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

Visiting East Lycoming School District students hear from the college's Timothy E. Weston, associate professor of plastics & polymer technology and department head,

The guests learn how a recreational mainstay is manufactured by injection molding.

The impressive machinery in the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center's Thermoforming Center of Excellence is demonstrated by program manager Christopher J. Gagliano (left).

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

Cisco Academy Hosts Alumnus’ Presentation

Daniel J. Clarke, among the Penn College alumni who frequently (and magnanimously) return to campus for current students' benefit

PowerPoint slides depict a global explosion of information and the technology needed to manage it, creating a need for careers beyond imagination.

Clarke's return visit, one of many he has made since his 2007 graduation, was organized by faculty member Jeff Weaver (left).

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

Students Back to the Drawing ‘Gourd’ for Virtual Carving Contest

The Penn College seal and a nod to his major are included in Jared T. Burrey's winning design ...

... while Alisha A. Ortiz took a more seasonal tack.

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.
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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.

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‘Haunted Welding Lab’ Turns On Friday Night Frights

Welding lab becomes Halloween haunt

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.

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.”

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Website Charts Welding Major’s Course From Elective to Career

Stephanie M. Puckly

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.

Number of ‘Tech Scholars’ Grows at Penn College

Penn College Tech Scholars include (from left): Logan T. Beidleman, Hope Mills, N.C.; Nicholas C. Moore, Lock Haven; Kelsey L. Shaak, Quakertown; Brandon A. Biesecker, Waynesboro; Connor L. Winslow, Blanchard; Christopher R. Zimpelman, Reading; Alexander M. Barlow, Hanover; Ethan M. Yoder, Denver; and Colton A. Laughman, New Oxford. Not pictured: Rylee A. Butler, Bellefonte; Margot S. Rinehart, Downingtown; and Thomas P. Tyler, Vienna, Md. (Photo by David S. Richards, professor of physics)

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.

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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.”

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Federal Reserve Bank President Holds Briefing at Penn College

Instructor John M. Good leads a tour of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s automated manufacturing lab for a group that includes Patrick T. Harker, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. From left are Good; Erica R. Mulberger (hidden), executive director of the Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corp.; Shannon M. Munro, executive director of Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Penn College; Tracy L. Brundage, the college’s vice president of workforce development; Noelle S. Baldini, Federal Reserve community engagement associate; Harker; Elizabeth H. Lockwood (also hidden), SEDA-COG project development/grants manager and regional coordinator for Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance; and Theresa Y. Singleton, Federal Reserve vice president and community affairs officer.

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.

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Alum’s Senior Project Featured in Plastics Journal

Bryan T. Robinson

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.

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Living-Learning Community Makes Time for Leisure, Too

First-year IT students bond with faculty, one another at Hooplas.

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.

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.”

Explore Penn College’s ‘Degrees That Work’ at Oct. 25 Open House

Penn College’s Oct. 25 Open House provides an ideal opportunity to explore “degrees that work.”

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.

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