Mentorship Program

A 1-to-1, year-long relationship to prepare students for professional engineering

Bridge to the Next Generation of Engineers

The Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Department's Mentorship Program pairs students with industry professional to hone their skills and learn more about the engineering industry through a direct year-long professional relationship. 

The program represents a low-risk way for professionals and leaders within the engineering industry to work directly with students and help them navigate the transition to professional life. After completing the program, students will gain valuable experience with practicing engineers and professionals, and start to develop a valuable network of industry contacts. 

The mentor-mentee relationships could provide a lifetime of guidance and learning for both the student and the professional. 

Sign up for the Mentorship program here

Prospective mentors and mentees can sign up at the links below. For more information and any questions, contact outreach coordinator Peter Murphy at

Soojung Baek, Department of Materials Design and Innovation, discusses her poster on"Exotic Decision Making for Guided and Autonomous Experiment in Material Science" with UB civil engineering alumnus Stephen Still.

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Professional Skill-Building

Mock Interview

One man and one woman sit at a table in what appears to be an interview.

The mentor interviews the mentee for a position in their field of interest. Afterwards, the mentor may critique the mentee's responses and review some difficult questions. Mock interviews help both parties refine interview skills, and help the mentee effectively tell their story. 

Know your organization

Students hold up displays after developing different re-bar shapes.

Mentors help mentees develop questions for individuals at other positions within the mentor's company/organization. Professional engineers work with individuals in Human Resources, Accounting & Budget, Marketing, Grant Writing, etc. With the mentor's help, the mentee will set up discussions with these other professionals. 

Elevator Pitch

Seyed Hamed Ghodsi is a PhD candidate in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering. His presentation focused on combined sewer overflow (CSO) prediction and reduction.

Entrepreneurial-focused mentees can share ideas for their business or consulting firm and get feedback from their mentor

Ethics in the workplace discussions/exercises

A photo of business colleagues working in brightly lit office. Focus is on mature businesswoman using desktop PC with male coworker in cubicle. Professionals are at workplace.

Mentees asks mentors questions about ethics, and if the mentor every had to navigate a tough ethical situation. Mentors and mentees may develop a hypothetical ethics situation and work through the process of solving the dilemma together. 

Classroom to real-world

Students, faculty and staff demonstrate current physical distancing and face covering best practices on the first day of the fall semester on August 31, 2020. Signage posted around campus reminded all to wear face coverings and maintain physical distance in keeping with current campus health and safety guidelines. Daniel Liebel, with the School of Management, teaches in a classroom in the Natural Sciences Complex. Photographer: Douglas Levere This image has been approved by UB’s Office of Environment, Health and Safety to align with current (fall 2020) health and safety regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mentees can take an assignment or project from class and share it with their mentor to determine how some of these details and activities could apply to a job site in their area. 

Article Review


Mentors and mentees can work together and review scholarly articles on engineering, or articles from different business and similar publications on a regular basis. This could help the mentee better understand the professional engineering landscape.