FAQs: CEE Faculty Advising Process [2013-2014]

• Why Do We Have Faculty Advising for Undergraduates?

The simple answer is that annual faculty advising of undergraduate students is required for engineering degree program accreditation; a degree from an accredited engineering program is required to qualify for professional registration; and professional registration is required for engineering practice. The advising process, however, exists for many practical reasons. Our program requirements change often thus regular meetings with students are the best way to provide the information on current programs and planned changes. In this regard, faculty advising complements but does not replace annual meetings with Samueli School of Engineering undergraduate counselors to develop a Plan of Study. The faculty advising process also provides an opportunity for students to discuss a broad range of issues with program faculty, whether involving degree issues, specialization choices, career opportunities, or even professional practice. It provides a good deal of potential opportunity at a very low cost.


• What Is the CEE Faculty Advising Process?

Many academic programs assign freshmen to advisors, faculty who will remain in that capacity as the student proceeds through the program. This fixed reference point is a benefit to many students who have questions throughout the year. We have chosen to assign freshmen to a group of faculty advisors, providing a fixed group of advisors for the same group of students over the entire time that they are in the degree program. Each advising cohort has a faculty member from each research area (structures, transportation, and water/environmental). Your faculty advisors will continue to advise you as long as you are in our UG programs.

• When Is CEE Faculty Advising for Undergraduates?

The faculty advising process is mandatory for all undergraduate students in the Samueli School of Engineering's Department Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE). Students in the BS in Civil Engineering (CE) program or the BS in Environmental Engineering (EnE) program participate in an advising process with both Group and Individual advising sessions.

The formal process for sophomores, juniors, and seniors begins in the winter quarter, although students are encouraged to see a faculty advisor at any time. A schedule will be announced prior to the quarter as to when the group sessions will be scheduled (see below). Individual sessions will be scheduled in the two weeks following the group sessions.

Freshmen and Transfers: Please note that the advising process for freshmen and transfers will begin in the fall quarter. Please review the Freshmen FAQs. Transfer students who have completed their freshman year should also join the winter advising process corresponding to their year in their degree program.


• How Does the CEE Faculty Advising Process Work?

There are two components to the process: group advising and individual advising:

Group Advising provides students an overview of campus, school, department, and degree program policies, programs, and opportunities. Scheduled sessions will include a summary of the degree programs, an overview of the ABET accreditation process, and information on program changes, research and professional opportunities, graduate school, and achieving professional engineering registration.

Individual Advising sessions provide each student the opportunity to meet with a CEE faculty member to discuss career paths, research opportunities, and a variety of other topics related to civil and environmental engineering. Each student will select a faculty member from the advising cohort and will schedule a meeting. Many individual sessions are actually small group sessions with 5-15 fellow students meeting with one or more faculty advisors at the same time. You must meet with an advisor immediately after group advising; otherwise, a hold will be placed on your registration for the following quarter.

• When and Where Are The Advising Sessions Scheduled?
  1. Group Advising; You do not need to register for a group advising session, but you must attend one.

    The Group Sessions for 2013-2014 are:

    • Freshmen and Transfers: Week 1 of Fall Quarter ( FAQs and Schedule )
    • Sophomores and Juniors: Winter Quarter
    • Sophomore 1: Tuesday, January 21st, 11-12 noon, EH2430
      Sophomore 2: Thursday, January 23rd, 2:15- 3:15 pm, MDEA

      Junior 1: Tuesday, January 21st, 12:30-1:30 pm, EH2430
      Junior 2: Thursday, January 23rd, 12:45-1:45 pm, MDEA

      EnE Overview: Tuesday, January 21st, 12-12:30 pm EH2430
      EnE Overview: Thursday, January 23rd, 1:45-2:15 pm EH2430

    • Seniors and 5th Years: No group advising

    Group sessions are held in either McDonnell Douglas Engineering Auditorium (MDEA) or Engineering Hall 2430 [see Campus Map ]

  2. Individual or Small Group Advising: A new sign-up procedure is being implemented this quarter. You will be provided a link to select a faculty advisor in your faculty cohort (two weeks after the group session, an advisor will be assigned randomly). Your advisor will then provide you with a schedule of available advising sessions.

    Remember: You must meet with a faculty advisor for individual (or small group) advising during winter quarter. At the end of your individual session, your faculty advisor will record your participation so that a hold is not placed on your spring quarter registration. There will no longer be a form to return.


• Who Are Your 2013-2014 Faculty Advisors?

Your cohort of faculty advisors is determined by your year in your academic program. There are different faculty cohorts for "Freshmen", "Sophomores", and "Juniors", and "Seniors".

  1. Freshmen include students taking typical freshmen classes, primarily first year math and science courses and, starting in Fall 2013, the new CEE20, regardless of the total number of UCI credit hours completed to date. Freshmen are planning on taking sophomore courses in the next academic year. If you are a freshman, please see FAQs.

  2. Sophomores include students taking typical sophomore classes, including second year math courses as well as courses such as CEE30, 81A-B, 11, and 20 (or the new CEE21), regardless of the total number of UCI credit hours completed. Sophomores are planning to take junior courses in the next academic year. You will be part of the winter quarter advising process and will attend a group session designated for "Sophomores".

  3. Juniors include CE students taking courses such as CEE121, 150, 170, 130, 151A, 171, and 110, and EnE students taking courses such as 150, 170, 130, 110, 160, and 162. You are planning to take senior courses in the next academic year. You will be part of the winter quarter advising process and must attend a group session designated for "Juniors".

  4. Seniors include students who are taking the CEE181 Senior Design course sequence as well as specialization and engineering electives. Seniors who are graduating at the end of the current academic year are not required to complete the formal advising process. However, if you are planning to take any courses to fulfill degree requirements in the next academic year, then you must complete the advising process this year. There is no formal group advising process for seniors; only the individual advising process must be fulfilled. You must contact one of your faculty advisors and schedule a meeting.

It is recommended that transfer students (from outside of UCI or from other UCI degree programs) attend a freshmen group session in the fall quarter of their first year in the program and then complete the appropriate Sophomore, Junior, or Senior requirements in the winter and in subsequent years.

• 2013-14 Freshmen Faculty Advisors [Class of 2017]
Professor Anne Lemnitzer
Area: Structural and Geotechnical Engineering
Office: EG 4149 / Tel: 949-824-8133
<lemnitzer@uci.edu>
Professor Jayakrishnan
Area: Transportation Systems Engineering
Office: AIRB 4055 / Tel: 949-824-2172
<rjayakri@uci.edu>
Professor Jasper Vrugt
Area: Water Resources & Environmental Engineering
Office: ET 844E / Tel: 949-824-4515
<jasper@uci.edu>
Professor Bill Cooper [on leave 2013-2014]
Area: Environmental Engineering & Water Resources
Office: ET 305 / Tel: 949-824-5620
<wcooper@uci.edu>
Professor Kuolin Hsu
Area: Water Resources & Environmental Engineering
Office: EH 5320 / Tel: 949-824-8826
<kuolinh@uci.edu>
 

• 2013-14 Sophomore Faculty Advisors [Class of 2016]
Professor Ayman Mosallam
Area: Structural Engineering
Office: EG 4149 / Tel: 949-824-3369
<mosallam@uci.edu>
Professor Wenlong Jin
Area: Transportation Systems Engineering
Office: AIRB 4038 / Tel: 949-824-1672
<wjin@uci.edu>
Professor Soroosh Sorooshian
Area: Water Resources & Environmental Engineering
Office: EH 5308 / Tel: 949-824-8825
<soroosh@uci.edu>
Professor Stan Grant [on leave W/S 2014]
Area: Environmental Engineering & Water Resources
Office: ET 644C / Tel: 949-824-8277
<sbgrant@uci.edu>
Professor Kristen Davis
Area: Environmental Engineering & Water Resources
Office: ET 544E / Tel: 949-824-4498
<kadavis@uci.edu>
 

• 2013-14 Junior Faculty Advisors [Class of 2015]
Professor Farzin Zareian
Area: Structural Engineering
Office: EG 4141 / Tel: 949-824-9866
<zareian@uci.edu>
Professor Jean-Daniel Saphores
Area: Transportation Systems Engineering
Office: AIRB 4028 / Tel: 949-824-7334
<saphores@uci.edu>
Professor Russ Detwiler
Area: Water Resources & Environmental Engineering
Office: ET 844C / Tel: 949-824-7152
<detwiler@uci.edu>
Professor Sunny Jiang [on leave Fall 2013]
Area: Environmental Engineering & Water Resources
Office: ET 716E / Tel: 949-824-5527
<sjiang@uci.edu>
Professor Stephen Ritchie
Area: Transportation Systems Engineering
Office: AIRB 4014 / Tel: 949-824-4214
<sritchie@uci.edu>
 

• 2013-14 Senior Faculty Advisors [Class of 2014]
Professor Lizhi Sun [on leave Wtr 2014]
Area: Structural Engineering
Office: EG 4137 / Tel: 949-824-8670
<lsun@uci.edu>
Professor Will Recker [on leave W/S 2014]
Area: Transportation Systems Engineering
Office: AIRB 4074 / Tel: 949-824-5642
<wwrecker@uci.edu>
Professor Amir Aghakouchak
Area: Water Resources & Environmental Engineering
Office: ET 506A / Tel: 949-824-9350
<amir.a@uci.edu>
Professor Betty Olson
Area: Environmental Engineering & Water Resources
Office: ET 844 / Tel: 949-824-5281
<bholson@uci.edu>

• Is This Process Mandatory?

Yes. You are required to complete this process each and every year. Faculty advising is required of our degree program accreditation and, more importantly, it provides channels for communication with program faculty. It complements, not replaces, advising from counselors in the HSSOE undergrad office (with whom you should also meet annually).

As long as you will be continuing with courses at UCI in the next quarter, you must fulfill the advising requirement. If you are planning on transferring to a different major but have not yet completed the transfer, then you still must attend the CEE advising process or a hold will be placed on your registration. If you are planning on transferring into CEE, you are encouraged to participate.

• Do I Need to See the Same Faculty Advisor Each Time?

No. You are free to see any of the four faculty members in your advising cohort. You may continue to see the same advisor or you may change at any time. If you wish to be advised by a faculty member not in your faculty cohort, please check with the CE or the EnE UG Advisor.

• What If I Miss a Group Session?

If you miss the group session, you must contact either the CE or the EnE UG Advisor. You will likely need to schedule a meeting as well as to review and summarize the group advising slide presentation. Fulfilling this requirement will prevent a hold from being placed on your next quarter registration.

• What If I Don't Sign-up for an Individual Session?

You must. Until you meet with a faculty advisor from your faculty cohort, you will not be able to register for further classes. We recommend that you take advantage of the pre-scheduled advising slots provided at the group sessions and do not put this off. If you do not take advantage of these pre-arranged slots, then you will be individually responsible for contacting an advisor and scheduling an appointment.

• What If I've Already Met with an HSSOE Counselor?

You should meet with an HSSOE UG Counselor every year, but this does not replace the requirement to complete the faculty advising process. If your degree program Plan of Study (developed with and filed in the HSSOE UG Office) is not up to date, then you should arrange to meet with a counselor prior to participating in the faculty advising process.

• What Is The Penalty for Not Attending?

If your are a sophomore or junior and you do not attend a Group Session when required, then you will have a hold placed on your registration for the following quarter. You must contact either the CE or the EnE UG Advisor to resolve this. Regardless of your class status, if you do not meet with a faculty advisor for individual advising, then you will have a hold placed on your registration for the following quarter. Any courses that you register for will be dropped until you satisfy this requirement.

An hour in a group session and 15 minutes in an individual session will be well worth the time investment.

• Where Can I View the Group Advising Slides?

The freshmen; sophomore; and junior group advising slides will be posted after group sessions are completed.

• Other Questions Regarding Advising?

Each undergraduate program has a designated UG Advisor who can be consulted on any issues but particularly those issues not associated with the faculty advising process. There is also a CEE Student Affairs Coordinator. For the 2013-2014 Academic Year, these contacts are:

Professor M.G.McNally
CE Undergraduate Advisor
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Office: AIRB4048 / Tel: 949-824-8462
<mmcnally@uci.edu>
Professor Diego Rosso
EnE Undergraduate Advisor
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Office: ET 844F / Tel: 949-824-8661
<bidui@uci.edu>
James Beam
Student Affairs
Civil and Environmental Engineering
949-824-5333
<jabeam@uci.edu>
Professor Brett Sanders
Department Chair
Civil and Environmental Engineering
949-824-5333
<bsanders@uci.edu>

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