withdrawing from a class during my first or second year, and want to know what implications this may have to my program of study.

I am thinking about withdrawing from a class during my third, fourth, or fifth year, and want to know what implications this may have to my program of study.


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