2 Weeks / Noncredit

Civil & Environmental Engineering *CLOSED*


Sat. June 30 & Sun. July 1 mandatory move-in & orientation 

Class runs July 2 – July 13, 2018 

The Summer College Engineering program is one of SU’s premier summer programs for high school students. It combines a college-level introduction to engineering with study in related subjects. Explore the roles of creativity and problem-solving in the profession and learn a variety of tools used in engineering.

Three two-week courses are offered for non-credit with topics on:

1) Civil & Environmental Engineering

2) Aerospace Engineering

3) Renewable & Alternative Energy Engineering

Choose to attend one, two or all three sessions!

Civil & Environmental Engineering

This course examines the properties and strength of materials and includes basic fundamentals of structural engineering. Stress and strain and the behavior of materials under varying conditions will be examined. The course will focus on Studies of the man-made-world, both ancient and modern, and their integration to the earth, include roads, runways, buildings, tunnels and bridges. The geology, tectonics and slope stability are included in these studies.

Lab work will include evaluating materials and design, building and testing a truss bridge.

    • The strength of structures. Properties of materials. Stress & Strain.
    • Build and test a truss bridge.
    • Engineering underground and in deep water. Stress and temperature at depth in the earth.
    • History of an urban watershed and human influence on hydrologic systems. Study the Onondaga lake water shed.
    • Potential field trips include visiting the Center of Excellence (COE) to learn about smart buildings and construction sites to learn about new innovative engineering solutions.   Additional field trips the Tully mud boils, and Bare Mt Slide.

Typical Day

When not on field trips, the typical day involves lectures, demos and team building in the morning session and hands-on work in the lab or field in the afternoon. Students will be problem solving in groups, designing and building structures, and working with SU/ESF undergraduate/graduate students in various College of Engineering labs.   When not in class, students will have homework, conduct additional assigned research/reading, and be expected to continue work on group projects.

Common lectures in the all three Engineering programs:

  1. Fundamental Units of Engineering
  2. Intellectual Property
  3. Engineering Ethics

Common program components:

  1. Selected Readings and presentations by student pairs.
  2. Teamwork practice

Program Costs:

Please visit our program costs page for more detailed information.

*Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees in March.

*Students must be a minimum of 15 years of age by the orientation and move-in date.

Faculty Bio

Dr. Peter Plumley – Research Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Peter 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. He 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.

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