Engineering Awareness Program for High School Students

For 30 years, Manhattan College's Engineering Awareness Program has aimed to introduce high school students to potential careers in the various fields of engineering.

At no cost to the students, the 10-day program focuses on science, engineering and SAT preparation and is co-sponsored by the ACE Mentorship Program, the Metropolitan Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the General Contractors' Association, as well as individual corporate sponsors. 

Rising juniors and seniors have the opportunity to become more exposed to the engineering field through guest speakers, experiments in mechanical (aerospace and energy), civil, electrical, environmental (water filtration) and computer engineering, class lectures and the college admission process. The program also explores engineering careers in the fields of law, business, medicine and education.

Directed by Walter P. Saukin, Ph.D., associate professor of civil engineering at Manhattan College, the Engineering Awareness Program draws students from the surrounding area with an emphasis on granting minority and female students exposure to engineering while providing them with information about scholarships and financial aid. 

Students for the program are selected in part based on strong mathematics and science abilities and either an interest in, or curiosity about, engineering. The extensive 10-day program includes:

  • Laboratory experiences in chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental and mechanical engineering, as well as in physics
  • Lectures
  • Computer graphics
  • Geotechnical engineering and green building design
  • Computer-aided design sessions in robotics
  • Aerospace lecture and lab and laboratory experimental design
  • Wide range of guest speakers
  • Laboratory experimental design program
  • Structural project periods
  • Structural competition
  • SAT testing and strategy session
  • Field trip to a structural design company
  • Air Force ROTC – professional and financial aid opportunities

Students must apply and be accepted into the program.

Download the application

Download the letter from the program director

For more information, contact Dr. Saukin at 718-862-7171 or email