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About Mentor Alliance

Members of Mentor Alliance are select professionals who use their experience and expertise to help BYU Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering students refine their leadership and technical skills through impactful mentoring opportunities. Mentors provide feedback and serve as judges for the annual Student Innovator of the Year (SIOY) competition, train club leaders, contribute to BYU Engineering Together (BE Together) initiatives, participate in one-on-one virtual mentoring, and much more. Students love every chance they get to glean knowledge and experience from the mentors, and mentors get to network with each other while helping students.

Mentor Alliance membership is by invitation only. No financial contribution is necessary to participate.
If you are interested in being a mentor to BYU engineering students, please contact Jim Trent, Assistant Dean, to find out about joining Mentor Alliance.

Mentor Alliance Opportunities

Student Innovator of the Year (SIOY) Mentoring and Judging

Nov. 30: Mentor Alliance Day and SIOY Speed Mentoring 
Feb. 13: SIOY Showcase Judging 
Feb. 29: SIOY Finals 

Mentor Alliance members participate in a Speed Mentoring event during Mentor Alliance Day, Nov. 30. They provide valuable feedback to the SIOY competitors regarding how to further develop and hone their projects for a showcase and final competition in the winter semester. 

At the SIOY Showcase on Feb. 13, mentors help judge the engineering, innovation, and impact of students' projects, sending the top 7 teams to the final competition. 
Here's the judges' schedule for the day:
- 12:00 p.m. Welcome, networking and lunch
- 12:30 p.m. Judging app instructions, etc.
- 1:00 p.m. Formal judging time begins (judges are welcome to leave whenever they're done judging)
- 4:30 p.m. Final call for submitting scores
- 5:00 p.m. Finalists are announced (an email will also be sent out with this information)

On February 29, Mentors are invited to attend SIOY Finals and watch the top 7 teams present their ideas on stage, vying for a share of the $50k in prize money and for that elusive title: Student Innovator of the Year.
You can view the exciting 2023 final competition on our YouTube channel here. And as an example of other past projects students have brought to the contest, you can view the 2020-21 gallery of SIOY Showcase video submissions here.

Email jim.trent@byu.edu if you have any questions.

Mentor Alliance Day

The first Mentor Alliance event of the school year will be Thursday, Nov. 30. It will include a chance to network with other members of the Alliance, join students for a mentoring luncheon, give project feedback to SIOY competitors, and bask in the energy of fall on campus at BYU.
Mentor Alliance Day