December 2014

A Message from Keith Buffinton, Dean of Engineering

In our last newsletter, I described the strategic planning themes that characterize the distinctive elements of a Bucknell engineering education. At that time, we featured the theme, “Immerse in Engineering.” In this issue, I’d like to highlight “Innovate for the Future.” A large part of the educational experiences we provide our students focuses on preparing them to be successful in their chosen careers. We have found that the most successful people often approach their jobs, their careers, and their lives with an entrepreneurial mindset. That is not to say that everyone should or wants to be an entrepreneur, but rather that the characteristics of entrepreneurial thinking (recognizing opportunities, being able to apply critical thinking to ambiguous problems, being able to identify and effectively communicate value, learning and persevering through failure, and engaging people who can contribute to their success) are important aspects of essentially any successful endeavor. One illustration of an opportunity for our students to develop an entrepreneurial mindset is through our BizPitch competition, as you can read in the below linked article. This year’s competition featured President Bravman illustrating the rapid pace of innovation with his iPhone (and doubling the prize money on the spot), a former Bucknell employee describing his experiences on the ABC series Shark Tank, and five outstanding teams of students pitching their great ideas. The winning team, EZ-Tap consisting of Austin Honigford, Kaelyn Taylor, Chris Ouellette, and Evan Harrington, presented a compelling case for an app that allows a smart phone to be used as a digital student I.D. Perhaps most impressively, the winning team was made up of all first-year students. The future for innovation is indeed bright at Bucknell!

BizPitch '14 Innovates

In this year's Business Pitch Competition at Bucknell University, the reward grew bigger than the five teams of student entrepreneurs ever dreamed.

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Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award

Robert F. Sykes attended Bucknell University as a member of the Class of 1947, graduating with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

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Bucknell-Geisinger Medical Device Internship Program

Engineering and management students collaborated on medical device development projects in a summer internship program co-sponsored with the Geisinger Health System.

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