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Call for Future City Mentors and Judges

SOUTHFIELD -- If you're an engineer or other tech worker who would like to pay it forward, while having fun working with the next generation of inventive minds, the Engineering Society of Detroit has an opportunity for you.

In the 20th year of the Future City competition, the ESD is calling for volunteers to be mentors and judges for this great program. This competition underscores the volunteer's expertise and the skills necessary for the planning and development of our cities of the future.

The volunteer mentor is an integral part of the Future City team, providing valuable input and technical assistance to the middle school students who compete in the Future City competition. With the mentor's input, students learn how engineers, designers, and technical professionals turn ideas into reality and apply their knowledge to real-world situations.

The role of the judge is to draw on their expertise and resources to judge the teams' projects.  Judges will be needed at each of the three stages of the competition -- SimCity computer design, essays and narratives, and competition day.

Who can be a mentor or judge? Judges can be of any profession. Preferred mentors ideally work in the engineering community, including engineers, architects, technical professionals, and city or urban planners. ESD has schools in Detroit, Utica, Sterling Heights, Saline, Rochester, Warren, Hazel Park, Lansing, Ann Arbor and Redford Township in need of mentors.

To volunteer as a mentor, please contact Sue Ruffner at To volunteer as a judge, please contact Leslie Smith at

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