More than 200 alumni, faculty, and students gathered at the Franklin Institute for an exciting evening celebrating the College of Engineering's past, as well as its current accomplishments and its very important future goals. The evening showcased many of the important campaign initiatives that support the mission of the College, including Sustainability, the Creative Campus, Human Health, and Global Studies. Faculty and students shared their current research, and provided hands-on demonstrations of hovercrafts built in a design competition, 3D printing projects, and sustainable and renewable energy products, and explained the many ways they supported local entrepreneurs through Bucknell's Small Business Development Center.
Keith Buffinton, Dean of Engineering, talked about the College's incredible growth over the past decade and its increasing prominence among the most prestigious undergraduate engineering programs in the country. He spoke about how Bucknell's leadership supports entrepreneurship, innovation, and interdisciplinary design, which builds on our traditional strengths such as undergraduate research, hands-on engineering experience and women in engineering. Professors Erin Jablonski and Joe Tranquillo gave snap talks about their areas of research, highlighting the technical depth and exciting energy of Bucknell's engineering faculty.
Finally, President John Bravman shared his thoughts about the College of Engineering's unique role at Bucknell. He spoke about the dynamic evolution of education at Bucknell, from mandatory Greek and Latin studies to today's interdisciplinary programs that incorporate Engineering, Management and the College of Arts and Sciences. In laying out the goals of the WE DO Campaign and the future opportunities for Bucknell, he gave the crowd a picture of how critical alumni support has been and will continue to be in ensuring the future success of the University. Following his remarks the crowd moved to an interactive strolling dinner that showcased students and faculty working together on many of the most innovative and exciting programs Bucknell has to offer.
Alumni stayed late into the evening, connecting with old friends and faculty, and current students. As Bucknell's first campaign event dedicated entirely to the College of Engineering, the event was a great success!