Meet Your Academic Advisor

The Office of Undergraduate Student Services and Advising is the home of the professional advising team and we are here to help you. If you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out to us as we are happy to assist. 

In SEAS, the primary advisor for all first year students is the professional advisor and the primary advisor for every sophomore, junior, and senior is their major-specific faculty advisor. For more information including how to contact your primary advisor, please review the information below.

Office of Undergraduate Student Services and Advising

The Office of Undergraduate Student Services and Advising is open Monday - Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm ET with the exception of University holidays. The office location is Science and Engineering Hall Suite 2500 (2nd Floor) and you can check-in at the Student Services Front Desk. 

Contact us: [email protected] or by phone at 1-800-537-SEAS or 202-994-6158

Visit us: Science & Engineering Hall - Suite 2500

Utilizing Your Professional Advisor

The SEAS Professional Advising team is available via email and phone as well as individual virtual and in-person appointments. In addition, your Professional Advisor will host group advising sessions and workshops throughout the year. 

We utilize a variety of virtual meeting tools including Zoom, Webex or Google Meet as well in person meeting spaces in Science and Engineering Hall (SEH) Suite 2500 to meet with students. Please consult your professional advisor’s online appointment calendar to find when they are available and whether the format would be virtual or in-person. 

Additionally, there are a variety of ways to communicate with your professional advisor including:

Ways to Meet and Communicate

Your Professional Advisor is available to answer emails Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST. The best place to email is [email protected], although you are welcome to contact your Professional Advisor via their individual work email as well. Email is the best option for short, simple questions (e.g. What date do I register?).

Note: when emailing any advisor it is important to include your GWID. For security purposes, it is also important to send your message from your GW email account.

During the Fall and Spring semester when classes are in session, all advisors will have 20-minute virtual and in-person appointments Monday through Friday in both the morning and afternoon (ET). If your advisor’s posted hours do not work with your schedule, please email [email protected] or email your advisor directly through his/her individual work email.

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Is available during the Fall and Spring semester when classes are in session, Drop-in sessions are limited to 5-10 minutes and are best for short, simple questions. Students with more in-depth questions (e.g. four-year planning, study abroad) should schedule an appointment with their assigned advisor directly. Please note: the on-call advisor for drop-in advising may not be your assigned advisor.

Drop-in Advising for all majors are Wednesdays between 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM in SEH Suite 2500. You can check-in at the front desk to determine who is available that day.

Additionally, your Professional Advisor will host a number of group advising workshops throughout the year including, but not limited to, rising senior pre-clearances, study abroad, and general first-year advising. Information about how to access these sessions will be made available during specific periods of the academic year and students will be contacted by email with instructions on how to register.

Periodically, your advisor may advertise additional advising hours dedicated to special advising topics, such as academic success meetings, goal setting/academic planning and graduation clearances. . These sessions are typically scheduled for 20 to 30 minutes and will be available through the appointment system.

If you would like to request a call back from a professional advisor, please submit this form and someone from the advising team will get back to you within one business day. Note: during busy times, if we are able to resolve your inquiry you may receive a response via email in lieu of a phone call.

Meet the Professional Advising Team 

Jonathan Ragone is the director of undergraduate student services, advising, and records for the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Jonathan comes to SEAS from Stony Brook University in New York, where he formerly was the associate director for undergraduate colleges. During his career, Jonathan has worked in both student and academic affairs, while holding a variety of positions as a residence hall director, assistant director for college housing, academic coordinator for the graduate program in public health, and associate director for undergraduate colleges.

Jonathan received a Bachelor of Science in biology and Master of Arts in liberal studies with a concentration in human resources and education. Additionally, Jonathan has taught undergraduate courses on leadership as part of the Living Learning Center for Leadership Development and its associated academic minor.

Email to schedule an appointment with Jonathan.


Najja Ogundiran is the Assistant Director for Academic Advising and leads the SEAS undergraduate advising team. Najja received her undergraduate degree in English from Howard University and a law degree from Stetson University. She has experience in academic advising and financial aid.

Advises: All current and prospective students in Applied Science + Technology, Civil Engineering, and Systems Engineering; Select current and prospective Engineering- Undecided students

Schedule an appointment with Najja.


Kendra Lewis is one of the senior professional advisors that makes up the SEAS undergraduate advising team. Prior to joining our team, Kendra served as the Program Management Specialist and as an Academic Advisor in the College of Computer, Mathematics, and Natural Sciences at the University of Maryland. Kendra has also held various positions in rehabilitation agencies as a behavioral health professional. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from San Diego State University, where she also served as an undergraduate peer mentor. 

Advises: All current and prospective students in Mechanical Engineering  and Computer Engineering;  Current and prospective students in Computer Science student with Last Name A - K; Select current and prospective Engineering- Undecided students

Schedule an appointment with Kendra


Megha Patel earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from Southeast Missouri State University. She has been working in the higher educational sector for over 5 years now and enjoys counseling students on a various topics related to academic and career advising. In her free time, she loves travelling and exploring new cities.

Advises: All current and prospective students in Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering; Current and prospective students in Computer Science student with Last Name L - Z; Select current and prospective Engineering- Undecided students

Schedule an appointment with Megha


Elizabeth Cho is the Student Services Coordinator for Computer Science for the SEAS Office of Undergraduate Student Services, Advising, and Records.

Elizabeth received her BA in History from UCLA and her M.Ed in Prevention Science and Practice from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has experience working in Academic and Career Advising with undergraduate engineering students and was previously a Professional Advisor in SEAS.  

Advises: Computer Science minors and double major students

Schedule an appointment with Elizabeth


rachel arno

Rachel Arno
Student Services Coordinator
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Rachel Arno is a Student Services Coordinator for the SEAS Office of Undergraduate Student Services, Advising, and Records.

Rachel has held a variety of roles in Academic and Student Affairs including residence life, undergraduate admission, academic advising, academic tutoring, and transfer advising. She received her Bachelor of Science in Special Education from Rhode Island College and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, with a concentration in Human Resource Management, from Stony Brook University. 


To contact Rachel, email: [email protected]

Faculty Advisors by Major

nathan choe
Professor Nathan Choe
SEH B1890
[email protected]
igor efimov
Professor Igor Efimov
SEH 5600
[email protected]
emilia entcheva
Professor Emilia Entcheva
SEH 5660
[email protected]
Photo of Professor Matthew Kay
Professor Matthew Kay
SEH 5670
[email protected]
Photo of Professor Zhenyu Li
Professor Zhenyu Li
SEH 5590
[email protected]
Photo of Professor Murray Loew
Professor Murray Loew
SEH 6660
[email protected]
Photo of Professor Luyao Lu
Professor Luyao Lu
SEH 6665
[email protected]
Photo of Professor Anne-Laure Papa
Professor Anne-Laure Papa
SEH 5665
[email protected]
Photo of Professor Chung Hyuk Park
Professor Chung Hyuk Park
SEH 6655
[email protected]
Photo of Professor Jason Zara
Professor Jason Zara
SEH 2885D
[email protected]
Photo of Professor Vesna Zderic
Professor Vesna Zderic
SEH 6670
[email protected]
Photo of Professor Sameh S. Badie
Professor Sameh S. Badie
SEH 3830
[email protected]

Photo of Professor Leila Farhadi
Professor Leila Farhadi
SEH 3850
[email protected]

Photo of Professor Samer Hamdar
Professor Samer Hamdar
SEH 3810
[email protected]

Photo of Professor Tianshu Li
Professor Tianshu Li
SEH 3850
[email protected]

Photo of Professor Kim Roddis
Professor Kim Roddis
SEH 3860
[email protected]

Photo of Professor Danmeng Shuai
Professor Danmeng Shuai
SEH 3530
[email protected]

Photo of Professor Pedro Silva
Professor Pedro Silva
SEH 3820
[email protected]
Professor Amrinder Arora
[email protected]
Photo of Professor Hyeong-Ah Choi
Professor Hyeong-Ah Choi
SEH 5850
[email protected]
Kinga Dobolyi
Professor Kinga Dobolyi
SEH 4655
[email protected]
Photo of Professor Rachelle Heller
Professor Rachelle Heller
SEH 4615
[email protected]
bhagirath narahari
Professor Bhagirath Narahari
SEH 4600
[email protected]
Photo of Professor Pless
Professor Robert Pless
SEH 4000C
[email protected]

Photo of Professor Taylor
Professor James Taylor
SEH 4665
[email protected]
Photo of Professor Vora
Professor Poorvi Vora
SEH 4610
[email protected]
Amir Aslani
Professor Amir Aslani
SEH 5050
[email protected]
Professor Tom Mazzuchi
Professor Tom Mazzuchi
SEH 2630
[email protected]
Photo of Professor Santos
Professor Joost Santos
SEH 2830
[email protected]
elias balaras
Professor Elias Balaras
SEH 3870
[email protected]
lorena barba
Professor Lorena Barba
SEH 3620
Philippe Bardet
Professor Philippe Bardet
SEH 3580
[email protected]
charles garris
Professor Charles Garris
SEH 4640
[email protected]
Photo of Professor Michael Keidar
Professor Michael Keidar
SEH 3550
[email protected]
Photo of Professor Saniya LeBlanc
Professor Saniya LeBlanc
SEH 3570
[email protected]
James Lee
Professor James Lee
SEH 4630
[email protected]
Photo of Professor Taeyoung Lee
Professor Taeyoung Lee
SEH 3610
[email protected]
Photo of Professor Megan Leftwich
Professor Megan Leftwich
SEH 3880
[email protected]
Photo of Professor Yongsheng Leng
Professor Yongsheng Leng
SEH 4660
[email protected]
Photo of Professor Kausik Sarkar
Professor Kausik Sarkar
SEH 4550
[email protected]
Photo of Professor Yin-Lin Shen
Professor Yin-Lin Shen
SEH 3630
[email protected]
Steven Shooter
Professor Steven Shooter
SEH 4620
[email protected]
Photo of Professor Murray Snyder
Professor Murray Snyder
SEH 2870
[email protected]
Photo of Professor Santiago Solares
Professor Santiago Solares
SEH 3560
[email protected]
peng wei
Professor Peng Wei
SEH 3600
[email protected]
Photo of Professor Lijie Grace Zhang
Professor Lijie Grace Zhang
SEH 3590
[email protected]


Contacting your Faculty Advisor

Your faculty advisor is available to meet with you throughout the academic year, and the best way to schedule this appointment is to contact them via email. Additionally, many faculty advisors will have regularly scheduled office hours so do not hesitate to ask them if this is the case. Lastly, some questions may be easily discussed over email, so you are welcome to reach out to them via email as well.

Additional Student Services Support

alexis renderos

Alexis Renderos

Dean’s Fellow

Academic Success and Retention
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

[email protected]

alyssa illaria

Alyssa Ilaria

Dean’s Fellow

Peer Mentorship and the Student Experience
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

[email protected]

nathan pen

Nathan Pen

Dean’s Fellow

Co-Curricular Engagement: Study Abroad, Undergraduate Research, and Leadership Development

[email protected]