Welcome to The SoE First-Year Advising Hub

 

The School of Engineering (SoE) Advising Hub is the primary source of academic advising for first-year engineering students at Rensselaer.

We are currently working with the Class of 2026!

 

The SoE Hub is staffed by experienced advisors who will offer academic support for all engineering majors for the first two semesters. Hub Advisors assist students to determine their unique academic path through Rensselaer while fulfilling all their degree requirements. We offer meetings and weekly drop-ins to ensure that you always have access to your Hub Advisor. You will find loads of helpful information right here on our website, including ways to connect, the contact information for your advisor, templates/worksheets, resources on graduation requirements, and much more. Scroll through and find all the information you need to feel confident as an RPI student! 

 

  ➜  Learn why you have an Academic Advisor, and how we can help!

  ➜  Meet your SoE Hub Advising Team; Karen, Kristin, Boulos, Kelley, and Kim!

  ➜  Connect with your SoE Hub Advisor

  ➜  Academic Resources and Support

  ➜  Programs and Events from the SoE Hub | Spring 2023

  ➜  Class of 2025, 2024, and 2023 - this button is for you!

  ➜  Parents - this button is for you!

 

Looking for your Faculty Advisor, another office (Finanical Aid, FYE), a certain staff member, or a professor? ➜ Use the RPI Directory!

 

Connect with the SoE Hub on Social Media!

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Meetings and Connecting with the First-Year Advising Hub

  ➜  Hours: Weekdays, 9 a.m. to noon, 1 to 4 p.m.

  ➜  Location, In-Person:   3306 Jonnson-Engineering Center (JEC), inside the Ansell Louge (look left when you walk into the lounge)

  ➜  Location, Remote:   We use WebEx chat rooms, and video chat for remote communications (link shared when requested)

 

Chat Room through WebEx: "Engineers, Class of 2026 | Academic Advising Support"

  • The SoE Hub's #1 way of sharing information, updates, deadlines, etc.
  • READ YOUR EMAILS, please

 ✪  Email the SoE Hub to be added!

 

Schedule a meeting with your First-Year Academic Advisor!

  • Remote or in-person options for your scheduled meeting
  • 20-minute conversations with your primary Academic Advisor
  • SAM Meetings - Spring 2023! You have a required meeting with your Advisor, book now and prepare!

 ✪  Book a meeting now!

 

Weekly, Digital Drop-Ins on WebEx Wednesdays! (Hub Office Hours)

  • The chance to meet with your Hub Advisor every week
  • No scheduled appointments during Wednesday office hours
  • 5-minute chats, best for quick questions and check-ins
  • Please book a meeting for your SAM Meeting. Please * do not * plan to use WebEx Wed for this requirement. 

 ✪  Sign-up for WebEx Wednesday (form open during office hours on Wed)

 


 

 

Academic Resources and Support

 

Registration Support for the Class of 2026

  ➜  4-Year Plan Templates Curriculum Planning: Excel Spreadsheet & Instructions

  ➜  SAM Meeting: Required, Annual Student-Advisor Meeting

  ➜  HASS Requirements and Worksheet for Engineers

  ➜  Advising Handbooks: Department Outlines and Information for each Major

 

 

FAQ: Learn more about the SoE Hub

Summer Classes & Transferring Credits to Rensselaer: Steps and Forms for Incoming and Current Students

Quick Links: Registrar's Office, Forms, The Catalog, Academic Calendar, etc.

Tutoring options through the Advising and Learning Center (ALAC)

Accommodation & Learning Support through Disability Student Services (DSS)

 

 

 

 

Spring 2023 Programs and Events from the SoE Hub:

Check your inbox for an invite to each program.

You can add the event to your personal calendar with all the details (day, time, access, etc.) 

 

  • How to Prepare for your SAM MeetingJanuary 18, 2023, 10 am to 10:30 am
    What do you need to bring with you? How can you take full advantage of this time?

  • The Bounce Back! January 24, 2023, 3 pm
    Not happy with your Fall results? Here's why it will be okay, and how you can improve your GPA.

  • 4-Year Plan of Study Workshop | January 25, 2023, 10 am
    Use this time to work on your 4-Year Plan Excel Document. Discover tips to make this plan work for you - not the other way around.

  • HASS Requirements Workshop | February 1, 2023
    Use this time to work on your plan to fulfill all your HASS Requirements using the HASS Worksheet.

  • Summer Courses & the Transfer Credit Process | February 15, 2023
    Interested in taking a summer course? Learn how to find a course, have it approved, and how to transfer the credits.

  • How to Prepare for your SAM Meeting | March 1, 2023
    What do you need to bring with you? How can you take full advantage of this time?

     

 


 

 

Meet the First-Year Advising Team!

Karen, Kristin, Boulos, and Kelley!

 

Class of 2025, 2024, and 2023 - find support here!

 

Karen Lewis

SoE Hub Manager, Academic Advisor

Advisor for Computer and Systems, Civil, and Environmental Engineering

Karen Lewis joined the SoE Hub in its inaugural year after advising the undergraduate students in the MANE department for three years. Previous to her ambitions in academia, she worked across the street at Samaritan Hospital as their pharmaceutical purchasing agent for over a decade. Originally from Long Island, Karen decided to switch things up by moving to rural Rensselaer county, where she enjoys gardening, cooking, hiking, and skiing with her husband and young daughter.

phelak@rpi.edu

Kristin Bergene

Academic Advisor

Advisor for Electrical, Materials, and Undeclared Engineering

With a background in career counseling, Kristin brings the importance of professional development into her academic advising conversations. She earned an Master’s degree in London, where she lived and worked for nearly two years. After traveling to 13 countries, Kristin settled in Troy, NY in the winter of 2017 when she became a Career Counselor at RPI. In 2018, she joined the SoE Hub family as an Academic Advisor! At home with her three kittens (Axl, Gaia, and Leo) and husband, Kristin relaxes with a pen in hand, writing and illustrating. Life is grand! 

bergek@rpi.edu

Boulos Abdallah

Academic Advisor

Advisor for Mechanical Engineering

A Troy local, Boulos originally joined RPI as a Career Counselor at the Center for Career & Professional Development prior to joining the Engineering Hub in December 2021. He is currently earning a Master's Degree in Higher Education at SUNY Albany. If you can't find him on campus, Boulos is most likely lost somewhere in the woods where he was camping or hiking. Or you might find him sailing the Sea of Thieves or working on a never-ending project in Minecraft.

abdalb@rpi.edu

Kelley Stuetz

Academic Advisor

Advisor for Biomedical, Chemical, and Industrial and Management Engineering

Kelley Stuetz joins the SoE Hub with experience in student-athlete and honors student academic advisement, sports information and new student orientation programming. Kelley earned her Bachelor's Degree from East Stroudsburg University while competing on the women’s track and field, specializing in the high jump and hurdles. A Philadelphia area native, she then earned her Master’s Degree in Communication and Media with a certification in Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs from West Chester University. When you don’t see Kelley in the office, she is most likely visiting family out of town, cheering on local college sports teams, running on the Rail Trail or checking books off her To Be Read list!

stuetk@rpi.edu

Kim Loring 

Academic Advisor

Advisor for Aeronautical, and Nuclear Engineering

Kim Loring joins the SoE Hub with over six years of higher education advising and student services experience. During this time, she has advised and mentored active-duty service members, veterans, and non-traditional students. Kim earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Management from SUNY Stony Brook University and her Master of Science in Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide. While in her undergraduate studies, Kim obtained her Private Pilot’s License, which olidified her passion for the aviation/aerospace industry. In Kim’s free time, she enjoys finding adventures for family to partake in.  

lorink@rpi.edu

 


 

 

Academic Advising Support for Upperclass Students! Classes of 2025, 2024, & 2023: 

 

4-Year Plan Templates Curriculum Planning: Excel Spreadsheet & Instructions

RPInfo (Rensselaer's Directory): log in to find all RPI community members - faculty, staff, etc.