Engineering Staff Advisory Council

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What is ESAC?

The Engineering Staff Advisory Council is an elected body that represents staff members in the College of Engineering. This constituent group is composed of Professional and Scientific, Merit Supervisory Exempt, and Merit Confidential staff. The purpose of the Engineering Staff Advisory Council (ESAC) is to facilitate communication within the college, represent staff concerns and issues to College of Engineering Administration, and ensure staff involvement in committees and discussions that affect College of Engineering staff.  ESAC also promotes local community service and social activities to encourage community-building within the College of Engineering, and to give back in our larger community.

Council meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and generally run until 10:00 a.m. Any staff member employed in the College of Engineering may attend the ESAC meetings.

ESAC values your feedback. Please feel free to send any questions or concerns to our email: If you would like to submit an anonymous comment or suggestion please complete the anonymous form at:

ESAC Monthly Meeting Dates for Spring 2019

Friday, January 4 from 8:30 am to 10:00 am in SHL conference room
Friday, February 1 from 8:30 am to 10:00 am in SC4602
Friday, March 1 from 8:30 am to 10:00 am in NADS Board Room
Friday, April 5 from 8:30 am to 10:00 am in SHL conference room
Friday, May 3 from 8:30 am to 10:00 am in SC4602
Friday, June 7 from 8:30 am to 10:00 am in NADS Board Room

Click here for meeting minutes


Staff breakroom in SC-4625

All College of Engineering staff have access to the 4th floor SC annex kitchen and breakroom. This room is now equipped with two tables with chairs, paper towels, dish soap, and disposable tableware. It also contains one of our program’s compost buckets. Kitchen facilities without tables are also available in SC in 3216 and 2329 to all CoE staff.


Packing Material Re-Use Stations: 

ESAC maintains a pilot program to re-use clean, sorted packing materials in the Seamans Center. The program collects Styrofoam and starch peanuts, bubble wrap, and air pockets. Please consider adding to or taking from the materials in the bins, which are now located in the 4th floor recycling room, SC4329Packing materials re-use stations are also available in SHL, NADS, and ERF to staff, faculty, and students who work in those buildings.
Contact Rachel Marek ( with questions.




Read the ESAC FY 2017-2018 Year End Report by clicking here.




Congratulations to newly-elected ESAC Councilors! Dawn Marshall – research manager, National Advanced Driving Simulator – and Sarah Livesay – assistant director, Hanson Center for Technical Communication – were elected to two-year terms on ESAC beginning July 1, 2019. The results were uncontested. Katie Schnedler was appointed to fill a councilor vacancy starting July 1, 2019 until the following election in spring 2020.

ESAC is an elected body that represents staff with 50% or greater permanent appointments in the College of Engineering. This constituent group is composed of Professional and Scientific, Merit Supervisory Exempt, and Merit Confidential staff. As an ESAC councilor you will have opportunities to suggest projects, raise concerns, and facilitate the voice of staff within the college. Meeting times are 1.5 hours per month and are scheduled according to availability of the councilors. Beyond the monthly meetings, time commitment for serving on ESAC each month varies depending on the committees and activities in which you choose to participate. Partial funding for staff on billable hours may be available for time spent on ESAC activities.

Summer Cookout

Thank you College of Engineering Staff for attending the summer cookout! ESAC's social events committee organized a cookout on June 2nd over lunch. Beef burgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs and sides were served to staff at this compost-friendly event. Over 35 people attended to celebrate a productive summer and connect with colleagues.

A Note From ESAC:
ESAC represents staff in Engineering in order to bring any of your concerns to administration. We plan events and other initiatives relating to wellness, sustainability, and community service. We’re having our elections next month. It would be great if staff can run for council, but even if you can’t, any staff can join our committees and attend our events.


2019-2020 Councilors


Photo Member Name Committee Involvement Email Address Affiliation Term Limits
Jacob Heiden Executive (Treasurer)
Publicity (Chair)
Get to Know the College
Social Events NADS Building/Seamans Center July 2018 to June 2020
Sarah Livesay Sustainability Seamans Center March 2019 to June 2019
Rachel Marek
Rachel Marek Executive (Vice President)
Elections (Chair)
Staff Award Evaluation
Wellness (Chair) IIHR - Seamans Center June 2017 to June 2020
Dawn Marshall
Dawn Marshall Executive (Secretary)
Bylaws/Policies (Chair)
Get to Know the College
Sustainability NADS Building June 2017 to June 2019
  Katie Schnedler Seamans Center July 2019 to spring 2020
Chris Schwarz Community Service
Get to Know the College
Wellness NADS Building July 2018 to June 2020
brian snider picture
Brian Snider Social Events
Sustainability Engineering Electronics Shop - Seamans Center July 2018 to June 2020
Jan Waterhouse
Jan Waterhouse Advisor Seamans Center Ex Officio
April Tippett
April Tippett Advisor Seamans Center Ex Officio


The Engineering Staff Advisory Council consists of four standing committees and ad hoc committees. The council may create ad hoc committees to plan, develop, implement, or investigate activities and projects. Any staff member employed in the College of Engineering may serve on an ad hoc committee.

Standing Committees:

  1. Executive Committee: Formulate goals and direction for council, and bi-annually express concerns to, and receive feedback from, Engineering Administration.
  2. Bylaws/Policies & Procedures Committee: Review bylaws and policies and recommend revisions, and act as parliamentary advisor in order to maintain productive ESAC meetings.
  3. Elections Committee: Solicit candidates for vacant seats on ESAC, and carry out elections in accordance with the council bylaws.
  4. Staff Award Evaluation Committee: Solicit, review, and select recipients of the Mary Sheedy Staff Excellence, Staff Service, and Staff Research Awards.

Ad Hoc Committees:

  1. Community Service: Support College of Engineering staff to engage with their community through partnerships with local service agencies.
  2. Get to Know the College: Increase awareness of, and showcase the efforts of, the College of Engineering's many people, projects, and centers across all locations on campus.
  3. Publicity: Promote operations by maintaining active communication outlets and increasing engineering staff involvement.
  4. Social Events: Connect and engage staff across engineering units to encourage the exchange of ideas.
  5. Sustainability: Increase awareness for sustainability efforts, encourage participation in campus initiatives, and explore new opportunities to reduce the College of Engineering ecological footprint.
  6. Wellness: Provide opportunities for College of Engineering staff to engage in a healthier work environment and lifestyle.