Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award

Robert M. Lauman Robert M. Lauman
Class of 1945
2004 Award Recipient


Congratulations, Robert M. Lauman.

You attended Bucknell University as a member of the Class of 1945, and received the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree.  You completed graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Brookings Institute. 

Since graduation you have distinguished yourself in your chosen profession and have provided noteworthy contributions to Bucknell University, the College of Engineering, and to society through your service in World War II, the Korean War, and countless public service societies. 

Your career began with Bell of Pennsylvania (now Verizon) from 1946 to 1983 where you advanced to the position of Vice President of Engineering and were responsible for the modernization of the network, and introduction of 1AESS and 4ESS solid-state switching, cellular, and fiber technologies.  In 1954 you implemented the first "pulse code modulation" system.  In 1960 you founded the Bell System Data Communications School where you introduced data communication to the world through the training of nearly 1,500 engineers and sales staff per year.  In 1966 you implemented the first commercial fiber-optic system between Pittsburgh and Greensburg, Pennsylvania.  In 1981 you supervised the creation of the first Digital Mobile Services office of the new Nortel Company.  Throughout your career you were responsible for construction budgets in excess of $750 million dollars per year and expense budgets in excess of $42 million dollars.  In 1983 to 2002 you served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of D&E Communications, Inc. where you were responsible for the implementation of sound financial procedures and the modernization of buildings, facilities, and equipment as well as the implementation of training programs for employees. 

With over 50 years of telecommunications experience, you currently serve as the Vice Chairman and Senior Executive Vice President of D&E Communications, Inc.  In 1990 you received the Ray Blain Outside Plant Achievement Award for noteworthy outside plant achievement realized through sustained leadership and direction. 

You currently serve as a Trustee of the Lancaster Theological Seminary and previously served on numerous boards such as the Governor's Science and Engineering Commission and as Chairman of the Board for the Red Cross and the United Fund.  You are a registered Professional Engineer and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

Your accomplishments, service, and dedication to your profession, to society, and to Bucknell University have earned you the respect and gratitude of Bucknell University's engineering alumni.

It is therefore with the highest regard and warmest affection that on February 27, 2004 the Bucknell University College of Engineering and the Bucknell Engineering Alumni Association present to Robert M. Lauman, Class of 1945, the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award.