Welcome from the Dean
Keith W. Buffinton
To Be an Engineer at Bucknell
One of the foremost driving forces in our ever changing world is engineering. To be an engineer is to have the opportunity to help sustain our delicate planet, to serve the needs of peoples locally and around the globe, and to contribute to making our own lives safer, more comfortable, and more productive. Examples of the ways in which engineers make these contributions are through the development of alternative fuels and hybrid vehicles, by working with local businesses to help design new products, by helping people in developing countries access basic services like water and electricity, and by designing new drug delivery systems and agile and energy efficient robotic devices. These examples are all being accomplished by engineering students at Bucknell. To read more about some of them, go to:
- Professors eye green technologies
- Student Profile: Irene Tsao
- Students bring running water to mountain village
- Biomedical engineers present senior design projects with Geisinger mentors
- Engineers demonstrate legged robots' first steps
Undergraduate Engineering Focus
Bucknell's first engineering program was established in 1893 and presently consists of six engineering departments: Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. The more than 600 students in these departments are taught by over 60 highly qualified faculty members. Bucknell is a predominantly undergraduate institution, and the faculty are dedicated to outstanding instruction and close student-faculty interaction both within and outside of the classroom. The faculty are also scholars, often internationally known in their fields of expertise, and typically offer a variety of research opportunities to our students either during the summer or during the regular academic year.
Engineering education at Bucknell emphasizes an understanding of the fundamental principles of engineering, mathematics, and the natural and social sciences, and the ability to develop creative solutions to complex, open-ended, and multi-faceted problems with careful consideration of the impact of the solutions on the environment and society. The very strong analytical and problem solving skills developed by our engineering students serves them well upon graduation in careers both in engineering and in a wide range of other occupations such as finance, law, technical sales, medicine, and a variety of entrepreneurial endeavors.
The College of Engineering offers four-year Bachelor of Science degrees in Biomedical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, and in Chemical, Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering. Master of Science degrees are offered in Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Environmental, and Mechanical Engineering. In addition, the Department of Computer Science offers both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences. Five-year, dual-degree opportunities are available to students interested in combining a degree in one of the engineering disciplines with a degree in a wide variety of departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, including a five-year program leading to combined Bachelor of Science in engineering and Bachelor of Management for Engineers degrees.
Connections Across Campus
A strong connection between the College of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences is a hallmark of study at Bucknell. Students in engineering are required to take a range of courses in the College of Arts and Sciences, including English, mathematics, physics, chemistry, as well as courses to fulfill social sciences, humanities, and global and societal perspectives. Many students also elect to complete one of the many minors offered across the university, such as in East Asian Studies, Mathematics, Theatre, Biomedical Engineering, German, English, and many others areas.
Bucknell's College of Engineering offers truly outstanding and exciting engineering educational opportunities in the supportive environment of a small, residential university. Students also enjoy many curricular and co-curricular offerings in areas such as club, intramural, and Division I sports, writing for the Bucknellian, participating in Bucknell's Institute for Leadership in Technology and Management, pursuing service learning with the Bucknell Brigade in Nicaragua, playing in the pep band, becoming a residential or orientation assistant, studying abroad, participating in Bucknell Student Government, doing research with a professor, starting your own business, or founding a club or organization that you define and create from your own ideas, among many, many others.
A Special Opportunity
Bucknell University is a special place and engineering education at Bucknell offers special opportunities. I invite you to visit campus, tour our facilities, meet our faculty and students, and discover whether Bucknell is the place for you. We believe you will find the unique educational experiences and opportunities that may be exactly what you are looking for.
Keith W. Buffinton
Dean of Engineering