About our Student Staff

The college experience is very different from the high school experience. The way you approach your academics and social life will need to change. EAC Peer Advisors have successfully made this transition, and are your best resource for your first year.

Peer advisors are upper-class students in a variety of engineering departments who have been trained to help first-year students choose courses, register for classes, and understand the policies and procedures of the College. More importantly, as students, peer advisors have a personal insight into life at the University of Michigan. They can answer questions about professors, majors, student organizations, and campus life in general. Peer advisors are a terrific resource for first year students. Along with academic advisors, they can assist you in making your transition to college as smooth as possible.

If you are a CoE student, and you would like to be added to a list of students interested in becoming a peer advisor, add your name to our Peer Advisor Interest Form.

Mitchell Bloch

My name is Mitchell Bloch and I am a rising sophomore from Troy, Michigan. I'm studying Computer Science in the College of Engineering. I'm also involved in the Michigan Chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), MRun, and the UMich Esports Team. In my free time, I like to run, play video games, program, and watch Broadway Musicals.

Ava Conway

My name is Ava Conway and I'm a junior from Northville, MI majoring in Industrial & Operations Engineering and minoring in Race, Gender, & Nation. On campus, I’m currently Outreach Chair for our UMich INFORMS chapter. Outside of school, I enjoy singing, writing, traveling, going to museums, and spending time with my roommates! I’m really excited to meet all of the incoming freshmen and hopefully ease any anxiety about coming to UMich.

Elinoa de la Zerda

My name is Elinoa de la Zerda (she/her) and I'm a junior from Miami, Florida. I'm studying Industrial and Operations Engineering with a minor in Computer Science. I'm very involved with Phi Sigma Rho which is a social sorority for women in engineering, and I'm on the executive board of Elementary Engineering Partnership. Outside of school, I'm usually starting a new hobby every month, attempting to cook or bake, listening to alternative rock music, and getting to know new people!

Aurora Husic

My name is Aurora Husic, and I am a rising sophomore studying Industrial and Operations Engineering. I grew up in Michigan and always imagined myself coming here. I am involved in Elementary Engineering Partnerships (EEP) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). Both organizations have given me the opportunity to help others, which is something I am very passionate about. Outside of school, I enjoy hiking and playing tennis.

Tavi Kipnis

My name is Tavi Kipnis, and I am a rising sophomore from Redwood City, CA, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. I am currently involved in MASA, Urbanism Club, and Games and Cards Club, as well as being a part of the Common Reading Experience committee. I love reading, cooking and hiking, and I'm looking forward to helping students start their Michigan journeys!

Spencer Miller

My name is Spencer Miller and I am a rising sophomore from near Berkeley, California. I’m planning on majoring in aerospace engineering but I am also interested in computer science. On campus I spend a lot of time with MASA, the rocket club at UofM, where I work with the structures subteam but I also enjoy watching movies with my friends and playing tennis when I can. I am looking forward to working with incoming students this summer and making their college transition a little easier.

Alyssa O'Brien

My name is Alyssa O’Brien and I am a rising sophomore from Buffalo, New York studying Computer Science. At Michigan, I am involved in M-HEAL, Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, and intramural soccer. I am also going to be an IA for ENGR 101 in the Fall. Outside of school, I enjoy running, reading, and going to Michigan football games.

Chris Robinson

My name is Chris Robinson. I'm a sophomore from Troy, Michigan and I'm studying Computer Engineering. On campus I enjoy going to the CCRB to lift weights or play basketball. This fall I plan on getting involved in a tech club as well as a research project on campus. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my friends and going out or staying in and watching Netflix or playing video games.

Sydney Rowan

My name is Sydney Rowan, and I am a rising sophomore from Cherry Hill, NJ studying Biomedical Engineering. Outside of school, I am involved in Delta Phi Epsilon, and I enjoy exploring Ann Arbor, staying active, hanging with friends, and rewatching my favorite show, New Girl. I am looking forward to working with the College of Engineering community!

Paola Zavala

Hello, my name is Paola Zavala and I am a rising sophomore from Gurabo, Puerto Rico studying Biomedical Engineering major on the pre health track. At the University of Michigan I am involved in MISS (Michigan International Student Society) and LUMA (Latinx Undergraduate Medical Association). My involvement in these organizations have let me indulge in culture differences while developing my interest in medicine. During my free time I enjoy watching movies, walking around aa and hanging out with friends!