A Better World Through Engineering

Three students work on an engineering project at LMU

Summer 2022

Session Dates: June 26 - July 22, 2022

Location: On-Campus
**Applications are currently closed for this course**

A hands-on experience for future engineers.


This summer, engineer creative solutions to some of the world's most challenging questions.

The world we live in is changing. Engineering and technological advances in the last few decades have exponentially improved human living conditions and life expectancy, and have ultimately brought the world together. But they have also created planet-wide challenges such as environmental issues, food and water shortages, and over population.

Spend your summer tackling some of these crucial global challenges alongside world-class faculty from LMU's nationally-ranked civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering departments, and learn how engineering innovations can prepare us to face and mitigate these obstacles in the coming years.

In weeks one and two, students will receive in-class instruction overviewing modern engineering innovations and the many great engineering achievements in the last century. In the second half of the program, students will be placed into working groups and select a topic from National Academy of Engineering's Grand Challenges for Engineering - a list of 14 game-changing goals for improving life on the planet, identified by an international group of leading technological thinkers from around the world. Students will use their final two weeks focusing on hands-on projects that seek cutting-edge solutions to challenges in four broad realms of human concern: sustainability, health, security, and joy of living.

Students who successfully complete this program will receive college credit. Students must have completed junior year of high school by the start of summer 2022 to attend.

Dive Deeper

  • LMU is planning to offer in-person pre-college summer programs in 2022. A Better World Through Engineering will be a residential program on LMU's Los Angeles-area campus. There are no commuter options at this time - all participants are required to live on campus for the duration of their program.

    • Gain awareness of modern engineering innovations
    • Learn about current Engineering Grand Challenges
    • Gain an understanding of how engineering can be used to solve some of the biggest challenges facing society
    • Learn to collaborate with peers in hands-on projects

    Students who successfully complete this course will receive university credit.

  • Students enrolled in the Better World Through Engineering course will have the opportunity to visit the Southern California offices and build facilities of some of the world's most recognizable names in engineering innovation. Specific site visit locations to be announced.

  • Application Fee: $65

    2022 Program Cost: $9,000

    The program cost includes:

    • Tuition for on-campus four-week, credit-bearing course
    • Housing and meals for four weeks
    • Course materials
    • Use of campus recreation facilities
    • Class field trips
    • Weekend social trips off campus

    For additional information about program tuition and fees and payment options, please visit our Fees Page

  • This class is open to rising high school seniors only.


    • Online Application 
    • Personal Essay: Read the Prompt Now
    • Letter of Recommendation from a teacher or counselor
    • Official High School Transcripts
    • $65 Application Fee


Build the World You Want to Live In

Applications are currently closed for this course. Please check back in October 2022 for available programming for Summer 2023.