Information on Engineering Studies and Careers
Compiled below are information and
resources of interest to pre-college students interested in engineering, categorized as follows:
Pre-College Student-Focused Websites
– Specific online sources of
information and other resources.
Camps/Programs for Youth (opens a new window)
“hands-on,” academic-oriented opportunities to explore what engineering is
all about during the summer.
Engineering Societies (Overarching, Discipline/Field-Specific, and
Women/Minority-Focused) (opens a new window) – A good place
to explore the different engineering disciplines and fields that employ
engineers; the listing also includes women/minority-focused societies that
can be a great help in your engineering journey.
In addition, we have compiled
some information of our own to help introduce you to the possibilities:
Common Questions About Engineering And Engineers: A one page handout
that answers the questions most commonly raised by pre-college students.
Overview of Engineering Majors/Disciplines -
concise summary descriptions of the each of the common - and some
not-so-common - engineering majors offered by schools.
A Quick Guide to
Colleges Offering Engineering Degrees - A handout providing a
convenient summary listing (by state) of all U.S. colleges offering
accredited bachelor's degrees in engineering, noting the specific
engineering majors offered by each school.
Engineering and Engineering Technology - Addressing the significant
differences that exist between the fields of Engineering and Engineering
Computing Disciplines/Degree Programs - Offering a good introduction to
the wide-ranging academic field of "computing," which includes computer
science and engineering and software engineering.
Design Squad Nation:
A companion website to the popular PBS Kids TV series "Design Squad."
eGFI (Engineering, Go For
It!): A website seeking to serve as a guide/resource for both
pre-college students and K-12 educators. The website is put forth by the
American Society for Engineering Education, the professional society for
engineering educators (i.e., college professors). An associated key
publication offered is the eGFI magazine - a 60-page guide designed to
attract high school students to engineering careers ($7).
Engineer Girl!: A
to spark young women’s interest in engineering as a career. Put forth by the
National Academy of Engineers.
Engineer Your Life:
A website offering an online guide to engineering aimed at high school girls. Put forth by
a coalition of engineering organizations.
Engineering: A website promoting fire protection engineering careers,
offering information and resources primarily aimed at pre-college students.
Put forth by the Society of Fire Protection Engineers.
Manufacturing is Cool: A website promoting manufacturing engineering
careers, offering information and resources aimed at pre-college students,
along with parents, teachers and guidance counselors. Put for by the Society
of Manufacturing Engineers.
NerdGirls: Breaking the Stigmas and Stereotypes of Women in Engineering:
Website seeking to encourage young women to pursue engineering and science
careers by showcasing a team of women engineering students at Tufts
University building and demonstrating a solar-powered car.
New Faces of Engineering: A website profiling young engineers 2 to 5
years out of school as selected for recognition each year by various
engineering societies. Put forth as part of "EWeek" (National Engineers
Week, the third week in February).
of Engineering: College Edition: A website profiling 15 engineering
students as selected for recognition each year by various engineering
societies. Put forth as part of "EWeek" (National Engineers Week, the third
week in February).
Engineering: A website profiling sights around the nation where one can
see engineering in action (museums, visitor centers, unique structures, etc) .
Put forth by the National Society of Professional Engineers.
Sloan Career Cornerstone Center:
A website serving as a resource center
for those interested in or actively pursuing careers in engineering,
mathematics, information technology, and the physical sciences. Offers
education, networking, job-hunting, and career planning resources aimed at
both high school and college students, along with parents, teachers and
guidance counselors. It is a web-based version of the Sloan Career
Cornerstone Series, a popular set of CD-ROMs and videotapes that revolve
around personal interviews with over 400 individuals offering candid insight
into their career paths. Put forth by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
A website offering resources on engineering careers aimed at students, their
parents, their teachers and their student counselors. Put forth by the
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in conjunction with