For Pre-college Students

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Engineering Camp

Explore engineering and kick-start your college experience by experimenting in real research labs with Bucknell’s world-class faculty. Engineering Camp is an academically challenging, hands-on introduction to the calling of engineering held on Bucknell’s campus during the summer. The program is packed with hands-on experiments to ignite your curiosity.

Engineering EXCELerator Program

The Engineering EXCELerator program recognizes talented incoming engineering students who are interested in design, want to develop their skills in prototyping and fabrication, and want to get a head start in calculus and physics instruction. The five-week, on-campus program encourages applications from students who are admitted to the College of Engineering.

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For Current Bucknell Students

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    Grand Challenges Scholars Program

    Get ready to change the world. The Grand Challenges Scholars Program tackles the 14 "Grand Challenges" that engineers face to creating a more sustainable planet. From ensuring access to clean water to restoring urban infrastructure to preventing nuclear terror, these are big questions, but with an innovative mindset, you can make a difference.

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    Engineering Success Alliance

    Engineering Success Alliance (ESA) is an invitation-only program that supports students from under-resourced high schools who have the skills to succeed in our nationally recognized engineering programs. Students taking part in ESA have access to exclusive opportunities at Bucknell, including:

    • The Backstage Bucknell Pre-Orientation program
    • The Backstage Act II second semester Re-Orientation
    • Spring break service opportunities
    • Community-building programs
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Garman Guides

Garman Guides is the first-year mentoring program for students in the College of Engineering. First-year students meet in groups with their mentors from the junior or senior class, who also assist in the Engineering 099 seminar course. As you explore all areas of engineering offered at Bucknell in this exciting first-semester class, you'll meet regularly with your guide, build connections with your classmates, and learn about resources and programs, including those just for engineering students. Throughout your entire first year, your guide will be there to answer questions and help you connect with internship and career resources, engineering clubs and societies, undergraduate research and design experiences, and more. 

For questions about the program, or to apply to serve as a mentor for first-year students, please contact: 

Erin Jablonski, Associate Dean of Faculty, College of Engineering

Ciffolillo Healthcare Technology Inventors Program

The Joseph A. Ciffolillo '61 Healthcare Technology Inventors Program supports Bucknell engineering students as they develop the life-changing medical technologies of tomorrow. The program offers grants for students and faculty members to collaborate on research projects in the health-care and medical-device fields, moving promising medical technologies through development and providing career-building experiences for undergraduates. For more information, contact: 

Professor Dan Cavanagh, biomedical engineering

Engineering 100: Exploring Engineering

Engineers today don't work in isolation; chemical engineers work side-by-side with mechanical engineers and computer scientists to create things they could never build by themselves. This hands-on first-year course immerses you in that world from the get-go. You'll be introduced to all eight of our engineering majors through hands-on activities and labs, and learn through experience how your major fits into the bigger picture. 

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Engineering 290: Engineering in a Global & Societal Context

At Bucknell, engineers can study abroad. Engineering 290: Engineering in a Global & Societal Context is a three-week, faculty-led study abroad course where students experience the global and societal context of engineering in countries around the world. We’ve explored the interaction of engineering and culture on six continents, including in China, Costa Rica, Chile, Iceland, Ghana, Brazil and New Zealand.

L.E.A.D. Engineer

The L.E.A.D. Engineer speaker series is designed to cultivate global citizens who contribute to innovative solutions in a changing world. Focused on the four competencies that define L.E.A.D. (Leadership, Ethics, Appreciative Inclusion, Design Innovation), the program allows students to learn from experienced engineering alumni and industry professionals about the importance of the four competencies and how they can be applied in a professional setting. The program has a goal of strengthening the interpersonal skills needed to solve the problems facing our global society. For more information, contact: 

Dr. Terri Norton, Associate Dean for Student Success and Strategic Initiatives

KEEN Engineering Programs

Bucknell is a proud member of the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN). This consortium of universities is dedicated to equipping engineering students with an entrepreneurial mindset that will allow them to transform the workforce and economy in America. With support from a $1 million grant from the Kern Family Foundation, Bucknell has developed one-of-a-kind courses and extracurricular experiences that foster entrepreneurial thinking and empower students to design their own futures.

Professor Charles Kim, mechanical engineering

Professor Joseph Tranquillo, biomedical and electrical engineering

For Professionals

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Project Catalyst: How to Engineer Engineering Education

Project Catalyst is a three-day summer workshop for engineering faculty and prospective faculty, including graduate students. Attendees learn research-driven strategies that reduce course preparation time, make classes more engaging and increase student learning.

Contact Details

College of Engineering


235 Dana Engineering Building


8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.