College of Engineering Graduate Program
This is your gateway to graduate studies in engineering at Bucknell University. Here you will find our mission and objectives, as well as links to the individual academic programs and departments graduate degrees, current research projects, and University facilities. If you are interested in applying to a particular degree program, please follow the admissions guidelines and procedures links.
The College of Engineering Graduate Program is dedicated to providing student-centered graduate educational opportunities with a focus on high-quality scientific/engineering research. Because Bucknell University is a predominantly undergraduate institution, the integration and synergy of the graduate program with the undergraduate educational mission is a central priority. Curricula emphasize intensive coursework, hands-on research experience, and professional and personal development in a diverse variety of engineering disciplines. The independent research work, closely supervised by faculty mentors, culminates in a Master of Science thesis. Our faculty are internationally-recognized scholars, with a number of externally-supported cutting edge research programs. Our graduates are self-motivated, critical thinkers who are well prepared to apply their knowledge and skills to create new products and services, and become global leaders throughout their future careers in both academia and industry.
Master of Science degrees in:
- Chemical Engineering (MCHE)
- Civil Engineering (MSCE)
- Electrical Engineering (MSEE)
- Environmental Engineering (MSEV)
- Mechanical Engineering (MSME)
- Chemical Engineering
The core courses are offered in engineering mathematics, thermodynamics, reaction engineering, and transport theory. Topics offered as chemical engineering electives include polymer science, bioprocess engineering, advanced materials science and engineering, particle technology, fuel cell technology and independent study projects. In addition, graduate-level courses offered by other departments may be taken as electives with the approval of the chemical engineering department.
- Civil Engineering
Faculty research interests emphasize the following areas: environmental engineering, soil mechanics and foundation engineering, structures, transportation, water resources, computer graphics, computer-aided design, railroad engineering, engineering mechanics, timber structures, pavement design, and materials performance and characterization, construction safety and innovation.
- Electrical Engineering
The faculty research interests emphasize the following areas: antenna design, control systems, computer architecture and performance, computer networks, electromagnetics, digital system design, digital signal and image processing, simulation, communication systems, power electronics, VLSI, optoelectronic materials and devices, optical signal processing and devices.
- Environmental Engineering
Faculty research interests emphasize the following areas: biodegradation of municipal solid waste and aqueous organics; biological conversion of waste materials to useful forms of energy, such as methane and hydrogen; life-cycle analysis of engineered environmental systems; bioremediation of contaminated ground water; coagulation, flocculation, and sedimentation in aqueous systems; mitigation of odor potential at wastewater and solid waste treatment facilities; bioremediation of contaminated ground water; environmental geotechnics; vertical subsurface barriers for the remediation of hazardous waste sites; transformation of slurry trench cutoff wall materials from the passive hydraulic barrier materials into active treatment materials while maintaining their passive hydraulic barrier characteristics; watershed processes and land surface-atmosphere interactions; appropriateness of existing numerical models for nonlinear transport processes in environmental systems; adsorption of heavy metals by microorganisms; characterization of pollution from agricultural sources.
- Mechanical Engineering
Faculty research interests are in the following areas: acoustics, bioengineering, bluff body aerodynamics, building energy conservation, combustion processes, composite materials, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), computer-aided design, computer-aided materials testing, computer-based mechanics, computer modeling of engineering systems, design theory and methodology, energy for transportation, flow-induced noise and vibration, fluid dynamics, fracture mechanics, heat transfer, hybrid powertrains, internal combustion engines, robotics, air-borne contaminant transport modeling, history of technology, nano materials, environmental degradation, materials processing.
- Other Courses
A number of departments offer courses which may be taken for graduate credit although the departments do not have graduate programs. The courses listed below may be taken with permission of the student’s adviser to supplement the graduate programs of other departments.