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Mission Statement:

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

The ECE Graduate Student Affairs Team can assist you with:

  • Admissions
  • Orientation, registration and initial curriculum advising / planning
  • General advising on course requirements, including the procedures involved in the preparation of:

    • Adding and dropping classes
    • Changes to department, major, degree aim or objective
    • Half-time study
    • Leave of absence, extension and withdrawal
    • Transferring credit
    • Grading disputes
  • Degree information, procedures and completion
  • Academic progress
  • Examination Preparation

    • Comprehensive exam
    • Qualifying exam
    • Final defense and filing of the dissertation
  • Financial assistance (fellowships and teaching/research assistantships)
  • TA/Reader quarterly assignment
  • University and departmental policies, procedures and regulations affecting students
  • Conducting problem solving sessions for informal complaints and conflict resolution
  • Advise on research, job, and internship opportunities, recommend faculty advisors
  • Evaluations, including spring evaluations, teacher and course evaluations and TA evaluations
  • Developing and planning activities associated with maintaining and improving graduate student life in ECE
  • Comprehensive referrals for campus resources and academic processes

Our Advising Team:

Kacy Vega

Lead Graduate Advisor

EBU1 2718

Dimple Bhatt

M.S. Advisor

EBU1 2704



Chris Shenton

Assistant Graduate Advisor

EBU1 2706

Mary Duarte

Student Financial Support Coordinator

EBU1 2705


Charmaine Samahin-Manns

Student Affairs Director

EBU1 2711



Graduate Admissions


Student Affairs walk-in advising hours

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8am - 12pm 8am - 10am* 8am -12pm 8am -12pm 8am - 12pm
2pm - 4:30pm 2pm - 4:30pm 2pm - 4:30pm 2pm - 4:30pm 2pm - 4:30pm

* Limited walk-in advising hours on Tuesday mornings

Appointments available upon request, Monday-Friday 7:30am - 4:30pm.