Investing in our Future. At Patton, we believe that mentoring is important, not only because of the knowledge and skills students can learn from mentors, but also because mentoring provides professional socialization and personal support to facilitate success in graduate school and beyond. Quality mentoring greatly enhances students’ chances for success. Research shows that students who experience good mentoring also have a greater chance of securing positions in their desired field due to a greater understanding of real life situations and how to apply their education in the work place.
Patton is a proud sponsor of the BAJA SAE team of Cal Poly University. This racing team is the largest student chapter of SAE International in California. Over 125 members contribute to designing, manufacturing, and testing three innovative racing vehicles.
Months of hard work culminate at SAE’s Collegiate Design Series (CDS) competitions. These international competitions challenge the students to apply their skills outside of the classroom as part of a project that closely imitates industry practices.