Hello Students!

I'm looking forward to meeting with you! Scheduling can be challenging. Here are some tips.

How to Meet with Derek

Best Strategy

Most student concerns can be resolved in five minutes. In other words, it takes more work to schedule the interaction than to actually answer the question. Just drop by the office and chat.

  1. Go to a place where Derek is likely to be.
  2. Start talking to him.

Alternative Strategy

Take a look at the calendar below. Find one or two times not labelled "busy" that works for you. Email your proposal to:


That email address is monitored by someone who is not Derek. Possibly a grad student. Possibly Rollen D'Souza. So you might not want to specify the exact reason for needing a meeting. For example, you might just say "academic advising due to an urgent medical concern." Giving some sense of external deadlines related to your need for a meeting will be helpful for scheduling. If things are urgent enough, then your meeting might take priority over something already on the calendar. So don't worry too much if you don't see an open slot that works for you.

Some meetings actually require half an hour or more. For example, your capstone project demo (SE390, SE490, SE491). These probably need to be scheduled in advance. This alternate strategy is the way to go.

Unsuccessful Strategies


Derek is likely in the SE Office during regular business hours that are not marked "busy" below.