Pitt | Swanson Engineering

Engineering Advising Resources

The Swanson School believes in a holistic approach to student advising and offers undergraduate and graduate students with access to academic, career, and support counseling to augment University of Pittsburgh services. The following individuals are available by appointment to help you succeed at the Swanson School and prepare for your future engineering career.

NOTE: For upper-level undergraduate and graduate students seeking academic and career advice, first please contact your departmental academic advisor or undergraduate/graduate coordinator.

All Students

Cheryl Paul, M.Ed.


Director of Engineering Student Services

  • Campus and Community Support
  • Student Counseling
  • Swanson School Ombudsperson
  • Title IX Coordinator

Undergraduate Students

Jill Harvey, M.Ed.

Director of First Year Advising


  • Academic Advising
  • AP Courses
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Student Orientation

Christopher Kirchhof


Director of Transfer Student Services


  • Academic Advising
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Transfer Orientation and Seminar

Anita Persaud, D.Ed.


Director of Undergraduate Retention


  • Academic Motivation
  • Group Tutoring
  • Study Skills
  • Test Preparation
  • Time Management

Yvette Moore, M.S.

Director, Pitt EXCEL (Undergraduate Diversity)


  • Support for Historically Underrepresented Scholars
  • Academic Counseling
  • Career Development
  • Graduate School Preparation
  • Group Tutoring
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Student Organizations

Graduate Students

Robert S. Parker, PhD


Associate Dean for Graduate Education

Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

  • Graduate Academic Integrity
  • Degree Requirements
  • Dissertations and Defenses
  • Graduate Academics and Research