About the Construct*ium Mentorship Program
The Construct*ium Mentorship Program provides guidance, role models and resources for students and their journeys from school to the professional world - helping build their network and put them on the path to success! Our mentors can help student understand what they're learning and how they can apply that knowledge to real-life professional contexts.
What students are saying:
"My mentor and I are off to a great start. I think it has been beneficial for both members, myself and my mentor. We've covered a lot of ground!"
"Being able to ask questions about starting salary and beginning responsibilities was very beneficial. I have a position lined up for this summer already with a prominent General Contractor!"
"My mentor and I have been very active. We toured the Palace Theater site in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, which is a historical renovation and a particular interest of mine. We followed up the tour with an in depth discussion on the challenges of city-bid projects and how it affects the strategy of the projects."
The Construct*ium Mentorship Committee Team
Brett Sillerud | Executive Member
Brett Sillerud is an MEP Project Engineer at RJM Construction and is a University of Minnesota-Twin Cities alumni with a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management. He was the Vice President and an Executive Member of the Construction and Facilities Management Student Association at the University of Minnesota. Brett is a Technical Engineer in the US Army Reserves and served as a Contract Administrator and Lead Project Engineer while deployed. He enjoys being active, learning, and spending time outdoors.
Meir Avila | Executive Member
Meir Avila is a Project Engineer Intern for RJM Construction and is a University of Minnesota-Twin Cities alumni with a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management. Meir was also the President of the Construction and Facilities Management Student Association at the University of Minnesota and is active member of the University’s Construction Management Alumni Association. He has worked on corporate, residential, and healthcare projects throughout the last three years and has interned in Gorman Surveying Inc and Kraus Anderson. He also enjoys soccer and golf, is fluent in French, Spanish and English and was born in Caracas, Venezuela.