Manhattan College To Host High School Engineering Awareness Program

Engineering Awareness Program introduces high school students to potential careers in engineering. Applications are now being accepted for the summer 2012 program held in July on Manhattan College's campus. 

Manhattan College’s Engineering Awareness Program, which aims to introduce high school students to potential careers in the various fields of engineering, is gearing up for its 31st straight year this summer. The 2012 program will be held July 9-12, July 16-19, and July 23-24, and qualified rising junior and senior high school students are invited to apply for the summer program.

The 10-day program is designed for high school students and focuses on science, engineering and SAT preparation at no cost to the students, and is co-sponsored by the ACE Mentorship Program of New York, the Metropolitan Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the General Contractors' Association, as well as individual corporate sponsors. Students in the program are introduced to a wide range of engineering-related career options through a field trip to a structural engineering firm in New York City, a structural project/competition, guest speakers, experiments in mechanical (aerospace and energy), civil, electrical, environmental (water filtration) and computer engineering, class lectures and the college admission process.

Walter Saukin, Ph.D., associate professor of civil engineering at Manhattan College, oversees and directs the Engineering Awareness Program and has been actively involved in planning and curriculum development since its inception. He created and developed a similar summer program at the University of Vermont from 1992-2000 that grew from 20 to 60 students, and has assisted many students in gaining insight into engineering as a profession.

The Engineering Awareness Program also examines engineering careers in the fields of law, business, medicine and education. Minority and female students are encouraged to explore the field of engineering, and in return, the College provides them with information about scholarships and financial aid.

Student interest in the program has led to the creation of a second program which is similar in content and is called the Women and Minority Engineering Summer Extension Program for High School Students. This program was made possible by a grant from the New York Building Foundation. Student applicants not accepted to the 10-day program will be considered for the six-day program if interested. This six-day program will run June 23 and June 25-29.

All students interested in applying must possess strong mathematics and science abilities and have an interest in engineering. To download an application, click here. For more information, visit the Engineering Awareness Program page or contact Dr. Saukin at (718) 862-7171 or email All applications must be received by May 31.