The Swanson School of Engineering (SSOE) Global Experiences and Engagement Office has a team to help you find the right global experience for your time here in SSOE! We have both professional staff members and peer advisors to help you along the way. Our goal is to ensure you are confident during all phases of your global experience: when selecting your program, during your time away from campus, and support for once you return.

Not sure where to start when picking a global experience? Chat with one of the Global Experiences and Engagement Office’s peer advisors! Peer advisors are current SSOE students who have participated in one (or more!) global experience. Stop by the Big Orange Desk to sign in for walk-in hours with our peer advisors or find them tabling around Benedum Hall.

After your initial discussions with a peer advisor or if you’ve narrowed your program options, make an appointment with one of our professional staff.

Meet with Us!

Want to talk about research, exchange, or global co-op or internship opportunities? Make an appointment with Alicia Olalde.

Want to discuss Pitt-Recognized Programs (PRPs), Innovate, Empathetic Global Leadership for Social Change: South Africa, and/or Sustainable Design and Innovation in Island Nations: Guam? Make an appointment with Lauren Smith-Lemesh.

Want to discuss Plus3 programs, Engineering a Craft Brewery: Belgium, or Engineering Perspectives of the Renaissance and Sustainability: Florence? Make an appointment with Jodi Suckle.

Staff Profiles

headshot of Alicia Olalde
Director Global Experiences and Engagement
headshot of Lauren Smith-Lemesh
Global Program Manager