Awarded to an alumnus or alumna whose professional accomplishments and achievements are exceptionally noteworthy and distinctive in his/her profession.
Teacher, scholar, author, consultant, creative scientist, and concerned citizen - Frederick Ling came to Bucknell in 1947 as an International Scholar to study mechanical engineering.
Born in Tsing-Tao, China, he received a degree in civil engineering from St. John's University in Shanghai before coming to the United States. In 1954, he earned a Ph.D. from Carnegie-Mellon University. He is a member of the Society of Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, Pi Mu Epsilon, and Pi Tau Sigma. He also is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
He began his career as a project mechanical engineer in Pittsburgh in 1954, and since 1956 has been a member of the faculty at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he is now William Howard Hart Professor and chairman of the department of mechanical engineering, aeronautical engineering and mechanics. The author and co-author of some 60 technical papers, he has lectured widely in the United States, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands and the USSR. He is editor and co-editor of six books.
Since 1957, he has been principal investigator of projects sponsored by the Office of Scientific Research, the Office of Aerospace Research, the Air Force Materials Laboratory, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Office of Naval Research, The U.S. Coast Guard, and such corporations as Uniroyal, General Motors, Ford, General Electric, and DuPont.
Professor Ling also serves as a coordinator for the Advisory Group for Aerospace Research and Development of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and is the principal investigator of the Office of Technological Assessment for the United States Congress.
If it moves, needs to be lubricated, has to be kept warm or cold, flies, or has to come to a safe stop, this alumnus is an expert on it.