Student Resources

Undergraduate Advising
CEAS Advisement Office 

Please contact the CEAS Advisement Office at [email protected] and schedule an appointment today to speak with an advisor. The CEAS Advisement office is located on the map.

Meet our Advisors

Michelle Mora, Ph.D.

Michelle Mora


Todd Schnitzer

Todd Schnitzer


Advisors at the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS) are committed to enhancing the undergraduate experience for students in our programs. Working alongside students and faculty, professional advisors help students navigate through their academic programs with the goal of ensuring academic success and professional growth. 

The University requires that students meet with their advisors every semester in order to ensure they are enrolled in the right courses to meet requirements for their degree. Once the student meets with their advisor, they are given an AVN so they can register for that semester’s classes. Our professional advisors are good resources to help students: 1) Connect with people and offices across campus; 2) Get the information they need to succeed at the University at Albany; and 3) Take advantage of all that UAlbany has to offer. 

Students should make sure to read the weekly emails from [email protected] as those emails provide important information about how and when students can prepare for their advisement appointments.

Undergraduate Education Forms, Registration Requests and Transfer Credit
Graduate Advising
Graduate Handbook

The Graduate Handbook contains information about procedures and requirements to assist students in the Department of Computer Science. It should be used as a supplement to the University’s Graduate Bulletin, the Schedule of Classes, Academic Calendar and other official publications of the University and Department of Computer Science. It must be remembered, however, that programs, courses, and requirements are frequently modified. As a result, this Handbook may not include the most recent information. It is essential that students maintain frequent and close contact with their advisors to ensure that all requirements are met.

The final responsibility for pursuing a successful graduate program, organizing and concluding its many parts, remains with each student. Each student has the primary responsibility for being aware of and satisfying the requirements and policies of his/her program. Students are encouraged to seek advice from their advisors, department chair and professors. Ultimately, the student is responsible for navigating a successful program schedule to the award of his/her degree.

Meet Your Advisor

Paliath Narandran, Ph.D.

Paliath Narendran


To connect with your advisor please reach out to our department [email protected], where we can answer general inquiries. If appropriate, we will forward the request to your advisor.

Discrete Mathematics Exam

Every graduate student must provide evidence of a basic level of competency in discrete mathematics. This competency is a pre-requisite for many graduate courses, including several required courses and should be taken in the first year of study. The student can demonstrate competency in discrete mathematics in two ways.

Passing the Discrete Mathematics Examination: The Discrete Mathematics Examination (DME) is given on registration day at the beginning of each term. Students can take the DME a maximum of two times. Please make sure you are adequately prepared when signing up for the test. A student’s grade for the examination will be a pass or a fail. A pass permits registration for any course requiring a discrete mathematics prerequisite. Announcements regarding DME review sessions are made via Blackboard. 

Grade of B+ or better in ICSI 521: ICIS 521 is offered in both the Fall and Spring semesters. Students who receive a grade of B+ or better will satisfy the discrete mathematics competency requirement.

Placement Exam

The Placement Exam is offered shortly before the semester begins. If you are required to take this exam you will receive notice in your admissions letter. This exam tests for core CS deficiencies and requires that you take them in your first semester here.

Students that decide to enroll in the degree program will have access to the Blackboard page for the exam, which gives them an opportunity to review before taking the exam. Once the exam is graded, you will meet with an advisor to review your results and register for classes. Learn more about the placement exam review questions.

Graduate Education and Transfer Credit Forms
  • Admission to Candidacy: This form is submitted to Graduate Education once you have completed your oral qualifying exam. 
  • Sample of Dissertation Approval: This document is submitted to Graduate Education once you have successfully defended and published your dissertation. 
  • LaTeX Template: This template is used for formatting an Albany Ph.D. Dissertation
  • Degree Conferral Form: This document is submitted to Graduate Education when all other requirements of your Ph.D. program have been met.
  • Transfer Credit Form: Please note that all transfer credit requests must be approved by the Graduate Curriculum Committee.
  • Internal Milestone Forms: Ph.D. students should complete this form twice. Once after completing their Oral Qualifying Exam and another after successful defense of your dissertation. Completed forms should be sent to [email protected].
Student Resources 
Clubs & Organizations


Your involvement in a student group, club, or chapter of a professional organization can enhance your educational experience by providing opportunities for you to network with fellow students, interact with academic and industry leaders at special events, use the skills you learned in class, develop teamwork and leadership skills, and expand your resume. Being involved helps make you more well-rounded - and it's fun.

ACM-W supports, celebrates, and advocates internationally for the full engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field, providing a wide range of programs and services to ACM members and working in the larger community to advance the contributions of technical women. The University at Albany has an ACM-W Student Chapter.


Faculty Advisors

Dr. Chinwe Ekenna
Assistant Professor
Computer Science

Dr. Dola Saha
Assistant Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering


Board Members

Chair: Aakriti Upadhyay
Vice President: Monette Khadr
Treasurer: Mahnoor Amir



IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. The University at Albany has an IEEE Student Chapter.


Faculty Advisor

Dr. Jonathan Muckell
Professor of Practice
Electrical and Computer Engineering


Elected Board Positions

Chair: James Oswald
Vice Chair: Connor Walsh
Graduate Vice Chair:  Carolyn Kaminski
Treasurer: Joshua Cho
Secretary: Tony Comanzo
Webmaster: Robin Kim


Appointed Director Positions

Communications Director: Matthew Killeen
Intelligence Director: Daniel Brown
Outreach Director: Emily Stryker
Social Media Director 1: Jun Won Oh
Social Media Director 2: Godswill Utionkpan


Appointed Junior Officers

Junior Chair: Mattew Cheung
Junior Vice Chair: Kiran Aziz
Junior Treasurer: Allanah Matthews
Junior Secretary: Nicholas Andriy


Join the IEEE UAlbany Discord Server

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The UAlbany IEEE Student Chapter with Ms. Leslie Alvarez (5th from left) from Google after Lopez gave a talk on September 13, 2019, as part of the IEEE Speaker Series. Lopezs' presentation covered topics of interest to potential Google applicants, such as 1) What makes a marketable Google applicant; 2) Life and culture at Google; 3) Entry-level positions and career paths; and 4) Diversity and inclusion at Google.

CEAS Laptop Program

Laptops are required for in-class instructional purposes in many CEAS courses. Laptops will be used to solve problems, collaborate, discuss applications of engineering, and work on engineering projects. The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University at Albany has collaborated with the UAlbany Information Technology Services (ITS) in establishing academic purchase programs with Dell and Apple which allow students to purchase laptops at special savings.

Since laptops are required in many CEAS classes, our students need to factor the purchase cost of a laptop into the total educational expenses. Questions about financial aid should be directed to the Financial Aid office. Please contact your department with any questions about the program.

Technology Discounts for Computers: Sign in to your MyUAlbany portal. Scroll down to the Technology Resources menu on the left side of the screen. You will see links to Apple Store for Education, Dell University Laptop Program, as well as other technology resources.

Minimum Configurations: CEAS suggests that a minimum configuration would consist of an i5 Intel processor, with 8 GB of main memory, and at least 500 GB HDD. A recommended configuration would include an i7 Intel processor, 16 GB of main memory and 1 TB HDD or 512GB SDD. Likewise, CEAS suggests you consider protecting your purchase with AppleCare (for Apple) or Accidental Damage Service (for Dell) for at least 3 years.

Software Available to UAlbany Students: Also in the Technology Resources section of MyUAlbany is a link to software that is available to our University community (including Office365). MatLab Simulink is an example of software that CEAS students will need in some of their computer science or engineering classes. And all you have to do is download it! For more information about technology discounts, visit the Technology Resources section mentioned above or contact the ITS Help Desk at (518) 442-3700.