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Career Advising

In addition to regular academic advising, Technical & Career advising is available to all ME & MSE students. The Faculty listed below have additional time set aside to meet with students who are seeking technical advice or are interested in finding out about careers in ME or MSE. Students are free to consult with any of these Advisors.

Brief interest area summaries are available below for each advisor. Linked to the advisor's name.

Technical & Career Advisors
David Field MSE career advising by appointment.
Charles Pezeshki ME career advising by appointment.
Cill D. Richards ME career advising by appointment.

Note: This service is in addition to the existing Academic Advising service.

Participating Faculty in the Technical & Career Advising Program


Detailed information
David P. Field - Professor
Joined MME in 2000
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University in 1991
office: Dana 145
Telephone: 509 335 3524
Email: dfield@wsu.edu
Dr. Field teaches courses in MSE. His research is in physical and mechanical metallurgy, metal deformation, thin film and IC interconnect structure/properties. He has worked in industry in both a large corporation as well as a start up company. He also consults regularly for companies in Washington and nationwide.


Detailed information
Charles (Dr. Chuck) Pezeshki - Professor
Joined MME in 1988
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University in 1987
office: EE/ME 143
Telephone: 509 335 7662
Email: pezeshki@mme.wsu.edu
Dr. Pezeshki teaches classes in Mechatronics and mechanical systems design. He is also the Director of the Industrial Design Clinic which supports the mechanical systems design course. Dr. Pezeshki consults with numerous industries around the region, and has a current perspective of the job market and developing trends.


Detailed information
Cecilia D. Richards - Professor
Joined MME in 1992
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from University of California at Irvine in 1990
office: EE/ME 153
Telephone: 509 335 7753
Email: cill@mme.wsu.edu
Cecilia (Cill) Richards is a professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Washington State University. Dr. Richards received her BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, Canada. She earned her PhD in Engineering from the University of California, Irvine. She was a National Research Council fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology before joining the faculty at WSU. Dr. Richardsís research thrust is in MEMS power, energy conversion devices, and air breathing engines. The NSF, DARPA, NIH, Army SMDC, and industry have funded her work. She was an NSF Young Investigator and a recipient of the AIAA/Gordon Oats Air Breathing Propulsion Award. Her work has been recognized with best paper awards from the ASME, ASEE, and ICLASS. She is a fellow of the ASME. She has authored over 150 technical papers and proceedings and holds three patents.
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