Prerequisites: Students looking to explore a career in engineering, science, and/or physics are encouraged to apply for this program. Applications will be selected based on GPA, science/tech/engineering/math related activities, student response questions, and teacher reference forms.
Please note: Online applications must be submitted before supplemental information can be received. Supplemental information including recommendation letters, transcripts, etc. can be copies, we do not need originals.
Explore the field of aerospace engineering, tour RPI's top-tier research labs and learn how experimental data is collected by running wind tunnel tests. Participants will apply their new aerodynamic and flight mechanic knowledge by building a balsa glider and an electric radio controlled airplane for test flights!
Participants will learn the basics of aerospace engineering through lectures and aerodynamic demonstrations and experiments in a lab setting. Various experiements will be conducted on different plane models. Students will also design, build, and test two model airplanes utilizing their newly acquired aeronautical engineering knowledge. Interact with our brilliant faculty, graduate researchers, and undergraduate students in the field.
Students who have completed this program have gone on to apply to the Aeronautical Engineering major offered by Rensselaer's School of Engineering's Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering department. In addition to engineering degrees, students have gone on to study physics and other degrees offered from the Rensselaer's School of Science. For additional details regarding the Rensselaer undergraduate experience, visit the Office of Admissions at Rensselaer.
Professor Michael Amitay received his D.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology in 1994. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Arizona from 1994-1996. From 1996 until 2003 Dr. Amitay was at GA Tech where he held several positions the latest was Senior Research Engineer. He joined the faculty of the Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering Department in the summer semester of 2003. Professor Amitay's research interests are focused on active and passive flow control techniques and their applications in aerodynamics (airfoils, bluff bodies and mini and micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicles). Another research topic includes the application of flow control to particle-laden flows and sprays with applications in medical engineering (specifically in micro-dentistry).
Dr. Onkar Sahni is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering (MANE) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Prior to his current position he was a research scientist/engineer at the Center for Predictive Engineering and Computational Science (PECOS) located in the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his PhD degree from Rensselaer in 2007 and Bachelors degree from Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay in 2002. His research interests span modeling and simulation of coupled fluid flow problems involving turbulence and flow control. His research also puts emphasis on adaptive methods, extreme-scale computing and uncertainty quantification. In current and past research projects he has applied simulation-based tools in various real-world application areas including aerodynamics, cardiovascular flows, two-phase fluid flows, and wind turbines.
Additional Program Support: Design/Build/Fly is a student club from the School of Engineering that designs, builds, and flies remote-controlled airplanes and participates in national competitions representing Rensselaer aeronautical engineering students. Members from this club participate as teaching assistants during this summer program.
Commuter Cost is $850.00 There is a $425.00 non-refundable deposit required in order to reserve your spot in the program, once the student is academically accepted. Commuters must furnish their own transportation to and from campus.
Residential Cost is $1835.00. There is a $425.00 non-refundable deposit required in order to reserve your spot in the program, once the student is academically accepted. This cost includes room and board, program materials, residential events and programs, and any academic related materials. Check-in will be on Sunday afternoon prior to the start of the program and Check-out will be on Friday, after a final presentation.
Accepted students will receive information regarding accommodations, arrival/departure times, and full program details upon registration. Please note that all students will be required to submit health and medical information before arrival on campus. All residential students must possess medical insurance.
Registration Information: Accepted students must register as soon as possible to secure their spot in the program by making their deposit. A link will be provided to you upon your acceptance.
What is the difference between the Engineering Exploration program and the Aerospace Engineering program? The Engineering Exploration enrichment program is designed to expose students interested in the field of engineering to a week-long project and the opportunity to work with Rensselaer faculty from multiple disciplines within the school of Engineering. Students will gain an understanding of how different engineering fields relate to one another. The Aerospace Engineering program introduces students to a career path within the Aerospace discipline of engineering. The program takes a close look at how objects fly using model airplanes. Students who have an interest in engineering and those interested specifically in aerospace could plan on attending both programs in the same summer or make plans to stay on campus in multiple years.