Staff Responsibilities

This page provides very brief descriptions of the responsibilities of the ME Department’s staff members.

Administrative Office | Advising Office | Information Technology Specialists | Operations and Laboratories | Graduate Program Office

Administrative Office
2043 Black Engineering

Cindy Bartleson, (2043B) Business Administrator/Assistant to the Chair

  • Assistant to the Department Chair
  • HR liaison

Nick Fetty, (2043D) Communications Specialist

  • Website/Social media
  • Newsletters/Reports
  • Photo and video

Kim Heller, (2043) Administrative Assistant

  • Classroom printing
  • Conference room scheduling
  • Key requests
  • Department seminar hospitality

Katie Lott, (2043C) Administrative Assistant

  • Department support
    • Visiting scholar requests
    • Visa support/requests
  • Travel requests and reimbursements
  • Liaison to department standing committees
  • ME Design Expo
  • Capstone Design Course assistance

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Graduate/Undergraduate Program Office
2019 Black Engineering

Samantha Hirschman, Graduate Student Services Specialist

  • Graduate Program (non-advising components)
    • All graduate student forms
    • Degree requirements
    • Graduate Handbook
  • Admissions processing for ME grad programs
  • Grad Student Support for Workday
  • ME600 seminar attendance
  • ME Grad Student Organization (MEGSO) co-adviser
  • Summer Research Experience for Undergrads (REU)

Kim McFarland, Program Assistant for Undergraduate Education

  • Undergraduate program (non-advising components)
  • Course and room scheduling
  • Textbook coordinator

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Information Technology
2071 Black Engineering

Nate Jensen, IT Manager, Systems Analyst
Joel Buehler, Information Technology Support
Derek Dickson, Information Technology Support

Main duties of systems support specialists include:

  • Manage and support faculty, staff, and lab computers
  • Provide technical hardware and software support for faculty, staff, and students
  • Manage ME Intranet and course sites
  • Large format poster printing
  • Door lock programming
  • Data backup support

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Undergraduate
Student Services Center
2620 Howe Hall

Academic Advisers

John Wagner, Lead Adviser
Kirsten Hauge
Mindy Heggen
Aliza MacKenzie
Alyssa Mittleider
Nathan Ross
Katelyn Schany

Breanna Kixmiller, Student Services Specialist

Main duties of academic advisers include:

  • Assist students with academic plans
  • Teach engineering orientation and career planning courses
  • Recruit new students

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Operations and Laboratories

Sandy Sayer, Operations Manager, Program Coordinator

  • Space Coordinator
  • Technical Staff Manager

Jim Dautremont, Electronics Technician

  • Support for equipment design
  • Installation and repairs for teaching labs
  • Support for equipment design, installation and repairs for research labs

TBD, Teaching Lab Specialist

  • Primary Teaching Lab Coordinator for Design Labs associated with classes ME590, ME490, ME466, ME270, ME170.
  • Primary Teaching Lab Coordinator for Learning Communities, Clubs and the Resource Hub that utilize Boyd Lab
  • Resource Hub contact

John Howell, Teaching Lab Specialist

  • Primary Teaching Lab Coordinator Fluids Labs associated with class ME335
  • Primary Teaching Lab Coordinator for Heat Transfer Labs associated with class ME436
  • Safety Committee Chair and building safety contact

Wyman Martinek, Teaching Lab Specialist

  • Primary Teaching Lab Coordinator for Manufacturing Labs associated with class ME324
  • Manages Receiving for the department

Taylor Schweizer, Teaching Lab Specialist

  • Primary Teaching Lab Coordinator for Additive Manufacturing Lab
  • Primary Teaching Lab Coordinator for Controls Labs associated with class ME421
  • Primary Teaching Lab Coordinator for Capstone Design class ME415
  • Primary Teaching Lab Coordinator for Instrumentation labs associated with class ME370
  • Primary Teaching Lab Coordinator for teaching labs in ME411 and ME410 courses

Craig Severson, Teaching Lab Specialist

  • Primary Teaching Lab Coordinator for Design Labs associated with classes ME590, ME490, ME466, ME270, ME170.
  • Primary Teaching Lab Coordinator for Learning Communities, Clubs and the Resource Hub that utilize Boyd Lab

Jim Shelledy, Teaching Lab Specialist

  • Primary Teaching Lab Coordinator for Manufacturing Labs associated with class ME324

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