Purdue ECE Mentors


Vision


The Purdue ECE Mentors Program is an intentionally structured, formal mentoring program for alumni, faculty, and students to mentor current ECE students. Mentors use their unique experiences to help mentees develop new skills, build a network, set and achieve goals, and more. Learn more about the program below and decide which role fits you the best!

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Alumni Mentors


Have you been looking for a way to give back to your alma mater? Purdue ECE Mentors could be the perfect fit for you! Serving as an Alumni Mentor to our current students provides a unique opportunity for you stay connected with ECE and to share the knowledge gained through your experiences since graduation.

Below is a list of topics your mentees may be interested in receiving guidance on. This list is evolving; we invite you to provide feedback on topics that would be beneficial to add to the list.

  • Career guidance
  • Advice on work-life balance
  • Graduate school options (including company paying for Masters Degree)
  • Merits of becoming a licensed engineer
  • What it’s like “on the job”
  • Consulting options
  • Joining a start-up (with stock options)
  • Entrepreneurship and doing your own start-up
  • Hot areas in industry right now, and in the near future
  • Interviewing tips
  • Upper-level course (electives) selection
  • Information on living-factors in your current geographical area
  • Careers in academia

If you have questions about this great opportunity, please contact Ashley Rollins.

Faculty Mentors


Purdue ECE Mentors is an important opportunity for you as a member of the ECE Faculty to share your knowledge and experiences with our current students. We invite you to serve as a Faculty Mentor for our current students via 1-on-1 video calls.

Below is a list of topics for which you can share your expertise and unique experiences. This list is evolving; we invite you to provide feedback on topics that would be beneficial to add to the list.

  • Upper-level course (electives) selection
  • Different areas of concentration within ECE
  • Advice on school-life balance
  • Co-op opportunities
  • Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP)
  • Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS)
  • How to get involved in research projects
  • Hot areas in research
  • Hot areas in industry
  • Graduate school options
  • Careers in academia
  • Law School options (e.g., patent law)
  • Medical School options (inc. combined PhD-MD programs)
  • Working at a government research lab
  • Engineering ethics
  • Merits of becoming a licensed engineer: taking the EIT
  • What all does a Professor do?
  • Entrepreneurship and doing your own start-up
  • Different student organizations within ECE

If you have questions about this great opportunity, please contact Karen Jurss.

Student Mentors


Purdue ECE Mentors is an exciting opportunity for you as a student to share your knowledge and experiences with your fellow students. Student-to-student mentoring allows student leaders to develop and practice leadership, mentoring, and coaching skills that will contribute to positive school experiences for the entire Purdue ECE family.

Below is a list of topics for which you can share your expertise and unique experiences. This list is evolving; we invite you to provide feedback on topics that would be beneficial to add to the list.

  • What organizations are available to ECE students?
  • Where are professors housed?
  • How to create a LinkedIn, how to better prepare your resume for that specific position?
  • The FE Exam- and how it varies from state to state
  • When selecting courses, which ones should they take depending on their path?
  • Once you have an offer, how do you negotiate or decline an offer properly?
  • Co-ops and internships, how did you go about getting one? What is that experience like?
  • Student employment on campus? i.e., TA’s, RA’s, etc.
  • Graduate school and research and the application process
  • Summer programs available to students?
  • How do you balance coursework and social life?
  • International students resources on campus
  • How to balance academics/social/work

If you have questions about this great opportunity and are an undergraduate student, please contact Angela Rainwater.

If you have questions about this great opportunity and are a graduate student, please contact Matt Golden.

How To


How do I participate?

  1. Take a great photo for your Mentor profile. See photo guidelines here.
  2. Submit this form, entering all required information and photo uploads.
  3. Download the TaskHuman app using the instructions within the form.
  4. Once your form is submitted, TaskHuman will begin building your profile and contact you with instructions regarding next steps within a week.

How do I connect with mentees?

Once your profile is completed and launched, you will be able to add your availability directly from the TaskHuman app. Once you have provided availability, students will be able to see your profile and contact you directly through messaging. They can also call you directly if you are online, or book a session in advance if you will be online later. You choose the amount of time you are able to devote to mentoring by setting specific times you are available, or by hopping on the app when you have the time and connecting with students who happen to be online at the same time.

TaskHuman


We are the first academic program in the country to offer this exciting and unique opportunity for our alumni, faculty, and industry friends to connect with our current students. Purdue ECE Mentors is a free program powered by TaskHuman. Purdue ECE has is already partnered with TaskHuman to provide our students, faculty, and staff with an array of free wellness resources.

TaskHuman is a mobile app that enables 1:1 sessions with “coaches” via live video calls. We are adding the mentoring feature to TaskHuman's revolutionary app, which already helps users discover and connect with a global network of specialists covering nearly 1,000 aspects of daily life, such as physical fitness, mental well-being, spiritual, emotional, financial, career and leadership coaching, and more. Users can enjoy 100% secure and confidential 1:1 sessions on the TaskHuman platform anytime, anywhere.

If you have questions about TaskHuman, please contact the concierge through the TaskHuman app, or reach out to Rosa McDonald.