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TMSAtalks session: NC State Engineering Careers and Summer Camps

By Rahul Bhatia

On January 23, 2017, TMSAtalks invited North Carolina State University’s Program Associate at The Engineering Place, Mrs. Renèe Croteau, to talk to our high schoolers about the Engineering Program and Summer Camps at NC State University (NCSU).

Mrs. Croteau is a member of the STEM Outreach group at the College of Engineering, NCSU.  She spent 10 years as a Research and Development Engineer in several fields including medical devices, aerospace, automotive and transportation. Mrs. Croteau has an Aerospace Engineering degree with a minor in math from Syracuse University and a Master’s Degree in Plastics Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and holds a patent to her name.

During her presentation at TMSA, Mrs. Croteau provided information on the Engineering Program and Summer Camps at NC State University

Here are some of the key points from the information session:

NC State Engineering Program:

  • With more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students, the College is the largest of any college at NC State, and among one of the top ranked programs nationally.
  • Offerings include 18 bachelors’, 21 master’s and 13 doctoral degree programs including co-op and international programs.
  • Freshman Profile:
    • New first year students: 1350 (8,550 applicants)
    • SAT average: 1349; ACT average: 31
    • HS GPA: 4.65 (weighted); 3.86 (unweighted)
    • HS Rank: 79% in top 10% of class
  • Annual job fair rated 2nd largest in the US has many different companies come to NC State in search for employees, and can land you a well-paying job right out of college!

To find out more about NC State University and its programs, you can attend its open house on Saturday, March 18, 2017. No registration for this session is required.

More information on Engineering Program is available at

NC State Engineering Summer Camps:

There are 2 types of Summer Camps at NC State, Day Camps and Residential Camps.

  • Day Camps: For rising 9th -10th Grades
    • 5-6 graduate student mentors share information about their respective fields.
    • Students can participate in group projects and activities in each mentor’s field.
    • Break out into small groups and work on in-depth challenge in specific disciplines.
  • Residential Camps: For rising 11-12th Grades
    • Students get an in-depth look at specific engineering disciplines in workshops on topics led by professors, post docs and graduate students
    • Students can also experience the residence and dining halls besides recreational opportunities held in the evenings
    • The residential camps include international participants and gives students a chance to interact and learn more about other’s lifestyles, cultures, etc.
    • Many of the activities are held in real college labs, allowing students to get a first-hand look at research projects complemented by field trips

Application period for both Residential and Day Camps is open now till March 24th and acceptances start April 17th. The weekly programs are conducted during the month of June.

The Application process includes, two short essays (200 words). Requirements for Residential Camps includes the need to rank your workshop preferences, grades, test scores, classes, etc.

More information on Engineering Summer Camps is available at

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