Young Engineers Academy started was opened in 1988. Hundreds of High School Students participated in the academic program. Many of them came as undergraduate students of UMass. Many of them continued their education in graduate school. Some of them already had doctoral degrees. One of the students (Dr Joel Therrien) associated with academy joined Electrical Engineering Department as Assistant Professor. Some of 12th graders published their first result of their research in professional journals and gave talks at international conferences when working at academy labs.