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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. 17: Mentor Alliance Day and SIOY Speed Mentoring 
Feb. 15: SIOY Showcase Judging 
Mar. 1: SIOY Finals 

Mentor Alliance members participated in a Speed Mentoring event during Mentor Alliance Day, Nov. 17. They provided 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. 15, mentors will judge the innovation, engineering, and impact of students' projects, and sending a select number of teams to the final competition to compete for a share of $50k in prize money. 

RSVP here by Jan. 27 to be a judge at Showcase. We can’t do it without our mentors!

Here’s the schedule for the day:
  • 9:30 – Welcome, instructions, continental breakfast
  • 10:00 – Showcase judging
  • 12:00 – Lunch available at your leisure
  • 1:30 – Formal judging time ends and finalists announced at 2

Judging time will vary for each judge, so judges need not stay until the formal judging time ends.

To get an idea of the kind of projects students bring to the contest, you can view the 2020-21 gallery of SIOY Showcase video submissions here, and the exciting 2022 final competition on our YouTube channel here.

On March 1, Mentors are invited to attend SIOY Finals, where the top 7 teams selected from the Showcase will present their ideas stage, vying for a share of the $50k in prize money and for that elusive title: Student Innovator of the Year. It’s Wednesday, March 1 from 3-5 p.m. in the Engineering Building.
  • RSVP here and we will reserve you a seat in our VIP section!

Mentor Alliance members are also invited to join the Student Innovator of the Year Networking Group on LinkedIn to connect with students and offer mentorship on their innovation projects. 

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

Mentor Alliance Day

The first Mentor Alliance event of the school year was on Thursday, Nov. 17. It included a chance to network with other members of the Alliance, attend a lecture given by R&D engineer & multiple entrepreneur Brady Woolford, 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