What is
Engineering Tomorrow?

Guided by a diverse team of successful engineers, Engineering Tomorrow introduces high school students nationwide to various fields of engineering and provides them with hands-on instruction, virtual labs, and mentorship. All our offerings are available at no cost to students, teachers, or schools.

What makes us unique

Developed by engineers.

Our labs are developed by engineers and modeled on the cutting-edge work of experts in the field. Students gain powerful insights into the impactful work that engineers perform on a daily basis.

Delivered by engineers.

Students have the opportunity to work with professional engineers over video conferencing or via in-person events at our New York City or Washington, D.C. locations.

Inspired by future engineers.

We employ students from the nation’s top colleges and universities to mentor high school students and to work alongside engineers to develop and enhance our curriculum.

All at no cost to your school.

We deliver labs at no cost and provide all equipment and supplies. Registering and participating in our program is a seamless process for teachers.

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Our story

The U.S. needs more engineers, and we are losing valuable perspective and insight by not including more diversity within our field of engineers. In 2014, Engineering Tomorrow was founded to solve these two problems by creating programs that awaken student curiosity and passion for engineering.

Meet Our Founder

ET founder Bill Woodburn grew up in a working-class New York City community, where there was no discussion about careers in engineering and very little direction about attending college. With a natural aptitude for math and science, he was able to attend the Merchant Marine Academy, where he obtained a bachelor’s of science in engineering, before receiving his master’s degree from Northwestern University. Bill found engineering to be a rewarding profession and his success in the engineering field led him to a variety of leadership positions at some of the world’s most prominent engineering companies, including roles as the CEO of GE Infrastructure and a Co-Founding Partner of Global Infrastructure Partners.

Meet our people

Woodburn's Patented Treatment for Grover's Disease – The Phototherapy Lab

In 2001, Bill contracted Grover’s Disease, a dermatological condition for which there was no known cure and little understanding of its root cause.

After multiple years of ineffectual treatments, he began studying recent research in immune systems improvement due to specific wavelengths of sunlight. Based on this research, Bill designed a device to simulate the favorable wavelength of sunlight, which enhanced immune system response levels and treated Grover’s Disease and its primary symptoms, severe itch and irritation. Bill patented the process and has completed clinical research at Northwestern University Hospital, which confirmed successful treatment results in an initial trial of 10 patients.

The device has been patented in the US and Europe. The process that Bill undertook of studying possible root causes of the disease and designing a device to address the disease’s symptoms has been incorporated into our Engineering Tomorrow curriculum as a biomedical engineering lab utilizing phototherapy to address this form of dermatitis. This lab also illustrates how a patent is developed as well as the written application and filing process.

Engineer a powerful path forward.

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