Our Staff

Engineering Student Life 2

Susan Higginbotham
Senior Administrative Associate

Susan began her career at The University in 1996 working in the Central Development Office. In 1997 she joined the Cockrell School of Engineering Staff, serving as degree auditor in the Office of Student Affairs where she annually certified more than 600 engineering students for graduation. In 2000, she joined the staff of the Engineering Career Assistance Center as the assistant Recruiting Coordinator. A year later she became the Recruiting Coordinator, where she annually coordinated more than 700 recruiting visits.

Susan joined the ESL staff in July, 2004, and her duties as the Assistant Director include problem solving and resource referrals for engineering student organizations, maintaining the engineering student organizations’ Presidents List and Student Organizations Directory, coordinating and scheduling Dean Keeton banner space, and table and tent check-out. She coordinates the LeaderShape-Texas database and serves as the official photographer for its  sessions. She also coordinates and maintains the ESL Web pages. In addition, Susan is responsible for all engineering student organizations’ accounting, travel, budgets and treasurers’ training, serving as the organizations’ liaison to Cockrell School of Engineering and University accounting offices. Susan also supervises the two ESL student assistants.

Susan is a native Texan, but grew up in Mobile, Alabama. Through her husband’s service in the Air Force, she has lived in Mississippi, Germany, and Arizona before coming back to Texas. She earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in Occupational Education and certification as a public manager from Texas State University. Susan was also a 2013 recipient of the UT President's Outstanding Staff Award.


Alyson Bodner
Director of Engineering Student Life

Alyson earned her BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of California Santa Barbara.  After she graduated she served as a high school science teacher in North Carolina, and then an Assistant Resident Director at UCSB.  She then went back to school to earn her MA in Higher Education Administration from Boston College, and also concurrently worked at BC as the Operations and Project Management Graduate Student in the Center for Student Formation.  After graduate school she moved to Washington DC, where she was the Program Director for Student Organizations and Leadership at Georgetown University.  She started at UT in 2015 in the College of Natural Sciences, where she served as an Academic Advisor in the Center for First Year Advising.

Alyson started as the Director of Engineering Student Life in 2017. In her role she oversees the Cockrell School of Engineering's 80+ Student Organizations, leads and administers student leadership programs, and coordinates various community building events.  In her free time Alyson likes to spending time outside, cooking new recipes, playing soccer, and traveling.


Dain Kasprak
Sophomore, Biomedical Engineering
Student Assistant - Webmaster

Dain was born and raised in Austin, Texas, graduating from Bowie High School in 2016. As a sophomore Biomedical Engineer, he is still exploring his options, unsure of which track to pursue. Dain is a Member-at-Large in the Student Engineering Council, specifically one of the leaders of the Vector Media committee. His involvement within SEC also branches to intramural sports such as soccer, volleyball, and basketball, collaboration with multiple committees, and volunteering at events. As a member of SEC in his first year, Dain worked with many student organizations when coordinating events and starting a media project within Vector. Dain has participated in multiple case/design competitions, allowing him to delve deeper into his major and apply his coursework. Overall, Dain strives to meet new people, discover intriguing opportunities, and become more integrated into student organizations.


Saumya Lohia
Sophomore, Biomedical Engineering
Student Assistant - Leadershape Coordinator

Saumya grew up in Plano, Texas, where she graduated from Plano East High School in 2016. She is studying biomedical engineering here at UT. Saumya is involved in the Biomedical Engineering Society as VP Operations, and is a member of the Biomedical Outreach and Leadership Team. She is thinking of pursuing the computational track in BME, and is exploring her options for after college.


Marissa Ronquillo
Senior, Chemical Engineering
Student Assistant - Leadershape Coordinator

Marissa grew up in El Paso, Texas, where she graduated from Americas High School in 2013. She is studying Chemical Engineering at UT Austin. Marissa was the Pi Sigma Pi-Minority Engineering Society, Historian, in her freshman year, and is a member of Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the Society of Women Engineers. She serves as a WEP PAL mentor and is getting settled into her new role as Student Coordinator for The LeaderShape Institute. She attended the January 2014 session of LeaderShape as a participant and served as an On-Site Coordinator for the May 2014 session.


Contact Engineering Student Life

Phone: 512-232-5778
EER 2.848

Mailing Address:
The University of Texas at Austin
Engineering Student Life
2501 Speedway, EER 2.848
Austin, TX 78712