Program Overview

New for 2020! Ending poverty and promoting human development, in a socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable manner, is the greatest challenge of our era. This course examines the role of engineering in humanity’s quest to meet this challenge, and presents engineering skills to improve the conditions for marginalized communities and be a force for human development. With a large focus on human needs, students will work with the impoverished to eliminate inequality and exploitation. Participants will work on biomedical equipment used in resource-limited settings and prototype a prosthetic hand.

Syracuse University Summer College was the personification of the lightbulb switching on. Going into the program, I knew that the University itself was a myriad of excelling resources and well renowned faculty driven by a philosophy of diversity of thought. The day by day not only proven these true but also introduced me to the merit of the teaching, the spirit of the community as a whole and the independence of living with like minded students. Each and every day, I looked forward to class, the discussion with my professors and fellow students as well as embracing the work. I learned far more than I had dreamed of,  far more than the boundaries of my own limitations, and far more than any other two-week program could provide. -Max C., Summer College student, 2019.

Program Objectives

Successful course completion should result in the following student outcomes

  • Explain how engineering solutions can be used to support the basic human needs of the world’s population
  • Explain how engineering solutions are impacted by the surrounding economic, environmental and societal context
  • Explain how engineering solutions may impact the global society
  • Design and implement an engineering solution that addresses the needs, from both a practical and cultural perspective, of a disadvantaged community

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Program Dates & Details Eligibility Requirements Program Cost Program Requirements Typical Day Faculty Bios

Program Dates & Details

Session Dates

Session II: July 11 – July 24, 2020
Duration: 2-weeks


Credit: Noncredit
Grading System: Pass/Fail

Eligibility Requirements

Preferred rising Juniors and Seniors. Students should have interest in math, engineering, or health and life sciences. Students must be a minimum of 15 years of age by the orientation and move-in date. For full Summer College admission requirements, view the Admissions Overview and Eligibility page.

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Program Cost

Program Costs:

  • Residential: $3,560
  • Commuter: $2,746

*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.  Discounts and scholarships are also available.

Program Requirements

Student Expectations

Students must:

  • Attend to all academic requirements
  • Be on time for all sessions
  • Be attentive and engaged
  • Respect rules and policies related to visiting and use of University labs
  • Respect rules and policies when visiting healthcare facilities
  • Complete all academic requirements

This is an academically rigorous, college-level program. Students are expected to complete nightly homework assignments and actively participate in group projects. Students are expected to attend all classes every day, arrive on time, and meet all academic obligations. Free time will vary as each program is unique, as is the subsequent workload.

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

Typical Day: Day I schedule

09:00 – 09:30 Introduction of program
09:30 – 10:00 Ice breaking
10:00 – 11:00 Lecture: Public health challenges
11:00 – 12:00 Case studies and discussion
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 14:00 Lecture: Human-centered design
14:00 – 15:30 Lab: Basics of computer aided design
15:30 – 17:00 Introduction to project, project work time

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College trips and activities. Check out our Campus Activities page for more information!

Final Academic Obligation

Students are permitted to leave on Friday, July 24 upon the completion of their course at 5:00pm. If students have any questions regarding their final academic obligation, we encourage them to reach out to their instructor. Please refer to the Move-Out page for important information regarding the checkout process.

Faculty Bio

Dayaprasad Kulkarni – Assistant Professor, Bioengineering, College of Engineering & Computer Science, Founder, AarogyaSeva

Dr. Dayaprasad Kulkarni – a medical doctor, public health specialist, entrepreneur, artist and development consultant; returned as a Fellow from the East West Centre, Hawaii, USA successfully completing the Asia Pacific Leadership Program and founded DoctorsForSeva Arogya Foundation – a micro-volunteering platform for medical and non-medical volunteers to provide free healthcare services to the underserved. He is a medical graduate working for the last ten years at the community level with vulnerable populations like commercial sex workers, transgender, migrant labourers, street children, etc. in the field of HIV/AIDS and sexual health. In 2007, after completing his Masters in Clinical Research from the UK, he founded Madhyama Foundation, a non-profit, working in the field of health and education, concentrating on making these populations aware of their rights and importance of personal health and hygiene. He is also the founder of Handbloom, a socio-bio-ethical enterprise, which brings together diverse eco-friendly, biodegradable products made by communities and individuals who are highly vulnerable in society. He has previously worked with International organizations like the Wellcome Trust, MSF, PSI, HIV-AIDS Alliance. He has served as the South Asia Director of the Himalayan Consensus and the Scientific Advisor to the Confederation of NGO’s of Rural India with over 8500 members.

As Senior Assistant Professor he headed the India Study Program at The Institute of Trans-Disciplinary Health Sciences and Technology University for overseas medical students introducing them to Public Health and Integrative Medicine. He has done over 25 theater productions, 3 short films, 1 animation video and several training and development workshops.
Currently he is working towards creating a common pool of human resources working in the developmental sector. This pool will be a source of knowledge, data and expertise capable of providing support and help to other non-profits.

Douglas Yung – Assistant Teaching Professor, Bioengineering, College of Engineering & Computer Science

Douglas Yung is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering at Syracuse University and the Director for the Bioengineering undergraduate program. He earned his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from UCLA in 2003 and a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from Caltech in 2008. He worked as a NASA Postdoctoral Fellow at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California on sensor development, microfluidics, and bacterial spore viability. He joined the Department of Electronic Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong as an assistant professor in 2009. Douglas has long been intrigued by the interfacing of microbes with engineering tools on a micro- and nano-scale. He is unraveling methods to rapidly assess the viability of superbugs and harness energy from extremophiles using a combination of electrochemical, optical techniques and MEMS devices. He is an advocate of a hybrid teaching and learning environment replete with project-based hands-on work, experiential activities and peer collaboration, a style departing from traditional top-down expository pedagogies.