Advising Goals

  • Provide students with an understanding of the curriculum, graduation requirements, and university and college policies and procedures
  • Provide students with information about strategies for utilizing the available resources and services on campus
  • Assist students in developing an education plan that leads to the timely completion of their educational goals
  • Assist students in making informed decisions on career paths to match their interests and maximize their individual academic potentials

Advising Team

The advising functions in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) are delegated to the following teams.

Primary Advisors: Provide curriculum advising and referrals to departmental and campus resources.

  • Dr. Courtney Smith-Orr, Undergraduate Coordinator & Teaching Assistant Professor 
  • Ms. Jerena McNeil, Undergraduate Student Services Specialist & Transfer and Minor Advisor
  • Ms. Nan Bousaba, Faculty Associate & Co-Op Advisor
  • Dr. Valentina Cecchi, Assistant Professor & Power and Energy Systems Advisor 
  • Dr. Sukamar Kamalasadan, Associate Professor & Electrical Engineering Faculty Advisor
  • Dr. Mehdi Miri, Associate Professor & Electrical Engineering Faculty Advisor
  • Dr. Arun Ravindran, Associate Professor & Computer Engineering Faculty Advisor
  • Dr. Ed Stokes, Professor & Electrical Engineering Faculty Advisor
  • Dr. Mihail Cutitari, Teaching Assistant Professor & Computer Engineering Faculty Advisor
  • Dr. Yawo Amengonu, Teaching Assistant Professor & EE and CpE Dual Degree Advisor

Faculty Mentors: Provide advising for long-term planning and career development. Mentors are grouped in the following interest areas. (Click here to see full listing of faculty members in these interest areas)

  • Devices, Circuits and Systems:
    • Dr. Farid Tranjan 
  • Power Systems:
    • Dr. Badrul Chowdhury
  • High Performance Embedded Computing:
    • Dr. James Conrad & Dr. Arun Ravindran
  • Energy and Sustainability:
    • Dr. John Hudak & Dr. Aba Ebong
  • Communications, Control and Signal Processing
    • Dr. Yogendra Kakad & Dr. Andrew Willis

Supplemental Advisor: Provide advising for academic improvement strategies and transition to new programs of study for at-risk students.

  • Dr. Cricket Bonnetaud, Transition Advising Director of COE

Finding My Advisor

Student advisor(s) should be listed in their General Student Record. Freshmen and New Transfer Students completing freshman courses with declared majors in Engineering are advised by the College of Engineering's Office of Student Development and Success.

To find your advisor(s):

  1. Log into My UNC Charlotte
  2. Click on “Banner Self Service”
  3. Click on Student Services/Student Accounts”
  4. Click on “Student Records”
  5. Click on “General Student Record”

Advising Responsibilities of Students and Advisors

Student Responsibilities

  • Initiate contact with your advisor. Talk to your advisor about any commitments you have which might affect your academic performance
  • Learn and understand the requirements of your major and/or minor, including general education and concentrations
  • Fulfill the pre-registration advising requirements each semester during your enrollment at UNC Charlotte. The mandatory requirements to lift your advising hold include acknowledgment of the COE Progression Requirements and submission of a complete academic plan.
  • Understand the role of academic advisors versus faculty mentors
  • Maintain contact with your advisor and seek assistance from a faculty mentor whenever the need arises
  • Be able to reference the catalog for relevant information, such as degree requirements, university and college policies, and course descriptions
  • Read UNC Charlotte email. This is the official means of communication with students
  • Keep your student record up to date (e.g., change of address, phone numbers, etc.)
  • Be able to calculate your current cumulative and major grade point average (GPA):
  • Observe dates and deadlines on the academic calendar (e.g., add/drop, withdrawal, and graduation)

Advisor Responsibilities

  • Listen and respond to student interests and concerns
  • Be accessible and responsive to student inquiries
  • Understand and communicate degree requirements, as well as college and university policies and procedures
  • Provide encouragement and support as students establish and progress toward academic and professional goals
  • Respect student privacy and maintain confidentiality (FERPA)
  • Recognize that students may belong to one or more student populations and coordinate advising accordingly
  • Direct students to information and resources, within the college and university
  • Assist students in working closely with professors
  • Make suggestions for academic enrichment such as research opportunities, internships, and experiential learning

Advising Procedures

Advising in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is differentiated by voluntary advising throughout the academic year, mandatory advising during the preregistration period, and mentoring at anytime as requested by the student.

Voluntary Advising

Voluntary advising occurs when the student does not have an advising hold originating from the ECE Department. Advising sessions can be arranged in Starfish or conducted during your advisor's office hours.

Preregistration Advising

Each student in the College of Engineering is required to attend advising in order to register for the following semester. Preregistration Advising occurs a few weeks before registration opens for the following semester. These occur in the fall and spring semesters in two forms; group advising and individual advising.

Note: All students will receive email notifications with instruction on (a) if they should attend group advising or individual advising, (b) how to schedule their advising appointment for either case.

Group Advising

  • Held at the beginning of the advising period (a few weeks prior to registration)
  • Maximum of 25 students per group, 30 minutes per session
  • You must reserve a seat in group advising by making an appointment with Jerena McNeil in Starfish for one of the time slots available during the group advising session

***Note: Those who receive an email instructed to attend individual advising will not be allowed to utilize group advising***

Individual Advising

  • Held at the beginning of advising period (2 weeks prior to registration)
  • Students must meet with their assigned advisor
  • Appointments are available in Starfish
  • Student must attach a completed Academic Planning Form (APF) to their appointment
  • Computer Engineering APF
  • Electrical Engineering APF

A student's advising hold will not be removed until all advising requirements have been completed. For additional information and instructions for advising and registration, please see Advising Information and Instructions (currently under revision).


At any time during the academic year when a student wants to seek information and guidance from a faculty member in their area of interest, they are encouraged to seek individual appointments with one of the mentors listed in that area. Some of the objectives of mentoring are:

  • Obtain information on technical contents of electives and continuation courses on specific areas of interest
  • Learning about career prospects and opportunities in the area of interest
  • Learning about research directions and ongoing research projects in the department
  • Assistance with planning for graduate school

Advising Resources

Advising Forms

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