Contact Academic Services

Welcome to the ME Academic Services Office (ASO)! We're here to help.

Below is information about the different ways to connect with ASO team members and where to find answers to frequently-asked questions.

Email Questions and Advising

If you have a quick question or prefer to write, send us an email. One of our staff members will get back to you quickly. For the fastest response, please send your request to the address below that best matches your question or concern.

 

Virtual Walk-In Advising Service

ASO staff advisors are available for virtual quick-question walk-in consultations.

Click HERE to join the queue. 

Walk-in quick-question advising will be available at the following  times:

               Monday:        1:00-3:00pm

               Wednesday: 10:00am-12:00pm and 1:00-3:00pm

ME Undergraduate Chair Prof. Oldham is also available for walk-in advising virtually.

             Wednesday:   2:30 - 3:30pm
             Friday:            2:30 - 3:30pm
Click here to access this virtual Zoom meeting.

Scheduled Advising Appointments

Individual appointments are available for all students with general or complex questions or concerns. Please click here to select an appointment with a staff advisor. Undergraduate students interested in a meeting with ME’s associate chair for undergraduate education, Professor Oldham, should email me-aso@umich.edu with their availability. 

Visit our Advising Appointments page to read more, including what to expect and how to prepare.

 

Written Information

Answers to many questions are available in the online Undergraduate or Graduate Handbooks.
 

WHO WE ARE

Academic Chairs

Kenn OldhamKenn Oldham

Associate Chair for Undergraduate Education
2380C GG Brown
(734) 615-6327
For appointments email: me-aso@umich.edu

 

 

Professor Oldham oversees the ME undergraduate degree program. Students can request an appointment with Professor Oldham by emailing their request and availability to me-aso@umich.edu.

Don SiegelDon Siegel

Associate Chair for Graduate Education
2380B GG Brown
(734) 764-4808
For appointments email: me-grad-coordinator@umich.edu

 

 

Professor Siegel oversees ME graduate degree programs. Students can request an appointment with Professor Siegel by emailing their request and availability to me-grad-coordinator@umich.edu.


Academic Services Staff

Elise BodeiElise Bodei

Student Services Manager
(734) 763-3949
me-aso@umich.edu

 

 


Elise manages the administrative and financial functions of the Academic Services Office and leads the staff team. She also holds primary responsibility for facilitating doctoral student funding. All students are encouraged to contact her directly if they have feedback for the ASO or complex concerns that are impacting their student experience.

Elise is an alum of UM's College of LSA and also holds a Master's degree in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs, an interdisciplinary counseling degree, from Eastern Michigan University. She joined Michigan's staff in 2001 and worked in a variety of student services and leadership roles in LSA before joining the ME staff in February 2020. 


 

Rachael Innocenzi

Rachael Clarke

Graduate Admissions, Recruiting, and Student Services Coordinator
(734) 936-0337
me-aso@umich.edu

 




Rachael oversees graduate admissions, recruitment, and first-year graduate fellowships. She also supports students in the Sequential Undergraduate/Graduate Studies (SUGS) Program, which includes advising and tracking degree progress for both undergraduate and Master's students.

Rachael studied Mechanical Engineering from the University of Akron for her undergraduate degree, and earned her Master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Eastern Michigan University. She joined the Mechanical Engineering department in 2017 and has been in her current role since May 2018.

 

Adam Mael

Adam Mael

Graduate Coordinator
(734) 764-0863
me-grad-coordinator@umich.edu

 


 

Adam supports Master’s and PhD students in all aspects of their degree program from matriculation to graduation. This includes student advising, oversight of degree progress and milestones, student programming and community building, and more. 

Adam is a graduate from U-M’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and earned his Master’s degree in Higher Education & Student Affairs from Eastern Michigan University. He has worked with graduate students at Michigan since 2012 and joined ME in the summer of 2018.

 

Timothy Moore

Timothy Moore

Curriculum Coordinator
(734) 763-4277
me-aso@umich.edu

 


 

Tim manages all administrative aspects of ME graduate and undergraduate curricula and instructional support including: maintaining the time schedule; scheduling classrooms and meeting rooms, as well as final exams; enrollment management (yep--he's the override guy); ordering textbooks; teaching evaluations; and managing course grade reporting. 

Tim joined the University's staff in 2006 and ME in 2016. He's an alum of Eastern Michigan University.

 

Kristel BrineyKristel Oelke

Senior Undergraduate Academic Advisor
(734) 764-0863
me-aso@umich.edu

 


 

Kristel can help with all aspects of the undergraduate degree program, and referral to University resources, including those for mental health and wellness. She coordinates the department’s annual awards, transfer student orientation and programming, is a liaison to the College of Engineering’s SURE program, and works closely with ME undergraduate students organizations, including the Michigan chapters of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Pi Tau Sigma. 

Kristel is twice an alum of Western Michigan University with a Bachelor's in Public Relations and a Master's in Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology with a concentration in College Counseling. She joined the University of Michigan's community as an Undergraduate Admissions Counselor in 2012 before making the journey to North Campus as a Recruitment Coordinator for the College of Engineering in 2014. Kristel joined the ASO at the beginning of 2016 and has immensely enjoyed her time working with the students in Mechanical Engineering.

 

Julie TashjianJulie Tashjian

Senior Undergraduate Academic Advisor
(734) 764-0863
me-aso@umich.edu

 


 

Julie assists undergraduate students in all aspects of their degree. This includes degree planning, student orientations, declarations, community building, midterm assessments, final degree audits, and general student advising. She also coordinates the RISE program, ME Undergraduate Symposium, and serves as ME’s MHealthy Champion

Julie studied in Michigan State University’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences for her undergraduate degree and earned her Master’s degree in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education, also at MSU. She has worked with college bound high school students and undergraduate students since 2013 and has been with the Mechanical Engineering department since 2016.

 

Announcements

We have an announcement system that allows you to send your communication directly to our students.  If you would like to have your announcement sent to our students, please email the appropriate group(s) below directly with your announcement.

ME Undergraduate Students: me-ugrad-students@umich.edu

ME Master's Students: me-mse_sugs-students@umich.edu

ME Doctoral Students: me-phd-students@umich.edu

*Announcements will be reviewed within 1-2 business days*

*Job postings should be sent directly to ECRC (see below)*

PLEASE NOTE: After emailing these groups the Academic Services Office will receive a request to approve your email.  If approved the email will be sent directly to our students and directly from you, the sender.  If denied, you will receive an email letting you know and the reason why.  Some reasons a message might be denied include:

  • Your message was deemed inappropriate for distribution to our students.

  • Your message was not formatted to be sent directly to students.  Please resubmit and address it to the students you wish to send it to as if you were sending directly to them, not to the ASO.

  • Your message contained a job posting. Job postings should be sent to the Engineering Career Resource Center (ECRC). The Engineering Career Resource Center (ECRC) hosts Engineering Careers (by Symplicity), an online system that allows you to post employment opportunities that will be easily accessible to all of our students. Your posting will appear on the system (used by all our undergraduate and graduate students) and will be emailed to all students who have expressed an interest in that type of job. You will find the Engineering Careers login page here

 

 

ASO Staff in the ASO Office