Dr. Bruce P. Burns of Harford County’s Senior Science Society spoke to the students of John Carroll’s STEM Academy and Physics classes today. He discussed his education and career with the students and answered several questions about his professional experiences. One of the projects he worked on while working for the Army Research Laboratory was a reinforced door to protect a Humvee in an explosion. Dr. Burns also explained he has worked on every continent except Antarctica, and that his favorite place to work was Australia. One piece of advice that Dr. Burns gave to the students was that they need to have excellent writing skills in order to be an engineer.
Dr. Burns has a Master’s Degree of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics. He served two and a half years of active duty as an Army Officer in the Corps of Engineers. He was a Basic and Applied Researcher, as well as a Project Leader in Ballistics and Engineering Mechanics in Ballistics Research Laboratories and the Army Research Laboratory. Dr. Burns is the author of more than one hundred and twenty technical publications and patents, including technical reports and books.
Dr. Burns ran the egg drop at our STEM Day a few weeks ago. The students and faculty of the STEM Academy of greatly appreciated him coming to campus again and enjoyed learning about some of the highlights of his career.