Frequently Asked Questions

Who is my "Academic Dean"?

For engineering majors, and PR-ENGIN majors, your academic deans are Kathleen Rubin and Gregory Brown. To make an appointment to see either, please go to the Office of Student Affairs in Marston Hall, Room 126 or call 413-545-2035.

How can I find out who my faculty advisor is?

To find out who your faculty advisor is, check on SPIRE http://www.spire.umass.edu or come into the Office of Student Affairs, located in 126 Marston Hall. All engineering students have an assigned faculty advisor.

Who is the Chief Undergraduate Advisor/Undergraduate Program Director in my department?

The names of the Chief Undergraduate Advisors/Undergraduate Program Directors are as follows:

Chemical Engineering: Jeffrey Davis, jmdavis@ecs.umass.edu
Civil & Environmental Engineering: David Ahlfeld, ahlfeld@ecs.umass.edu
Electrical & Computer Engineering: Bill Leonard, leonard@ecs.umass.edu, and T. Baird Soules, soules@ecs.umass.edu
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering: James R. Rinderle, rinderle@ecs.umass.edu

You may also call the department directly:

Chemical Engineering: (413) 545-2507
Civil & Environmental Engineering: (413) 545-2508
Electrical & Computer Engineering: (413) 545-0962
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering: (413) 545-2505

Additionally, you may call or visit the Office of Student Affairs, 126 Marston Hall, (413) 545-2035 to obtain this information.

How do I withdraw from a course?

The only way you can withdraw from a course after the mid-semester date is if you have verifiable and extenuating circumstances. If you decide to petition for a late withdrawal use the Late Withdrawal Petition form. Your petition will be reviewed by the COE Advising Committee and you will be notified of the decision.

PLEASE NOTE: There are several factors to keep in mind when withdrawing from a course that will bring your enrollment total below a full-time load of 12 credits. If you are currently under your parents' health coverage, you may become ineligible. Most health insurance carriers require these students to remain full time in order to continue benefits. Also, if you are receiving financial aid and you change your status, your aid may be reduced. Please check with the Office of Financial Aid.

I am not an engineering major. How do I change my major to engineering?

Students in other majors on campus or undeclared, should have a 2.0 gpa, and "C" or better in Math 131, Englwr 112 and either Chem 111 or Physics 151 tobe admitted to the College of Engineering as a PR-ENGIN major. Students should be admitted to PR-ENGIN status no later than their fourth semester at the University in order to have time to complete an engineering degree.

How can I find out about scholarships at the college?

All full-time engineering students may apply annually for engineering scholarships. Click here for the scholarship information page, the application and the deadline to apply. Entering freshmen are not eligible to apply for these scholarships.

How can I find out about advising and registration?

Visit the College registration page:
http://www.engineering.umass.edu/registration

How can I find out if my schedule is correct?

Check on SPIRE (http://www.spire.umass.edu). If you still have problems, you can contact the Office of Information Technology (OIT) help desk at (413) 545-9400.

How do I access the College of Engineering Computer Labs?

The computer labs use your OIT NetID and password.

Who can help me write my resume?

The College of Engineering has a Career Office to help you with your resume. Visit 114 Marston Hall for office hours and to make an appointment. This center also provides information on career fairs, co-op positions, career planning, and placement.

I am interested in studying abroad, where do I start?

The International Programs Office, located at 467 Hills South, (413) 545-2710, can assist you with your study abroad inquiries.