Current Graduate Students

Academic advising is primarily done by faculty advisors with expertise in the area and with the support of our knowledgeable graduate staff.  Our collaborative advising model not only addresses accessibility and availability but also provides a comprehensive and effective advising experience for our graduate students.  

This page offers a list of relevant resources for current master's and doctoral students.  You will find:

  • Advising, Registration, and Academic Planning Resources
  • Internship Guidelines
  • Special Requests and Petitions Information and Forms
  • Most Requested Forms
  • CECS Graduate Programs Staff

Additional guidance is located on the Path to the Degree page.  Graduate students should feel free to contact the department's graduate program coordinator for assistance with questions not answered here.

Master's Degree Student Advising

A list of faculty advisors by department and program is provided below.  Additional information and resources are located under Path to Degree.

Computer and Information Science (CIS) Faculty Advisors

Computer and Information Science

Dr. David Yoon   T:313-583-9146  Office: 104 CIS


Cybersecurity and Information Assurance

Dr. Jinhua Guo  T: 313-583-6439  Office: 211 CIS


Data Science

Dr. Jie Shen  T:313-583-6424   Office: 213 CIS


Software Engineering

Dr. Zhiwei (Tommy) Xu  T: 313-583-6436    Office: 216 CIS

Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Faculty Advisors

MSE-Computer Engineering:

Dr. H. Malik               T: (313)593-5677        Office: 210 ASC

Dr. S. Rawashdeh      T: 313-593-5466       Office: 2084 IAVS

Dr. A. Shaout         T: 313-593-5308        Office: 222 ASC


MSE-Electrical Engineering:

Dr. S. Awad               T: 313-593-5523        Office: 185 FCN

Dr. J. Miller                  T: 313-593-5245        Office: 2092 IAVS


MSE-Energy Systems Engineering:

Dr. T. Kim                       T: 313-583-6736           Office: 120 CIS

Dr. C. Lee                             T: 313-583-6792          Office: 2241 HPEC

Dr. G. Reyes-Villanueva        T: 313-593-3673          Office: 1292 HPEC


MSE-Robotics Engineering: 

Dr. A. Mohammadi   T: 313-583-6767     Office: 186 FCN

Dr. J. Kwon                         T: 313-583-6590     Office: 236 CIS

Dr. S. Rawashdeh                T: 313-593-5466    Office: 2084 IAVS

Industrial Systems and Manufacturing Engineering (IMSE) Faculty Advisors

Engineering Management

Dr. Armen Zakarian        

Mr.Joe Woods    T: 313-593-5361     Office: 2340 HPEC


Human-Centered Design and Engineering

Dr. Sang-Hwan Kim

Mr.Joe Woods    T: 313-593-5361     Office: 2340 HPEC


Industrial Systems Engineering

Dr. Bochen Jia

Mr.Joe Woods    T: 313-593-5361     Office: 2340 HPEC


Information Systems Technology

Dr. Onur Ulgen     T: 313-593-5246     Office: 2310 HPEC

Mr.Joe Woods    T: 313-593-5361     Office: 2340 HPEC

Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Dr. Armen Zakarian        

Mr. Joe Woods    T: 313-593-5361     Office: 2340 HPEC


Program and Project Management

Dr. Armen Zakarian         

Mr. Joe Woods    T: 313-593-5361     Office: 2340 HPEC

Mechanical Engineering (ME) Faculty Advisors


Dr. Alan Argento

Ms. Rebekah Awood    T: 313-593-5241   Office:1340 HPEC


Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Oleg Zikanov

Ms. Rebekah Awood    T: 313-593-5241   Office:1340 HPEC


Automotive Systems Engineering

Dr. Taehyun Shim

Ms. Sherry Boyd      T:313-593-5582     Office: 2200 HPEC

Ph.D. Student Advising

Ph.D. students receive advising from the assigned Faculty/Research Advisor and Mentor.  If you have not identified your Faculty Advisor, please contact your department Ph.D. Program Chair for advising.  Students are required to meet with the Faculty Advisor to complete the Plan of Study within the first term and at a minimum, once a year to complete the Annual Progress Review.  

For additional online information, guidance, and forms for the Ph.D. review the Path to the Degree page.

Graduate Guidelines for CPT, OPT & Doctoral Summer Internships

Please note that students are required to adhere to any additional department guidelines or policies regarding CPT/OPT and Doctoral Summer Internships. 

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Requirements

Students interested in applying for CPT should strictly adhere to the following procedures:  

  1. Students must be enrolled full-time for two semesters within the same academic or calendar year prior to CPT.
  2. Course enrollment requirement during CPT:
    • Part-time CPT (working 20 or fewer hours/week): CPT course + a minimum of 6 credit hours enrollment in course work related to major
    • Full-time CPT (working 21 or more hours/week): CPT course + a minimum of 3 credit hours enrollment in course work related to major
  3. Students must complete the CPT application documents located on the International Office website.
  4. Deadlines for CPT applications will follow the campus registration Add/Drop deadlines.  After the deadline, applicants must submit petitions to their department chair for approval.
  5. GPA requirement for CPT applicants is 3.0 or above (good academic standing).
  6. Applicants must provide a written statement that clearly indicates how CPT is a good opportunity for improving their educational experience (that is, how the concepts learned in their coursework will be applied through employment).
  7. Applicants must obtain a job offer letter from the prospective employer. The letter must: 
    • Be printed on company letterhead showing company address 
    • Indicate the job title and describe the work the student will do 
    • Indicate specific start date of employment (and end date, if applicable)
    • Indicate the number of hours the student will work per week
  8. Applicants should bring all CPT related forms and documents to their home department to request approval and obtain signatures from the chair. 
  9. Applicants must register for the designated 1-credit hour CECS CPT course, ENGR 500.

Students Completing CPT:

  1. Upon completion of CPT, students must provide a written report to the chair of their home department describing how the knowledge gained from their coursework has been implemented during their work experience. This report will be used to assign a pass/fail grade for the CPT course. 
  2. Continuing students who renew CPT will receive a ‘Y’ grade for the current semester; the final grade will be assigned after the CPT experience has been completed and a report has been submitted to the home department chair. 
  3. Students must re-apply for CPT every semester (see procedure above), but no additional registration for ENGR 500 will be required
  4. The total duration of CPT should be no more than 365 days

Ph.D. students should see below for the internship policy for Ph.D. students.

Optional Practical Training (OPT) Requirements

All students interested in applying for OPT: 

  1. Must be registered full-time and have completed at least one academic year in a degree seeking program.
  2. Can perform OPT as:
    • Full- or part-time during summer vacation
    • Part-time while school is in session
    • Full- or part-time after completion of coursework (excluding thesis or the equivalent)
    • Full-time after completion of study
  3. Must apply for OPT before completion of study.
  4. Must complete the OPT application documents located on the OIA website.
Doctoral Students Summer Internships Requirements

Requirements for Application Request:

  • Internships are not allowed during the Fall and Winter terms during the doctoral studies.
  • If the faculty advisor or department does not have (GSI /GSRA) funding to support doctoral students during the summer, the student may apply for an internship during the summer term only.
  • The internship application should be endorsed by the Faculty Advisor and the Program Director/Committee.
  • Internship work is encouraged to be closely related to the dissertation research or related to the faculty advisor‘s research funding.
  • Applicants must be in good academic standing and making good progress towards the degree.
  • The student is responsible to pay for the internship course credit and any related fees required.
  • International students are required to register for the CPT course, ENGR 500. Credits for ENGR 500 will not count toward any doctoral degree requirements.

CECS Graduate Education Office

Heinz Prechter Engineering Complex (HPEC)
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