ME Virtual Front Office

Welcome to the Fall 2020 Semester!  We are optimistic that this will be a great, productive semester. As you know, many departments are operating in a remote/hybrid environment. In order to be fully accessible to our students, The Dept. of Mechanical Engineering Student Services Groups will be launching a “Virtual Front Office” for students. Students will be able to login to a departmental Zoom room for assistance from ME staff. Students may access the front desk via the QR codes on ME office doors, directly clicking the Zoom link, or by visiting The virtual front office will be open Monday-Friday, from 10am-4pm (with an hour break at 12 noon). Below are the hours and contact information for each ME staff. We look forward to working with you! If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me! 

Virtual Front Office Zoom Link

Graduate Student Services 

Kerri Poppler James, Asst. Director for Graduate Studies

Drop In/Front Desk Availability 

Schedule Adjustment (August 31st – September 14th):

During the schedule adjustment period I will not have appointments available, only drop-in times to address scheduling or graduation concerns for the fall semester, during the following hours:

Monday – Thursday: 10:00am – 12:00pm and 1:00pm -4:00pm 

Fridays: 10:00am-12:00pm

You will need to login to Zoom and stay in the waiting room until I can see you.  I will do my best to get to each of you as quickly as possible and will try to update those in the waiting room on their status in the queue.  Please use this link to login to my Zoom room: during the times listed above.

Please note that if you have a quick question or only a small change to your schedule is needed, you can also send me an email.  

Post Schedule Adjustment (September 15th – December 18th):

After the Schedule Adjustment period, I will be available for appointments and will hold daily drop-in hours.  More details will be made available as these dates approach.

Dr. Abhijit Dasgupta, Director of Graduate Studies/Asst. Chair of Academic Affairs

Advising/Appointment Availability – TBH

Megan Petry, Graduate Program Manager (

Advising/Drop-In Availability

M-F – 11am-12pm

M, T, Th, F – 2-3 PM

Front Desk Hours 

Wednesday – 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Darius I. Craig, Program Administrative Specialist (

Advising/Drop-In Availability

M – F; 1-2pm 

Front Desk Hours 

M, T, Th, F – 10:00am – 12:00pm