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Keith W. Buffinton, Ph.D.

Keith Buffinton


Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 1985
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 1981
B.S.M.E., Tufts University, 1979


Dynamics and control of robotic systems Mechanical design Systems thinking Snowboard technology Entrepreneurially minded learning Engineering pedagogy Engineering management education.


Barry R. Maxwell Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Bucknell Community
Faculty Member of the Year, Bucknell University
Charles H. Coder Entrepreneurial Leadership Award
KEEN Dean's Award


Keith W. Buffinton is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and former Dean of the College of Engineering at Bucknell University. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering summa cum laude from Tufts University and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University. Following his graduate studies, he worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland. He began his academic career at Bucknell in 1987. From 2001 through 2004 he served as co-director of Bucknell's Institute for Leadership in Technology and Management and from 2003 through 2007 as Associate Dean of the College of Engineering. He was Dean of the College from 2009 through 2016. In 2003 he received Bucknell’s Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. During sabbaticals from Bucknell, he has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Rochester, Stanford University, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

Select Publications

Corporate Assessment of Strategic Issues in Technology Management," E.M. Barrella and K.W. Buffinton, Engineering Management Journal, 21, 27-33, 2009.