Xiaoyan Long

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Dr. Xiaoyan Long
Geotechnical Engineer
Fugro USA Marine, Inc.
15 years of experience

Xiaoyan Long SUT-US MentorI am a deputy engineering manager with Fugro USA Marine, Inc. My daily work routine includes project management, proposal preparation, client interactions and staff training. I have been working sort of mentor role for the younger engineers within the company.

Something about me:
"I think it is very important to have a mentor at the early stage of the career and the late stage of school year to understand how the industry looks like and how to best prepare for the change from the student role to professional role."

The best advice I’ve received…
"I remember very clearly the advice Dr. Don Murff gave me right after I graduated and worked together in a project with Dr. Murff. I sent an email to him with the attachment of analysis result and no summary text in the email. Dr. Murff specially explained to me the importance of giving a summary of the study findings in the email text without the need to dive in the analysis files, especially for the managers with busy schedule. It was a great advice and after that, I paid special attention to my email writing making sure enough information is conveyed and easily seen."

What can I contribute as a Mentor?
"Help the mentee to get adjust to the industry and have the pictures of the profession life. I am interest to help students and young professionals to help adjust to the professional life. To discuss how to best to get the balance of work and family."

Preferences and availability:
I am willing to mentor students and young professionals once a month preferably during weekends, remotely or in person. However, the frequency and length of mentoring sessions will be an agreement between Mentor and Mentee.

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