The Mechanical Engineering Student Squad (MESS) is department-wide initiative that seeks to positively impact the recruitment, retention, and advancement of young mechanical engineers in the University of Delaware (UD) community. We are a group of current undergraduate students, faculty, and alumni who are focused on the following areas of impact.
MESS members conduct hands-on engineering demonstrations in middle and high school science classrooms. MESS members create their own curriculum with the help of faculty advisors, and it is made freely available online. MESS students and faculty also travel to regional and national science and engineering fairs, where they promote careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) to a broad audience of K12 students and parents. Lastly, MESS members support all recruiting activities for the UD Department of Mechanical Engineering, including prospective student tours, classroom visits from local schools, and college admission days.
Retention activities are focused on the student body in the UD Department of Mechanical Engineering. MESS members support undergraduate instructors in providing more design-based and hands-on experiences in the underclassmen courses. Specifically, MESS members serve as peer instructors in design and laboratory courses, help maintain common shop and lab equipment, and work with instructors to create new hands-on materials to use in underclassemen courses. MESS also runs a peer mentoring program that matches underclassmen mechanical engineering students with more senior students in the major.
Advancement activities are also focused exclusively on UD mechanical engineering students and alumni. The MESS works closely with Career Services and the ME Alumni Committee to connect current students with alumni who are looking to hire UD graduates. The group also sponsors networking events with recruiters and alumni for upperclassmen as well as resume reviews and internship workshops for underclassmen.