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Women in Engineering Summer Workshop Series

University of Kentucky’s Women in Engineering Summer Workshop Series is for high school women (rising sophomore, juniors and seniors and recent high school graduates) who are considering engineering as a possible major and career.

Participants in the workshops will explore the world of engineering with UK faculty members and students through hands-on experiments in a collegiate environment. The goal of the WIE Summer Workshop Series is to provide young women with knowledge and support for their decision to pursue engineering as a course of study in college.


*Space is limited, all fees must be paid to secure your spot after registration. Please be prepared to pay during registration if paying by credit card. Students must be in high school (rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors) to register.

Biomedical engineering is the application of engineering principles and design concepts to medicine and biology for healthcare purposes. Prominent biomedical engineering applications include the development of biocompatible prostheses, medical devices ranging from clinical equipment to micro-implants, common imaging equipment such as MRIs and EEGs, regenerative tissue growth and pharmaceutical drugs. In this workshop you will learn how engineering tools and skills can help us understand how the body works and treat illness and disease. Use electrical sensors to listen to your heart, muscles, and brain while you perform simple activities and make a personal record of your “health profile”!

*Choose one date, all activities will take place on UK’s campus:

Register for Monday, June 12, 2017 10:00 – 4:30pm

Register for Friday, June 16, 2017 10:00 – 4:30pm

Biosystems engineers provide an essential link between biological sciences and the engineering profession. The biosystems field encompasses a variety of specialization areas including environment, biotechnology, food processing, machine systems and controlled environments. This workshop will focus on the area of food engineering, a field where engineering principles are applied to the conversion of agricultural products to nutritious, safe and stable food items. Food engineering takes cooking, baking, and preparing food to the extreme: 1) creating new and exciting foods, 2) making sure our food is nutritious and safe, 3) and helping to feed the ever growing population. In this workshop, you will learn about the origin and science behind making cheese. We’ll talk about how microorganisms can be utilized to make a wide variety of foods, but how we also need to make sure that the dangerous microorganisms are eliminated from our food. In the food engineering laboratory, we’ll make cheese and explore the differences in the final product based on various processing choices. We’ll explore the analytical equipment in the food engineering lab and even create our own new and exciting food.

*Choose one date, all activities will take place on UK’s campus:

Register for Tuesday, June 13, 2017 10:00 – 4:30pm

Register for Thursday, June 22, 2017 10:00 – 4:30pm

Civil engineers are responsible for the infrastructure of the world and are employed by a wide range of industries. No matter the specialty, civil engineering requires the mastery of skills in mathematics and physics, and the understanding of forces in the built environment. In this workshop you will learn about the application of forces through the most basic of instruments: the trebuchet. The trebuchet was first employed as a weapon of war in the 12th century, when it was capable of throwing projectiles weighing 350 pounds! Work as a team to construct the components of a trebuchet while learning about associated forces; calculate your results then test the throwing capacity!


*Choose one date, all activities will take place on UK’s campus:

Register for Thursday, June 8, 2017 10:00 – 4:30pm
Register for Wednesday, June 14, 2017 10:00 – 4:30pm


All in a day’s work for Electrical Engineers and Computer Engineers, in this workshop you will build a 1 octave electronic keyboard by soldering the components and 3D printing the case. Explore more sounds and touch keys using an Arduino microcontroller to interact with sensors, lights, speakers and even fruit! Take home your finished circuit board and the Arduino to continue designing, building and programming your own projects.

*Choose one date, all activities will take place on UK’s campus:

Register for Friday, June 9, 2017 10:00 – 4:30pm

Register for Friday, June 16, 2017 10:00 – 4:30pm

The goal of this one-day workshop for female high school students is to showcase computer science and related career opportunities, and to stimulate interest in selecting a computational field as a college study choice.


The workshop includes a number of activities, led by CS faculty, students, IT professionals and career advisors, that are designed for an engaging, hands-on, and fun learning experience, but at the same time they all have clear learning objectives and takeaways. All these activities are self-contained and do not require any prior experience with computers and programming.

The workshop participants will get a taste of:
– cyber-security: data and how to practically protect their privacy;
– programming: how to tell computers what to do: designing, writing, and executing programs;
– computer art: creativity and the role of symmetry, recursion, and grammars in drawing plants, fractals, and creating abstract art;
– applications and software in helping science and practice: bioinformatics, medicine and Geographical Information Systems;
– studying computer science: a sampler of the first computational course in UK’s First Year Engineering program.

An important part of the workshop is dedicated to discussing potential career paths in computational fields, and challenges and professional rewards for scientists and practitioners. A panel of successful female professionals and role models, working in areas related to computer science and its applications, will describe their careers, and give hints for success in the field. Join the workshop to learn about computer science and what it does, and to learn about the interesting and rewarding careers that are made possible by education in computing.

*Choose one date, all activities will take place on UK’s campus:

Register for Monday, June 19, 2017 10:00 – 4:30pm

Register for Wednesday, June 21, 2017 10:00 – 4:30pm

Mechanical engineers design, analyze, produce and maintain mechanical systems. These systems can range in scale and sophistication from the tiny microfluidic devices used in medicine, to massive wind turbines delivering clean energy. A mechanical engineer therefore needs to have a very diverse set of skills and is trained in dynamics, control systems, vibrations, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, materials and design, as well as receiving a background in structural, electrical and chemical systems. In this workshop, students will learn about some of the many fields mechanical engineers work in. Students will have the opportunity to experience the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) lab, perform experiments using a wind tunnel, and tour many of the facilities in the Mechanical Engineering department. Students will then use their new aerodynamics experience to design, build, and launch their own miniature glider that they can take home at the end of the day.

*Choose one date, all activities will take place on UK’s campus:

Register for Monday, June 5, 2017 10:00 – 4:30pm

Register for Tuesday, June 6, 2017 10:00 – 4:30pm

Mining engineers recover natural resources through design, planning and supervision of surface and underground mines to unearth minerals in a safe and economical way. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to several aspects of Mining and Explosives Engineering. Students will work closely with members of the UK Explosives Research Team to perform hands-on demonstrations including designing a water spout with explosives, creating movie-style fireball explosions, and testing a blast-resistant window. The workshop is a great way to learn about the many applications of explosives in mining engineering and beyond.

*Choose one date, this workshop takes place at the Blasting Research Facility. All students in this workshop will meet a shuttle in the Kmart parking lot located at 1501 Paris Pike, Georgetown, KY 40324:

Register for Wednesday, June 7, 2017 10:00 – 4:30pm

Register for Thursday, June 15, 2017 10:00 – 4:30pm

Chemical and materials engineers frequently work together to design advanced materials that address the major food, energy, water, and environmental challenges of our times. Chemical engineers combine their knowledge of chemistry and molecular interactions with the discipline of engineering to solve problems at both the small scale (designing nanodevices) and large scale (bringing chemistry out of the lab to the full scale production of products we use every day). Materials engineers measure the properties of materials, figure out why a material has certain properties, and design new materials with improved properties. Membrane technology is a critical area in which chemical and materials engineers work together to create advanced materials that selectively allow molecules to pass through based on size or interactions. Membrane devices are employed in the production of pharmaceuticals and chemicals, waste treatment, and biomedical devices.

In this workshop, you will create thin film membranes, examine the nano-level structure of your membrane as a function of synthesis conditions, and explore the operation of desalination membrane units. You will participate in the design of membranes that achieve safe drinking water from contaminated water, a process that is occurs around the globe. Materials are key roadblocks to improved performance in a number of important energy technologies including energy storage in batteries and energy conversion through solar cells, fuel cells, and thermoelectric devices. You will examine how unique properties of materials can be exploited in solar panels, fuel cells, and batteries with small scale devices. You will also assemble your own thermoelectric generators that convert heat into electricity.

*Choose one date, all activities will take place on UK’s campus:

Register for Friday, June 9, 2017 10:00 – 4:30pm

Register for Tuesday, June 20, 2017 10:00 – 4:30pm


There are 8 workshops available. Each workshop is $50 per student. This fee covers all expenses for the day including lunch, snacks, supplies, and parking. For students who sign up for all eight workshops, a discount is available and the total cost is $350 (one workshop free). The fee is due at the time of registration to secure your spot.


Thanks to generous donations by the UK College of Engineering Alumni Association limited need-based scholarships are available. To apply please submit a Financial Need Statement and include which workshop you are applying for.

Registration is closed for 2017.


Every student who registers must complete all areas of the below waivers/forms packet in order to participate. We also need a copy of your student’s insurance card sent with your completed packet of waivers (emailed to

2017 Summer Series Waiver Packet


Please send all requests, forms and check payments to:

Micaha R. Dean
Director of Women’s Programs and Recruitment
University of Kentucky College of Engineering
385 Ralph G. Anderson Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0503
Office: (859) 257-0553
Cell: (859) 359-6541
Fax: (859) 257-5727