Advisors are here to assist you, but remember—each student has ultimate responsibility for his or her own education.

Suzanne Ashour-Baily Suzanne Ashour-Bailey

Director | Academic Advisor

Suzanne serves as the Director in the Undergraduate Advising & Academic Support Office in the A. James Clark School of Engineering.  Suzanne has worked in higher education since 2001 in both academic and student affairs at various institutions.  Suzanne is not new to the University of Maryland having previously worked for the Smith School of Business as well as the Electrical & Computer Engineering Graduate Studies Office. She received her B.A. in Mass Communication, Radio/TV from Grand View College, a M.Ed. in College Student Personnel from the University of Maryland, and her MBA from The University of Texas at El Paso.

In her spare time, Suzanne enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, going to movies, and attending sporting events!

Mary Bell Mary Bell

Associate Director | Academic Advisor
(301) 405-3874 |

Mary is the Associate Director in the Undergraduate Advising & Academic Support Office in the A. James Clark School of Engineering.  She received her B.A. in Radio, Television & Film from the University of Maryland & received her M.S. in Management Information Systems from the University of Maryland, University College.  Mary began working at the University of Maryland in 1993 and has worked in the Registrar’s Office, the Department of Communication and the Undergraduate Admissions Office prior to joining the Engineering School in 2015.  

While away from the office, Mary enjoys spending time with her husband & their two cats watching any type of sporting event. 

Rebecca Hosten Rebeca Hosten

Coordinator | Academic Advisor

Rebeca is the Academic Coordinator for the Office of Undergraduate Advising & Academic Support in the A. James Clark School of Engineering. Rebeca has worked for the Engineering School for twenty years. She has a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Management with a minor in Strategic and Entrepreneurial Management from the University of Maryland University College. She also has an Associate Degree in Interior Design from Montgomery College, a certificate in Bridal Consultant and Web Design.

In her spare time, Rebeca likes to spend time with her family, knitting, face painting, baking and decorating cakes, and traveling.

Shannon Bate Shannon Bate

Program Coordinator | Academic Advisor

Shannon is the Program Coordinator for the Undergraduate Advising & Academic Support Office in the A. James Clark School of Engineering.  Shannon received both her bachelor's degree, in History Secondary Education, and her master's degree, in Post Secondary Education, from Salisbury University.  She also received a master's certificate in Academic Advising from Kansas State University.  Shannon is a member of the National Education Honor's Society, Kappa Delta Pi.  Before joining the staff at the University of Maryland at College Park, Shannon served as an Academic Advisor at University of Maryland University College for three years.  

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends; attending and watching professional sports games; traveling and going to the beach; as well as, relaxing and reading a good book.

Shannon Hayes Shannon Hayes Buenaflor, PhD

Assistant Director, TRANSFER  sTUDENT aDVISING AND aDMISSIONS | Academic Advisor
(301) 405-6201 |

Hailing from Pittsburgh, PA, Shannon Hayes Buenaflor is proud to call herself a "three-time" Terp! First coming to UMD as an undergraduate student, she has been involved on campus as an Orientation Advisor, Writing Tutor, and Peer Advisor.  After she graduated with her B.A. in English Language and Literature, Shannon began working for the College of Education as an Academic Advisor. Following her time in the College of Education, Shannon transitioned to the Clark School where she works directly with our transfer student population. In addition to working as an administrator, Shannon also recently completed her PhD in Higher Education. Her research focuses on the community college transfer student experience and the role of self-efficacy in supporting transfer students.


Alana Ebert-Zavos
Graduate assistant | academic advisor 

Alana is the Graduate Assistant for the Office of Undergraduate Advising & Academic Support in the A. James Clark School of Engineering. She received her bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Maryland in 2017. After graduation, Alana moved to Thailand where she began her journey teaching abroad. Following a year in Bangkok, she moved to Barcelona where she spent three years teaching English. Alana is excited to return to her alma mater to pursue a master's degree in International Education Policy. 

During her time away from the office and her studies, Alana enjoys running, cooking, and traveling. 


Engineering departments advise students for major requirements. The departmental contacts are also available for students that are deciding on a major.

Aerospace 3181 Glenn L. Martin Hall (301) 405-2376 online form
Bioengineering 2330 Kim Engineering Building (301) 405-8268 online form
Chemical & Biomolecular 2113 Chemical & Nuclear Building (301) 405-5888 email
Civil & Environmental 0147 Glenn L. Martin Hall (301) 405-7768 email
Electrical & Computer 2426 A.V. Williams Building (301) 405-3685 online form, Grad students
Fire Protection 3106 J.M. Patterson Building (301) 405-3994 online form
Keystone Program 2108 J.M. Patterson Building (301) 405-3845 online form
Materials Science & Engineering 2135 Chemical & Nuclear Building (301) 405-5989 email
Mechanical 2186 Glenn L. Martin Hall (301) 405-2199 online form

See a Departmental Advisor if you need:

  • Pre-registration advising for 200+ level courses and you have declared a major
  • General advising information, including electives & course selections in your major
  • Information about possible teaching fellow opportunities, research opportunities, and graduate programs or careers
  • Departmental course evaluations (for transfer students)
  • General assistance
  • NOTE: If you have additional questions in regards to seats in an specific engineering course, please contact the corresponding department.