Last updated November 25, 2015 | Posted in Faculty & Staff, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Plastics & Polymer | Leave a comment
News about Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies
PCN Segment Set to Include Member of Plastics Faculty
Tim Weston, associate professor of plastics and polymer technology, is scheduled to be one of the guests on “PMA Perspective” at 5:30 p.m. Sunday on PCN, the Pennsylvania Cable Network. “PMA Perspective” is produced by the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association and examines business, government and politics. Weston is slated to be interviewed regarding the plastics industry’s connection to hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale. Check local listings for PCN’s channel designation on your cable system.
Hughesville High Schoolers Visit College Plastics Labs
A group of 34 engineering-minded students from Hughesville High School visited the campus’ plastics laboratories Wednesday morning in a tour arranged by Anne K. Soucy, assistant professor of plastics technology and liaison to the Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program. Students representing grades nine through 12 were able to tour the college’s thermoforming, blow molding, extrusion, rotational molding and injection molding labs, where Penn College students provided demonstrations of the equipment.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer
Last updated November 20, 2015 | Posted in General Information, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Plastics & Polymer | One Comment
Cisco Academy Hosts Alumnus’ Presentation
Daniel J. Clarke, a systems engineer for Cisco Systems who earned four information technology degrees from Penn College in 2007, returned Thursday to share his knowledge on “the Internet of Things” and provide tips on how to be successful in the information technology field. Clarke’s real-world insight, shared in a Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center classroom, was facilitated by Jeff Weaver, associate professor of electronics. Penn College is a Cisco Networking Academy that offers classes to prepare students for Cisco Certified Network Associate. For more information about Cisco certifications or how to schedule for a class, stop by Weaver’s office (Center for Business & Workforce Development, Room 156), or contact him at 326-3761, ext. 7702, or by e-mail.
Photos by Becky J. Shaner, alumni relations specialist
Last updated November 20, 2015 | Posted in Alumni, Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Information Technology, Students | Leave a comment
Students Back to the Drawing ‘Gourd’ for Virtual Carving Contest
More than 50 first-year students in Penn College’s engineering design technology major employed their 3-D computer skills for virtual pumpkin-carving during a recent Halloween contest. “This is the second year for the contest and, again, a good time was had by all!” said Katherine A. Walker, assistant professor of engineering design technology. “Students have been practicing skills that might be helpful in the competition, but more importantly, the 3-D parametric modeling skills they apply to the pumpkin will help them with challenging designs they may encounter in industry. The friendly competition helps motivate students to research and practice techniques they might otherwise brush over.” Students in Walker’s afternoon class, along with two additional sections taught by J.D. Mather, assistant professor of engineering design technology, and Craig A. Miller, instructor of engineering design technology, participated in the event. First-place winners were Thomas A. D’Arcy, of Mechanicsburg; Jared T. Burrey, of Lancaster; and Alisha A. Ortiz, of Linden, New Jersey. School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies administrators – David R. Cotner, dean, and assistant deans Stacey C. Hampton and Bradley M. Webb – served as judges.
Last updated November 12, 2015 | Posted in Engineering Design Technology, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Students | One Comment
Alumnus Endows a ‘Sweet’ Scholarship for Major
The past president of the nation’s largest independent honey company and his wife have endowed a scholarship for machining students at Pennsylvania College of Technology.
The Kitt and Bill Gamber Scholarship will benefit full-time students enrolled in the college’s machine tool technology associate-degree major. Typical careers for graduates of the program include toolmaker, machinist, CNC (Computer Numerical Control) technician, production technician and manufacturing assistant.
Gamber graduated from Penn College predecessor Williamsport Technical Institute in 1959 with a certificate in tool making. Married for more than 50 years, Gamber and his wife, Kitt, have two children and seven grandsons.
Last updated October 30, 2015 | Posted in Alumni, Automated Manufacturing & Machining, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Institutional Advancement, Scholarships | Leave a comment
‘Haunted Welding Lab’ Turns On Friday Night Frights
Arc Asylum, a “haunted” Halloween attraction, will be held from 7-10 p.m. Friday in the welding lab (Room A132 of the Avco-Lycoming Metal Trades Center). Admission is $5 per person, and at least one person in each group of six must have a valid Penn College ID. Family and friends are welcome; there is a parental advisory for children 12 and younger.
Last updated October 28, 2015 | Posted in Events, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Welding | Leave a comment
Plastics Students Benefit From Industry Conference Experience
Nine Pennsylvania College of Technology plastics students recently enhanced their education at the Society of Plastics Engineers 31st Annual Blow Molding Conference in Pittsburgh.
The students, all seeking a bachelor’s degree in plastics & polymer engineering technology, attended several technical presentations related to blow molding and engaged in networking opportunities during the three-day event.
“Our students gained an even greater understanding of the blow molding industry,” said Tom J. Van Pernis, instructor of plastics technology. “The technical presentations provided insights to areas not necessarily covered in our curriculum. Networking was also an important aspect. Students handed out resumes and business cards. Companies are extremely interested in interns and graduates from Penn College.”
Last updated October 28, 2015 | Posted in Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Plastics & Polymer, Students | Leave a comment
Website Charts Welding Major’s Course From Elective to Career
The latest post by the CEO and founder of Smart College Visit features Stephanie M. Puckly, who has found a “perfect fit” in Penn College’s welding and fabrication engineering technology major. “For a girl who originally had her sight set on becoming a doctor, the combination of hands-on learning in the lab and rigorous coursework in math and science was exactly what she sought and expected from her college experience,” writes Z. Kelly Queijo, who visited campus in July. Puckly, of Spartansburg, is expected to graduate in 2017 from the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies.
Last updated October 27, 2015 | Posted in Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Students, Welding | Leave a comment
Number of ‘Tech Scholars’ Grows at Penn College
With support from the National Science Foundation, the number of Tech Scholars at Pennsylvania College of Technology continues to grow. Eight new students in STEM majors have been awarded scholarships of up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of four years.
Those students join four returning scholarship recipients from 2014, the first year of a five-year grant designed to increase retention, degree completion and career preparation for students in the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies.
Last updated October 23, 2015 | Posted in Automated Manufacturing & Machining, Electrical, Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology, Engineering Design Technology, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Information Technology, Plastics & Polymer, Students, Welding | Leave a comment
Penn College Adds Coursework in Innovation Leadership
Pennsylvania College of Technology recently launched a program in innovation leadership that is designed to teach systematic steps to stimulate – then implement – effective new ideas, enabling graduates to lead change within their industries, careers, communities and personal lives.
Appropriate to any field, the concepts taught in the innovation leadership curriculum are based on the continuous-improvement principles of W. Edwards Deming, who is credited with helping to rebuild Japan’s economy after World War II. Deming taught that in order for companies to remain competitive, they must develop a practice of never-ending innovation to meet customers’ evolving needs and tastes. The concepts were refined into a system by corporate innovator Doug Hall, founder and CEO of the Eureka! Ranch.
“I can picture students graduating and setting the world on fire,” said Bill Mack, special assistant to the provost. “They have the technical skills they’re being hired for, but now they’ll also have innovation skills to help companies to apply those techniques to develop new processes.”
Last updated October 22, 2015 | Posted in General Information, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Workforce Development & Continuing Education | Leave a comment
Federal Reserve Bank President Holds Briefing at Penn College
The new president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia traveled with his team to Pennsylvania College of Technology for a special-invitation Community Development Briefing on Oct. 14.
Patrick T. Harker has held the position since July 2015 and is touring the Federal Reserve Bank’s region (which includes Lycoming County) to learn about the area and to understand the opportunities and constraints related to workforce, housing and energy.
Last updated October 22, 2015 | Posted in Automated Manufacturing & Machining, Events, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Workforce Development & Continuing Education | Leave a comment
Alum’s Senior Project Featured in Plastics Journal
The current issue of a prominent plastics-industry trade journal features the work of a recent Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate.
Thermoforming Quarterly, a journal of the thermoforming division of the Society of Plastics Engineers, devotes six pages to the senior project of Bryan T. Robinson, of Gilbertsville, a 2015 plastics & polymer engineering technology graduate.
Last updated October 22, 2015 | Posted in Alumni, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Plastics & Polymer | Leave a comment
Living-Learning Community Makes Time for Leisure, Too
The Information Technology Living-Learning Community recently enjoyed a night of recreation and relaxation at Hooplas Family Fun & Grill in Muncy Township, where 17 students and four faculty members gathered to play miniature golf. “It was an awesome opportunity for first-year students to be with some of the IT teachers outside of the classroom,” said Ryan Monteleone, of Stevens, an information assurance and cyber security major and LLC mentor who provided the photo. “This also gave the new students the chance to meet other new students, all while having some fun.” The group is planning a paintball trip on Oct. 11, open to students from all of Penn College’s Living-Learning Communities – themed housing arrangements for first-year residents in automotive, health sciences, hospitality and IT majors.
Last updated October 5, 2015 | Posted in Faculty & Staff, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Information Technology, Students | Leave a comment
Every Day Is Manufacturing Day at Penn College
In honor of National Manufacturing Day, Penn College invited innovative companies Gilson Boards and Pneu-Dart to campus to interact with students, faculty and staff on Friday. The companies fit right in at the college, which features a number of manufacturing-related degrees and a new innovation leadership minor … although many potential students and their parents aren’t aware of the natural connection. “I think the perception of manufacturing still to a great length is that it’s dark, dirty, low-paying, expendable positions that you don’t need a lot of background, experience or training for,” says David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies, in a video added to the college’s YouTube channel. “And that’s really just not accurate.”
Last updated October 2, 2015 | Posted in Automated Manufacturing & Machining, Events, Faculty & Staff, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Plastics & Polymer, President, Students | Leave a comment
Explore Penn College’s ‘Degrees That Work’ at Oct. 25 Open House
The distinctive, hands-on academic programs offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology, a national leader in applied technology education, will be highlighted at Open House on Sunday, Oct. 25.
Held twice a year, Open House at Penn College provides prospective students and their families an opportunity to sample campus life and learn about 100-plus bachelor’s and associate degrees and certificates.
Last updated October 2, 2015 | Posted in Admissions, Business & Hospitality, Construction & Design Technologies, Events, Faculty & Staff, Health Sciences, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, President, Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, Students, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies | Leave a comment