Engineering Group Challenge

The Alfred University Inamori School of Engineering hosts an annual Engineering Group Challenge for junior and senior students from area high schools by invitation. Students attending must be accompanied by an adult. Tours and demonstrations in various engineering laboratories are conducted and students attending are also invited to participate in a scholarship examination. First, Second and Third place winners receive a scholarship that can be used in any of our engineering programs at Alfred University.

Winners for 2021

Congratulations to the winners of the November 4, 2021, Engineering and Materials Science Day Scholarship Competition. We had a TIE for 1st place and a TIE 2nd place!

The tied winners for 1st Place ($5,000 for four years) and 2nd Place ($2,500 for four years) are as follows:

1st Place:

  • Jane Heffernan (Eden Junior-Senior High School)
  • Rachel Tyrrell (O'Connor Academy)

2nd Place:

  • Molly Howlett (Brockport High School)
  • Ella Napolitano (Alfred-Almond Central School)


8:30 – 9:00
Harder Hall Lobby

9:00 – 9:20
Welcome – Dr. Mark Zupan, President
Challenge – Dr. Gabrielle Gaustad, Dean, Inamori School of Engineering
Holmes Auditorium – Harder Hall

9:30 – 11:30
Engineering Group Challenge
Walton & Joyce Wellness Center

Admissions Meeting with Counselors/Parents Only
Nevins Theatre, Powell Campus Center

11:40 – 12:30
Lunch (ticket required)
Ade Dining Hall

12:30 – 12:35
Break out into groups

12:40 – 2:40
Demos/Tours (students only)
various locations

Dr. Gabrielle Gaustad, Dean, Inamori School of Engineering (Counselors, Parents Only)
Holmes Auditorium – Harder Hall & Inamori Museum

2:45 - 3:00
Announcement of Winners and Presentation of Awards
Dr. Gabrielle Gaustad
Holmes Auditorium – Harder Hall

**Scholarship winners and counselors please remain for photographs**


September 21, 2021

Dear Science/Math/Technology Teacher/Guidance Counselor:

Back this year with a few great changes! On Thursday, November 4, 2021, Alfred University, Inamori School of Engineering will host our annual Engineering and Materials Science Day. We would like to invite you and your junior and/or senior students from your school to participate in a scholarship opportunity. Students must be accompanied by an adult. The day will begin at 8:30 am with registration in the lobby of Harder Hall, followed by opening remarks at 9:00 am in Holmes Auditorium, Harder Hall.

There will be an Engineering group challenge for the Inamori School of Engineering Scholarship. This is a group challenge, however, only two of the top students will receive the scholarship award. First and second place students will each receive a scholarship that can be used in any of our engineering programs at Alfred University. This scholarship will be for four continuous years, toward tuition at Alfred University, provided certain academic standards are maintained. Please note that students may complete the engineering challenge once. They may attend a second time but will only be eligible for prize consideration the first year they do the challenge.

First place is $5,000 per year for 4 years for a total of $20,000
Second place is $2,500 per year for 4 years for a total of $10,000

The schedule will include demos and tours of laboratory facilities in our engineering buildings. Lunch will be provided at Ade Dining Hall. Following lunch, we will return to Holmes Auditorium, Harder Hall. Scholarship winners will be announced at 2:30 pm. Schools are scheduled to depart by 3:00 pm.

More great news! If your student attends this event, they will also receive a $1,000 campus visit grant applied towards their tuition for each year they are enrolled at Alfred University! So, every student that attends EMS Day is a winner! Don’t let your student miss out on this great opportunity.

Please register by October 28, 2021. Once registered, we will e-mail you a confirmation letter and a link to our campus map.

We look forward to seeing you in Alfred.


We will open registration for the next Engineering Group Challenge in late Summer 2022!