Engineering Exploration Program

Engineering Exploration Program
Open to rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Facilities
July 6-10, 2020 | Duration: One 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.  

Application details: In addition to the online application, students must submit a copy of their transcript and two recommendations. Supplemental information including recommendation letters, transcripts, etc. can be copies, we do not need originals or official copies. Applications will not be reviewed if they are incomplete. Please follow the directions on the application page carefully.

Application LInk:

Questions? If you have any questions regarding the submittal of application and supplemental documentation, please contact Summer@Rensselaer at or (518) 276-6809.


This program is an introduction to engineering concepts with a focus on creativity, teamwork, communication, and working across seven available engineering disciplines. Students will be introduced to various disciplines as well as engineering design processes through a week-long project, providing a design-build-test experience.

What You Will Learn: 

Participants will be in a lecture/experiment type setting, utilizing knowledge from the lectures to perform experiments in a specific discipline. We will cover an introduction to Electrical Engineering and with Magnetic Levitation Control experiment, spend time working on a wind turbine project. A component of the syllabus will also cover an introduction to Materials Science, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, as well as visits to several top-tier research labs, like our wind tunnel and Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory. Students who have completed this program have gone on to apply to various engineering programs offered by Rensselaer's School of Engineering. For addition details regarding the Rensselaer undergraduate experience, in a place where students and faculty collaborate to find solutions to the most pressing technological challenges we face today in energy, biotechnology, materials, information technology and management, and complex systems, visit The Office of Admissions at Rensselaer.

Faculty Profile: 

Kristen Mills, Assistant Professor, Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering

Antoinette Maniatty, Professor, Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering

Mark Anderson, Sr. Project Engineer, School of Engineering

Paul Schoch, Associate Professor, Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering

Kyle Wilt, Lecturer, Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering

Jian Shi, Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Shankar Sundararaman, Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Nihat Baysal, Professor of Practice, Chemical and Biological Engineering

John Christian, Assistant Professor, Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering

Victoria Bennett, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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, field trips, 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.


Other Notes: 

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.

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