Total number of credits needed for a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering.

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Mechanical Engineering
Wendelin Wright

Professor of mechanical and chemical engineering

Wendelin Wright

"Being an engineer requires that I interact every day with a diverse group of collaborators and students so that we can solve interesting problems together. Working with other engineers to understand how materials deform and break is what I love most."

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Get ready to design or improve just about everything that drives, flies, propels or steers

Mechanical engineers at Bucknell learn about combustion engines and fuel cells, thermodynamics and biomechanics, mechanical design and robotics. All students in the major participate in a senior design project during their last year at Bucknell in which they design, build and test devices for real clients. A mechanical engineering degree is as hands-on as it gets.

Did You Know?

Senior mechanical engineering students participate in a yearlong design project in which student teams design, build and test mechanical engineering components and systems.

Bucknell's Small Business Development Center provides opportunities for students to work on engineering problems for local industry.

Mechanical engineering students interested in management may apply to a unique two-summer program, the Institute for Leadership in Technology and Management. 

Bucknell mechanical engineering graduates are highly sought by industry. 

Craig Beal

Assistant Professor

Craig Beal

"I stress the connection between book work and real world. We can get very academic here, but I want students to understand how to apply their learning practically."

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Laura Benanati

Associate Professor

Laura Beninati

"What we are studying is truly in its infancy. This is the frontier. My students have to see themselves as part of a team, and function as such, in order to succeed."

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Hands-on Experience

Outside the Classroom

Study Abroad

Mechanical engineering students are encouraged to consider a semester or year of studying engineering outside of the United States in countries such as Australia, England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Singapore and Czech Republic.


Undergraduate Research

Students are encourage to participate in research opportunities with faculty. In recent years students have worked on the development of walking robots, a newly equipped combustion laboratory, robotic fish, an automatic hockey puck launcher and non-destructive testing research.



Recently, students have been interns at places including:

  • Main Tape Company
  • Clark Construction Group, LLC
  • Institute for Human and Machine Cognition
  • General Electric
  • Exelon

ABET: Mechanical Engineering

ABET: Bucknell's mechanical engineering degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.


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