Staff Directory

Tiffany Benson
Administrative Manager

1561 MEK
tiffany.benson@utah.edu
(801) 581-4164
Oversees daily operations of department support staff. Processes payroll and serves as HR liaison. Supervises financial management and department budget. Processes faculty appointments and provides administrative support for Retention, Promotion and Tenure processes.
Sue Cook
Grants & Contracts Officer

1557 MEK
suzanne.cook@utah.edu
(801) 581-6780
Provides pre-award and post-award support. Processes payment of student insurance, tuition, scholarships, and REU traineeships.
Brittany Nelson
Accountant

1549 MEK
brittany.nelson@utah.edu
(801) 587-7782
Processes purchase requests for department courses and department research labs. Prepares financial reports for department and faculty activities, supports budget process.
Kirstin Schmutz
Accounting Specialist

1550 MEK
kirstin.schmutz@utah.edu
(801) 213-1160
Processes travel reimbursements and travel arrangements for department guests. Purchases department catering and department supplies. Supports major department events with Administrative Program Coordinator, Undergraduate Advising, and Graduate Advising. Provides payroll and accounting support.
Monica Matthews
Program Assistant

1550 MEK
monica.matthews@utah.edu
(801) 213-1160
Serves as primary contact for department reception and general office support. Processes non-travel reimbursements, mail, package deliveries, room reservations, key requests, building access requests, and copy codes.
Davey Stevenson
Administrative Program Coordinator

1569 MEK
davey.stevenson@utah.edu
(801) 213-2046
Provides marketing and administrative support for the department, including website management, graphic design, and writing. Supports faculty search, design day, and other activities. Assistant to the department chair.
Morgan Sriphong-Ngarm
Undergraduate Advisor

1560D MEK
morgan.sriphong-ngarm@utah.edu
(801) 581-4160
Meets and advises Mechanical Engineering undergraduate students helping students develop educational plans and assisting them from admission to graduation. Assists students with non-financial matters relating to academics, such as major exploration, course planning, registration, transfer credit evaluation, advanced degree requirements, DARS exceptions, and graduation reviews and clearances. Advises undergraduates who are interested in the BS/MS graduate program.
Joy Velarde
Undergraduate Advisor

1560C MEK
joy.velarde@utah.edu
(801) 581-8977
Meets and advises Mechanical Engineering undergraduate students, helping students develop educational plans and assisting them from admission to graduation. Assists students with non-financial matters relating to academics, such as major exploration, course planning, registration, transfer credit evaluation, advanced degree requirements, DARS exceptions, and graduation reviews and clearances. Advises undergraduates who are interested in the BS/MS graduate program.
Katie Barnard
Undergraduate Advisor

1560A MEK
katie.barnard@utah.edu
(801) 581-8234
Meets and advises Mechanical Engineering undergraduate students, helping students develop educational plans and assisting them from admission to graduation. Assists students with non-financial matters relating to academics, such as major exploration, course planning, registration, transfer credit evaluation, advanced degree requirements, DARS exceptions, and graduation reviews and clearances. Advises undergraduates who are interested in the BS/MS graduate program.
Michelle G. Turner
Graduate Advisor

michelle.turner@utah.edu
(801) 585-7153
Meets and advises Mechanical Engineering graduate students, helping students develop educational plans and assisting them from admission to graduation. Assists students with matters relating to academics, such as, course planning, registration, student record management, tuition benefit enrollment, graduation, and thesis and dissertation formatting.
Liz Reiser
Administrative Program Coordinator

2215 MEB
liz.reiser@mech.utah.edu
(801) 300-0148
Provides accounting and grant-related support to the Ergonomics and Safety Program, including managing accounts, assisting with grant and contract proposals, coordinating payroll with department administration, and assisting graduate students with training grant activities. Coordinates administrative activities.
Jeff Kessler
Mechanical Engineer

1176 MEB
jkessler@mech.utah.edu
(801) 581-4252
Day-to-day supervision and management of the department’s technical staff, develop and maintain student and research laboratories, and development of new experiments under the supervision of faculty; responsible for maintenance for related equipment in the three divisions of the department: Design, Thermal Fluids, and Manufacturing. Conducts composite materials research and testing.
Quinton Christensen

u0346018@utah.edu
Supports the operation of the mechatronics and robotics teaching laboratories to ensure the educational objectives of the laboratory exercises are successfully met.
Tom Slowik
Machine Shop Supervisor

1221 MEB
slowik@mech.utah.edu
(801) 585-5360
Oversees daily operation of student machine shop and Pro Shop and supervision of technical staff.
Michael Knutson
Associate Engineer

1341 MEB
(801) 585-6901
Responsible for designing & machining in student machine shop and instructing students on the proper operation & safety of machining equipment.
Tony Roehrig
Electronic Engineer

2105 MEB
roehrig@mech.utah.edu
(801) 581-8983
Responsible for maintaining, repairing, and fabricating electronic equipment for labs and department, handles inventory, and maintains, oversees, and schedules audio and visual aid equipment.
Jason Smith
Computer Professional

College of Engineering
3400T MEK
jasmith@eng.utah.edu
opers@eng.utah.edu
(801) 585-5605
Computer Manager, guru, trouble-shooter, and is responsible for maintenance of department computing and networking needs.
Matt Wright
Computer Professional

College of Engineering
LL WEB
opers@eng.utah.edu
(801) 585-5605
Computer Manager, guru, trouble-shooter, and is responsible for maintenance of department computing and networking needs.