ECE Undergraduate Advising Office

The mission of ECE Student Affairs is to facilitate ECE faculty, graduate and undergraduate students in understanding and navigating UCSD administrative processes in order to achieve success in their research, educational and professional endeavors, and to prepare students to become engaged and constructive members of a diverse, dynamic and global society.


  1. To foster a healthy and cooperative community for ECE faculty, students and staff
  2. To motivate and inspire students to be independent, intelligent and innovative engineering professionals
  3. To build relationships with alumni and industry partners

OFFICE HOURS (subject to change):


Current students contact: Virtual Advising Center

Questions must be sent to the VAC by current students and you should receive a response within 24-72 hours.


Contact us through the VAC. Appointments are required for long term academic planning and must be scheduled after week 2 of the quarter. Appointments are only available Monday thru Friday, 8am - 9am.


Jacobs Hall 2nd Floor

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Walk-In Advising?

Walk-In visits for current students are designed to last 10-15 minutes to ask simple questions of your advisors. These topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Degree checks for students
  • Review of courses for the current quarter
  • Review and sign forms, including Petitions, Special Studies Courses forms, Programs Abroad documents, International Center forms, and Financial Aid Academic Plans
  • Selection of courses for the upcoming quarter

Walk-In Hours are subject to change.

What is an Appointment?

Appointments to meet with a counselor are available for current student during specified times in 30 minute increments. Students can contact the office one week in advance to schedule an appointment. Appointments can be made through the Virtual Advising Center . Typical topics discussed by appointments include:

  • Developing long-range curriculum plans
  • Students facing academic difficulty or other challenges that may require a referral
  • Not sure if you require an appointment? Contact us through the Virtual Advising Center  for assistance.

What is the Virtual Advising Center?

Current students can submit brief questions 24/7 through the Virtual Advising Center . An Advisor will respond within 24-72 hours (and often sooner).

Faculty Advisors

Why Do You Need an Advisor?

During your undergraduate career, faculty advisors can be a valuable resource. Faculty advisors can provide insight about additional avenues of interest (research, industry, academia) and advice about course work, depth sequences, and other academic issues. Also, your advisors can share their own experiences about electrical engineering and provide a new perspective of industry. These faculty members can help you get accustomed to our university setting and with any problems you might encounter. In addition, faculty can get to know you as a student, and your relationship may lead to limitless possibilities, including recommendations for graduate school, job opportunities, and research experiences.

Electrical Engineering

Incoming students will need to go to the ECE Undergraduate Student Affairs Office to speak to a faculty advisor. When students choose a depth sequence, they will switch to an advisor in that field (resource advisor). This change will take place in the winter quarter to the student's junior year. The student's official advisor is responsible for all official interactions with the department (e.g. petitions, etc.).

Nevertheless, students are encouraged to actively engage other faculty in discussion of career opportunities and all other facets of their academic career. In particular, prior to their choice of depth sequence, students are strongly encouraged to speak with a faculty in their area of interest in order to better understand the career implications of choosing a particular depth.


Electrical Engineering Depth Advisors

DEPTHS Depth Advisor Email (@ucsd)
Communications Systems Alex Vardy avardy
Electronic Circuit & Systems Dan Sievenpiper dsievenpiper
Electronic Devices & Materials Tina Ng tnn046
Machine Learning & Controls Piya Pal pipal
Photonics Zhaowei Liu z4liu
Signal & Image Processing Mohan Trivedi mtrivedi
Computer System & Design TBA  

Computer Engineering:

Curt Schurgers cschurgers@ucsd

Engineering Physics: TO BE ANNOUNCED


Undergraduate Student Affairs Staff


Goodison, Shannon

Undergraduate Advisor
(858) 534-6395
Nikki Hsueh

Hsueh, Nikki

Outreach / Special Events Coordinator
(858) 822-0152

Prado, Myda

Lead Undergraduate Advisor
(858) 822-0273