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Student and Alumni Mentoring Program

Students

The Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering has established the Professional Mentoring Program for students to connect with alumni from mechanical, aerospace, or biomedical engineering.

The program is open to juniors in the department—currently selected by the department head. Once a student is selected to be part of this program, he or she is paired with a mentor based on field, interests, and career goals.  The mentor provides guidance and networking opportunities for the student over a committed two-year period.

Mentorships and networking connections are very valuable to a student’s education. By getting to know a professional engineer, students can

  • Build relationships
  • Make connections with engineering companies
  • Gain a professional reference for job searches
  • Obtain summer internship and co-op opportunities
  • Receive career advice

If you are a junior in MABE and interested in participating in the Professional Mentoring Program, contact Department Head Dr. Matthew Mench at mmench@utk.edu.

Alumni

Being a mentor allows alumni to give back in a very meaningful way. Mentors are asked to commit to mentoring an assigned student for two years and have the discretion to end or extend the relationship based on the student’s needs.

There is no set schedule on how or how often the mentor and student connect. This all depends on the student’s needs. Most mentors make contact with the student at least once a month. Mentors can meet with the student in person (if local), by phone, or by video.

Mentors become part of the Professional Mentoring Program Committee, led by Committee Chair and Board Member Sam Dougherty. The committee provides a support system for mentors and allows the opportunity to provide feedback to the department.

If you are practicing engineer and want to become a mentor, please register online.

For more information on the program, contact Dr. Matthew Mench at mmench@utk.edu or Sam Dougherty at nathan.s.dougherty@nasa.gov.

 

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