In the College of Engineering, you are getting a world-class engineering education, but you might be wondering what engineering is like off-campus, in the “real world.” How can you connect to and build a professional network for your future?

Since the fall of 2012, the Real World Engineering program has shown students what engineering is like in industry and government. Currently running in Pittsburgh, Boston, and Silicon Valley, the program gives undergraduate students the opportunity to network with professional engineers, shadow mentors, tour industries, connect with alumni, and learn about future career opportunities.

These programs occur once a year in each locale during academic breaks, so no class time is missed. Students are selected for the program based on essays and their professional goals. All program costs are covered by the College of Engineering Dean’s Office and the Gupta First-Year Experience program.

The Real World Engineering Program helps students make better-informed decisions about their future careers and experience life as an engineer.