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Graduate Advising

The ECE Department is committed to student success and growth, providing not only excellent academic and research opportunities but also comprehensive student support through academic advising. Departmental academic advisors are here not only to answer questions about policies and procedures but also to provide guidance in support of academic progress, degree completion, and professional and personal development.

Please keep in mind that the academic advising relationship is a collaborative one. In support of a student's decision making process, the academic advisor can:

  • Explain university policies and procedures
  • Make referrals to other offices, individuals, or resources
  • Suggest available options for a given situation
  • Discuss limitations or consequences as they relate to a particular course of action
  • Act as an advocate when appropriate

However, the academic advisor cannot make the final decision regarding a student's course of action. A student must commit to a final course of action and accept responsibility for decisions made and actions taken.

Contact Information

For help with academic planning, please email or visit the ECE Main Office, located in Bossone 313, during walk-in hours every Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 11:00am and 2:00pm to 3:00pm.

Contacting the Academic Advisor

There are two key factors that contribute to getting the most out of academic advising interactions:

  1. Prior preparation on the part of the student
  2. Timely, proactive communication

Before contacting the academic advisor, a student should be familiar with the policies and procedures that govern the degree program the student is pursuing. Besides familiarizing oneself with the information presented in the graduate programs section of the ECE Department website, graduate students should also acquaint themselves with other applicable policies and procedures as expressed in the following resources:

In addition to deadlines presented in the applicable policies and procedures outlined in the above resources, students should be aware of other crucial dates such as registration and degree application deadlines, class start and end dates, term examination periods, and university closures as outlined in the University Academic Calendar.

Timely communication is crucial to arriving at the most beneficial outcome of any given situation. The longer a student delays dealing with an issue or concern, the fewer the available options for resolution. Because of this, students are encourage to reach out to the academic advisor as quickly as possible when issues or concerns arise in which the assistance of the academic advisor may be needed.

Students may seek academic advising using the following contact methods, based on the nature and severity of the situation as well as personal preference.


Many student questions regarding policy or procedure clarification as well as registration issues can be handled via email. Please feel free to email the academic advisor at any time with questions or concerns. Every effort will be made to answer student emails in a timely manner; however, please allow three business days for reply before following up on an unresolved email inquiry. Please be aware that if the academic advisor feels a student's issue or concern requires in-depth discussion or consultation, the student may be asked to set up an appointment to meet face-to-face or over the phone.

Walk-in Hours

Students are also welcome to speak with the academic advisor in person or over the phone without an appointment during walk-in hours. Please be aware that if the academic advisor feels a student's issue or concern requires in-depth discussion or consultation or follow-up is needed, the student may be asked to set up an appointment to meet face-to-face or over the phone.


Students who need assistance with issues or concerns requiring in-depth discussion or consultation, such as initial program planning or planning for graduate co-op program participation, should send a request for an appointment by email to the academic advisor. This email should include:

  • The student's full name
  • The student's Drexel University ID number
  • A short explanation of the topic the student would like to discuss
  • Several times over the coming week during normal business hours at which the student is available for an appointment
  • An indication of the preferred communication method, face-to-face or over the phone
  • A contact phone number where the student can be reached, if the appointment will be taking place over the phone

Please be aware that appointments are typically scheduled for 15 or 30 minutes, depending on the nature of the topic. Appointments will not be scheduled during regularly scheduled walk-in hours.

Additional Departmental Graduate Academic Advisors

The ECE Department also has other academic advisors available to assist graduate students in the absence of the primary academic advisor.

Students in on campus graduate degree programs

Sean Clark

Sean Clark

Graduate Advisor
ECE Main Office, Suite 313
Bossone Research Enterprise Center

Phone: 215.895.6658
Fax: 215.895.1695

Gary Friedman

Gary Friedman

Associate Department Head for Graduate Affairs
ECE Main Office, Suite 313
Bossone Research Enterprise Center

Phone: 215.895.2108
Fax: 215.895.1695

Students in online or off campus graduate degree programs

Leonid Hrebien

Leonid Hrebien

Assistant Department Head for Special Projects
Room 310
Bossone Research Enterprise Center

Phone: 215.895.6755
Fax: 215.895.1695