Mentoring Program


The goal of the program is to bring undergraduate engineering students and alumni together for an exchange of information on education, professionalism, aspirations and ideas. These relationships provide a learning experience for students outside the classroom, where they have a chance to see the opportunities that a professional environment has in store for them.

Here are some inspiring ways you can impact the life of a UIC undergraduate engineering student:

  • Give help and suggestions overall, Career/Life advice
  • Share in depth experiences that have shaped your professional career
  • Provide ideas about different directions to pursue and help identify interests
  • Help the student develop networking opportunities and skills
  • Share tips on how to navigate conflicts
  • Discuss projects in your field to give the student a glimpse of what to expect in the workplace
  • Discuss ideas on what to do after completing a degree (e.g. attend grad school, complete a certification)
  • Talk about current trends and skills in the industry
  • Give insight on specific skills to make the student more marketable


Student Testimonials


“The most important take away for me was seeing the work my mentor does and listening to the work he has done, which is quite valuable. School on its own would not have shown me what project management or design build could be.”   ~Kitty, Senior, Civil Eng. (Featured in the photo with her mentor)

“My mentor has given a lot of insight in all the questions I have been asking. We mostly talk about school stuff and research.”   ~Danilo, Senior, Computer Eng.

“My mentor has been great. We had phone conversations once every couple of weeks. He has given me excellent advice regarding school, projects, and finding a job. I even got a tour of his work place and what they do.”   ~Xiong, Senior, Electrical Eng.

“I received a plethora of advice regarding the real world and the experiences encountered by my mentor that has, quite honestly, helped me immensely. His experience regarding graduate school helped me to open my eyes at the possibility of going myself. I am immensely fortunate to have spoken to such a humble and wise individual.”   ~Brandon, Senior, Mechanical Eng.

Become a Mentor Apply Here for Fall 2019