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Professional And Educational Mentoring: Opening Doors To Development And Growth

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

Publication Date

June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

End Date

June 15, 2005



Conference Session

New Approaches & Techniques in Engineering I

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10.1021.1 - 10.1021.9



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Fazil Najafi

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Adnan Javed1 & Dr. Fazil T. Najafi 2 1 Boyle Engineering/University of Florida, 2 University of Florida


Mentoring is a counseling of students and young professionals/engineers by professors and senior licensed professionals. Mentor helps the mentee or protégé achieve his or her career goals. In today’s modern world many private firms, professional institutions, and public organizations have developed and instituted formal mentoring programs. A successful mentoring program can become the hallmark of an organization’s vibrancy, success, viability and relevance. It helps to assimilate new talent into any organization’s culture. At a professional level it is a proven way to hold onto your best people, build their skills, and create stronger interoffice relationships.

Mentoring is a vast topic, and much has been done with it, both in industry and academia, in the past two decades. This paper is an attempt to study and identify what kind of professional guidance young professionals seek these days. A response from group of professionals and engineers was compiled to study the actual needs and demands posed by mentees in this age of fierce competition. It was comprehensively critiqued to conclude the current adopted patterns.


Mentoring is the best way to assimilate new professionals into any firm or institute’s culture. It is a proven way to hold onto the best people, build their skills and create stronger interoffice relationships. It enhances self-confidence and builds self-esteem. Mentoring contributes to the fulfillment of personal and professional development and contributes to the long-term success of any organization.

The goal is to initiate a relationship between new employees, students and those that have been with the organization or institution for number of years; and who through their knowledge and skills can provide an interface between the young people and the company/institution.

Mentoring is like the lifeblood of this Society. Without this interchange between the individuals, and the means by which we bring new members into the Society “Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright  2005 American Society for Engineering Education”

Najafi, F. (2005, June), Professional And Educational Mentoring: Opening Doors To Development And Growth Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--14404

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