The Watson School 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.
Watson Advising is happy to assist instructors, RAs, DAs and anyone from the Binghamton University community with events, programs, classes, and workshops. Please fill out the Watson Advising Outreach Request Form to get started - complete this form at least two weeks before your proposed program date.
How it works
The Watson School 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 and addressing various other advising and referral issues.
Computer science freshmen are advised by their department's program coordinator in addition to being assigned to an individual faculty advisor in their program.
Engineering freshmen connect with the Engineering Design Division (EDD) director along with additional EDD faculty during their first year in the Watson School.
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.
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Who We Are
Sharon Santobuono, Director
Sharon received both her bachelor's and master's from Binghamton University and started working as an intern in Harpur advising in 1994. Sharon spent seven years in Harpur advising, first as an advisor and then as the associate director before moving to the Watson School in 2001. She became the director in 2014. Sharon is passionate about students and will do whatever it takes to help them maneuver through their academics. Sharon supervises the peer advisors that are the backbone to the office. They are available at the front desk to help students with a multitude of issues. She is also thrilled to have staff members that are also willing to go the extra mile for Watson students.
Sheila Cheevers, Secretary
Sheila received her associate's degree from Broome Community College and started working for the Graduate School here at Binghamton University in 2005. She transitioned to Watson Advising in 2010 where she has played an integral role in supporting the director, the professional advisors, and the peer advisors in their daily tasks and projects throughout the year.
Meghan 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 the Watson School 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.
Megan Konstantakos, Academic Advisor
After receiving her bachelor's degree from SUNY Albany in 2011, Megan moved to Shenzhen, China where she lived and worked for three years before joining Teach for America in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Megan received her master's degree in education from Johns Hopkins University and began working for Binghamton University in August of 2017. She works closely with international student support services as well as student success services and is steadfast in her commitment to supporting students from all backgrounds on their academic journey.
Patrick 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 the Watson School, participate in certain activities or projects, and/or obtain professional engineering licenses. Students who have concerns about such matters are advised to contact the Watson School's Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Dean's Office.