Meet the Staff
Meet our Director, Chester Miller
Chester has a strong blend of engineering and student affairs knowledge and experience. He earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Morgan State University and an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Binghamton University. He spent seven years at IBM as a Design and Verification Engineer and has 12 years experience working in higher education supporting student retention, success, and development. Most of his years in higher education included direct and intentional relationships and connections focused on students in STEM fields. With tangible industry experience as a practicing engineer and University Housing experience, Chester brings a unique blend of competencies and perspectives to serving students in First Year Engineering.
As the village director, Chester is responsible for providing direction, mission advancement, strategic planning, learning outcome-based initiatives, high-impact activities and workshop planning and implementation in support of student success. He leads a village advisory board, develops partnerships with campus departments, engages engineering alumni and corporate leaders in the village and supervises a team of eight student mentors to meet the needs of the village. Chester also teaches a section of the E101 Engineering Introductory course consisting of students in the village. This enables Chester to holistically nurture the student development process.
Meet Our Mentors
The village mentor is a crucial component of a successful Engineering Village. Engineering Village mentors are upper-class, live-in students who work collaboratively with the Resident Advisors (RAs) to provide an enjoyable and educational village experience for all village residents, and serve as a liaison between the village community, University Housing and the College of Engineering. Mentors play a key role in reinforcing a comprehensive experience that blends the co-curricular with the academic. The overarching goal of the village mentor is to serve as a model of good leadership, as well as responsible academic and social behavior.
To support the village curriculum, mentors:
- Build relationships with village residents by scheduling dinners, socials, games and sharing their challenges and successes they experienced during their first year in the College of Engineering and the Engineering Village;
- Encourage village members to participate in hall, campus, and College of Engineering events and activities to facilitate peer connections and bonding;
- Serve as an academic mentor and support source for the challenging first-year courses in Calculus I, II, or III, Physics I and Chemistry. Because these courses are vital to CODA expectations, mentors are available to help students learn and take advantage of village and campus-wide resources, including academic engagement group, in-hall study groups and in-hall tutoring and academic advising;
- Plan and implement team building and leadership development activities during village-sponsored trips; and
- Plan and implement the Village Speaker Series and Grand Challenges Competition