Mentor Nights

Last Modified: June 14, 2017
by Jason Salazar

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Upcoming Events and Announcements – Follow links below to volunteer.

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 Night

Sat, February 4, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM     PSEC Engineering Fair

Thu, March 2, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM           Mentor Night North Seattle College 

Fri & Sat, March 31 & April 1, 2017                           WSSEF Washington State Science and Engineering Fair 

Thu, April 13, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM           Everett Community College, Society of Women Engineers Dinner with Industry 

Tue, April 18, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM            Mentor Night Highline College

Wed, April 26, 2017 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM           STEM Careers Day (formerly Mentor Night/Lunch) Bellevue College 

Thu, May 11, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM             Mentor Night Seattle Central College

Wed, May 17, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM            Mentor Night Shoreline Community College


2017-2018 PSEC Mentor Night Program and Regional Educational Events Schedule:

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

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

To see last years schedule go here: 2015-2016 Events

Recent Posts for Mentor Night Events

  • 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 ...

Seeking Volunteer PSEC Mentor Night Coordinators for 2017/2018 Program

The Puget Sound Engineering Council (PSEC) is seeking additional Mentor 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, Steve Snelling, Dave Butcher, 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 continue to help support our local Universities and Colleges and reach the goals of our individual professional societies at our annual PSEC Mentor Nights together.

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

Purpose of PSEC Mentor Nights

The PSEC Mentor Nights are hosted at participating colleges and universities with the purpose of giving 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 Nights

PSEC Mentor Nights are held on a weekday evening typically from 6 to 8 pm hosted at the participating university or college with mentor tables identified by table top sign that identifies Mentor’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.  They may also have a laptop presentation or engineering drawings to show, a paper handout to give the students, and information about their societies events and scholarship information. Food (typically pizza) and refreshments are available for mentors and students and the costs are reimbursed by PSEC.

On a typical Mentor Night the participation can range from 20 to 50 volunteer engineer Mentors, with 50 to 150 students attending. Mentors are comprised of practicing engineers from a wide spectrum of disciplines and industries for “Mentor” discussions with college and high school students.  Ideally, one-on-one discussions are preferred, with the goal being 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 the University Focal and a PSEC Mentor Coordinator. The University Focal may be the faculty advisor for the Student Engineering Organization organizing the event, or staff at the college through their student activities program. They plan the room reservation, food, AV, signage, parking, and coordinates student attendance, and may also coordinate Mentor attendance through current and former faculty, alumni, and other organizations that support the college’s efforts. The PSEC Mentor Coordinator will determine the date, time & location of the Mentor Night event. They will determine how many students are forecasted to attend (based on recent history), how many Mentors are needed, and if any special requests for types of engineers is received from the school. They communicate the date and number of Mentors needed to the PSEC Council (at monthly meetings, and/or by email).  And closer to the event, let the PSEC reps. know if more Mentors are needed, including any focused needs of type of engineering discipline. Currently PSEC Mentor Coordinators create a flyer and set up an Eventbrite for Mentor registration, and send out reminders, parking and driving directions.

The Dean of the College of Engineering (or someone representing the school) usually speaks briefly at the beginning of the event (thanking the engineers and encouraging the students to effectively utilize the opportunity).  Usually the PSEC Coordinator speaks briefly as well, about the way the sessions will be conducted, and a few remarks about PSEC.  Sometimes there are guest speakers or a small panel of speakers at the beginning of the event, before the sessions begin.  A brief announcement is made when the event has concluded.

Current and Past Announcements for Mentor Night Events

  • 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 ...
  • Engineering Volunteers needed Tue, May 3 for Bellevue College Mentor Lunch April 25, 2016 2016 Bellevue College Engineer Mentor Lunch (Next week – Tuesday, May 3rd) Engineering volunteers are requested to support this Mentor event co-organized by the Puget Sound Engineering Council (PSEC) and the Science and Math Institute (SAMI) with Bellevue College (BC). We invite local engineering professionals to have lunch with students interested in engineering and to share their experiences. Please indicate if ...
  • Tue, May 3rd 2016 Bellevue College Engineer Mentor Lunch March 9, 2016 2016 Bellevue College Engineer Mentor Lunch Engineering volunteers are requested from PSEC Member socities to support this Mentor event co-organized by the Puget Sound Engineering Council (PSEC) and the Science and Math Institute (SAMI) with Bellevue College (BC). In past years PSEC has co-organized several Mentor Nights with BC, and this year we are excited to announce we are ...

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