Students Take Second Place in IEEE Student Activities Conference

From left, Ben D. Wenger, of Lebanon%3B Dustin P. Allen, of Towanda%3B and Chris D. Moller, of Ellicott City, Md., comprise the Penn College team that finished second in a 'brown-bag' electronics competition.The IEEE student branch at Pennsylvania College of Technology attended the 2009 IEEE Student Activities Conference hosted by Youngstown University in Ohio, where it took second place in one of various intercollegiate competitions.

Penn College entered three teams in competition for the April 18 event, which was attended by more than 220 IEEE (originally the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) members representing 22 colleges and universities across a five-state region. The Penn College group was accompanied by its adviser, Scott D. Neuhard, instructor of electronics.

The Penn College team of electronics and computer engineering technology bachelor-degree students Dustin P. Allen, of Towanda; Chris D. Moller, of Ellicott City, Md.; and Ben D. Wenger, of Lebanon, finished second in the “brown-bag” competition, during which a mystery design project is unveiled at the start of the contest. Each team has a limited amount of time to use the components provided to complete the design. The first team to finish is declared the winner.

Also competing in the brown-bag competition for Penn College was the three-man team of F. David Nevill, of Lebanon, and Jonathan M. Zook, of Williamsport, both pursuing bachelor’s degrees in electronics and computer engineering technology; and Richard B. King, of Blossburg, who is pursuing an associate degree in electronics and computer engineering technology: robotics and automation emphasis.

Competing to solve an ethical dilemma were electronics and computer engineering technology students Casey L. Miller, of Mount Penn, and Kenan M. Kessler, of Exton.

Prior to afternoon competitions, students attended a series of morning leadership sessions, led by IEEE representatives John Paserba, manager of the Power Systems Studies Department at Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc.; and Jim Watson, president of Watson Associates.

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