Engineering Exploration Program

Engineering students
Get an introduction to engineering concepts with a focus on creativity, teamwork, communication, and working across seven available engineering disciplines.
July 6-10, 2020 | One-Week Program

Open to rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders, 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.

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.

Program Details

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. Please note that incomplete applications will not be reviewed, so be sure to follow the application directions carefully.

Application link: https://rpi.regfox.com/apply-2020

If you have any questions on how to submit your application and supplemental documentation, please contact Summer@Rensselaer by calling (518) 276-6809 or via email.

Commuter cost: $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: $1,835.00
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 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 (including immunization records) before arrival on campus. All residential students must possess medical insurance.

  • Mark Anderson, Sr. Project Engineer, School of Engineering
  • Nihat Baysal, Professor of Practice, Chemical and Biological Engineering

  • Victoria Bennett, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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

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

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

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

  • Jian Shi, Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

  • Shankar Sundararaman, Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

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

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