Watson College Advising Office

The Watson College Advising Office, located on the second floor of the Engineering Building, provides basic advising services for students. No question or concern is unimportant, and seeking accurate information is a valuable part of your academic experience.

How it works

Watson College has a two-tiered advising structure, with faculty serving as the primary program advisers and the Watson Advising Office staff providing school and University-wide information as well as addressing various other advising and referral issues.  

First-year computer science students are advised by their department's program coordinator in addition to being assigned to an individual faculty advisor in their program.

First-year engineering students connect with the Engineering Design Division (EDD) director along with additional EDD faculty during their first year at Watson College.

Upon official entry into their selected department of major, all rising sophomores, along with sophomore and junior transfer students, are assigned to a faculty advisor in their department. Additionally, each engineering department has an undergraduate director.

The bachelor of science programs in engineering are licensure-qualifying programs. Students in a bachelor of science program in engineering who are within 20 credits of graduation, or who have graduated from one of Binghamton University's EAC/ABET-accredited bachelor of science programs in engineering are automatically eligible to sit for the NCEES FE exam (National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, Fundamentals of Engineering exam). 


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Who We Are

Jennifer Drake-DeeseJennifer Drake-Deese, Director

Jennifer received her bachelor’s degree from Oswego State University and her master’s degree from St. Lawrence University.  As an active member of NACADA, The Global Community for Academic Advising, Jen is passionate about the profession of advising.  As the newest member to the Watson Advising team, Jen is looking forward to building strong connections with students, staff and faculty. Knowing that solid advising is one of the best ways to get students to graduation, she will build on the excellent reputation of Watson Advising.  Jen grew up in central New York and is excited to be back in the state working for such a prestigious university. 

Jennifer Drake-Deese

Director of Undergraduate Advising, Thomas J. Watson College of Engineering and Applied Science

Thomas J. Watson College of Engineering and Applied Science

Meghan CristMeghan Crist, Academic Advisor

Meghan graduated from Binghamton University in 2010 with a BS in electrical engineering and went to work for BAE Systems in Endicott, NY. As a participant in their Engineering Leadership Development Program, she earned her master's degree in systems engineering from Watson College in 2013, developed a strong technical background, pursued extensive leadership training and experienced recruiting for entry level engineering positions. Meghan is an open book, passionate about STEM and is more than willing to share her industry insight with students. She also works closely with the Financial Aid Services Office and is a resource for students who have questions related to their aid.

talviPatrick Talvi, Academic Advisor

Patrick (he/him/his) is a recent graduate of Binghamton University and is the newest member of the Watson Advising team. Patrick graduated from Marist College in 2017 with a BA in psychology, then went on to complete a MS in student affairs administration at Binghamton University in 2019. For his two years as a graduate student, Patrick served as a graduate assistant in the Services for Students with Disabilities office, where he developed a passion for educational accessibility. Patrick is a strong advocate for mental health awareness as well as mental health resources and services provided at Binghamton. He works closely with our Watson Support and Success Program to ensure students on academic probation can succeed and return to good academic standing.

Please note: Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of programs in Watson College, participate in certain activities or projects, and/or obtain professional engineering licenses. Students who have concerns about such matters are advised to contact Watson College's Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Dean's Office.