Walter P. Saukin, Ph.D., Honored for Work with Summer Engineering Program

Longtime engineering professor directs popular and comprehensive program for high school students.

Walter P. Saukin, Ph.D., associate professor of civil engineering at Manhattan College, was the guest of honor at the New York Building Foundation’s Annual Theatre Benefit, which recognized the work of the College’s Summer Engineering Awareness Program. The New York Building Foundation, whose director is Richard T. Anderson, the College’s 2015 De La Salle Medal award recipient, has supported the Summer Engineering Awareness Program for the past five years.

Since 1982, Saukin has spearheaded the Summer Engineering Awareness Program, which has given high school students an opportunity to take college-level engineering classes. With a focus on admitting women and students from minority backgrounds, the program concentrates on engineering, science, and SAT preparation.

Rising high school juniors and seniors learn from guest speakers, perform experiments in mechanical, civil, electrical, chemical, environmental and computer engineering, attend class lectures and get an inside look at the college admissions process. The program also allows students to explore engineering careers coupled with the fields of law, business, medicine or education.

The Summer Engineering Awareness Program is co-sponsored by the ACE Mentorship Program, the Metropolitan Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the General Contractors’ Association, the New York Building Foundation, and individual corporate sponsors.

Saukin graduated with a Ph.D. in engineering from The City University of New York in 1971 and then taught in the civil engineering department at Lafayette College until 1977, when he joined the Manhattan College faculty.

For more information on the Summer Engineering Awareness Program, contact Walter P. Saukin, Ph.D., at 718-862-7171 or email

Photo above, left to right: Richard T. Anderson, President, New York Building Foundation; Richard Cavallaro, President and CEO, Skanska, Chairman, New York Building Congress; Walter P. Saukin, Ph.D., associate professor of civil engineering, Manhattan College; John M Dionisio, Chairman, New York Building Foundation.

By Pete McHugh