Mechanical engineering students at Bucknell engage in state-of-the-art research and other independent learning experiences.

These activities are a natural extension of the close relationships developed with faculty through small class and laboratory sizes. Students have the opportunity to apply their engineering knowledge to relevant problems with real consequences. All students are required to participate in the Senior Design course sequence in which they design, build, and test mechanical and thermal devices for actual customers with real budgets. Many students also take advantage of summer research opportunities supported by the University or individual faculty research funding. Other independent opportunities include independent studies and honors theses.

Small Business Development Center

The Bucknell SBDC typically has a limited number of student intern positions available during the school year and summer. Students work with real clients and provide engineering services such as CAD drawings, engineering analysis, design, and prototype development. Student interns obtain valuable real-world experience doing relevant engineering.

Learn more about the SBDC

Finding a Research Opportunity

You could be among our many undergrads who work alongside doctors and health professionals at Geisinger Health System to solve the real-world medical challenges they face every day. Or your search for answers could mean traveling well beyond Lewisburg. From Alaska to Australia, our students crisscross the globe working with faculty mentors on various research projects.

Explore the opportunities at Bucknell

Research the Research

The best way to take advantage of opportunities for independent research is to investigate what kind of research professors are doing. It may be as simple as making an appointment with a professor and asking about their research. It will typically involve reading articles and searching for resources online. Additionally, the student chapter of American Society of Mechanical Engineers organizes periodic "Teacher Talks" in which professors discuss their research and potential projects.


Places I've Been

The following links are virtual breadcrumbs marking the 27 most recent pages you have visited in If you want to remember a specific page forever click the pin in the top right corner and we will be sure not to replace it. Close this message.