The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Summer Engineering Institute

Date: July 5 - July 18, 2020

Program length: 2 weeks

The Summer Engineering Institute is a multi-faceted program that allows students to explore how engineers envision creative, practical solutions that benefit the everyday lives of people and the communities in which they live. Students will be exposed to selected topics in areas such as biomedical, chemical, civil, computer systems, electrical, environmental, industrial, and mechanical engineering.

These areas will be examined through faculty-led presentations, hands-on, guided discovery, and a design project. Students will tour active engineering labs on campus in order to experience current research projects in a variety of engineering fields. Finally, students will participate in activities, research projects, and presentations geared towards technical learning, team building, and enrichment activities.

The course will be conducted in one of the campus team based learning labs, which offer modern computer stations and state-of-the-art instructional technology, as well as several locations in the Engineering Quadrangle. Students are expected to develop skills in:

• Engineering Design 
• Communication 
• Leadership 
• Teamwork 
• Research 
• Computer software

Students will also come away with a/an:

• Increased awareness of engineering and career opportunities 
• First hand experience succeeding as an engineering student 
• Improved understanding of the methods of application of the important skills associated with a successful career in engineering 
• Increased level of knowledge about some of the challenges associated with different branches of engineering 
• Better understanding of which pathways in higher education will prepare them for engineering-related careers

Applicants with both demonstrable financial need and academic merit may apply for a partial scholarship. Please see Program Fees for more information.


Paula Rees

Assistant Dean, College of Engineering