News: Information Technology

Penn College IT Students Capture Digital ‘Flag’

Pennsylvania College of Technology students reached the virtual summit during a recent competition for information security practitioners. A team consisting of four information technology majors won the wireless “capture the flag” event during the Security B-Sides DC Conference in Washington, D.C.

Competing against students from other schools, as well as IT professionals, the Penn College team successfully employed radio frequency signals to access the opposition’s computer system and capture the “digital flag” stored on the system.

Members of the winning Penn College team were information assurance and security concentration majors Jeremy W. Rennicks, of Williamsport; David M. Mossop, of Newark, Delaware; Douglas S. Wilson, of Wellsville; and Zachary L. Lundberg, of Warren.

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Penn College Cisco Networking Academy to Host Technology Demonstration

Cisco Networking Academy

Cisco Networking Academy

NetBrain Technologies Inc. will provide Penn College students with a demonstration of its map-driven, network-automation software during a virtual conference, scheduled from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, in Room E140 of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center. The presentation will feature Christel Glaser, an account executive with the Burlington, Massachusetts-based company, the mission of which is to empower professionals by making network management simple and visual with transformational technology. NetBrain’s customer base includes organizations in health care, financial services, the government and telecommunications, including AT&T, BP, MITRE, Lockheed Martin, NASA and the U.S. Army. The presentation will demonstrate to students the power of NetBrain’s map-based automation to discover, document and troubleshoot business-critical, enterprise-grade networks to simplify and reduce the efforts associated with network management. The demo, hosted by the Penn College Cisco Networking Academy, is an opportunity for all information technology students to learn about some amazing technology from network professionals. For more information, contact Jeff B. Weaver, associate professor of electronics, or Lisa R. Bock, assistant professor of information technology.

Penn College Information Technology Students Excel at ‘Hackathon’

Penn College IT majors had a strong showing at the recent Altamira Hackathon in Fairfax, Virginia. College participants were (front row, from left) Evelyn E. Hill, of Muncy; Madelyn M. Lanoue, of Dallastown; David M. Mossop, of Newark, Delaware; Zachary L. Lundberg, of Warren; Donald E. McCoy, of Watsontown (2014 graduate); and Brian S. Stringer, of McVeytown. Back row, from left: Derek E. Teay, of Northampton; Tucker J. Harner, of Leesport; Drew Pacell, of Ottsville; Jeremy W. Rennicks, of Williamsport; Jerome T. Czachor, of Dickson City; and Adam T. Check, of Great Falls, Virginia. (Photo by Sandra Gorka, associate professor of computer information technology)

Information technology majors from Pennsylvania College of Technology proved their prowess at a recent cybersecurity competition. A five-member Penn College contingent finished second at the Altamira Hackathon in Fairfax, Virginia.

Conducted at George Mason University, the competition required participants to test their skills around the Atari game Scram. Team members controlled various aspects of a nuclear reactor while protecting their computer network and attacking the computing resources of other teams.

“Events such as the Altamira Hackathon give students an opportunity to exercise their skills in a competitive environment,” said Sandra Gorka, associate professor of computer information technology, who accompanied the students with Jacob R. Miller, associate professor of computer information technology. “We are very impressed with the performance of our second-place team and all the Penn College students who participated. They did an outstanding job representing the college.”

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Self-Reflective Talk Offers ‘How-to’ Hints on Personal Satisfaction

Drawing from life lessons, Jacob R. Miller advises students not to "dwell on failure, but own up to your shortcomings."

As the latest Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty member chosen to deliver the David London My Last Words Lecture, Jacob R. Miller shared a simple barometer of student success: “I would like to think that, at the end of every day, no matter what they have done that day, they can face themselves in the mirror.”

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Faculty Member to Deliver ‘Last Words’ in Popular Lecture Series

Jacob R. Miller

Integrity – on the job and in one’s life – will be the central theme when a Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty member delivers his hypothetically parting thoughts this month in an annually anticipated campus lecture.

Jacob R. Miller, an associate professor and department head of computer information technology, is this year’s presenter in the David London My Last Words Lecture Series, which asks student-nominated faculty to express their thoughts as if it was their final opportunity to share insight and offer inspiration.

The address will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. A plaque presentation and reception will follow the lecture, which is free and open to the public.

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Welcome, Tech Scholars!

Fun and games in the "Fish Tank"

Fun and games in the “Fish Tank”

Computer information technology faculty Anita R. Wood, assistant professor, and Daniel W. Yoas, associate professor, share in the good times.

Computer information technology faculty Anita R. Wood, assistant professor, and Daniel W. Yoas, associate professor, share in the good times.

An introductory occasion

An introductory occasion

The recipients of Penn College’s S-STEM Tech Scholar Scholarships, selected through a five-year National Science Foundation grant, recently got acquainted with their faculty and peer mentors over a friendly competition. Hosted in the Gaming Lab’s new study area, located on the second floor of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center, the students and faculty competed to see who had the best gamer skills. The students “surprisingly” came out on top in the competition, which was just the start of welcoming the Tech Scholars to the Penn College family.
Photos by Stacey C. Hampton, assistant dean, School of Industrial, Computing and Engineering Technologies

Colloquium Presenter Goes Beyond Passwords to Future of ID Security

Lisa R. Bock addresses her audience, before the eerie specter of online treachery.

Lisa R. Bock addresses her audience, before the eerie specter of online treachery.

With eyes wide open, the speaker assesses the benefits and risks of iris-recognition technology ...

With eyes wide open, the speaker assesses the benefits and risks of iris-recognition technology …

... and gazes toward tomorrow's biometric solutions.

… and gazes toward tomorrow’s biometric solutions.

Students in the ACC balcony take heed and jot notes during the night's informative presentation.

Students in the ACC balcony take heed and jot notes during the night’s informative presentation.

A Centennial banner is a timely backdrop for the colloquium.

A Centennial banner is a timely backdrop for the colloquium.

The latest in Penn College’s Centennial Colloquia Series tackled issues near and dear to virtually everyone in the audience: employing the newest technological tools available to ensure identity protection – and balancing such factors as privacy and cost-effectiveness in the process. Lisa R. Bock, an assistant professor of computer information technology, presented “Who Am I; Who Do I Claim to Be? Protecting Identity in the 21st Century” on Tuesday night in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. Adding to the series’ engaging focus on the historic upshot of gizmos and gadgets, Bock weighed the promise (and pitfalls) of biometrics: identifying individuals through a variety of unique personal traits. The presentation has been the college’s YouTube Channel.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Countdown to the Centennial logo

2014 marks a milestone in the institution's rich history, from the inception of adult classes in the Williamsport Area School District in 1914, through its evolution into Williamsport Technical Institute, Williamsport Area Community College, and present-day Pennsylvania College of Technology. Read about the institution's history →

Lecture to Explore Emerging Technologies for Identity Protection

Lisa R. Bock

Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty member Lisa R. Bock will present a lecture that explores the technology of identity protection and its ramifications on Sept. 16 as part of the college’s Centennial Colloquia Series.

Rapid technological advances since the Internet became public have opened many opportunities, but with them come threats to our identities, safety and financial resources. Passwords alone are simply not enough to protect us.

In her talk, “Who Am I; Who Do I Claim to Be? Protecting Identity in the 21st Century,” Bock explores biometric technology as a means of identity protection. Unlike a password or a smart card, biometric technology identifies an attribute that not only is unique to the individual but also defies duplication. Those attributes include fingerprints, iris, voice or facial recognition.

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Countdown to the Centennial logo

2014 marks a milestone in the institution's rich history, from the inception of adult classes in the Williamsport Area School District in 1914, through its evolution into Williamsport Technical Institute, Williamsport Area Community College, and present-day Pennsylvania College of Technology. Read about the institution's history →

Voice Actor/Musician Joins Roster of ‘Wildcat Comic Con’ Talent

Eric Stuart

Eric Stuart, who has voiced characters for such hit shows as “Pokémon” and “Yu-Gi-Oh!” and toured with rock legends including Peter Frampton and Ringo Starr, will be among the industry luminaries at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Sept. 27 Wildcat Comic Con.

A frequent VIP at such events due to his high-profile resume, the Brooklyn, New York-born Stuart is nonetheless grounded and humbled by his success.

“For every ‘Pokémon’ I have worked on, there are 25 shows that never went anywhere,” he said. “To be a big part of pop culture is amazing. Hearing fans say, ‘You are the voice of my childhood’ means more to me than you know. When your show is known by 5-year-olds and grandparents alike, you know you’re doing something right.”

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‘Digital Futures Camp’ Offers Fun and Games … With Purpose

Campers design logos in the Mac lab.

Campers design logos in the Mac lab.

Participants get game-creation guidance from Spyke M. Krepshaw, instructor of computer information technology, and Anita R. Wood, assistant professor of computer information technology ...

Participants get game-creation guidance from Spyke M. Krepshaw, instructor of computer information technology, and Anita R. Wood, assistant professor of computer information technology …

... and Adobe Illustrator pointers from Nicholas L. Stephenson, graphic design instructor.

… and Adobe Illustrator pointers from Nicholas L. Stephenson, graphic design instructor.

Already a tradition after only three years: the donning of camp T-shirts for an "official" group photo

Already a tradition after only three years: the donning of camp T-shirts for an “official” group photo

College's abundance of technology showcased during lab-based workshops

College’s abundance of technology showcased during lab-based workshops

Penn College’s third annual “Designing a Digital Future Camp” introduced dozens of high school students to an enticing two-day menu of career-based workshops this week. The campers – rising sophomores, juniors and seniors – learned about employment opportunities during eight sessions (four each) in gaming and web and interactive media; developed personal computer games and mobile applications; networked with faculty, staff and students; and got a slice of campus life during an overnight stay in college housing. The event, which has attracted capacity crowds since its debut in 2012, culminated in a gaming tournament Wednesday afternoon.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Mirroring Their Hosts, Career Day Visitors Learn by Doing

After learning about construction materials, students from Milton Area Middle School explore Penn College student projects.

After learning about construction materials, students from Milton Area Middle School explore Penn College student projects.

Michael K. Patterson, welding lecturer, talks about his career path from a high school student who attended a Career Day to a National Science Foundation welder in Antarctica to a metalwork artist and entrepreneur.

Michael K. Patterson, welding lecturer, talks about his career path from a high school student who attended a Career Day to a National Science Foundation welder in Antarctica to a metalwork artist and entrepreneur.

Students apply mortar to fabricated stone in the Construction Masonry Building.

Students apply mortar to fabricated stone in the Construction Masonry Building.

Students use operating-room tools in surgical technology.

Students use operating-room tools in surgical technology.

Students practice game programming with Microsoft Kodu.

Students practice game programming with Microsoft Kodu.

More than 900 middle schoolers and their chaperones visited main campus Monday, attending faculty-led sessions in many Penn College majors, all to give them a taste of career options. The event, which attracted eight school districts, was coordinated by the college’s Outreach for K-12 Office.

IT Students Win Competition at Network Security Conference

Penn College information technology students work on their laptops at the recent Security B-Sides Rochester Conference. From left, are Donald E. McCoy, Watsontown; Madelyn M. Lanoue, Dallastown; Barry A. Fedon, Nazareth; Joseph W. Bourgart, Warrington; Vitali Coroban, Ashburn, Va.; and Benjamin S. Welch, State College. (Photo by team member Charles S. Austin, Pottstown)

Information technology students from Pennsylvania College of Technology distinguished themselves once again at a recent network security conference in Rochester, N.Y.

For the second consecutive year, students from Penn College’s School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies won the Hacker Battleship competition at the Security B-Sides Rochester Conference. The annual event features presentations from security industry experts and ethical “hacking” challenges to foster skill development in tomorrow’s IT leaders.

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Nine of 12 College Medalists Headed to SkillsUSA Nationals

SkillsUSA-Pennsylvania

Nine Pennsylvania College of Technology students from a variety of majors will compete at the National SkillsUSA Conference from June 23-28 in Kansas City, Mo., after winning gold medals at the state level.

Three other students in the college contingent finished second in their respective categories at the SkillsUSA Pennsylvania Leadership and Skills Conference held April 9-11 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center.

And a Penn College student/alumnus will attend as a candidate for the highest individual SkillsUSA honor: an International Degree, awarded at the rarely attained upper level of the organization’s professional-development program.

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National Science Foundation Grant to Support ‘STEM’ Majors

The National Science Foundation is recognizing Pennsylvania College of Technology’s commitment to applied technology education with a $616,417 grant to benefit students.

Provided through the NSF’s Division of Undergraduate Education’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) program, the five-year grant aims to increase retention, degree completion and career preparation for students in the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies at Penn College.

The majority of the grant’s funds will be devoted to scholarships. Approximately 20 students will be awarded scholarships of up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of four years. The first scholarships will be awarded during the 2014-15 academic year.

“This grant allows us to bring high-performing students to Penn College who might otherwise not have the means to do so,” said Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost. “It is likely to be a life-changing opportunity for these students. They will ultimately gain an education that will prepare them for a lifetime of success.”

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Penn College Professor Presents at National Computing Conference

Lisa R. Bock

A Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty member presented at a recent national conference devoted to computer instructors.

Lisa R. Bock, assistant professor of computer information technology, led a session during the 19th annual Course Technology Computing Conference in Nashville, Tenn. Her presentation focused on packet analysis, the process of analyzing traffic over a digital network.

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