Engineering & Innovation Track

Instructors Who Care
Summer Springboard courses are taught by accomplished and passionate faculty recruited from many area colleges, universities and professional forums. Each faculty member is selected for their subject area expertise and proven ability to both challenge and captivate students.
Computer Science

Dr. Sean Choi, Facebook

Sean completed a Ph.D. in the electrical engineering department and a M.S. degree in computer science at Stanford University and B.S. degree in computer science and business economics and management at California Institute of Technology. After finishing the masters degree and before returning as a Ph.D. student, Sean worked at LinkedIn as a data engineer and worked at VMware as a senior member of technical staff. He is currently working at Facebook as a Research Scientist in data center networking group.

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Behind the structures and products we use in our everyday life, engineers must consider many details before building can commence. Considerations such as technology, budget, materials, and regulations all inform the process. This online academy allows you to think like an engineer and create solutions to real world design challenges.


John Keszler, MIT

John Keszler is a Ph.D. candidate in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. John was part of the Harvard Undergraduate Robotics Club and led a team of 20 people to design and build the next generation of Mars rovers that will one day work alongside astronauts exploring the Red Planet. He has also implemented machine learning techniques for autonomous drones. John graduated from Harvard University cum laude in S.B Electrical Engineering with Honors


Phil Muse, former University of Houston

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Philip Muse is a licensed architect with over 40 years of extensive experience in architectural design and project management. He has led and advised multidisciplinary teams in the US, Singapore, and South Korea. Some of his projects include the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and the Yongjin Light Rail Transit in Seoul. Philip is currently a Project Manager for Parsons Corporation, a technology-focused defense, intelligence, security, and infrastructure engineering firm. Philip holds both a Bachelor and Master of Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and has taught at the University of Houston.


Dr. Reza Alam, UC Berkeley

Reza is an associate professor of Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley as well as the American Bureau of Shipping Chair in Ocean Engineering. His research areas include ocean wave power, underwater wireless communication and underwater drone technology. Born in Yazd, a small historic city at the geographic center of Iran, Reza received his BSc in Mechanical Engineering and MSc in Applied Mechanics from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. He then joined the Mechanical Engineering program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. He received his Master of Science and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, and then served as a Postdoctoral associate and Lecturer at MIT.

What You'll Learn
Each day, dive into a relevant topic in the industry and engage in dynamic, engaging discussions with leading experts and professors. Upon completion of the course, students will receive a Certificate of Completion from Summer Springboard.  
What it's like to be a roboticist working on autonomous drones. Think critically about programming, control theory, and algorithm design.
Create your own designs and dive into the decision making process behind the design of structures with a leading architect.

Pre-College Exploration Academy

Explore the different branches within the field of engineering and discover the fundamentals of fluid dynamics. 
Computer Science
Think like a technologist and learn the underlying theory behind software you use everyday. Topics include an introduction to the design and analysis of algorithms.
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Session 1: CLOSED

October 17-18 & 24-25, 2020

9:00 AM  PT / 12:00 PM ET

Session 2:

January 23-24 & 30-31, 2021

9:00 AM PT / 12:00 PM ET

Session 3:

April 10-11 & 17-18, 2021

9:00 AM PT / 12:00 PM ET

Session 4:

June 12-13 & 19-20, 2021

9:00 AM PT / 12:00 PM ET

Session 5:

June 14-17, 2021

9:00 AM PT / 12:00 PM ET


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