Key Dates and Deadlines

0June 2018
Application Due
0June 2018
Deposit Due
0June 2018
Tuition Due
0July 2018
Program Starts

High school students are invited to participate in a highly experiential course teaching key concepts of engineering entrepreneurship focused on the theme of the “Internet of Things”. Students will learn how to think like an entrepreneur, develop a commercialization plan for an invention of your own design, and gain hands-on skills in developing electronic and digital prototypes. Topics covered include entrepreneurial team dynamics, technology and strategic assessments, creativity and business model development, communication to investors and technology managers, and technology plan development.

Students will spend three weeks at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where they will develop core skills in collegiate environments. Program activities may include field visits to the Viterbi Startup Garage Incubator in the heart of Silicon Beach and the USC Center for Advanced Manufacturing, as well as interview sessions with real entrepreneurs. The course culminates in a final “Demo Day” presentation.

For more information, view the Engineering Summer Programs webinar (start around minute 36) and the SCIHI flyer.


This is a three-week commuter program.

Dates: July 9, 2018 – July 26, 2018

Day:    Monday – Thursday

Time:  9AM – 4PM


Rosemary Rohde, PhD, was born in sunny Miami, Florida. She moved to LA and graduated from UCLA on a full scholarship. Dr. Rose studied chemistry with Jim Heath at Caltech and received her PhD in 2009. She was a co-founder and senior scientist of Indi Molecular, a biotech company that designed artificial antibodies for medical diagnostics. After working on that project for six years, now she teaches and develops science curricula for H-bar Tutoring, which she co-founded and where she currently serves as CEO; and Ad Astra School, where she is the Founding Science Director, Chair of Admissions, and serves on the Administrative Team.

Dr. Rose is an entrepreneur and educator at heart. From age 13 she and her mother co-ran a furniture company with interior and floral decorating; their new company will sell unique, handmade jewelry. Dr. Rose is looking forward to working with a motivated group of high students this summer at USC interested in entrepreneurship.


  • Sophomore, Junior, or Senior in Fall 2018
  • Submit online application with a personal statement of 500 words or less
  • Official High School Transcripts (Recommend GPA of a 3.5 on a 4.0 scale)
  • 1 Letter of Recommendation from a teacher able to discuss your academic qualifications in science, technology, engineering and/or math & your readiness to participate in this 3-week intensive program in commercialization and innovation

Student Program Fees

Application Fee:       $      35.00

Program Fee:            $ 3,500.00

Scholarships:            Not available

Housing:                    Not provided

How To Apply

 Application due on May 15, 2018, at 11:59 pm PST


Contact Information

Have questions?  Please email us at or call (310) 448-8621.