Transportation Professionals of Future (TPF) Programs

To prepare students for joining the workforce, CTEDD has two programs including mentorship program and quarterly seminar series.

CTEDD Mentorship Program:


Graduate students with mentors are also likely to be more satisfied with their programs, be more involved in professional organizations, and have a stronger sense of professional identity, Johnson says. To provide these benefits for students, CTEDD designed and apply a mentorship program. The target audiences of this program are the UT Arlington students especially pursuing degrees in transportation planning area. Mentors and mentees have to fully learn about the requirement of the CTEDD mentorship program before signing up

Create objectives based on your goals

The first important step is to define the objectives of the program. The main objectives of the CSC mentorship program are as follows:

  • Preparing UTA students for the future jobs in the fields related to transportation
  • A platform for network between alumni, school and students
  • Providing the opportunity for students to explore the world of work through interaction with professionals in the careers of their interest.
  • Learning opportunities for students about the management function at transportation entities
  • Improve networking skills of students and help them realize the values of networking.


At the second step of mentorship program design, the criteria for mentees and mentors need to be determined. We expect mentees and mentors to be aware of the criteria before participating in the program:

Mentees Must be UTA full-time/part-time student
Active CSC member (Sign up for CSC Membership)
Obtain good educational circumstance.

Mentors are best to have/be

A career in a  transportation field
Withhold the commitment to the mentorship program for a specified period.

UTA alumni (optional)


Suggested Mentor/Mentee Activities:

Below is a list of suggested activities to be included in the mentorship interaction between mentors and mentees. The list can be a base and mentees and mentors are welcome to modify.

  • Lunch with mentor, mentee, and several other HR professionals to discuss everyday challenges practitioners encounter in their work.
  • Mentee attends a company training program with mentor.
  • Mentor and mentee discuss proper business and telephone etiquette and corporate protocol.
  • Mentee attends a safety committee meeting with mentor.
  • Mentee attends a company staff meeting.
  • Mentor and mentee attend a professional chapter meeting together. Mentor introduces Mentee to other HR professionals.
  • Mentee attends the career related professional meetings that mentor is involved. Mentor discusses common employee grievances and issues such as sexual harassment and substance abuse. Explains how they are handled.
  • Mentee observes the development of a special project.
  • Mentor reviews mentee’s resume and offers suggestions for improvement.
  • Mentee observes a day of recruiting.

Mentors’ Responsibilities:

  • Meet with the mentee and engage in in-person mentoring activities (or on the telephone as a backup)
  • Willingly share his/her experience and professional success in the organization with the mentee
  • Explain the organization structure of his/her profession and where mentee potentially can fit in
  • Share “lessons learned” from their own experiences
  • Look for non-typical helpful learning resources for the mentee (i.e., shadowing during meetings, suggested readings, etc.)
  • Stay accessible, committed, and engaged during the length of the program
  • Provide open and candid feedback
  • Offer encouragement through genuine positive reinforcement
  • Be a positive role model
  • Be a resource and a sounding board
  • Keep his/her conversations confidential
  • Let the Mentoring Program Manager know as soon as possible if the mentee is not performing effectively throughout the mentorship program.

Mentee’s Responsibilities

  • Meet with the mentor on a monthly basis and/or commit engage in the mentorship activities in person or through other agreed modes.
  • Proactively stay in touch with the mentor for scheduling meetings.
  • Understand the worth of mentor time so commit to self- development.
  • Assume responsibility for acquiring or improving skills and knowledge.
  • Discuss individual development planning with the mentor.
  • Be open, honest and realistic on goals, expectations, challenges, and concerns so receive effective help from mentors.
  • Be organized and prepared for meetings with the mentor.
  • Actively listen and ask questions, Be open to advice, opinion, feedback, and direction from the mentor.
  • Be receptive to constructive criticism/feedback.
  • Keep the mentee-mentor conversations confidential
  • Respect the mentor’s time and resources
  • Stay accessible, committed, and engaged during the length of the program.
  • Comfortably give feedback to the mentor on what is working or not working in the mentoring relationship.

Successful mentoring programs offer both structure and flexibility. Structure provides participants a mentoring workflow to follow and is critical to help participants achieve productive learning that reaches defined goals. Similarly, flexibility is essential to support varying individual mentoring needs across specific learning goals, preferences, and learning style.

Key design decisions need to be clarified:

  • How long will the mentorship relationship last? (The time period should be decided in advance and communicated to potential mentors so they understand what their time commitment will be).
  • How will students and professionals be matched?
  • Mentoring style: can be traditional, flash, reverse.
  • Connection type: possibly 1:1, group, or project
  • Community/social aspectsbeyond formal mentoring, tracking and reporting needs.
  • providing details such as key actions, time frames, support resources, and criteria for moving to the next phase.

Mentees and Mentors Sign up Form:

To enter and draw upon the CTEDD mentorship program, mentees first have to sign up for the CTEDD Student Council (CSC) membership and then sign up the mentorship program. The sign up form for mentors is available to collect mentors information to find and assign the best fitting mentees.


Quarterly Seminar Series:

CTEDD invites speakers from government, industry, public interest groups, consortium members and other academic institutions.This seminar series is a required program for all first- and second-year transportation graduate and CTEDD scholarship seeking students. The series are open to faculty, staff, researchers, transportation and non-transportation practitioners, policymakers, and the public. Invited speakers also are included in student classes, and the lectures are recorded using the Echo 360 system and archived on our website, YouTube and Priscope Channels.