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

Julie Kunnumpurath

Major: Computer Science
Year: Junior
Interests / Activities: Outside of school, I am part of Alpha Phi Omega co-ed community service fraternity. I am also a Resident Assistant in the Dickinson Community and an intern with President Stenger's Road Map Student Task Force. During my downtime, I love going on walks in the nature preserve, watching criminal minds, and flying planes!
Quote: "No capes!" - Edna Mode
Fun Fact: My biggest fear is a papercut to the eye.

Sam Lamont

Major: Mechanical Engineering/Linguistics and Languages
Year: Junior
Interests / Activities: I'm studying Mechanical Engineering with hopes of going into the aerospace industry. I love learning languages so I decided to do a second major through Harpur in Linguistics and Languages. I am also a tutor with UTS, tutoring Calc III and ME 273 (Statics). Outside of school, I am a very active person; I love running, hiking, and one of my biggest passions is rock climbing.
Quote: "Logic and mathematics are nothing but specialized linguistic structures"
Jean Piaget
Fun Fact: I can speak five languages and plan on learning at least eleven

Miles Yaeger

Major: Computer Engineering
Year: Junior
Interests / Activities: I'm currently interested in pursuing a career in the data analytics field after graduation. My ideal position is one where I can utilize big data to make important real-world business decisions. Outside of class, I am a Watson Peer Advisor and a member of BUDSA and Tau Beta Pi. In my free time, I enjoy watching football and doing stupid things with my friends.
Quote: "Hello" — Adele
Fun Fact: I have never thought about getting a papercut to my eye, but now that I think about it, I am terrified.

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!

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

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.

Tyler Mchugh

Major: Electrical Engineering
Year: Junior
Interests / Activities: I have an enormous passion for music alongside engineering, so my ideal field of interest would be in the realm of audio once I complete my undergraduate studies. I've also explored power systems and MEP industries, so I would enjoy trying those as well. When I'm not in class, I'm usually found hiding in Fine Arts playing piano and trombone (sometimes simultaneously), taking part in the student-run theater group, Hinman Production Company, or eating copious amounts of yogurt. I'm also part of Binghamton Sound Stage and Lighting, which assists my learning experience in the area of sound.
Quote: "A day without sunshine is like, you know, night." — Steve Martin
Fun Fact: I've tried contacts twice and I can't do it.

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.


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