News about Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies

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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Information Technology Student Honored in National Competition

Sebastian J. Peipher

A Pennsylvania College of Technology student earned first-runner-up honors in a national competition sponsored by COMMON, the world’s largest professional association of IBM technology users.

Sebastian J. Peipher, an information technology: network specialist concentration major from Middleburg, received the accolade for his submission in COMMON’s recent Student Innovation Award contest, geared to undergraduate and graduate students concentrating on information systems, enterprise computing, computing science or information technology.

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Welders Pique Career Interest for Daughters, Sons

Michael K. Patterson shows how the heat of a torch can change the color of metal.

Future Wildcats, perhaps?

Matt W. Nolan offers a mini-primer in Metal Inert Gas welding.

Forty young men and women, potential Penn College students all, participated in Thursday’s 23rd annual “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.” This year’s national theme was “Sparking ‘Aha!’ Moments,” and what better venue for cultivating a sense of working-world wonderment than the college’s welding labs? Four faculty members – Jacob B. Holland, Matt W. Nolan, Michael K. Patterson and Timothy S. Turnbach – and students in the Avco Lycoming Metal Trades Center led visitors in career-focused activities through demonstrations of various welding processes. The daylong event (financially supported by the President’s Office and organized with the help of David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies) also included a campus tour with Student Ambassadors, lunch in Dauphin Hall and afternoon job-shadowing with parents and other adult mentors. Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost, welcomed the group; others assisting in the day were Dining Services, Information Technology Services, and the Admissions, Professional Development, and Public Relations & Marketing offices.
Photos by Tina R. Strayer, on-boarding/professional development manager

Historic Number of Penn College Students Headed to Nationals

SkillsUSA Pennsylvania

Seventeen first-place winners from Pennsylvania College of Technology have advanced to the 52nd annual National SkillsUSA Conference, to be held from June 20-24 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Three other students finished in the top four places in their respective categories during the SkillsUSA Pennsylvania Leadership and Skills Conference held earlier this month in Hershey.

“I feel great about the students’ performance at the state competition. It goes to show how well-prepared the students are from their respective fields and how great our instructors are here at the college,” said James N. Colton II, assistant professor of welding and the college’s SkillsUSA adviser. “This is, by far, the most diverse group of students I’ve had go to the competition. The national competition gives us a chance to showcase our technical skills and show everyone why we’re a leader in applied technology. I hope next year we can increase the number going to nationals and continue to make the college proud.”

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Robots Go Head-to-Head in Student-Hosted Competition

Attending to details are William C. Hayden, of Greensburg, an engineering design technology major ...

,,, and Alexander J. Horne, a manufacturing engineering technology student from West Chester.

'bots ready for battle

Assembled in College Avenue Labs are (foreground, from left) Matthew A. Semmel, of Palmerton, engineering design technology; Kaylee R. Tressler, of Howard, electronics and computer engineering technology; Brandon T. Russell, of Nottingham, engineering design technology; and Timothy R. Thompson, Stephens City, Va., electronics and computer engineering technology. At rear is Michael E. Zalatan, an information technology: network specialist concentration major from Center Valley.

Sparks fly in the competitive arena.

The Student Wildcats of Robotic Design, a revitalized campus organization centered in Penn College’s School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, hosted a robotics competition in College Avenue Labs earlier this month. About a dozen robots, built by students from S.W.O.R.D. and members of the community, were entered in the head-to-head “Wildcat Battle of the Bots.” S.W.O.R.D., which secretary Briana L. Sheehan said looks forward to growing as a club after a period of inactivity, is open to all Penn College students. No experience with engineering or robot-building is required, noted the club officer, an engineering CAD technology student from Windber.
Photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer

Students Travel to Lebanon to Serve in Children’s Home

Penn College students George Settle III, of Dillsburg, second from left, and Tyler D. Hodge, of Gillett, standing third from left, interact with residents and staff of Home of Hope, near Beirut, Lebanon. At right is Noah George, a missionary who supervised the students.

During their Winter Break, a pair of Pennsylvania College of Technology students traveled to Lebanon, where they spent two weeks volunteering at a children’s home near Beirut.

George Settle III, a student in the welding and fabrication engineering technology major, and Tyler D. Hodge, who is studying building automation technology, stayed, worked and played at Home of Hope in the village of Kehale, Lebanon, about 10 miles from Beirut. The home provides shelter, education, socialization and recreation for street children, many who have been abused or abandoned.

While there, Settle, who hails from Dillsburg, used his welding know-how in the home’s shop, where he worked with a few of the boys to build two steel picnic tables and four steel-framed dining-room tables, along with some smaller projects.

Hodge, a resident of Gillett, spent much of his time helping to clean and organize donations received during the Christmas season.

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College’s Industrial Design Major Ranked in Comparative Online Study

College Values Online

Penn College’s industrial design major has been identified as one of the field’s top-valued undergraduate offerings in the country. The ranking by College Values Online considered tuition, financial aid and return on investment, as well as the number of minors, concentrations or areas of emphases offered. The college was ranked 20th on a list of 30 institutions, culled from the more than 60 schools that were evaluated. College Values Online’s mission is to provide assistance in selecting the best college for each individual situation through rankings of schools and various degree programs, in addition to information on numerous career options from a value perspective. The major – among the bachelor’s degrees within the college’s School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies – is the first (and only) of its kind in Pennsylvania.

Scholarship Established in Memory of Joseph E. Logue

Joseph E. Logue

An alumnus of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s predecessor institution will be memorialized through an endowed scholarship established by his mother.

The Joseph E. Logue Memorial Scholarship, initiated by Elizabeth Stark Logue, will benefit students who are enrolled full time in the college’s four-year manufacturing engineering technology major or the two-year majors of automated manufacturing technology or machine tool technology. Logue, who died in May 2015, was a 1983 graduate of Williamsport Area Community College’s machinist general program.

“Joe really enjoyed his college classes and never complained like he did when he was in high school, especially about his homework,” his mother said. “He learned a lot in college because he really enjoyed his trade.”

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Penn College Team Primed for International Competition

Nathan M. Eckstein, a manufacturing engineering technology major from Cambridge Springs, practices driving the Penn College car that will compete in Baja SAE Tennessee Tech.

A dozen dedicated Pennsylvania College of Technology students are driven to succeed at Baja SAE Tennessee Tech. The students are aiming for a stellar showing at the demanding Society of Automotive Engineers competition, featuring 100 collegiate teams from throughout the United States and four other countries.

As members of the college’s Baja SAE Club, the students, all in manufacturing-related majors, have been preparing since the fall semester for the April 14-17 competition in Cookeville, Tennessee. The event tasks teams with designing and building a single-seat, off-road vehicle to complete various performance tests.

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Father’s Industry Insights Help Lead Texan to Penn College

Stone Skinkle-Howard in the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies welding lab ...

The first time Stone Skinkle-Howard set foot on Pennsylvania College of Technology’s campus, the Texan didn’t think to bring a coat. The unforgiving temperatures on that brisk March day in 2014 made him regret the oversight but not the visit. The prospective welding student quickly discovered that the college met his high expectations.

Those expectations were formed 1,500 miles from Williamsport in Missouri City, Texas, by his father, Michael Skinkle, a welding engineer at Fluor Corp., a global engineering, procurement and construction company. His dad made Skinkle-Howard consider Penn College and its bachelor’s degree in welding and fabrication engineering technology.

“People my dad has worked with speak very highly of Penn College,” Skinkle-Howard said. “That’s what made him say, ‘Check it out.’”

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