Engineering Institute

Learn about Engineering!

Identifying needs and problem solving with innovative solutions to real problems.

Are you a problem solver that wants to explore sustainable solutions to our ever changing society? Do you find yourself asking why to many of the systems we function in? Prepare to be introduced to the fundamentals of engineering and the variety of career pathways available to engineers. Students will learn the engineering design process and the interactive prototyping method, through hands-on design challenges where students will display their knowledge.

At a Glance


2023 Dates: July 16-21 or July 23-28

Who Can Apply?: Current 9th – 12th grade students

Program Length: Sunday – Friday

Tuition: $3,000

Day or Overnight: Overnight Program

Location: Winston-Salem, NC – Wake Forest University Campus

*Courses carry no secondary school or college credit. Upon completion of the program, an official Wake Forest University Certificate of Completion will be awarded to all Engineering Institute participants.


What You’ll Experience

Topics Covered:

  • Human-Centered Design Process
  • Technical Sketching
  • Introductory Statics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Programming
  • Mechanics
  • Electronics

Hands-On Experiences:

  • Chair design challenge
  • Tour the Engineering Innovation Lab
  • 3D printing
  • Robotics
  • Field trip to Cook Medical

*Hands-on experiences are subject to change.


Engineering Institute Cost

$3,000 – Overnight

Students Preforming an Experiment

A Day in the Life

  • 8:00 am – Morning Meeting and Breakfast
  • 8:45 am – Travel to Wake Downtown
  • 9:00 am – Welcome and Program Introduction
  • 9:30 am – Discuss the Engineering Design Process
  • 10:30 am – Introduce the design challenge activity
  • 11:00 am – Student sketch time
  • 11:30 am – Prototype
  • 12:00 pm – Lunch
  • 12:45 pm – Student build time
  • 3:45 pm – Student presentations
  • 4:10 pm – Test designs
  • 4:25 pm Announce winners
  • 4:30 pm Travel to Wake Forest University main campus
  • 5:30 pm Dinner
  • 6:30 pm – Evening Activities
  • 7:30 pm – Free Time
  • 9:00 pm – Prepare for Bed
  • 10:00 pm – Lights Out

*The “A Day in the Life” sample schedule is subject to change. 


Meet Your Academic Leaders

Dr. Melissa Kenny

Academic Leader, Engineering Institute

I am an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Engineering at Wake Forest University. I have a passion for science, communication, and education. My research interests include engineering education as well as insect biomechanics and the microfluidics of the insect circulatory and respiratory systems.

Dr. William Crowe

Academic Leader, Engineering Institute

I am a Visiting Assistant Professor at Wake Forest University’s Engineering Department with a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Wake Forest School of Medicine. I am a complex problem solver with experience in medical, industrial, and mechanical fields. I am mechanically savvy and have interests in Additive Manufacturing, Automotive, Biomechanical, Biomedical, Education, Aviation, Nanotechnology, Medical Device, and Mechanical Engineering.