CSUN Offers ‘Speed Mentoring’ for Students Interested in Science, Engineering

Students taking part in last year's Drop In, Take Ten event at the Oviatt Library. Photo courtesy of the Oviatt Library.

Students taking part in last year’s Drop In, Take Ten event at the Oviatt Library. Photo courtesy of the Oviatt Library.

Students from colleges throughout the San Fernando Valley are invited to join their colleagues at California State University, Northridge for speed mentoring on Tuesday, Oct. 22, to learn about opportunities in the fields of engineering and science.

The second annual “Drop In, Take Ten” event, sponsored by CSUN’s Bonita J. Campbell Endowment for Women in Science an Engineering (WISE), is scheduled to take place from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Ferman Presentation Room of the Delmar T. Oviatt Library, located in the heart of the university’s campus at 18111 Nordhoff St. in Northridge.

Engineers and scientists from all sectors of the technological workforce will be on hand to answer questions. Students will be able to site one-on-one for 10- to 15-minute intervals with up to five different “mentors” from a diverse list of organizations and companies that includes FIRST Robotics, Medtronic, Northrop Grumman, The Aerospace Corporation and the Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center. During the short, highly focused sessions, students will be given the opportunity to ask questions about career paths and the professional environments their mentors work in.

The event will begin with a short welcome from Peggy Nelson, vice president of engineering and global product development for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.

The WISE endowment was established at CSUN’s Oviatt Library in 2009 by manufacturing systems engineering and management professor emeritus Bonita J. Campbell. One of the endowment’s primary directives is to encourage and help women build careers in science and engineering.

For more information about the event, visit the WISE website http://library.csun.edu/WISE or call (818) 677-2638. Persons with disabilities planning to attend the event and needing assistance and deaf and hard-of-hearing persons needing interpreters, please call the above number in advance for arrangements.

For additional information about library events and hours, visit its website at http://library.csun.edu or call (818) 677-2285.

Cal State Northridge’s Oviatt Library has more than 1.4 million volumes. It also subscribes to nearly 53,000 online journals, more than 2,300 print journals, more than 200 online databases and nearly 27,000 eBooks. It has an extensive audio and video collection, numbering nearly 18,000 items. The library’s online resources are heavily used, with almost 13 million visits to its Web pages and databases annually; and a yearly gate count of more than 1.6 million patrons. It also has an extensive collection of rare books, manuscripts, documents, photographs, artifacts and other archival materials. The Oviatt Library serves as the main research facility for the San Fernando Valley.

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