Meet the PAAs


Maya Brandy

Peer Academic Advisor Coordinator

Aerospace Engineering

Davis, CA


  1. Project Manager, Lead Thermal Engineer for Spacecraft Thermal Management Systems (2022 – present)
  2. Researcher in engineering education/pedagogy (2022 – present)
  3. LARC Tutorial Leader for Physics 7C, 3A, and 3C (2021 – 2022)


Why do you love UCI?

I love how big a school like UCI is–it’s its own small little world of culture, people, activities…and I know I have the opportunity to meet new people every day. In the best sense, it’s its own bubble with a beautiful campus and amazing people who are learning alongside me, so I always feel a sense of connection and community with the people around me.

How can you be a successful Anteater?

From what I’ve learned, being successful at UCI involves sometimes being flexible and open-minded. Not just with people or classes, but also with your own ambitions because you never know when new opportunity will pop up. Sometimes it’s where, or when, or with who you would least expect.

What is one fun fact about yourself?

I am very into plants. If I had to estimate, I’d say I have ~100 different plants on my balcony, in my living room, and in greenhouse cabinets in my bedroom.