March 16, 2014, BY Christina Masciere Wallace


Please note: You are viewing an archived Bucknell University news story. It is possible that information found on this page has become outdated or inaccurate, and links and images contained within are not guaranteed to function correctly.

[X] Close this message.


When professors from different disciplines collaborate with students, anything can happen — in this case, a robotic vulture sculpture.

"I originally envisioned a doomsday cuckoo clock, a quirky machine I would rig myself," said Professor Joe Meiser, art and art history. Then Professor Steve Shooter, mechanical engineering, suggested that robotics would make a more reliable final product. Their meeting — sparked by the Bucknell Innovation Group — opened the door to a collaboration fusing art and science and resulting in a funky sculpture.

Meiser, Shooter and their students hope to finish the vulture by the end of this academic year. Undertakings like this one highlight the interdisciplinary benefits of a strong engineering program at a liberal arts university, Shooter said. "Successful projects aren't possible without broad-minded students with interests and intrinsic motivation of their own."