1. Write us a letter or send us an email telling us how your education here at Cal Poly has helped you succeed in your career. This information will be used at our next ABET accreditation visit.
2. Give us an update and stop by the department office when you're on campus.
3. Give feedback to the MatE department about what skills and/or topics would be helpful for current MatE students out in industry or graduate school. Suggestions that have been emailed to faculty (such as using CAD, giving presentations, understanding heat transfer) are collected in a binder and are addressed as part of our ABET accreditation process.
4. Come back to Cal Poly to give a MESS (Materials Engineering Student Societies club) talk or host a company tour for MESS. Please contact MESS faculty advisor Kathy Chen (email@example.com)
5. Host an alum gathering or event near you. Masao Drexel hosted a gathering in Fremont in the Summer of 2008, and John Van Dyke and Peter D’Aquanni co-hosted an event in Carlsbad in December of 2008.
6. Sponsor an industrial-relevant senior project. Please contact the department if you are interested in sponsoring a project!
7. Donate old or unused equipment or supplies or services to support new design-based projects in MatE courses.
Digital Rockwell hardness tester donated by Andrew O'Connor at Chevron is now heavily used in the MATE 215 introductory materials laboratory. Scott Miner (class of ’95) gave a guest lecture about machining to the freshmen and provided stock materials to build vacuum systems. CTC United Defense performed all the machining as per order of each freshman design team. NDC routinely donates NiTi samples for MatE labs and projects.
8. Seek out and hire a MatE for a summer internship.
9. Spread the word and excitement about Materials Engineering to children with the MatE outreach kit filled with presentation slides, demonstrations, and fun stickers and temporary tattoos.
Visit local schools, your old high school, or your children's school. The MatE outreach kit can be borrowed and contains all sorts of items to make science cool. Contact Lisa Ballou (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kathy Chen (email@example.com) for more information.
10. Support us financially! In these economic times, your donations are appreciated more than ever.