Graduate Student Affairs Office

Welcome to the Graduate Student Affairs Office!

The Graduate Student Affairs Office's (GSAO) mission is to serve current and prospective graduate students within the Henry Samueli School of Engineering. Please feel free to contact our office with any questions that you have regarding graduate study, graduate policies and procedures, general counseling questions, etc.

Walk-ins are welcome at any time for quick questions. However, if you are a prospective student wishing to discuss graduate school or if you are a current student with an in-depth problem or up against a deadline, please call ahead of time to make an appointment with a counselor.

Graduate Student Affairs Office
5400 Engineering Hall
(#308 on the campus map)

Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. PST, Monday – Friday.
Office closed noon - 1:00 p.m. for lunch
Voice: (949) 824-8090   
Fax: (949) 824-8200


Graduate Student Affairs Staff

Dr. Lee Swindlehurst
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
5428 Engineering Hall
Phone: 949-824-2818


Ms. Jean Bennett
Director of Graduate Student Affairs
5416 Engineering Hall
Phone: 949-824-6475
Fax: 949-824-8200
Primarily works with: Electrical and Computer Engineering,
Engineering Management, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering,
Networked Systems Interdisciplinary Program (Admissions Only)


Ms. Nadia Ortiz
Assistant Director of Graduate Student Affairs
5412 Engineering Hall
Phone: 949-824-3562
Fax: 949-824-8200
Primarily works with: Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and
Materials Science, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering concentration,
Materials and Manufacturing Technology concentration