Recently, the AIChE chapter at Lehigh revamped a mentor program exclusive to the chemical engineering department. There was a simple application process for all students in the ChemE department; it consisted of some identification questions then a few short answers about the program. I think they actually received more applications than were anticipated and will possibly be doing interviews next year. In essence, the program is a support system for ChemE’s, it provides resources to succeed at Lehigh and beyond. Each mentor will be given several mentees in the class directly below them. For example, I’ll be a junior next year so I will be the mentor for several sophomores that are declared ChemE. Likewise, I will have a senior mentor to go to for help and assistance. It’s great to be able to ask questions about classes or registration from upperclassmen because they have already been through the process. I think the program will provide invaluable help as a ChemE. Along with giving advice and help to other students, the mentor program will also allow for great networking opportunities. There are going to be workshops to help enhance mentor’s abilities and improve them as students. These sessions will help students network with professors and other students, and become more complete chemical engineers. The program will definitely produce great networking opportunities and allow chemical engineers to communicate with each other and give support. I’m sure the program will continue to grow and new ideas will be implemented in the future.
As I said, Lehigh’s chapter of AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers) has developed this program and they do tons of other stuff within the ChemE department. There are weekly meetings when the officers and any members who wish to participate talk about different events and plan for the future. AIChE does several different fundraising events and programs to enhance camaraderie among chemical engineers. They have kept the Goose open late and have an event at Chipotle coming up next week. I am pretty involved on campus already, but I’d like to become more involved with AIChE next year. With the installment of the mentor program, I’ll attend several meetings each semester and get to know more ChemE majors. Here is the link to the AIChE website. As a student, I am able to join the organization for free, there is a charge for members in the professional field. Each month I receive a newsletter which outlines the latest in the field of Chemical Engineering.