Engineering Advising

Meet Your Advising Team

Students enrolled in an Engineering degree program have three members on their Advising Team: Pre-Major/Major Advisor, a Senior Academic Advisor, and an Advising Dean. The Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Computer Science departments have additional advising staff members within their departments. Each member of your team plays a different role in your advising process at Tufts, as described below.

Note: All faculty members and parents/guardians should contact Dean Jennifer StephanGraduate students should consult with their faculty advisor, graduate program director, or the graduate dean's office.

Your Pre-Major/Major Advisor

Pre-Major/Major Advisors can help all students with:

  • Course planning
  • Registration
  • Academic guidance
  • Finding campus resources

New Engineering students are assigned a Pre-Major Advisor prior to matriculation. Pre-Major Advisors meet students during Orientation and provide ongoing support until students declare a major. When a major is declared, Engineering students are assigned a Major Advisor who is a full-time faculty member from the declared department. Engineering students must declare a major and secure a Major Advisor by March 1st of their first year. 

If you don't know your Advisor, log in to SIS and look under "Academics" on your homepage. You'll find their name and a link to email them directly.

Your Senior Academic Advisor

Your Senior Academic Advisor is the first point of contact for first-year and sophomore students who have technical questions about requirements or who want to discuss broader issues of transitioning to college.

Your Senior Academic Advisor can help first-year and sophomore students with:

  • Resources for first- and second-year students
  • Course exploration
  • Campus life questions
  • Major exploration
  • University resource and co-curricular opportunities
  • Internal transfers from the Schools of Arts and Sciences to the School of Engineering
John Gearin headshotJohn Gearin

Senior Academic Advisor, School of Engineering
First-Year Engineers with surnames A–L
Sophomore Engineers with surnames A–L
First-Year Liberal Arts to Engineering Internal Transfers with surnames A–L

Tara ZantowTara Zantow

Senior Academic Advisor, School of Engineering
First-Year and Sophomore Engineers with surnames M-Z
First-Year Liberal Arts to Engineering Internal Transfers with surnames M-Z
Sophomore Liberal Arts to Engineering Internal Transfers with surnames A-Z

Your Advising Dean

The Advising Dean (also known as an alpha dean) is the first point of contact for faculty and parents who are concerned about a student’s academics.

Your Advising Dean can help all students with:

  • Everything your Senior Academic Advisor can help with
  • Academic difficulty
  • Extended absences/leaves
  • Policies related to curriculum and graduation requirements
  • Graduation progress
Jennifer StephanJennifer Stephan

Dean of Academic Advising &
Undergraduate Studies (alpha dean)
School of Engineering
Last Names A to Z

As Dean of Academic Advising and Undergraduate Studies for the School of Engineering, Jennifer Stephan advises all undergraduate students in the School of Engineering. Dean Stephan is also a resource for all ROTC students in all schools. Learn more information on Tufts ROTC Support.

Additional Department-Based Advising Staff Members

Students pursuing Mechanical Engineering (BSME), Human Factors Engineering (BSHFE), Electrical Engineering (BSEE), Computer Engineering (BSCPE), Engineering Physics (BSEP), Computer Science (BSCS), and Data Science (BSDS) students have staff members within their departments who can assist with advising:

Briana BouchardBriana Bouchard

Student Advisor for BSME and BSHFE students

Megan Monaghan

Academic Advisor for BSEE, BSCPE, BSEP, BSCS, and BSDS

Additional Advising Staff: Graduate Students

Graduate students should consult with their faculty advisor, graduate program director, or the graduate dean's office.