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educator , mechanical engineer

Ronald Blaise Bucinell, American mechanical engineer, educator. Fellow National Aeronautics and Space Administration.


Bucinell, Ronald Blaise was born on February 3, 1958 in Johnson City, New York, United States. Son of Felix James and Irene Mary (Novak) Bucinell.


Associate of Applied Science, Rochester Institute of Technology, 1978. Bachelor of Science, Rochester Institute of Technology, 1981. Master of Science, Drexel University, 1983.

Doctor of Philosophy, Drexel University, 1987.


Engineer Boeing Aerospace, Seattle, 1979-1980. Research assistant Dyna East Corporation, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, 1983-1985. Research analyst Hercules Aerospace, Magna, Utah, 1987-1989.

Research engineer Materials Sciences Corporation, Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, 1989-1993. Vice president Innotech, Schenectady, New York, since 1991. Adjunct assistan professor Temple University, Philadelphia, since 1991, University Utah, Salt Lake City, 1988-1990.

Associate professor Union College, Schenectady, since 1993, director Composite Material Manufacturing & Evaluation Laboratory. Creator virtual international design studio.


  • Achievements include the development of methodology for altering failure modes in composite overwrapped pressure vessels. Scaling methodology for response of composite materials. Stochastic damage progression model for composite materials.

    Test procedures and fixtures for evaluating the behavior of composite materials. Developer of the international virtual design studio concept in engineering education.


  • Other Work

    • Publication reviewer: Journal Composite Materials, since 1988. Co-editor Journal Composite Technology and Research. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Initiated a pilot hands-on science program for 1st-5th graders, later adopted, Schenectady Schools, member PTO, member Shared Decision Making Committee. Member American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Society Experimental mechanics, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Society for Microbiology, American Society for Testing and Materials (chairman task group, chairman subcommittee), American Society Engineering Education, Knights of Columbus (4th degree), Sigma Xi.


Married Jill Bucinell, August 24. Children: Ryan Michael, Benjamin David.

Felix James Bucinell

Irene Mary (Novak) Bucinell

Jill Bucinell

Ryan Michael Bucinell

Benjamin David Bucinell