Capstone Impact Challenge
The core curricular component of the program, the Capstone Impact Challenge provides you with the unique opportunity to work toward solving some of the Sustainable Development Goals set forth by the United Nations while also expanding your understanding of the engineering field that you are most passionate about.
During this competitive design challenge, you and your team members will work with a real-world problem. An example of a problem that students have previously set out to address was obtaining clean water in countries that lack the general infrastructure. After analyzing your challenges and constraints, you'll utilize your creativity and various technologies, such as ArcView GIS, to plan, ideate, and prototype your solution. The challenge culminates in a multi-round presentation where the best solutions are determined.
Hear from academic faculty and professional leaders in various engineering disciplines during speaking events and visits to engineering facilities. Your interactions with these subject-matter experts will provide you with insight into recent innovations in engineering and the keys to a successful future career in this dynamic field.
Past participating speakers include:
- Anna Dietrich, Co-Founder and COO, Terrafugia
- Joseph Hughes, Professor, ECE, Georgia Institute of Technology
- Dr. Shervin Talebinejad, Advanced Simulation and Robotics Engineer, Boston Dynamics
- Andy Bayowski, Principal, Strategy and Development, KW Engineering
- Iqbal Dhapa, Acting Bureau Manager, San Francisco Public Works
- Daniel Johnson, PE; Manager; Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District
- Miranda Dixon, Electrical Engineer, Gulfstream Aerospace
- Chiamaka Obianyor, Ph.D.; Senior Research Specialist; Dow Chemical Company
- Anjali Viramgama, Software Engineer, Microsoft
- Kate Gunderson, Flight Test Engineering Student, the National Test Pilot School; Former Engineer, NASA
- Dr. Hermann Fritz, Professor of Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
- Dr. Joshua Benjamin, Ph.D., E.I.; Process Engineer, Water Technology Group, Black & Veatch
- Arnyah Brown-Countess, Research Engineer, GE Research Center
- Ryan Udell, Systems Engineer, Boeing Space and Launch, The Boeing Company; Founding Partner, Zed Factor Fellowship
- Nathan Stewart, Operations Planning Flight Controller for the International Space Station, NASA
- Christian Buenrostro, Mechanical Engineer and Project Manager, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
- Jane Agwaro, Associate Bioengineer and Senior Research Associate, Cell Therapy Analytical Development, Bristol Meyers Squibb
Immersive Engineering Workshops
Developed by Andrew Barry, Ph.D., an MIT grad and founder of Stage One Education, these fascinating workshops investigate Artificial Intelligence, Mechanical Engineering, Helicopter Electronics, and more:
Artificial Intelligence & Neural Networks Workshop
Discover how AI Neural Networks learn through an interactive activity, use the latest AI models in text, image, and music, followed by a thought-provoking discussion about the ethics of AI. Students will focus on ChatGPT4.0, V5 MidJourney, and MusicGen Meta.
Rockets: Mechanical Engineering Workshop
Students will utilize Computer Aided Design (CAD) modeling software to design and 3D print a model rocket in one of their half day workshop rotations.
Helicopter Electronics Workshop
Apply electronics concepts to program a microcontroller to independently fly a model helicopter. This workshop combines some of the best parts of robotics—circuits, programming, and autonomous control.
“The helicopter workshop manages to pack the best parts of robotics—circuits, programming, and autonomous control—into an amazingly fun package.”
-Andrew Barry, Ph.D.
Search #heliworkshop in Instagram or click here to see what previous program attendees were able to accomplish during this educational and entertaining workshop.
Electrical Engineering Workshop
Learn to identify the components of an electronic schematic and explain the purpose of each electrical component in a circuit, then virtually design and simulate a variety of working electrical circuits.
Students also participate in a career discussion addressing the questions: What is electrical engineering? What makes an electrical engineer?
Students will embark on a self-guided campus tour, where they will get the chance to see what different campus facilities look like as well as the various types of projects college students and professors work on. Students will also spend a day exploring historical sites on a culturally enriching local excursion. Students will also need to bring $15-$25 for one meal offsite.
Please note: We are currently evaluating all aspects of NYLF Engineering and may make changes to the curriculum or site visits to ensure the program meets the most up-to-date health and safety standards.