January 25, 2010

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University engineering Professor T. Michael Toole will give the talk, "Engineering Integrated Education at Bucknell," on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell.

The lecture, part of the annual Class of 1956 Lecture series, is free and open to the public.

Toole, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, will discuss ways that the educational programs in the colleges of Engineering and Arts and Sciences could be better integrated. 

He will suggest specific ways for Bucknell to better achieve its mission, increase student engagement and enable students across campus to solve tomorrow's problems by expanding interdisciplinary courses and service-learning opportunities.

Toole will use his experiences with Bucknell's Institute for Leadership in Technology and Management, a unique two-summer program that bridges the disciplines of engineering and management, and recent waterline projects in Nicaragua and Suriname to illustrate his points.

Established by the Class of 1956 as a graduation gift to the University, the lectureship is awarded during Commencement ceremonies to a member of the faculty in recognition of inspirational teaching.

Honored for inspirational teaching
A member of the Bucknell faculty since 1999, Toole was lauded for "his thoughtfulness and dedication not only as a classroom teacher, but also as a role model outside of class. He is a highly regarded undergraduate adviser and research mentor."

A 1983 Bucknell graduate, Toole holds a master's degree in civil engineering and a doctoral degree in technology strategy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research interests include designing for construction safety, project management simulation and construction innovation.  He is a registered professional engineer and the first Bucknell faculty member to be elected a fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Toole teaches a number of courses at Bucknell, including "Exploring Engineering," "Construction Engineering," "Materials Engineering," "Engineering Planning and Project Management," and "The Human Side of Technology."

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