Student Projects and Opportunities
Mechanical engineering students at Bucknell engage in state-of-the-art research and other independent learning experiences.
These activities are a natural extension of the close relationships developed with faculty through small class and laboratory sizes. Students have the opportunity to apply their engineering knowledge to relevant problems with real consequences. All students are required to participate in the Senior Design course sequence in which they design, build, and test mechanical and thermal devices for actual customers with real budgets. Many students also take advantage of summer research opportunities supported by the University or individual faculty research funding. Other independent opportunities include independent studies and honors theses.
Browse through the selected projects below and find out about how to take advantage of current and future opportunities.
Senior Design Projects
- Senior Design Expo
- Design and Development of a Vision "Head" for a Bipedal Robot
- Design Innovation for Bicycles Against Poverty
Summer Research Projects
- Marine Hydrokinetic Renewable Energy: Increasing Velocity for Underwater Power Extraction in the Hydraulic Flume
- Mechanical Properties of Cold Spray Coatings for Aerospace Defense Applications
Research the Research
The best way to take advantage of opportunities for independent research is to investigate what kind of research professors are doing. It may be as simple as making an appointment with a professor and asking about their research. It will typically involve learning about a professor’s research by reading articles and searching for resources online. Additionally, the student chapter of American Society of Mechanical Engineers organizes periodic “Teacher Talks” in which professors discuss their research and potential projects. Look for announcements regarding these lunchtime presentations.
Bucknell Undergraduate Research Program
The Bucknell Undergraduate Research Program funds student research during the summer. To apply, you must prepare a proposal with a research plan. The program provides summer housing and a modest stipend. Deadlines fall at the beginning of the spring semester, so it is important that you speak with professors during the fall semester if you intend to apply for this funding.
Small Business Development Center
The Bucknell SBDC typically has a limited number of student intern positions available during the school year and in the summer. Students work with real clients and provide engineering services such as CAD drawings, engineering analysis, design, and prototype development. Student interns at the SBDC obtain valuable real-world experience doing relevant engineering .