Since 2008 the College of Engineering at Georgia Tech has offered a 3-week residential Summer Engineering Institute (SEI) which focuses on underrepresented minority rising 11th and 12th graders from across the nation. The goal of GT-SEI is to provide students with a real world engineering experience that prepares them for the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow.

The focus of SEI is on a major project which teaches students some of the basic engineering and computer science techniques using programs such as Arduino, MATLAB and Google Sketch-up. High school students are challenged to solve real-world engineering problems with hands on experience. Students have worked on projects such as: Green House, Water Quality Testing and Water Filtration; Food Refrigeration with Renewable Energy-Overview; and Aerial Surveillance, Sensing, and Communication. Members of Tech’s faculty, staff and students assist the students during their three- week stay on campus.

The students work in teams to plan, design, and research the economic and social impacts of a selected engineering problem, as well as participate in corporate visits, laboratory tours, and collegiate/skill workshops. 

Students working on a project


SEI is supported by funding from Intel Corporation and other corporate sponsors.