Bucknell University has honored Jeffrey Evans, professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Quinn Blanco '15 with the Burma-Bucknell Award.
The annual award recognizes a Bucknell University community member or organization who has made outstanding contributions to intercultural and international understanding within the Bucknell community.
"Prof. Evans has said that it is crucial for undergraduates to understand society and social systems — as engineers, they will serve society," Bucknell President John Bravman said.
"Jeff's work to build international cooperation has brought distinction to our College of Engineering."
Bravman called Evans "a champion of teaching engineering in a liberal arts context," lauding him for creating an engineering exchange program with the University of Nottingham, now a university-wide exchange program and for co-founding Engineering 290, a summer study abroad course for engineers that has taken students to Argentina, Norway and Sweden.
Evans, who joined the Bucknell faculty in 1998, holds degrees from Lehigh, Purdue and Clarkson. He has served as visiting academic at Cambridge University, Nottingham and Warren Spring Laboratory, and has chaired the International Education Committee. He was recently nominated to serve on the Board of Directors of ABET.
Blanco, who will graduate in May from Bucknell's five-year program in chemical engineering and Management for Engineers, was honored for "helping Bucknell become a more welcoming, inclusive community; for fostering challenging conversations about cultural understanding; and for the warmth and energy you bring to your multiple roles on campus," said Bravman.
While at Bucknell, Blanco has served as a diversity intern in Admissions; an International Orientation leader; a Civil Rights Alternative Spring Break trip coordinator; an executive with Students for Asian Awareness; co-organizer for an on-campus benefit for his home country of the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan; a Bucknell Brigade participant; and a United World College Scholar.
The original bowl was presented to the University by the President of Burma in 1958 as a symbol of the historic partnership between Bucknell and the nation of Burma, now known as Myanmar. His Excellency U Win, Ambassador from the Union of Burma to the United States, presented a beautifully hand-crafted silver bowl from the President of the Union of Burma and Mrs. Win Maung, "symbolizing 100 years of friendly relationship between the people of Burma and Bucknell University." Bucknell's first international student, Maung Shaw Loo, arrived from Burma in 1858.
Recent recipients include Kathryn Maguet, executive director of the Weis Center for the Performing Arts; Bucknell psychology professor Bill Flack; the Bucknell African Student Association; Bucknell geography professor Paul Susman; Nadir Sharif, a 2007 Bucknell graduate who is serving as assistant director of residential education; and Muyambi Muyambi, a 2012 graduate who co-founded Bicycles Against Poverty.