Note: During the 2020-21 academic year, many of our events will be offered in a virtual format. 

Engage with Students On-Campus

  • Careers in ME Symposium (September/October): This event focuses on introducing second-year students to career opportunities available to mechanical engineering graduates. Industry guests give talks and sit on panels, share their career journeys and insights and give advice to current students. They are also invited to talk with students and other alumni during a networking dinner.
  • ME Alumni Connect Day (October/November): You are invited to participate in a full day of events or to come and go throughout the day as your schedule allows. Engagement opportunities include in-class panels, a graduate student networking breakfast, a networking lunch for all students, student mock interviews and an alumni-only happy hour. 
  • Explore ME Dinners (February/March): Join first-year students for a dinner focused on sharing your insights and experiences in different areas of mechanical engineering. Tables will rotate every 15 minutes to facilitate a series of short-form conversations on specified topics. 
  • Sponsor a Design Project (Commit to sponsoring a team in Spring/Summer): Project sponsorship is a great way to build prototypes, explore new concepts and develop ancillary ideas while getting to know a team of soon-to-be professionals. You as the client will retain any IP generated throughout the course of the project. Sponsorship includes financial support and mentorship of a team of 5-7 students over a project cycle from August to May. Learn more here
  • Judge Projects at the CU Engineering Projects Expo (April): The CU Engineering Projects Expo takes place in April each year. At the event, students in seniors and graduate students in Capstone Design demonstrate their projects. You are needed to provide feedback and ratings for this year's mechanical engineering project teams. We’re always looking for project judges! 

Engagement with Students Remotely

  • Mock Interviews (October & November): Host practice job interviews for second-year students enrolled in MCEN 2000: Mechanical Engineering as a Profession. You can participate in as many or as few interviews as your schedule allows, and interviews can even be conducted over the phone or video chat if you are unable to meet in person. 
  • Informational Interviews (Ongoing): As an informational interview volunteer, you may be contacted by up to three students looking for insights into your industry and career path. Students request your contact information after seeing your job title and company name on our list of volunteers.
  • Industry Tours (February/March/April): Sign up to show students around your place of work! Industry tours are a great way to show students how what they're learning in the classroom can be applied in industry. 
  • Case Studies for Courses (Ongoing): Share examples of engineering concepts in practice that align with our mechanical engineering courses. Email katherine.mcconnell@colorado.edu to learn more. 

Low-Pressure Events                                                            

Just want to hang out? Let us know and we’ll invite you to the following department events. No pressure, no need to rsvp; just stop by and say hi!

  • Component Design Runoff (April/May & December)
  • ASME Fall/Spring BBQ (April/May & December)
  • CU Engineering Projects Expo (April) 
  • Alumni & Student Happy Hours organized by ASME (TBD)

    Other Ways to Connect

    • Connect with Students on LinkedIn: Current students often use the CU Boulder Mechanical Engineering LinkedIn Group to connect with alumni and industry partners in fields of interest.  
    • College of Engineering and Applied Science Opportunities for Alumni: There are a number of ways for you to engage with the College of Engineering and Applied Science depending on the time you have available and where you are located. Opportunities include joining the GOLD Board, attending regional alumni networking events, attending the Homecoming Tailgate and more.   

    Future Engagement Opportunities                                                                                  

    Stay tuned for future engagement opportunities as they are developed.