Alumni Mentoring Program

Make a Difference in the life and career of a future professional.

About the program

Western's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Alumni Mentoring Program provides an opportunity for former students and other industry professionals to share their insights, experiences and passions with future engineers, engineering technologists and computer scientists. Incoming students can opt-in to the program and are paired with an appropriate mentor based on shared interests and goals. Each pair is expected to meet approximately twice per month (in-person or virtually) during the student’s first academic year at WMU.

Who should become a mentor?

Participation as a mentor is open to anyone who:

  • Has 30-60 minutes approximately twice per month to speak with a current student
  • Is committed to providing professional and positive guidance and advice
  • Is currently working or has worked in any area related to engineering, engineering technology, or computer science

Timeline

  • Spring and Summer—Alumni mentors invited to participate
  • Summer—Incoming students invited to participate
  • Late Summer or Early Fall—Student-mentor pairings announced
  • Early Fall—Kickoff training and expectations sessions for mentors and students (required).
  • Early Fall—College-wide picnic and social (optional but encouraged).
  • Academic Year—Students and mentors meet approximately twice per month either in-person or virtually. Meetings are held beginning late September and running through early April. The specific schedule is agreed upon by student and mentor.
  • Late Fall—Student-mentor cohort luncheon and celebration (optional but encouraged).
  • Late Spring Student/mentor cohort luncheon and celebration (optional but encouraged).

Questions?

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

Ready to make a difference for a future professional?

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