News: Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies

The Power of an Ally: Academic Mentors Provide Another Resource for Success

Joshua I. Bobenrieth meets with his academic mentor, Karen E. Wright, a graduation assistant in the Registrar's Office.

Joshua I. Bobenrieth meets with his academic mentor, Karen E. Wright, a graduation assistant in the Registrar’s Office.

Human services student Stacey L. French, right, praises the support of her mentor Katie L. Mackey, coordinator of commuter services, who encouraged her when she could just as easily given up.

Human services student Stacey L. French, right, praises the support of her mentor Katie L. Mackey, coordinator of commuter services, who encouraged her when she could just as easily given up.

A student faced with leaving school remains, thanks in large part to an academic mentor who went the extra mile to seek help from other staff. Academic mentors are Penn College employees who volunteer to meet regularly with students who seek guidance and moral support. Read the full story in the Fall 2014 One College Avenue.

Rotational Molding Workshop Draws Worldwide Participants

Margie Chappell, of Elkamet, East Flat Rock, North Carolina, takes a photo of a powder classifier as Brock Snyder, of Akro-Plastics in Kent, Ohio, and Shelby Fischer, a PIRC research assistant and plastics and polymer technology major, observe.

With assistance from the Association of Rotational Molders, the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology attracted a record number of participants for its sixth annual Hands-On Rotational Molding Workshop.

The recent event brought five students and 40 plastics professionals to campus, representing 14 states, as well as Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, Mexico and Saudi Arabia.

“It was quite satisfying to serve such a diverse group of individuals for this year’s workshop,” said Gary E. McQuay, PIRC engineering manager. “ARM was instrumental in promoting the workshop and providing discounts to those who registered on its website. Attracting a growing number of professionals is a testament to ARM’s commitment, the quality of the workshop and the outstanding facilities at Penn College.”

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Voice Actor/Musician Joins Roster of ‘Wildcat Comic Con’ Talent

Eric Stuart

Eric Stuart, who has voiced characters for such hit shows as “Pokémon” and “Yu-Gi-Oh!” and toured with rock legends including Peter Frampton and Ringo Starr, will be among the industry luminaries at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Sept. 27 Wildcat Comic Con.

A frequent VIP at such events due to his high-profile resume, the Brooklyn, New York-born Stuart is nonetheless grounded and humbled by his success.

“For every ‘Pokémon’ I have worked on, there are 25 shows that never went anywhere,” he said. “To be a big part of pop culture is amazing. Hearing fans say, ‘You are the voice of my childhood’ means more to me than you know. When your show is known by 5-year-olds and grandparents alike, you know you’re doing something right.”

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Penn College Professor Visits Chinese Manufacturing Facility

Inside the Chinese facility making the Zeepro 3D printer, a worker positions part of a cell-phone case in a precision milling and engraving machine.

Manufacturing students at Pennsylvania College of Technology will be exposed to international insights this fall, thanks to the unique summer travels of one of their professors.

Eric K. Albert, associate professor of automated manufacturing and machining, recently returned from China where he toured a midsized manufacturing facility for Zeepro Inc., a company producing consumer market 3-D printers.

“The Chinese facility had machines similar to the ones in our own manual and automated manufacturing labs,” Albert said. “I got a fantastic look at the level of technology and processes they were using to make finished goods. I was given permission to photograph the entire plant, including their manufacturing lines. Those photos alone will be valuable for class use.”

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Now Showing: ‘SMART Girls in 3-D’
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Three SMART (and pleasant) Girls pause during preparation of their Monarch Butterfly display ...

The “mock” trade show that ended this week’s four-and-a-half-day SMART Girls session proved to be the real deal, indeed, offering display after display by young women who showed as much heart as they did skill. The rising ninth- to 11th-graders from across Pennsylvania used three-dimensional technology to create projects on behalf of causes near and dear to them, then presented their finished work to the Penn College community Thursday morning. Chosen by attendees as the top presenters were First Place: Monarch Butterfly (Tori May, McCartney Register and Rebecca Piergallini, Keystone Central School District); Second Place: BeeKeeper (Hanna Yu, State College Area School District, and Carlisle’s Anna Lippert and Grace Echevarria); Third Place: Polar Bears (Lauren Clay and Violet Burbank, Carlisle Area School District, and Mikhayla Browne, Midd-West Area School District).

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‘Digital Futures Camp’ Offers Fun and Games … With Purpose

Campers design logos in the Mac lab.

Campers design logos in the Mac lab.

Participants get game-creation guidance from Spyke M. Krepshaw, instructor of computer information technology, and Anita R. Wood, assistant professor of computer information technology ...

Participants get game-creation guidance from Spyke M. Krepshaw, instructor of computer information technology, and Anita R. Wood, assistant professor of computer information technology …

... and Adobe Illustrator pointers from Nicholas L. Stephenson, graphic design instructor.

… and Adobe Illustrator pointers from Nicholas L. Stephenson, graphic design instructor.

Already a tradition after only three years: the donning of camp T-shirts for an "official" group photo

Already a tradition after only three years: the donning of camp T-shirts for an “official” group photo

College's abundance of technology showcased during lab-based workshops

College’s abundance of technology showcased during lab-based workshops

Penn College’s third annual “Designing a Digital Future Camp” introduced dozens of high school students to an enticing two-day menu of career-based workshops this week. The campers – rising sophomores, juniors and seniors – learned about employment opportunities during eight sessions (four each) in gaming and web and interactive media; developed personal computer games and mobile applications; networked with faculty, staff and students; and got a slice of campus life during an overnight stay in college housing. The event, which has attracted capacity crowds since its debut in 2012, culminated in a gaming tournament Wednesday afternoon.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

SMART Girls ‘Dream It – Design It – Do It’ in 3-D Summer of Exploration

Eric K. Albert, associate professor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing, leads participants (who come from a wide variety of Pennsylvania counties) through an "Innovation Station: Product Design" session.

Eric K. Albert, associate professor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing, leads participants (who come from a wide variety of Pennsylvania counties) through an “Innovation Station: Product Design” session.

Intently tending to the project at hand

Intently tending to the project at hand

SMART Girls wave from the Hiawatha riverboat.

SMART Girls wave from the Hiawatha riverboat.

Pizza in the park!

Pizza in the park!

Relaxing on the riverside

Relaxing on the riverside

The summer edition of Penn College’s popular SMART (Science & Math Applications in Real-World Technologies) Girls program gave each participating ninth- through 11th-grader an opportunity to experience the art of 3D printing from beginning to end. The girls worked in teams to design and print their 3-D creations, which will be displayed at a public event Thursday morning. Members of the campus community are invited to attend the mock trade show to be held from 10-11 a.m. in Room 157 of College Avenue Labs, which culminates the weeklong residential program coordinated by Outreach for K-12 and aided by corporate donations through the state’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit program. In addition to the project-based learning exercise, the SMART Girls learned about career, economic and workforce development … and had more than a little fun in the bargain.
Photos by Cindy D. Meixel, writer/photo editor, and Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Manufacturing Students Excel at International Baja Competition

Benjamin D. Lopatofsky, a manufacturing engineering technology major from Williamsport, navigates the college's car during the four-hour endurance race at Baja SAE-Kansas. He and his teammates came in third, the highest finish Penn College has recorded in the marquee event at the Baja SAE competition.

Pennsylvania College of Technology manufacturing students were driven to succeed at a recent international showcase simulating real-world engineering. The Penn College contingent placed third out of nearly 100 teams in the marquee event at Baja SAE in Pittsburg, Kansas.

The Society of Automotive Engineers competition required students to design and build off-road cars to be tested in various categories. Penn College met the challenge in the four-hour endurance race. The students’ dune buggy-like vehicle completed 52 laps over a rugged 1.5-mile course to finish third, the highest ranking in the college’s nine-year history at the event.

“I am very proud of this group of students for their hard work and dedication in accomplishing this result, as well as their contribution to the overall reputation, standing and prestige of Penn College,” said John G. Upcraft, instructor of automated manufacturing and machining and the students’ adviser.

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Mirroring Their Hosts, Career Day Visitors Learn by Doing

After learning about construction materials, students from Milton Area Middle School explore Penn College student projects.

After learning about construction materials, students from Milton Area Middle School explore Penn College student projects.

Michael K. Patterson, welding lecturer, talks about his career path from a high school student who attended a Career Day to a National Science Foundation welder in Antarctica to a metalwork artist and entrepreneur.

Michael K. Patterson, welding lecturer, talks about his career path from a high school student who attended a Career Day to a National Science Foundation welder in Antarctica to a metalwork artist and entrepreneur.

Students apply mortar to fabricated stone in the Construction Masonry Building.

Students apply mortar to fabricated stone in the Construction Masonry Building.

Students use operating-room tools in surgical technology.

Students use operating-room tools in surgical technology.

Students practice game programming with Microsoft Kodu.

Students practice game programming with Microsoft Kodu.

More than 900 middle schoolers and their chaperones visited main campus Monday, attending faculty-led sessions in many Penn College majors, all to give them a taste of career options. The event, which attracted eight school districts, was coordinated by the college’s Outreach for K-12 Office.

Saving History: Alumnus Preserves Yesterday’s Workmanship

At the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building, Erdly’s company determined where water was entering the building then implemented the pilot phase of repairs.

At the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building, Erdly’s company determined where water was entering the building then implemented the pilot phase of repairs.

Jeff Erdly, '72

Jeff Erdly, ’72

Jeff Erdly inspects exterior walls on Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Bush Campus Center.

Jeff Erdly inspects exterior walls on Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Bush Campus Center.

From the Spring 2014 One College Avenue: Alumnus Jeff Erdly, ’72, knows how a building breathes, how it ages and how to keep it viable for future generations. He’s used that knowledge on some of the East Coast’s most stately structures.

Penn College Senior Manufactures Forging Hammer

Daniel J. Ravizza, of Honesdale, with the half-ton forging hammer he built for his senior project at Penn College.

Daniel J. Ravizza wanted to “stretch” himself for his senior project. The Pennsylvania College of Technology student recently met that noble goal by manufacturing a forging hammer, a machine that forms and shapes metal.

“It’s been in the back of my mind to do this for a number of years. Since I wasn’t working full time, I had the time to devote to this and try to do something more involved,” said Ravizza, of Honesdale. “It was a big challenge.”

Designing and building the 1,000-pound machine over three semesters fulfilled the requirements for Ravizza’s third Penn College degree. He’ll receive a Bachelor of Science in manufacturing engineering technology at Spring Commencement. In 2007, Ravizza earned associate degrees in automated manufacturing technology and toolmaking technology.

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Promising Job Outlook Awaits Well-Equipped Penn College Grads

Pennsylvania College of Technology will potentially send more than 900 new employees into the job market this month, and the new graduates are poised for success with their workforce-ready skills and specialties.

“Demand for Penn College graduates remains high,” said Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost. “Programs across campus are reporting graduates accepting employment offers at a rapid pace.”

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Penn College Students Earn Industry Certifications

Penn College students show their industry certifications for computer aided drafting and design software programs. Front row, from left: Jesse C. Hulien, of Hughesville; Kyle T. Potts, of Colver; Meriah B. Port, of Bellefonte, Shannon R. Knarr, of Trevorton; and Aaron C. Smith, of Ulster. Back row, from right: Rory J. Moon, of Knoxville; Ian M. Dorman, of Mill Hall; Angela J. Bolinger, of Galena, Md.; Kevin G. Kearney, of Lebanon; and Elias W. Diehl, of Newville.

Numerous engineering design technology students at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently augmented their studies by obtaining industry certifications for computer aided drafting and design software programs.

Students passed professional certification exams for AutoCAD 2014, Autodesk Inventor 2014 and SolidWorks. The three industry-standard software programs facilitate two-dimensional and three-dimensional drafting and design work. All of the exams required the students to demonstrate their expertise of the software.

“As the exam results started coming in, I was very pleased,” said J.D. Mather, assistant professor of engineering design technology at Penn College. “In the past, we would always have a few students successfully complete these rigorous exams, but this year the number of certifications earned by the students is impressive. It serves as an external validation that the curriculum changes made in the past year are resulting in verifiable, measurable positive outcomes for our students.”

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Retired Faculty Member Establishes Two Endowed Scholarships

Chalmer Van Horn (left) with his final engineering drafting student, William P. Woodley, in 1991

Chalmer Van Horn, a retired faculty member who taught engineering drafting for nearly three decades at Pennsylvania College of Technology and its two predecessor institutions, has endowed two scholarships at the college, including one that honors the memory of his wife of 56 years, Ruth Ann.

The Ruth Ann Van Horn Nursing Scholarship gives preference to full-time students who are enrolled in the practical nursing major, are prior recipients and are enrolled to earn their registered nursing or Bachelor of Science nursing degrees.

Ruth Ann Van Horn received a registered nursing degree from the Williamsport Hospital School of Nursing in 1953 and worked in the emergency room at Muncy Valley Hospital from 1956 until the late 1960s, when she left nursing due to ill health.

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IT Students Win Competition at Network Security Conference

Penn College information technology students work on their laptops at the recent Security B-Sides Rochester Conference. From left, are Donald E. McCoy, Watsontown; Madelyn M. Lanoue, Dallastown; Barry A. Fedon, Nazareth; Joseph W. Bourgart, Warrington; Vitali Coroban, Ashburn, Va.; and Benjamin S. Welch, State College. (Photo by team member Charles S. Austin, Pottstown)

Information technology students from Pennsylvania College of Technology distinguished themselves once again at a recent network security conference in Rochester, N.Y.

For the second consecutive year, students from Penn College’s School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies won the Hacker Battleship competition at the Security B-Sides Rochester Conference. The annual event features presentations from security industry experts and ethical “hacking” challenges to foster skill development in tomorrow’s IT leaders.

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