6 Weeks / Credit Bearing

Summer College 2015

Orientation for this program is on Sunday, July 5. The program is scheduled to end Friday, August 14 at Noon.

The Summer College Engineering program combines a college-level introduction to engineering with study in related subjects. You’ll explore the roles of creativity and problem-solving in the profession, as well as learn the basic tools used in engineering, including computer-assisted drafting, spread sheets, programming, estimating, and systems analysis.

ECS 125 – Survey of Engineering Problems

This course examines the man-made world, the impact of technology on man’s drive to invent and explore, the impact of technology on society and civilization, and the overall impact on the environment. The course will highlight issues and problems which future engineers will be asked to solve: Energy, Climate Change, Agriculture, and associated Ecological Economics.

Through hands-on projects the course will provide you with interesting information about the engineering profession, its various branches, engineering fundamental dimensions and concepts, some elementary engineering design tools, and most importantly, the power of teamwork.

Lecture and project topics include: Engineering Fundamental Dimensions (EFD), Stress and Strain, Engineering Design, Energy and Demise of Fossil Fuels, Mechanical, Solar Power, Aerospace, Wind Power, Bioengineering, Pace of Technology & Impact on Society, Strength of Materials – Rheology and Rheids, Ecological Economics & Life Cycle Assessment, Pace of Technology – Computer Chips and Computers, and Environmental Engineering.

Example of some course projects:

  • You will build and fly high power rockets – and learn about rocket science
  • Build and bust bridges – and learn about stress and strain
  • Canoe down Onondaga Creek and learn about water quality parameters and civil engineering
  • Visit a wind farm and learn about energy
  • Design LEGO Mindstorms robots and learn about programming
  • Design and build an electronic circuit and learn about Ohm’s law
  • Make, cure, and test a concrete cylinder to failure

Students select a complimentary course from the Summer College Liberal Arts course list. You can also consider another Summer College program as your second course of study.

Program Costs:*

  • Residential: $8,645
  • Commuter: $6,200

*Note: All tuition and fees are tentative. Board approved tuition and fees will be available in March 2015.

What’s the Deal?

• Discover what it means to be an engineer.
• Learn how your aptitudes and interests fit into the profession.
• Roll up your sleeves to connect theory and practice with hands-on experience.

Click here to learn more about the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

Faculty Bio – Peter Plumley

Dr. Peter W. Plumley is the Exhibits Project Manager at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology and a Science and Research Associate Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at Syracuse University. Dr. Plumley is an Earth Scientist with an extensive background in computers and technology. Dr. Plumley’s research has been in the areas of plate tectonics and application of paleomagnetic techniques to regional tectonics. His expertise also lies in the areas of interactive computational programming, and Computer Aided Virtual Environments (CAVEs). His most recent and active research is focused on educational issues of secondary students related to motivation and the Science of Learning. Dr. Plumley was responsible for development and implementation of K-12 outreach for the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Students impacted by his outreach programs number approximately 2,000 students from middle schools (4th – 8th grade) per year and 2,100 high school students (9th – 12th grade) per year. Dr. Plumley was honored with “2003 College Educator of the Year,” by the Technology Alliance of Central New York and the 2011 Post-Standard Achievement Award for years of working to excite young people in Central New York about learning science and engineering.