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Mentoring Process

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and the Penn State Civil and Environmental Engineering Alumni Society, in cooperation with the Penn State American Society of Civil Engineers student chapter and the Penn State Harrisburg Civil Engineering Advisory Board, collectively sponsor the Civil and Environmental Engineering Mentoring Program.  

The program provides career guidance to current Penn State CEE undergraduates by Penn State graduates currently engaged in the civil engineering profession and facilitates a bridge between academia and industry for current students. 

Mentors and protégés interact on a one-to-one basis using mutually agreed methods of communication. This effort also includes occasional group meetings and activities for all program participants several times a year.


Juniors and seniors at the University Park or Harrisburg campus are matched with alumni mentors based on educational background, career goals, and professional interests. Matches will receive full biographical information about their mentor/mentee prior to the first meeting. If either of the parties believes the match is ineffective, all efforts will be made to arrange another match. 


To participate in the mentoring program, please sign-up using the mentoring program's registration system. *Please note, if you are registering as a mentor, you will need to create a Friends of Penn State account if you do not already have one. The registering system will guide you through this process.

Once the Friends of Penn State account is created, you will provide contact information, as well as biographical information such as career goals, industry interests, and technical interests, through the mentoring sign-up form. When a match has been made, students and mentors will be notified of their matches and provided each other’s background information. 

Resources for Students and Mentors

The Mentor Handbook provides additional information on the mentoring program, including a detailed description of the mentoring process.

Guidelines for establishing a successful student-mentor relationship are available at Student Guidelines, Mentor Guidelines and Action Planning Guidelines. These guidelines have been established based on best practices of successful student mentoring programs at Penn State University.

Get More Information

If you have any questions regarding the Civil and Environmental Engineering Mentoring Program, please contact Willy Heisey at



The Penn State Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, established in 1881, is internationally recognized for excellence in the preparation of undergraduate and graduate engineers through the integration of education, research, and leadership.

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

212 Sackett Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-1408

Phone: 814-863-3084