Student Resources

For our undergraduate students

Undergraduate Advising

Meet Your Advisor

Todd Schnitzer

Todd Schnitzer

The College of Nanotechnology, Science, and Engineering (CNSE) is committed to enhancing your undergraduate experience and work closely with you to navigate your academic program with the goal of ensuring academic success and professional growth.

The University requires that you meet with your academic advisor every semester to ensure that you’re enrolled in the right courses to meet requirements for your degree. Once you meet with your advisor, you’re given an AVN, so you can register for that semester’s classes.

We can help you

  • Connect with people and offices across campus
  • Get the information you need to succeed at the University at Albany
  • Take advantage of all that UAlbany has to offer

Please read the weekly emails from [email protected] as they provide important information about how and when you can prepare for your advisement appointments.


Contact Us

Please contact the CNSE Advisement Office at [email protected] and schedule an appointment today to speak with an advisor.


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Undergraduate Education Forms

For our graduate students

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.

Graduate Advising

Paliath Narandran, PhD

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.
  • Degree Conferral Form: This document is submitted to Graduate Education when all other requirements of your PhD 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: PhD 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].

Additional resources

Clubs & Organizations

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 & Computer Engineering

Michael Phipps, Lecturer, Computer Science


Elected Board Positions

Chair: Brandon Tiev

Vice Chair: Ishtyaq Khan

Treasurer: Alex Urmaza

Secretary: Kiran Aziz


Appointed Director Positions

Webmaster 1: Brandon Tiev

Webmaster 2: Alex Urmaza

Communications Director: Hafez Serdah

Outreach Director: Maxwell Solomon

Marketing Director: Taha Rahman

Programming Director: Kiran Aziz

University Relations Director: Vacant


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CNSE Laptop Program

Laptops are required for in-class instructional purposes in many CNSE courses. Laptops will be used to solve problems, collaborate, discuss applications of engineering, and work on engineering projects. The College of Nanotechnology, Science, and Engineering 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 CNSE 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: CNSE 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, CNSE 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 CNSE 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.

For more information, please review the CNSE Laptop Program.