UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – Mentorship and industry relationships can be critical factors for engineering students when trying to secure internships or start their careers. The Penn State Department of Architectural Engineering created the Architectural Engineering Alumni Mentoring Program to provide students with these impactful professional development opportunities.

Sponsored by the Industrial and Professional Advisory Council, the Alumni Society of Architectural Engineers, and the Student Society of Architectural Engineers, the program pairs architectural engineering students with Penn State alumni to provide advice and networking opportunities. The program is strongly encouraged for second year students, but it is open to all architectural engineering students.

Bob Grottenthaler, who received his bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from Penn State in 1980, and Alexis Sheeto, currently a fifth-year student in the integrated bachelor’s and master’s degree program in architectural engineering, lead the program with the goal of developing a mutually beneficial experience. . for both mentors and mentees.

“The educational experiences of our students are enriched through engagement and interactions with our alumni and industry partners,” said Sez Atamturktur Russcher, Professor Harry and Arlene Schell and Head of the Department of Architectural Engineering. “With the development of this program, our department now has a systematic and disciplined way to support our students’ professional development and networking efforts with our alumni.”

The program helps students learn more about the architectural, engineering, and construction industries, while making connections with the industry through their former mentors. Participating students will learn about the many career paths within the industry and receive guidance and support related to finding an internship or employment after graduation.

“Our department is supported by a large number of highly accomplished people with very impressive backgrounds,” said Atamturktur Russcher. “Our students having the opportunity to get to know the presidents, CEOs and COOs of the companies they are interning in at such an early stage in their careers will have a huge impact as they build their identity as engineers. and architectural professionals. “

Participating students will also have the opportunity to work with their mentors on specific architectural engineering class work.

“A key aspect of this mentoring program is its integration into the curriculum,” said Atamturktur Russcher. “We have designed projects and assignments where students are encouraged to contact their mentors for feedback and feedback. Such a thoughtful and synergistic approach, I am convinced, will ensure the long-term success of this program.

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Last updated on July 23, 2021