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MENTORS

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Thank you for your interest in the Real World Design Challenge. RWDC relies on a diverse cadre of mentors to provide support to participating teams. Mentors from a wide variety of backgrounds will be asked to provide guidance based on their own areas of expertise. No two teams will have the same needs so the support provided by mentors may take many different forms. Some possible activities include:


Who Are the Mentors?

Anyone who is currently employed as a scientist, mathematician, or engineer may volunteer to participate as a mentor. These professionals might be employed at Federal Agencies like the FAA, and NASA, Aerospace/Aviation related industry and higher education.

What Commitment does a Mentor make?


Mentors Should be Willing to:


Mentors may also Choose to:


Mentors Should NOT:


How Will the Students Select Their Mentors?

Students will also have the opportunity to choose up to four mentors based on the mentors’ expertise. Once an RWDC team logs in to their team site, they will be provided with a complete list of registered mentors. The mentors will be subdivided into three categories based on current employment: Industry, Academia & Government (included federal agencies and National Laboratories). As part of this list, students will quickly be able to view a mentor’s name, organization and the technical areas in which they are willing to provide support (Science, Mathematics, Engineering, Aviation Design, Other).

How Will a Mentor Know if They Have Been Chosen?

A student or coach will contact the individual by their listed preferred method of contact. Once an individual agrees to mentor a team, the team will provide access to their Windchill account. This will allow the mentor to view the team’s documents. The Windchill interface will also provide a record of the collaboration between the team and the mentor.

How Will the Mentors Interact With the Students?

Communication will occur through the  Windchill web based collaboration software environment. Windchill is provided by Parametric Technology Corporation. Mentors will be invited to the school team’s site and provided with a password. All of the team’s work will be posted on their site. This will allow the mentor to review work and provide feedback at a time that is convenient to the mentor. The mentor should visit the site and provide weekly feedback on the work. Additional communication may occur by email or phone as needed. Email communication will be done through Windchill so that all email traffic can be managed and archived as a record of the team’s collaboration efforts.

Resources for navigating Windchill are provided on the RWDC website: In addition, PTC will provide a series of webinars designed to answers and provide additional support and training.