Call for Volunteers for 2016 North Seattle College Engineering Mentor Night, March 1st 6:00 – 8:00 pm

February 5, 2016

2016 North Seattle College Engineering Mentor Night, March 1st 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Call for volunteers – please register here:



Tuesday, March 1, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (please arrive between 5:30 – 6:00 pm to get to your table)

North Seattle Community College
9600 College Way North
Seattle, WA 98103

A campus map, directions, and a free parking pass will be emailed to you prior to the event once you register.


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, professional registration considerations, professional engineering organizations, responsibilities, and ethics over pizza and refreshments.

Mentors are asked to bring samples of their work, such as reports, drawings, and models that will fit on a 30” X 30” table top for discussion with the students. It is also an opportunity to share information about your professional societies, and your company as applicable. It is not a career fair, but rather an open forum to inspire local students towards a career in engineering, to answer questions, and to share your experience at a table top setting. The events are intended to be one-on-one affairs, and no ongoing mentoring relationship is expected.

Students can:

* Meet professional engineers

* Explore opportunities in engineering

* Get advice from professionals

* Learn more about internships and employment in engineering


REGISTER ONLINE A campus map, directions, and a free parking pass will be emailed to you prior to the event once you register.


Flyer – 2016 North Seattle College Mentor Night Call for Volunteers Flyer.pdf


For more information and to see a complete list of all Mentor events supported by PSEC, please visit our Mentor Nights webpage at

For questions please contact Jason Salazar at, PSEC NSC Mentor Night Coordinator.


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2015 SPU Mentor Night Summary

October 29, 2015

(Posted on behalf of Paul Grant, PSEC SPU Mentor Night Coordinator)



To:            PSEC Reps

From:        Paul Grant

Date:        October 29, 2015

Subject:    October 27 2015, SPU Mentor Night Summary


The event was attended by about 120 to 140 students and 32 mentors.  Of the mentors attending, approximate one-third had participated in last year’s event.  Mentor participation was quite broad with mentors representing Aerospace, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Industrial, Manufacturing,  Marine, Materials, Mechanical, and Systems engineering, with subsets of computer hardware and software, environmental, geotechnical, process, and structural engineering.

Student participation at the event is a class requirement where the students will write a 2 page summary of their experience.  While most students at SPU will major in electrical, computer or mechanical engineering, some of the freshmen are in “general” engineering where they haven’t decided upon a major.  Consequently, mentors covering a broad spectrum of engineering disciplines are welcomed.

The format of the event included welcoming comments by Dr. Melani Plett, with the Electrical Engineering Department at SPU, who organized the event.  Welcoming remarks also included acknowledgment of PSEC for providing the diverse group of mentors.  Dr. Plett also introduced 4 panelists (SPU alumni) who started the event by fielding general questions from the audience.  After the 20 minute panel discussion, the students rotated among the tables with individual mentors in four sessions, each also lasting about 20 minutes.

While student attendance was a class requirement, a number of students arrived early, before the start of the event, to talk individually with mentors that also arrived early.  Similarly, after the event formally concluded, a number of students stayed later to similarly talk with the mentors.  Such interactions truly make the event meaningful to both the students and mentors.

As suggested, most mentors brought visual aids ranging from photographs, brochures, material samples to computer presentations which worked quite well and contributed to the breadth of discussions.

Areas for Improvement:

  • Eventbrite (PSEC)

Internal discussions are needed to improve clarity for the Eventbrite sign-up.  Specific changes should include:

  • Consolidation of Fields of “Industry” and “Engineering Expertise” into a proposed “Engineering Field”. Currently there is extensive overlap between “Industry” and “Expertise”.  Because event uses table tents to identify the mentor, we should use terms that are identifiable to students in terms of their areas of study.  Such terms could include the uses of “Computer” engineering with subsets of hardware and software.  Similarly, “Civil” engineering could be divided into subsets of Environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation, water resources, etc.

2015-10-27 SPU Mentor Night

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Seeking Volunteer PSEC Mentor Night Coordinators

October 9, 2015


PSEC Mentor Nights from above

Calling all Engineering Professionals, Mentor Night Volunteers, Greater Seattle Engineering Society Members of any Discipline,


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. We have six Mentor Night Coordinators for the eight different mentor events PSEC currently supports locally at multiple Universities and Colleges.

The primary role of a Mentor Coordinator is to be a point contact for volunteers from the multiple local engineering societies and local industry. 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 are especially looking for individuals who have attended a Mentor Night event at the same school more than once.

We have well documented guidelines, tools, and support for you to help with these instructional and successful events.

For more information about Mentor Nights go to our website at

This is an opportunity to continue to help support our local Universities and Colleges by supporting these outreach events.

Please contact me if you are interested and would like to learn more.

Jason Salazar
PSEC Mentor Night Committee Chair


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.

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2015-2016 PSEC Mentor Night Program of Events in Planning

September 19, 2015

The PSEC Mentor Night Coordinators are currently in the process of rolling out the 2015-2016 Mentor Night program of event dates. Please bookmark our Mentor Night Event page at to check back often as we firm up dates for all mentor events this academic year. Below is a current table of Mentoring Events at local universities and colleges PSEC has supported in past years through volunteers from our member societies, and shows a tentative date for this 2015-2016 academic year in planning.

Please save the date for the Seattle Pacific University Mentor Night on the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 27th, 2015. More information and links to register as a volunteer Mentor for this first event will be posted soon.

Potential Mentoring Event Tentative Date Actual Date
Seattle Pacific University End of October, 2015 Tuesday, Oct. 27th, 2015
UW-Bothell November
Seattle University November
Seattle Central College Mid-January
North Seattle College Early March
Everett Community College Early April
Highline College End of April
Bellevue College Early May

PSEC has a Mentor Night Committee comprised of Mentor Night Coordinators who assist a school representative from a participating university or college in hosting their event, and also includes individuals within the PSEC member societies who help identify new mentor volunteers to support these multi-disciplinary events.

If you have volunteered as a mentor in the past and are already familiar with these events, please consider becoming a Mentor Night Coordinator for one event out of the year to help us continue these well supported, successful, and instructional events. A great opportunity exists this year to be a back-up coordinator and to learn a well documented process from current coordinators to become a coordinator next year. Please contact me if you are interested. You can reach me at salazarj{at}asme(dot)org.

Thank you,


Jason Salazar

PSEC Mentor Night Committee Chair



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World In Motion

May 10, 2015

World In Motion

K through 12th grades

The A World in Motion® curriculum joins together teachers, students, and industry volunteers in an exploration of physical science while addressing essential mathematic and scientific concepts and skills. Industry volunteers play an essential role in motivating the next generation to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math by bringing their everyday experiences into an AWIM classroom.

Each of the AWIM activities is designed around current math, science, and technology standards. SAE International provides the AWIM curriculum and materials at no cost to classroom teachers who complete a Statement of Partnership.

The program consists of hands-on physical science curricula designed for a variety of grade levels.

  • Elementary (3-6)
    • Skimmer
    • JetToy
    • Electricity & Electronics
  • Middle School (7-8)
    • Motorized Toy Car
    • Glider
    • Electricity & Electronics
  • High School (9-10)
    • Electricity & Electronics

A World In Motion® is brought to you by SAE International and is funded through the SAE Foundation

More Info

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Rainier Scholars Internship Program

Rainier Scholars Internship Program

6th grade through 12th grade

Each spring, Rainier Scholars invites 60 promising students of color to embark on an 11-year, life-changing journey. It demands hard work and commitment. In exchange, it offers invaluable opportunity. In four phases—from an intensive 14-month academic phase to placement into the area’s top independent and public schools to ongoing leadership development and support which lasts through the final day of college—scholars learn the skills, make the connections and accumulate the knowledge and experience that will enable them to excel in college and assume positions of leadership as adults.

If you are interested in becomming a Rainier Scholar, please see the web site above for details on how to qualify.

For Engineers and Educators

Businesses who hire interns reap rewards. By partnering with Rainier Scholars, businesses and organizations make a commitment to diversity, invest in the future work force and fulfill a civic responsibility providing students with mentoring and professional work experiences. Interns bring fresh ideas and new perspectives to their jobs, enhancing the level of creativity and innovation within an organization. Most importantly in this economic climate, a high quality internship experience increases a productivity by offering low-cost, high quality labor.

If you would like to explore the opportunity of hosting an internship, please see the web site below.

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Popsicle Stick Bridge Building Competition

Popsicle Stick Bridge Building Competition

High School

The purpose is to promote civil and structural engineering careers among high school students through a practical hands-on engineering exercise. Students construct bridges out of Popsicle sticks and White Elmer’s Glue conforming to pre-established code requirements, which address dimensions, weight, materials, construction, roadway grades, and member connections among other items.

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Pioneering Engineering Competitions

Pioneering Engineering Competitions

Middle and High School

We demonstrate miniature engineering skills and technologies. We provide a foundation for teachers and students to use these new skills and combine them with recycled materials found in our daily lives. Also offered: building kit and “submit project” photo page.

See the website below for contact information and to see how you can participate.

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National Engineers Week

National Engineers Week

This is an organization that provides useful information about engineering all year round – but in particular helps celebrate National Engineers Week. There are a variety of links from their main web site to other educational information for teachers and students about engineering. Some of the links include: the Future Cities Competition, the Discover Engineering program, and the Creative Engineer section. There are several fun and interactive things for students to learn about on these related web sites.

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NASA Quest

NASA Quest

K through 12th grades

Meet the people of NASA and look over their shoulders as they make NASA’s goals a reality. Whether in the area of aerospace design or training for space walks, NASA Quest is a rich resource for educators, kids and space enthusiasts who are interested in meeting and learning about NASA people and the national space program. NASA Quest allows the public to share the excitement of NASA’s authentic scientific and engineering pursuits like flying in the Shuttle and the International Space Station, exploring distant planets with amazing spacecraft, and building the aircraft of the future.

NASA Quest includes a full suite of online resources:

  • Profiles of NASA experts and stories about their work days.
  • Several live interactions with NASA experts per month.
  • Audio/video programs over the Internet.
  • Lesson plans and student activities.
  • Collaborative activities in which kids work with one another.
  • Background information and photo sections.
  • A place where teachers can meet one another.
  • A searchable Q&A area with over 3,000 previously asked questions.
  • An e-mail service in which individual questions get answered.

Frequent live, interactive events allow participants to come and go as dictated by their own individual and classroom needs. These projects are open to anyone, without cost. To get involved, simply select your area of interest or take a look at our calendar of events, and jump in. Welcome aboard!

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