Stu Thompson

Stu Thompson

John P. & Mary Jane Swanson Professor in Engineering & the Sciences, and Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering
Department Chair of Electrical & Computer Engineering
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About Stu Thompson

My passion is ... 
engineering and education. I want to help people who want to help the world.”

I came to Bucknell because I wanted to be a part of a community that values students, learning, and engineering. I found that at Bucknell. The faculty, staff, and students all share a vision of learning that I continually want to be a part of. Whether it is in or out of the classroom, I am committed to helping our students pursue their passion and help change the world.

I seek to integrate teaching and research in my work. When possible I teach courses that overlap with my research areas and I pursues some level of research in the topic areas of courses that I typically teach. Engineering design is a major component of the undergraduate engineering experience so I include multiple aspects of design via projects and open-ended assignments in all of my courses. Finally, I strongly believe in the benefits of undergraduate research and pursue research projects that fit the interest and abilities of my students.

Favorite Out of Class Activities/Interests

  • Spending time with family and friends
  • Photography
  • Home renovations, pretending I am a carpenter
  • Grilling and cooking

Educational Background

  • B.S. Computer Engineering, NC State University, 2002
  • M.S. Computer Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2005
  • Ph.D. Computer Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2006

Teaching Experience

  • 2006 - 2007 Visiting Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech
  • 2007 - 2014 Assistant Professor, Bucknell
  • 2014 - Present Associate Professor, Bucknell

Teaching Specialties

  • Digital design and reconfigurable computing
  • Networking protocols and network application design
  • Mobile computing
  • Engineering design

Research Interests

  • Computer networking with a focus on wireless ad hoc networks
  • The application of mobile computing in networking and healthcare
  • High-performance computing using reconfigurable computing hardware

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