Introducing the CSE Peer Advisors

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, many students have been frustrated and unsure about classes, graduation, experiential education even research; however, the Case School of Engineering Peer Advising Program is running strong and continues to empower engineering students toward their own success!

About the Peer Advisors
Now in its third year, the Peer Advising program comprises upperclass engineering students from a diverse selection of majors offered in the school of engineering and minors offered across all schools at CWRU. These students support all engineering undergraduates by using their personal perspective to advise on a variety of topics, including but not limited to: major and minor selection, course requirements, undergraduate research, post-graduation planning and experiential learning. The team works closely with Assistant Dean Deborah Fatica, Assistant Dean of Academics Marc Buchner, Dean of Engineering Ragu Balakrishnan and engineering faculty to deeply understand the engineering curriculum, requirements and policies. Last year, the Peer Advisors helped over 250 students.

This year’s team of 12 students represents eight of the 12 engineering disciplines and over 23 experiential endeavors, participants in the BS/MS program, and multiple double majors.

The Peer Advisors have vast internship and co-op experience at companies including Nokia, Delta Technology, Cleveland Clinic, Saint-Gobain, LinkedIn, GE Transportation: A Wabtec Company, P&G, Lawrence Livermore National Labs, Leidos, the U.S. Department of Energy, Innovative Systems, and Lockheed Martin Advanced Energy Solutions. Additionally, they have researched at multiple faculty labs, and participated in study abroad opportunities around the world.

2020-2021 Peer Advisors

  • Nathan Callithen (Biomedical Engineering)

  • Katherine Glaess (Biomedical and Electrical Engineering)

  • Henrik Hahamyan (Biomedical Engineering)

  • Angela Horvat (Chemical Engineering)

  • Aparna Paul (Chemical Engineering)

  • Elliot Holzhauer (Civil Engineering)

  • Sharan Mehta (Computer Science)

  • Ali Sivilotti (Computer Science)

  • Connor Nee (Materials Science and Engineering)

  • Marlee Dingle (Polymer Science and Engineering)

  • Joel Linebach (Polymer Science and Engineering)

  • Diana Zavela (Systems and Control Engineering)

This year the Peer Advisors are offering virtual advising, including walk-in office hours during the week and individual appointment slots with the advisor of your choosing. Appointment slot times may vary on each advisor's availability, and walk-in hours are offered on Monday through Wednesday from 1-5 p.m. EST, and Thursday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. EST. 

Upcoming events
In addition to virtual advising, the Peer Advisors have worked diligently to plan some upcoming events. In September, they co-hosted a Career Fair Q&A Panel and Pitch Workshop with the Post-Graduate Planning and Experiential Education Career Consulting Interns that had over thirty students in attendance, and they created a virtual scavenger hunt that encouraged students to learn more about the Peer Advising program and the school of engineering.

Looking to October, the team is working toward creating a dialogue series titled Engineering the Talk which aims to connect all engineering undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and staff to industrial, personal, and diverse topics relevant to today’s engineering field. We aim to address topics that are not necessarily taught in the classroom and hope to foster connections and development. These dialogues/discussions are characterized through three categories of professionalism and development in engineering, diversity and engineering, and interdisciplarianism of which hope to involve interactions and relationships between the Case Alumni Association, the Office of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equal Opportunity, and the provost’s strategic initiative ThinkBig, respectively.

Learn more
The Peer Advising team is ambitious, enthusiastic and passionate about the School of Engineering and fostering a community of relationships and guidance. We are committed to assisting the undergraduate engineering population in any way possible and look forward to serving students for the academic year and cannot wait to interact with more students and learn from all engineering departments and faculty! Anyone can visit our website, our CampusGroups, or follow us on Instagram at @csepeeradvisors.


-Contributed by Joel Linebach