What comes next?
Congratulations, you made it to the end of your first year at RPI! All of us in the SoE Hub have loved advising you and being a part of your first-year experience. As you have heard us say many times throughout the year, you will be transitioning to your faculty advisor this fall. So, what does this mean?
1) Your faculty advisor will be the sole person who can remove your SAM hold moving forward. Every spring, the SAM hold will prevent you from registering for fall classes until you meet with your advisor. Starting sophomore year, this power will transition to your faculty advisor. So, ensure you meet with them at least once a year in the spring, but once per semester is strongly advised!
2) You now have a mentor in your field! While your Hub Advisors were great resources for curriculum information, the in-field knowledge is where faculty advisors truly shine. They can guide you towards opportunities for your interests including appropriate upper-level electives, research opportunities, ideal companies for your goals, and more! Make sure to prepare some questions for them about these topics.
3) Depending on which department you are in, you will have an additional staff advisor for upperclassmen that you can contact. If you are in ECSE (Electrical or Computer and Systems Engineering), Rama Hamarneh is available in addition to your faculty advisor for the types of questions you once asked your Hub advisor (course scheduling, HASS requirements, duals, minors, etc.). If you are in MANE (Mechanical, Aeronautical, or Nuclear Engineering), Kate Stockton provides the same services as mentioned for Rama. More about them in the graphics below!