Welcome New Advisors!
PACADA welcomes new advisors Paul Birkhimer and Yuxiang Wang, both in First-Year Engineering.
Yuxiang joined the advising staff about four months ago. He and his family moved to the Lafayette area from Santa Clara, California five years ago, and he recently completed his PhD here at Purdue in curriculum and instruction.
Yuxiang’s official title is First-Year Engineering International Student Experience Advisor. In this job, he says he receives his greatest enjoyment when he sees the smiles and increased confidence his students gain. “Students tell me that they stayed and succeeded in engineering because I helped them change their minds by discussing issues of time management, seeking help, career future, etc.”
Paul joined Purdue’s advising community last September. He is originally from Pennsylvania and also lived in West Virginia and Minnesota before moving to the Lafayette area. However, he is certainly not a new-comer and has called this area home for almost fourteen years.
Before accepting his position as academic advisor in First-Year Engineering, Paul served as an academic advisor at Ivy Tech-Lafayette. Paul admits that students are his favorite part of the job. “It’s enjoyable to work with them and they never cease to surprise me.”