Staff Directory

Sheila Olson
Manager

1561 MEK
sheila.olson@utah.edu
(801) 581-4164
Day-to-day supervision and management of the department’s support staff, coordinating work assignments and hiring of personnel, oversees and manages daily operations of the department including problem solving, financial and payroll management, facilities management and academic responsibilities which include assistance with RPT matters, Auxiliary appointments, new faculty appointments, etc.
Sue Cook
Administrative Officer

1557 MEK
suzanne.cook@utah.edu
(801) 581-6780
Responsible for financial management which includes maintaining, reconciling and closing out accounts, analyzes financial information, prepares reports and financial statements for department and research accounts, assist with processing journal entries, cost transfers and PAR reallocation and provides assistance to faculty in the preparation and review of research budgets.
Marjan Esmaeili
Accountant

1549 MEK
marjan.esmaeili@utah.edu
(801) 587-7782
Assists department with budget; Prepares, examines, and analyzes accounting records, financial statements, and purchase orders for faculty and students; Edits journals, answers questions, corrects errors, and resolves accounting related issues; Provides financial or other information as requested.
Kirstin Schmidt
Accounting Specialist

1550 MEK
kirstin.schmidt@utah.edu
(801) 581-6441
Departmental secretary; processes all orders for faculty, staff, and students; oversees mailing, copying, etc., travel arrangements, e-journal processing, and filing for the Administrative Manager. Disperses paychecks, reimbursements, and keys.
Katie Barnard
Undergraduate Advisor

1560A MEK
katie.barnard@utah.edu
(801) 581-8234
Assistant to Undergraduate Director. Meets and advises Mechanical Engineering undergraduate students with last name (M-Z), helping students develop educational plans and assisting them from admission to graduation. Assists students with non-financial matters relating to academics, such as major exploration, course planning, registration, transfer credit evaluation, advanced degree requirements, DARS exceptions, and graduation reviews and clearances. Advises undergraduates who are interested in the BS/MS graduate program.
Joy Velarde
Undergraduate Advisor

1560C MEK
joy.velarde@utah.edu
(801) 581-8977
Assistant to Undergraduate Director. Meets and advises Mechanical Engineering undergraduate students with last name (A-L), helping students develop educational plans and assisting them from admission to graduation. Assists students with non-financial matters relating to academics, such as major exploration, course planning, registration, transfer credit evaluation, advanced degree requirements, DARS exceptions, and graduation reviews and clearances. Advises undergraduates who are interested in the BS/MS graduate program.
TBA
Graduate Advisor

1560D MEK
grad@mech.utah.edu
(801) 585-9293
Assistant to Director of Graduate Studies. Manages the department admissions process, assists students with tuition benefit enrollment and course registration, provides student academic advising; and maintains student records. Coordinates administrative processes related to graduate student progress towards graduation.
Deb WilliamsDeb Williams
Administrative Program Coordinator

1569 MEK
deb.williams@utah.edu
(801) 581-3605
Webmaster and graphic designer for department and undergraduate and graduate student programs. Plans and implements departmental activities, supports department clubs and societies, and coordinates public relations for outreach events and departmental news. Supports faculty and provides logistical support for the main office, and is assistant to the department chair.
Liz Reiser
Administrative Program Coordinator

1568 MEK
liz.reiser@mech.utah.edu
(801) 581-4160
Provides accounting and grant-related support to the Ergonomics and Safety Program, including managing accounts, assisting with grant and contract proposals, coordinating payroll with department administration, and assisting graduate students with training grant activities. Coordinates administrative activities.
Jeff Kessler
Mechanical Engineer

1176 MEB
jkessler@mech.utah.edu
(801) 581-4252
Day-to-day supervision and management of the department’s technical staff, develop and maintain student and research laboratories, and development of new experiments under the supervision of faculty; responsible for maintenance for related equipment in the three divisions of the department: Design, Thermal Fluids, and Manufacturing. Conducts composite materials research and testing.
Tom Slowik
Machine Shop Supervisor

1221 MEB
slowik@mech.utah.edu
(801) 585-5360
Oversees daily operation of student machine shop and Pro Shop and supervision of technical staff.
Paul Hamric
Machinist Supervisor

1221 MEB
paul.hamric@utah.edu
(801) 585-5360
Machining precision component parts to support ME faculty and research personnel. Assisting, training and supervising students with safe operation of machine tools and related software and CNC equipment. Member of CEI team from Nano fab (Machinist/Technician). Assists research personnel with fabrication, training and development of precision prototype components for use in the nano fab facility. Performs maintenance and upgrades to Proshop equipment.
Michael Knutson
Associate Engineer

1341 MEB
(801) 585-6901
Responsible for designing & machining in student machine shop and instructing students on the proper operation & safety of machining equipment.
Tony Roehrig
Electronic Engineer

2105 MEB
roehrig@mech.utah.edu
(801) 581-8983
Responsible for maintaining, repairing, and fabricating electronic equipment for labs and department, handles inventory, and maintains, oversees, and schedules audio and visual aid equipment.
Jason Smith
Computer Professional

College of Engineering
2558 MEK
jasmith@eng.utah.edu
opers@eng.utah.edu
(801) 585-5605
Computer Manager, guru, trouble-shooter, and is responsible for maintenance of department computing and networking needs.
Matt Wright
Computer Professional

College of Engineering
2558 MEK
opers@eng.utah.edu
(801) 585-5605
Computer Manager, guru, trouble-shooter, and is responsible for maintenance of department computing and networking needs.