Michael E. Hanyak, Jr. ChE’76

Michael E. HanyakMichael E. Hanyak, Jr. ChE ’76 is an Emeritus Professor of Chemical Engineering at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. He received his B.S. from The Pennsylvania State University in 1966, M.S. from Carnegie Mellon in 1968, and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976. From 1967-1970, Dr. Hanyak worked as a Senior Chemical Engineer at Air Products, Inc. in Allentown, PA, where he developed process simulation software for cryogenic systems. He served as Professor of Chemical Engineering at Bucknell University from 1974 to 2010 and as the Department Chairman from 1998-2002.

Dr. Hanyak’s teaching and research interests included computer-aided engineering and design, instructional design, pedagogical software tools, and the electronic classroom. With undergraduate and M.S. graduate students, he has developed a thermodynamic software system (BUTS), a linear equation system solver (BLESS), a formative assessment system for teamwork (TEAM 360), and an electronic learning system for engineering problem solving (eLEAPS), of which the last three are an integral part of the freshman introductory course and senior design course in Bucknell’s curriculum for chemical engineering majors.