December 5th, 2017

Annual Gizmo Expo

The annual Gizmo Expo last night was a packed success! It featured 48 educational toys/gizmos designed and built by Bucknell’s first year engineering students. Well over 300 members of the public of all ages attended. The gizmos all found new homes with people by the end of the night. Highlights of the evening included a Hercules strength people lifter, a hover craft, a vacuum suctioned tug of war, a giant see saw, several hand crank power generators, and a marshmellow launcher!

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November 10th, 2017

Design of Concrete Structures Course

In Prof. Salyards’ lab for the “Design of Concrete Structures” course, student teams construct and test mini-concrete beams with the help of Jim Gutelius, CEE Lab Technician. In early September, the students built formwork and tied reinforcing cages. Later in September, the students mixed and placed the concrete into the forms. The concrete beams cured for 28 days while the students learned about flexural and shear behavior in class. This week, students were tasked with predicting the capacity and failure mode of the beam that they constructed. The culmination of the project was the testing of the beams using a […]

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October 24th, 2017

Meredith Koch on being “adaptively-abled”

On Oct. 2 and 3, Meredith Koch, clinical specialist with Medtronic Corporation, presented to several of Bucknell’s biomedical engineering classes. She received her master’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Vermont, is an advanced level EMT and has been treating patients in a prehospital setting since she was 14 years old! At age 25 she she became an incomplete paraplegic after she sustained an injury to her lower back. She initially was unable to stand or walk, but through outstanding surgery and rehabilitation she has returned to work as a full-time employee, living independently and driving to work every […]

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October 10th, 2017

Class of 2021 Engineers Celebrate First Day

On August 19th, the last day of orientation, the College of Engineering welcomed 188 first-year students, out of a total 976 in the Class of 2021. Please enjoy these photos from the day’s Engineering 100 design-and-build competition. Our new students were able to experience first-hand several key principles of engineering while having fun. The students broke into teams and designed and built tennis ball launchers and catchers. To make the process tricky, they had only a limited set of materials to use, so the launcher and catcher groups had to maintain close communication with each other. The teams then competed […]

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October 10th, 2017

Applauding Local Innovation

The Bucknell University Small Business Development Center, University leaders, business owners and legislators recently celebrated the entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial leaders of our region. This year’s program featured the SBA’s Small Business Person of the Year for Pennsylvania, Elvin Stoltzfus, of Lewisburg’s Pik Rite; the presentation of the 2017 InnovateHER Business Challenge winners; and the presentation of the Charles H. Coder Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation in Product Development Awards. The Innovation in New Product Development Award was presented to Kevin Langdon, Play Impossible, in recognition of innovation in new product development and exemplary collaboration with the College of Engineering. The event […]

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October 10th, 2017

How to Engineer Engineering Education

Bucknell’s College of Engineering hosted its 15th How to Engineer Engineering Education workshop, which focuses on practical instructional design for engineering faculty, July 19–21. The workshop, begun as part of an NSF proposal designed to improve how engineering instructors teach, was led by Professor Michael Prince, chemical engineering. Guest lectures were presented Professors Joseph Tranquillo, biomedical engineering, and Charles Kim, mechanical engineering. This year’s workshop was attended by 37 engineering professors from around the world, some from as far away as Brazil and the United Kingdom. The participants examined how to use instructional objectives to teach more effectively and efficiently, […]

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October 10th, 2017

Course Spotlight: Human-Computer Interaction

CSCI 379: Human-Computer Interaction, instructed by Professor Evan Peck, computer science, is a course that intentionally puts the human first. Exploring technology that ranges from virtual reality to 3-D user interfaces, students learn research-driven design principles and processes to build computer interfaces that are not just usable, but useful, reflective and maybe even inspirational.

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October 10th, 2017

Alumni Association Board Hears Plans for 125th Anniversary Celebration

The executive committee of the Bucknell Engineering Alumni Association (BEAA) Board of Directors held a planning retreat on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Rich McFadden ’87’s home on Lake Hopatcong, N.J. The BEAA heard an update from Dean Patrick Mather on the College of Engineering’s strategic planning project as well as an update on the planning of the 125th Anniversary of Engineering Education at Bucknell Celebration, to be held during 2018–2019. In the photo from left to right: Rich McFadden, Helen Reetz ’78, Andrew Van Schooneveld ’02, Vicki Sholtes ’78 and John Madison ’81. Thank you to Lois Engle, operations administrator […]

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October 6th, 2017

Ready Set Fit!

Are you ready to get fit and learn at the same time? Let the “Ready Set Fit!” smartphone app help get you out, walking, and learning about where you are walking. Last week a unique collaboration between Professor Stu Thompson, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Professor Katie Faull, Humanities and German, launched their place-based learning and fitness app to the Bucknell community. Faculty and Staff from across campus were invited to come learn about the app and how it could be used in teaching and research or just individual fitness. The app brings together a growing collection of outdoor walking […]

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September 26th, 2017

Kellen Haile Awarded SMART Scholarship

Congratulations to Kellen Haile ’18 on being awarded a prestigious Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship by the Department of Defense! This competitive award includes tuition and stipend benefits and the offer of employment with the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Bethesda, Md. Kellen, a mechanical engineering major, has been accepted into the Survivability, Structures, Materials and Environmental Department where he will be focusing on materials science and thermal technologies for Navy ships.

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