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About the Undergraduate Academic Advisors

Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Program
Purdue University
585 Purdue Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2088
Phone: (765) 494-5689
Fax: (765) 494-0051
Email: meundergrad@purdue.edu

Come visit us! We are located in ME2008, on the second floor of the original Mechanical Engineering building (across from the main office).

Kristin Deckard Dawson

kedeckar@purdue.edu


Learn more about Kristin...

Hometown: Brookston, Indiana

Education:

  • MS, Education, College Student Personal, Purdue University
  • BS, Consumer Family Sciences, Retail Management, Purdue University

Work Experience:

  • Director of Advising, Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University
  • Associate Director of Advising, Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University
  • Assistant Director of Advising, First Year Engineering, Purdue University
  • Academic Advisor, First Year Engineering, Purdue University
  • Lecturer & Internship Coordinator, Family & Consumer Sciences, University of Georgia

Advice for Boilermakers:

Balance is the key to success.  Balance is achieved by taking control and managing your time you have here at Purdue.  Your GPA is important but it is also important to get out and get involved in your new college community.  Join and actually participate in an organization that is important to you.  When you are comfortable with the time commitment, take on leadership roles.  Utilize the resources that are available to you and if you don’t know where to start, ask your advisor!  Take advantage of the Study Abroad programs because I can tell you from experience, after you start a family and a career, it becomes very challenging to find the time to go.  Lastly, be a Boilermaker!  Win or Lose... Support your fellow Boilermaker peers by attending events on campus.

Fun Facts:

  • I have a love/hate relationship with the game of golf.   I love to play, but I hate my scores.  I worked 14 years at a golf course and even completed a college internship at a country club.  I will probably become one of those old ladies at the country club counting her pennies at the table because I lost the putt challenge.
  • From the age of 14 until my early thirties (not planning to give away my age), I have always worked at least two jobs.
  • My undergrad background is in fashion merchandising and retail management.  Now, I hate to shop in stores and will mostly buy on-line.  You won’t see me anywhere near a shopping center on Black Friday.
  • I love watching NFL (GO SAINTS!) and college football (GO BOILERS!).  I also have to admit that I probably watch the SEC as much as the BIG TEN.  I also watch a lot of college basketball, and always support the Boilers. I can normally hold my own in the NCAA March Madness Brackets!

Holly Englert

hengler@purdue.edu


Learn more about Holly...

Hometown: Sidney, Ohio

Education:

  • Master of Arts, Higher Education Student Affairs, Eastern Michigan University
  • Bachelor of Education, Early Childhood, University of Toledo

Work Experience:

  • Associate Director of Advising, Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University
  • Coordinator, Testing – Columbus State Community College
  • Student Learning Resources Coordinator – Franklin University
  • Project Coordinator, Jumpstart – University of Akron

Advice for Boilermakers:

Time management is crucial. Make a plan or schedule and follow it diligently. Never be afraid to reach out for assistance. College is hard and the opportunities for assistance are numerous. Tutoring, your professors, Supplemental Instruction, study groups, whatever it takes. These resources are here to help you succeed. Also, take advantage of all the opportunities higher education has to offer. Join a student organization, volunteer, go to sporting events, study abroad, become involved. This is your time to explore and learn about the world, do not let this opportunity pass you by.

Fun Facts:

  • Reading is one of my favorite activities, you will never find me without at least one book in my bag.
  • I know all the words to my elementary schools fight song.
  • I am named after a character on General Hospital.
  • I share a birthday with Adam Savage from Mythbusters, one of my all-time favorite tv shows.

Jim Jones

jonesjd@purdue.edu


Learn more about Jim...

Hometown: Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Education:

  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 1987
  • MA in Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 1982
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, Tennessee Technical University, Cookeville, TN, 1981

Work Experience:

  • Asst./Assoc. Professor and Associate Head, Purdue University, 1987-present
  • Welliver Faculty Fellow, Boeing, 1997
  • Research Associate, NASA Langley Research Center, 1982

Advice for Boilermakers:

Treat your classes like a job. Come into campus early every day and stay on campus all day (like a job). When you are not in class, go to the Tutorial Room or the ME Commons and get started on your homework. If you are disciplined with this, you will get most (if not all) of your homework done and have time in the evenings to relax and participate in other extracurricular activities.

Fun Facts:

  • I am a huge basketball fan; high school, college, pros; both men’s and women’s. Unfortunately, I can’t play anymore due to too many knee surgeries.
  • My grandmother (12 generations removed) is Pocahontas (true story).
  • At the age of 80, my wife’s grandmother (Ma-Maw Dennis) was attacked by a deer (we still think it was a reindeer). She had to grab him by the antlers to keep from being impaled. The deer drug her about 100 feet before being chased off by her dog. She fortunately escaped with just scrapes and bruises. The episode gave us a whole new perspective on the song, “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer”.

John Pearson

pearso26@purdue.edu


Learn more about John...

Hometown: Hawthorn Woods, IL

Education:

  • M.Ed. in Higher Education: Loyola University, Chicago
  • B.A. in Political Science and Communication Studies, University of Iowa

Work Experience:

  • Academic Advisor, Purdue University
  • Student Success Coach with Purdue Promise, Purdue University
  • Client Service Administrator, Mercer Financial

Advice for Boilermakers:

  • Proceed as if success is inevitable. You have worked extremely hard to get to this point, there is no reason to feel like you cannot continue being successful!
  • Read the random emails that come your way from the University. They may open your eyes to an unbelievable experience that could complete the picture in college
  • It is hard to do well in the classroom if you are not doing well personally. Take the time for self-care. Even the littlest moment can have a big payoff

Fun Facts:

  • I am a diehard, true blue, fan of the Chicago Cubs. My family has had season tickets longer than I have been in my family. 2016 was the dream season
  • The moment that I got cable TV in our new apartment was an emotional day. I just love TV that much. Food Network, Seinfeld, Travel Channel, ESPN, Discovery Channel. You name it, I’m in. And if I don’t know it, tell me about it!
  • Although a legend that may be much more popular in the past, I am an avid fan of The Boss, Bruce Springsteen. I have seen him live 4 times and his lyric give me inspiration

Justin Wolfe

wolfe53@purdue.edu


Learn more about Justin...

Hometown: Ludington, Michigan

Education:

  • M.S. Higher Education, Walden University
  • B.S. Geography & History, Central Michigan University
  • Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification in Social Studies, Grand Valley State University

Work Experience:

  • Purdue University, Academic Advisor, West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Davenport University, Academic Advisor, Lansing, Michigan
  • Student Support Specialist/Assessment Center, Lansing Community College
  • Middle School Social Studies Teacher, Longleaf Middle School

Advice for Boilermakers:

  • Find Balance: take your education very seriously but find time to do things you enjoy as well.
  • Experience, Experience, Experience: study abroad, get an internship, join an organization – the more you are involved the better you are personally and professionally.

Fun Facts:

  • My favorite pastime is hiking – I love nature and use it as an opportunity for solitude.
  • I love maps – you will find a multitude of maps in my office.
  • I “County Collect” – the ultimate goal is to visit all 3,143 counties/county equivalents in my lifetime (requires a picture of the courthouse to be official).

Lynn Cornell

lcornell@purdue.edu


Learn more about Lynn...

Hometown: Endwell, New York

Education:

  • Business Certificate - Broome Community College, Binghamton, NY
  • Bachelor of Science, Childhood Education, Summit University, Scranton, PA
  • Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education, Summit University, Scranton, PA


Work Experience:

  • Kindergarten Teacher, Leptondale Academy, Newburgh, NY
  • Computer Science Teacher, Leptondale Academy, Newburgh, NY
  • Debt Doctors, General Manager, Lafayette, IN
  • Purdue University, Administrative Assistant

Advice for Boilermakers:

Your college years will most likely be one of the most enjoyable times of your life. Study hard but also look for opportunities to meet new people and take advantage of opportunities to be adventurous.

Fun Facts:

  • I am a city girl who married a farmer and we enjoy farming and raising Black Angus cattle, along with lots of camping.
  • I have 4 children, Kimberly, Kelly, Ryan and Ben and 1 grandson, Kerrigan.
  • All my vacations must include the ocean and the beach and I spend most of my summers in flip flops.
  • In my spare time, I enjoy playing piano, reading and any activity that is outside.

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