Engineering Exploration Program

Engineering Exploration Program
Open to rising 11th, and 12th graders
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Facilities
July 16-20, 2018 | 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.

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.

Questions? If you have any questions regarding the submittal of application and supplemental documentation, please contact a Summer@Rensselaer staff member 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-built-test experience.

What You Will Learn: 

Participants will be in a lecture/experiment type setting, utilizing knowledge from the lectures to perform experiments in aspecific 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: 

We have several Rensselaer faculty who are experts in their fields facilitating components of the syllabus for the week:

Professor and Faculty Director Antoinette Maniatty
Professor Paul Schoch
Professor Mark Anderson
Professor Liping Huang
Professor Ying Chen
Professor Yunfeng Shi
Professor Pankaj Karande
Professor Larry Ruff
Professor Riccardo Bevilacqua
Mr. David Diguilio - Academic Support Technician
Mr. John Szcezniak - Machine Shop Manager

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. 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 insur


Important Dates: 
January 1, 2018 – Application Opens
March 31, 2018 – Application Deadline 
April 30 – Students are notified of their acceptance.
June 1, 2018 – Final day to submit Health Info
June 1, 2018- 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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