Our network of industry experts lies at the heart of Idea Lab. With industry specialists in energy, health, clean tech, WASH, and agriculture from over 40 countries. In addition to drawing from ASMEs pool of engineers, Idea lab mentors have experience in Human Centered Design, Industrial Design, Business Development, and Marketing.
Each term, the class of innovators will be introduced to two new mentors that will work with them over the six month term. Mentors oversee innovator progress and guide them along their path of development. After an initial assessment that establishes their strengths and weaknesses, both as a team and a concept/solution, innovators are assigned tasks (research activities, training/instruction, information to review, iterations to develop) that will move them in the right direction.
Mentors conduct one assessment (benchmarking) and three milestone reviews (progress checks) during their tenure. In between these scheduled events, they will be passed along questions from time to time to provide feedback on. This may be pointing the team to a specific resource or identifying from our catalogue of advisors, who the innovator should approach for more information on a topic.
Mentors make critical contributions to the catalogue of Idea Lab resources. Mentors are asked to host one presentation/workshop regarding a subject matter of their choosing. Our expert produced content is intended to fill instructional gaps that we've/they've identified in the curriculum and should sit at the intersection of Product Design & Global Development.