Baskin Engineering Undergraduate Peer Advisors

The Peer Advisor Program is an integral part of the Baskin School of Engineering Undergraduate Student Affairs Unit. Peer Advisors are indispensable in providing front-line support services and information, answering major-related questions, and making referrals to campus services and resources.
Google Chat With a Baskin Engineering Peer Advisor

Hours:

  • Monday - Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

  • Transfer Student Hours: Wednesday 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and Thursday 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (specifically for transfer students would like to speak to a peer advisor who is also a transfer student.)

 

Depending on your question, you may be referred to Zoom drop-in hours.

 

HOW TO CHAT: Add (+) bsoepa@ucsc.edu to your Google Hangouts, using your UCSC email (chat function is on the bottom left of your Gmail screen)

 

Hours are subject to change and will be updated on this page as needed. The Undergraduate Advising office will be closed on University holidays.

What Can I Speak to a Peer Advisor About?
  • Academic plans
  • Schedule adjustments
  • Questions about major qualification criteria
  • Enrollment troubleshooting
  • Questions about petitions such as: course substitution petitions or waiver or exception to policy
  • Change of major concentration or curriculum catalog year

 

Become a Peer Advisor

Learn how to become a Baskin Engineering Peer Advisor.

Meet our Peer Advisors!

Ashwin Chakraborty
Ashwin Chakroborty

Major: Robotics Engineering B.S. - Electrical Engineering minor

Hello! My name is Ashwin and I am a 4th year Robotics Engineering major with an Electrical Engineering minor from Palm Springs, California. I am looking forward to working on the peer advising team and helping other students through the processes of enrollment and major qualification, which I know from personal experience can be pretty confusing. When I'm not working or studying I like to hang out with my friends, read, or cook.

Susan Hong
Susan Hong

Major: Bioengineering B.S. (Assistive Technology: Motor concentration) - Double Major with Psychology B.A.

Hi! My name is Susan (She/Her/Hers) and I’m a 4th year Bioengineering major from Oakland, California. When I’m not in school, catch me staying up-to-date with current world affairs, playing League of Legends with friends, or simply relaxing. Navigating college is an overwhelming process from start to finish and no one should have to go through it alone. So I hope you swing by and visit the peer advisors here at Jack Baskin Engineering as we are all here to help in your academic pursuits.

Kenny Kim
Kenny Kim

Major: Computer Engineering B.S. (Robotics and Control concentration) - Computer Science minor

My name is Kenny Kim! I go by he/him/his and my major is Computer Engineering with a concentration in Robotics. I’m a third year from Koreatown, Los Angeles, CA. I decided to become a peer advisor with the intent to help others find their passion and way in Baskin Engineering. I enjoy listening to music and boxing.

Soren Larsen
Soren Larsen

Major: Computer Science B.S. - Technology and Information Management minor

Hi! My name is Soren (he/him), I am a third year Computer Science major, Technology Information Management minor. I am from San Diego, CA. I love the outdoors! My hobbies include Surfing, Skateboarding, and Rock Climbing. I look forward to my role as a peer advisor. Being a peer advisor is very important to me because I want to be there for students to navigate the complicated and complex university environment.

Fariha Lateef
Fariha Lateef

Major: Computer Science B.S.

Hi, my name is Fariha Lateef (she/her) and I am a third year Computer Science major! I am from the Bay area, and I chose to be a peer advisor to support underclassmen as they begin their educational journey through Baskin Engineering! I'm part of Kappa Kappa Gamma, Girls Who Code, and Baskin Day!

Shaina Mishra
Shaina Mishra

Major: Computer Science: Computer Game Design B.S.

Hi everyone! My name is Shaina and my pronouns are she/her. I'm a fourth-year Computer Science: Game Design student and a Kresge affiliate! I am excited to help you to the best of my abilities and answer your questions! I'm from San Diego, California and some fun facts about me are that I cross-stitch, bake, and have 11 piercings!

Maxwell Muscat
Maxwell Muscat

Major: Computer Science B.S.

Hello, my name is Maxx Muscat (he/him), and I am a third year computer science major from Sacramento, California. My college affiliation is Crown, nice to meet you all! I decided to become a peer advisor because, coming here as a freshman, I knew what it was like to be overwhelmed by the new and exciting environment that is college, as well as all the stress that comes with it. My hope is to help alleviate some of that stress by providing the best and most accurate information possible! Some hobbies of mine include playing basketball, video games, watching anime, and drinking boba! I look forward to being your peer advisor this year!

Kevin Parikh
Kevin Parikh

Major: Computer Engineering B.S. (Networks concentration)

Hello, my name is Kevin Parikh (he/him), and I am a third year Computer Engineering major here at UCSC. I am from Temecula, CA but have lived several places in my life. I decided to become a peer advisor because I love helping people craft plans that work for them and their interests. I love hiking on our beautiful campus, watching football, and hanging out with friends. I am always looking to meet new people so feel free to reach out!

Tracy Rocha
Tracy Rocha

Major: Computer Engineering B.S. (Systems Programming concentration)

Hi y'all, my name is Tracy. I'm a fourth year Computer Engineering student, I'm affiliated with Kresge College, and I use they/he pronouns. I'm originally from Sunnyvale, CA, but I went to high school in Davis, CA. I decided to become a peer advisor because I wanted to get more involved with the School of Engineering and help other students avoid some of the mistakes and stress that I experienced when trying to navigate the school without any help. I'm also a Student Life and University Guide (SLUG) and Director of Logistics of UC Santa Cruz's largest hackathon, CruzHacks. I look forward to getting to know you!

Sidney Robinson
Sidney Robinson

Major: Computer Science B.S.

Hey y'all! My name is Sidney Robinson Jr. and my pronouns are he/him/his. I am a 4th year Computer Science major from Moreno Valley, CA. I decided to be a peer advisor to help people navigate the School of Engineering and to help people avoid the same mistakes and struggles that I faced! I also want to help represent and uplift underrepresented communities at UCSC and in Baskin Engineering. In addition to being a peer advisor I am Vice President of UCSC National Society of Black Engineers, a member of the UCSC Big Jazz Band, and a member of UCSC Disc Golf Club. A fun fact about me is I like to skateboard, snowboard, surf, rock-climb, and watch cartoons.

Sarah Xia
Sarah Xia

Major: Biomolecular Engineering and Bioinformatics B.S. (Biomolecular Engineering concentration)

Hello everyone! My name is Sarah and I go by she/her/hers pronouns. I'm a third year Biomolecular Engineering student from Berkeley, CA and I wanted to be a peer advisor to provide an encouraging environment for students to succeed in college. I'm on the UCSC dance team and a fun fact about me is that I can do a cartwheel with no hands!

Saki Yokokawa
Saki Yokokawa

Major: Computer Science B.S. - Technology and Information Management minor

Hi Everyone! My name is Saki and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I am affiliated with Stevenson and I am a third-year Computer Science major from Dublin, California. In my free time, I love reading and playing the piano, and watching movies. As a peer advisor, I look forward to supporting you through your college experience and assisting you in making a smooth transition to college.