A mentor is an industry professional who devotes time to
students within the university setting. Although mentors can fill any number of different roles, all mentors have the same goal in common: to help students achieve their potential and expand their abilities within the “real world” Project Based Learning experience of the Capstone class.
Mentors come from a wide variety of backgrounds, including engineering, architecture, construction and industry. As a group they donate in excess of 1,000 man hours each semester to the Capstone class. They work weekly with student teams typically during class sessions on Thursday mornings.
The mentor function comprises multiple roles; these include receptive and active roles.
Mentors offer guidance, provide coaching, act as role models and act as advocates for students. Mentors also provide feedback to the students on a regular basis relative to their performance.