The mission of the Industrial Engineering Mentoring Program is to facilitate the professional development of industrial engineering students by providing those students with guidance, counsel, and networking opportunities.
The Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME) and the Penn State Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Society (PSIMES) jointly sponsor the Industrial Engineering Mentoring Program. The program provides students with opportunities to interact with industrial engineering alumni on a one-on-one basis and to receive advice and recommendations related to the academic and professional development of the student.
The mentoring program is administered by the Industrial Engineering Mentoring Board. The Mentoring Board is composed of at least one IME faculty member, one PSIMES alumni board member, and one industrial engineering student. The Mentoring Board is responsible for matching students and alumni mentors by background and professional interests to maximize the benefits of the mentoring process.
To begin the student-mentor relationship, both parties should work together to establish guidelines and goals. The pair should establish parameters for the relationship, such as preferred appointment time and frequency and most convenient methods of communication. The pair should also establish high, but not unreachable, goals to work together toward achieving. If either the mentor or the student finds the match to be less than ideal, it is his or her responsibility to approach the Mentoring Board.