Last updated May 4, 2016 | Posted in Automated Manufacturing & Machining, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Students | Leave a comment
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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.
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
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
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
Global Company Donates Cutting Tools to Penn College
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.
Last updated February 12, 2016 | Posted in Automated Manufacturing & Machining, General Information, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Institutional Advancement | Leave a comment
Daniel G. Curtin Named Penn College ‘Student of the Month’
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.
Last updated February 10, 2016 | Posted in Automated Manufacturing & Machining, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Students | Leave a comment
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.
Last updated October 30, 2015 | Posted in Alumni, Automated Manufacturing & Machining, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Institutional Advancement, Scholarships |
Number of ‘Tech Scholars’ Grows at Penn College
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.
Last updated October 23, 2015 | Posted in Automated Manufacturing & Machining, Electrical, Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology, Engineering Design Technology, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Information Technology, Plastics & Polymer, Students, Welding |
Federal Reserve Bank President Holds Briefing at Penn College
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.
Last updated October 22, 2015 | Posted in Automated Manufacturing & Machining, Events, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Workforce Development & Continuing Education |
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.”
Last updated October 2, 2015 | Posted in Automated Manufacturing & Machining, Events, Faculty & Staff, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Plastics & Polymer, President, Students |
State Legislator Gets to Know Penn College During Campus Visit
State Sen. Elder Vogel Jr., whose 47th District encompasses Lawrence County and parts of Beaver and Butler counties, got acquainted with Penn College during a tour of main campus Wednesday afternoon. A legislator since 2009, Vogel chairs the Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee, and is a member of the Appropriations, Banking & Insurance, Communications & Technology, Environmental Resources & Energy, Local Government, and Majority Policy committees. Accompanied by state Sen. Gene Yaw (chairman of the college’s board of directors) and members of the administration, among others, Vogel got a close look at instructional areas for welding, automated manufacturing, collision repair, automotive restoration, and mechatronics. He also visited a natural gas wellhead used by ShaleNET U.S. in the Center for Business & Workforce Development.
Last updated September 23, 2015 | Posted in Automated Manufacturing & Machining, Collision Repair & Restoration, General Information, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Marcellus Shale, ShaleNET, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, Welding, Workforce Development & Continuing Education |
DCED Gets Firsthand Look at College’s Responsiveness to Industry
Representatives of Pennsylvania’s Department of Community & Economic Development toured several areas of Penn College’s campuses Tuesday. The contingent was hosted by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Penn College. Throughout their visit, they saw firsthand the hands-on learning taking place in the college’s labs and learned how the college works with industry, the college benefiting from industry input on curriculum as well as in-kind and monetary donations, and industry benefiting from knowledgeable graduates and customized training and product-development support. Tour stops included the Schneebeli Earth Science Center; Energy Technology & Education Center; Plastics Innovation & Resource Center; and the advanced manufacturing, rapid prototyping, welding, machining, mechatronics, well-trainer, plastics, and electronics and computer engineering labs.
Last updated September 1, 2015 | Posted in Automated Manufacturing & Machining, Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology, Engineering Design Technology, General Information, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Plastics & Polymer, Welding, Workforce Development & Continuing Education |
Wondrous Welder Creates Ball-Glove Benchmark for Outdoor Art
A member of Penn College’s welding faculty, whose procession of “Student Bodies” continues to spark on-campus conversation, this week added another impressive page to his portfolio of community contributions. Michael K. Patterson worked all summer on a bench for Susquehanna Health, an oversized replica of a baseball glove he used in Little League (and has retained to this day). The welded bench weighs more than 600 pounds and swivels 360 degrees on a shaft and apparatus designed and produced by students in the college’s machining lab. It was installed Tuesday afternoon at the front entrance to the Hospitality Inn at Williamsport Regional Medical Center, which provides free accommodations to eligible patients’ families. The renovated/expanded facility, at 802 Campbell St., will be formally dedicated in mid-September. The glove accentuates the baseball theme inside and furthers the ties among Penn College, Little League and the health system. An anonymous donor provided funding for the materials and for the balance of Patterson’s time that he didn’t donate to the project. Although the bulk of the work occurred after spring classes ended, the faculty member had some assistance from students. Patterson’s civic presence also includes a sculpture on the South Williamsport side of the Susquehanna River Walk, near Maynard Street, and public artwork at West Fourth and Market streets.
Last updated August 25, 2015 | Posted in Automated Manufacturing & Machining, Faculty & Staff, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Welding |