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Rutgers Launches Pre-Engineering Summer Academy

Rutgers Launches Pre-Engineering Summer Academy

Weeklong program introduces field to U.S., international high school students

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – The Rutgers University-New Brunswick Summer Session will launch a Pre-Engineering Summer Academy in 2016, a one-week, on-campus certificate program for high school students that introduces them to engineering fields through first-hand contact with practitioners and educators.

The new program is open to U.S. high school and international secondary school juniors and seniors, ages 16-18, and is scheduled for July 31-Aug. 6, 2016. Rutgers School of Engineering faculty members and practicing professional engineers serve as instructors. The academy faculty will introduce the students to disciplines including aerospace, biomedical, civil, computer, electrical, forensic and mechanical engineering. The integrated program involves lectures, demonstrations, hands-on projects, tours and field trips.

The Pre-Engineering Summer Academy is the only on-campus residential program for precollege students offered by Rutgers’ Office of Summer and Winter Sessions.

Information and registration are available at or via email at or by phone, (848) 932-7565.

The Pre-Engineering Summer Academy is one of a broad range of offerings provided by the Rutgers Division of Continuing Studies.

“Rutgers is a lifelong learning destination for students not only in New Jersey and the United States but also around the globe,” said Richard J. Novak, vice president of continuing studies and distance learning at Rutgers.

“The new Rutgers program is a way to spotlight many disciplines within engineering for next-generation students. The summer academy opens up the doors of higher education so that students can get an up-close look at what engineering and Rutgers might offer for their future,” said Novak.

The weeklong academy includes lectures, demonstrations and hands-on projects introducing engineering concepts and field applications; a tour of the Rutgers MakerSpace laboratory and work on a fabrication project; guest speakers from the professional engineering community; a tour and presentation at WINLAB (Rutgers Wireless Information Network Laboratory); and campus cultural and leisure activities.

High school students will live on campus in apartment housing with all meals provided and Rutgers student health insurance coverage. For non-native English-speaking students, the Rutgers Pre-Engineering Summer Academy offers an English language assessment and intensive language study for one week prior to the academy.

About Rutgers Division of Continuing Studies (DoCS): Rutgers University Division of Continuing Studies (DoCS) focuses on lifelong learning needs and opportunities. Serving all Rutgers campuses, the division includes more than 135 employees in 20 business units providing hundreds of credit and noncredit programs with thousands of participants from youth to retirees. DoCS also provides educational support services combining pedagogy and technology, including instructional design and course management systems for online, face-to-face and hybrid learning environments.

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