Jonathan “Chuck” Roth 2017-06-28 00:44:16
A Case for Mentors and Mentees Who is ASABE? I believe that, at our core, we are engineers of life. We are the engineers who are going to conceptualize, design, build, test, develop, and deploy technologies that will sustain life for both the foreseeable future and the distant future. The challenge is that the world population is growing faster than ever before. Earth is currently home to 7.5 billion people and is projected to have 11.2 billion by the year 2100. That’s 3.7 billion more people—a 49% increase from today! Looking at our profession, I see not only the day-to-day tasks that need to be fulfilled but also a much larger task: raising the next generation of agricultural and biological engineers who will push efficiency and sustainability to new heights with technologies that we haven’t even thought of yet. Certainly our colleges, universities, and ASABE are doing an excellent job in developing the profession. However, when the Young Professionals Community sat down this winter to analyze how well we’re helping ASABE achieve this lofty goal, we agreed that we could help further in a very big way: mentoring. Some of us had heard about ASABE’s E-Mentoring program, but we weren’t familiar with it and we weren’t serving as mentors or mentees. We set out to change this. The first step in our plan to reinvigorate the E-Mentoring program is to host a booth at the 2017 Annual International Meeting to sign up new mentors and mentees. We’ll have the list of current mentors on hand for potential mentees, along with opportunities for new mentors. If you’re a student, young professional, or even seasoned veteran who’s always wondered what committee you should be on, what presentations you should attend, or what contacts you should be making, swing by and sign up as a mentee! Or if you’re wondering what you can do to help feed, clothe, and shelter another 3.7 billion people, stop by and add your name to the mentor list. Your great-great-great grand-kids will thank you! I look forward to seeing you at the AIM in Spokane. In the meantime, for more information about the ASABE E-Mentoring program, login to your ASABE membership account (www.asabe.org) and click on the E-mentoring tab. ASABE member Jonathan “Chuck” Roth, Engineer, John Deere, Hanford, Calif., USA, email@example.com.
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