Graduate Student Affairs 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.


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


Office Hours 

Due to the current circumstances, the ECE Staff will be working remotely until further notice. Please call, email or set up a Zoom meeting with your ECE Advisor. Thank you in advance for your understanding and flexibility. 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9 - 11:30 am 9 - 11:30 am Closed 9 - 11:30 am 9 - 11:30 am
1:30 - 4:00 pm 1:30 - 4:00 pm   1:30 - 4:00 pm 1:30 - 4:00 pm

Appointments available upon request.

The Graduate Student Affairs Office assists students 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


Graduate Student Affairs Staff


Asena, Begum

Manager of Graduate Advising
(858) 246-0324
Mary Duarte

Duarte, Mary

Graduate Financial Support Coordinator
(858) 534-3999

Jones, Sean

Graduate Admissions Advisor
(858) 534-3213

Lugo, Ciara

M.S. Graduate Advisor
(858) 822-0077
stephanie mathew

Mathew, Stephanie

M.S. Graduate Advisor
(858) 534-4286

Ta, Teresa

Ph.D. Graduate Advisor
(858) 822-2513