Fundamentals of Engineering at Yale

Design a scale model of a building using principles of mechanical, structural, and civil engineering.

Summer Springboard program located on the campus of Yale University

Program Highlights

Develop 3D solutions to design challenges to learn the fundamentals behind mechanical, civil, and biomedical engineering
Manufacture an artificial limb to replicate natural function and movement in real world situations
Design and build a scale model structure compliant with code, zoning, and budget requirements
Learn from professionals in the field about the latest advancements in engineering and technology
materials for engineering class

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Session 1: July 3-July 15, 2022

Session 3: July 17-July 29, 2022


Yale University
New Haven, CT


  • It was nice to have an actual engineer as the instructor of the course who had been on the job for most of his life.

    Griffin H.

  • I enjoyed the real world insight from the field trips. We went to a construction site and Autodesk Gallery to learn about the mechanics of machines and buildings.

    James L.

Course Overview

Engineering is one of the top desired careers in many companies. For students considering a career in Engineering, this course will help them explore what it takes to be an engineer. We will explore facets of mechanical, structural, civil, and electrical engineering in a hands-on, minds-on approach.

Excursions at Yale – Students visit Luchs Consulting Engineers. Founded in 1948, Luchs is a dynamic Connecticut licensed engineering and land surveying firm providing a full range of services to federal, state, municipal, utility and private clients throughout New England.


Meet your instructor


Rich Bonnanzio, MSME, MSM

Mr. Bonnanzio has over forty years of experience in various capacities in the engineering industry. He was a model manager responsible for the V2500 program for International Aero Engines (IAE) manages engineering, sales, production, customer support and aftermarket services for the V2500 engine – one of the most successful commercial jet-engine programs in production today. In addition, he was a design lead and deputy manager at Pratt & Whitney, a world leader in the design, manufacture, and service of aircraft engines and auxiliary power units. He holds an Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) from University of Bridgeport as well as a Master of Science in Management (MSM) from Albertus Magnus College.

Topics you'll explore

Hands-On Learning

Students explore the design process and a standard problem solving approach used by engineers. Students have an opportunity to utilize a series of design challenges to test and gather data on the efficiency of their designs. Projects include building a scale model structure compliant with code, zoning, and budget requirements as well as creating an artificial limb.

Students will think on their feet as they work against time, budget, gravity, and limited resources to complete mini design projects covering different areas of engineering. The final project will be in the field of their choice so they can further explore a specific area.

Engineering Project

Career Exploration

Through this course and program, students will get on-site experience and learn from experts in the field. Students gain an understanding of applied problem solving skills that are involved in Engineering.

Meet with successful professionals and experts in the fields of engineering and technology to learn more about careers and jobs in this field, and have the opportunity to ask questions and learn firsthand what it’s like to work as an engineer. This insight helps students reflect on which areas within the field of engineering is right for them.


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Summer Springboard Pre-College Summer Program