‘Engineering’ bright futures on the shores of Lake Michigan

Purdue University Northwest’s Enbridge Engineering Summer Camps show students they can ‘improve lives and make the world a better place’

Bridge building. Fluid mechanics. Nanotechnology. Robotics.

As summer camps go, these sessions are not for the faint of heart.

Since 1991, Purdue University Northwest (PNW) has actively engaged with students in the Chicago region, preparing them to enter PNW degree programs in civil, mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering.

One method of stoking that passion for the steel ring is the school’s Enbridge Engineering Summer Camps.

“This is not a camp that parents send their kids to because they have nothing else to do in the summer,” notes Jamie Manahan, PNW’s executive director for development. “The students leave with hands-on experience that we hope will stay with them through middle school, high school and maybe even a career in engineering.”

The camp hosts two sessions at PNW’s Hammond, Indiana campus each summer—one for middle school students and one for high school students—with attendees split between the two sessions.

“One of the most important things students can take away from the camps,” says Dr. Dietmar Rempfer, Director of the PNW School of Engineering, “is how each and every one of them has the power to improve lives and make the world a better place through the application of science and engineering.”

Throughout the week-long sessions in June, students will be exposed to lab and classroom experiences, including 3D virtualization and simulation, water filtering, surveying and 3D printing, as they rotate through the different areas of engineering offered at PNW.

Enbridge is committed to improving quality of life in the communities near our operations. Our $10,000 sponsorship of PNW’s 2019 Enbridge Engineering Summer Camps will support youth interested in careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

As part of the engineer’s oath, practitioners promise that “when needed, my skill and knowledge shall be given without reservation for the public good.” That spirit is represented at these camps as well, says Rempfer.

Camp participants “have an opportunity to see first-hand how engineers work every day to change how we live, work and play,” he says.

“They also see the great diversity of careers that are possible in this field—offering opportunities for an equal diversity of young men and women, with all sorts of backgrounds and a variety of personal interests.”