Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering Summer Institute

2024 CAEE Summer Institute
August 5 - 9

Are you an aspiring engineer looking for a hands-on summer experience?

Explore civil, architectural, and environmental engineering while learning about designing and maintaining infrastructure projects, designing buildings that work, and designing systems, processes, and policies enabling people to co-exist more sustainably with the environment during a week-long summer institute!

Program Overview

Students working in lab

Participants will learn about the three engineering majors in the CAEE Department at Drexel University, namely Civil Engineering, Architectural Engineering, and Environmental Engineering (CAEE). After attending the Summer Institute, participants will better understand these three majors so they can use this information to help choose their engineering major when applying to universities.  The Summer Institute will also cover important information such as different career paths, sample occupations, and typical employers for each major.

Who: Rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade high school students interested in engineering.
When: August 5 - August 9, 2024
Cost: $850
Deadline: Applications due March 1, 2024 (for financial aid consideration) | First payment due April 15, 2024.
Required: Application, unofficial transcript, and essay

  • Essay: 250-word personal statement describing (1) your career interests and (2) why you are interested in the CAEE Summer Institute.
  • Transcript: Please submit an electronic copy of an official or unofficial transcript. This can be done by the applicant, a parent, or a school representative.
  • Application: Application deadline past due - please email us at for more information.

By the end of the week, participants should be familiar with the following:

What is Civil Engineering?

  • Structural engineering
  • Bridge engineering
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Transportation engineering
  • Water resources
  • Hydraulic engineering
  • Construction materials engineering
  • Sustainable engineering

What is Architectural Engineering?

  • Planning, design, and construction of buildings
  • Building construction and structural analyses
  • Building environmental control engineering
  • Noise and acoustics engineering
  • Indoor air quality engineering
  • Heating, air conditioning, lighting and water supply engineering
  • Sustainable engineering

What is Environmental Engineering?

  • Water quality engineering
  • Water resource engineering
  • Outdoor air quality engineering
  • Ocean engineering
  • Hazardous waste management
  • Sustainable engineering
  • Groundwater engineering and management
  • Sustainable engineering

The camp will include presentations, field work, and hands-on lab and classroom activities related to the CAEE majors.  Activities will include:

  • Lab activity about transportation engineering
  • Lab activity about structural engineering 
  • Designing and testing a wooden bridge 
  • Lab activity about water treatment
  • Lab activity about air quality
  • Lab activity about architectural engineering thermal design
  • Lab activity about self-healing concrete
  • Lab activity about engineering properties of materials in civil engineering
  • Lab activity about concrete mix design and follow-up concrete cylinder breaking
  • Site visit to a highway materials company to learn about quarry operations, asphalt, and recycling of construction materials
  • Site visit to the Drexel Academy of Natural Sciences to learn about field samples used in environmental sciences and engineering