Peer Support

Academic Success Coaches are peer advisors trained to assist with time management, study habits, social interaction, and more. Our coaches come from a variety of backgrounds and majors, but they all share the same goal: help their fellow students succeed at Michigan Tech.

Meet the Academic Success Coaches

Kim D'Augistino

Kim D’Augustino

Hometown: Harrisville, Michigan
Year: Fifth
Major: Biomedical engineering and materials science and engineering
Interests: snowshoeing, hiking, fishing, walking dogs at the Copper Country Humane Society, cooking, baking, Society of Women Engineers, and Mind Trekkers

I came to Michigan Tech because after visiting campus, I fell in love with the University, the people, and the community. Each year has proved to be more exciting than the last and I love the opportunities that are presented to me as a Husky! I have an involved schedule and I feel like I could use my time management skills and general excitement for the Keweenaw and Michigan Tech to help others.

Taylor Driscoll

Taylor Driscoll

Hometown: Detroit, Michigan
Year: Fifth
Major: Mechanical engineering technology

Coming in straight from high school, I had a rough time adjusting to my first year at Michigan Tech. I want to help make sure that fewer students will go through the stress of being unprepared, or, if that’s already the case, help them learn how to correct their mistakes.

Jesse Linebarger

Jesse Linebarger

Hometown: Detroit, Michigan
Year: Fifth
Major: Business management with a psychology minor

I like to meet new people, learn new things, play and watch all sports (basketball is my favorite), participate in outdoor activities, watch movies, and travel. I enjoy helping people. This Center has helped me throughout my years at Michigan Tech and I want to be able to contribute all that I can to ensure that other students succeed. Knowing that I can make a difference in a student’s academic career or even life gives me satisfaction!

Kristina Rushlau

Kristina Rushlau

Hometown: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Year: Third
Major: Environmental engineering
Interests: Swim club, Engineers without Borders, biking, hiking, and reading

I love the outdoors and I love to explore. I also really enjoy helping others. This summer I spent some of my time building units to clean water in developing countries. I’m eager to use my skills to help fellow students at Michigan Tech.

Adam Tuff

Hometown: Apple Valley, MN
Year: Fourth
Major: Civil Engineering
Interests: Cross Country Skiing, Rock and Ice Climbing, Music, Camping

I came to Michigan Tech because I knew that there was a good engineering program here, and they sent me a brochure with a picture of a girl playing in the snow on it.  I thought, that looks fun, I should go there, and sure enough it was.

Benjamin Veltman

Benjamin Veltman

Hometown: Clarksville, MI
Year: Fourth
Major: Electrical Engineering/Computer Engineering
Interests: Electronics, Robotics, Computers, Miniature Painting/Games, Tabletop Games, Snowboarding

I came to Michigan Tech because when I was looking at all of the different engineering schools in Michigan I fell in love with the people, location, and program here. I have very much enjoyed my time at Michigan Tech and I've already seen the fruits of all of my hard work in many areas of my life.

Eric Smith

Eric Smith

Hometown: Battle Creek, MI
Year: Second
Major: Sound Design
Interests: Music, Recording, Above the Bridge Records, WMTU, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts, Fitness, Nutrition, Basketball, Billiards

If someone had told me I’d be going to college in the UP, I would have wondered with a blank stare, “There are colleges up there?” Despite my ignorance, studying at Michigan Tech has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! Every day I get to learn alongside highly motivated and driven people who love to give back. After taking some time to understand the ins and outs of how to succeed up here, it’s finally my turn to share the knowledge. I’ve always enjoyed helping others to achieve their goals anyway, what better place to do it than Michigan Tech? 

Jessica Suchanek

Jessica Suchanek

Hometown: Livonia, MI
Year: Third
Major: Biological Sciences
Interests: Hiking, Camping, Swimming, Reading, Baking, Music, Broomball

I came to Michigan Tech not really knowing what I wanted to do, other than study biology. College is an amazing time for growth and expression, but can also be a very challenging adjustment. Michigan Tech helped me find my strengths and passions, and has given me a real drive to seek out new experiences. I hope to be able to help other students find what makes them excited to wake up every morning.

Roshni Sachar

Roshni Sachar

Hometown: New Delhi, India
Year: Third
Major: Environmental Engineering
Interests: Reading, Equestrian Sports, Hiking, Dancing, Traveling and Exploring new places

As an international student, I’ve had my share of ups and downs adjusting to Michigan Tech and the American culture during my freshman year. Helping people has always given me immense joy and satisfaction and I think being an academic success coach is a great avenue for me to help and coach other students in their transition to college, career, and life.

Steven Buda

Steven Buda

Hometown: Freeland, MI
Year: Fourth
Major: Management Information Systems

I came to Michigan Tech because of the small community and the world renowned academic programs it offers.

Zachary Bedell

Zachary Bedell

Hometown: Brighton, MI
Year: Third
Major: Finance
Interests: Movies, Reading, Sports, Hiking/Exploring, Traveling, Learning new things

I transferred to Michigan Tech from another school to join the finance program. My first year I had a fantastic mentor who inspired me in turn to help others. I really enjoy helping other people succeed and making a difference in a person’s life.