Deborah Sills

Assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering

Deborah Sills

"We have so many challenges ... energy, water, food and the environment. Working with students, it's great to come up with ideas and a few solutions."

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Environmental Engineering
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Bucknell's facilities and instrumentation allow students to participate as active learners, not as observers, in laboratories.

Bucknell's facilities and instrumentation allow students to participate as active learners, not as observers, in laboratories.

Every fall, the senior class travels on a field trip to observe projects that pertain to the classroom learning at Bucknell. The trip provides a great opportunity and experience for students to experience, first-hand, the real world of civil engineering and the ongoing projects in the field.

Planes, trains, automobiles – bridges, landfills, high-rises too!

In Bucknell's civil engineering and environmental engineering department, you will get the background you'll need for your first job in engineering and the critical thinking and communications skills to bolster you throughout your life.

As highly skilled professionals, civil and environmental engineers will be in demand to plan, design, construct, and assist in the operation and maintenance of transportation systems, water resources, environmental protection systems and urban development. Bonus! In our liberal arts environment, you'll also develop your writing, communication and critical thinking skills to take your career to the next level.

Did You Know?

Bucknell professors identify teaching as their number-one priority and they welcome close interactions with students. 

The program strikes a balance between modern computer applications and "hands-on" engineering.

Bucknell's civil and environmental engineering majors learn about global and societal concerns, ethics and sustainability when making engineering decisions. 

Selected students can participate in the Institute for Leadership in Technology and Management, a joint effort with Bucknell's School of Management. The goal of the two-summer institute is to bring engineering and business students together to prepare the next generation of technology managers.

All civil and environmental engineering students participate in multiple field trips to major construction sites and other civil engineering works, including a three-day trip during their senior year. 

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Jeffrey C. Evans


Jeffrey C. Evans

"If you are a civil engineer, you are serving society. If you don't understand society - the people in those social systems, and how they think and how they react - how can you be a civil engineer?"

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Michelle Oswald Beiler

Assistant Professor

Michelle Oswald Beiler

"Interest in green building design, climate change action and sustainable development is growing throughout the engineering sector. Transportation planning should incorporate sustainable techniques to enhance mobility while reducing impacts on the environment, society and economy."

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Michael A. Malusis

Associate Professor

Michael A. Malusis

"I am a firm believer that students learn best by doing, and that's how I teach. We work on solving problems together. I try to keep them interested and engaged by showing them the possibilities of engineering."

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Hands on Experience



Bucknell provides opportunities for students to find summer employment in industry, government or academia. Recently, students have interned at:

  • Buck Seifert & Jost Consulting Engineers
  • Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
  • Deutsche Bank

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Each year, about 20 percent of our engineering students study overseas in their junior year at such locations as the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom and the University of Queensland in Australia.

For students unable to spend a full semester or year abroad, Bucknell offers a three-week program titled Engineering in a Global and Societal context.

Facilities and Research

Facilities and Research

Bucknell's facilities and instrumentation allow students to participate as active learners, not as observers, in laboratories. For example, in addition to our indoor geotechnical engineering laboratory, students participate in "field" laboratories using a full-scale drilling rig and associated in situ testing and sampling equipment.

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ABET: Civil & Environmental Engineering

ABET: Bucknell's civil and environmental engineering degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,


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