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    Bucknell University May 2004


    BEAA Annual Report 2003-2004


    INTRODUCTION ……………………………………………................. 3 PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE ………………………………….................. 3

    DEAN’S MESSAGE ……………………………………………………. 5 COMMITTEE REPORTS/ACCOMPLISHMENTS ………………… 7

    Admissions Shari Aser, Chair ………………………………….. 7

    Career Development Suzanne Schicktanz, Co-Chair …………... 7

    Development Harry Kitch, Chair ………………………………. 8

    Membership Ken Nadler, Chair ………………………………... 8

    Outreach/Affinity Doug Sackin, Co Chair ……………………… 9

     Kurt Krauss, Chair …………………………………… 10 Planning

    ALUMNI AWARDS …………………………………………………….. 10 ANNOUNCEMENTS …………………………………………………… 11


    Meeting Minutes, October 17-18, 2003 ………………………….. 12

    Meeting Minutes, February 27-28, 2004 …………………………. 17

    Meeting Minutes, June 5, 2004 …………………………………… 25

    Committee Membership Chart …………………………………… 28

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    BEAA Annual Report 2003-2004


    Beginning in 2002-2003, the Bucknell Engineering Alumni Association Board of Directors marked the beginning of a new approach to document the accomplishments of the Bucknell Engineering Alumni Association. The Board of Directors assigned this task to the Planning Committee so that the Board, the Association members, the College of Engineering and the University had a synopsis and permanent record of the activities and accomplishments of the Association. The minutes of the meetings of the Board of Directors are attached to provide the details of the Board's actions during the 2003-2004 school year.


    By Harry Kitch ‘71

     The Bucknell Engineering Alumni Association and the College of Engineering had another great year. The committee structure that the Board of Directors has established continues to be effective in facilitating closer interaction between the Board and the College and University. I would like to highlight some of the key activities and accomplishments, but please read the Committee reports for the full story.

     38,600 square feet! The College and the entire Bucknell engineering community are excited about the new addition of the Breakiron Building. It will have a dramatic impact on the quality of Bucknell Engineering education. The additional space will certainly be appreciated by both the students and faculty. The repurposing of Dana Engineering Building space, allowed by the Breakiron addition, also enhances the College's capability.

     Membership on the Board is up to the full 30 members allowed by the By-laws, and we have several excited, enthusiastic alumni ready to fill vacancies as they become available. The BEAA participated in the National Engineers Week celebration with the College by awarding our Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award to Robert M. Lauman. We also established an induction ceremony to officially welcome the engineering juniors into the Bucknell Engineering Alumni Association. This year we recognized both the juniors and seniors but subsequent events will recognize the juniors in keeping with our Bylaws. We continued our successful Career Networking Night to provide students and alumni an opportunity to meet and begin to establish their important professional network contacts.

     Bucknell Engineering continues to run counter to national trends with the number of student applications up and the accepted student average SAT scores continue to climb. The BEAA continues to assist the Admissions Department by participating in the Top Prospect Student Calling Program and has established a new Women in Engineering Program that supports admissions to encourage women's interest in engineering through the entire admissions process. Members of the BEAA have also participated in off-campus career networking events and in student professional society meetings on campus. In addition to the opportunities for alumni networking during these events, we also hosted an off-campus event with the DC Bucknell Club for a boat tour of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge construction project and after-lunch presentation by Kurt Krauss, the BEAA Secretary -Treasurer.

     Throughout all the activities described in this annual report, we must acknowledge the support that the Board receives from Dean Jim Orbison, Lois Engle and Angi Fritzges and the faculty and staff of the College and from many other parts of the University. All their help have really made this all possible.

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    BEAA Annual Report 2003-2004

     The Bucknell Engineering alumni, through the BEAA and individually, bring a tremendous wealth of experience, expertise, and professional contacts to the College. Our goal is to provide this resource to the College to continue to improve the quality education that the Bucknell engineering students receive. We will be continuing the successful events and activities from the past and will continue to provide our experience and enthusiasm to support Bucknell Engineering with new activities, programs and ideas.

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    BEAA Annual Report 2003-2004


    By James G. Orbison, ’75, Ph.D., P.E.

    2003-2004 has been another year of considerable progress, achievement, and successes for the College of Engineering, resulting from unswerving commitment to the College mission, thoughtful choices, patient persistence and creative problem-solving in achieving goals, selfless teamwork, and lots of hard work. They also have resulted from the vital support provided to this College, by the university, by a great many individual alumni and friends, and by that remarkable group of engineers who cheerfully volunteer their time, effort, and expertise through their service on the Board of Directors of the Bucknell Engineering Alumni Association (BEAA). As described in the report from

    BEAA President Harry Kitch and those from the BEAA committee chairs, this group has developed over the past few years to provide very real assistance to the College in ways that often can only be provided by external constituents, and in ways that fully complement the efforts of our faculty and staff within the College. BEAA initiatives are making a difference in a great many areas through activities like the Career Networking Night that brings engineering alumni and students together to discuss career opportunities, a new Women in Engineering program that holds great promise in enhancing the success of our admissions process with prospective women students, and a number of alumni events both on- and off-campus that enhance communications between our alumni and our faculty, staff, and students. All directly or indirectly expand and enrich the educational and professional development opportunities available for our students, and the benefits to them and ultimately to our society are of real and lasting value.

    Within the College of Engineering, several accomplishments, developments, and continuing trends are worth highlighting briefly:

    Construction of the new Breakiron Engineering Building began in May 2003, and this facility was open for partial occupancy in early June of this year. The building, consisting of 38,600 gross square feet on four floors and full basement, provides a 46% increase in space available to the College. Through careful design, focusing on maximizing the space available for instructional and instructional support purposes, the ratio of usable square footage to gross square footage is relatively high, and this $8M project boasts a construction cost of just $150 per square foot. The building will be fully occupied and open for classes and laboratories by the end of this summer, and will be formally dedicated on September 18, 2004.

    The programmatic analysis conducted during the feasibility study for the new building wisely considered optimal space allocation and utilization in both the new building and in the Dana Engineering Building. As a result, several space allocations have been moved from Dana into the Breakiron Building, and substantial re-purposing and renovation has been undertaken in Dana this summer. The work includes asbestos abatement and HVAC improvements along with the creation of a consolidated materials characterization and testing laboratory, three new department office suites, a new classroom, and the creation of student project space that is flexible enough to support a relatively wide range of project types. This work began immediately after Commencement this spring, and is scheduled for completion just before the fall semester begins.

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    BEAA Annual Report 2003-2004

    The College significantly revised its strategic educational plan, the Bucknell Plan for Engineering Education, during the 2003-2004 academic year, formally and unanimously adopting it in March. The plan describes the mission and broad educational objectives of the College and strategies and processes implemented to support them. Opportunities and challenges are identified and discussed, and possible responses are described. The plan defines a continuous-improvement process at the College level, and is responsive to it. The plan is thus flexible, permitting relatively rapid yet considered responses to both know opportunities and challenges, and those yet to emerge.

    The biomedical engineering program was authorized a third full-time tenure-track faculty position by the university this spring, to be filled by the fall of 2005. In addition, the program will occupy substantial new laboratory and educational space in the Breakiron Building. The civil and environmental engineering department was also authorized an additional full-time tenure-track faculty position this spring, and will be filled by the fall of 2005.

    Applications to the College of Engineering this spring increased by 5%, to 1,552 for the 175 first-year enrollment positions. The acceptance rate (the percentage of applicants who are offered admission) has declined from 65% in the year 2000 to 40% this year. As a result of the College‟s ability to be increasingly selective in the admissions process, the average combined SAT for the entering engineering class increased as well to a new record of 1,346.

    Four tenure-track faculty searches were undertaken this year, and all four resulted in successful appointments. Of the four new faculty, three are women, and the percentage of tenure-track engineering faculty who are women will increase to approximately 18% with their arrival this summer.

    Four years ago, the College of Engineering was routinely in need of ten to twelve full-time by temporary faculty to address enrollment imbalances and respond to faculty leaves. Through careful discipline-specific enrollment targeting during the admissions process and the addition of new tenure-track faculty positions to address this concern, the College has been able to substantially reduce its need for temporary faculty. Last year and next, the College has need for fewer than three temporary faculty.

    In sum, this has been a remarkable year of change, progress, and success, and our students both current and future will most assuredly benefit from the efforts, sacrifices, and generosity of all who have made these advances possible.

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    Admissions - Shari Aser, Chair

    year was our pilot year for the Women In Engineering Program (WIE). The primary goals of this This

    program were: recruiting prospective female engineering students, increasing our yield of female students within the college, and increasing the retention of these students.

To reach our goals, we established a multi-staged process as follows:

    ? Stage One: Inquiry phase - a communiqué from the Associate Dean of Engineering to all

    n who have expressed an interest in engineering, math or the sciences. wome

    ? Stage Two: Application phase - matching engineering alumnae volunteers with female

    applicants who have indicated a specific Engineering major or Engineering Undecided” on the


    ? Stage Three: Accepted Student Calling Program -we asked our alumnae volunteers to

    continue their contacts with those prospective females that were accepted to Bucknell to

    encourage them to attend Bucknell.

    ? We asked each mentor to stay in contact with the student through their first semester at

    Bucknell. Our expectation is that this will strengthen the retention rate of female engineering


    We had an overwhelming response to the WIE program with more than 100 alumnae volunteers. Based upon the positive results, we intend to continue the WIE program for 2004-2005 academic year.

    In addition, the BEAA Admission Committee once again aided the Admission Office by having Engineering Admissions Volunteers and Engineering Alumni call top accepted engineering male students

     accepted male to encourage their attendance at Bucknell. The “Top Prospect Calling” was for the

    engineers only, since the WIE program included calling all accepted female engineers were called.

    The Admissions committee has made some significant accomplishments this year. We are very excited about the success of the WIE program and we look forward to building on this momentum in the upcoming academic year.

Career Development Suzanne Schicktanz, Co-Chair

    The BEAA Career Development Committee completed a number of successful career related objectives in conjunction with the Engineering College and the Career Development Center (CDC) during the academic year.

    In January 2004, both committee and other BEAA board members participated in the regional winter Bucknell career networking nights held in various cities throughout the country. In February 2004, the

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    BEAA Annual Report 2003-2004

    committee co-sponsored the major function of the year, the Annual Engineering Career Networking Night on campus. The successful event included 155 students interacting with 39 alumni to discuss general career advice, internship ideas, and in some cases full time job opportunities. All of these events were considered very productive and of great value to the university and will be supported again next year.

    In addition to the above events, the CDC will be piloting an externship program in 2004-2005 and has asked the BEAA to assist with piloting the program in the College of Engineering.

    The committee is looking forward to the 2004-2005 academic year and looks forward to building on past momentum and successes in the upcoming academic year.

Development Harry Kitch, Chair

    The BEAA Development Committee set a goal of 100% participation of the BEAA Board of Directors in annual giving for 2003-2004. While we did not reach our goal this year with 93% participation, we will work to increase this to 100% in 2004-2005.

Membership - Ken Nadler, Chair

    The BEAA Nominations and Membership Committee worked through email and conference calls to review the list of excellent potential candidates for the BEAA Board of Directors. The following existing members agreed to accept another three-year term starting July 1, 2004:

    Shari Aser (CE ‟98)

    Susan Darnell (EE ‟87)

    Don Haberstroh (ChE ‟57)

    Kurt Krauss (CE ‟94)

    George Lavin (ME ‟80)

    Aaron Spak (EE ‟98)

The term of Mary Ellen Foley (EE ‟84) was extended to June 30, 2005 to match her term as Vice

    President Activities.

    After a “shortlist” of 5 top candidates was developed, each new potential candidate was contacted personally by a committee member to explain the activities of the BEAA and the responsibilities of a Board member. As a result of these contacts, the following individuals were nominated and elected to the Board for a three-year term starting July 1, 2004:

Elizabeth Bunker (EE ‟83)

    Henri Weil (ChE „66)

    In addition, it was our honor to select Robert M. Lauman (‟45) to receive the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award which was presented during the hugely successful February 2004 Engineers Week activities.

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    Outreach / Affinity - Doug Sackin, Co-Chair

    The goal of the Affinity Committee is to organize activities and programs to activate engineering alumni and reconnect them with the College and with each other. This goal is in support of our belief that more active and connected alumni are more likely to contribute back to the College and the Bucknell community whether through service, general involvement, or donations. Affinity

    Committee programs also raise awareness of the BEAA as a whole and have generated a higher level of interest in our other activities.

    The Affinity Committee has worked toward these goals over the past year by leveraging regular past successes and introducing several promising new events. The traditional events included the widely popular engineering fair at the Homecoming post-game reception. At this event, alumni and their children get to participate in a number of games and contests for fun and prizes. At recent

    Reunions, alumni have had the opportunity to demonstrate their engineering skills in a more dedicated challenge like paper airplane or boat races. This year‟s Reunion will also include a first-time “What‟s new

    in Bucknell

    Engineering?” program to update alumni on academic and research activities with the help of the faculty. These events have exceeded our expectations by bringing alumni back together with fellow alumni and with representatives of the College and the BEAA.

    Our first new event was the BEAA Welcome Ceremony introduced as part of the Engineering Week festivities. We used this opportunity to introduce the BEAA to new members in the University community and to present them with gifts for long term name recognition. The goal of this program is to raise the awareness of the BEAA and the engineering alumni community in general so that students and recent graduates will leave Bucknell firm in the belief that there is an active alumni engineering community for them to play a role in.

    The second new event was the first of what we hope will be many off-campus alumni events. In May 2004, several dozen alumni, family and friends of all ages met in Alexandria, VA for a boat tour of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge project. Bucknell alumnus and BEAA Board member Kurt Krauss helped to make initial contact and offered a personal perspective on the project over lunch. Future off-campus event plans are in progress with an early goal of two per year. The goal of these events is to provide the alumni with activation and networking opportunities in their local areas. These events further raise awareness of Bucknell engineering to the broader community.

    Over the last year, the Affinity Committee has been happy to welcome some new members to its ranks. The energy and creativity these new members bring to the committee will help us to surpass the successes of our past programs and work towards new programs in other areas. Some goals for the next year include increasing our reach through off-campus programs and generating more activity

    and involvement among our alumni.

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    Planning Committee

The planning committee spent the past year brainstorming ideas and opportunities for the BEAA and thCollege to celebrate BEAA's 50 Anniversary in the fall of 2005/spring of 2006. In addition, the

    planning committee began reviewing the BEAA history document that was developed by BEAA board member Brian Hoyt '87 '92. The planning committee would like to thank Brian for the comprehensive historical document. Also, the committee began reviewing possible opportunities for the BEAA to support the College's recently published Bucknell Plan for Engineering Education. The planning committee anticipates an active year next year in preparation for the 50th Anniversary event.


    Bucknell Engineering Alumni Association establishes the

    Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award

    In the spring of 2001, the Bucknell University Engineering Alumni Association (BEAA) examined ways of developing an active and enduring interest among its membership in being involved in the affairs of the College of Engineering and the University. It became clear that a mechanism for recognizing the contributions of the College‟s outstanding alumni was needed. Bucknell has had a long tradition of recognizing the contributions of its alumni and the BEAA believed it could enhance that tradition by establishing an award focused on the contributions of engineering alumni. To that end, the association‟s

    board of directors established the Bucknell Engineering Alumni Association Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award in 2001. This award will be given to recognize members of the College of Engineering‟s alumni community who have distinguished themselves through extraordinary commitment to the College and the University, exemplary professional achievement, or noteworthy contributions to society.

    The Bucknell Engineering Alumni Association presented its third Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award to Robert M. Lauman ‘45 during National Engineers Week, 2004,

    in recognition of his accomplishments, service, and dedication to his profession and to society.

    Since graduation Lauman has distinguished himself in his chosen profession and has provided noteworthy contributions to Bucknell University, the College of Engineering, and to society through your service in World War II, the Korean War, and countless public service societies.

    Lauman began his career with Bell of Pennsylvania (now Verizon) from 1946 to 1983 where he advanced to the position of Vice President of Engineering and was responsible for the modernization of the network, and introduction of 1AESS and 4ESS solid-state switching, cellular, and fiber technologies. In 1954 he implemented the first “pulse code modulation” system. In 1960 he founded the Bell System Data

    Communications School where he introduced data communication to the world through the training of nearly 1,500 engineers and sales staff per year. In 1966 he implemented the first commercial fiber-optic system between Pittsburgh and Greensburg, Pennsylvania. In 1981 he supervised the creation of the first

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