Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award

Photo of Lauren P. Breakiron Lauren P. Breakiron
Class of 1952
2001 Award Recipient


Congratulations, Lauren P. Breakiron.

You attended Bucknell University as a member of the class of 1952.  As an undergraduate you joined Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and you were a member of the glee club, cap and dagger, L'Agenda, ASME, the ski club and men's golf. 

Since graduation you have distinguished yourself in your chosen profession and been a loyal and tireless volunteer for Bucknell University the College of Engineering, and the communities in which you lived. 

You served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army from 1952 until 1954 as an instructor in marine engineering before beginning your career in 1956 as Director of Industrial Engineering for Colgate Palmolive.  From 1959 until 1962 you served as management consultant for Peat, Marwick, and Mitchell.   In 1962 you accepted a position as Director of Engineering for the eastern region for United Parcel Service.  You spent 22 years with the company before retiring in 1988 as senior vice president and director.

While serving as an executive for UPS, you were involved in several community activities, serving as President and Deacon of the Second Congressional Church in Greenwich and as a board member of the Greenwich United Way.

You have served as a member of the Bucknell University Board of Trustees since 1995, lending your expertise to the Finance, Buildings and Grounds, Long Range Planning, Audit, Risk Management, Effective Operations, and Educational Policy committees.  You provided professional guidance as the University explored the possibility of creating a program focusing on the intersection of engineering and management disciplines.  Upon creation of the institute for Leadership and Technology management you tirelessly volunteered on behalf of that program.

Continually strong benefactors of the University, you and your wife established the Lauren P. Breakiron Charitable Annuity Lead Trust, in 1986 naming Bucknell as its beneficiary. Three years later, you established the Lauren P. Breakiron Scholarship, which gives preference to students who are U.S. citizens and are majoring in engineering or computer science. 

In 1990, you contributed funds that were needed to complete the curriculum development study that determined the goals and parameters a new program.  The outcome of that study led to your 1991 gift to establish the Institute for Leadership in Technology and Management (ILTM).  In 1996, you committed $1 million to endow the Lauren P. Breakiron Technology and Management Fund, which supports ILTM.   In November 2000, you and Margit gave a leadership gift of $5,000,000 to establish the Breakiron Engineering Building.

The length and depth of your commitment to Bucknell has been extraordinary.  Your accomplishments, kindness and service, and dedication to your alma mater have earned the respect and gratitude of your former engineering alumni.

It is therefore with the highest regard and warmest affection that on October 19, 2001 the Bucknell Engineering Alumni Association presents to Lauren P. Breakiron, Class of 1952, its Distinguished Engineer Award.