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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:

  • Summer Engineering Awareness Program

    Summer Engineering Awareness Program Students in group photo in front of Kelly CommonsFor 40 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, the New York Building Foundation, the General Contractors’ Association, The Richard and Barbara Whitcomb Foundation, the New York Power Authority, in addition to individual and 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

    2022 Program Dates

    Program Dates Time
    10-day program* July 6-8, July 11-15 & July 18-19* 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.*
    Extension 1 program*

    June 24-25, June 27-30*

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

    July 21-22 & July 25-28*

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

    *All programs and related program details are subject to change based on funding and the COVID-19 pandemic situation. Unless otherwise allowed, all attendees must have proof of vaccination.

    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: we are no longer accepting applications to the 2022 Summer Engineering Awareness Program.

    Registered students should contact Dr. Saukin at (718) 862-7171, or email janet.horgan@manhattan.edu with any questions on the program.

  • Summer Engineering Awareness Program Supporters

    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
    • Acknowledgment in Honor Roll of Donors

    Donate

    For more information, contact Kristen Farrell, Director of Institutional Giving, at (718) 862-7431 or kfarrell02@manhattan.edu.


    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

    2020 & 2021 Donors

    • Lynn Albers '96
    • Pratab Angira
    • Cassone Leasing
    • Kevin Clancy ’68
    • Louis Cornacchia ’55
    • Gabriele D'Alleva ’74
    • DeSimone Consulting Engineers
    • Michele Dischino ’92
    • Thomas Gray ’70
    • Tayler Hernandez ’15
    • Keller North America
    • L + M Development
    • Denise Lenihan '01
    • Victor Mateo '04
    • New York Power Authority
    • Joseph Nunes, Jr. ’66
    • Susan Rice-Cavanagh, DPM ’84
    • Richard and Barbara Whitcomb Foundation
    • William Taylor ’02 and Gerarda Shields, Ph.D., P.E. ’03
    • Westchester Contracting, Inc.
  • Mechanical Engineering Summer Institute

    This program is designed for high school students (preferably rising seniors and juniors) eager to learn about mechanical engineering from students and faculty, and engineers in practice. This year's program will take place on July 26-27, 2022 from 9 a.m. until 2:15 p.m.

    The program includes:

    1. Hands-on workshops and lectures presented by mechanical engineering professors. Past workshops explored applications of mechanical engineering in robotics, artificial intelligence and biomechanics, and help answered the question, “What will airplanes look like in 50 years?"
    2. Tours of Manhattan College’s labs and facilities.
    3. Information sessions answer questions such as “What is mechanical engineering? “What will you do as a mechanical engineer?” and explore areas of mechanical engineering, including biomedical engineering and aerospace engineering. The information sessions are followed by a Q&A segment. 
    4. Presentations from student clubs and student projects, which will help you understand the life of a mechanical engineering student.
    5. The program will also offer hands-on experience and competitions. 

    Students who complete the College's Mechanical Engineering Summer Institute earn a certificate of completion and a no-cost application to the College’s School of Engineering (worth $75) if they choose. 

    Interested students must pay a $200 non-refundable fee for the Institute, which includes workshops, lunch and a complimentary T-shirt. The program has limited spots available, so interested students should apply now. The application period will close on May 25

    Apply for the program: 

    Apply for the Mechanical Engineering Institute

    Note: Participants should follow Manhattan College’s vaccine and mask policies. These policies may change based on the state, city and CDC guidelines. Find the current policies for visiting campus on this page.

  • Chemical Engineering Summer Program

    The goal of this two-day Summer Program is to introduce the rising seniors and juniors of area high schools to the exciting discipline of Chemical Engineering 

    This workshop will help participants gain an appreciation for the broad-array of fields in which chemical engineers play a vital role. These include:

    • biotechnology and biochemical production, 
    • green and sustainable engineering, 
    • electronics and semiconductor materials processing, 
    • biomedicine and biomedical device manufacturing, 
    • food-engineering, 
    • renewable energy production, 
    • cosmetic, consumer goods, and pharmaceutical production etc.  

    Simply put, the chemical engineers contribute to the manufacturing of each and every product essential for improved quality of life. 

    Chemical engineering is not just Chemistry! 

    This two -day workshop will take place this year on August 3-4, 2022 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  The program is offered free of charge and is targeted to all the students with an aptitude for STEM disciplines.  

    What to expect:

    During this two-day immersive program, the students will: 

    • engage in a variety of interactive hands-on activities and competitions that elucidate the critical role of chemical engineers in the above-described disciplines.  
    • listen to incisive and informative presentations by Manhattan College faculty and participate in Q&A sessions to gain a better understanding of the breadth and scope of chemical engineering discipline.
    • Learn from alumni and practicing chemical engineers from a wide-variety of industries including Cosmetic, electronic materials, polymers, consumer goods, biopharma, food and beverage, biomedicine, renewable energy, environmental preservation, and green manufacturing etc. 
    • Gain an appreciation for the important role of computer-based design and control in the chemical process industry. 
    • Learn about the (chemical) engineering professional organizations and clubs on college campuses. 
    • Tour Manhattan College’s laboratories and facilities.
    • Learn about college application, admission, and financial aid processes.

    Students who complete Manhattan College’s Chemical Engineering Summer Program will receive a Certificate of Completion and application fee waiver (Worth $75) if they choose to apply to Manhattan College’s Chemical Engineering B.S. program next fall. 

    The two-day program also includes complementary lunch on both days. The application dead-line is July 1.

    Apply for the program

    Note: Participants should follow Manhattan College’s vaccine and mask policies. Find the current policies for visiting campus on this page.