News about Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies

Global Company Donates Cutting Tools to Penn College

From left, Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations at Penn College; Don Graham, manager of education and technical services for Seco Tools Inc.; and Richard K. Hendricks Jr., instructor of automated manufacturing and machining.

Pennsylvania College of Technology is one of just a dozen schools nationwide – and the only institution in the commonwealth – to receive equipment recently donated by Seco Tools Inc.

A leading global provider of metal-cutting solutions for milling, turning, holemaking and toolholding, Seco donated equipment to the college’s manufacturing programs, including a variety of Niagara Cutter-brand carbide and high-speed end mills and carbide and high-speed steel drills.

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Daniel G. Curtin Named Penn College ‘Student of the Month’

Daniel G. Curtin

Daniel G. Curtin, a manufacturing engineering technology major from Berwick, has been chosen as the February Student of the Month at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Affiliated with the Bison Battalion, the Bucknell University-based ROTC program that includes Penn College, Curtin served two years as captain of the Color Guard team and one term as president of Cadet Council. He has also participated (among other activities) in the Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency program to Thailand, the Cadet Leadership Course, Drill Cadet Leadership Training, and the Scabbard and Blade Society.

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Alcoa Supports Mechatronics Degree, Noncredit Training

Executives from Kawneer Company Inc. in Bloomsburg, part of Alcoa’s Building and Construction Systems business, present an Alcoa Foundation grant to Penn College. From left: Natalie McIntyre, human resources manager; Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations at Penn College; Sarah Moscatello, human resources generalist and grant coordinator; and Axel Heinrich, plant manager.

A $50,000 grant from Alcoa Foundation will benefit the mechatronics associate-degree major at Pennsylvania College of Technology, as well as corresponding noncredit training courses.

The recently awarded grant is earmarked for equipment and supplies to enhance student learning and understanding of industry tools, including a laser alignment system, a vibration analysis system, inspection cameras and thermal-imaging cameras.

“We are extremely grateful for the support of Alcoa Foundation,” said Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations. “The grant allows us to augment the hands-on experience that is a hallmark of a Penn College education. Thanks to Alcoa’s generosity, we can continue to grow the mechatronics major and related noncredit programming for our students.”

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New Penn College/WVIA TV Series Connects Education, Careers

Student video production assistant Kashiki E. Harrison views the website for “Working Class,” a new TV series produced by Penn College in partnership with WVIA, which will encourage viewers to make an impact by pursuing careers that reflect their personal talents and interests. Harrison, of Williamsport, and fellow student videographer Jeffrey A. Stanley, of Stewartstown, assist with the series.

Students and teachers who connect learning with real work experiences will be featured in a new series premiering this month on public television.

“Working Class” will encourage viewers to make an impact in the world by pursuing careers that reflect their personal talents and interests. The first episode in the series, which is produced by Pennsylvania College of Technology in partnership with WVIA Public Media, will premiere in Northeast Pennsylvania and the Central Susquehanna Valley on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. on WVIA.

Following the broadcast premiere, series content also will be shared via the Penn College and WVIA websites and on YouTube. Viewers also may follow the series on Facebook and Twitter.

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TV Segment Shares College’s Responsiveness to Workforce Needs

"Stay Tuned" to WVIA-TV

Penn College’s success in answering the skilled demands of industry will be featured in the next episode of WVIA-TV’s “Stay Tuned,” premiering at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21. The recurring series continues the public television station’s goal to highlight those making a difference in meeting critical community needs. “Television viewers often are bombarded with ‘What’s wrong with the world?’ news stories. WVIA’s ‘Stay Tuned’ reminds us that great people do great things every day in our region,” said Elaine J. Lambert, special assistant to the president for creative development and public relations. “It is an honor for Penn College to be featured in this episode.” Interviewed in the 10-minute segment are Tracy L. Brundage, vice president for workforce development; Kirk M. Cantor, professor of plastics technology; Christopher J. Gagliano, program manager, Thermoforming Center of Excellence; Alison A. Diehl, director, National Sustainable Structures Center; Ryan L. Newman, a former technician with the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center (who has since accepted employment in Louisiana); and students Madison T. Powell, of Linden (plastics), Eric M. Danz, of Hershey, and Kyle D. Bomboy, of Unityville (both physician assistant).

Penn College Plastics Alumnus Honored for Humanitarian Efforts

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour presented the Alumni Humanitarian Award to Jason C. Gross, ’05, plastics and polymer engineering technology, at winter commencement exercises held Dec. 19.

A plastics and polymer engineering technology graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technology has been honored for devoting his time and talent to a project enhancing access to clean water in developing countries.

Jason C. Gross, of Williston, Vermont, received the Alumni Humanitarian Award at Penn College’s winter commencement ceremonies held Dec. 19 at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport. The award is bestowed upon graduates of the institution who’ve provided distinguished community or volunteer service and presented themselves as dedicated and loyal alumni.

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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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