We need you: 20% in 2012

Would you like to send a personal “thank you” to the talented faculty and staff who helped you make the most of your Bradley Experience? It’s as simple as making a gift to thank your mentors and advance your alma mater to a higher level of national distinction. 

“We need 9,539 alumni to make a gift by December 31 to reach our goal of 20 percent alumni participation,” says Pat Vickerman, vice president for advancement. “Alumni giving and private support are vital to the success of the University. Last year Bradley ranked sixth among the top Midwest universities highlighted by U.S.News & World Report. The top five universities averaged a 19 percent alumni giving rate, while Bradley came in at 13 percent. Elevating the alumni participation rate is a priority and will help demonstrate the value alumni place on their Bradley Experience and their desire to further strengthen the experience for students.”

Visit campaign.bradley.edu/ssl/gift to be counted as one of the 20 percent.



Prototyping machine a rare gem

This castle, produced by the rapid prototyper, has a winding staircase on the inside of its walls and a double-helix structure in the middle of the form.

Bradley became the first university in the world to acquire a 3D Systems ProJet 6000 rapid prototyping machine last year.

The machine enables students in the Caterpillar College of Engineering and Technology to use computer-generated images to create three-dimensional, flexible parts out of a plastic resin.

Dr. Julie Reyer shows objects made with Bradley’s new rapid prototyping machine, which uses a UV-sensitive liquid substance that is hit with lasers to solidify a form instead of the more common method of whittling down a hard substrate.

DEVIN NORTON ’12 works on a model.

“The idea is to be able to create a real part from a computer drawing,” said Dr. Julie Reyer, associate professor of mechanical engineering. “It allows you to check the form and function of a part.”

At the time of its installation, the ProJet 6000 at Bradley was one of only four in the world. Bradley also acquired a Fortus 250mc 3D printer for use in rapid prototyping applications. The machines were purchased with part of a $2 million federal grant from the Department of Defense to create an interdisciplinary “Manufacturing Laboratory for Next Generation Engineers.”

Reyer said the machines help prepare students for the modern engineering workplace, where rapid prototyping machines are heavily used. It also allows students to see the connection between creating virtual parts on a computer and producing the finished prototypes.

“Students will get to experience the joy of seeing something they created come to life,” she said, adding the machines can be utilized by various engineering specialties. “The machine points out the difference between creating a prototype and the actual manufacturing.”

— Bob Grimson ’81
Photography by Duane Zehr



Senator discusses student loan debt

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin spoke about the need to keep student loan interest rates low when he visited campus in May. Durbin, the second-ranking Senate Democrat, said student loan debt passed the level of credit card debt in the U.S. in late 2010. A proposed rate hike from 3.4 to 6.8 percent would add $4,000 to the cost of the average student loan. 

“We need to help the next generation of students get the education they need to lead the country,” Durbin said. 





Charged up about Project Springboard

Three Bradley students parlayed a unique idea into a profitable venture at the sixth annual Project Springboard in April. 

2012 graduates RYAN MILLER, ZACHARY SAIGH, and IVAN GONZALEZ-GIMENEZ display their winning project.

Their winning proposal: a prototype belt that users wear to charge cell phones and other electronic devices. RYAN MILLER ’12, a mechanical engineering major; IVAN GONZALEZ-GIMENEZ ’12, an international business major; and electrical engineering major ZACHARY SAIGH ’12 won first place with Liveable Tech. The award, including a $7,500 cash prize, consulting and marketing services, office space, insurance, and legal, accounting, and technology services, is valued at more than $100,000. 

Six teams competed in the final round from an original pool of more than 20. Apptix, which focuses on designing and programming mobile applications, won the second-place prize of $4,000. Dress to Impress for Less, which plans to sell gently used business clothing to young professionals, won the $2,500 third prize.

Project Springboard is open to Bradley students in all majors. The competition started in 2007 with a $200,000 gift from Alexis Khazzam of Junction Ventures. The project continues its success thanks to SCOTT HARBAUGH ’86, MARK HARBAUGH ’91, and their father Earl. 



Pinterest shows off Bradley

Bradley University is now on Pinterest. Be sure to check out Bradley’s Pinterest page, created by Bradley Hilltopics student intern HANNAH ANTONACCI ’12. View 30 Bradley bulletin boards reflecting what makes Bradley such a unique university community for its alumni, students, faculty, administration, and staff. 

The third most popular social media site is similar to a wall of bulletin boards. Users create themed boards (for example, Bradley Hilltopics), collect interesting and inspiring content from the Web, and then “pin” pictures and stories on virtual bulletin boards.