Carnegie Mellon University

CEE Student and Alumni Services

Director of Undergraduate Programs

francioni-rooney-andrea-fall2022-sm.jpgAndrea Francioni Rooney

Undergraduate Academic Advising, Writing Instruction, Undergraduate Course Scheduling

BIO: Andrea Francioni Rooney handles academic advising for all undergraduate civil engineering and environmental engineering majors. She also serves as a writing instructor for the department. She holds a BA in Creative Writing and MA in Professional Writing from Carnegie Mellon and is currently a part-time PhD student in Rhetoric, studying the use of reflective writing in engineering education.
Andrea enjoys talking with current and prospective students. You can schedule an in-person or Zoom meeting with her. In her free time, Andrea likes to bake and watch movies and shows, especially anything Marvel, Stranger Things, or zombie-related.



Director of Graduate Programs


David Vey

PhD program liaison and compliance for current students; advisor, office, and TA assignments, CEE graduate student orientation; research assistantships and scholarship processing; EWRI, GSA, and GSAC

BIO: David Vey is a Pittsburgh native and currently lives in the city's northern suburbs with my wife and two children. Outside of CEE, David enjoys the outdoors and the countryside of Western Pennsylvania. His favorite activities include camping, kayaking, hiking, and spending time with my family. 

Manager of Master’s Program

ritchie-melissa-fall2022-sm.jpgMelissa Ritchie

Graduate program admissions; master's program liaison for current students; master's program compliance; CEE open house; CEE graduate student orientation; integrated BS/MS program


Office and Alumni Relations Administrator




Events and Administrative Coordinator

provenzano-geena-fall2022-sm.jpgGeena Provenzano

Department and special events; CEE Seminar planning and coordination; campus parking passes; room reservations (CEE spaces); Administrative support for CEE Department Head

BIO: Geena Provenzano is a Pittsburgh native and graduated from Point Park University with a degree in Journalism. She has previously worked in special event planning and retail. A natural planner, Geena views coordinating events as not just a job but also a hobby. Outside work, she enjoys cheering on her favorite Pittsburgh sports teams or trying out the newest local restaurant.

Business Office

Director of Finance and Operations

Cathy Schaefer

Overall department finance and operations; Staff and student employment; visiting scholars.

Associate Buyer

Beryl Omune

Purchasing: laboratory, office supplies, and computing; contracts; travel and business expense reimbursement; conference registration; shipping; monthly financial reports

Research and Finance Manager

Beth Hockenberry

Manages federal and non-federal research grants and contracts. Reviews and approves research proposals. Monthly financial analysis and reporting. Primary OIE contact  Processes WorkDay transactions for students, research staff, and faculty.



Research Administrator

cain-heather-fall2022-sm.jpgHeather (Cain) Thomas

Manages federal and non-federal research grants, contracts, and subcontracts; student and faculty research effort reporting; manages PhD WorkDay transactions and support plans.



Director of Communications 

Mireille Mobley

Website and social media; develop content for the department; promotional materials; event communication and promotion.

Bio: Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Mireille Mobley joined the department in 2008. She handles communications and media in the department and enjoys photography, travel, and learning about other cultures.



Department Facilities

Director of CEE Facilities 

ripper-ron-fall2022-sm.jpgRon Ripper

Facility information and updates; Laboratory instrument purchase and maintenance; Laboratory safety; Backup purchasing; CEE Sustainability Coordinator



CEE Facilities & Lab Engineer

belowich-brian-fall2022-sm.pngBrian Belowich

Course facilitation and support for CEE lectures and laboratories