Meet the Advising Team

The HASS Hub is staffed by experienced advisors who offer academic support for undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. We assist students in achieving their academic goals, developing unique Plans of Study, and addressing any curriculum questions.


Kayleigh Aston

Kayleigh Aston '14 | Academic Advisor

Kayleigh, RPI Class of 2014, has first-hand experience as an RPI student. After graduation, Kayleigh earned her MS at The College of Saint Rose before moving to New Jersey. She moved back to Troy in 2021 to join the RPI Admissions team before joining The Hub in 2023. At home, Kayleigh enjoys cooking/baking, reading, and playing video games with her husband and puppy Ted. 

Departments: Cognitive Science, Economics, and Science and Technology Studies.

Contact: Email Kayleigh



Kate Mertus

Kate Mertus | Academic Advisor

After graduating from SUNY Oneonta, Kate developed a love of working with college students through her work in Financial Aid at Russell Sage. Outside of work Kate enjoys cooking, baking, yoga, reading (talk to her about fantasy books,) and spending time with her cats Juniper and Fiona. 

Departments: Arts, Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences, and Communication and Media

Contact: Email Kate



The School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Russell Sage Laboratory (SAGE) 5304, 110 8th Street, Troy, NY 12180
(518) 276-6575

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