On Saturday, Nov.1, more than 250 engineering alumni, students, faculty, and friends attended the annual College of Engineering celebration dinner during Homecoming Weekend. "This dinner is a great celebration of the College of Engineering, and in particular the success and support of our alumni," said Keith Buffinton, Dean of the College of Engineering. "We had the opportunity to honor one particular alumnus, Robert F. Sykes, with our Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award as well as all of our many loyal alumni, more than 1,000 in number, who supported the Engineering Fund this past year and volunteered their time and expertise in support of the College of Engineering."

The evening's celebration had several areas of focus including:

  1. Presentation of the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award— This year's award was presented to Robert F. Sykes '47 for his accomplishments, service, and dedication to his profession, to society, and to Bucknell University. 
  2. Alumni and friends who gave to the Engineering Fund this past year —The Engineering Fund provides essential resources to enrich the educational experiences of our students, supporting the student chapters of our professional societies, student travel to present papers at technical conferences and to attend professional society meetings, the acquisition of state-of-the-art laboratory equipment, and student-faculty research projects.
  3. Alumni and friends who volunteered their time and expertise this past year — These volunteers have served vital roles, serving as admissions contacts, arranging for student internships and employment opportunities, providing information about engineering careers to our students, and helping to arrange joint student-alumni field trips to facilities like the World Trade Center 1, McCormick Foods, Brooklyn Bridge, and the Golden Gate Bridge.
  4. Junior Class Induction into the BEAA — During a special ceremony held under blue and orange glow sticks, the members of the BEAA Board of Directors joined by Keith Buffinton, Dean of Engineering, welcomed the engineering junior class into the BEAA. "We like to make a big deal about inducting the juniors into the Engineering Alumni Association. Getting this far in their Bucknell Engineering education is a big accomplishment, and this is the point in their college career when they start to think about internships, jobs, and graduation," says Mitch Blumenfeld '91, President of the BEAA.  "The BEAA can be a big part of that life after Bucknell - whether through our networking events, alumni tours, or various ways of giving back to current students. The dinner is a great way to connect the current students to our most accomplished and supportive graduates and all those alumni in between." The seniors were also recognized as members of the BEAA during the ceremony.

There are many ways that you as an engineering alumna/us can support the College of Engineering. To learn more about these opportunities, please feel free to contact Lois Engle at lois.engle@bucknell.edu or 570-577-3162.