Aerospace Engineering Summer Program

Open to rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Facilities
Session 1: July 13-17, 2020 | Session 2: July 20-24, 2020| Duration: 1 Week
Commuters: $850.00 Residential: $1835
Application Information: 

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 should be submitted before supplemental information can be received. Supplemental information including recommendation letters, transcripts, etc. can be copies, we do not need originals.

Application LInk:

Questions?: If you have any questions regarding submitting your application, please contact Summer@Rensselaer staff at (518) 276-6809 or email


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 electric radio controlled airplane models for test flights! 

What You Will Learn: 

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.

Faculty Profile: 

Professor Michael Amitay is Professor and James L. Decker '45 Endowed Chair in Aerospace Engineering and Director, Center for Flow Physics and Control (CeFPaC) at Rensselaer Poilytechnic Institaute. He 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 Associate 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.

Program Cost and Accommodations: 

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. This cost includes tuition and program materials. only. Commuters must furnish their own transportation to and from campus. Check-in will be on Monday morning and Check-out will be on Friday, after a final presentation.

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 tuition, program materials, room and board, and all residential activities. 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 inormation 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 (including immunization records) before arrival on campus. All residential students must possess medical insurance.

Important Dates: 
January 7 – Application opens
March 31 – Application deadline 
April 30 – Students are notified of their acceptance
May 15 - Registration deadline for accepted students
June 1 – Final day to submit health forms
June 1- Final payment is due for accepted/registered students

Registration Information:  Accepted students should register as soon as possible after admission. A link will be provided to you upon your acceptance.

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