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 you can volunteer from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm or if only for a portion during that time frame when you register. We welcome those who can only come for an hour, whenever you may be available, as students will be rotating in to talk with engineers between a staggered class time schedule.

Register here: http://www.bellevuecollege.edu/sami/2016-bellevue-college-engineer-mentor-lunch/ for the Bellevue College Engineer Mentor Lunch on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Event runs from 11am-1pm in the C-building, Room 130 A+B. Pizza and light refreshments will be provided. A logistics email will be sent out a week or two before the event with directions, parking pass, and a map. Please email Dr. Jenn Pang and Jennifer Pritchard, the SAMI team at sami@bellevuecollege.edu with any questions. Thanks for volunteering!

There are no expectations to have an ongoing or follow-up mentoring relationship with any student unless both parties desire it. 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.

Register here: http://www.bellevuecollege.edu/sami/2016-bellevue-college-engineer-mentor-lunch/

Thank you,

Jason Salazar
PSEC Mentor Night Committee Chair
salazarj@asme.org

Engineering Mentor Lunch Poster 4-16 web

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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 breaking new ground by supporting a Mentor event with Bellevue College during the day from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. We invite local engineering professionals to take the opportunity to have lunch with students interested in engineering and to share their experiences.

Register here: http://www.bellevuecollege.edu/sami/2016-bellevue-college-engineer-mentor-lunch/ for the Bellevue College Engineer Mentor Lunch on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Event runs from 11am-1pm in the C-building, Room 130 A+B. Pizza and light refreshments will be provided. A logistics email will be sent out a week or two before the event with directions, parking pass, and a map. Please email Dr. Jenn Pang and Jennifer Pritchard, the SAMI team at sami@bellevuecollege.edu with any questions. Thanks for volunteering!

There are no expectations to have an ongoing or follow-up mentoring relationship with any student unless both parties desire it. 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.

Register here: http://www.bellevuecollege.edu/sami/2016-bellevue-college-engineer-mentor-lunch/

Thank you,

Jason Salazar
PSEC Mentor Night Committee Chair
salazarj@asme.org

Engineering Mentor Lunch Poster 4-16 web

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Fri, April 8th 2016 Everett Community College Dinner with Industry

2016 Everett Community College Dinner with Industry

Engineering volunteers are requested from PSEC member societies for this event on Friday, April 8th at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on campus at EvCC in the Jackson Center. This event is hosted and organized by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) student chapter and Everett Community College. For more information and to register see below.

Jason Salazar
PSEC Mentor Night Committee Chair
salazarj@asme.org

 

evcc                                                             SWE

Hello!

My name is LaRei Branham and I am the Secretary of Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at Everett Community College (EvCC).  EvCC’s SWE club is a small collegiate interest group under the SWE-Pacific Northwest (PNW) section and our faculty adviser is Kristine Washburn.

We are organizing a “Dinner with Industry” on April 8th from 6-8pm and we would love it if you could attend!  Our goal is to have students learn, ask questions, and get excited about engineering.  I want to stress that we are looking for all engineers, both men and women, to attend and share their experience with our students. In return, SWE/EvCC will pay for your dinner and you get the opportunity to interact with a group of promising future engineers. You are encouraged to share this invitation with your colleagues in the engineering profession.

You can direct any questions as well as register for the event by contacting me, LaRei Branham, at Larei.branham@wsu.edu.

Once you have registered for the event, I will follow up with a reminder email when the date gets closer.  Enclosed in that email will be directions to the school, a map of the campus, the building the event will be taking place in, and where to park.  I will also attach a printout parking pass for you to put on your dashboard when you arrive at the college.

Thank you for your time and please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

 

Sincerely,

LaRei Branham

EvCC SWE Secretary

EvCC SWE Liaison

Everett Community College Student

labranham@students.everettcc.edu

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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:

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-north-seattle-college-engineering-mentor-night-tickets-20783315456?ref=ebtnebregn.

 

**EVENT DATE & LOCATION**

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.

EVENT DETAILS

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

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-north-seattle-college-engineering-mentor-night-tickets-20783315456?ref=ebtnebregn A campus map, directions, and a free parking pass will be emailed to you prior to the event once you register.

Attachment:

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 http://www.pseconline.org/mentor-nights/.

For questions please contact Jason Salazar at salazarj@asme.org, 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)

Memorandum

 

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 http://www.pseconline.org/mentor-nights/.

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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Request for Mentors – Seattle Pacific University Engineering Mentor Night – Tuesday Oct. 27, 2015

October 6, 2015

Seattle Pacific University is hosting an engineering mentor night for their students on October 27 from 6 to 8 pm and they are particularly seeking mentors in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Engineering. The event will start with a panel discussion of invited SPU alumni who will field questions from the students.  Following the panel discussion the students will rotate among the tables with the mentors to answer specific questions ranging from thoughts on advanced education to what they should expect entering into the practice of engineering.  Handouts or samples of work product are always good to start conversations. If you are available to attend, please sign-up through Eventbrite.

Final details, directions, and parking passes will be sent out in the week just prior to the event.

 

Please contact me at pgrant@pangeoinc(dot)com with any questions, and thanks for giving your time and talent to encourage our next generation of engineers.

W. Paul Grant, P.E.

PSEC SPU Mentor Coordinator

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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 http://www.pseconline.org/mentor-nights/ 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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Bellevue College Mentor Night (May 6th, 2015) – Event Summary

May 8, 2015

The Bellevue College Mentor Night was co-organized by Bellevue College (BC) and the Puget Sound Engineering Council (PSEC) and co-sponsored by PSEC and the Science and Math Institute (SAMI) program at the college and was a success.

More information about the SAMI program at BC is at this link: http://www.bellevuecollege.edu/sami/bellevue-college/

The event was hosted by BC and held on campus on Wednesday, May 6th, 2015.  It started at 6:00 pm and went until 8:00 pm. All the volunteers arrived early and on time which helped us start the event on schedule, and there was free parking at the college that evening.

Dr. Jenn Pang and Jennifer Pritchard representing the college and SAMI helped greet and direct students during the event. Dr. Pang gave the introduction and thanked the engineering mentors from multiple local engineering societies to the event while the attendees brought pizza and refreshments back to their tables. I was introduced as the PSEC Mentor Coordinator and thanked SAMI, the college, and Dr. Pang for her work organizing and hosting the event at the college and for welcoming PSEC as their guests. I then gave information about PSEC as an organization, thanked the volunteers for their attendance, and encouraged students to ask questions not only about which discipline in engineering they may pursue as a major, but also to ask questions about the types of industry they may be interested in as an encouragement to talk to as many different types of disciplines and industries represented in the room that evening.

When you checked in for the event, there were printed name tags for all the volunteers with their name, discipline(s), title, and company, and PSEC had supplied table top signs by name and discipline. Dr. Pang prompted rotation every 20 minutes throughout the event. There were 19 engineering professionals who volunteered, many who were licensed Professional Engineers, representing several types of engineering disciplines and industry, and approximately 30-40 engineering students attended throughout the evening.  The engineering students were Freshmen & Sophomores and were engaged in one-on-one conversations with the volunteers. A couple of the volunteers also expressed an appreciation for reconnecting and networking with a few of their colleagues during the event as well and thanked PSEC for helping to coordinate the event.

I spoke with three different students during the event, who were all very interested in pursuing a career in engineering. One student said she originally enrolled to earn a business degree because she was undecided on a major at that time, but had recently decided to pursue an engineering degree instead after several conversations with of one of her instructors at BC and was excited to attend this event. Another student who said he was in his mid-twenties had worked as a mechanic and found he was increasingly interested in engineering which is why he was a current student. I found it refreshing to hear from him about his experience originally learning about the engineering work that had gone into the Experience Music Project (EMP) building – a world class museum dedicated to music built in Seattle, as well as, how he learned about how the Empire State Building in New York was constructed and the various engineering logistics involved.

The link to download a document that gives great advice to students interested in and pursuing a civil engineering profession that was handed out by one of the mentors at the event is here: Civil Engineering Handout

At the conclusion of the event, Dr. Pang thanked PSEC and invited PSEC to participate with Bellevue College in future events.

 

Thank you,

Jason Salazar

WW-ASME Rep. to PSEC

PSEC Mentor Night Coordinator

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Everett C.C. “Dinner with Industry” (April 9th 2015) – Event Summary

 

Photo by Jason Salazar, ASME Rep. to PSEC

Photo by Jason Salazar, ASME Rep. to PSEC

Event Summary by Steve Snelling, IIE Rep. to PSEC:

The Everett Community College – Mentor Night (called “Dinner with Industry”) that was organized and sponsored by their Student Chapter of SWE (Society of Women Engineers) was a huge success.  http://www.everettcc.edu/programs/math-science/physical/engineering/

The event was held on campus at their Henry M. Jackson Conference Center on April 9th (a Thurs.), 2015.  It started at 6 pm and went until 8 – 8:30 pm.  They had arranged for free parking for all the Mentors (using pre-printed Visitor windshield signs, in order to park in the unmarked student lots).  They had outdoor signs, directing us to the event’s building.

They had 40 professionals from several types of engineering, representing local industry (many from Boeing), and around 50 engineering students.  PSEC (Puget Sound Engineering Council) reps. helped get several of the professional engineer volunteers.  The engineering students were mainly Freshmen & Sophomores that will transfer to another University to finish their engineering degrees, and a few WSU engineering students that are Juniors and Seniors, taking all of their WSU course work at Everett C.C.

When you checked in for the event, they had pre-printed name badges for all the Mentors, with very small, color, electric light-bulbs (LEDs?) that were part of the name badge (with a small embedded battery).  The 4 different brightly colored lights, represented the main types of engineering disciplines in attendance.

They had floating balloons tied about 4 ft. above the center piece of each table, with the type of engineering the Mentors represented, written on the clear balloon.  Since there was no “Industrial” labeled balloon, I sat at a “Mechanical” Engineering table.

The SWE Chapter officers welcomed everyone, and talked briefly about the agenda for the evening, and the guidelines for the session rotations, etc.  Someone from the engineering school spoke briefly, but I didn’t hear much of it – since I had some students sitting at my table, already asking me some questions, before the meal started.

The Mentors sat at large round tables, and stayed there while the students rotated (following dinner), for two to three separate sessions (similar to our regular PSEC Mentor Nights).  There were usually 2-3 Mentors seated at each large round table, with about 6-7 students each session.  I ended up being the only mentor at my table, so I usually had a large group of seated students for each session.  I brought my airplane model & car model and a handout about engineering – and I mainly answered questions about what Mechanical Engineers do (at Boeing and at car manufacturing companies).  Some of the Freshmen had not had many engineering classes yet, but had a lot of interest in various types of work that engineers do.  A couple of students were even interested in Industrial Engineering – and planning to transfer to the U.W.’s Industrial Engineering department.

They had a fun trivia quiz (printed out copies for each table) about a variety of engineering related topics, just before dinner.  The quiz served as an ice breaker, since each table worked the quiz as a team.

They had a nice buffet of several types of Chinese food (rice, noodles, dumplings, etc.) and 2 types of cake for dessert.  They also served coffee, cans of cold soda, and ice water to drink.

At the end of the event, they had a raffle using the tickets everyone was given when we signed in.  Several nice prizes had been donated locally for the event (2 very nice telescopes and some other prizes).  I won one of the raffle drawings, but I gave my winning ticket to one of the students – who got one of the 2 telescopes.  They drew for about 8 separate prizes.

Several of the Mentors and students stayed after the event to talk one-on-one.  The SWE Student Chapter did a terrific job organizing and executing their “Dinner with Industry” event.

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