Advising & Career Guidance
The ECE Department offers advising to students on a continuous basis. Advising is done in a multi-faceted approach by the Chief Departmental Advisor (CDA), the Academic Coordinator, and a faculty advisor.
Each student must meet with the ECE Academic Coordinator every semester prior to registration for a future term. The Academic Coordinator works in conjunction with the CDA to maintain student records, assist with transfer credit evaluations, inform and educate students on University and Departmental policies and procedures, refer students to other departments or offices for assistance and services where appropriate, develop degree plans, remove the advising block, and help with applying for graduation. Students should have a degree plan built in DegreeWorks (see instructions on How to Create a Plan in DegreeWorks in the Advising Resources section below) prior to seeing the Academic Coordinator for advising and be prepared to discuss any questions or concerns about that degree plan during their meeting.
Once each semester, the Department holds a group advising sessions conducted by the CDA and Academic Coordinator. Alternatively, students can meet with the Academic Coordinator to select courses for the upcoming semester (see instructions on How to Create an Advising Appointmentin the Advising Resources section below). At the group advising session, the overall requirements of the curriculum are briefly summarized, but with more attention paid to recent changes, and to upcoming courses and events for the following two semesters.
Students are also required to meet with their faculty advisor, bringing a copy of their résumé and degree plan. Students' discussions with their faculty advisors involve career exploration, choosing a minor (if desired), advice on upper division ECE courses (technical electives and concentration areas), pursuit of graduate study, opportunities for internships and co-ops, etc. Additionally, ODU's Career Development Services provides a full array of career services connecting students, alumni, and employers. Once the student meets with their assigned faculty advisor and attends a group advising session and/or meets with the Undergraduate Coordinator to confirm their DegreeWorks plan, the advisor block on the student's account is removed, and only then can a student register for courses.
In addition to the advising procedures mentioned above, the CDA maintains close contact with all advising-related University events and procedural changes. The CDA, along with the Academic Coordinator, updates and maintains the undergraduate advising policies and the webpages related to undergraduate matters. The Department also regularly promotes career opportunities provided from constituents to students via email and website postings. The Department hosts Professional Development Meetings each semester in which students are exposed to the research done by faculty members and to other invited guests. In addition, the Department encourages the attendance to the weekly departmental seminars.
Meet Your Advisors
New Student Advising
Freshman Advising Information
Newly admitted freshman at Old Dominion University must attend a Monarch Orientation. Information on Monarch Orientation can be found online here: https://www.odu.edu/monarchorientation.
Academic advising for freshman and those who have not completed their engineering fundamental/foundational coursework (Calculus I & II, Calculus-based University Physics I, Programming I, Chemistry I & II, and Engineering introductory courses) is managed by the Batten College of Engineering & Technology Deans Office Engineering Student Success Advisors. More information can be found here: https://www.odu.edu/ess/admitted. Dicussions with the academic advisor involve course planning/selection, registration preparation, curriculum review, etc. General information on the Engineering Student Success Undergraduate Advising can be found here: https://www.odu.edu/ess/advising. Contact Engineering Student Success: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online/Distance Learning students should contact DLENadvising@odu.edu.
Transfer Student Advising Information
Newly admitted transfer students at Old Dominion University are strongly encouraged to attend a Monarch Orientation, if it's not required (based on transfer credits). Information on Monarch Orientation can be found online here: https://www.odu.edu/monarchorientation.
All academic advising for new transfer students is managed by the Batten College of Engineering & Technology Deans Office Engineering Student Success Advisors. If you have 23 or fewer transfer credits, you will be advised by one of the Freshman Advisors and more information can be found here: https://www.odu.edu/eng/ess/advising/advisors. If you have 24 or more transfer credits, you will be advised by the Transfer Academic Success Advisor and more information can be found here: https://www.odu.edu/eng/ess/transfer.
Discussions with the success advisors involve course planning/selection, registration preparation, curriculum review, etc. General information on the Engineering Student Success Undergraduate Advising can be found here: https://www.odu.edu/ess/advising. Contact Engineering Student Success: email@example.com.
Online/Distance Learning students should contact DLENadvising@odu.edu for advising.
Current Student Advising
Fall 2022 Advising Information
ECE advising and faculty advising will be available online and on campus this Fall 2022 semester for Spring & Summer 2023 registration:
Academic Advising (with Dr. Lakdawala, Dr. Belfore, &/or Dr. Gonzalez)
Dicussions with the Academic Advisor involve course planning/selection, registration preparation, curriculum review, etc. Appointments should be made by contact your assigned academic advisor (Dr. Lakdawala, Dr. Belfore, or Dr. Gonzalez) and are available both online (via Zoom) and in-person (On Campus - KAUF 231).
Faculty Advising (with your assigned faculty advisor)
Discussions with Faculty Advisors involve career exploration, choosing a minor (if desired), advice on upper division ECE courses, pursuit of graduate study, opportunities for internships and co-ops, etc. All declared students will be assigned a Faculty Advisor. You should have received an email on September 16th from Lisa Moser regarding your assigned faculty advisor for Fall 2022.
Fall 2022 Registration Dates (for Spring 2023 AND Summer 2023)
Friday October 7, 2022: Spring 2023 AND Summer 2023 Course Schedules Visible in LeoOnline/Course Search
Monday-Friday October 21-November 4, 2022: Spring 2023 AND Summer 2023 pre-registration for currently registered degree-seeking students (time ticket required).
Saturday November 5, 2022: Spring 2023 AND Summer 202 open registration begins for all students (no time ticket required).
4-Year/5-Year Degree Plans
The four-year/five-year plan is a suggested curriculum to complete this degree program in four/five years. It is just one of several plans that will work and is presented only as broad guidance to students. Each student is strongly encouraged to develop a customized plan in consultation with their academic advisor. Additional information can also be found in Degree Works.