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 Engineering Academic Services (EAS) 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 Engineering Academic Services (EAS) 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 Engineering Academic Services (EAS) 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 manager | Academic Advisor

Shannon is the Program Manager for the Engineering Academic Services (EAS) 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 Buenaflor, PhD

program 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 engages in research focusing on the community college transfer student experience and the role of self-efficacy in supporting transfer students.

Outside of work, Shannon loves spending time with her family and her two cardigan corgis. She also enjoys reading, going for runs, and visiting new places. 

Tatum Cox
Graduate assistant | academic advisor 

Tatum is the Graduate Assistant for the Engineering Academic Services (EAS) in the A. James Clark School of Engineering. Tatum earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Health Sciences and Master’s of Science in Management, Integrated Business from the University of Central Florida. During her time as a Knight, Tatum was an athlete on the Women’s Rowing Team and was involved in the Orientation Team, Knight-thon, and President’s Leadership Council. Tatum is pursuing a Master’s of Public Health in Behavioral and Community Health at the University of Maryland alongside her work with the Engineering Academic Services (EAS) Office.

In her spare time, Tatum enjoys reading, hiking, exploring D.C., and watching UMD (and UCF!) sporting events.


Graduate assistant | academic Peer coaching & Transfer student success


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
Bioengineering 3102 A. James Clark Hall (301) 405-8268
Chemical & Biomolecular 2113 Chemical & Nuclear Building (301) 405-5888
Civil & Environmental 0147 Glenn L. Martin Hall (301) 405-7768 or
Electrical & Computer 2426 A.V. Williams Building (301) 405-3685
Fire Protection 3106 J.M. Patterson Building (301) 405-3994
Materials Science & Engineering 2135 Chemical & Nuclear Building (301) 405-5989
Mechanical 2186 Glenn L. Martin Hall (301) 405-2199

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.


Center for Minorities in Science & Engineering 1131 Glenn L. Martin Hall (301) 405-3878
Construction Project Management Minor 1173 Glenn L. Martin Hall (301) 405-7768
Engineering Career Services 1131 Glenn L. Martin Hall (301) 405-3862
Keystone Program 2108 J.M. Patterson Building (301) 405-3845
Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute-MTECH 1105 Herbert Rabin Technology Advancement Building (301) 405-3906
Nanoscale Science & Technology Minor 1106 Chemical & Nuclear Engineering Building or
Nuclear Engineering 2188 Glenn L. Martin Hall (301) 405-0279
Office of Global Engineering Leadership 1131 Glenn L. Martin Hall
Project Management Minor 1173 Glenn L. Martin Hall (301) 405-7768
QUEST Honors Program 1109 Van Munching Hall (301) 405-0534
RISE Leadership Academy 2108 J.M. Patterson Building (301) 405-6845
Robotics & Autonomous Systems (RAS) Minor
Science, Technology, Ethics & Policy Minor (PLCY)
Undergraduate Recruitment & Scholarship Programs 1126 Glenn L. Martin Hall (301) 405-0287
Women In Engineering 1131 Glen L. Martin Hall