Janice ButlerJanice Butler, Civic Engagement

Primary Research Area: service-learning, community engagement

Grand Challenges of interest: Restore and improve urban infrastructure. Provide access to clean water.

Relevant Classes Taught: ENGR 210 - Social Entrepreneurship in New Orleans

Why I am involved in the GCSP: I'd like to assist students in their attempts to address social problems where engineering can help solve problems.


Donna EbensteinDonna Ebenstein, Biomedical Engineering

Primary Research Area: Biomaterials characterization using nanoindentation

Grand Challenges of interest: Engineer the tools of scientific discovery.

Relevant Classes Taught: Biomimetic Materials

Why I am involved in the GCSP: The Grand Challenge Scholars Program provides a valuable framework for helping students select courses and extracurricular activities with focus on a real-world problem.


Dr. Peter Mark Jansson PEDr. Peter Mark Jansson PE, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Primary Research Area: Advancing the knowledge and technologies that make sustainable living affordable on planet Earth

Grand Challenges of interest: Make solar energy economical. Engineer the tools of scientific discovery.

Relevant Classes Taught: Renewable Energy Systems, Power System Engineering, Sustainable Design in Engineering

Why I am involved in the GCSP: I am committed to sustainable living on Earth.


Michael Johnson-CramerMichael Johnson-Cramer, Global Management

Primary Research Area: Global strategy and ethics; stakeholder conflict; grand strategy.

Grand Challenges of interest: Advance personalized learning. Restore and improve urban infrastructure.

Relevant Classes Taught: GLBM 300: Global Strategy

Why I am involved in the GCSP: As a faculty member in the College of Management, I am interested in the role that the ideas my colleagues and I explore (collaboration, community building, value creation, competitive strategy) play in making solutions to the engineering grand challenges a reality. I believe firmly that the best solutions to these challenges are not only technologically innovative and effective but also well-grounded in business logic.


Pam Keiser, Career Development Center

Primary Research Area: Areas of expertise includes career decision making, internship, job and career search strategies, industry research, awareness of hiring cycles, building relationships with alumni, parents and employers for education and networking purposes, use of social media tools/building digital identity with employers.

Relevant Classes Taught: Serve as guest speaker in classes and facilitate non-credit workshops, employer field trips off campus and alumni career spotlight programs on campus.

Why I am involved in the GCSP: To provide partnerships and collaboration for career interests, goals and pursuits of our students, as well as an opportunity for connectivity with faculty and students within the GCSP linked to a level of employer awareness of this group of students on Bucknell's campus.


Jan Knoedler, Economics

Primary Research Area: Institutional economics and economic history

Grand Challenges of interest: Advance personalized learning. Secure cyberspace. Restore and improve urban infrastructure.

Relevant Classes Taught: Foundation Seminar


Jessica T NewlinJessica T Newlin, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Primary Research Area: I study hydraulic and fluvial processes in river and stream systems. I investigate how these dynamic systems interact with infrastructure and how they respond to changes in the environment.

Grand Challenges of interest: Restore and improve urban infrastructure. Provide Access to Clean Water.

Relevant Classes Taught: Introduction to Water Resources Engineering

Why I am involved in the GCSP: I have an interest in the broader impacts of engineering projects. Bucknell offers the perfect opportunity for students to gain this broad perspective and think critically about best engineering practices for the betterment of our world.


PhillipeL. Felipe Perrone, Computer Science

Primary Research Area: Simulation, computer networks, computer and network security

Grand Challenges of interest: Secure cyberspace. Advance personalized learning. Engineer the tools of scientific discovery.

Relevant Classes Taught: CSCI 362 Computer & Network Security; CSCI 315 Operating Systems; CSCI 363 Computer Networks

Why I am involved in the GCSP: I believe in the power of ambition combined with the willingness to work hard. Students who wants to push themselves to learn more and to leave a mark on society deserve all the support we can offer.


Nathan SiegelNathan Siegel, Mechanical Engineering

Primary Research Area: Energy, Solar Energy, Hydrogen

Grand Challenges of interest: Make solar energy economical. Provide access to clean water. Provide energy from fusion.

Relevant Classes Taught: MECH 420 Solar Energy Technologies, MECH 213 Thermodynamics, MECH 312 Heat Transfer

Why I am involved in the GCSP: I enjoy working with students who are interested in tackling challenging problems, and who understand why solving these problems is so important.


James A. Van FleetJames A. Van Fleet, Library & IT

Primary Research Area: Information Literacy, Research Services

Grand Challenges of interest: Tools of scientific discovery. Advance personalized learning. Advance health informatics. Secure cyberspace.

Why I am involved in the GCSP: To provide research help and information resources.


VogelBrandon M. Vogel, Chemical Engineering

Primary Research Area: Biomaterials

Grand Challenges of interest: Engineer better medicines. Engineer the tools for scientific discovery.

Relevant Classes Taught: CHEG 460: Materials in Medicine

Why I am involved in the GCSP: I am interested in making a difference by working on the problems that most effect our society and I want to work with students that share this interest.

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