Through Engineer Lab You Will:
Think Like an Engineer
Engineer Lab will introduce students to the key concepts and tools in engineering problem solving:
Creative problem solving
Data analysis and data driven decisions
Engineering approximations and back of the envelope calculations
Basic concepts in energy, mass, force, and charge balances
Basic programming skills
Engineering economics and entrepreneurship
Team-work and communication
Understand Engineering Disciplines and Careers
High school graduates must make important decisions about colleges and future majors with minimal experience and information. Engineer Lab will provide a broad exposure to the various engineering disciplines, explaining what types of problems each one tackles. Engineer Lab graduates will select their colleges and engineering majors with more confidence, and potentially eliminate future costly course corrections. Engineer Lab students will also learn about professional development as undergraduates. Career choices between graduate school and employment, academia and industry, start-ups and large corporations, R&D and manufacturing will be discussed.
Carry Out Fun, Cutting-Edge Hands-On Experiments
Engineer Lab students will spend approximately half the class in lecture/discussion, and half the class carrying out hands-on experiments specially designed to reinforce class lessons. The experiments will be carried out using safe, versatile prototype micro-experiment test stations developed by MicroLabs (shown on the left). Experiments will expose students to basic engineering concepts in fluid mechanics, electrical circuits, mechanical structures, energy transport, programming, and process control.
Develop Professional Communication Skills
Students will be encouraged to develop strong verbal and written communication skills. The small class format will stimulate student participation and respectful discussions. Students will be challenged to voice their ideas clearly and to provide scientific reasoning for their arguments. The in-class experiments will be conducted in groups, requiring students to work and communicate with their peers. Every semester, each student will choose a small independent "research" project, where they will present their technical analysis of a current problem to the rest of the group.
The cost of this program is $2,000/semester.
If you are very interested in this program but this cost represents a hardship to you and your family, please reach out to us and we can find an accommodation.