What is the Aerospace Engineering School's Mentors In Residence Initiative?
It is a resource that allows you to select a mentor from a diverse list of professionals, and set up a half-hour appointment to talk with that person about topics of interest to you. Your career. The state of the industry. New technical trends. Anything.
If you are an AE student (undergrad or grad student), this initiative is your chance to connect with professionals who can answer questions and give you guidance about the career you are building at Tech. We've gathered a diverse pool of mentors - from aerospace engineering and from several fields outside engineering altogether. Some are still in the entrepreneurial stage of their careers, while others have retired. You are not restricted to meeting with just one mentor, either; you can make additional appointments with other mentors.They are all looking forward to engaging with you.
Sounds great. How do I sign up for a meeting?
You can start by visiting the AE Mentor Directory. Look for a mentor whose professional profile matches your interests. Once you've chosen a mentor, simply use their online calendar to sign up for a half-hour session. You will receive a calendar invite and further instructions from the program. Currently, all mentoring sessions are being held via the same BlueJeans software that you use for online coursework. We welcome your participation, but ask that you limit your mentor appointments to two per semester.
I’ve signed-up. Any final guidance?
Be Prepared: Approach each meeting with questions or topics to discuss. If appropriate, you can help your mentor focus on the subjects that matter to you by emailing a read-ahead file or presentation.
Be Professional: Your mentor is taking time to share their experiences and thoughts with you. Minimally, you should return this favor by planning to be on time and by making sure your meeting ends on time. If you must cancel a meeting, do so as far in advance as possible.
Be Open to Feedback: It’s an effective tool for personal and professional growth, but, no matter how much we ask for it, feedback can be difficult to receive. Know this ahead of time. Then, if a comment is at first hard to hear, take a step back to consider its merits before reacting or dismissing.
Be Grateful: Demonstrate your interest in, and enthusiasm for, this opportunity. Be sure to thank your mentor for their time and advice. They are taking time out of their day to be a resource for you. Thank-you notes are still in style.
Meet the AE Mentors In Residence
NOTE: The Mentors In Residence initiative is reserved for AE students, both graduate and undergraduate.