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.

  • 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.

  • Vickie Grier

    Advanced Manufacturing and Design Center Administrator
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    Office: ETC 4.116
    Phone: 512-471-3887

  • 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 2.146
    Phone: 512-471-9896

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

  • 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.

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

  • Esther Orsborn

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

    Esther coordinates domestic and foreign travel requests and reimbursements for faculty, staff, and students. She also coordinates accounts payable set up, travel logistics, and reimbursements for faculty candidates and visiting speakers of the Byron Short, CARE, ME and ORIE Seminars. Esther processes cash advance requests, cash advance reconciliations, and entertainment reimbursements, as well as wire transfers for international visiting guests.  She also assists with travel reimbursements for graduate recruits.

  • 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.

  • Mark Phillips

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

    Tech support, advising, troubleshooting, and design.

  • Daniel Smith

    Technical Staff Assistant IV
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    Office: ETC 2.105
    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.

  • Lauren Thompson

    Administrative Associate, Event Planning/Alumni Relations
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    Office: ETC 5.220
    Phone: 512-232-1370

    Lauren plans, coordinates and executes the successful implementation of all department events for both internal and external constituents. This includes coordinating and managing ME Academy of Distinguished Alumni (MEADA) events and the ME Alumni Tailgate. Additionally, Lauren coordinates seminar programs and CARE meetings for the department, and she works with Graduate Coordinator and Travel Coordinator to execute the annual graduate student recruiting event. Lauren also works with both Undergraduate and Graduate Advising Teams to execute other student activity events, such as graduation receptions and poster symposiums. She is the departmental room scheduling contact, as well as the contact and coordinator for Explore UT and other departmental charitable events (including Hearts of Texas and Orange Santa).

  • Ashlee Vrana

    Graduate Program Coordinator
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    Office: ETC 2.105
    Phone: 512-471-1136

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

  • 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.

  • Erik Felthauser

    Senior Administrative Associate
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    Office: ETC 5.202
    Phone: 512-232-1515

    Provides Post-Award Grants & Contracts support, including projections, reporting, reconciliations, closeouts, transfers, no cost extensions, cost sharing, sponsor statements of work, and other general post award accounting issues. Processes all departmental accounts payable/receivables for Purchase Orders and non-Travel vouchers.

  • Katie Miller

    Associate Advisor
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    Office: ETC 2.146
    Phone: 512-232-2304

    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.

  • Armando Rodriguez, Jr.

    Technical Staff Assistant V
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    Office: ETC 1.210A

    Machine Shop machinist.

  • David Gray

    Scientific Instrument Maker II
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    Office: ETC 1.210A
    Phone: 512-232-4740

    Machine Shop manual machinist.

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