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High School Programs

The School of Engineering offers several programs throughout the year to introduce high school students to the field of engineering.

Available Programs:

The 2020 Summer Engineering Awareness Programs have been cancelled.

  • Summer Engineering Awareness Program

    Summer Engineering Awareness Program Students in group photo in front of Kelly CommonsThe 2020 Summer Engineering Awareness Programs have been cancelled.

    For more than 30 years, Manhattan College has introduced high school students to careers in engineering, math and science through the Summer Engineering Awareness Program.

    This 10-day intensive program for rising juniors and seniors is offered free of charge, and geared toward minority and female students in the New York City metro area. The program is directed by Walter P. Saukin, Ph.D., associate professor of civil engineering, and sponsored by the ACE Mentorship Program, the Metropolitan Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the General Contractors’ Association, in addition to individual corporate sponsors.

    What to Expect

    The program focuses on science, engineering, SAT prep and the college admission process. As a program participant, you can expect to:

    • Learn about chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental and mechanical engineering, and physics through hands-on experiments in the laboratories. Specific topics include:
      • Aerospace and energy
      • Computer-aided design sessions in robotics
      • Computer graphics
      • Geotechnical engineering and green building design
      • Green buildings
      • Laboratory experimental design program
      • Robotics
      • Structural project periods
      • Structural competition
      • Water filtration
    • Hear from a variety of guest speakers and lecturers
    • Take a field trip to a structural design company
    • Learn about SAT testing and strategy
    • Get information on scholarships and financial aid
    • Learn about Air Force ROTC opportunities
    • Browse engineering careers in law, business, medicine and education

    2020 Program Dates (Cancelled)

    Program Dates Time
    10-day program July 6 - July 10 & July 13 - July 17* 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.*
    Extension 1 program

    June 26 - June 27, June 29 - 30, and July 1 - July 2*

    8:00 a.m. - 3 p.m.*
    Extension 2 program

    July 20 - July 24, and July 27*

    8:00 a.m. - 3 p.m.*

    *Dates and times are subject to change

    Apply to the Program

    Participant selection is based in part on strong mathematics and science skills, as well as interest in or curiosity about engineering. 

    Please note: all applications must be received by April 10.

    To apply, complete the following application:


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

  • Summer Engineering Awareness Program Supporters

    The 2020 program will not be held as planned due to comply with the state-mandated social distancing restrictions relating to COVID-19. Gifts made will support the program when it resumes in the summer of 2021.

    Support the Program

    The Summer Engineering Awareness Program is a key component of Manhattan College’s efforts to expose minority and women high school students to STEM careers at an early age, and to recruit these students for its ABET accredited undergraduate and graduate engineering programs.

    Thanks to corporate and individual support, students participate in the program for free. Donate and help Manhattan College make an engineering education and profession accessible to everyone!

    Donor Benefits

    • Exposure to engineering students and parents
    • Opportunity to visit and participate in the program
    • Recognition on website
    • Acknowledgement in Honor Roll of Donors


    For more information, contact Kristen Farrell, Director of Institutional Giving, at (718) 862-7431 or

    Thank You to Our Supporters!

    Lifetime Partners

    • ACE Mentor Program of Greater New York
    • ASCE Metropolitan Section
    • General Contractors Association of New York
    • New York Building Foundation

    Corporate, Foundation & Individual Donors

    • Pratab Angira
    • Cassone Leasing
    • Kevin Clancy ’68
    • Louis Cornacchia ’55
    • Gabriele D'Alleva ’74
    • D&B Engineers and Architects, P.C.
    • DeSimone Consulting Engineers
    • Michele Dischino ’92
    • Thomas Gray ’70
    • Tayler Hernandez ’15
    • Keller North America
    • L + M Development
    • Lowy & Donnath, Inc.
    • New York Power Authority
    • Joseph Nunes, Jr. ’66
    • Catherine Romano ’13
    • Paul J. Scariano, Inc.
    • Susan Rice-Cavanagh, DPM ’84
    • Richard and Barbara Whitcomb Foundation
    • STV Group, Inc.
    • Syska Hennessy Group
    • William Taylor ’02 and Gerarda Shields, Ph.D., P.E. ’03
    • Welby, Brady & Greenblatt Attorneys at Law
    • Westchester Contracting, Inc.
    • Helen & Stephen White
  • Engineering Awareness Day

    Engineering Awareness Day is held annually on campus in November. If you are a high school student who is interested in engineering, math and science, you are invited to attend a panel presentation, tour the campus laboratories and participate in fun experiments.

    Current professors and engineering students are available to answer questions about engineering concentrations, classes and facilities. Admissions and Financial Aid representatives are also on-hand to provide general information about campus and academic life, the admissions process and financial aid and scholarships.

    2019 Program Date

    Monday, November 11th, 2019 - 9:00am - 2:00pm

  • Mechanical Engineering Summer Institute

    Each summer, Manhattan College hosts a four-day intensive Engineering Summer Institute for high school students. As a participant in this program, you will get to explore hands-on topics including:

    • Renewable energy
    • Computer-aided design
    • Robotics
    • Aeronautical engineering
    • Design competition

    Apply to the Program

    This program requires a letter of recommendation from a guidance counselor or faculty member. There is a $20 application fee and an $85 participation fee for the program. Lunch and all necessary materials are provided. 

    For more information regarding the program, contact the Mechanical Engineering Department at (718) 862-7145.

    2019 Program

    Dates: July 23 - 26

    The deadline for applications is April 29th.

    Only online application is accepted 

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