American Society of Civil Engineers

Mentoring in Engineering

by Jefferey S. Russell, P.E., (Professor and Chair, Departmentof Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison.)

Leadership and Management in Engineering, Vol. 6, No. 1, January 2006, pp. 34-37, (doi:

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Document type: Feature Article
Abstract: This article takes a practical look at the challenges and rewards of experienced engineers and educators becoming mentors for students or young practicing engineers. The author recommends an approach to mentoring that is deep in self-evaluation, one that considers the intellectual, social, and professional development needs of students and young professionals, and the need for taking little steps—one person at a time—that make big differences. Such an approach to mentoring, the author states, will help encourage more underrepresented groups, such as women and minorities, to pursue careers in engineering.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Professional development
Engineering profession