Peer advisors

What are peer advisors?

They're engineering and computer science students just like you.

Peer advisers are stationed at the front desk as you enter the Watson School Advising Office.

These students have received special training to help you work through the experience of being a Watson School student. They have a deep knowledge of the campus, including our academic support systems, registration processes and policies, and how to navigate academic departments. They also know where to go for answers and will save you time and effort by pointing you in the right direction and making knowledgeable referrals.

From filling out forms to filling up a meal card, they've experienced the Watson School from the inside. And if you need to complete a form, they're also helpful in directing you to the correct one to fill your need.

Peer advisers are usually rising juniors or seniors who have already experienced much of what you will go through as a student.

They are selected for their strong communications skills, capacity for discretion, diplomacy and resourcefulness. 

Current Peer Advisors

 Emilia Friedman

Major: Biomedical Engineering, Pre-Med
Year: Sophomore
Interests / Activities: I am currently studying to become a biomedical engineer with the pre-med track as I hope to attend med school after graduating from Binghamton. When I am not doing schoolwork, I enjoy reading medical journals regarding advances in the cardiovascular field due to a personal interest in this particular part of medicine. In addition to being a Watson Peer Advisor, I am also a University Course Assistant for Watson 103 with Professor Claudia Martin. In my free time, I read sappy romance novels and binge watch Netflix.
Quote: "Don't cry over the past, it's gone. Don't stress over the future, it hasn't arrived yet. Live in the present and make it beautiful." -Anonymous
Fun Fact: I have a collection of over 70 snow globes!

Jessica Zanghi

Major: Biomedical Engineering
Year: Sophomore
Interests / Activities: I am currently studying biomedical engineering in hopes of getting a job in the biomedical device industry. My goal is to work on new designs for things like heart catheters and artificial joints. I spend most of my time studying but when I'm not I also work as a University Course Assistant for Watson 111. In my free time, I watch entire seasons of Game of Thrones in single sittings and hang out with my friends.
Quote: "Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday" — Don Marquis
Fun Fact: I'm from upstate, no not Westchester, no not Buffalo. Literally inside the Adirondack Park. It's basically Canada. 

Shania Mahmud

Major: Computer Science
Year: Sophomore
Interests / Activities: I'm currently studying Computer Science with plans to work in Bioinformatics. As well as being a Watson Peer Advisor, I'm also a Research Assistant in a biology lab writing code to analyze data and a Course Assistant for Professor Moore's CS110. Outside of school, I spend my time journaling and lettering while watching Friends.
Quote: "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence." — Helen Keller

Justin Glickman

Major: Electrical Engineering
Year: Sophomore
Interests/Activities: I'm majoring in Electrical Engineering and am hoping to pursue a career in the robotics field. Outside of my studies I enjoy reading thrillers and playing volleyball, that is, when I can break out of my Office-watching binge. I have two dogs, Nellie, a Chiweenie, and Wiley, a beagle. I am slightly obsessed and will not hesitate to show pictures of them in costume.
Quote: "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing." — Albert Einstein
Fun Fact: I own 8 pairs of glasses.

Jackson Hawk

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Year: Junior
Interests/Activities: I’m studying Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Sustainable Engineering hoping to work in the renewable energies sector. I participate in multiple intramural sports such as soccer and volleyball, and I am on the Club Water Polo team. I also enjoy learning languages, traveling, and being outdoors. 
Quote: “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us” -J.R.R. Tolkien
Fun Fact: I can play every guitar hero song on medium.

Daniel Iacobacci

Major: Computer Engineering
Year: Sophomore
Interests/Activities: I am currently pursuing a BS in computer engineering and am hoping to work within the robotics field upon graduation. I am an active member of Binghamton's Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), serving on the e-board as both the External Vice-President and Professional Development Chairperson. Through the IEEE I work on the arm division of our Mars rover team. I am also a Binghamton University Student Ambassador and an active member of the Dickinson Community.
Quote: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." -Arthur C. Clarke
Fun Fact: I have a sock subscription so I get new, fun socks each month.

Joel Faynshmidt

Major: Electrical Engineering
Year: Sophomore
Interests/Activities: On campus, I'm involved in the Scholars and FRI programs and work as a Watson Peer Advisor.  Outside of school, I love to travel! This summer I spent two weeks in Montenegro, Croatia, and Amsterdam.
Quote: "If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door." -Milton Berle
Fun Fact: я говорю по русски! (I can speak Russian!)

 Britania Rose

Major: Computer Science
Year: Junior
Interests/Activities: I occasionally like to watch TV shows and movies from different countries. I believe it is a great way to learn the culture of another country.
Quote: I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be. -Douglas Adams
Fun Fact: I edited and directed a video for the United Nation Turns 70 video competition and won first place.

Eduardo Gomez

Major: Industrial Systems Engineering
Year: Junior
Interests/Activities: I'm majoring in Industrial and Systems Engineering and hope to pursue a career in logistics. Outside of class, I am involved in the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. I also enjoy running, hiking, and traveling.
Quote: It's better to look back on life and say: "I can't believe I did that," than to look back and say: "I wish I did that."
Fun Fact: I have been to 11 different countries.

Clifford Rood

 Major: Computer Engineering
Year: Junior
Interests/Activities: I'm studying Computer Engineering with hopes of working as a Software Engineer after graduation. Outside of school, I am a member of Theta Tau, the Professional Engineering fraternity on campus. I enjoy working out at the gym, running, and hanging out with my friends in my free time.
Quote: "Youth is something I never wanna take for granted. I just want to smile and live life." - Tyler, the Creator
Fun Fact: I own 25 holiday sweaters that I wear at the end of the Fall semester during "Cliffmas".

Interested in becoming a Peer Advisor? Apply on Handshake!