Mentor Nights

Last Modified: November 27, 2017
by Jason Salazar

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Upcoming Events and Announcements – Follow links below to volunteer.

2017-2018 PSEC Supported Mentor Events, and Other Regional Volunteer Opportunities:

Tue, October 17, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM           Seattle Pacific University Engineering Mentor Night


Wed, November 29, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM       Seattle University Engineering Mentor Night

Sat, January 20, 2018 (day event)                                Future Cities Competition

Thur, January 25, 2018, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM          Seattle Central College Engineering Mentor Night

Sat, February 3, 2018, 6pm – 9pm                                PSEC Engineering Banquet

Sat, February 10, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM         PSEC Engineering Fair

Fri & Sat, March 30 & 31, 2018                                     WSSEF Washington State Science and Engineering Fair

April event, 2018                                                         Everett Community College, Society of Women Engineers Dinner with Industry

April event, 2018                                                         STEM Careers Day (formerly Mentor Night/Lunch) Bellevue College

(Additional Mentor Nights currently being scheduled – please bookmark this page)

For information on additional local engineering activities in our region please see our Education page and our Events Calendar.

To see the 2016-2017 schedule go here: 2016-2017 Events

To see the 2015-2016 schedule go here: 2015-2016 Events

Recent Posts for Mentor Night Events

  • Seattle Central College Mentor Night Volunteers Needed November 22, 2017 Seattle Central College Mentor Night is January 25th. Please consider volunteering as a mentor or, if you are a student, signing up as a participant.
  • 2016-2017 PSEC Mentor Night Program and Regional Educational Events Schedule October 3, 2017 2016-2017 PSEC Mentor Night Program and Regional Educational Events Schedule: Mon, October 24, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM     Mentor Night Seattle Pacific University Sat, January 21, 2017 (day event)                           Future Cities Competition  Thu, January 26, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM     University of Washington Engineering Exploration ...

Seeking Additional PSEC Mentor Night Volunteer Coordinators for 2017/2018 Program

The Puget Sound Engineering Council (PSEC) is seeking additional Mentor Night Volunteer Coordinators for our annual Mentor Nights program either as a back-up or as a future coordinator for an event that you would like to support. Our current Mentor Night Coordinators are Paul Grant, Luis Leon, Harry Ehlers, and Jason Salazar who support mentor event requests from multiple Universities and Colleges in our region.

The primary role of a Mentor Coordinator is to be a point contact for the volunteers from the multiple local engineering societies. This role is not limited to member societies current officers or to a representative to PSEC but anyone who has enjoyed volunteering at the multi-society Mentor Nights. This is an opportunity for one (or more) events in the year – primarily conducted by email.

We have well documented guidelines, tools, and support for you to help with these instructional and successful events. This is an opportunity to support our local Universities and Colleges and the mentoring events we help to organize.

Please contact the PSEC President at president@pseconline.org if you are interested and would like to learn more.

Purpose of PSEC Mentor Night Supported Events

The purpose of PSEC Mentor Nights hosted at participating colleges and universities is to give engineering students (freshmen through seniors, & occasionally high school students) an opportunity to ask questions in person from a variety of practicing engineers, engineering alumni, and faculty about the wide spectrum of engineering disciplines, professions, career pathways, continuing education post-graduation, professional registration considerations, responsibilities, and ethics over food and refreshments.

Description of PSEC Mentor Night Supported Events

PSEC co-sponsors and/or co-organizes Mentor Night events with participating universities and colleges locally by seeking volunteers to support their event. All or a portion of the event at the college includes mentor tables identified by the mentor volunteer’s name, engineering discipline and/or profession. Mentors usually bring some physical examples of their work, or something to help focus the student’s attention and discussions. They may also have a presentation or engineering drawings to show, a paper handout to give the students, information about their company internships, societies events and/or scholarship information. Examples of an exemplary printed handouts created by two different Mentor volunteers can be found here: Civil Engineering, Industrial Engineering.

Depending on the the event planned, the participation can range from 10 to 50 volunteer Mentors, with 20 to 150 students attending. Mentors are comprised of practicing engineers from a wide spectrum of disciplines and industries for discussions in a “speed date” format with college and sometimes high school students. The goal is to have no more than five students are talking to a single Mentor at once, which on a busy night becomes almost a mini-presentation, with some individual questions being answered. Past mentor nights have had students rotate between mentor to mentor freely or have designated someone to prompt rotations every fifteen minutes over the course of two hours. There are no expectations to have an ongoing or follow-up mentoring relationship with any student unless both parties desire it.

Students can:

  • Meet professional engineers
  • Explore opportunities in engineering
  • Get advice from professionals
  • Learn more about employment in engineering

The events are coordinated between a representative from the college and a PSEC Mentor Night Volunteer Coordinator. The college organizes the room reservation, food, AV, signage, parking, and coordinates student attendance, and may also coordinate Mentor volunteers through their dean, faculty, alumni, and/or other external organizations that support the college’s efforts like PSEC. The PSEC Coordinator works with the college to determine the date, time & location of their event. They determine how many students are forecasted to attend, the number of Mentors needed, and which engineering disciplines are requested to best support a given event. The PSEC Mentor Night Coordinators work with the college to invite volunteers from last years event, and they send new volunteer requests to the PSEC member socities representatives to share the volunteer request with their memberships as applicable. PSEC Mentor Coordinators work with the college to help  configure an online Mentor volunteer registration, and the event is displayed on the PSEC website and social media with the links to the volunteer registration included.

Current and Past Announcements for Mentor Night Events

  • Seattle Central College Mentor Night Volunteers Needed November 22, 2017 Seattle Central College Mentor Night is January 25th. Please consider volunteering as a mentor or, if you are a student, signing up as a participant.
  • 2016-2017 PSEC Mentor Night Program and Regional Educational Events Schedule October 3, 2017 2016-2017 PSEC Mentor Night Program and Regional Educational Events Schedule: Mon, October 24, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM     Mentor Night Seattle Pacific University Sat, January 21, 2017 (day event)                           Future Cities Competition  Thu, January 26, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM     University of Washington Engineering Exploration ...
  • Volunteers needed for PSEC Mentor Nights in May May 2, 2017 Upcoming Mentor Night Events in May: Seattle Central College Mentor Night Date & Time: Thu, May 11, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Location: Seattle Central College, 1st Floor Atrium, Science & Math Building, 1701 Broadway Seattle, WA 98122, PSEC Mentor Night Coordinator Contact: Luis Leon at luis.leon@boeing.com Shoreline Community College Mentor Night Date & Time: Wed, ...
  • Volunteers Needed for PSEC Mentor Nights – Summary of Upcoming April & May Events April 12, 2017 We are still in need of several more volunteers – especially for the upcoming events this month of April (including next weeks event) if you have not already had an opportunity to register yet. These interdisciplinary, multi-society outreach events are well received, instructional, and inspiring for college students interested in exploring the engineering professions. Below is ...
  • Seattle Central College Mentor Night Signup Available March 27, 2017 The Puget Sound Engineering Council (PSEC) together with Seattle Central College (SCC) will be holding its Mentor Night on Thursday, May 11th, 2017.  You may sign up (as a mentor or a participant) at our EventBrite page. This Engineering Mentor Night will give engineering and pre-engineering students an opportunity to meet representatives from the wide spectrum ...
  • Everett Community College seeks volunteers for Dinner with Industry event March 20, 2017 Everett Community College is looking for engineers to attend their “Dinner with Industry” event with students on April 13. Click here to see how to volunteer.
  • Volunteer Opportunity: STEM Careers Day, April 26, 2017 March 13, 2017 STEM Careers Day (formerly Engineering Mentor Lunch) Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 1:30-3:30 pm Please register as a volunteer Mentor here: http://www.bellevuecollege.edu/sami/stem-career-day/ The Science and Math Institute at Bellevue College invites you to come and speak one-on-one with Bellevue College students about your educational background and training. Patterned after the very successful Engineering Mentor Night series, STEM ...
  • Register Now for SCC Engineering Mentor Night Tue, Jan 17, 2017 January 6, 2017 – Seattle Central College Engineering Mentor Night Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm – This Engineering Mentor Night, co-sponsored by the Puget Sound Engineering Council (PSEC) and Seattle Central College (SCC) will give engineering and pre-engineering students an opportunity to meet representatives from the wide spectrum of practice in the profession of engineering. Register ...
  • 2015-2016 PSEC Mentor Night Program and Regional Educational Events Schedule: September 21, 2016 To see the current schedule go here: http://www.pseconline.org/mentor-nights/ 2015-2016 PSEC Mentor Night Program and Regional Educational Events Schedule: Tue, October 27, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM               Seattle Pacific University Mentor Night Thu, January 21, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM               Seattle Central College Mentor Night Sat, January 23, 2016 (day ...
  • May 11, 2016 (Wed.) from 6 pm to 8 pm Shoreline Community College – Engineering Mentor Night May 5, 2016 2016 Shoreline Community College – Engineering Mentor Night Volunteer request for engineers: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT) This Engineering Mentor Night, co-sponsored by the Puget Sound Engineering Council (PSEC) and Shoreline Community College (SCC) will give students an opportunity to meet representatives from the wide spectrum of practice in the profession of engineering. Students ...

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