Term of Award

Fall 2017

Degree Name

Master of Science in Applied Engineering (M.S.A.E.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)


Department of Mechanical Engineering

Committee Chair

Roger Purcell

Committee Member 1

Melissa Plew

Committee Member 2

John Dryden

Committee Member 3

Keith Landry

Committee Member 3 Email



This thesis addresses the issues student veterans face in their transition from military to academic life while pursuing an undergraduate degree in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) at Georgia Southern University’s College of Engineering and Information Technology (CEIT). Historically this transition has been a difficult one. Through the implementation of a mentorship program comprised of military veterans on the staff and faculty of Georgia Southern University as well as assistance and participation from members of the case study researcher team and primary researcher this program assisted incoming military student veterans as they assimilated into the collegiate atmosphere. The mentorship program was designed to assist each student veteran during their transitional phase back into the academic world and throughout their time as a college student. The program was also to assist these student veterans as they manage their perceived stress levels, work through their academic and social challenges and prepare them for their future employment. The data presented in this document was gathered during the 2016-2017 school year.

Research Data and Supplementary Material