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Current Issue: July 29, 2002
Volume 38, Number 2

Engineering Student Programs staff offer support, guidance

By Sandra Colburn

The School of Engineering might be big, but staff offer plenty of individual attention to students.

Engineering Student Programs office staff, from left, Amy Strobel, associate director; Christina Maris, office manager; Deborah Kennedy, administrative assistant; and Elaine Borrelli, director, seated. Photo by Michael Padilla.

Elaine Borrelli, director of Engineering Student Programs, and her staff, devote numerous hours making sure students at UNM feel they have the support and encouragement they need to succeed.

“We know it is tough. We are willing to help each student succeed,” Borelli says.

The school has some 1,400 students and offers ten degree programs throughout five different departments, as well as masters and Ph.D. programs.

Such a large school may be intimidating for new students trying to figure out what they want to do and where they belong. Borrelli and staff are committed to helping students make appropriate decisions concerning their futures.

“We try to offer life exploration on top of an education,” she says. “Some students have an indication, but are unsure of where they belong. We have a lot to offer them, as they have a lot to offer us; we don’t want to lose them. And at a time when our national security is an important issue, the field of engineering is in high demand.”

Staff help students stay involved in school and acquire relevant outside experiences and provide support and encouragement.

“We offer the students numerous activities and programs including a Junior Engineering Technical Society, outreach activities, job shadowing at Intel and mock interviews. We also offer the Women in Science and Engineering Program, which helps women succeed in the male dominated field of science and engineering,” Borelli says.