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Engineered 4 Success Summer Diversity Workshop

The University of Kentucky’s ENGINEERED 4 SUCCESS Summer Diversity Workshop is designed to, specifically, engage high school underrepresented diversity students in high school must be rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Participants will be exposed to engineering and the blueprint on how to obtain a career within the engineering field. They will be exposed to students and faculty within the field to gain insight on their experiences and to decrease learning curves associated with pursuing this type of career.


The program is set for the week of July 25-27, 2017.


July 25:

  • 9:00am              General Session
  • 9:15am              Civil Engineering Workshop
  • 11:00am            Lunch
  • 12:00pm            Biosystems Engineering Workshop
  • 2:00pm              Materials Engineering Workshop
  • 4:00pm              Closing Session

July 26:

  • 9:00am              General Session
  • 9:15am              Computer Engineering Workshop
  • 11:00am            Lunch
  • 12:00pm            Computer Science Workshop
  • 2:00pm              Mining Workshop
  • 4:00pm              Closing Session

July 27th:

  • 9:00am              General Session
  • 9:15am              Chemical Engineering Workshop
  • 11:00am            Lunch
  • 12:00pm            Mechanical Engineering Workshop
  • 2:00pm              Electrical Engineering Workshop
  • 4:00pm              Closing Session

Workshop Categories

*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 in high school  must rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors) to register. Incoming UK College of Engineering freshmen are also encourage to attend.

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 discipline you will be exposed to 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”!

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. Here you will be exposed to 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. This discipline allows you to 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 laboratories you can explore the differences in the final product based on various processing choices. In this discipline you can explore the analytical equipment in food engineering labs and even create new and exciting food.

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.

Energy systems, power engineering, microelectronics, systems and control, signal processing, multimedia processing, telecommunications, and photonics are some of the fields specific to electrical engineering. Electrical engineering is one of the newer branches of engineering, and dates back to the late 19th century. It is the branch of engineering that deals with the technology of electricity. Electrical engineers work on a wide range of components, devices and systems, from tiny microchips to huge power station generators.
Computer engineering is the discipline that integrates various fields of electrical engineering and computer science required to develop computer hardware and software. This field involves the design of microcontrollers, microprocessors, personal computers, supercomputers, and circuit design.

The field of technology is ever-changing and looking into the future. With the rise of smartphones, nowadays the mobile platform is the place to be. In this area you will be exposed to programming basics, and then use those basics in a real-world situation.

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 area students gain knowledge about some of the many fields mechanical engineers provide service. 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.

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. The workshop is a great way to learn about the many applications of explosives in mining engineering and beyond.


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. This discipline exposes you to 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.


The cost is set for $150.

There will are 2-3 workshops provided each day of the camp.  This fee covers all expenses for the day including lunch, snacks, supplies, and parking.  The fee is due at the time of registration to secure your spot.


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


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 Engineered 4 Success Summer Diversity Workshop Waiver Packet.
For any questions or concerns contact:

William Henderson, III
Director of Diversity & Out of State Recruitment
University of Kentucky College of Engineering
Office: (859) 257-2451