Community Outreach Partnerships

As a public, land-grant institution, a key component of Colorado State University's mission is to reach beyond the university's walls to educate citizens of all ages and enhance the community's economic development. We welcome your participation in the programs below, which reach out to a broad audience and raise awareness about engineering and the College's work.

Innovations Breakfasts

The Innovations Breakfast series enables current faculty researchers to share their work with the public. The breakfasts are a wonderful opportunity for members of the public to learn more about current issues in the news, such as our water supply, space exploration, our planet's climate, and innovations in medicine. Attendees are free to ask questions of the speakers, and discussions are led by the College of Engineering Dean Sandra Woods.

Our Innovations Breakfasts attract an audience of educated, engaged Colorado residents. To learn about how you can reach out to this audience while supporting the Innovations Breakfast series, please contact Ashley Waddell, Corporate and Foundation Relations.

Saturday Morning Engineering Club

The Saturday Morning Engineering Club's mission is to diversify the field of engineering by engaging Colorado girls in 4th through 8th grade in hands-on, project-driven science, technology, and engineering programs. During 3 Saturdays each semester (one session for 4th-6th grade; another for 7th-8th grade), participants cultivate an interest in problem-solving and experimentation through a series of fun but challenging projects. Along the way, they learn that engineering is a field where women can thrive.

For more information about future dates, contact Aaron Benally.

Engineering Exploration Day

The College invites high school students, their parents, and community members to explore engineering majors and careers at its twice-per-year open house, Engineering Exploration Day. A full day awaits attendees, with engineering design project demonstrations, tours of laboratories, panel discussions with current students, and helpful sessions on applying for scholarships and financial aid all on the schedule. The event is free of charge and open to the public.

Engineering Exploration Day is sponsored in part by Baker Corporation To learn about how you or your company can join Michael Baker Jr., Inc. in supporting Engineering Exploration Day, contact Ashley Waddell, Corporate and Foundation Relations.


E-Days is the College's annual celebration to showcase student design projects. E-Days draws visitors from the community and industry, as well prospective students interested in exploring engineering. Interact with our students and view a variety of engineering projects and demonstrations, including award-winning project designs from chemical, civil, electrical and computer, and mechanical engineering. Students will be on hand to discuss their projects and answer questions.

Past student design projects have led to patents, new products, and start-up companies, so get involved now to witness tomorrow's technology today!

Join a diverse array of supporting companies by supporting E-Days. Contact Ashley Waddell, Corporate and Foundation Relations, for details.

Summer Engineering Camps for High School Students

The Summer Engineering Camps for High School Students introduce Colorado students to engineering concepts, while providing teamwork and leadership opportunities in the course of a hands-on lab-based math and science immersion experience. Living in dormitories and eating in dining halls, students learn about campus life and attend seminars on the college application and financial aid application processes, demystifying the college experience for students whose families may never have experienced university life.

By introducing students to the vibrant, creative field of engineering, we can inspire them to be among the most productive, successful citizens in our country. Our programs are rigorous and challenging, and our high expectations mean that students work very hard during their week at CSU. Ultimately, by successfully navigating the challenges of our program, participants find themselves more confident in their own abilities, having solved difficult problems by working in diverse teams, and leave CSU at the end of their session with a rich understanding of the field of engineering and their ability to thrive in it.

Registration is open for this summer's sessions! Download this form to participate.

$600 covers room, board, and all expenses for the week-long session.


To join the Bohemian Foundation's Pharos Fund in supporting the Summer Engineering Camps for High School Students, please contact Ashley Waddell, Corporate and Foundation Relations.