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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 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
    • Get information on scholarships and financial aid
    • Learn about Air Force ROTC opportunities
    • Browse engineering careers in law, business, medicine and education

    2024 Program Dates

    Program Dates Time
    10-day program* July 8-12, July 15-19* 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.*
    Extension 1 program*

    June 24-29*

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

    July 22-26 & July 29*

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

    *All programs and related program details are subject to change based on funding. 

    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. Click here to registerThe registration deadline is April 26, 2024.

    Registered students should contact Dr. Saukin at (718) 862-7171, or email 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
    • Acknowledgment in Honor Roll of Donors



  • Mechanical Engineering Summer Institute (2024)

    This program is designed for high school students who wish to learn about mechanical engineering from engineering students, faculty members, and professionals in the field. Participants will explore one of the sub-areas of mechanical engineering each week.

    The program will take place at Manhattan College campus for seven weeks, from July 8 to August 23 and will run from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day. Each module (week) will offer a variety of activities such as:

    1. Hands-on workshops and lectures presented by mechanical engineering professors.
    2. Tours of Manhattan College’s labs and facilities.
    3. Information sessions on topics such as “how is the life of a mechanical engineering student at Manhattan College”, “what you will be doing as a mechanical engineer”, and “how to apply to become a mechanical engineer”.
    4. Presentations from student clubs and student projects, giving insight into the life of a mechanical engineering student.
    5. Hands-on experiences and competitions

    Students have the option to participate in one to seven weeks of the program. Those who complete at least one week will receive a certificate of completion, which grants them a no cost application to Manhattan College’s engineering program (worth $75).

    Program Schedule: (Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.):

    • Week 1, July 8 - July 11, Overview of Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Parisa Saboori & Dr. Zahra Shahbazi & Dr. Peyman Honarmandi & Dr. Stephen Peluso
    • Week 2, July 15 - July 18, Aerospace, Dr. Bahareh Estejab & Dr. Nicholas May
    • Week 3, July 22 - July 25, Artificial Intelligence, Dr. Zahra Shahbazi & Dr. Masoud Masoumi
    • Week 4, July 29- Aug 1, Biomechanics, Dr. Parisa Saboori & Dr. Zahra Shahbazi
    • Week 5, Aug 5 - Aug 8, Robotics, Dr. Peyman Honarmandi
    • Week 6, Aug 12 - Aug 15, Sustainable Energy, Dr. Lina Baroudi & Dr. Stephen Peluso
    • Week 7, Aug 19 - Aug 22, Game Design in Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Michael Grabowski & Dr. Parisa Saboori 

    Optional afternoon program: stay for the afternoon and have some fun on campus.

    1. Scavenger Hunt: A thrilling adventure, either campus-wide or with a themed twist, designed to encourage teamwork and problem-solving.
    2. Board Game Tournament: A competitive and strategic gaming experience where students can engage in board game championships.
    3. Indoor Movie Night: An opportunity to enjoy classic or contemporary films in a cozy indoor setting, complete with snacks and refreshments.
    4. Movie Making: Empowering students to unleash their creativity by creating and screening their short films, allowing them to express their unique perspectives.
    5. T-Shirt Design: An artsy endeavor that involves customizing and decorating T-shirts, enabling students to showcase their individual styles.
    6. Virtual Reality (VR) Experience: A cutting-edge adventure where students can immerse themselves in the world of virtual reality, exploring various games and simulations.

    Program Fees: Interested students can apply now and pay a $500 fee for each week of the program. The program has limited spots available and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The application deadline is May 14. Application fee is fully refundable, minus a $50 processing fee, until May 10. After that, it is not refundable.

    The optional afternoon program will be from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Participants can sign up for the afternoon program for $200 per week.

    Please visit our website and register online:

    Register for the Institute

  • 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 July 31 - August 1, 2024 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 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 breakfast and 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.