By Stephanie Gillespie
Industry professionals can play a critical role in the success of a service learning project. By sharing your experience in technical design, professionalism, client/stakeholder relations, and/or project management, you can mentor a student-based EPICS team and increase the likelihood of successful community-based project deployment. With projects that potentially impact tens of thousands of individuals, your time and expertise can have a huge impact!
Some examples of how mentors have helped EPICS projects have included:
- Provided technical feedback on designs (Bridging the academic to real-world gap)
- Helped a team navigate a communication breakdown with a community partner
- Suggested alternate materials when supply chain issues were going to delay a project
- Served as a mediator when team conflicts on a design or project decision arise
- Connected the team to other professionals with specific expertise or experiences that the team could benefit from
As a mentor, you get the benefit of sharing your lessons learned and expertise with a team of developing engineers. You can share both your technical and professional expertise and see the students grow as their project progresses.
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