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03.29.2022

Land surveyors’ group honors imminent graduate

Deihl (left) accepts a $500 award check from Brad Zeigler, of Zeigler Surveying in Sunbury, president of PSLS' Susquehanna Chapter. (Photo provided)
Deihl (left) accepts a $500 award check from Brad Zeigler, of Zeigler Surveying in Sunbury, president of PSLS’ Susquehanna Chapter. (Photo provided)

A second-year surveying technology student at Penn College received the Ed Dobeck Memorial Award from the Susquehanna Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors at the group’s March 17 meeting.

Devin Ray Deihl, of Alexandria, scheduled to receive his associate degree at the college’s May 14 morning commencement ceremony, was presented with the award by chapter President Brad Zeigler.

The annual honor, named for a well-respected Shamokin area land surveyor who died in 1994, honors a civil engineering technology or surveying technology graduate who has demonstrated academic achievement, leadership, extracurricular activity and professionalism.

For more information about land surveying in The Keystone State, visit the PSLS website and Penn College’s civil engineering/surveying technology page on Facebook.

 

Civil Engineering & Surveying Engineering Technologies Students
03.22.2022

Students make full use of renowned fabricator’s proximity

A line of students lends perspective to a large girder fabricated at High Steel Structures LLC.
A line of students lends perspective to a large girder fabricated at High Steel Structures LLC.
Alumnus Steppe (standing at left) talks with students at its 3501 W. Fourth St location in Williamsport.
Alumnus Steppe (standing at left) talks with students at its 3501 W. Fourth St location in Williamsport.
Lily D. Ward, of Williamsport, takes a photo of Potts and her fellow civil engineering technology students during Tuesday's visit to High Steel. From left are Noah W. Shafer, of Wyalusing; William D. Schwanke, of Russell; Potts; Ward; Anakin S. Major, of Susquehanna; Matheo S. Angulo, of Bloomfield, N.J.; and Lane R. Kline, of Williamsport.
Lily D. Ward, of Williamsport, takes a photo of Potts and her fellow civil engineering technology students during Tuesday’s visit to High Steel. From left are Noah W. Shafer, of Wyalusing; William D. Schwanke, of Russell; Potts; Ward; Anakin S. Major, of Susquehanna; Matheo S. Angulo, of Bloomfield, N.J.; and Lane R. Kline, of Williamsport.

Students in Drew R. Potts’ Steel Design course (CET 321) traveled to High Steel Structures LLC on Tuesday to learn about bridge girder fabrication. “The concepts students learn in my class are seen up close and very personal at High Steel Structures,” said Potts, assistant professor of civil engineering technology (who also provided photos of the class visit). The tour was facilitated and led by Adam J. Steppe, who holds three degrees from Penn College: welding (1999), welding technology (2011) and welding and fabrication engineering technology (2013), assisted by Christopher L. Verbeski. Located west of main campus, High Steel is one of the nation’s leading fabricators of structural steel and a longtime supporter of the college – most recently donating nearly $100,000 worth of scrap metal to the School of Engineering Technologies for use by welding students.

Alumni Civil Engineering & Surveying Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Welding
12.10.2021

Concrete-mixing soccer player blends footwork, hands-on learning

For Madison L. Kistler, being on the Penn College women’s soccer team is like having a second family. The camaraderie and chemistry she shares with her teammates is nothing short of special, and gave her the confidence to get involved on campus. She holds a leadership position with the ConCreate Design Club – “I love concrete!” the Kutztown resident readily admits in a Wildcat Spotlight video posted to the college’s YouTube channel – and enjoys the connection every bit as much as “that rush that you get when you step out onto the field.” Take a few minutes and get to know Madison. Her drive (she has one degree and is working on two more) is infectious, and her personality, in true athletics fashion, is a winning one.

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12.07.2021

Students volunteer time, talents to reward vets’ sacrifice

Members of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s ConCreate Design Club recently completed cosmetic repairs to the base of the massive Global Conflicts for Peace and Freedom monument at the Lycoming County Veterans Memorial Park on the corner of Wahoo Drive and West Fourth Street in Williamsport.

The project was researched and the appropriate techniques were employed to complete the job, said Harry W. Hintz Jr., instructor of construction technology, who assisted club members at the site.

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Building Construction Civil Engineering & Surveying Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students
11.29.2021

Larson Design Group provides CAD workshop to students

Adding to its history of support for Pennsylvania College of Technology students and alumni, Larson Design Group developed a computer-aided design workshop that was offered to civil engineering and surveying majors during the spring and fall semesters.

“Larson Design Group’s support of our students through these workshops exemplifies its commitment to developing tomorrow’s industry professionals,” said Chris S. Macdonald, Penn College’s assistant director of corporate relations. “The experience provided our students with different perspectives for the methods used and offered them valuable resources in preparation for their careers. We are extremely grateful for Larson Design Group’s partnership and appreciate the mutually beneficial outcomes achieved with these workshops.”

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08.16.2021

Female trio helps lead engineering technologies at Penn College

For two years, Lauryn A. Stauffer has seen only male faces in her electronics classes at Pennsylvania College of Technology. This fall, she’ll at least see multiple women leaders within the School of Engineering Technologies.

The school devoted to careers rooted in science, technology, engineering and math boasts three female assistant deans.

Kathleen D. Chesmel and Ellyn A. Lester were hired in late spring to head the Materials Science and Engineering Technologies Division and the Construction and Architectural Technologies Division, respectively. They join longtime college employee Stacey C. Hampton, who is assistant dean of industrial and computer technologies.

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06.19.2021

A wide-open window on a bright-looking future

Pre-College ProgramsMore than a half-dozen Pre-College Programs attracted a knowledge-hungry host of teenagers to Penn College’s campuses in recent days, the season opener for high schoolers’ exposure to next-level academics. Campers were engaged and enlightened among the week’s bountiful offerings: Architecture Odyssey, Automotive, Aviation, Engineering, Future Restaurateurs, Health Careers and Information Technology. A second week – inviting more students to test the waters of collegiate opportunity through hands-on learning – will begin July 18.

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04.13.2021

ConCreate Design Club’s video draws national notice

A Pennsylvania College of Technology student organization’s video about a viable do-it-yourself alternative to traditional concrete – with humor among its key ingredients – was a Top 20 finisher in a recent competition sponsored by an industry trade group.

Three members of the college’s ConCreate Design Club, a student chapter of the American Concrete Institute, produced and co-starred in the seven-minute video, which was entered in ACI’s Concrete Solutions Competition. Participating were Madison L. Kistler, of Kutztown, club president; vice president Harrison Wohlfarth, of Midlothian, Virginia; and Noah W. Shafer, of Towanda, a member of the club’s board of directors.

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04.09.2021

Addition to veterans park reflects college collaboration

Four members of the ConCreate Design Club joined instructor Harry W. Hintz Jr. at the Lycoming County Veterans Memorial Park this week, installing paving bricks engraved with the names of Penn College students and faculty who have worked on the project over the past three years. The group rendezvoused at the West Fourth Street/Wahoo Drive site with John O. Markley, of the Veterans Memorial Park Commission, who oversaw the latest enhancement to the ever-expanding memorial. As preparations continue for a Memorial Day dedication at the park, organizers generously wanted to permanently spell out the college’s collaboration. The pavers acknowledge Hintz and three other faculty members – Glenn R. Luse, Richard R. Motter Jr. and Franklin H. Reber Jr. – as well as more than 100 students engaged in the improvements to date, from site preparation to stone-wall construction.

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03.18.2021

Take a virtual tour of civil engineering/surveying

Drew R. Potts, assistant professor and head of Penn College’s civil engineering/surveying technology department, headlines a virtual tour of a dynamic career field. Alongside a handful of impressive alumni and students about to graduate from the program, Potts opens viewers’ eyes to the expansive opportunities available to graduates, making their mark – and making a difference – in the places where we work and play. “I recommend this major solely because of the professors. They’re amazing!” says Sarah E. Booher, of Orangeville, one of two current civil engineering technology students helping to guide the video tour. “They have real-world experience within the field before they become a professor, and they’re great at answering any questions that you have – from material questions to internships to postcollege life. Anything that you really have, they’re really good at answering and being honest with you.” Interested in designing bridges, routing highways or otherwise shaping the world in which we live? Take the tour and weigh your options!

Alumni Civil Engineering & Surveying Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students
03.12.2021

Speaking from experience

Using square-foot floor tiles to maintain the space between them, students from the college's School of Engineering Technologies listen to Potts' on-the-job memories from construction of their immediate surroundings.
Using square-foot floor tiles to maintain the space between them, students from the college’s School of Engineering Technologies listen to Potts’ on-the-job memories from construction of their immediate surroundings.
Potts points out the three-dimensional structural details ...
Potts points out the three-dimensional structural details …
... while marking their location on building plans for simultaneous viewing on students' devices.
… while marking their location on building plans for simultaneous viewing on students’ devices.
Framed by two of the columns depicted on the drawings in his hand, civil engineering technology major Brandon J. Sensenich, of Lancaster, follows along via a Microsoft Teams hookup.
Framed by two of the columns depicted on the drawings in his hand, civil engineering technology major Brandon J. Sensenich, of Lancaster, follows along via a Microsoft Teams hookup.

Students in Drew R. Potts’ Structural Steel Design class got a unique look at one of the academically advantageous areas in which Penn College has major bragging rights: the real-world credibility of its faculty members. Among his positions before joining the college family in 2008, Potts worked as an engineering manager and as a design engineer for a steel fabrication facility … and among the projects on which he worked was the college’s Student & Administrative Services Center, constructed in 2002 and dedicated the following February. The class convened Friday morning in the SASC lobby, where – distanced by necessity and connected by technology – they reviewed original architectural drawings and conveniently compared them to the full-size structure that rose from those blueprints. Among the life lessons imparted by Potts, an assistant professor and department head for civil engineering and surveying technology, is the need for communication given the frequent and substantial changes that occur between groundbreaking and ribbon-cutting.

Civil Engineering & Surveying Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students
02.10.2021

Scholarship honors former LDG leader, promotes diversity

Inspired by the mission of the 50K Coalition, a new scholarship established at Pennsylvania College of Technology by Larson Design Group (LDG) supports diversity and honors the longtime service of the firm’s former president and CEO.

The 50K Coalition focuses on a bold national goal of producing 50,000 diverse engineering graduates annually by 2025. The Keith S. Kuzio Larson Design Group Scholarship at Penn College will be awarded to a full-time, diverse candidate studying in the architecture and engineering fields at the college. The yearly scholarship includes a summer internship.

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01.14.2021

Calculator loan program benefits veteran, active-duty students

A veteran student’s donation of a calculator upon her graduation from Pennsylvania College of Technology sparked the launch of a calculator loan program for other veteran and active-duty military students at the college.

Regina M. Peluzzo, a U.S. Air Force veteran who earned a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering technology (summa cum laude) in May 2020, donated her TI-84 calculator to the Major General Fred F. Marty Veterans & Military Resource Center at the college, knowing it might be helpful to another veteran student.

Peluzzo’s thoughtful gesture inspired grant funding from Walmart Foundation and private support from the Marty family to establish a calculator loan program for fellow veterans.

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Alumni Civil Engineering & Surveying Engineering Technologies Students
08.13.2020

Ten first-year students chosen as ‘BE Scholars’ at Penn College

Ten students embarking on their first semester at Pennsylvania College of Technology have been chosen as Built Environment Scholars in a program that rewards academic talent in science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related career fields.

Each was awarded a scholarship ranging from $4,250 to $7,000, funded through a $1 million National Science Foundation grant to increase retention, graduation and workforce preparedness for students in many of Penn College’s STEM-focused construction and engineering majors.

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07.08.2020

Penn College civil engineering student ‘adapts’

From buildings to bridges, civil engineers conceive, develop and maintain infrastructure essential to daily life. David J. Fedor tells his Pennsylvania College of Technology students they must be adaptable to meet that grand responsibility. Every project has unanticipated difficulties to address and overcome.

Brandon J. Sensenich, of Lancaster, doesn’t flinch when absorbing Fedor’s message. The civil engineering technology student proved his adaptability with a challenge more significant than any structure.

Sensenich had to relearn how to walk, talk and eat before returning for his second semester at Penn College.

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