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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:

Engineering Awareness Day will be held on November 11th, 2021. See below for details and registration.

  • 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. Click here to register. The registration deadline is April 8, 2022.

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

  • 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


    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

    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.
  • Engineering Awareness Day: November 11, 2021

    9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    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.


  • Mechanical Engineering Summer Institute

    This program is designed for high school students (preferably rising seniors and juniors) who wish to learn about mechanical engineering from engineering students, faculty members, and engineers in practice. 

    Information sessions

    The program will include information sessions on topics such as

    • What is mechanical engineering?
    • What you will be doing as a mechanical engineer?
    • Different areas of mechanical engineering such as biomedical engineering and aerospace engineering.

    Q&A sessions.

    There will be presentations from student clubs and student projects, which will show you a window to the life of a mechanical engineering student. 

    Hands-on experience and Competitions

    Students who complete the program will receive a certificate of completion which can grant them a no cost application to Manhattan College engineering program (worth of $75).

    Apply to the Program

    Interested students can apply from March 25th and pay $100 fee. The program has limited spots available and will be first come first serve. The application will be closed on May 24th


    The program will be on 8/2/2021 and 8/3/2021, (9:30 am till 2:30 pm).

    Only online application is accepted 

    Apply Now