Staff Directory

  • Terrie Chandler

    Executive Assistant
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    Office: ETC 5.208
    Phone: 512-475-9793

    Manages all aspects of administration in the department including HR, payroll, clerical support, travel, budgets and accounting. Oversee performance of 25 staff members through direct supervision of staff managers including Academic Coordinators for Undergraduate and Graduate programs, Financial Analyst, Building/Shop Manager, Public Affairs,and Departmental Events & Outreach Coordinators.

  • Cynthia Duckworth

    Copy Center Manager
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    Office: ETC 5.208
    Phone: 512-471-0796

    Assists with accounts payable and supplies purchasing for ME faculty and staff; manages copy center student assistants.

  • RoseAnna Goewey

    Financial Analyst
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    Office: ETC 5.204
    Phone: 512-471-7264

    Serves as the senior financial coordinator and resource for the department. Manages departmental funding and budgets (state, endowment, gift) and acts as the Grants and Contracts Specialist for post-award sponsored project accounts. Oversees operations and policy related to accounts payable/receivable, travel, entertainment, procurement, and all other accounting issues.

  • Israel Gutierrez Jr.

    Experimental Fluid Mechanics & Heat Transfer Lab Manager
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    Office: ETC 1.204E
    Phone: 512-471-0225

    Assists with Machine Shop fabrication of projects including Senior Design Projects; in charge of managing gas cylinder (inventory & safety) initiatives for the ETC building.

  • Gillian Hagamen

    Undergraduate Student Programs and Recruitment Coordinator
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    Office: ETC 5.212
    Phone: 512-471-9896

    Coordinates the operations of the outreach programs for the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Coordinates and administers recruitment support services for students, alumni, or prospective employers.

  • Marilyn Harris

    Alumni & Industrial Relations Development Coordinator
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    Office: ETC 5.218
    Phone: 512-471-1248

    As development coordinator for the Department of Mechanical Engineering and ME liaison for Cockrell School and UT fundraising initiatives, Marilyn coordinates alumni activities such as the annual ME Tailgate, ME Academy of Distinguished Alumni and the ME Alumni LinkedIn group. She also coordinates ME Corporate and Industrial Relations outreach.

  • Lori Holloway

    Procurement Coordinator
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    Office: ETC 5.220
    Phone: 512-471-4584

    Processes all research purchasing for the department, which includes Procards, UT Market, purchase orders, eShipGlobal, online orders, etc.

  • Danny Jares

    Scientific Instrument Maker II
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    Office: ETC 1.220
    Phone: 512-232-1443

    Machine shop, shipping & receiving, machine shop certifications.

  • Sarah Laney

    Chair’s Assistant
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    Office: ETC 5.208
    Phone: 512-471-0796

    Maintains the Chair’s calendar and helps with Chair’s special projects. Work with Executive Assistant on various faculty administrative processes, including faculty recruitment, promotion and tenure, and faculty reviews. Main point of contact for key requests, conference room reservations, and mainframe access.

  • Ashley Lindstrom

    Communications Coordinator
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    Office: ETC 5.216
    Phone: 512-232-7121

    Manages Department of Mechanical Engineering and Operations Research & Industrial Engineering public affairs, communications and design projects, websites and newsletters.

  • Esther Orsborn

    Travel & Events Coordinator
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    Office: ETC 5.220
    Phone: 512-471-3087

    Processes request for travel authorizations for students of ME, NETL Group and ME faculty; processes reimbursement requests for students of ME, NETL Group and faculty. Coordinates international travel for students and faculty. Manages ORIE, CARE and Byron Short seminars. Assists with other ME events, including retirements, Tailgate and MEADA Banquet.

  • Ricardo Palacios

    Building & Mechanical Engineering Machine Shop Manager
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    Office: ETC 1.214
    Phone: 512-471-5388

    Work orders, advising & consulting, renovations – responsible for the management of departmental renovations, assistant BACS administrator, lab safety coordinator, building and facilities coordinator, space update coordinator, vehicle fleet management.

  • Sarah Parker

    Graduate Program Coordinator
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    Office: ETC 5.224
    Phone: 512-471-1136

    Administers and coordinates the Mechanical Engineering and Operations Research/Industrial Engineering graduate programs.

  • Mark Phillips

    Technical Staff Assistant V
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    Office: ETC 1.204F
    Phone: 512-471-3179

    Tech support, advising, troubleshooting, and design.

  • Katie Ray

    Associate Academic Advisor
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    Office: ETC 5.224
    Phone: 512-471-1136

    Participates in the planning and delivery of academic advising and programs that promote comprehensive educational opportunities for undergraduate students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

  • Daniel Smith

    Technical Staff Assistant IV
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    Office: ETC 1.214
    Phone: 512-475-9743

    Machine Shop CNC machinist.

  • Jamie Svrcek

    Materials Laboratory Manager
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    Office: ETC 8.156AA
    Phone: 512-471-0844

    Lab manager, lab safety coordinator.

  • Ashlee Vrana

    Associate Academic Advisor
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    Office: ETC 5.224
    Phone: 512-471-1136

    Participates in the planning and delivery of academic advising and programs that promote comprehensive educational opportunities for undergraduate students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

  • Diana Ziegler

    Administrative Associate
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    Office: ETC 5.220
    Phone: 512-471-1336

    Process all HR paperwork needed for new hires (excluding faculty). Process all student, research staff, hourly appointments and J-1 visiting scholar requests. Process tuition vouchers, ISS fees and scholarship/fellowship payments on a semester basis. Process bi-weekly hourly payroll OV1s. Manage student desk assignments.

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