What is MESFAC?
The ME Student Fee Allocation Committee (MESFAC) is a committee of five or more students, elected yearly by all eligible ME students that meets regularly in open meetings with the advice of staff and faculty and decides how to spend the college based fees. This program was initiated by a student referendum in 2003 when all College of Engineering students agreed to increase their own student fees starting at $200 per quarter with cost of living increases with the understanding that 100% of the funds would go to their own department and the spending would be directed by students for enhancement of the program. The first year’s MESFAC budget was approximately $600,000 and has grown since.
Over the years, MESFAC has supported a broad range of items including additional courses, new lab equipment, course development, student projects and club activities. The ME fee allocation committee has been the most active and organized committee in the college and continues to work with the department, college and university to ensure the college based fees directly improve the program.
All ME students can participate in the MESFAC. You can nominate yourself as a candidate for the next committee. Nominations occur at the beginning of spring quarter. Elections are usually the fifth week of spring quarter. Even if you are not running for the committee you should be interested in hearing what the candidates have to say to be sure your concerns and priorities will be represented and vote accordingly. Nominations, candidate information and voting is conducted on the Blackboard/ME-SFAC channel.
Committee members meet about five to six times a quarter to confer with the department and college, make a spending plan, review and vote on proposals. All meetings are open to the public and student participation is encouraged. If you have an idea or opinion you are welcome to come to the next meeting and be heard.
Where to Learn More
MESFAC maintains a separate web site that includes historical information about the creation of the program, a description of the requirements and objectives of MESFAC proposals, all past expenditures, minutes of all past meetings and an online proposal form to submit new proposals. For more information about MESFAC contact the MESFAC Chair through the MESFAC website.