Last updated May 4, 2016 | Posted in Faculty & Staff, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Information Technology, Students | Leave a comment
News about Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies
In Midst of Finals Prep, IT Crowd Literally Enjoys the Ride
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.”
Penn College Team Displays Resilience at International 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.
Last updated May 4, 2016 | Posted in Automated Manufacturing & Machining, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Students | Leave a comment
Welding Project Adds Artful Decor to Campus Dining
A group of welding students volunteered alongside welding lecturer Michael K. Patterson to fashion impressive new wall art for the Keystone Dining Room. The students met between classes two days a week for two semesters to complete the artwork that was arranged by Crissy L. McGinness, director of dining services, and designed by Patterson. The silverware handles in the hanging panels reflect the styling of new chairs in the facility. “When we looked at the space, we wanted colors that were a little more industrial,” McGinness said. “I love that it was made by students.” To create the artwork, the students removed mill scale from sheets of mild steel – supplied by McGinness – and allowed them to rust in rainwater. Cutlery shapes were cut by hand, and, after freehand texture grinding added dimension, the artwork was again allowed to rust, transforming the grind marks to a golden color. “Rainwater works so well because it has so much acid in it,” Patterson said. The final step was applying a spar urethane. Among the volunteers was Kyle X. Beam, a sophomore in welding and fabrication engineering technology and a New Freedom resident. “It was a chance to hang out and do something different; to do a group project,” he said. Patterson said the work provided the volunteers “a totally different way of looking at metal.” “None of the kids have done anything like this before,” he added. The artwork was installed by General Services on April 20.
First and third photos by Amy S. Lingg, Dining Services marketing assistant
Last updated May 3, 2016 | Posted in Faculty & Staff, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Students, Welding | 2 Comments
Information Technology Student Honored in National Competition
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.
Last updated May 2, 2016 | Posted in Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Information Technology, Students | 2 Comments
Welders Pique Career Interest for Daughters, Sons
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
Last updated April 29, 2016 | Posted in Events, Faculty & Staff, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Welding | Leave a comment
Historic Number of Penn College Students Headed to Nationals
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.”
Last updated April 25, 2016 | Posted in Art, Web Design & Interactive Media, Automated Manufacturing & Machining, Automotive, Aviation, Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Building Construction, Business & Hospitality, Collision Repair & Restoration, Construction & Design Technologies, Faculty & Staff, Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning, Information Technology, Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, Students, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, Welding | 3 Comments
Robots Go Head-to-Head in Student-Hosted Competition
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
Last updated April 19, 2016 | Posted in Automated Manufacturing & Machining, Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology, Engineering Design Technology, Events, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Information Technology, Students | Leave a comment
Students Travel to Lebanon to Serve in Children’s Home
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.
Last updated April 13, 2016 | Posted in Electrical, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Students, Welding | 2 Comments
College’s Industrial Design Major Ranked in Comparative Online Study
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.
Last updated April 12, 2016 | Posted in Engineering Design Technology, General Information, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies | Leave a comment
Scholarship Established in Memory of 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.”
Last updated April 7, 2016 | Posted in Alumni, Automated Manufacturing & Machining, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Institutional Advancement, Scholarships | Leave a comment
Penn College Team Primed for International Competition
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.
Last updated April 5, 2016 | Posted in Automated Manufacturing & Machining, Engineering Design Technology, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Students | Leave a comment
Father’s Industry Insights Help Lead Texan to Penn College
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.’”
Last updated March 17, 2016 | Posted in Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Students, Welding | Leave a comment
Alumni Sweethearts Feted on Penn College Campus
Pennsylvania College of Technology’s 2016 Alumni Sweethearts, Timothy D. and Whitnie-rae (Mays) Haldeman, visited campus recently to stay overnight in the Victorian House and dine in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.
The Haldemans, of Hanover, won the fifth annual Alumni Sweethearts contest conducted on Alumni Relations’ Facebook page. Of the 14 couples vying for the honor, the Haldemans received the most votes (or “likes”) – 531 – for their photograph taken on the college’s Victorian House lawn on their wedding day, May 16, 2015.
Last updated March 14, 2016 | Posted in Alumni, Art, Web Design & Interactive Media, Automated Manufacturing & Machining, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications | Leave a comment
Alumnus Establishes Penn College Scholarship
An alumnus of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s forerunner is supporting the future of the school with a new scholarship.
Paul and Erika Sykes, of Royal Oak, Michigan, have established a scholarship through a bequest in their will. The scholarship will benefit graduates of Williamsport Area High School who enroll at Penn College.
Paul Sykes is a 1988 graduate of the former Williamsport Area Community College, where he earned an associate degree in electronics technology.
Last updated March 14, 2016 | Posted in Alumni, Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Institutional Advancement, Scholarships | Leave a comment
March 30 Awards Banquet Awaits Premier Student Welders
The annual American Welding Society Section 105 welding contest, a competition for both high school and postsecondary students, was held last week in Penn College’s Avco Metal Trades Center. There are three high school welding programs within the boundaries of AWS Section 105. each of which have 18 to 20 students in their respective programs. The instructors hold in-house contests to winnow their students to six to bring to the college the day of the contest. The top six place-winners are invited to a dinner March 30 in the Thompson Professional Development Center, where they will find where they placed and receive prizes. The college program started with around 100 students who competed in individual classes, where they were eliminated to four students per section or 24 total students. The top six college students will also be invited to the awards dinner, which will also be attended by the AWS president.
Photos by Zachery T. Kane, student photographer
Last updated March 3, 2016 | Posted in Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Students, Welding | Leave a comment