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, 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
Geotechnical engineering and green building design
Laboratory experimental design program
Structural project periods
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
2021 Program Dates
July 6-9, July 12-16 & July 19*
8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.*
Extension 1 program
June 25-26, June 28-30 & July 1*
8:00 a.m. - 3 p.m.*
Extension 2 program
July 20-23 & July 26-27*
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.
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: registration for the 2021 program is now closed.
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!
Exposure to engineering students and parents
Opportunity to visit and participate in the program
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.
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.
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.
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).