Summer Academy Camps
Women ExCEL in Engineering
Summer Academy registration is ongoing, and spots are filling up!
Discover different fields of engineering while building community and having fun in this week-long residential camp. The Women Experience Creativity, Excitement, and Learning (ExCEL) in Engineering camp is designed for future women engineers and explores the field through planning, designing, fabricating, and testing in a variety of group and individual projects. Learn from other female engineers and work in teams to complete projects. Get ready for a week filled with formal and informal learning opportunities that transcend the conventional, all within the dynamic spaces of our Engineering Discovery Laboratory and Fabrication Design Studio. During this hands-on exploration, the engineering design process becomes a canvas for creativity and ingenuity. Students dive into a spectrum of activities, unlocking the secrets of leadership and innovation, and discovering the transformative power of engineering. A mid-week field trip awaits, leading students to the serene shores of a nearby lake. Here, the focus shifts to sustainability and environmental stewardship, offering a holistic perspective on the role of engineers in creating a harmonious balance between innovation and nature.
Complete this short College of Engineering application to be considered for this camp and the corresponding scholarship.
June 10 – 14, 2024
|Course Date Info:
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
Classrooms are located around campus, and students may travel by foot, bus or university vehicle to get to classrooms or other camp activities. More details will be available in the welcome email sent out three weeks before camp begins.
The cost of this camp is fully covered by the Women ExCEL in Engineering scholarship.
Women ExCEL in Engineering requires participants to submit an application in order to be invited to the program. The application for Women ExCEL in Engineering will be available when camp registration opens.
Mrs. Hillary Tanner
Mrs. Hillary Tanner is a Senior Lecturer in the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia. She teaches engineering graphics to mostly first year engineering students. Hillary is a Double Dawg, earning her bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering and master’s degree in Environmental Economics and Policy from UGA. She worked as a Research Engineer in the environmental field conducting watershed assessments for cities and counties throughout the State of Georgia, before transitioning to full time teaching. Hillary is the faculty advisor to the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and enjoys introducing engineering to elementary, middle, and high school students through Introduce a Girl to Engineering and other outreach activities with SWE. Outside of class, Hillary spends a lot of time at the ball field/gym with her husband and two boys. This is Hillary’s third year as a Summer Academy Instructor.
Dr. Alison Banka
Dr. Alison Banka is a lecturer in the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia. Specifically, she teaches upper-level undergraduate students in the School of Chemical, Materials, and Biomedical Engineering. She joined the faculty at the University of Georgia in 2022 after receiving her bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan. While at the University of Michigan, she enjoyed teaching undergraduate laboratory classes and engaging in biomedical research, which focused on blood cells and how they interact with one another in blood flow. In addition to teaching, Alison is also the faculty advisor for the UGA student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Overall, she enjoys introducing engineering and science principles to ‘learners’ of all ages. Outside of work, Alison enjoys baking, watching football, and spending time outside (with or without her mischievous dog). This is Alison’s second year as a Summer Academy Instructor.