News about Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies

Heavy-Gauge Thermoforming Workshop Draws Participants’ Praise

Christopher J. Gagliano (left) leads workshop attendees on a tour of the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center's Thermoforming Center of Excellence.

The Plastics Innovation & Resource Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently hosted 21 industry professionals from seven states for its seventh annual national Hands-On Heavy-Gauge/Sheet-Fed Thermoforming Workshop.

The three-day course featured presentations from renowned industry experts and hands-on sessions focusing on materials, tooling, technique, diagnostics, machine maintenance and safety.

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Senator Gets Firsthand Look at Manufacturing’s Strength

President Gilmour welcomes Sen. Casey to campus and remarks on the important role his father, then governor of Pennsylvania, played in the institution's past.

Casey checks out products created in the labs, including Penn College key-ring tags, with guidance from student Wilson R. Michael (at right).

Casey extends a warm greeting to student Noah L. Martin …

… who then shows the distinguished visitor the tensile tester in the polymer lab.

Shannon M. Munro discusses industry partnerships and national plastics seminars conducted by the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center as JoAnn M. Otto, PIRC assistant, looks on.

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, featured in Penn College’s award-winning “Working Class” documentary, toured the main campus plastics labs during a visit to Lycoming County on Wednesday. The Democratic senator, whose father, former Gov. Robert P. Casey, signed the legislation that created the college in 1989, got a close-up affirmation of applied technology’s pre-eminence in the 21st-century workforce. Industry-standard equipment, strong job placement and impressive starting salaries are among the program’s hallmarks, and collaborative relationships through the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center allow students to resolve real-world challenges on up-to-the-minute machinery. Taking part in the tour of the injection molding and polymer testing labs were college President Davie Jane Gilmour; Tom Gregory, associate vice president for instruction; Shannon M. Munro, executive director of Workforce Development & Continuing Education; Kirk M. Cantor, professor of plastics technology; Timothy E. Weston, associate professor of plastics technology; and Bradley M. Webb, assistant dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies. They were joined by plastics and polymer engineering technology students – and PIRC research assistants – Abdulaziz S. Alomani and Omar A. Aljallal, of Saudi Arabia; Noah M. Martin, of South Williamsport; Logan A. Tate, of Williamsport; and Wilson R. Michael, of Hughesville.

Students Earn Industry Certification

For the second consecutive year, more than 50 Pennsylvania College of Technology students proved their computer-aided design prowess by passing a prominent industry certification test.

The students successfully completed the Certified SolidWorks Associate exam. SolidWorks is a 3-D modeling, computer-aided software program employed by more than 3 million product designers and engineers worldwide. It is one of several 3-D modeling software applications used by students enrolled in Penn College’s engineering design technology and industrial design bachelor-degree majors and the engineering CAD technology associate degree.

“We are so proud of the students,” said Katherine A. Walker, assistant professor and department head of engineering design technology. “Their performance on the exam reflects not only their hard work in the classroom, but their sincere dedication to the field. The certification will certainly help them stand out in the job market upon graduation.”

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Summer Camps Provide Practical Mix of Education, Enjoyment

Invoking the hands-on hallmark of a Penn College education

A series of academic-based camps at Pennsylvania College of Technology included enough information to satisfy minds hungry for challenge, while not forgetting that it IS summer. A wrap-up photo gallery reflects the unique career opportunities represented at Architecture Odyssey Camp, Designing a Digital Future Camp, Future Restaurateurs Career Camp, Advanced Restaurateurs Career Camp, Graphic Design Summer Studio, Health Careers Camp, SMART Girls Summer Camp, Creative Art Camp and Youth Training for Athletic Development Camp.

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Rotomolding Workshop Unites Industry Professionals, Experts

Gary E. McQuay, PIRC engineering manager, demonstrates a materials grinder in Penn College’s Rotational Molding Center of Excellence.

More than two dozen professionals recently gathered at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Plastics Innovation & Resource Center to learn about rotational molding from some of the most knowledgeable practitioners in the business.

A total of 28 employees from 17 companies and nine states (California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee) were represented at the eighth annual Hands-On Rotational Molding and Advanced Materials Workshop, joined by participants from Canada and India.

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Penn College Team Excels at International Competition

Nathan M. Eckstein, of Cambridge Springs, navigates the Penn College (No. 71) car during the four-hour endurance race at Baja SAE Rochester. Penn College claimed fifth place in the event.

A determined group of Pennsylvania College of Technology students enrolled in manufacturing-related majors proved to be among the best in the world at a recent high-powered international competition.

The nine-member Penn College contingent produced three top-five showings for individual events and finished 11th overall out of 98 collegiate teams at Baja SAE Rochester. The demanding Society of Automotive Engineers competition held at Rochester Institute of Technology required students to design and build a single-seat, off-road vehicle to be inspected by industry judges and to survive various performance tests.

“I am very proud of these students. They worked so hard, and it was great to see their effort pay off against tough competition,” said John G. Upcraft, instructor of automated manufacturing and machining and the team’s adviser. “We’ve participated in Baja SAE for about 10 years, and this is the best we have done overall. The students proved that they can beat teams from much larger schools.”

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Manufacturing Student Among Competitors on ABC’s ‘BattleBots’

Team Hammertime includes Penn College student Alexander J. Horne (far left).

A student in Penn College’s manufacturing engineering technology major will compete on ABC’s “BattleBots” when the popular series begins its second season at 8 p.m. Thursday. Alexander J. Horne, of West Chester, co-designed and built the 250-pound robot – named SubZero – that will face off for Team Hammertime in the show’s opening round. An article about Horne (and his longtime fascination with bot-building) was published in a recent edition of his hometown paper, the Daily Local News.

Memorial Service Thursday for Professor Emeritus

Barbara Helen Williams

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday for Barbara Helen Williams, a professor emeritus at Penn College, who died Monday. The service for Williams, a member of the engineering drafting technology faculty at the college (and its Williamsport Area Community College predecessor) from 1980-96, will be at Muncy First United Methodist Church, 602 South Market St., Muncy.

Alberts Family Scholarship Established at Penn College

Linda and Ed Alberts

A local couple has recognized the excellence of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s plastics program with a new scholarship.

Established by Ed and Linda Alberts, the Alberts Family Scholarship will benefit students enrolled in the plastics and polymer engineering technology bachelor-degree major and the plastics and polymer technology associate-degree program.

The Alberts own Montoursville-based Ralph S. Alberts Company Inc., known as one of the country’s most resourceful full-service, multifaceted, custom molder of plastics and foams.

“We have been challenged by the world’s continuing demands for creativity and technology,” according to Ed and Linda Alberts. “This has enabled our business to grow and provide jobs for the past 53 years. We thank Penn College for providing the education needed in our industry.”

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Penn College Graduates Commissioned in ROTC Ceremony

From left, Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour, Daniel G. Curtin, of Berwick; Craig W. Robbins, of Newton, New Jersey; Daniel H. Pulinski, of Penfield, New York; Kyle A. Csorba; of Trenton, New Jersey; and Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management/associate provost.

Four new Pennsylvania College of Technology graduates experienced a second milestone during the college’s commencement weekend: commissioning as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Kyle A. Csorba, of Trenton, New Jersey; Daniel G. Curtin, of Berwick; Daniel H. Pulinski, of Penfield, New York; and Craig W. Robbins, of Newton, New Jersey, received the honor during an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps ceremony at Bucknell University.

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Penn College Faculty Earn ‘Excellence in Teaching’ Awards

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour stands with Kirk M. Cantor (left) and Craig A. Miller, recipients of Excellence in Teaching Awards presented at commencement.

Two faculty members at Pennsylvania College of Technology were honored with Excellence in Teaching Awards during Spring Commencement ceremonies held May 13-14 at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport.

As part of the Distinguished Teaching Awards program at Penn College, President Davie Jane Gilmour presented Excellence in Teaching Awards to Kirk M. Cantor, professor of plastics technology, and Craig A. Miller, assistant professor of history and political science.

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Welding Students Add Décor to Campus Dining Unit

Student volunteers (from left): Logan K. Garvey, of Williamsport; Gabriel M. Round, of Butler; Bailey K. Austerberry, of Pitman; Michael R. Allen, of Laughlintown; Sawyer G. Macurdy, of Cabot; Jessica L. Szejk, of Clearfield; Kyle X. Beam, of New Freedom; David P. Young, of Spring Mills; Michael K. Patterson, welding lecturer and project leader; Albert M. Gensel, of Canton; and Hunter M. Comeau, of Freeport.

Sparks of imagination from Pennsylvania College of Technology welding students have produced unique décor for one of the main eateries on campus. A dedicated group of 10 students and one faculty member created original artwork for the college’s Keystone Dining Room.

The students spent approximately 200 hours outside of class over two semesters creating the wall-art project, which consists of brown steel panels depicting cutlery.

“I love that it was made by students,” said Crissy L. McGinness, director of dining services, who arranged for the artwork. “I can’t imagine a more appropriate piece of art for the Keystone Dining Room.”

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Foundation Earmarks Scholarships to Penn College

Acknowledging Haas Automation Inc.’s ongoing support of Penn College students are (from left) Richard K. Hendricks, instructor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing; Debra M. Miller, vice president for institutional advancement; and Ed Kilgallon, president of the Lance Co. The Bensalem Haas Factory Outlet is an affiliate of the Lance Co.

A prominent American manufacturing education foundation is supporting Pennsylvania College of Technology’s commitment to the field by awarding $20,000 in scholarship funds for the 2016-17 academic year.

The Gene Haas Foundation has earmarked five $4,000 scholarships for students enrolled in four manufacturing programs at the college: manufacturing engineering technology bachelor’s degree, automated manufacturing technology and machine tool technology associate degrees, and machinist general certificate.

“Our country needs a strong manufacturing economy, yet the skills gap in American manufacturing is very real. Careers in manufacturing are many, and they provide a good stable income and lifestyle,” said Kathy Looman, director of the Gene Haas Foundation.

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In Midst of Finals Prep, IT Crowd Literally Enjoys the Ride

Associate professors Sandra Gorka and Daniel W. Yoas (left), as well as Jacob R. Miller (right), accompany students from the IT Living-Learning Community for a day of fun at Knoebels.

Taking in the view from the Scenic Skyway

Gorka snaps a student-laden selfie at the park entrance.

Eight students and three faculty members from Penn College’s Information Technology Living-Learning Community headed to Knoebels Amusement Resort on April 30, savoring their last trip of the 2015-16 academic year. “It was opening weekend, so it was full of people and new rides,” said LLC mentor Ryan Monteleone, an information assurance and cyber security major from Stevens. “It was a great way for everyone to release some stress before Finals Week started.”
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Penn College Team Displays Resilience at International Competition

Nathan M. Eckstein, of Cambridge Springs, maneuvers Penn College’s off-road vehicle in the endurance-race portion of the recent Baja SAE Tennessee Tech competition.

Pennsylvania College of Technology manufacturing students proved resilient against nature at the recent Baja SAE Tennessee Tech international competition. The students’ resourcefulness led to a higher finish than the previous year and renewed hope for a championship-caliber performance when they compete again in June.

Penn College ranked 30th overall out of 96 collegiate teams from throughout the United States and four other countries at the demanding Society of Automotive Engineers competition, held recently in Cookeville, Tennessee. Baja SAE requires teams to design and build a single-seat, off-road vehicle, make presentations to judges and complete various performance tests.

The dozen competing Penn College students recorded top-25 showings in maneuverability (12th), cost report (14th), sales presentation (17th), and sled pull (22nd). Only a tree stump separated the team from its main objective: a high finish in the four-hour endurance race, Baja SAE’s marquee event.

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