Johns Hopkins Engineering innovation (EI) Pre-college Programs are high quality, challenging courses for diverse high school students in a supportive and dynamic environment. We introduce students to engineering, improve their college-readiness, and prepare them to succeed in engineering and other STEM fields. 

Why choose Johns Hopkins Engineering Innovation? 

  • The curriculum is developed by educators at Johns Hopkins University 
  • Students have the potential to earn college credit 
  • Students learn to test and solve real-world problems 
  • Hands-on projects and labs provide engaging learning experiences
  • 12:1 student-teacher ratio 


Change the face of engineering by inspiring a diverse and inclusive population of students to become engineers. 


Johns Hopkins’ Engineering Innovation Pre-college Program has offered the engineering overview course, now called Explore Engineering Innovation, at locations across the country since 2006. This course is offered nationally each summer, excluding 2020 due to the global pandemic, and has served over 5,500 students through 2022. This includes 29% women, 9.3% Black or African American, and 11% Latino/Hispanic students. Through partnerships with Upward Bound, other non-profit foundations, and corporate sponsors, 25% of EEI students have received scholarships to attend the course. 

In the spring of 2019, the Engineering Innovation office launched a new, fully online course, Biomedical Engineering Innovation (BMEI).  Since that time, BMEI has served over 650 students. 

Who creates our courses?

Explore Engineering Innovation was developed by Michael Karweit, PhD, a senior lecturer in JHU’s Department of Environmental Health and Engineering, with the assistance of numerous colleagues. The curriculum has been updated most recently by Claire VerHulst, PhD ‘15, Assistant Director of EI. 

Biomedical Engineering Innovation was developed by Eileen Haase, PhD, a senior lecturer, director of the undergraduate program in JHU’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, and director of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Biomedical Engineering Program at Hopkins Engineering’s Engineering for Professionals Programs, and Brock Wester PhD, project manager and section supervisor for the Applied Neuroscience area in the Intelligent Systems Group of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory’s Research and Exploratory Development Department and vice chair of the Applied Biomedical Engineering Program at in the Engineering for Professionals Programs. 

Sustainable Energy Engineering is being developed by Rachel Sangree, PhD, an associate teaching professor in the JHU’s Department of Civil and Systems Engineering, and Claire VerHulst, PhD ‘15, the assistant director of Engineering Innovation. 

Whiting School of Engineering Diversity and Inclusion Statement 

The Whiting School of Engineering is a diverse and inclusive community that values: 

  1. A scholarly, collaborative, and entrepreneurial environment in which innovation, creativity, risk-taking, and the ethical practice and applications of engineering and technology are paramount. 
  2. The importance of both the fundamentals of engineering and the creation and dissemination of transformative knowledge contributing to the betterment of society.
  3. The members’ intellectual agility and their capacity to draw upon their wide range of technical and non-technical skills and abilities to solve societal problems. 

John Hopkins University Diversity and Inclusion Statement 

Johns Hopkins is a community committed to sharing values of diversity and inclusion in order to achieve and sustain excellence. We firmly believe that we can best promote excellence by recruiting and retaining a diverse group of students, faculty, and staff and by creating a climate of respect that is supportive of their success. This climate for diversity, inclusion, and excellence is critical to attaining the best research, scholarship, teaching, health care, and other strategic goals of the Health System and the University. Taken together these values are recognized and supported fully by the Johns Hopkins Institutions leadership at all levels. Further, we recognize that the responsibility for excellence, diversity, and inclusion lies with all of us at the Institutions: leadership, administration, faculty, staff, and students.

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Summer 2022

  • 157 Residential Explore Engineering Innovation Students

    JHU Homewood campus

  • 141Commuting Explore Engineering Innovation Students

    JHU-APL; JHU Homewood; Bullis School; CSU Fullerton; Mount San Antonio College; Ohlone College; Pasadena City College; University of San Diego; University of the District of Columbia 

  • 284Online Explore Engineering Innovation Students

  • 194International Explore Engineering Innovation Students

  • 582Total Explore Engineering Innovation Students

    In-Person and Online

  • 114Total Biomedical Engineering Innovation Students Online

  • 57International Biomedical Engineering Innovation Students