Alumni Mentoring

About the program

The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences is looking for alumni who want to connect with current students to share their personal and professional insights and experiences.  There are multiple pathways for involvement:

  • The Professional Skills Program pairs students with an appropriate mentor based on shared interests and goals and meet approximately twice per month (in-person or virtually) during the academic year.  Students also participate in mini-workshops on topics like professional communication, teamwork, leadership, conflict resolution, and more.  Alumni opportunities: student mentor (academic year), workshop facilitator (1-1.5 hours per session)
  • ENGR 4950 – Women and Leadership in Engineering and Applied Sciences discusses challenges and opportunities for female students in industry.  The class, taught each fall semester and open to all students in the college, includes weekly seminars from practicing professionals.  Each student is also paired with an alum during the fall semester.  Alumni opportunities: student mentor (fall semester only), seminar presenter (1 hour per session)
  • The Alumni Resource Network aims to provide current students with alumni contacts for just-in-time career and professional advice.  Examples include new students looking for information about the practical difference between majors with regards to career opportunities and more experienced students looking for advice about interviewing, graduate school, etc.  Alumni opportunities: one-time conversations with students on specific topics
  • The college hosts several college-wide/general interest speaker series throughout a typical year.  Alumni opportunities: session presenter/workshop facilitator (typically in-person in Kalamazoo)


Please contact Dr. Matthew Cavalli, associate dean for undergraduate academic affairs.

Make a difference for a future professional

Alumni or other industry professionals interested in serving as a mentor can complete a mentor interest survey.