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MECHE Graduate student group coaching program

Collaborative Professional & Personal Development

Join a Community to Build Your Path to Success 

Fall 2023 Registration Deadline








Group Coaching

Small coaching cohorts of supportive peers to aid in your personal and professional development.

Accountability Groups

Small cohorts of supportive peers to provide accountability for your personal and professional goals.



Develop strategies for completing coursework and research demands;  Overcome the “no deadline” paradox.

Goal Setting

Develop skills for defining SMART goals and the capability to articulate your desired overall academic journey.

Time & Stress Management

Develop structures and systems that enable you to manage your time and stress to enjoy your academic journey.



Capture the confidence and motivation to thrive during your academic experience.

What Is Coaching?

Coaching (as opposed to mentoring and advising) co-creates a unique partnership between coach and coachee to find creative solutions that foster continuous growth and development. As Mechanical Engineers, one way to think about coaching is collaborative product development, with you as the product and you and your coach as the development team.

Who Is Coaching For?

Anyone looking to develop and engage a growth mindset for their personal and professional success. 

Our Coaching Programs

Group Coaching

Join a small cohort (up to 6 graduate students) that meets weekly for group coaching.  Coaching topics are specific to your stated professional or personal goals.  

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  • Onboarding cohorts (first time participants): you will be coached by the facilitator and learn necessary coaching skills to enable you to coach and support your peers. 
  • Experienced cohorts (at least one semester participation): you will be coached by cohort members with support by the facilitator and continue to develop and refine your coaching skills.
  • Sessions run on a semester-by-semester basis.
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Accountability Groups

Join a small cohort (up to 4 graduate students) that meets weekly for spotlight sessions.  Accountability goals are specific to your stated goals for the duration of the enrollment. 

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  • Each spotlight session, every cohort member has a fixed time to discuss their work towards their goals, reflect on their process, and set new goals for the coming week to a non-judgmental and supportive audience.
  • Sessions run on a semester-by-semester basis, as well as IAP.
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About the Lead Coach

Dr. Kelli Hendrickson (Sc.D. ’05) is an experienced fluid dynamics researcher with over 25 years of experience working in academia as a researcher, mentor, and advisor.  She is the daughter of a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and led the semi-nomadic life that being the child of a military officer can bring living in Dayton, OH (twice), D.C., and CA, where she was born.  She received her B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and an Sc.D. degree in Ocean Engineering.  Dr. Hendrickson grew up wanting to be the first woman on the moon and even worked at NASA as a co-op.  In time she realized that the underlying passion in all of her research is fluid dynamics, and she should stay on the planet where the fluids are.

Dr. Hendrickson is a Certified Professional Coach through the International Coach Federation with an intense desire to bring the practice of coaching, widely acknowledged for its effectiveness in the professional business sector, into academia.  Her core belief in the power of reflection to generate intentional change is at the heart of the Graduate Student Group Coaching program that she founded in 2020 with support from the Mechanical Engineering Department Leadership. 

Her informal bio is this:

On top of being a woman Sc.D. in STEM, she is a wife, a mother, a daughter, and a sister.  She has tried to “have it all” and find “work-life balance” and has failed spectacularly.  Along with her successes, these struggles and failures define who she is as much as her academic CV.   She equally enjoys wake surfing and lazing by the water (be it the beach, river or lake) with a good book that has nothing to do with research. This pandemic year she has hunkered down with her husband of 25 years, two children who on the cusp of adulthood, an aging dog and a cranky cat. 

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