SEAS 1800: Introduction to Engineering


A 3-week, 3-credit online program
Date: June 7 – 25, 2021
Days: Monday through Friday 
Time: 10am–12pm/1pm-3pm 


SEAS 1800 (Introduction to Engineering) is a credit-bearing course that exposes high-school students to a hands-on project and an experiment-based introduction to the various disciplines within engineering and applied science: biomedical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, civil and environmental engineering, computer science, mechanical and aerospace engineering, and systems engineering. Accepted applicants will learn to apply their existing math and science knowledge to engineering and applied science problems and learn new tools along the way. The course is hosted by the GW School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) and taught by Professor Samer Hamdar, with guest presentations by other SEAS faculty.


The course topics include: 

Introduction and Ethics in Engineering

Mechanics and Robotics

Python and Al

Traffic and Signals

Videos and Vision Recognition

Civil 3D and AutoCad

Matlab and Statistics

Electricity and Circuits

Bridges and Newtonian Physics

VR and Unity 3D

GIS and Coordinate Systems

Social Networks and Vaccination

Health and Accelerometer Data

Final Exam and Review









group of students in SEAS 1800 workshop


online student session


SEAS 1800 has been offered in-person and online for five years. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Summer 2021 course will take the form of on-line synchronous and asynchronous sessions over a three-week period: instructors will lead live morning sessions (10:00 am – 12:00 noon) and afternoon sessions (1:00 – 3:00 pm), Monday through Friday. An offline project, modules, and exercises will accompany the live sessions. Since the course is credit-bearing, students will be expected to complete four written assignments, two reading assignments, two programming exercises, three hands-on modules, one exam, and one course project. Additional details are available in the course syllabus (PDF).


Registration and tuition information: 

Visiting high-school students may enroll in GW summer courses as non-degree students.  All courses are being taught in an online format. To apply as a non-degree student, interested individuals should visit the non-degree website and submit an application online.  This year, students interested in taking the SEAS 1800 course are to be classified as General Study Students. 

All students will have to create an account to apply. Creating an account will prompt the university to issue the appropriate GW ID number, userID and Email account, which are needed to remotely access the university laboratories and software tools. 

Non-degree seeking students are billed the application fee ($25). The Student Association Fee which is $3.00 per credit hour and the tuition rate of $1,750.00 per credit hour are also applied. Limited course materials can be ordered through Amazon (online) and are provided in the course syllabus (PDF).

Please visit the George Washington University Registrar’s Office for more information.  


Registration deadline:

Given the limits placed on the number of course attendees, interested students should contact the course instructor (Professor Samer Hamdar) by May the 1st, 2021, for final reservation and confirmation. The registration deadline is May 15, 2021.


Contact us:

For further information, do not hesitate to contact Professor Samer Hamdar or Mr. Jonathan Ragone


Professor Samer Hamdar 
800 22nd Street, NW 
Science and Engineering Hall (SEH) Room 3810 
Washington, DC 20052
Phone: +1-202-994-6652 
Fax: +1-202-994-0127