Graduate Advisor

The Graduate Advisor oversees departmental admissions and financial aid, and certifies that students meet departmental and university requirements for graduation. Representing the Dean of Graduate Studies in all matters pertaining to the graduate program, the Graduate Advisor is the principal liaison between the department and the Graduate School. The Advisor is the point of contact for student grievances and appeals related to degree plans, advising and other academic matters. 

The department has a Graduate Coordinator who provides assistance in day to day operations and two faculty Graduate Advisors.


image academic advisor Velma Vela


Velma Vela

Graduate Advisor

office: ECJ 4.200

direct line: (512) 232-1709


image academic advisor Howard Liljestrand


Howard M. Liljestrand

Graduate Advisor for all PhD, and MS students in CE and ARE

office: ECJ 8.206

direct line: (512) 471-4604



image academic advisor Charles Werth


Charles J. Werth

Graduate Advisor for EWRE MS only

office: ECJ 8.206

direct line: (512) 232-1626