Engineering Student Success Center

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About the Engineering Student Success Center

The Engineering Student Success Center is a hub for student academic, leadership, and career development and enrichment in the...
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Engineering Career Readiness

The Engineering Career Readiness Team works with students to prepare them for employment opportunities following graduation.
About Us

Meet the Staff

We work collaboratively with the College and University to promote retention, graduation, and career progress.

About Us

The Engineering Student Success Center is a hub for student academic, leadership and career development and enrichment in the College of Engineering (COE). We work collaboratively with the COE and University departments, units, and offices to develop and implement various strategic services, programs and resources that promote undergraduate retention, graduation, and career progression across all engineering disciplines.

Our Mission

Our mission is to deliver excellent and innovative student success programs and services.

Our Values

  • Respect
  • Innovation
  • Excellence
  • Quality Student Experiences

ESSC Priorities

Academic Enhancement

We utilize data from multiple sources to create, plan and assess programs that challenge students to go beyond “competency” in their engineering discipline and take advantage of more profound learning experiences.

Academic Engagement

We engage students with barriers impeding their success but with high potential to succeed in services, interventions, and programs that challenge them to take ownership of their education.

Career Readiness

We provide an array of venues to students to participate in experiences that connect course content with industry practice, learn career advancement strategies via mentoring and engage with employers both inside and outside the DFW area.

Leadership Development

We identify and engage engineering students interested in guiding and directing others in an engineering work environment.  Various university-wide and College of Engineering institutes and related experiences are being developed to accomplish this goal.


We foster internal and external partnerships to create opportunities for all College of Engineering undergraduates to engage in creative learning experiences that lead to innovation and entrepreneurial pursuits.

Engineering Professional Technical Skill Development

As engineering majors, it is critical that students develop and can show evidence of APPLIED knowledge. Our Engineering Professional Tech Skills Series features hands-on engineering tech skills seminars where students are introduced to and engaged with pertinent topics in their engineering field of students with the emphasis being placed on corresponding credentials, i.e. certifications, licensure, etc.

Meet the Staff

Jack L. Henderson, Ed.D.
Director, Engineering Student Success Center

A native of Dayton, OH, Dr. Henderson’s career in higher education spans 23 years and two generations of college students. He is passionate about creating innovative student learning experiences, especially for diverse students. He leads and collaborates with the ESS staff and other COE faculty/staff to develop and implement programs, services and initiatives that promote undergraduate student success. He is a proud alumnus of Wright State University, the University of Dayton and Union Institute & University.

Dr. Jack Henderson

Lynne W. Kinnan
Assistant Director, Engineering Academic Success/Academic Advisor
Probationary Students (MAE/COE major change requests)

A native of Lincoln, NE, Lynne earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska--Lincoln and a master’s degree from Northeastern Illinois University. Lynne’s higher education experience includes residence life, career services, and academic advising. Her goal is to provide each student professional guidance using institutional knowledge, personal insight, and resourcefulness to develop a plan of action for optimal academic success.

Book an Advising Appointment with Lynne Kinnan

Lynne W. Kinnan

Rashida Casey-Reynolds
Academic Advisor III
Conditionally Admitted Students and
Probationary Students (ANE/ECA, BE, CE (AREN/CE), EE (EE/REE), IE)

A southern California native, Rashida is a retired Air Force veteran who has earned two master's degrees. One from the University of Oklahoma in Human Relations and the other from Texas Wesleyan University in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has worked grades K-7 as a Technology Teacher and Student Behavior Support Specialist. Working with people and in the field of education is her passion. In her personal life, she is the mom of two teenagers and a puppy. Rashida spends time working with her church, community, and as a parent volunteer at her children's schools.

Book an Advising Appointment with Rashida Casey-Reynolds

Rashida Casey-Reynolds

Fadeke Atobatele
GRA, Assistant Advisor
Conditionally Admitted Students and
Probationary Students (CS, CpE, & SE)

Fadeke is a Nigerian Doctoral student with the College of Education and has earned four master’s degrees. Master’s in business administration from the University of Calabar, a master in Conflict Security and Development and a Master of Philosophy in Leadership and Strategic Studies, both from the Nigeria Defence Academy, Kaduna Nigeria. Fadeke concluded her master’s in educational leadership and policy Studies at UTA and is currently in the doctoral program in the same department. She is an experienced project manager and has worked with several cross-sectional teams. She has worked in banking, asset management, finance, and Credit Risk Management. She has experience in upskilling high school students in finance and entrepreneurship and has moonlighted as a school administrator at various times over the years.

Book an Advising Appointment with Fadeke Atobatele

Carole Coleman
Coordinator of Engineering Career Readiness Initiatives 

After working for 15 years in recruiting, placement and human resources positions, Carole Coleman came to the College of Engineering in 2005 as the Undergraduate Cooperative Education and Internship Coordinator. Since that time, her role has grown to include managing the Engineering Career Fair and numerous employer and alumni events each semester. She has been a member of the Texas Cooperative Education and Internship Association since 2007 and has held roles as President, Conference Chair and, currently, University Representative for the organization. Coleman has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Iowa State University.

Carole Coleman


For academic advising on a specific engineering major, please see a list of Departmental Advisors.


Location: Nedderman Hall, room 242
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8 am - 5 pm
Phone: 817-272-1294

Jack Henderson, Ed.D, Director, Engineering Student Services

Lynne Kinnan, Asst. Director for Engineering Academic Success

Carole Coleman, Coordinator for Co-ops and Internships

Rashida Casey Reynolds, Academic Advisor

Fadeke Atobatele, GRA, Assistant Advisor