Influence, Impact, Encourage

Partnerships in Engineering Leadership Mentoring Program

As a mentor your role, first and foremost, is to share what you have learned from your successes and failures and then to listen. This will seed a trusting relationship that will produce positive outcomes for you and your mentee, as well as, cultivate a lasting friendship.

Do you remember the excitement, anticipation, and anxiety of your junior and senior year in college? Your priorities began to shift, you realized that the world awaits and it’s time to buckle down, get serious, fix things, make decisions, figure it ALL out... You were hungry for the wisdom, insight, perspective and push of a mentor/friend.

But now... after a few years of experience and exposure you are a wise, insightful, and motivating force perfectly suited to help students set and achieve goals, leverage their strengths, fill gaps and design a plan for success. Most importantly you know all that “stuff” you wish someone had told you. That’s why you will be a perfect mentor for junior and senior engineering students.

We are looking for mentors that can relate to students in their college to career transition, offer advice, make connections with others, expose them to opportunities, and help identify goals and the steps to achieving success.


  • Minimum one academic year, (August – May), availability
  • Complete the mentor application
  • Attend a mentor training session
  • Keep discussions with mentees confidential
  • Enlist the help of Hart Center staff if needed
  • Notify the Hart Center with changes in contact information

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If you or a colleague match the Mentor Profile below and are interested in mentoring a student, contact John Kiser, Executive Director of the Hart Center for Engineering Leadership.

As a Mentor, you will receive:


We are fortunate to have the assistance of The Center for Creative Leadership, a leader in talent management for over forty years, to provide learning experiences for mentors and mentees on topics such as effective communication and relationship management. The Hart Center, with CCL experts, will provide mentors facilitative skills and developmental coaching training to accelerate productive relationships. Students will also receive training to help identify strengths and weaknesses in order to create improvement action plans.


You will be matched with one or two mentees that can be best served by your unique experience, knowledge, abilities, and skills. The Hart Center provides several opportunities to meet with your mentee through lunches sponsored by the Hart Center and special invitations to SMU and community events. Connecting in person with your mentee is important to establishing a strong relationship; therefore mentees are required to reach out to you throughout the year. And in turn, we hope you will offer opportunities for mentees to get off campus and in to the “real world” of the office, field, etc.


We encourage you to build professional contacts through our mentoring program. As a mentor, you are invited to special events both on and off campus.


Mentors often find that successfully guiding a student has a multiplier effect. The active listening, probing questions, follow-up, accountability, motivation and celebration involved in mentoring a student are the same behaviors that enable mentors to become more effective managers, co-workers and leaders in and away from work.

Fall 2014

Mentor Training/Orientation – September 25, 2014 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Palmer Conference Center-Caruth 406

Mentor/Mentee Meet and Greet Dinner – October 9, 2014 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Huitt-Zollars (Embrey 115)

Lunch* - November 7, 2014 - 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Ozona
Lunch* - December 5, 2014 - 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Ozona

Spring 2015

Lunch* - TBA

* (Lunches are sponsored by the Hart Center for Engineering Leadership, donations are welcomed.)

We hope you will consider this excellent development opportunity for you and a mentee.


  Minimum one academic year, (August - May) 
  Complete the mentor application
  Attend a mentor training session
  Keep discussions with mentees confidential
  Enlist the help of the Hart Center staff if needed
  Notify the Hart Center with changes in contact information

Personal Attributes 

  A genuine desire to be influential in the lives of others
  Give advice and express opinions while at the same time be accepting of the views of others
  Propensity towards solutions and problem-solving without a "fix it" mindset
  A developmental and cultivating approach to advising and feedback
  Upholds the highest ethical standards

Professional Experience

  3 to 25 plus years of industry and/or business experience
  Achieved career advancement
  Established business and community network
Preferred industry/career experience:
Aerospace  Air Quality  Automotive  Biomedical 
Business  Construction  Consumer Goods  Finance 
Defense  Education  Consulting  Medical 
Government  Law Energy Waste/Water 
Military  Oil & Gas  Manufacturing   
Telecommunications  Transportation  Semiconductor