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Get An Advisor

Your academic advisor plays a critical role in your success as a graduate student. You are assigned an academic advisor in one of three ways:

  1. Receive an acceptance letter that states your advisor has been identified before your arrival.
  2. Assigned an advisor by the associate chair of AE Graduate Programs during Graduate Student Orientation.
  3. Accepted into MSAE Distance Learning program. Your advisor will be the Distance Learning Academic Advisor.

We ask that you stick with your advisor through the first semester. If, after that time, you change advisors, you must notify the AE School's academic program manager of that change via email. (considering creating a form that will process advisor request change).

Ryan Sanders
Academic Program Manager
Juliet Ramirez Thomas
Academic Advisor II - Distance Learning Graduate Students
Ajee Houston
Academic Program Coordinator I
Tasha Jeannette Koon
Admissions Coordinator

Your academic advisor will:

  • help you choose classes and research problems that are in sync with your aspirations;

  • introduce you to his/her lab, research, and collaborator

  • give you critical feedback to sharpen your approach to research and technical problems;

  • point you to career opportunities or industry connections that match your skills and interests.

As a supplement to your formal advisement, you may wish to join the Piazza, an online, student-run, forum set up by the School of Aerospace Engineering Student Advisory Council (SAESAC). Contact SAESAC to get connected.

Faculty & Student Resources


  • Review then Expectations for Advisors and Advisees (in the Georgia Tech catalog) with your graduate students, especially new ones. This document is there to help you set up mutual expectations to create a successful and productive working relationship.
  • While your students are preparing for their qualifying exams, follow the guidance in Best Practices for Qualifying Exams (please share this link with your students as there is advice included for them).
  • The new Office of Faculty Professional Development supports professional development for faculty by concentrating on topics like leadership, mentoring, writing, strategic planning, and project management. In particular, it offers workshops on improving skills for mentoring students in research on request (topics include establishing mutual expectations, maintaining effective communications, developing students’ independence, and supporting students’ career and professional development). Contact Jana Stone for more details on scheduling these workshops for your unit.

Student Development and Well Being:

TA Support:

TA Support:

  • Teaching at Georgia Tech: A Guidebook for Faculty, Instructors, and TAs provides you with the Board of Regents guidelines for training TAs as well as resources available from the Center for Teaching and Learning to support your efforts. See page 96 for a checklist for TAs and TA supervisors to help clarify responsibilities as you begin the term, then Section VI for ideas for working together throughout the semester.

Deadlines/Events for Graduate Students:

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Graduate Courses


AE Useful Forms


MSAE Distance Learning


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