Hood College – Frederick, MD

Join other high school students in this challenging summer program where you’ll learn how to apply math and science concepts to practical engineering exercises. 


What is Engineering Innovation?

  • Hands-on labs, team projects, and exciting competitions
  • Course topics in chemical, civil, electrical, materials, and mechanical engineering
  • A Johns Hopkins University freshman engineering course
  • Opportunity to earn college credit


Details about This Location

  • Historic Frederick, Maryland is close to DC, and boasts beautiful scenery and a vibrant downtown.
  • Hood College is a residential site and a commuting site.
  • This site will enroll a maximum of 92 residential and 24 commuting students.
  • Hood College is located at 401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, Maryland.


Need more info? Please see below for more site-specific information. You can also review the application materials needed to apply, the eligibility requirements, and our program description.

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General Information

  • Hood College

    401 Rosemont Ave
    Frederick, MD 21701

    • Course Dates: June 22 – July 17
    • Check-in Day for Residential Program:  June 21
    • Time:  Monday – Friday; 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • No class on Friday, July 3


    Dr. Allen Flora

    Dr. Allen Flora, professor of physics, teaches introductory and upper level physics courses at Hood College.  He has advised many undergraduates completing their computational science capstone projects.  He received his B.A., magna cum laude  in physics and mathematics from Bridgewater College and his  Ph.D. in physics from the University of Virginia.  In 2015 Dr. Flora was selected as the Adviser of the Year by the Academic Affairs Committee of the Student Government Association at Hood College and has twice received the Excellence in Teaching Award by the Keystone Chapter at Hood College of Mortar Board (2012 and 2003).  He has been teaching Engineering Innovation since 2016.

    Dr. Ahmed Salem

    Dr. Ahmed Salem, associate professor of Computer Science and Information Technology, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in computer science at Hood College.  He received his B. Eng. from the Higher Technological Institute, Cairo, Egypt and his M.S. in Computer Science and Ph.D. in Computer Science and Computer Engineering from the University of Louisville.  Dr. Salem has been with Engineering Innovation since 2016.


    Mr. Reza Mirdamadi

    Mr. Reza Mirdamadi is an Associate Professor of Engineering and Chair of the Department of Computer Science, Mathematics, and Engineering at Shepherd University.  He has been teaching Engineering Innovation since 2010.




    Dr. Ashish Chakradhar

    Dr. Chakradhar has a PhD in Physical Chemistry/Surface Chemistry.  He is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Hood College;  he also teaches a several other colleges in the area.  This is his first year with EI.

    Dr. Chris Malec

    Dr. Malec has a PhD in Physics.  He has taught high school physics and is currently a science writer.  This is his third year with EI.

  • Mr. Patrick Greene

    Mr. Patrick Greene teaches Project Lead the Way at Linganore High School teacher.  He joined Engineering Innovation in 2016.


    Mr. Paul Hoyt 


    Mr. Paul Hoyt is a high school technology education teacher.  He joined the Engineering Innovation team in 2009.


    Ms. Christina Orcutt

    Ms. Christina Orcutt teaches chemistry at Hood College.  She joined Engineering Innovation in 2016.


    Mr. Richard Menendez

    Mr. Richard Menendez teaches physics at Northwest High School in Germantown, MD.  He has been with Engineering Innovation since 2016.


    Ms. Marie Harold

    Ms. Marie Harold teaches science at Oakdale High School in Ijamsville, MD.  She joined Engineering Innovation in 2018.

Site Specific Information

  • Click the link below for answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding the Engineering Innovation residential program.

    Residential students who wish to leave campus overnight to visit with family or friends must complete the following form and either bring it to campus at check-in or email it to us at ei-enroll@jhu.edu:

    DINING HALL INFORMATION:  Residential students will be eating at the Hood College Dining Hall during their stay on campus.  The dining hall does not offer Kosher meals, but vegetarian and vegan options are available. For more information, contact Hood College Dining Services.

  • The Engineering Innovation Summer Program will hold classes on the second floor of the Hodson Science and Technology Center and in Rosenstock Hall. https://www.hood.edu/about-hood/hood-at-a-glance/our-people/hodson.html

  • Most days students will have an hour for lunch.  Occasionally the lab schedule will necessitate a shorter lunch break.  The timing of the lunch break may change daily depending upon the schedule, but will happen between 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM. Students will take their lunch in the Hood College dining hall.

    Commuter Students:  Lunch fee for the Hood College campus: $230   Commuting students will have lunch at the Hood College Dining Hall on the Hood campus for the duration of the course. The total cost to attend the commuter program at Hood College campus is $3,080 (Tuition plus Lunch Fee).  The lunch fee will be paid with tuition when student enrolls in the program.

  • Students in the residential program are not permitted to bring a car to campus.

    Commuter students will find free parking close to the Hodson Science and Technology building on Evergreen Avenue, Broadbeck Drive, and Rosemont Avenue.

  • Students will have access to computers to complete their online coursework.



Click here to view the 2016 Bridge Breaking Competition.


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