Design a Summer to Remember

The Summer Engineering Academy is a series of weeklong residential camps held on the University of Arizona campus for students passionate about engineering and science. This is a great opportunity to explore engineering careers, get to know the University of Arizona, and meet lifelong friends.

You are welcome to attend multiple Interdisciplinary and major-specific programs during the same summer.

  • Work on design challenges and projects with UA professors and students in engineering labs.
  • Use facilities such as wind tunnels, circuit fabrication labs, materials processing labs, and mining simulators.
  • Develop engineering skills in 3-D CAD software, aerodynamics, electrical design, structural analysis, and more.
  • Relax and enjoy evening activities at the Student Rec Center, Flandrau Science Center, and the Steward Observatory Mirror Lab.
  • Live in a residence hall and dine at the Student Union with UA Engineering students.
  • Build friendships and relationships with current and future UA Wildcats!
Summer Engineering Academy

Interdisciplinary Programs

These programs are geared to students looking to explore the full range of engineering fields offered at the University of Arizona. Use SolidWorks 3D CAD software to create engineering designs, do hands-on lab activities, interact with UA professors, students and professionals, and see how engineers make people’s lives better.


SEA Interdisciplinary Program

Sample Activities

  • Design a cardboard canoe and keep it afloat in a race against your peers.
  • Visit a greenhouse made for the moon.
  • Create an electronic circuit.
  • Test your aerodynamic skills in the UA subsonic wind tunnel.
  • Use a mining simulator to operate equipment.
  • See designs become reality in rapid prototyping labs.
  • Tour the Steward Observatory Mirror Lab.
  • Visit the Flandrau Science Center.

Three Programs in June

Program I (June 4-9, 2017): Rising 9th- and 10th-graders 
Program II (June 11-16, 2017): Rising 11th- and 12th-graders
Program III (June 18-23, 2017): Rising 11th- and 12th-graders

Major-Specific Programs

(Rising 11th- & 12th-graders and graduating seniors) 
For future engineers and students who want to delve into specific areas of interest. Programs are taught by professors and outstanding students in the UA Engineering departments and cover aspects of the 15 UA Engineering majors.

Major-Focused Programs

Four Programs in June-July

Program IV: Engineering and the Environment
 biosystems engineering, environmental engineering, & mining engineering

  • Make biofuels from everyday materials.
  • Learn about creating sustainable energy, food and water sources.
  • Work on processes to clean up pollution in air, water, and soil.
  • Work in the UA’s lunar greenhouse.
  • Find safe and sustainable ways to mine the materials we need.
  • Investigate how humans interact with the natural world.

June 25-30, 2017

Program VI: Engineering New Technology
electrical and computer engineering, optical sciences and engineering, systems and industrial engineering 

  • Reverse engineer a smartphone.
  • Work on computer software.
  • Investigate how technology influences all aspects of our lives.
  • Learn how cameras, telescopes, touchscreens and 3D optical imaging technology work.
  • Explore manufacturing systems and process.
  • Learn how to lead industrial teams.

July 16-21, 2017

Program V: The Bio-Science of Engineering
biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, & materials science & engineering

  • Explore how wearable medical devices are created.
  • See how technology like the Total Artificial Heart is integrated with the human body.
  • Process raw materials into usable and innovative substance like biofuels.
  • Learn about how chemical reactions are vital to everyday systems.
  • Make materials that have revolutionized the modern world.

July 9-14, 2017

Program VII: Urban Engineering Systems
aerospace engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering

  • Design flight systems.
  • Test aerodynamics in subsonic and supersonic wind tunnels.
  • Hone your 3D CAD skills.
  • Manufacture your creations in a modern machine shop.
  • Learn about designing earthquake-proof structures.
  • Explore the design of environmentally sustainable buildings.

July 23-28, 2017

infinite possibilities


Admission is competitive, and sessions fill up quickly. So make your plans early and register online beginning in January.

Deadlines to Apply to Summer Engineering Academy:

  • Program I: May 12th
  • Program II: May 12th
  • Program III: May 19th
  • Program IV: May 26th 
  • Program V-VII: Full


In addition to registering online, you will need to submit the following:

  • Maximum 500-word letter telling us what makes you a great candidate for the Summer Engineering Academy
    – your goals and aspirations and how the academy will help you meet your potential
  • $15 non-refundable application fee for each program for which you are applying

Register Online >


SEA Online Registration

2017 Fees

Interdisciplinary: $650, plus $15 non-refundable application fee
Major-focused: $750, plus $15 non-refundable application fee
contact Want to know more about the UA’s Summer Engineering Academy? Contact: 520.621.6032 or email

Rules & Regulations

Our goal is for students to enjoy engineering summer camp and get as much out of it as possible.

Interacting with the program counselors, students will learn about campus life, good study habits, college survival skills, safety, scholarships, campus resources, student clubs and many other useful topics.

Summer Engineering Academy rules of conduct are simple and strictly enforced.

  • Disruption of program activities or unauthorized absence from campus will result in the student being asked to leave the program.

We are proud to state that in the six years since the program began, we have not had to send home a single student.

We expect all participants to be:

  • Serious about learning
  • On time
  • Responsible for their personal belongings
SEA Rules and Regulations


Fire Safety
The following are prohibited in the residences: halogen lamps; overloaded electrical, damaged or non-UL approved cords; unsafe placement of cords or improper use of electrical items; obstruction of sprinklers; obstruction of room door or windows; ceiling hangings or other decorations that are flammable or otherwise could contribute to fire spread; paper or other combustibles (including hats and scarves) hung on or near incandescent fixtures; use of any open flame device (candles, etc.) or open coil appliance, burning of incense, possession/use of fireworks, or other explosives, possession/storage of gasoline or other fuels/flammable chemicals; damaging or tampering with fire safety equipment (smoke detectors, extinguishers, fire horns, etc.); dismantling or otherwise interfering with exit signs; blocking open or otherwise interfering with the intended smoke-barrier purpose of fire doors; blocking hallways or building exits; failure to evacuate according to designated procedures during a building alarm and/or failure to follow instructions of University or fire safety personnel; false report of fire or other dangerous conditions (bomb threats, etc.); activating false alarms. Being responsible for a malicious or intentional false fire alarm will result in expulsion.

Health and Safety
Behavior that may result in personal injury or damage to property is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to hall sports, water fights, practical jokes or "roughhousing," dropping items out of windows, improper behavior on balconies, tampering with or other misuse of elevators, and failure to observe fire safety rules and procedures.

Quiet Hours and Excessive Noise
Noise that is disruptive to others is prohibited. "Courtesy Hours" are always in effect, and residents are to respect requests of others for quiet. Nighttime hours are "Quiet Hours," when residents are to be especially aware of the volume and impact of their noise. At no time should amplified sound or yelling be directed out or at residents' windows, and residents need to maintain reasonable quiet in courtyard areas at all times.

Smoking is not allowed in any of the residences. Designated smoking areas are available outside all residence halls. [Not any more, right?]

Keys and Security
Exterior entrances at all residences are locked 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Building entrance keys or access cards and room keys are issued at check-in. After two lockout services, students will be charged $10 for each subsequent lockout. Residents are responsible for the security of their rooms and are encouraged to keep doors locked at all times when not present and when sleeping. Propping of building doors, allowing nonresidents to follow you into the building, duplicating, loaning, or other misuse of University/Residence keys is strictly prohibited. The replacement charge for a lost front door key is $25, and the cost is $30 for replacing a room key and changing the lock (charges subject to change.)


Residents will comply with all University and Residence Life standards and guidelines governing the use of computers and networks at the University of Arizona.


Residents will be held financially responsible for any damages to or loss of property attributable to their individual behavior or participation in any group activities. Residents of an entire floor or residence may be held responsible for activities, inattention or neglect that results in loss or damage to University property. Damage charges are added to the resident's University account. Residents must maintain their assigned rooms in a safe condition. Room furnishings shall not be removed or stored, and beds must not be lofted. Public area or lounge furnishings shall not be moved into a student’s room.


Residence Hall Facilities
Our residence halls are more than just a place to sleep, and we equip them accordingly. Beyond sleeping rooms and a front desk, many of our halls also provide kitchen and barbecue facilities, lounges and small meeting rooms, which can be reserved for guest use.

Each room is to be kept clean and orderly by the residents for maintenance of health and safety. Residents are responsible for cleaning up after themselves in bathrooms, kitchens and other common areas and are required to remove their room trash to the designated trash area outside the building (not doing so results in a $25 charge per bag/item). Residents may be billed individually or collectively for any excessive cleaning necessary as a result of student behavior.

Residence assistants are experienced students, selected and trained by Residence Life, who live on each floor or wing in a hall or apartment. Their job is to help create a caring and supportive environment. They listen, nurture and mentor fellow residents. They plan and implement programs, enforce policies and focus on building positive relationships among residents. Camp counselors for the Summer Engineering Academy help students settle in, make new friends, learn their way around, and get the most from the weeklong stay.