October 10, 2011

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By Christina Masciere Wallace

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The College of Engineering has expanded its resources with the opening of the Richard J. Mooney Innovative Design Laboratory, a workspace in which engineering students and faculty can bring their designs and ideas to life.

The facility is the gift of Pam Mooney and family in honor of her late husband, Dick Mooney, a member of the Class of 1960.

The 2,200-square-foot addition at the rear of the Breakiron Engineering Building consists primarily of a large project development space, a design studio and a manufacturing space dedicated principally to welding, grinding and brazing.

To support Bucknell's commitment to sustainability, the new structure is topped by an outdoor patio and reception area with a "green roof," which is covered with plants that allow the building to be heated and cooled more efficiently.

"We are extremely grateful to the Mooney family for this lab," said Provost Mick Smyer. "Engineering, like many fields, is a capital- and labor-intensive endeavor. Space and equipment are crucial to ensure our engineering faculty and students can keep focusing on constant innovation."

Dick Mooney, an engineer, was known for his continual quest to redesign and improve upon mechanical devices. The mission of the new lab reflects that perfectly, said Pam Mooney, who noted that her husband always credited his success to his Bucknell education.

President John Bravman spoke at the Sept. 12 dedication ceremony.

"We are fortunate that our engineers work in a liberal arts context, which is very important today," said Bravman. "Solving real-world problems takes a whole team of people with different areas of expertise — people who are always trying new things and are not afraid of failure. Our best legacy will be to honor Dick's memory in the way we instruct students and inculcate the values he held dear."

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