The WTP-EECS curriculum
introduces students to computer science, electrical engineering, and
discrete mathematics topics. The 40 WTP-EECS students
are divided into 2 groups of 20 students; everyone attends each of the
3 classes daily.
The classes are fast-paced, but are designed for students with no prior
engineering or computer science exposure. Students are expected to spend
time in the evenings working on homework and going to extra lab sessions
to complete team projects with other students. WTP-EECS has a collaborative
culture, where all course work is done in teams, and the emphasis is on
developing multiple ways to approach and solve problems. Learning from
mistakes, sharing ideas, and debugging (both circuits and code) are important
parts of the learning process.
For a description of the WTP Mechanical Engineering
Curriculum (a separate Track from WTP-EECS) visit the WTP-ME
The WTP-EECS classes are taught by female MS/PhD
graduate students from the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and
Computer Science. These Instructors are assisted by female MIT undergraduate
students who also live in the dorm as Residential Tutors. WTP
is not a certified academic program and you do not receive college credit.
However, we expect WTP students to to be excited about
learning and to work as hard on their classes as they would if they were
This class introduces students to thinking computationally to solve problems and programming in Python, and is designed for those with no prior programming experience.
No previous programming experience is
assumed. Topics include basic syntax, control statements, functions, and object-oriented programming. Challenging daily assignments culminate in an extensive final team project.
Students learn college level material in digital and analog
electronics through hands-on labs.Topics typically include combinational
and sequential logic, transistors,
counters, resistor networks, RC filters, rectification, AM radios and a special unit on semiconductor technology including the physics of transistors and illustration of semiconductor fabrication processes.
In addition to the conceptual work
and labs, there is an extremely demanding project schedule including
a final project of the student's own choosing.
The mathematics curriculum covers a range of topics related to electrical engineering and computer science. Topics may include: Boolean algebra, logic, proof techniques, probability, asymptotic analysis of algorithms, recursion, vectors and matrices and linear programming. During the final class week, each student works with a partner to choose and create an in-class presentation of an advanced math topic.
Guest Speakers and Tours
MIT faculty and engineers from industry present information
about their research and career paths at lunch time sessions several
days each week. Tours of MIT labs or off campus facilities are also included
to highlight how and where engineers work.
Students select and complete final team
projects for their EE, CS,and
Math classes. In 2012 we will again feature our capstone motor building project
and competition in week 4 where student teams design and construct a DC motor.
We are looking for students who are not yet certain
about their future college majors, who love and excel at math and
science, and who would like to explore engineering and computer science
in an academically challenging environment with other talented young
women to determine whether these fields might be of interest.
Applicants should have high grades in all their high
school classes (predominantly A's), and be taking the most advanced classes
in science and math (appropriate for their grade level) offered at their
schools. Their standardized
test scores for mathematics are above the 80th percentile;
PSAT math scores
of admitted students typically range from 60-80 with median of
Although students admitted
to WTP have little or no prior experience with engineering or computer
science they must have the ability to handle fast-paced college-level
work, and be interested in collaborative team-based learning and projects.
For more information about who should apply to WTP and admissions criteria,
visit our Application page.